It’s Peter Gary, publisher of the Boca Voice. Welcome to the December holidays edition of our monthly newsletter.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah or both, this is a beautiful time of year in Boca. The holiday lights are up all over town, both commercial and residential.
All the snowbirds are back after Thanksgiving and you’ll notice roads and restaurants are busier. It’s the rhythm of life here in Boca, even as young families change the face of the city.
Talking about the city, the annual holiday tree lighting just attracted upwards of 20,000 people. That was probably a record.
Next up is the 49th annual Holiday Street Parade Dec. 11, and the 43rd annual Holiday Boat Parade on the Intracoastal Dec. 15.
Holiday wise, Christmas is Dec. 25 on a Wednesday this year. Chanukah starts the evening of Dec. 22 and ends at sundown Dec. 30. So there’s a Chanukah menorah lighting and concert in Sanborn Square the evening of Dec. 24.
Business wise, the final public hearing for the Brightline/Virgin Trains lease is Dec. 10, part of the regular city council meeting.
If you’re a college football fan, the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl moves to a 3:30 p.m. kickoff in FAU Stadium, broadcast on ABC-TV.
The teams haven’t been chosen yet for the annual college match-up. But there’s always pre-game events including a pep rally the night before in Mizner Park Amphitheater.
Even Mizner Park is all dressed up for the holidays. If you have kids in town or visitors, the iTree sits on the south end with performances all evening.
If the spirit moves you, the Marines’ annual Toys for Tots drive has drop-offs at Boca Raton Airport and other businesses on their campus.
And the Spirit of Giving has a kid-specific holiday gift drive. You can pick a tag and buy a toy for children served by Boca’s many children’s charities.
Thanks in advance for following our coverage for all these holiday events on Boca Voice. Enjoy this joyous time of year.