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Posted on: November 22, 2021

Family Friendly Holiday Events in Wellington

Wellington High School Band marches along Forest Hill Boulevard during holiday parade

Looking to get into the holiday spirit this December? Look no further than your Great Hometown! Wellington offers a whole host of fun, family activities scheduled for you and your loved ones throughout the month.

Friday, December 3rd  |  Holiday Cultural Celebration

Start your December festivities off with a Holiday Cultural Celebration on Friday, December 3rd, offered in conjunction with the Lakeside Market at Wellington Town Center. Recognizing holidays and traditions across cultures, the celebration will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the lawn between the Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Boulevard) and Village Hall, adjacent to the promenade. Attendees are invited to celebrate Wellington's ethnic diversity and culture with a holiday tree lighting at 6:00 p.m., along with food, live performances, vendors, and readings of “‘Twas a Night Before Christmas”, “Latke, the Lucky Dog”, and “My Family Celebrates Kwanzaa.” A number of children’s holiday characters will also be on hand for photo opportunities, plus enjoy a very special visit with the big man in red himself—Santa Claus! Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/HolidayCelebration for more information.

Friday, December 3rd & 17th  |  Holiday Shopping at the Lakeside Market

Get in your last-minute gift shopping, support local small businesses, and enjoy one of Florida’s beautiful winter evenings outdoors at the Lakeside Market at Wellington Town Center! Browse unique gifts and handcrafted goods while shopping with a variety of artists, crafters, bakers, makers, and more. A number of food and beverage vendors will also be on-site offering a selection of items for purchase. The market will be open on Friday, December 3rd, and Friday, December 17th, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wellington’s Town Center promenade. Learn more about the market, and view the vendor list, at www.wellingtonlakesidemarket.com.  

Friday, December 10th   |  Winterfest 2021

Winterfest, hosted by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and The Village of Wellington, is making its return to the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Boulevard) on Friday, December 10th, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Featuring headline performer, music icon, philanthropist, actor, and TV star “Vanilla Ice”, the event will include live music and dance performances, exhibitors, retail and holiday shopping, food vendors, lounge(s) for adult attendees, kids activities, and more! Complimentary on-site and shuttle parking will be available. Visit www.wellingtonchamber.com for more information.

Saturday, December 11th   |  31st Annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic

Grab your fishing tackle and get ready to reel in “the big one” at the 31st Annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic on Saturday, December 11th. This year’s free fishing tournament will be held at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) and is presented by the Village of Wellington in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Building Up Sports Academy. The tournament is open to all local children, ages 15 and younger. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m., followed by the tournament from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and awards and fish tales from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place (based on a point system of fish caught and released) in each age group: 6 and under; ages 7 to 9; ages 10 to 12; and ages 13 to 15. Learn more at www.wellingtonfl.gov/HolidayFishing

Saturday, December 11th   |  Holiday Boat Parade

Come watch as local residents and boating enthusiasts “light up the lake” with an Annual Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Wellington. Approximately 30 festive, decorated boats are expected to cruise in the parade. Visible from the Town Center Promenade, the boats will pass behind the Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Boulevard) around 6:30 p.m. Those interested in participating should contact Jack Brownson at jbrownson@comcast.net for more information.

Sunday, December 12th   |  37th Annual Wellington Holiday Parade “Holiday Dreams”

The Annual Wellington Holiday Parade, hosted by the Village of Wellington and The Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, returns on Sunday, December 12th.  Enjoy a free day of fun and festivities with a judged parade filled with imaginative floats, marching bands, characters, dance troupes, and more. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. and winds its way down Forest Hill Boulevard, from Wellington Trace to Ken Adams Way. Vendors will be on-site at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Boulevard) with goodies available for purchase. Grab your family and your sneakers and come on out for this fantastic holiday event! Visit www.cpbcchamber.com for more information.

Friday, December 17th   |  Free Showing of “The Polar Express” 

Enjoy a free showing of the classic holiday film “The Polar Express (G)” on Friday, December 17th at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Boulevard). “When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe” (Google). The movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Bring your own blankets or chairs for seating. 

Sunday, December 19th   |  Annual Wellington Holiday Jingle Bell Run 5K

The Annual Wellington Holiday Jingle Bell Run 5K returns to Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) on Sunday, December 19th. The race begins at 7:00 a.m. and participants are encouraged to bring out an unwrapped toy to be donated to families in the Village of Wellington community as part of the annual Hometown Holiday Toy Drive. All participants will be provided with jingle bells to wear prior to the start of the race. For more details, and registration information, visit www.active.com.

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