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Posted on: November 23, 2022

Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Wellington

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

Thursday, December 1st  |  Holiday Cultural Celebration

Start your December festivities with a Holiday Cultural Celebration on Thursday, December 1st. Recognizing holidays and traditions across cultures, the celebration will take place from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the Town Center Promenade (12150 Forest Hill Boulevard). The event features a holiday tree lighting under the gazebo at 6:15 PM, along with book readings, face painting, food trucks, holiday card crafting, a hot cocoa station, live performances, vendors and more. A number of children’s holiday characters will also be on hand for photo opportunities from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, plus enjoy a very special visit with the big man in red himself—Santa Claus! Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/HolidayCelebration for more information.

December 1st – 31st  |  Holiday Light Displays on the Town Center Promenade

Throughout the month of December enjoy festive light displays along Wellington’s Town Center promenade (12150 Forest Hill Boulevard). The holiday lights will be on display throughout the month of December, courtesy of the Village of Wellington Florida and its community partners: Bang Energy, Baptist Health, Florida Power & Light, Good Vibes, and Wellington Regional Medical Center.

Friday, December 9th  |  Winterfest 2022

Winterfest, presented by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and The Village of Wellington, takes place at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) on Friday, December 9th, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Featuring headline performer, music icon, philanthropist, actor, and TV star “Vanilla Ice,” the event will include live musical performances, silent disco, exhibitors, retail and holiday shopping, food vendors, lounge(s) for adult attendees, kids and teen activities, and more. Complimentary on-site and shuttle parking will be available. Visit www.wellingtonchamber.com for more information.

Fridays throughout December |  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 Fridays, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, on Wellington’s Town Center promenade (12150 Forest Hill Boulevard). The December 16th market will feature a free screening of “The Polar Express (G)” starting at 7:00 PM. Guests should bring their own blankets or chairs for seating. Learn more about the market and view the vendor list at www.wellingtonlakesidemarket.com

Saturday, December 10th  |  32nd Annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic

Get ready to reel in “the big one” at the 32nd Annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic, presented by the Village of Wellington in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Building Up Sports Academy. The tournament will take place on Saturday, December 10th, from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road), and is open to all local children ages 15 and younger. 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. Registration is free and may be completed in advance at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) or the Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Boulevard), or email athletics@wellingtonfl.gov to request a registration form. Learn more at www.wellingtonfl.gov/HolidayFishing

Saturday, December 10th  |  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 PM. Those interested in participating should contact Jack Brownson at jbrownson@comcast.net for more information.

Sunday, December 11th  |  38th Annual Wellington Holiday Parade “Favorite Holiday Destination”

The Annual Wellington Holiday Parade, hosted by the Village of Wellington and The Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, returns on Sunday, December 11th.  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 PM and winds its way down Forest Hill Boulevard, from Wellington Trace to Ken Adams Way. Grab your family and your sneakers and come on out for this fantastic holiday event! Visit www.cpbcchamber.com for more information.

Tuesday, December 13th  |  Senior Holiday Party (for ages 50+)

Wellington seniors ages 50 and up are invited to attend a free Senior Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 13th, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, at the Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Boulevard). Lunch will be provided along with holiday-themed decorations, entertainment, and activities. Registration is required. Please call 561-753-2484 to RSVP. Existing CivicRec users may sign up at www.wellingtonfl.gov/CivicRec

Sunday, December 18th  |  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 18th. The race begins at 7:00 AM 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.

To sign up for the monthly Play Wellington Newsletter from Wellington’s Parks & Recreation Department visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/PlayWellington.

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