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Posted on: November 21, 2023

Family Friendly Holiday Events in Wellington

Aerial Picture of town center holiday themed with the words Family Friendly Holiday Events

Thursday, November 30th  |  Holiday Cultural Celebration

Start the festivities off with a Holiday Cultural Celebration on Thursday, November 30th. Recognizing holidays and traditions across cultures, the celebration will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Boulevard) in combination with Wellington’s weekly Food Truck & Music Series. The event features a holiday tree lighting at 6:30 p.m., 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 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., plus enjoy a very special visit with the big man in red himself—Santa Claus! Visit 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: Humana, Next Level Mobile Infusion, Tesla, and Wellington Regional Medical Center.

Select Fridays in 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 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (except December 22nd and 29th), on Wellington’s Town Center promenade (12150 Forest Hill Boulevard). Learn more about the market and view the vendor list at

Thursday, December 7th  |  Grand Menorah Lighting

The annual lighting of the Grand Menorah will take place on Thursday, December 7th, at 5:00 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Boulevard). The public is invited to join us for the lighting of the first candle. Hanukkah will continue for 8 nights, ending on December 15th.

Friday, December 8th  |  Winterfest 2023

Winterfest, presented by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and The Village of Wellington, will be hosted at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Boulevard) on Friday, December 8th, 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 musical and dance performances, exhibitors, pet adoptions, 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 for more information.

Saturday, December 9th  |  33rd Annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic

Get ready to reel in “the big one” at the 33rd 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 9th, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 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 (all species) in each age group: 6 and under; ages 7 to 9; ages 10 to 12; and ages 13 to 15. Registration is free and can be completed in advance at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) or the Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Boulevard), or email to request a registration form. Learn more at

Saturday, December 9th  |  Holiday Boat Parade

Come watch as local residents and boating enthusiasts “light up the lake” with the Annual Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Wellington. Approximately 40 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 for more information.

Sunday, December 10th  |  39th Annual Wellington Holiday Parade “Holidays Around the World”

The Annual Wellington Holiday Parade, hosted by the Village of Wellington and The Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, returns on Sunday, December 10th.  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. Grab your family and your sneakers and come on out for this fantastic holiday event! Visit for more information.

Tuesday, December 12th  |  Senior Holiday Party (for ages 50+)

Wellington seniors ages 50 and up are invited to attend a free Senior Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 12th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 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

Friday, December 15th  |  Free Showing of “The Polar Express”

Enjoy a free showing of the classic holiday film “The Polar Express (G)” on Friday, December 15th 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 7:30 p.m. Bring your own blankets or chairs for seating.

Sunday, December 17th  |  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 17th. 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

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