Light Up Downtown Boca Brings Season of Winter Holiday Festivities to Town

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Light Up Downtown Boca, a series of winter holiday festivities including parades, concerts and more, kicked off on November 27 with a free Holiday Festival. The event included carnival rides; a mountain of snow; carolers; latkes; children’s crafts; and live entertainment including the Home for the Holidays with Mickey and Minnie stage show and Flying Wade, “the High Roller,” performing sky-high unicycling, fire eating and chainsaw juggling. The highlight of the evening was the ceremonial lighting of the city’s tree led by Mayor Susan Whelchel. The 2nd Annual Family Fun Festival and Holiday Shopping Bazaar, sponsored by The Kabbalah Centre, is set for Sunday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Downtown MPA with kids activities such as bunjee jumping, mechanical bull, rock wall, face painting and a petting zoo. On-site vendors will be selling jewelry, clothing, candles and origami. Ride tickets or wristbands and kosher food available for purchase. The 43rd Annual Holiday Street Parade on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. will bring a Superhero-Holiday theme throughout Downtown Boca along Federal highway from SE 7th Street toward Mizner Park, with grandstand viewing at Sanborn Square. On Saturday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. another long-time Boca Raton holiday tradition, the 37th Holiday Boat Parade, will light up the waterways beginning at C-15 Canal with bleacher viewing at Silver Palm Park and Red Reef Park. Free boat entry with $10,000 in cash and prizes with many categories in which to win. The forecast calls for a thrilling line-up of chart-topping bands such as the Goo Goo Dolls, The Fray, Five for Fighting, Parachute and ZZ Ward as 97.9 WRMF, Sunny 107.9 and the City of Boca Raton presents the 7th Annual No Snow Ball Concert on Saturday, December 14 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the MPA. General admission, standing room tickets are $40.00 in advance at www.frontgatetickets.com or $55 at the gate. VIP tickets that include a chair in the upper colonnades are $75.00 in advance, $100.00 at the door. Merry Tuba Christmas Concerts will be presented in 250 cities throughout the world, including Boca Raton on Sunday, December 15 at 5 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater with FAU Tuba Christmas 2013. Tuba and euphonium students of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to perform at this free concert. Register at www.tubachristmas.com. Climb aboard the Polar Express on Friday, December 20 with FREE family fun activities – train rides and “snow” – starting at 5:30 p.m. at the MPA. Dress in your pajamas for a showing of the Polar Express movie at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments including hot chocolate, movie theater popcorn and pizza will be available for purchase. Journey Church presents Christmas Eve in Mizner Park on Monday, December 24 with three identical services at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Attendees of events in Downtown Boca are encouraged to walk, bike, car pool and use free parking at City Hall, the Boca Raton Library and new Downtown Boca Library. For more information visit www.myboca.us or call 561-367-7073 or 561-393-7807.