A SEASON OF CELEBRATION
McKee Botanical Garden
celebrates the holidays with
thousands of lights and
holiday activities galore plus
a large-scale model train
and, of course, Santa.
MCKEE BOTANICAL GARDEN
BY SUSAN BURGESS
Calendar is packed with something
for all ages to see or do
See the holiday datebook for times and dates of holiday events.
Celebrate! From the bright red bicycle to the spinning
dreidel — the toys, the parades and the festivals are
here. Jump on board — imagine it’s the Florida version
of the Polar Express — and let it transport you
straight into the holiday season.
Start with a tour of Heathcote and McKee botanical
gardens for the many thousands of lights twinkling in the
dark and the holiday scenes, some familiar and others
brand new. Vero Beach’s McKee, named one of the top 10
attractions worldwide by Tripadvisor’s Traveler’s Choice
awards 2021, fascinates with its large-scale model train
display. You may want to go more than once to experience
everything because activities take place on different days. Its
website has the schedule.
Heathcote, in Fort Pierce, offers displays that will amaze,
all made out of colored lights, skillfully created over a year’s
time by dedicated volunteers. A multicolored tree created
with lighting, a jellyfish, a pink flamingo, glowing flowers,
a bicycle, a realistic pond are just a few of the creations on
display during past years. >>