HOLIDAY EVENTS CALENDAR

Spectacular scenes handcrafted by volunteers all year long come to life in Heathcote Botanical Gardens’ Garden of Lights.
Spectacular scenes handcrafted by volunteers all year long come to life in Heathcote Botanical Gardens’ Garden of Lights.

ALL DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CALL BEFORE ATTENDING.

NOVEMBER

Friday, Nov. 22- Sunday, Nov. 24
• Festival of Trees – An extraordinary event with a forest of about 50 decorated trees, unique decorated wreaths, unusual gingerbread village, a new and larger ice skating rink made from synthetic ice for the kids, songfest, unusual arts and craft vendors, food and drink, meals with Santa. The entire campus of Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, is decorated. 231.6990

Friday, Nov. 29-Saturday, Dec. 28
• Garden of Lights – Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Fort Pierce. Thousands of lights shape scenes and animals in a spectacular hand-crafted holiday display. Refreshments and music. Open Fridays and Saturdays, and also Sunday Dec. 22. 5:30-9 p.m. 464.4672

Saturday, Nov. 30
• Small Business Saturday – the day to shop at your favorite small businesses.

DECEMBER

Sunday, Dec. 1-Dec. 31
• Winter Wonderland Light Show – One-of-a-kind light show at the Port St. Lucie Community Center on Airoso. It’s on daily through Dec. 31 from 6-9 p.m. 878.2277

Friday, Dec. 6
• Stuart Christmas Parade – On East Ocean Boulevard starting at Monterey Road and heading north. The theme is “It’s a Green Christmas” and prizes will be awarded for the best illustration of the theme. The colorful parade is filled with sparkling lights and beautiful floats that will enchant viewers, 7-9 p.m. 286.1844
• Guild on the Go Singers: Puttin’ on the Ritz – Vero Beach Theatre Guild, 7:30 p.m. 562.8300
• Star of Wonder – Hallstrom Planetarium, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Indian River State College, 462.4750
• Celtic Angels – Emerson Center, Vero Beach – Here from Ireland with contemporary and traditional Irish music and song. 3 and 7 p.m. 234.4412

Saturday, Dec. 7
• Holiday Boat Parade, Martin County – Watch as beautifully decorated, lighted boats glide through the water after dark. It’s a sight you and the kids will never forget. The Martin County Boat Parade starts on east side of Jensen Beach Causeway, proceeds to Sandsprit Park and Manatee Pocket. 6-8 p.m. 692.7599
• Holiday Boat Parade, St. Lucie County – Marvel at the sight of Santa and his reindeer, Christmas trees, elves and toys all sparkling with lights in an evening boat parade. It starts at Taylor Creek by Harbortown Marina, proceeds past South Beach Causeway, turns westward at Fort Pierce Inlet and ends at Fort Pierce City Marina. 6-8 p.m. 692.7599
• Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting – Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Parade, music, food, fun for all. Sample local fare and do some holiday shopping. 2-10 p.m. Parade at 6 p.m. followed by lighting of the tree. 878.2277
• Vero Beach Christmas Parade – Get in the holiday mood watching the Christmas parade on Ocean Drive with its fully lighted creative floats. And just wait until you see Santa’s sled, outlined in lights, appearing to spring into the air! See what to expect in a video at verobeachoba.com The parade route starts at Flamevine and goes to Live Oak. 6 p.m.. 713.1045
• Guild on the Go Singers: Puttin’ on the Ritz – Vero Beach Theatre Guild, 2 p.m. 562.8300
• Star of Wonder – Hallstrom Planetarium, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Indian River State College, 462.4750
• Holiday Memories – Treasure Coast Community Singers, Palm City Presbyterian Church, 4 p.m. 224.8807

Sunday, Dec. 8
• Sights and Sounds on 2nd Street Holiday Festival and Parade – Come enjoy the much-loved holiday festival with Santa, a parade at
4 p..m., music, dancing and tree lighting. Theme: Christmas by Land, Air or Sea. Grand Marshal: Fort Pierce Lions Club. 10:30 a.m. to about 6 p.m. 466.3880
• Holidays at the Museum – Vero Beach Museum of Art family friendly event with mini-tours, performances by local youth groups, festive studio fun and more. 1-4 p.m. Free. 231.0707
• Guild on the Go Singers: Puttin’ on the Ritz – Vero Beach Theatre Guild, 2 p.m. 562.8300
• Holiday Memories – St. Bernadette Catholic Church, St. Lucie West, 4 p.m. 224.8807
• Aerial Antics Youth Circus Holiday Drama – Vero Beach Performing Arts Center, 2 and 6 p.m., no phone number given.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Sunday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 27-Sunday, Dec. 29
• Holiday Nights of Lights – McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach. Animated tunnel of lights at entrance. Large illuminated spheres, animated lights on trees, hanging spheres, meteors, starbursts, snowflakes, dripping icicle luminaries, light-wrapped trees, illuminated walkways and historical structures. Large scale holiday train and 40-building detailed miniature village, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Special holiday treats at the cafe. Members free, call for ticket prices for non-members. Dec. 10 – members only. Open to public starting Dec. 11. 6-8 p.m. See McKee.org website for entertainment schedule. 794.0601

Wednesday, Dec. 11
• Special Needs Holiday Luncheon – Port St. Lucie Community Center. For anyone with special needs and their caregivers. Lunch, a train diorama, non-profit bingo, game room, visit from Santa and a lively musical singalong. Ages 15 and older. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5 per person. 807.4499

Friday, Dec. 13
• A Peter White Christmas – with Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala, Lindsey Webster. Lyric Theatre, Stuart, 6 and 8:30 p.m. 286.7827
• Star of Wonder – Hallstrom Planetarium, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Indian River State College, 462.4750

Saturday, Dec. 14
• Indian River County Holiday Boat Parade – The after-dark parade of lighted and decorated boats begins between the two bridges and finishes at the Vero Beach City Marina. Good viewing at Royal Palm Pointe and the city marina. You might want to bring chairs and blankets for seating. 6-9 p.m. 692.7599
• Treasure Coast Puerto Rican Day Parade – Port St. Lucie Civic Center, parade, live music, food and more. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. 626.1198
• Star of Wonder – Hallstrom Planetarium, 1 and 2:30 p.m. Indian River State College, 462.4750
• Home for the Holidays – Pineapple Playhouse, south Fort Pierce, choral revue with holiday favorites sung by talented Playhouse Singers. The playhouse is also a drop-off site for gifts and contributions to Angels of Hope. 7 p.m. 465.0366
• Handel’s Messiah Turns 50 – Treasure Coast Chorale joins choirs from the community, the Messiah Festival Orchestra, and world-class soloists in First Baptist Church’s 50th presentation of Handel’s beloved oratorio, Vero Beach 7 p.m. 231.3498
• The Nutcracker – Treasure Coast Youth Ballet at the Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce. 7 p.m. 461.4884
• Christmas Cantata – Christ By The Sea United Methodist Church, Vero Beach, 4:30 and 7 p.m. 231.1661
• Hello Again, Hello – a tribute to Neil Diamond by Neil Zirconia, Barn Theatre, Stuart, 8 p.m. 287.4884

Sunday, Dec. 15
• Home for the Holidays – Pineapple Playhouse, south Fort Pierce, choral revue with holiday favorites sung by talented Playhouse Singers. The playhouse is also a drop-off site for gifts and contributions to Angels of Hope. 2 p.m. 465.0366
• Handel’s Messiah Turns 50 – Treasure Coast Chorale joins choirs from the community, the Messiah Festival Orchestra, and world-class soloists in First Baptist Church’s 50th presentation of Handel’s beloved oratorio, Vero Beach 7 p.m. 231-3498
• Hello Again, Hello – a tribute to Neil Diamond by Neil Zirconia, Barn Theatre, Stuart, 2 p.m. 287.4884

Monday, Dec. 16
• Christmas Cheer: Broadcast Live from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre – Jupiter, 7:30 p.m. 561.575.2223

Tuesday, Dec. 17
• Rhythm of the Yuletide Dance – Lyric Theatre, Stuart, 4 and 7 p.m. 286.7827

Thursday, Dec. 19
• Santa Claus Visit – Minsky Gym, Port St. Lucie. Tell Santa what special gift you want. Parents, bring cameras. $5 per child. 10:30 a.m. to noon. 344.4142

Friday, Dec. 20
• Pancakes with Santa – Port St. Lucie Community Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 2-8. $7.50 per child. 878.2277
• Outdoor Holiday Movie Night – Port St. Lucie Community Center Plaza. Free. Movie name and time to be announced. 878.2277

Saturday, Dec. 21
• Garden of Lights Festival – Heathcote Botanical Gardens. Lighted scenes and animals in a spectacular holiday display. Refreshments and music. 5:30-9 p.m.. 464.4672

Sunday Dec. 22
Hanukkah
• Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Musical – Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, 3 p.m. 461.4884

Tuesday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve

Wednesday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day

Thursday, Dec. 26
• The Nutcracker: State Ballet Theatre of Odessa – Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, 7 p.m. 461.4884

Friday, Dec 27
• My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, I’m Home for the Holidays – Don’t miss this comedy at the Lyric Theatre, Stuart, 7 p.m. 286.7827

Monday, Dec. 30
Hanukkah ends
• Nutcracker on the Indian River – Ballet Vero Beach presents an exciting original production featuring local scenes and action while maintaining the general story line. Vero Beach Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m. 360.8577

Tuesday, Dec. 31
New Years Eve
• Capitol Steps – Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 5 and 8 p.m. 561.575.2223
• Nutcracker on the Indian River – Ballet Vero Beach presents an exciting original production featuring local scenes and action while maintaining the general story line. Vero Beach Performing Arts Center, 2 p.m. 360.8577

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