The most exciting holiday in Delray is the 100-foot Christmas tree lighting ceremony which takes place either the end of November or the first part of December, every single year ever since 1992.
The lighting of the world-famous 100-foot Christmas tree ceremony officially launches the holiday season in Delray Beach, Florida.
Christmas in Delray is the most magical time of the season! The magic of Christmas and the celebration and festivities continue on through the entire month of December, ending on January 1st of the following year.
On January 1st of every year, the 100-foot Christmas tree is carefully dismantled and placed into storage along with the holiday carousel until the next year, when the magic of Christmas in Delray comes alive all over again…year after year!
The holiday season in Delray is said to attract over 500,000 people – and you should be one of them! Come join us!
outside of the Christmas tree is festively illuminated with over 15,000
LED lights, carefully decorated with 39,000 ornaments, and contains
And, then it is magically topped with an impressive 18-foot golden star that can be seen from miles away!
The entire community of
Delray Beach gets involved with the Christmas tree lighting event. It is
our biggest event of the year.
The evening events start off with on-stage performances from local schools performing Christmas songs and entertainment before and after the tree lighting ceremony. Listening to the singing is a great way to enjoy to groove into the holiday spirit!
You will also find the holiday carousel, ice skating, Santa arrives via helicopter and so much more! The Christmas tree lighting ceremony really brings the Christmas Magic to downtown Delray!
The world-famous 100-foot Christmas tree is actually a lot more then just a Christmas tree. It’s also a 10-story walk-through holiday showcase filled with Christmas magic -- on the inside as well as the outside.
Entrance to the Christmas Tree
$1 Suggested Donation
The inside of the Christmas tree takes you back in history displaying
replicas of four historic buildings... back in the day.
Buildings clockwise: The Sundy House, Cornell Museum, Spady Museum and the Delray Train Depot.
Each building is filled with an animated scene representing the replicated historic building. (See photos below for the inside view of the animated scenes.)
Inside the Sundy House Replica
Adorable animated reindeer with little elves buzzing about!
Inside the Cornell Museum Replica
These little animated penguins are busy workers with the snow
and their fancy red wheelbarrows!
Inside the Spady Museum Replica
Cheerful animated darlings singing Christmas carols!
Inside the Delray Train Depot
You'll find a sophisticated model train display that transform the building into a magical holiday wonderland.
Above & Below: Model Train Display inside the Train Depot Replica
Come visit Santa in his new home!
Come tour the famous 100-foot Christmas Tree in downtown Delray!
Come ride the holiday carousel!
Come ice skating!
Breakfast with Santa! Come have breakfast with Santa Claus at the Marriott Grand Ballroom!
Visit the Holiday Gift Shoppe to purchase commemorative oranament, First Night buttons, holiday cards, and to purchase tickets for ice skating rink and Santa photos.
Come watch the boat parade on the intracoastal!
Come watch the holiday Christmas parade on our award-winning Atlantic Avenue!
And most importantly, do not miss our world-famous 100-foot Christmas tree lighting event. It is notoriously Delray's best event of the year!
With our world-famous 100-foot Christmas tree and the month of December filled with family-friendly events including a family-friendly New Year’s Eve event known as First Night...
It’s no wonder that Delray Beach has been hailed by New York Times as being poised to soon become a national destination. I think we already are!
Delray Beach, Florida is one of Florida’s best holiday destinations.
I’m not the only one that feels the magic of Christmas in Delray Beach. Marjorie Ferrer, Executive Director of the Downtown Marketing Cooperative says:
“The area around the tree is a comfort zone. It will make you feel good. You go to the tree and whatever is bothering you, is gone. It’s a magnet that pulls everyone together. It means something to everyone who comes to see it. Whether you are 7 or 70, you will enjoy the tree and everything that surrounds it.”