Monday, November 20, 2017

Palm Coast Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony ~ 2017

Kick off the holiday season at the City of Palm Coast’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – which is also the first night of Fantasy Lights around the lake – at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. The event is free.

Join Santa Claus, the Palm Coast City Council and the Rotary Club of Flagler County in the countdown to the lighting of a beautiful 18-foot Douglas Fir tree from Michigan, being decorated this year with sparkling lights and nautical-themed ornaments. Santa will arrive on a Palm Coast Fire Engine!

Jazz singer Linda Cole will perform holiday favorites, and children can visit with Santa. Parents should bring their own cameras for photos with Santa. Children can also do crafts and write Letters to Santa. Unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items will be collected for Toys for Tots and a local food pantry.

Opening night of the Rotary Club’s 12th Annual Fantasy Lights Festival will feature “A Taste of the Holidays” with local restaurants offering a wide assortment of small plates from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $1, and the “tastes” are one to three tickets each. Participating restaurants include:
  • Anthony’s Brick Oven Pizza
  • Bayne’s Barbeque
  • Break Awayz
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Hi Tulip Cafe
  • Houligan’s Palm Coast
  • Kool Beenz
  • Oceanside Beach Bar & Grill
  • Olive Garden
  • Swillerbees Craft Donuts and Coffee Bar
  • Tortugas Floribbean Kitchen & Bar
  • Tropical Smooth Café
  • Woody’s Bar-B-Q

The 45 animated light displays around the Central Park lake will continue 6:30 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 30. Admission to Fantasy Lights is free, but donations to support Rotary’s service work are accepted.

Fantasy Lights is a self-guided walking tour that also includes festive live and broadcast music, Santa’s Village, and holiday refreshments available for purchase. On themed nights there will be visits with Santa (bring your own camera), Santa’s Merry Train Ride, 3-D twinkle glasses and snow! See the City’s online calendar at for details on special themed nights or visit the “Fantasy Lights” section of for more details.

Also be sure to Save the Date for these other holiday events:

  • Saturday, Dec. 9 – Palm Coast Starlight Event & Parade – Parade at 7 p.m. with activities from 4-6:45 p.m. including visits with Santa (bring your own camera), music, children’s activities, Home Depot children’s workshop 4-6 p.m., food trucks and fun family entertainment. Night-time parade featuring lighted floats starts at 7 p.m., at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. More info: 386-986-2323 or

·        Saturday, Dec. 16 – Palm Coast Yacht Club Annual Holiday Boat Parade – 6 p.m. Presented by the Palm Coast Yacht Club, boats will be lighted and begin departing the Cimmaron Basin, following this route: Cimmaron Basin to Intracoastal Waterway, turn south, passing Tidelands, Canopy Walk, St. Joe’s Walkway, Waterfront Park, Island Estates, then turning at Grand Haven Gazebo before heading back north to Clubhouse Waterway. More info:

  • Saturday, Dec. 16 – Starlight 5K – 6 p.m., in and around Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave. More info:

For more information about Fantasy Lights, contact Bill Butler at For more information about the Tree Lighting Ceremony, contact the Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Department at 386-986-2323.

Always verify event information before going.  Event information is subject to change.


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