Palm Coast Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony ~ 2018

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. Saturday, 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 20-foot Fraser Fir, being decorated this year with sparkling lights and ornaments with the theme “Star Light, Star Bright.” Santa will arrive on a Palm Coast Fire Engine!

The Choral Arts Society will perform and later in the night you can join their carolers in some holiday favorites! 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. Items can be dropped off at the Parks & Rec information table.

Opening night of the Rotary Club’s 13th Annual Fantasy Lights Festival will have three new features this year – a silent auction of 10 beautifully decorated Christmas trees by local businesses, a Jewel Box fundraiser and a Talking Christmas Tree in Santa’s Village that will be in action on the weekends. The Jewel Box has three pieces of jewelry donated by Gregg Lynn Jewelers. Rotary will sell 500 keys, and three winning keys will open the jewel box.

Back by popular demand this year is “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:
  • Back to Eden Café
  • Bayne’s Barbeque
  • Chicken Pantry
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Olive Garden
  • Sarifina’s Eatery
  • Swillerbees Craft Donuts and Coffee Bar
  • The Southern Table
  • Tortugas Floribbean Kitchen & Bar
  • Uncaged Tasting Room

The 48 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. 8 – Palm Coast Starlight Parade – Parade at 7 p.m. with activities from 4-6:45 p.m. including visits with Santa (bring your own camera) and children’s activities. 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. 15 – Palm Coast Yacht Club 36th 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 south on the Intracoastal Waterway, turning at the Grand Haven gazebo back to the Club House Waterway. The Parade will pass the Tidelands, Marina Cove, and the Palm Coast Legacy Vacation Resort.  It will then proceed under the Hammock Dunes Bridge along St. Joe’s Walkway and Canopy Walk, pass by Waterfront Park, Grand Haven, Island Estates, the Hammock, and Yacht Harbor Village before disbursing at the Clubhouse Waterway. More info:

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

Event Source: News Release


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