Looking to get into the holiday spirit this December? Look no further! Wellington has fun, family-friendly activities scheduled throughout the month.
Friday, Dec. 6: Holiday Tree Lighting and Blues Brothers Soul Band — Start your December festivities off with the village’s Holiday Tree Lighting and concert on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The tree lighting is set to occur at 6:30 p.m., followed by a concert by the Blues Brothers Soul Band. Food trucks will be available on-site for food and beverage purchases. A number of children’s characters will also be on hand for photo opportunities, plus enjoy a special visit with the big man in red himself — Santa Claus. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/amphitheater for more information.
Sunday, Dec. 8: 36th annual Wellington Holiday Parade “Favorite Holiday Memories” — The annual Wellington Holiday Parade, hosted by the Village of Wellington and the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, returns on Sunday, Dec. 8. Enjoy a free day of fun and festivities with Holiday Park at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a judged parade filled with imaginative floats, marching bands, characters, dance troupes and more. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. and winds its way down Forest Hill Blvd., from Wellington Trace to Ken Adams Way. Vendors will be on-site with goodies available for purchase. Grab your family and your sneakers and come on out for this fantastic holiday event. Visit www.cpbcchamber.com for more information.
Friday, Dec. 13: Panther Run Elementary School Holiday Concert and Free Movie Night featuring “The Grinch” — Bring out the family for a free holiday concert by Panther Run Elementary School, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Following the concert, enjoy a free showing of The Grinch (2018, PG), starting at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/amphitheater for more information.
Saturday, Dec. 14: 29th annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic — Grab your fishing tackle and get ready to reel in “the big one” at the 29th annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic on Saturday, Dec. 14. This year’s free fishing tournament will be held at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) and is presented by the Village of Wellington in conjunction with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and Building Up Sports Academy. The tournament is open to all local children ages 15 and younger. Registration opens at 8 a.m., followed by the tournament from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and awards and fish tales from 11 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place based on a point system of fish caught and released in each age group: 6 and under, ages 7 to 9, ages 10 to 12 and ages 13 to 15. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing rod. A limited supply of fishing rods will be available to use for those who don’t have their own. Bait will be provided. Learn more at www.wellingtonfl.gov/holidayfishing.
Saturday, Dec. 14: Holiday Boat Parade — Come watch as local residents and boating enthusiasts “light up the lake” with the annual Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Wellington on Saturday, Dec. 14. Boats will launch from the Meadowland Cove launch at 6:20 p.m. and are expected to pass behind the Wellington Community Center at approximately 6:25 p.m. The parade will be visible from the first-floor patio of the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Due to construction activities on the lakeside, attendees will need to enter through the community center’s main entrance in order to access the patio. Approximately 30 festive, decorated boats are expected to cruise in the parade. Those interested in participating should contact Jack Brownson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Saturday, Dec. 14: Fleetwood Mac Holiday Tribute — Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and come enjoy a special “Fleetwood Mac Holiday Tribute” by Dreams: Crystal Visions of Fleetwood Mac at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, Dec. 14. Food trucks will be available on-site for food and beverage purchases. A number of children’s characters will also be on hand for photo opportunities, plus enjoy a special visit with the big man in red himself — Santa Claus. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/amphitheater for more information.
Sunday, Dec. 15: eighth annual Wellington Jingle Bell Run 5K — The eighth annual Jingle Bell Run 5K returns to Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) on Sunday, Dec. 15. The race begins at 7 a.m., and participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Wellington families in need as part of the annual Hometown Holiday Toy Drive. All participants will be provided with jingle bells to wear prior to the start of the race. For details, and registration information, visit www.active.com.