Holiday Tradition Returns In A Big Way

Christmas is probably the most ubiquitously celebrated holiday in the world — it definitely is in the U.S. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that — religious aspects aside — Christmas is about brotherhood, peace on earth, goodwill toward men — ya know, all that heartwarming crap. Heartwarming traditions are what make the holidays for most people, but if you are a Floridian, good wintry traditions can be hard to come by. One of the best Christmas traditions to be found around these parts is the lighting of the 100-foot Christmas tree in downtown Delray Beach. This Thursday will be the 20th-annual lighting of the enormous tree in Old School Square (51 N. Swinton Ave.). Santa Claus will be flown in by the CBS 12 helicopter all the way from the North Pole to personally flip the switch. Santa touches down at 7 p.m., the lights go on at 7:15, and you can enjoy art and performances along the entire avenue from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is free, though donations are welcome. Call 561-279-1380, or visit Rebecca Dittmar
Thu., Nov. 29, 6 p.m., 2012
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