By AARON WORMUS
Exclusive to Palms West Monthly
Posted Dec. 1, 2018
Just when you’re feeling a bit of fall weather starting to sneak in, you wake up and find that the holidays are here!
Who would have thought that the sub-tropical paradise of West Palm Beach would be a great place to get into the holiday spirit? But check out these local holiday events and I promise that by the time you finish, you’ll be ready to deck the halls with boughs of holly!
Miracle at CityPlace
Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like enjoying some holiday spirits! Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, you’ll be able to get your fill of decadent holiday spirits at the pop-up seasonal-themed bar “Miracle on Rosemary” opening in CityPlace right below Blue Martini.
The list of Christmassy concoctions at Miracle include Bad Santa, Christmas Carol Barrel, Run Run Rudolph, Christmopolitan and A Partridge In A Pear Tree. And for those holiday movie buffs still debating whether “Die Hard” is a true Christmas movie, why not continue that debate while sipping on a Yippie Ki Yay … well, you know the rest.
The first Miracle popped up in New York City in 2014, and this season there will be 80 locations spreading holiday cheer around the globe. CityPlace’s Miracle will run through Dec. 31 and will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Holiday in Paradise
Sandi’s back! Last year, our very own 35-foot-tall, 600-ton sculpted sand tree introduced downtown visitors to her rescue dog Duke. Now, according to the City of West Palm Beach’s website, it sounds like Sandi and Duke have made a new friend – a beautiful mermaid with an even prettier voice!
West Palm Beach’s Holiday in Paradise runs through Dec. 31. For more details on the family-friendly events running all month long, check out this month’s front page story.
Neighborhood home tours are a fabulous tradition and the Old Northwood Historic District’s Candlelight Home Tour has been running for over 30 years. The Old Northwood tour will be held Sunday, Dec. 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $35.
Old Northwood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in West Palm Beach. It was a choice location for architects and builders of the 1920s such as John Volk, William King and Henry Harvey, who built their homes and left their mark on the historic neighborhood.
The Candlelight Home Tour brings over 1,400 people to visit these beautiful historic homes. The walk between homes is short and you’ll meet a Who’s Who of West Palm Beach walking the neighborhood streets. To purchase tickets and learn more historical information about Old Northwood, go online to oldnorthwood.com.
3rd Annual Gift Exchange
Naturally, one of my favorite (new) holiday traditions is the aGuyonClematis 3rd Annual WPB Secret Santa Gift Exchange that will take place Dec. 18.
This is a holiday tradition that I started with a simple desire to bring people together and share a few minutes exchanging gifts with old and new friends on our beautiful waterfront.
To participate in the gift exchange, sign up no later than midnight on Dec. 9. That’s when you’ll get the name of the person for whom you’re getting a gift.
Last year, we had 30 people join in, each eager to share holiday cheer and gifts. To sign up and for more information, go to the events section of facebook.com/aguyonclematis. Everyone is welcome to participate!
I hope you have a joyous and fulfilling holiday season with your family and friends.