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Holiday Events Calendar



Hall of Giants

McKee Botanical Garden Hall of Giants with a miniature village inside for the holidays.

BY SUSAN BURGESS

ALL DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CALL BEFORE ATTENDING.

NOVEMBER

Friday, Nov. 16
•Festival of Trees Gala – Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, with Michael Andrew and his Swingin’ Christmas concert. Gala starts at 5:30 p.m. 231.6990

Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18
•Festival of Trees – Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach. Theme: Favorite Things. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Features a forest of glittering custom-designed trees to be auctioned, hall of wreaths, community songfest, Santa’s Village outside, the Christmas Shoppe and Winter Gardens, children’s activities and more, all to benefit the children’s theater. Saturday Family Night Party 4-8 p.m. Party features artificial ice rink, holiday performances and hot chocolate. 231.6990
•Breakfast with Santa – Riverside Theatre. Includes hot breakfast, visits with Santa and Elves, short holiday show. 9 a.m. 231.6990

Thursday, Nov. 22 THANKSGIVING

Friday, Nov. 23 – Saturday, Dec. 29
•Heathcote Garden of Lights – Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Fort Pierce. See unforgettable displays of brilliantly lighted animals, flowers, plants, trees and bushes, archways, and creatures created from lights, 5-9:30 p.m. each evening. Santa and Mrs. Claus too. Details: 464.4672

Friday, Nov. 23
•Christmas on Main Street – Stuart City Hall Annex parking lot and Riverwalk Stage, 4-7 p.m. 286.2848

Saturday, Nov. 24
•Drumline Holiday Spectacular – Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce. A musical journey through the most beloved chart-topping classics. 8 p.m. 461.4884

Wednesday, Nov. 28
•Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour – Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, 8 p.m. 461.4884

Thursday, Nov. 29-Sunday, Dec. 2
•Singing Christmas Tree – Experience more than 75 voices singing from the tall tree-shaped platform, and about 50 cast members in the Christmas pageant. Doors open at 6 p.m.; performance at 7. Caution – get there early if you want a seat. Hobe Sound Bible Church, 546.5696

Friday, Nov. 30
•A Christmas Carol – A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart, 8 p.m. 932.8880
•Star of Wonder – Hallstrom Planetarium, Indian River State College, 6 and 7:30 p.m. 800.220.9915

DECEMBER
Saturday, Dec. 1 – Monday, Dec. 31
•Winter Wonderland Light Show – One-of-a-kind light and sound experience at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 7-9 p.m. 878.2277

Saturday, Dec. 1
•Hobe Sound Christmas Parade – Join the fun on Bridge Road at 1 p.m. Crafts at 10 a.m. 546.4724
•Sebastian Christmas Parade – The parade starts at Main Street and ends at Riverview Park where the city tree will be lighted and children can visit Santa. 6-8 p.m. 589.5969
•Festival of Lights – Port St. Lucie Civic Center Village Square. Theme: Snowflakes and Snowmen. Annual Parade of Lights and lighting of the holiday tree. Food, live music, and arts and crafts. 2-10 p.m. 878.2277
•Vero Beach Centennial Christmas Parade – leaving Flamevine Lane at 6 p.m. and proceeding north along Ocean Drive to Live Oak Drive. Don’t miss the large and elaborate floats bringing holiday cheer to all. See a video on the verobeachoba.com website. 713.1034
•A Christmas Carol – A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart, 8 p.m. 932.8880
•Star of Wonder – Hallstrom Planetarium, Indian River State College, 1 and 2:30 p.m. 800.220.9915
•Kids Space – Hallstrom Planetarium, Indian River State College, 11 a.m. 800.220.9915
•Family Holiday Photo Day at McKee – McKee Botanical Gardens, Vero Beach, 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. 794.0601
•The Splendor of Christmas – Treasure Coast Community Singers, North Stuart Baptist Church, 3 p.m. 224.8807 or 692.1616
•Celtic Angels Christmas Concert – Emerson Center, Vero Beach, 7 p.m. 532.9184
•Sunset Holiday Lights Canoe Trip – Evening trip under mangrove tunnels lighted with holiday lights. Environmental Learning Center, Vero Beach. 589.5050

Sunday, Dec. 2 HANUKKAH
•Sights and Sounds – The annual holiday celebration in downtown Fort Pierce with family-friendly activities and the Christmas Parade on Indian River Drive with lots of colorful floats, dancers and bands. Joy to the World is the theme. 1 p.m. for the festival, 4 p.m. for the parade. Christmas tree lighting after the parade.

Friday, Dec. 7
•58th Stuart Christmas Parade – Big elaborate floats, some 30-40 feet, with a theme of Christmas in Toyland, marching bands, amazing light displays, on East Ocean Boulevard. 7 p.m. 286.1844
•A Christmas Carol – A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart, 8 p.m. 932.8880
•Star of Wonder – Hallstrom Planetarium, Indian River State College, 6 and 7:30 p.m. 800.220.9915
•Kids Space – Hallstrom Planetarium, Indian River State College, 11 a.m. 800.220.9915
•A Peter White Christmas – with Rick Braun and Euge Groove, Lyric Theatre, Stuart, 8 and 8:30 p.m. 286.7827

Saturday, Dec. 8
•Delights of December – Plant propagation and gift shop holiday sale, Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 337.1959
•Fun with Santa at the Gardens – All welcome at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 2-4 p.m. Bring a camera. 337.1959
•A Christmas Carol – A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart, 8 p.m. 932.8880
•Star of Wonder – Hallstrom Planetarium, Indian River State College, 1 and 2:30 p.m. 800.220.9915
•Yuletides – Hallstrom Planetarium, Indian River State College, 4 and 7 p.m. 800.220.9915
•A Christmas Carol – Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, presented by South Florida Dance Company.
•A Christmas Carol – A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart, 8 p.m. 932.8880
•Boat Parade – Martin County, starting at the east side of the Jensen Beach Causeway at 6 p.m. Also good viewing from Stuart Causeway, Sandsprit Park and Manatee Pocket where it ends at 7:45 p.m. at the Twisted Tuna in Port Salerno. 652.7599
•St. Lucie County Boat Parade – Starts at Taylor Creek near Harbortown Marina at 6:30 p.m. Turns around westward in Fort Pierce Inlet at 7 p.m. and ends at the city marina and Original Tiki Bar & Restaurant at 7:45 p.m. Good viewing from restaurants, Causeway Park and along the Riverwalk. 652.7599
•Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol – Vero Beach Theatre Guild, 8 p.m. 562.8300
•Holidays Around the World – Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, Jensen Beach. 4-7 p.m. (Members 3:30 to 7 p.m.) 225.7575

Sunday, Dec. 9
•A Christmas Carol – A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart, 3 p.m. 932.8880
•A Christmas Carol – Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, presented by South Florida Dance Company at 3 p.m. 461.4884
•Noel, Noel – Community Church of Vero Beach with the Community Church Chancel Choir, Vero Beach Choral Society, Tapestry Brass, the talented Atlantic Ringers, and pianists Rochelle Sallee and Jacob Craig. 2 p.m. 228.1070
•Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol – Vero Beach Theatre Guild, 8 p.m. 562.8300

Monday, Dec. 10 HANUKKAH ENDS

Tuesday, Dec. 11
•A Swingin’ Little Christmas – with Jane Lynch, perhaps better known as Sue Sylvester in Glee, Lyric Theatre, Stuart, 7 p.m. 286.7827

Wednesday, Dec. 12
•Holiday Luncheon for Special Needs – for ages 15 and up at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center game room. A festive holiday gathering for those with special needs and their caregivers, featuring lunch, a train diorama, bingo, unlimited access to the game room amenities, a special visit from Santa and a lively musical sing-along. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5 per person. 807.4488

Thursday, Dec. 13
•The Midtown Men, Holiday Hits – Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, Four stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys. 7 p.m. 461.4884

Friday, Dec. 14
•A Christmas Carol – A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart, 8 p.m. 932.8880
•The Nutcracker – Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, presented by Treasure Coast Youth Ballet at 7p.m. 461.4884
•The Nutcracker – Lyric Theatre, Stuart, presented by Florida Arts & Dance Company. 7 p.m. 286.7827

Saturday, Dec. 15
•A Christmas Carol – A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart, 8 p.m. 932.8880
•Christmas Cantata – Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church, Vero Beach, 7 p.m. 231.1661
•Vero Beach Centennial Boat Parade – Starts at 6 p.m. between the two bridges and finishes at the Vero Beach City Marina. 652-7599
•The Gentle Nutcracker – Lyric Theatre, Stuart, presented by Florida Arts & Dance Company for people with sensory sensitivity. This is a quieter version with subdued lighting and is shorter. 3 p.m. 286.7827
•The Messiah – presented by First Baptist Church in Vero with the Treasure Coast Chorale and 100 singers from choirs throughout the county. 7 p.m. 567.4341

Sunday, Dec. 16
•A Christmas Carol – A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart, 3 p.m. 932.8880
•The Nutcracker – Lyric Theatre, Stuart, presented by Florida Arts & Dance Company, 7 p.m. 286.782

Tuesday, Dec. 18
•Santa’s Calling – Santa will call Port St. Lucie kids ages 2-8, 6-8 p.m. Parents can pick up forms at community center, civic center, Minsky Gym and city hall. Turn in forms at community center by Dec. 7. 878.2277

Thursday, Dec. 20
•Santa’s Calling – Santa will call Port St. Lucie kids ages 2-8, 6-8 p.m. Parents can pick up forms at community center, civic center, Minsky Gym and city hall. Turn in forms at community center by Dec. 7. 878.2277
•Santa Claus Visit – Come to the Minsky Gym with children ages 5 and younger for a visit with Santa. Bring your camera. Holiday treats after the visit. $5 per child. 10:30 a.m. to noon. 344.4142
•Holidays at McKee – McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach. Members-only night. 6-8 p.m. 794.0601

Friday, Dec. 21
•Pancakes with Santa – Enjoy a morning of kids’ crafts, visit from Santa, face painting and pancakes at the Port St. Lucie Community Center from 10-11:30 a.m. Bring a camera. For ages 2-8, $7.50 per child. 878.2277
•Holidays at McKee – McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach. Thousands of twinkling lights, a large-scale model train. Festive holiday decorations galore, fascinating vintage band organ, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 6-8 p.m. 794.0601

Saturday, Dec. 22
•Holidays at McKee – McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach. Thousands of twinkling lights, a large-scale model train. Festive holiday decorations galore, fascinating vintage band organ, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 6-8 p.m. 794.0601
•The Magical Doll Emporium – A unique holiday tale of the power of imagination. Lyric Theatre, Stuart, 7 p.m. 286.7827

Sunday, Dec. 23
•Holidays at McKee – McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach. Thousands of twinkling lights, a large-scale model train. Festive holiday decorations galore, fascinating vintage band organ, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 6-8 p.m. 794.0601
•Winter Solstice Drum Circle – Savannas Preserve State Park, Walton Road. Bring a drum or listen. 7-9 p.m. $5 per person.

Monday, Dec. 24 CHRISTMAS EVE

Tuesday, Dec. 25 CHRISTMAS DAY

Wednesday, Dec. 26
•National Ballet Theatre of Odessa from the Ukraine: The Nutcracker – Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, 7 p.m. 461.4884
•The Nutcracker – performed by Treasure Coast Youth Ballet. Lyric Theatre, Stuart, 2 and 7:30 p.m. 286.7827

Friday, Dec. 28
•Nights of Lights at McKee – McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach. Thousands of twinkling lights light up the garden. 6-7:30 p.m. 794.0601

Saturday, Dec. 29
•Nights of Lights at McKee – McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach. Thousands of twinkling lights light up the garden. 6-7:30 p.m. 794.0601

Sunday, Dec. 30
•Nights of Lights at McKee – McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach. Thousands of twinkling lights light up the garden. 6-7:30 p.m. 794.0601
•The Nutcracker on the Indian River – Ballet Vero Beach. Adapted for a setting on the Indian River Lagoon. Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m. 905.2651

Monday, Dec. 31
•The Nutcracker on the Indian River – Ballet Vero Beach. Adapted for a setting on the Indian River Lagoon. Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m. 905.2651
•New Year’s Eve Party – Diamonds are Forever, commemorating the 100 years of Vero Beach. Party on 14th Avenue. Diamond Ball Drop, light show, DJ, outdoor dance floor, fireworks, food and champagne bar. 8-11:30 p.m. 643.6782