Palm Coast Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
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. Friday, 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 tree, being decorated this year with sparkling lights and nautical-themed ornaments. Santa will arrive on a Palm Coast Fire Engine!
Jazz singer Linda Cole will perform holiday favorites, and 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.
Opening night of the Rotary Club's 12th Annual Fantasy Lights Festival will feature "A Taste of the Holidays" with local restaurants offering a wide assortment of small plates. Tickets are $1, and the "tastes" are one to three tickets each. Participating restaurants include:
- Anthony's Brick Oven Pizza
- Bayne's Barbeque
- Break Awayz
- Dunkin' Donuts
- Hi Tulip Cafe
- Houligan's Palm Coast
- Kool Beenz
- Oceanside Beach Bar & Grill
- Olive Garden
- Swillerbees Craft Donuts and Coffee Bar
- Tortugas Floribbean Kitchen & Bar
- Tropical Smooth Café
The 45 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, Santa's Merry Train Ride, 3-D twinkle glasses and snow! See the City's online calendar at www.palmcoastgov.com/calendars for details on special themed nights or visit the "events" section of www.flaglerrotary.org for more details.