Top Five Reasons to Invite Your Family to St. Lucie for the Holidays
Invite your family to take a break from the dark, cold winter and come to sunny St. Lucie, Fla. for holiday fun the entire family can enjoy!
No. 1: Escape the cold. If you have family that lives in the north, give them the opportunity to escape the cold, gray weather and come to sunny St. Lucie. After all, we all live in the Sunshine State of Florida – it’s time to enjoy the un-sweater weather. The Fall/Winter flight schedule at Palm Beach International ramps up this time of year offering daily flights from Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Hartford, Newark, Westchester, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit & Houston. Frequent flights from Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, and St. Louis also add to the list. www.pbia.org
No. 2: Tons of places to stay! From quaint, beachside inns to an all-inclusive resort in Port St. Lucie, the accommodations in St. Lucie fit all travel groups and their budgets. For a full list, click on Where to Stay at www.VisitStLucie.com.
No. 3. Support your local businesses. Let’s be real. Due to red tide and other environmental issues that have taken over local, state and even national headlines, the last couple of months haven’t been easy for our local hotels, retailers, restaurants, fishing guides, kayak tour guides and all the other businesses that rely on locals and visitors to survive. Bring the family and show them that the coast is clear and we are St. Lucie strong!
No. 4: Spending time with family and loved ones is life’s most precious moments. Don’t miss them.
No. 5: There’s no shortage of holiday activities to get you in the spirit. Here are just some of what families can do…
Enjoy a show at …The Sunrise Theatre – A Christmas Carol
Dinner and show in downtown Fort Pierce? Yes, please. This holiday season, Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol will be on the playbill at this historic, intimate theatre. In this heartwarming story of second chances, Ebenezer Scrooge learns that the only true treasure in life is found in the relationships we build and the lives we touch. A must see performance with powerful dancing, beautiful costumes, memorable sets and show stopping effects! This story is a beautiful lesson for both young and old that brings to our remembrance what is really important during the holiday season and in life. Shows times are Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. www.sunrisetheatre.com
Take a walk in the…Garden of Lights at Heathcote Botanical Gardens
Garden of Lights is Heathcote’s five acres of gardens illuminated with thousands of lights handcrafted into colorful seasonal and whimsical garden displays. Refreshments, s’mores (the Garden’s favorite), music and special appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus fill the bill for an annual holiday tradition. Children enjoy searching for all the critters scattered throughout the Gardens (most illuminated and a few live)! Visit the Garden of Lights throughout the holidays on Friday or Saturday evenings from 5:30 – 9 p.m., running Nov. 23 through Dec. 29. Tickets are $8 for non-members, $3 for children 3-12 years and children under 6 years are free. www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.org
Socialize at the…Festival of Lights at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center
Kick-off the holiday season Dec. 1 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center from 2 to 10 p.m. for the Festival of Lights. Sample local fare and do some holiday shopping with arts and craft vendors. This popular annual event will feature live music at 8 p.m. by Atlantic City Boys. Stay for the Snowflakes & Snowman Parade at 6 p.m. and immediately following the parade, spectators will enjoy the ever popular lighting of the 26.5-foot holiday tree. www.cityofpsl.com
Celebrate at the…Holiday Tree Lighting at Tradition Square
The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Tradition Square on Nov. 23 is a perfect way to spend the evening with family and friends. Enjoy classic holiday music, bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, local food and craft vendors and of course, a visit from Santa. The tree lighting and lighting of the square will take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. and ending the night with a magnificent fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. www.traditionfl.com
Make Memories at the…Sights & Sounds on 2nd Street Festival & Parade
Main Street Fort Pierce has a day full of family-friendly activities planned for Dec. 2, starting at 1 p.m. Enjoy entertainment by local dance groups, food vendors, arts and crafts, a kids’ zone and the much anticipated parade at 4 p.m. Immediately following the parade is the Holiday Christmas Tree lighting. The popular “Holiday Lights Spectacular” in Marina Square which consists of over 100,000 lights synchronized to holiday music is a must-see for local and out of town guests. www.mainstreetfortpierce.org
Have fun at the…St. Lucie County Christmas and Winter Boat Parade
Bring the family out on Dec. 8 to enjoy a parade of boats decorated for the holiday season. The parade begins near Harbortown Marina at 6:30 p.m., proceeds past South Beach Causeway, turning around at the Fort Pierce Inlet and will end at the Fort Pierce City Marina. The parade can be enjoyed from restaurants, parks and other locations along the water such as South Causeway Park and the River Walk Center. www.mainstreetfortpierce.org
About Visit St. Lucie:
Home to the historic city of Fort Pierce, the vibrant city of Port St. Lucie & 21 miles of beautiful beaches of Hutchinson Island, St. Lucie is located on the Atlantic Ocean along the east coast of Florida, 120 miles southeast of Orlando and 115 miles north of Miami with direct access from Florida’s Turnpike, Interstate 95 and State Road 70. The area offers an array of visitor activities including natural, uncrowded beaches, championship golf, excellent outdoor and nature adventures, a thriving arts and cultural scene, world class fishing and dozens of unique attractions. A variety of affordable accommodations such as hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals and Florida’s only all-inclusive resort are available. For more details visit www.visitstlucie.com, www.facebook.com/VisitStLucieFla; Twitter: @VisitStLucie and Instagram: @VisitStLucie.
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