Pick up decorating ideas and mix and mingle with neighbors at Old Northwood Historic District’s annual Candlelight Home Tour in West Palm Beach on December 15 from 5-9 p.m. Besides seeing a variety of architecture and gorgeous interiors, the event includes a VIP package, gourmet bites, toy drive, artisan market and kiss-the-pooch fundraiser.
3510 Spruce Avenue; oldnorthwood.com
The Cooper is switching its usual craft cocktails for a kid-friendly fantasyland and toy drive on December 14. The annual Teddy Bear Brunch promises characters, music and food. Traditional breakfast items will be served alongside special stations for popcorn, cupcakes and candy. Children 12 and younger receive souvenir teddy bears. Wear your holiday finery.
4610 PGA Boulevard; 561.622.0032; cooperrestaurant.com
Vero Beach makes it easy to savor the season. Its famed McKee Botanical Garden hosts Holiday Nights of Lights from December 13-22 and December 27-29 from 6-8 p.m. Sample treats, tour the holiday village and be dazzled by the LED wonderland. On December 14 from 12-4 p.m., do some holiday shopping while supporting local charities at Vero Design District’s inaugural Holiday Stroll.
350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach; 772.794.0601; mckeegarden.org. 1174 19th Street.
There are so many stunning holiday trees throughout South Florida, but Royal Poinciana Plaza’s entry stands out for its artist collaboration and surfboard theme. Every year, the luxury retail center taps a major international artist to decorate its sky-high tree. Gray Malin, a fine art photographer known for large-scale, aerial beach scenes, combined 52 surfboards and his iconic images.
340 Royal Poinciana Way; theroyalpoincianaplaza.com