While Vero Beach is known for her Beautiful Beaches, Culture, Delicious Dining and of course her Shopping at the Oceanfront….Vero Beach also LOVES to get “Christmassy”~ This time of year you’ll find many things to enjoy, watch or participate in. The warmth of Vero Beach’s Floridian Breezes will engulf you in “Merriment” as the Season begins. Just LOOK at these venues for starters…….
Christmas in Vero at Historic Dodgertown: This one-night event is based on old-fashioned traditions. Enjoy walking by various vendors and have your picture taken with Santa. There will be an outdoor viewing of It’s A Wonderful Life. Date: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Call 727-481-1174 for more information.
Sunset Holiday Lights Canoe Trips: This activity involves a canoe as you watch a beautiful sunset with holiday lights in the Indian River Lagoon. This Christmas event is on multiple dates: Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Dec. 11, Dec. 12, and Dec. 13, 2016. All times are from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Book your reservations at 772-589-5050 ext 114. Minimum age: 8. Location: Environmental Learning Center at 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL. 32963.
Elf Jr. at Riverside Theatre: This is a musical comedy based on the beloved holiday film. Buddy the Elf and his quest to find his true identity. Friday, Dec. 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 772-231-6990 for more information.
Santa Toy Drive Paddle: Dress up in your holiday costume or decorate your paddle craft in Christmas style for your chance to earn the award for the best decoration. Toys will be collected during this event and going to Castle. Bring toys of all ages. There are no price restrictions, but they ask that they are new and unwrapped. All paddle craft are welcome. If you don’t have a paddle board or kayak, you can rent one for a cash donation of $30. Date: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. Call 772-444-7871 for more information. Location: Paddles By The Sea, 3321 Bridge Plaza Drive, Vero Beach, Florida.
The Nutcracker: In Swingtime at Riverside Theatre: This will be the final year for this jazzy holiday classic by Duke Ellington. Date: Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 772-231-6990 for more information.
Holidays at McKee: Incredible Botanical Garden featuring thousands of twinkling lights, decorations, holiday music, Santa Claus, and a model train display that’s out of this world. The Holidays at McKee are on Dec. 21 through Dec. 23 from 6-8 p.m. The Nights of Lights events are Dec. 28 through Dec. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. Call 772-794-0601. Location: McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach FL. 32962.