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New Year’s Eve Celebration Events

A guide to celebrating New Year in West Palm Beach. Local celebrations vary across the city.

Holiday Season in West Palm Beach
Sandi, the world’s only 35-foot, 700-ton holiday sand tree.. Photo by Sue Traber, courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach is known for celebrating the Holiday Season with “Sandi,” the world’s only 700-ton sand tree, as the main attraction during this wonderful time of the year.

The City of West Palm Beach is making plans to welcome back the star of our annual Holiday in Paradise events. Sandi will return to the waterfront on Saturday, December 5, 2020, for her 9th season.

In a year in which many are not planning on a photo with Santa, unless he’s already part of your family bubble, Sandi, the Holiday Tree, will bring us a bliss of hope with its nightly music and light shows through New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2020. The light shows will run between 6 and 10 p.m.

Sandi Land

Sandi’s nightly music and light shows on Clematis Street’s Waterfront Park is the star of the holiday season in West Palm Beach.

As the world’s only 35-foot surfin’ sand tree made up of 700-tons of sand, Sandi is at the center of many free events taking place on the Waterfront Commons in Downtown on New Year’s Eve that include:

Glow FORE It Mini Golf: Monday-Friday: 6-10 PM, Saturday-Sunday: Noon-10 PM.
Monday-Wednesday: FREE! Thursday-Sunday: $2.50/pp.  This is a great place to catch the vibe, take lots of photos for social media posting and even play a glowing nine-hole mini-golf course.

SnowieVille: Monday-Friday: 6-10 PM, Saturday-Sunday: Noon-10 PM
Create your own life-sized tropical snowman or snowlady with fun mix-and-match pieces, and take a seasonal selfie to share with all your friends.

Special events

While many Sandi Land staples—such as Glow FORE It Mini Golf, SnowieVille, and Sandi’s Dressing Room—are suspended this year, some have been modified to continue traditions, including a visit with Santa.

Anticipated elements include ‘Santa at Sandi’ where Santa people will find him safely distanced in his lifeguard chair. His perch will be more than six feet in the air, and kids and families can safely gather for a photo opportunity at the bottom.

‘Sing-along and/or Storytime with Sandi’ will be good for families. They can gather at the foot of the Sandi tree for an unforgettable experience, as Sandi sings along or reads aloud. This is a free event, but reservations will be required.

‘Surprise Pop-Up Entertainment’ are unexpected entertainment elements that will pop up throughout Sandi’s visit so every visitor can have festive and memory-making fun in a safe way.

New Year’s Eve live music on the Square



The City of West Palm Beach does not host an annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show but features instead, a variety of free family fun activities taking place in downtown and other districts.

You can also head to our what’s happening section to learn more about events going on throughout the month of December in the lead up to celebration following the social media hashtags: #visitwpb, #wpbnow, and #ilovewpb.

Check here a list of restaurants, attractions, and other things to do in West Palm Beach too.

Check New Year’s Eve Celebration Events in West Palm Beach and the Calendar of Music, Arts and Entertainment for the 2016 Holidays in Downtown and CityPlace.

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