The world’s only 35-foot, 700-ton holiday sand tree will soon return to the West Palm Beach waterfront, and this year’s added element is Ferris the Ferris wheel. The month-long Holiday in Paradise (HIP) will kick off on Thursday, December 1, at the Clematis by Night Holiday Tree Lighting from 6 – 9 p.m. on the Great Lawn.
With the addition of Ferris to this year’s activities, guests will have a heightened, aerial view of HIP and Sandi.
Ferris rides will be available from 6 – 10 p.m. nightly throughout the month of December. The 65-foot Ferris wheel features gondola seating and its own light show. Tickets are $5 per rider for a single ride or $20 per rider for unlimited rides for one night (plus sales tax and processing fees). Tickets are required for guests aged three and older, and patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at wpb.org/events. An adult must accompany anyone under 42” in height. Additional restrictions apply and can be found on the City’s website (wpb.org/events).
“Holiday in Paradise will soon be in full swing, and this year’s celebration will be the best yet with the addition of Ferris,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “There is much to celebrate this season, including Sandi’s win as the ‘Best Public Holiday Lights Display’ in 2021 and our first-ever presenting sponsor, Florida Power & Light. This holiday season will surely be special in our city and we can’t wait to celebrate with Sandi, Ferris, and all of you!”
“If you love Sandi’s shows from a ground view, wait until you see them from 65 feet in the air,” said Mary Pinak, community events manager for the City of West Palm Beach. “For long-time Sandi fans, it will be enlightening to see her from above. We know first-time visitors will be blown away by this unique holiday celebration which keeps getting better and better.”
Sandi’s synchronized music and light shows will run nightly on the quarter hour from 6 – 10 p.m. through December (except on days with scheduled special events). In sync with Sandi’s show, the dancing Centennial Fountain will be part of her nightly party. On Saturday, December 31, Sandi’s shows and Ferris’ rides will be extended through midnight. Other daily mainstays throughout HIP include additional sand sculptures that are a combined 100 tons of sand and memory-making photo spots.
Holiday in Paradise is held on the West Palm Beach Great Lawn (100 N. Clematis St.). For more information about HIP and other City of West Palm Beach events, please visit wpb.org/events. Online @Sanditreewpb.
For tickets, www.wpb.org