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.
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.
“Despite this year’s unprecedented challenges, the City of West Palm Beach has found a way to keep this holiday tradition alive, with plans in place to help our residents and visitors to celebrate safely,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “I applaud our Community Events Division, and I thank our event sponsors for helping to ensure the return of this beloved, iconic holiday happening. We hope everyone will keep up with their holiday traditions by joining us downtown for some (socially-distanced) holiday cheer.”
In order to comply with national, statewide, and local safety mandates, the City will skip the tree lighting ceremony and other coordinated events that typically draw larger crowds, such as the annual Sunday on the Waterfront Aloha Islanders show.
Directives on facial coverings will be followed in accordance with Palm Beach County mandates at that time, and hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout Sandi Land. Additionally, City staff and downtown security will monitor and encourage social distancing and sanitizing of high touch areas, such as the fence around Sandi.
“Though 2020 has been challenging, we weren’t about to let our beloved Sandi not star on the West Palm Beach Waterfront this holiday season,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “Her return brings a sense of normalcy and hope for the holidays. Safety is top of mind, and as such we have made modifications to our traditional Holiday in Paradise offerings, but the main message is, ‘let’s celebrate, safely.’”
Sandi will be installed in the Great Lawn, which is at the east end of Clematis Street, just west of Flagler Drive. Parking is available in the City of West Palm Beach garages. City garages are Clematis, Banyan, City Center, Sapodilla, and Evernia. Banyan and Evernia are the two closest garages. Those interested in arriving by boat can also take advantage of the City’s free public docks. The Clematis Street Dock is the closest dock to Holiday in Paradise.
For more information about Holiday in Paradise and other City events, visit www.wpb.org/events.
Sandi, the world’s only 700-ton sand tree, comes back December 5