31 Days in #DowntownWPB

One of the greatest things about living in Downtown West Palm Beach is the endless opportunity for entertainment on any given day. Combine those typical opportunities with an incredible schedule of special holiday events, and your December becomes pretty busy with happenings. It can be tough to keep track of what’s going on even if you do have an incredible memory.

The last thing we want to do is create paralysis of analysis. That’s why this holiday season, we want to give you the gift of simplicity. Every day throughout the month of December, we’ll share one suggestion of something for you to try in #DowntownWPB. No multiple choice. No eenie-meenie. Just one single opportunity for you to take advantage of. As we make our suggestions on social media each day, they’ll also be added to this blog.  Life can be stressful enough around the holidays, and finding a way to enjoy yourself shouldn’t be.

With that in mind, here are the things you should do over the next 31 days in #DowntownWPB:

Day 1: Give the gift of outdoor FUN & ADVENTURE in West Palm Beach this holiday season with a Visit Palm Beach Gift Card!

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Today is the last day to take advantage of this great deal from Visit Palm Beach. All gift cards are on ‘Sail’ for 20% OFF at www.VisitPalmBeach.com and are valid on all Visit Palm Beach activities including parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, catamaran sailing cruises and more!

Day 2: Visit the Paul Fisher Downtown Gallery to see Edwina Sandys’ “Breakthrough” on display for the first time ever in Florida!

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One year after the November 9, 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall, artist Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, introduced her “Breakthrough” sculpture to a crowd of 7,000 people gathered on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. The 11-foot-high by 32-foot-long structure, perhaps the most important monument to be constructed on American soil since the Vietnam War Memorial, was created from actual sections of the Berlin Wall. Now it is on display for the first time in the state of Florida right here in Downtown West Palm Beach’s Paul Fisher Downtown Gallery; located at 218 Clematis St.

Day 3: Head to Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy to discover value packed wines that won’t break the bank while hosting your holiday event.

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If you’re looking to uncork a little extra holiday cheer this season, you should definitely check out tonight’s event at Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy. For just $35, you can taste and learn about six different wines – three whites and three reds – that will become your holiday helpers without emptying your pockets (each of them is under $20). For more information, please call (561) 721-6000 or visit www.virginiaphilipwineshopacademy.com.

Day 4: Come get in the holiday spirit at the official Clematis by Night Sandi Tree Lighting event.

Day 4

Sandi, the 600-ton gem of the holiday season, will overlook all of Sandi Land.

From 6-10 p.m. tonight, she comes to life in her first synchronized holiday sound and light show of 2014. Join us in celebrating Sandi’s return with performances by national recording artists JT Hodges and Ryan Cabrera live on stage, four more 25-ton sand sculptures, the Peppermint Putt-Putt golf course and the Tropical Gift Boutique. Visit http://wpb.org/clematis-by-night/concerts/holiday-tree-lighting/ for more information.

Day 5: Sample sweet seasonal specials at the Ganache Holiday Tastings event.

Day 5

One of the best bakeries in DowntownWPB is offering a pretty sweet deal TODAY. From 4-6 p.m., Ganache Bakery Cafe will host a holiday tasting event, offering samples of their special holiday items available to order, including:

  • Eggnog Cheese Cake
  • Pumpkin Spiced Cheese Cake
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Carrot Cake
  • Associated Rum Cake
  • Pecan pie
  • Sweet Potato pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Christmas Punch
  • Eggnog

And if you place orders on the day of the event you will receive 25% off orders of $25 or more! For more information, please call (561) 507-5082.

Day 6: Try a Sandi Slice at Pizza Girls

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Grab yourself a slice of the new Sandi pizza at Pizza Girls before it’s too late! While you’re there, be sure to pick up a gift card for yourself and others when you spend $100 and receive $20 free!

Day 7: Build a Tropical Snowman at SnowieVille

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Open until December 30 on the great lawn along Flagler Drive from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., SnowieVille gives you an opportunity you probably never thought you’d get in South Florida – the chance to sculpt your own life-size, tropical snowman for a seasonal snapshot to remember.

Day 8: Grab Breakfast at The Blind Monk

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No, that wasn’t a typo. Throughout the month of December, The Blind Monk will be hosting a new “pop up” breakfast spot, “A.M. Shift,” that will serve breakfast each weekday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., and will feature a short menu of elevated breakfast item, including dishes made with specially sourced ingredients that are both healthy and filling. Items are priced $4 to $12 and can be paired with a hot or cold-brew coffee made using locally roasted, organic, Fair Trade beans. For more information, please call 561.833.3605 or visit www.TheBlindMonk.com.

Day 9: Light up your night with a holiday segway tour

Day 9

Palm Beach Segway Tours is rolling into the season with their 4th Annual Holiday Lights Tours, and you’re invited to come along for the ride! Rolling through the Downtown area and along the palm tree-lit waterfront, the tour offers riders a fun way to see the Downtown West Palm Beach’s version of a winter wonderland, with all of its incredible lights & holiday décor. The tours will be “rolling” 7 days a week from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the rest of December, so book your ride now!

Day 10: Celebrate for a cause at the Lynora’s Osteria Season Kickoff Happy Hour and Ribbon Cutting event

Day 10

Looking to have a good time for a good cause? Head over to Lynora’s Osteria tonight, where they’ll be hosting two tasty events to benefit Place of Hope. First up is their ribbon cutting and season kickoff happy hour from 6 to 7 p.m., featuring complimentary canapes and beverages from VineCraft and Peroni. Then from 9 to 11 p.m., it’s reverse happy hour time: enjoy 2-for-1 drinks and $5 margherita pizzas while listening to the eclectic spins of DJ Adam Lipson. To top it all off, 10% of the proceeds from this evening will be donated directly to Place of Hope.

Day 11: Catch a free ride to and from, in and around #DowntownWPB

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Guess what, people? Fall 2014 is upon us, and just as the photo above suggests, so is another season of Palm Beach Free Ride. This environmentally-friendly operation provides people with free rides along its route throughout some of the most popular areas. This season, Palm Beach Free Ride is operating until May 7, running from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the week and even later on weekends!  All you need to do is flag them down or wait at one of their stops, hop in and enjoy #thefreeride.

Day 12: See a Special Screen on The Green Double Feature

Day 12

Tonight, the popular free outdoor movie screening experience that comes to the Downtown WPB Waterfront on the second Friday of each month is running a special holiday-themed double feature. Santa will be on-site from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and kids can decorate cardboard boxes with wrapping paper and ribbon to become walking presents. “Merry Madagascar” will play from 8 to 8:30 p.m. before a short break for a holiday gift parade. After the gift parade, the classic family comedy “Home Alone” will play from 8:45 to 11 p.m.

Day 13: Enjoy Opera @ The Waterfront

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Today’s suggestion is the perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural entertainment that are commonplace in Downtown West Palm Beach. From 2 to 3 p.m., you can sit at the edge of the picturesque West Palm Beach waterfront and enjoy an unforgettable performance by more than 100 musicians and internationally known opera singers with the critically-acclaimed Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and Chorus at Opera @ The Waterfront. The best part of all – it’s 100% free!

Day 14: Grab the family for gumdrop sculpture building at Mandel Public Library

Day 14

The Mandel Public Library is constantly hosting free events in Downtown West Palm Beach for community members of all ages, and this one is a pretty sweet deal for the whole family. From 2-3 p.m., grab the kids, head to the library’s KidSpace and get ready to create greatness out of gumdrops, with a free gumdrop sculpture building session. Simply sign up at the desk upon arrival and you’ll be on your way to sculpting together sweet works of art in no time. Call KidSpace at 561-868-7703 for more information.

Day 15: Play a round at Peppermint Putt-Putt

Day 15

Golfing is something you definitely could expect to do in Florida, but this isn’t your average country club. Peppermint Putt-Putt is this holiday season’s premier mini golf experience. You can play nine holes of mini golf with your family and friends on the beautiful Waterfront from now until December 30 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., all for only $2.50! (Plus a $2.50 refundable club deposit.)

Day 16: Take a break in the DowntownWPB Parklet

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The always popular parklets that have attracted the attention of thousands of local visitors and patrons in the Clematis District during events such as PARK(ing) Day and Continuum are back! Come enjoy this one in front of Rocco’s Tacos this month before it moves on to its next DowntownWPB location. Talk about your experience. Use #ParkletWPB

Day 17: Hop aboard the A&E District Trolley

Day 17 Hop Aboard

Hop aboard the Orange Line trolley and experience the recently launched West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District for yourself. The free A&E trolley runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, making hourly stops at 10 different locations throughout Downtown West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. Whether you want to visit every one of the more than 20 locations in the district, or plan out your own custom tour, the Orange Line is your free ride to an abundance of world-class cultural entertainment.

Day 18: Come see the circus at Clematis by Night

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The circus is in town for the holidays! Attend a special Clematis by Night from 6 to 9 p.m. as the world’s most famous circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, presents “Built to Amaze” Holiday Edition, featuring real live elephants. Plus, there will be a musical performance by School of Rock! Visit wpb.org/holiday for details.

Day 19: See the works of graffiti artist John “Crash” Matos at Paul Fisher Gallery

Day 19 Graffiti

From now until February 10, Paul Fisher Downtown Gallery will present a major exhibition of one of the leading graffiti artists in America, John “CRASH” Matos. Evolving from the 1980’s street art phenomenon, CRASH was the very first graffiti artist to gain entry into the prestigious New York art gallery of Sidney Janus. A colorful catalog with scholarly essays will accompany the exhibition. All are welcome to the artist’s reception Friday, December 19 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Gallery hours:
Tues. – Wed. 4pm – 8pm
Thurs. – Sat. 4pm – 10pm
Other times by appointment

Day 20: Paint your own stocking at Uptown Art

Day 20

Head to Uptown Art this afternoon and put your own personal touch on the 2014 holiday season by decorating a 12” wooden stocking. You can paint both sides of the stocking and it’s yours to take home and hang up after completion. This class won’t be a step-by-step instructional guide, but will instead offer up some inspirational ideas before letting your own creative imagination take over. The event runs from 1:30-5:30 p.m. and costs $18.

Day 21: Watch the Aloha Islanders’ Topical Holiday Spectacular

Day 21

The free monthly concert series held the third Sunday of every month at the waterfront gets a tropical twist this holiday season. The Aloha Islanders will perform their Tropical Holiday Spectacular from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Santa will be on-site for free photos and activities for kids! For more information, please visit www.wpb.org/events

 Day 22: Stock up on seasonal sweets

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Regardless of what you’re celebrating this holiday season, you can find the perfect treat to complement you and your guests at one of #DowntownWPB’s finest bakeries such as Paneterie and Ganache. These Clematis area cafes have a wide variety of seasonal specials available right now, ranging from handcrafted gingerbread houses and chocolate truffles to assorted holiday cookies, cakes and jams. Sweeten up your celebration today!

Day 23: Enjoy sips of the season and $1 burgers at Bar Louie

Day 23

Get into some holiday spirits tonight at Bar Louie’s burger night. Every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until close, you can enjoy your choice of beef, chicken, turkey or portabella burgers for only $1! On this Tuesday, you can make that deal even more special by washing it down with one of Bar Louie’s seasonal sipping sensations such as the Jack Frost Martini, Mule-Tide Punch or Winter in Manhattan!

Day 24: Come see one of Sandi’s epic sound and light shows

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Our very own Sandi recently received some national recognition as one of the most unique holiday trees in America – an accolade she earned performing nightly music and light shows on the #DowntownWPB waterfront. Take some time to come see Sandi in action – it’ll be a performance you never forget!

Day 25: Enjoy the decorative view from Sky309

 

If you think this view of Clematis Street all decked out in holiday decorations looks good from your screen, wait until you see it in person! Come check it out for yourself at Sky309 (Roxy’s Rooftop), #DowntownWPB’s only rooftop venue.

Day 26: Walk or run along the waterfront with Run and Roll

Day 26

Looking to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors? There’s no better place to do it than throughout #DowntownWPB and along our beautiful waterfront, and there’s no better group to do it with than the people at Run and Roll. You may know it as Clematis Street’s signature running retail store, but Run and Roll also sponsors free Saturday morning runs and Tuesday evening walks along the waterfront with free refreshments that are perfect for walkers and runners of any level. Join them tomorrow morning or Tuesday!

Day 27: Rock out to free live music at Tin Fish

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There are tons of places to see live music every night of the week in #DowntownWPB, but Tin Fish on Clematis is one of the best spots for a Saturday night show. Taking the stage tonight at 8 p.m. is Taylor Road, a high-energy modern rock band known for playing feel-good music that everyone can enjoy!

Day 28: OMG – you have to see this exhibit at Habatat Galleries!

Day 28

Next time you’re in DowntownWPB, pop into Habatat Galleries to check out their Objects in Metal and Glass (OMG) exhibit! Habatat has displayed the best works of glass art from across the world right here in West Palm Beach, and their newest exhibit is no different. Stop in anytime between now and January 13 to see ordinary materials like you’ve never seen them before – as extraordinary works of art!

Day 29: Figure out how you’ll welcome 2015 in #DowntownWPB:

Welcome 2015

The beginning of a new year is just days away. Do you know how are you going to celebrate? If you haven’t figured out an answer to that question yet, don’t worry. Take a look at these 10 different ways you can welcome 2015 in #DowntownWPB and see which one is right for you!

Day 30: Cruise around #DowntownWPB on a Cycle Party tour

Day 30

Grab your group and get ready for a trip through Downtown West Palm Beach like none other on a Cycle Party tour. Whether you’re looking to hop from place to place or just want a unique way to take in DowntownWPB, Cycle Party is perfect for all kinds of celebrations and social outings. Their group bikes seat up to 15 people plus an experienced Cycle Party driver and tour guide, and you don’t even have to pedal if you don’t want to (five seats are specifically for coasters). You can bring your own music, food and drinks along for the ride, and you can even get great deals and discounts at local hotspots just for arriving in style. Not exactly your average bike ride!

Day 31: Ring in the New Year at Clematis Countdown!

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Looking for the proper way to ring in the New Year? Look no further than Downtown West Palm Beach, where the Clematis district and its businesses boast a full menu of fun-filled concerts, parties, dinners, dancing, balloon drops and other non-stop entertainment at the annual Clematis Countdown. The party starts at 6 p.m. and doesn’t stop until 2015!