It's that time of the year again. That time when we brag about our nice Florida weather while the rest of the country freezes.
But for those of you who actually enjoy the white stuff falling from the sky and wrapping up in scarves before leaving the house — ya know, the traditional Christmas vibe — this list of winter activities, South Florida style, is for you.
We may not have real snow in the Sunshine State (not south of Orlando anyway), but here are some activities that will make you feel like we do.
Let it snow!
CityPlace in West Palm Beach is already full-on in the Christmas spirit. There's a giant holiday tree, poinsettias galore and tons of couples holding hands and taking selfies. Pretty soon, it'll be snowing there too. But you don't have to worry about layering up. Enjoy the beauty of the white powder while still wearing your shorts and flip flops. Best of all, it's free.
What: Snowfall on the Plaza
Where: 700 S Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach
When: November 12 – December 31 | Monday – Wednesday: 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. | Thursday – Sunday: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
Danger: Thin Ice...
The best thing about indoor ice skating is that you don't have to worry about the warning signs. You know, "Beware thin ice." At Palm Beach Ice Works, you have an Olympic ice skating rink to put your skills to the test. So put on your warm pants and beanies and get ready to glide. There aren't just public skating hours, but you can also make a fool of yourself in actual classes.
What: Palm Beach Ice Works
Where: 1590 N Florida Mango Rd West Palm Beach
When: Check the freestyle schedule online. Dates subject to change.
Contact: 561-656-4046 & Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Winter Wonderland
Hoffman’s Chocolates opened its annual Winter Wonderland in November, and this year’s display will includes a new outdoor ice skating rink.
The 2,400-square-foot “Panthers in Palm Beach” rink will be located in front of Hoffman's Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens at 5190 Lake Worth Road in Greenacres. It will be made with real ice and kept at 32 degrees, the company said.
Hoffman’s Winter Wonderland is open through Dec. 30, except Christmas Day. Admission is free.
What: Hoffman’s Chocolates’ 27th Annual Winter Wonderland
When: 6 to 10 p.m. (ice rink hours vary) through Dec. 30
Where: 5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres
Cost: Winter Wonderland is free; see website for ice rink prices
Information: go to www.hoffmans.com and click on Winter Wonderland.
Freeze your butt off in Miami Beach
There's a place in Miami Beach that's under 20-degrees Fahrenheit all year-round. It's called the Drinkhouse Fire & Ice. This lounge looks like an-out-of-state experience, with everything made out of ice, from the chairs to the cocktail glasses. Everyone is given the appropriate attire to stay warm, so don't worry about buying anything. The website claims "locals and tourists alike will enjoy exploring this exceptional gathering of spirits." Whatever that means. If freezing your butt off is your thing, this might be for you.
What: Drinkhouse Fire and Ice
Where: 1672 Collins Ave. Miami Beach
When: Monday to Wednesday 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. | Thursday and Sunday 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. | Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Contact: 305-534-2423 or Email: email@example.com
This over any club!
Why experience winter temps when you can just pretend? It's finally bonfire season in South Florida, and for us, little says winter time like jamming to some live music and chilling out on Lake Worth Beach next to the crackle and pop of flames in the sand. But don't forget your blankets and a special someone. It's the perfect date.
Where: Across from 10 S Ocean Blvd, Lake Worth
Cost: Free. Parking is metered.
Note: Bonfires may be cancelled due to weather.
Dates: December 23 | January 13 | January 27 | February 10 | February 24
Make a wish!
Here's a simple one. Grab some friends, get in your car, turn up a playlist and drive west. Get away from the glitzy strips and avenues of Palm Beach County. Shoot, drive far enough and you'll even leave the palm trees behind. When the air is cool and crisp, it's ideal to go to the country side and appreciate Earth's canvas: the night sky. Tip: Skip the full moon nights if you want a better view of the stars.
What: Star Gazing in Florida
When: When the air is cool and the night falls
Where: Drive west, away from the cities.
Contact: Call your friends, make it a gathering.
Try your hand on X Games
Ever wish you could get into a pair of skis or a snowboard in Florida? Believe it or not, there's actually an indoor Ski and Snowboard club in Winter Park. The WinterClub Ski center features two indoor ski slopes plus an interactive panoramic ski simulator. You could go for a day, have a blast and never catch a chill. Want to become a pro? Register as a student and take classes regularly.
Where: 2950 Aloma Ave, Winter Park
When: By appointments only
Contact: 407-618-1123 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org