by John Simmonds
on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 1:24pm.
Happy holidays from Jupiter, Florida! Our sunny days are now somewhere in the low to mid 80’s, the humidity has tapered, and gentle breezes tickle the palm fronds like whiskers on kittens. We here at The Simmonds Team, Compass can’t wait for Christmas and so with great anticipation, these are a few of our favorite things…
With all of the amazing ways to celebrate the holidays in our area, we simply don’t have time to dream of a white Christmas…but if the thought crosses our minds, a quick trip to CityPlace at Rosemary Square will provide snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes. Snow machines regularly blow big white flakes upon the crowds that gather to shop, dine and rock around the Christmas Tree to the lively music of local bands. “Trust me,” says John who grew up in New York, “Snow is so much more fun when it doesn’t result in having to shovel your driveway!”
Why wait for Christmas when you can kick it off a day early? This is what Amy Lynn does when she gathers with her family and friends on December 23rd. By day, Juno Beach Pier juts into crystal clear Caribbean blue waters offering locals amazing fishing and stunning views but the night before Christmas Eve, something incredible happens. This is when the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church transforms the pier for its Christmas Service. On this night, locals of all denominations come together in the moonlight to sing along with the church band as they perform jazzy renditions of Christmas songs. Below, waves crash …almost as if the sea is keeping the beat. A large white cross illuminates the pulpit from which the Pastor eloquently intertwines the story of the first Christmas into the lives of all that have gathered. “Blanketed in warm salty air, while snuggling with our children, Jim and I can’t help but take a break from the Christmas crazies to count our blessings. It’s our favorite way to start the holiday.”
“Oh my gosh, have you seen Sandi?” Julia’s eyes light up when she describes the 35-foot Christmas tree sculpted entirely from 700-tons of sand in West Palm Beach. Nightly synchronized light shows through the month of December draw locals and celebrities (pssst…even Santa takes in the fun) to Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. And although Sandi is the star of the show, the City’s Holiday in Paradise campaign ensures a holly jolly good time for all in “Sandi Land.” Sandi is surrounded by other spectacular sand sculptures that are true works of art. Visitors also enjoy the excitement of glow in the dark mini golf, live music, Trivia, face painting, shopping, outdoor movies, trivia, historical walking tours, the green market…and so much more!
The Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association’s Holiday Parade is Jen’s favorite (it’s got something to do with a handsome member of Independence Middle School’s marching band!) Known as the “Candy Parade”, residents line the stretch of US Highway 1, between Jupiter and Tequesta to cheer for hometown floats. The children shout for candy to be thrown from each one as they anxiously await the arrival of Santa who closes out the event. It’s truly a local celebration as dozens of local groups show off imaginative interpretations to compete according to the parade’s theme.
Jupiter is truly a special place to be for the holidays and beyond! If a new home is on the top of your wish list this Christmas, let the Simmonds Team, Compass help write your letter to Santa (or maybe even a purchase contract?!?!?!) Contact us today!