With a focus on the ultimate experiences in The Palm Beaches, here is a list of holiday gift ideas that will please everyone from foodies to golf enthusiasts and spa aficionados to art and culture lovers.
Dine at the Ultimate Grand Tasting Event in Palm Beach County
Every foodie will have this on their list. The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival returns with its four-day lineup of food-related happenings on Dec. 7-10. Guests can anticipate a star-studded lineup of renowned chefs and culinary personalities from around the globe, serving up everything from sizzling live cooking demonstrations and wine tastings to intimate chef-led workshops and private dinners. The 16th annual festival is now partnering with Wine Spectator to increase its wine capabilities with more than 60 wine tables at the popular Grand Tasting event, is hosting seven new events in 2023, and is expanding its footprint throughout The Palm Beaches with a kick-off party in Boca Raton.
Café Boulud Palm Beach is participating in the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival again this year.
Go for Par at The Park in West Palm Beach
Perfect for an amateaur or a seasoned pro, give the gift of golf and go check out The Park, Palm Beach County’s newest public golf course. The nearly 200-acre facility features rolling sands, mature trees and a world-class 18-hole golf course designed by Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner, and The Park co-founder Dirk Ziff. Features include a lighted nine-hole par three course, an 18-hole putting course, a two-acre kids-only golf area, and a lighted two-sided driving range with a state-of-the-art practice facility featuring Top Tracer technology and designed pro bono by PGA Tour Coach, Darren May. 7301 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach
Rejuvenate Your Skin in Downtown
Downtown has a brand new boutique where you can score some much-needed rejuvenation for your skin. Bespoke Aesthetics, a skincare and wellness center, greeted its first visitors this month. This newly opened wellness hub offers a unique skincare experience and provides an intimate look at cutting-edge technology. With personalized and innovative treatments as their core focus, co-founders Cristina Monaco and Joseph Sinacori bring an array of new anti-aging services and non-invasive cosmetic procedures to South Florida. 625 N. Flagler Dr., Suite 675, West Palm Beach
Get Up Close with Wildlife in Jupiter Farms
Perfect for the kids or animal lovers, book tickets to visit the new location for the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary at Abramson & Schlaggar Reserve. This renowned nonprofit organization is dedicated to wildlife conservation and education and has a new expanded location in Jupiter Farms. This move marks an exciting chapter for the sanctuary, allowing it to increase its operations and provide an enhanced experience for visitors and wildlife enthusiasts. 17855 Rocky Pines Rd., Jupiter
Toast to the Season at The Royal Poinciana Plaza’s Après Beach
Whether you’re gearing up for a holiday shopping extravaganza or just want to relax on a balmy Palm Beach Sunday afternoon, The Royal Poinciana Plaza’s Après Beach event series is back on every Sunday in November 2023 and every Sunday in January 2024. Visit the lush courtyard and book one of the cabanas ($600 to $800), which will each be tastefully decorated by a posh Royal Poinciana Plaza retailer. This year, enjoy chilled rosé, specialty cocktails by The Macallan Whisky, garden games, a live DJ, light bites and loads of sunshine. But no snow. 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach
The Royal Poinciana Plaza’s Après Beach event series.
Catch a Comedy Show at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach
How about adding the gift of laughter under the tree this year? In partnership with Palm Beach Improv, The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is showcasing nationally renowned improv artists. The side-splitting line-up kicks off with Jeff Ross, AKA “The Roastmaster General,” on Dec. 8 and 9 and continues with Carlos Mencia on Dec. 29 and 30. See Emmy and SAG-nominated actor and comedian Kevin Nealon Jan. 19 and 20, or fan favorite Preacher Lawson on Feb. 9 and 10. 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
Discover Where Fashion Intersects with Palm Beach History
Perfect for the history buff on your list, a haute ticket to this exhibition could be the perfect fit. The Historical Society of Palm Beach County will present its first-ever Grand Exhibition this season at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum. Entitled Endless Summer: Palm Beach Resort Wear, the exhibition explores the impact Palm Beach made on resort fashion over the last 129 years as it solidified itself as one of America's premier luxury destinations, where winter comes to summer. 300 N Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach
Relax at the Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
The iconic oceanfront Palm Beach oasis, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, never misses a beat when it comes to relaxation and wellness. Home to the Forbes Five Star Eau Spa, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa transports guests into a tranquil oasis devoted to playful relaxation and pure indulgence. The must-see spot? It’s hidden garden with draped cabanas, a central dipping pool and lounge swinging chairs. This holiday season, treat that special someone to an unforgettable gift with highlight treatments like the holiday relief massage with a 30-minute sugar cookie scrub followed by a 60-minute peppermint creme massage. 100 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach
The garden at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
Experience Art & History at The Norton Museum of Art
Happening now through Feb. 18, The Norton Museum has a new exhibit, Artists in Motion: Impressionist and Modern Masterpieces from the Pearlman Collection. The exhibit features approximately 40 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that explore the intersecting lives of the most celebrated late 19th and early 20th-century European artists collected by Henry Pearlman. 1450 S. Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach
Book the Goop Villa at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach
This season, The Colony Hotel is featuring the goop Villa, co-designed with Gwyneth Paltrow's brand and in partnership with interior design firm Ronen Lev as part of goop’s 15th-anniversary celebration. The renovated villa takes inspiration from the romance of Parisian pied-à-terres, with the vibrant colors and materiality of Palm Beach. The goop villa offers a direct private entrance, two bedrooms, two and a half baths, an open living and dining room with an adjacent kitchen, charming outdoor space and access to a private pool for the hotel villas. Guests of The Colony Hotel will have the opportunity to enjoy special goop menu offerings at the Pink Paradise Café and Swifty’s Restaurant. 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach
Stock Up on Swimwear at ERES in Boca Raton
Bringing its vision of chic French style to Florida, ERES will have a pop-up store at Town Center Boca Raton through early 2024, offering the perfect opportunity to score a new swimsuit for someone special on your list. You’ll love the bright and fresh color palette by studio director Marie-Paule Minchelli with a Parisian Place de la Madeleine vibe. 6000 Glades Road, Suite 200 Boca Raton
ERES pop-up boutique in Boca Raton
Shop for Art at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta
Get ready for an artistic celebration this holiday season as Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art unveils an art extravaganza from Dec. 7 to 16, offering various creative gift-giving options. Hundreds of gifts will be available in multiple mediums, including paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculptures, textiles, glass and more. The sale takes place at Lighthouse ArtCenter's gallery in Tequesta. 373 Tequesta Dr., Tequesta
Take A Snorkel Sail at The Boca Raton
While we might not have a white Christmas, we do have perfect snorkel weather year-round, so who’s really winning? Perfect for the kiddos, schedule a snorkel sail at The Boca Raton. The snorkeling catamaran sailing excursion explores the South Inlet reef, just 175 feet from shore, and showcases the whimsical world of the ocean. The trip includes snorkel gear, drinks, snacks, and of course, certified guide instructors. 501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton
Decorate the Tree with a Gift that Keeps Giving in Palm Beach County
Any local philanthropist will love and appreciate this gift. Decorate the tree with Selfless Love Foundation’s 2023 Limited-edition holiday keepsake ornament. Not only is this ornament super cute (think frosted pink glass encrusted in pearls and crystals), it is also designed for an amazing cause. In celebration of Selfless Love Foundation's gift of family to hundreds of foster children, each ornament features a photo and story of a family that was brought together through adoption. Purchase one for yourself and all your friends—all proceeds go to help children in the foster care system.
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