December 22, 2010

Christmas in Florida

So remember when I said that I was dreaming of some place warm and tropical? Well truth is, I snuck away from the cold New Jersey winter last week to visit sunny Florida for a few days! I will save my usual travel roundup post for after the holidays, but for now here's a little sneak peek at what I was lucky enough to be doing last week:

I'm used to celebrating Christmas when it's 30 degrees outside, so it was fun to see Christmas trees and holiday decorations next to palm trees and sunny skies.

The hotel we stayed at (more about that later) in Delray Beach, Florida was decorated with a Christmas tree adorned with vintage ornaments and surrounded by poinsettias (sorry for the blurry camera phone picture I quickly snapped as we were checking out).

The hotel also had a very cute and colorful display of mini trees made of fabric.

Near our hotel, the city had set up a Christmas display in the park along with a whopping 100 foot Christmas tree! This tree dwarfs even the 74 foot Rockefeller Center Christmas tree I saw in New York. It would be pretty difficult to get a real tree this size in Florida, so this was a faux tree.

The tree was still pretty cool though and it was made from something that looked like an enormous tomato cage covered in faux evergreen branches. You could even walk inside of the tree where there was an animated Christmas display set up!

In nearby Boca Raton, Florida one shopping center we visited was decorated with colorful Christmas lights and creatures.

Inside of the Mizner Park shopping plaza was a beautiful 34 foot musical faux Christmas tree. Yes, musical!

This tree plays holiday music and lights up in sync with the tunes. I shot a quick video of the musical fun (click over to my site if you are reading this post in a blog reader and have trouble watching):

What are the holidays like in your area? Do you dream of a white Christmas or white sandy beaches?

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