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A Whimsical Guide of Holiday Happenings & School's Out Camps

Your Guide to Holiday Happenings and Thanksgiving & Winter Break Camps in Saint Lucie County

November 18, 2022

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and with it comes . . . . well, yes, shopping, but also joyful holiday festivities that include such fun things like Santa, holiday music, caroling, amazing homemade crafts and sweets. To make it easier to plan which fun events you and your family will attend, this Holiday Guide summarizes the events of the season. Click the link to be directed to the calendar page containing the full details. This article will be updated as new events are found so be sure to check back often. If you know of an event not listed on our calendar, please feel free to submit it here.

Directly following this list of events we've included links to a few winter break camps as well as some holiday sites that can bring the magic of Santa into your home to surprise and delight your child(ren) this holiday season.

UPDATED:  November 30, 2022

November 5th
5:00 PM - Santa Arrives to Open Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

November 12th
09:00 AM - Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

December 1st
04:00 PM - Fill the Truck for the Holidays at Garber Buick GMC

December 2nd
07:00 PM - Star of Wonder at the Hallstrom Planetarium
08:30 PM - Star of Wonder at the Hallstrom Planetarium

December 3rd
08:00 AM - Breakfast with Santa at Clover Park
01:00 PM - Star of Wonder at the Hallstrom Planetarium
02:00 PM - A Holiday Kaleidoscope in Concert at IRSC's McAlpin Theatre
02:00 PM - City of Port Saint Lucie Festival of Lights, parade, and Tree Lighting Ceremony
02:30 PM - Star of Wonder at the Hallstrom Planetarium
05:00 PM - Whiskers in Wonderland Holiday Bazaar at the Humane Society of SLC 

December 4th
09:00 AM - Caring Santa at Treasure Coast Square Mall
12:00 PM - Sights & Sounds on Second Festival and Parade
02:00 PM - A Holiday Kaleidoscope in Concert at IRSC's McAlpin Theatre
03:00 PM - Tree Lighting at Tradition Square (Tree lighting at 6 PM)

December 7th
03:00 PM - Holiday Gift Station at Hurston Library

December 9th
09:30 AM - Pancakes With Santa at the PSL Community Center
05:30 PM - Night at the Museum - Holiday Edition at the Children's Museum
06:00 PM - Outdoor Movie Night: Polar Express at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center
07:00 PM - Star of Wonder at the Hallstrom Planetarium
07:30 PM - Treasure Coast Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker at the Sunrise Theatre
08:30 PM - Star of Wonder at the Hallstrom Planetarium

December 10th
12:00 PM - Christmas Trunk or Treat at Islamorada Brewery
12:00 PM - Legit's Downtown Toy Drive Block Party 
01:00 PM - Star of Wonder at the Hallstrom Planetarium
02:30 PM - Holiday Interactive Movie at Morningside Library - Elf 
02:30 PM - Star of Wonder at the Hallstrom Planetarium
03:00 PM - Holiday Movie at Hurston Library - The Grinch 
05:00 PM - Holiday Parents' Night Out at Bright Futures LAB - Polar Express Night
05:30 PM - St. Lucie County Holiday Boat Parade

December 11th
08:00 AM - Saint Lucie County Toy Run
02:00 PM - il Mercato 4th Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Flagler Center
04:00 PM - Turn Up The Heat Dance Studio: Clara's Christmas Dream at the Sunrise Theatre
Time TBA - Pet Photos with Santa at Treasure Coast Square Mall

December 14th
11:30 AM - Special Populations Holiday Lunch at the PSL Community Center 
03:00 PM - Holiday Gift Station at Hurston Library
06:00 PM- St. Andrew's Episcopal Academy Presents "Oh What A Glorious Night" at the Sunrise Theatre

December 15th
04:30 PM - Holiday Teen Crafternoon At Lakewood Park Library 
06:00 PM - Dance Academy of Stuart: Bring on the Holidays at the Sunrise Theatre 

December 16th
03:00 PM - Holiday Holiday Craft Program at Morningside Library
06:00 PM - PSLinLights Party at MIDFLORIDA Event Center
07:00 PM - Noche Buena Party at Veterans Park at Rivergate
07:00 PM - Sounds of the Season Holiday Concert at the Sunrise Theatre

December 17th
09:00 AM - Delights of December Plant and Gift Sale at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens
10:00 AM - Cookies With Santa at the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast
02:00 PM - Yuletides at the Hallstrom Planetarium
03:00 PM - Ukulele Holiday Sing Along at Morningside Library
05:00 PM - Holiday Parents' Night Out at Bright Futures LAB - Grinch Night
05:00 PM - Journey to Bethlehem: Drive-thru Living Nativity at Lakewood Park UMC
07:00 PM - Yuletides at the Hallstrom Planetarium

December 18th
04:00 PM - Community Chanukah Celebration at Tradition Square
04:30 PM - True Crew Presents: Buddy The Blue Elf at the Sunrise Theatre

December 20th
09:00 AM - Winter Break Holiday Scavenger Hunt at Morningside Library
10:30 AM - Elf Yourself at Hurston Library 
03:00 PM - Elf Yourself at Kilmer Library
04:00 PM  Holiday Kids Crafternoon At Lewis Library

December 21st
03:00 PM - Holiday Gift Station at Hurston Library

December 27th
02:00 PM - New Year's Craft at Kilmer Library
02:30 PM - Holiday Movie Matinee at Lewis Library - The Grinch

December 28th
02:30 PM - Kids Holiday Craft at Lewis Library
03:00 PM - Kwanza Craft at Hurston Library

December 30th
11:30 AM - Happy "Noon" Year at the Children's Museum

December 31st
05:00 PM - Rockin' in the New Year Celebration at Tradition


🍗 THANKSGIVING WEEK CAMPS 🍗


Fall/Thanksgiving Camp at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center - Fall/Thanksgiving camp is filled with fun experiences like food experiments, arts and crafts, turkey relays, indoor and outdoor recreational activities and more. Camp dates: November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.

Thanksgiving Camp at The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast - Join The Children's Museum for fun and games during their Thanksgiving Camp. Camp dates: November 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 25th. 

Wild Child: Thanksgiving Break Camp at the Oxbow Eco-Center - Let's get WILD! This fun outdoor camp will foster the desire to be outside. Learn essential outdoor skills and gain confidence in your ability to navigate through Florida's natural landscape. This camp is not for the squeamish. Think you've got what it takes to be a WILD CHILD. Camp dates: November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. 


❄ HOLIDAY WINTER BREAK CAMPS ❄

 

eARTh Explorers: Winter Break Camp at the Oxbow Eco-Center - Students ages 9 - 12 are invited to break out their pencils and paint brushes, look through an artistic lens and explore Florida's natural ecosystems through art. Field biologists use art skills to observe and document their surroundings. Learn field journaling techniques and art skills from professionals and be a part of documenting Florida's natural history. Camp dates: December 19th - 22nd.

Winter STEAM Camp at The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast - Fun, games and STEAM activities are in store at this winter break camp hosted by TCM. Camp Dates: December 19th-23rd; December 26th-30th; January 2nd & 3rd.

Winter Break Camp at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center - Fun filled day of sports, games, crafts, and more brought to you by the City of PSL Parks and Recreation Dept. Camp dates are December 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, and 29th.


🎅  FUN SANTA LINKS 🎅


A Charlie Brown Christmas -  A Facebook page featuring a variety of Facebook Live Christmas events such as Storytime with Santa, Bedtime Stories With Santa, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr. Live, and Christmas Eve Live Santa Tracking.

Capture the Magic and I Caught Santa allow you to capture a picture of Santa in your home! 

NORAD Tracks Santa - The official site that follows Santa when he leaves the North Pole on Christmas Eve to make his magical journey around the world! The site goes live on December 1st with games, videos, information and more! 

Package from Santa, Letter From Santa and Santa Claus House each provide customized letters from Santa. 

Portable North Pole - helps Santa create a personalized video to your child(ren). This is one of our favorites! 

Santa's Phone Number: 319-527-2680 (English) or 712-770-4404 (Spanish) - Children can call and and leave a message for Santa at the North Pole. First they will hear an encouraging message from Santa and at the end they can leave a voice mail and tell Santa what's on their Christmas wish list. When you use your mobile phone, Santa will send a text so you can listen to your child's message! What's more, Santa can be reached in 22 Time Zones, multiple languages and countries! Check it out HERE.

USPS Letters to Santa shows how your child can get a response letter from Santa postmarked from the North Pole. 


For even more options check out our sister site Stuart Macaroni Kid for the latest Martin County Holiday happenings.