Palm Coast - Kick off the holiday season at the City of Palm Coast's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. The event is free.

In partnership with the Rotary Club of Flagler County, the Tree Lighting Ceremony leads the start of the Fantasy Lights Festival display which can be viewed from Nov. 30 - Dec. 30.

Join Santa Claus, the Palm Coast City Council and rotary members in the countdown to the lighting of a beautiful 26-foot artificial tree, decorated this year with sparkling lights and ornaments with the theme "Palm Coast Blue." Santa will arrive on a Palm Coast Fire Engine! Guests are invited to stay for entertainment, refreshments and a self-guided walk through the light displays.

Also, there will be live entertainment at the event featuring the Flagler Palm Coast Starlets. Children can visit with Santa in the 'Santa House' which will be located in the Children's Village. Parents should bring their own cameras for photos with Santa. Children can also do crafts and write letters to Santa. And, new this year, a special holiday surprise for the night of the tree lighting that will have children and adults alike in awe.

The Rotary Club's 14th Annual Fantasy Lights Festival is also presented by AdventHealth Palm Coast. The opening night event begins at 6 p.m., while 6:30 p.m. is the start time for all other nights. Forty-nine animated, dazzling light displays surround the Central Park lake for a half mile that is free to the public. Donations are accepted to support the rotary's charitable donations to non-profit causes. There will be performances by local singers and musicians on several nights as well as snow on weekends, Santa's Merry Train Ride, and Elf Houses for children to enjoy. Santa himself will be there every Sunday before Christmas. Bruster's Real Ice Cream will have a food truck nightly serving hot chocolate, marshmallows for roasting and their usual drinks and food. Visit the "Fantasy Lights" section of www.flaglerrotary.org for more details.

Also be sure to save the date for these other holiday events:
 
Thursday, Dec. 5 - Taste of the Holidays - On this special night, eight local restaurants (see below) will serve their specialties for $1-$3 portions starting at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center. There will also be live entertainment. 
 
1. Carrabbas Italian Gill 
2. Olive Garden Italian Restaurant 
3. Sylvains Caribbean Restaurant 
4. Tortuga's Florida Kitchen & Bar 
5. Uncaged Tasting Room 
6. Cantina Mr. Pancho Mexican Grill
7. Hammock Grill
8. Tropical Smoothie
 
Saturday, Dec. 7 - Palm Coast Yacht Club Annual Holiday Boat Parade - The parade begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 departing from the Cimmaron Basin south on the Intracoastal Waterway, turning at the Grand Haven gazebo back to the Club House Waterway. It is expected to exceed last year's record of more than 47 brightly lit and decorated boats and is now generally considered the largest boat parade in Central Florida with hundreds of spectators expected to attend.
 
Saturday, Dec. 14 - Palm Coast Starlight Parade - Starting at 4 p.m., visitors will enjoy live entertainment and performances, the arrival of Santa, and pictures with Santa until 6:30 p.m. Bring your own camera for photos with Santa. At 7 p.m., the Starlight Parade will get underway - featuring colorful lighted floats, talented marching bands and prizes for the top entries. The parade route will begin near the round-about on Central Avenue (near entrance to the Landings Apartments) and head east; turning north onto Park Street, east onto Lake Avenue, and south on City Place; then continuing south of Bulldog Drive. A variety of food and treats will be available for purchase.
 
For more information, contact Palm Coast Parks & Recreation at 386-986-2323.