By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH — ’Tis the season for fun on both land and sea, as the seventh annual Vero Beach boat parade will once again coincide with the city’s tree-lighting celebration.
The Christmas festivities begin on Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Royal Palm Pointe, with entertainment by the Vero Classical Ballet. The Rosewood Magnet School chorus will sing at 5:45 p.m., followed by a performance by the Vero Beach recreation department’s Aerial Antic Youth Circus at 6 p.m.
Sure to inspire some holiday cheer is a tree-lighting ceremony, scheduled for 6:15 p.m. The boat parade will commence at 6:30 p.m., and viewers are invited to catch a glimpse of the décor from the Royal Palm Pointe boat dock.
The dazzling display of lights will be visible to residents and visitors along the water near the Vero Beach Marina and Royal Palm Pointe.
Later on in December, the city’s recreation department will present “The Christmas Puzzle,” a holiday-themed show, featuring the Aerial Antics Youth Circus.
Performances will be Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center.
The 200 performing arts and gymnastics students, from ages 3 to 20, will jump, flip, fly and dance through “The Christmas Puzzle,” in which all of the cast members search for the pieces to a “magical puzzle.”
“It’s an amazing show,” said Patty Howard, assistant recreation director.
Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors.
For more information about city events, visit www.covb.org.