Located along Florida’s Atlantic coastline, the holiday spirit is already shining bright in Vero Beach. From glittering light displays along palm-tree-lined streets to an exceptional lineup of holiday concerts, this quaint beach town celebrates the season in style. Timeless annual traditions and family-friendly holiday events fill the month’s calendar, offering something for every age and lifestyle. Here’s a glimpse into some of the most anticipated events that Orchid Island Members cherish year after year.
Orchid Island’s Joyous Holiday Festivities
Located in Vero Beach, Members of Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club enjoy a packed holiday event calendar designed for generations to gather. The private club community’s season kicks off with a spirit of giving at the Operation Hope Toy Drive Member Christmas Party on December 6th. Members come together to donate holiday toys to the children of Fellsmere, followed by Chef Sozio’s acclaimed steakhouse dinner. From a beachside holiday dog walk and yappy hour on December 8th to a spirited Ugly Sweater Tennis Mixer on December 18th, Members revel in friendly competition, festive attire, and delightful treats. Their West Indies-inspired Beach Club becomes the epicenter for the end of the holiday season. A Christmas Eve Grand Buffet features a sumptuous feast, followed by New Year’s Eve Dinner and an exciting party to ring in the New Year.
It’s not just the Orchid Island event calendar, however, that excites Members of this private club community. Here’s just a few of the area’s top holiday events that residents enjoy.
1. Winterfest at Riverside Theatre
Formerly known as the Festival of Trees, Winterfest on December 1-3 transforms Riverside Theatre’s campus into a festive winter wonderland. Visitors can immerse themselves in the holiday spirit amidst beautifully decorated trees, Santa’s Village, an “ice” skating rink, live performances, and an array of local arts and crafts vendors. All proceeds from the event contribute to funding Riverside Theatre’s educational programs.
2. Vero Beach Christmas Parade
The 39th annual Vero Beach Christmas Parade on December 2nd is set to ignite the holiday spirit in a beloved tradition. Hosted by the Vero Beach Sunrise Rotary, this year’s event will feature over 100 floats parading down Ocean Drive, each vehicle adorned with creative and imaginative displays that capture the essence of the holiday season. For those who can’t join the festivities in person, the parade will be live-streamed on Facebook with hosts providing cheerful commentary.
3. Holidays at the Vero Beach Museum of Art
The Vero Beach Museum of Art is hosting its annual Holidays at the Museum event on December 3rd. Visitors will enjoy free admission to the current exhibitions with docents in the galleries playing fun games themed around the artworks on display. There will be art hunts with prizes, art-making activities in the Museum Art School Studios, food trucks, live music, dance performances from local school groups, and more.
4. Home for the Holidays Concert
The Atlantic Classical Orchestra is bringing an enchanting evening of musical delights to the Waxlax Center at St. Edward’s School. On December 10th, their inaugural Home for the Holidays Concert will immerse guests into the spirit of the season. Holiday classics will include Carol of the Bells, Winter Wonderland, the Nutcracker, a Hanukkah medley, an audience sing-a-long, and much more.
5. Indian River County Christmas Boat Parade
On December 12th, the Indian River County Christmas Boat Parade invites boats of all sizes to join a beautifully decorated holiday regatta along the Intracoastal Waterway. Mariners are encouraged to decorate their vessels for some festive family fun, with prizes awarded for the best designs in different categories. Attendees can enjoy the parade from various restaurants and parks along the route, including Royal Palm Point and Vero Beach City Marina.
6. Chanukah Music Festival
On December 20th, the Indian River Mall will come alive with a grand menorah lighting festival to celebrate the Hanukkah season. The Chanukah Music Festival, hosted by the Chabad of Vero Beach, will feature live music by Yehudah Glantz, a distinguished cultural ambassador for Latin Hebrew music. Traditional treats like latkes and donuts will be provided, while face painting and an array of kids’ activities create a joyous gathering for all ages.
7. Nutcracker on the Indian River
The Vero Beach Ballet reimagines a holiday classic with Nutcracker on the Indian River on December 30th at the VBHS Performing Arts Center. This adaptation retains all the whimsical magic of the original while transporting the story to the year Vero was founded in 1919. In place of candy characters, Marie embarks on a journey from New York to Florida and is entertained by all manner of local flora and fauna. From land crabs to manatees and river otters to bougainvillea, the production has become an instant classic with families for how it uses magic to entertain and inspire.
8. Ring in 2024 Oceanside
Heaton’s Vero Beach is celebrating the end of 2023 with an outdoor New Year’s Eve party to remember. This oceanfront restaurant will be open exclusively for the event. Guests can dance to the beats of Traxx Entertainment, snack on light bites, and enjoy a midnight toast along the Atlantic Ocean’s shores. Tickets are required in advance and can be purchased at Heatons2023NYE.Eventbrite.com.
A Private Oceanfront Community Near Vero Beach’s Top Holiday Events
Nestled on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River, Orchid Island enjoys a beautiful natural setting that is second to none. Here, pristine natural environments and world-class amenities converge with a welcoming culture to create a renowned private golf and beach club lifestyle. The Arnold Palmer-designed golf course is the beloved centerpiece of the community and was the proud host of the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, every turn within this par-72 course welcomes exciting views of natural seaside landscapes teeming with wildlife. The West Indies-style Beach Club is a social place designed for both fitness and leisure, with a resort-style pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, eight Har-Tru tennis courts, pickleball courts, multiple dining venues, and a full-service salon and spa.
Homes Surrounded by Vero Beach’s Natural Beauty
Each of Orchid Island’s 375 residences surrounds Members in the best of Florida’s natural beauty. With many homes located directly on the water or overlooking Orchid Island’s championship golf course, each home features West Indies architectural designs, panoramic natural vistas, and the secluded privacy of living in a gated oceanfront golf community. Luxurious oceanfront condominiums and oceanfront estates are spacious and bright with open Atlantic Ocean views. A wide array of single-family riverfront estates offer open Indian River views and many feature private docks. Golf course homes and cottages are tucked away on private cul-de-sacs and winding streets to maintain open views of the lush fairways and sparkling lakes of its distinctive Arnold Palmer course.
With demand for this highly sought-after community at an all-time high, inventory is limited at Orchid Island. To stay updated on new real estate listings, register your interest at OrchidIslandFL.com. A complimentary copy of the Orchid Island Magazine is available online, showcasing the surrounding area and lifestyle of the community. Call 772.388.3888 for more information or to schedule a private community club tour.