Sand is in the forecast this holiday season – and lots of it – as the City of West Palm Beach prepares for Sandi’s return to her waterfront home. Sandi will be lit tonight at 7:15.
Sandi, a 600-ton, 35-foot holiday tree sculpted of sand, is the star of the City’s seasonal celebrations.
She returns to the waterfront for the sixth year, as part of the City’s Holiday in Paradise promotion.
Sandi will begin to take shape in mid-November and officially begins performing for the public at the holiday tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, November 30, during Clematis by Night.
Sandi’s story will unfold a little more this season. During the tree lighting, Sandi will reveal a “big” part of her personality. Since leaving her waterfront home less than a year ago, Sandi has fallen in love – and has added to her family!
Sandi can’t wait to introduce her new love to West Palm Beach – and like everything Sandi does, the newest chapter in her story will be as big as they come.
“This is surely one of our most favorite times of the year,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “Sandi’s energy, sassy personality – and the love she gets back from the community – are truly magnetic. People of all ages, from near and far, look forward to her return and to the next chapter in her story. We are especially excited about this year’s theme, which will reveal much more about Sandi’s character. Is she bringing home a sandman? A mini-Sandi tree? Something with feathers? Something with fur? All will unfold throughout November, leading up to the big reveal during the tree lighting.”
Since making her grand entrance in 2012, Sandi has received numerous international and regional awards and accolades, including being named “Best New Event” and “Best Event within an Existing Festival” by the International Festivals and Events Association; and “Most Innovative Project” by the Florida Festivals and Events Association. Sandi has been featured in The Huffington Post, on CNN and The Ellen Show and even has her very own, and wildly popular, Twitter account – @Sanditreewpb.
Sandi’s seasonal supporting cast of activities includes additional sand sculptures in Sandi Land and a backstage peek into Sandi’s “dressing room,” “Glow FORE It” mini golf, “Reindeer Games” Trivia Night, and kids and adults of all ages can enjoy additional holiday cheer by creating their own Florida-style snowman in SnowieVille. Plus, more than a dozen of West Palm Beach’s favorite – and free – weekly and monthly City events will celebrate Sandi, the star of Holiday in Paradise.
For more information about Sandi Land, and other Waterfront events, visit wpb.org/events, call 561-822-1515 or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB and on Twitter and Instagram @westpalmbch.