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What it takes to make the tree

For more than 20 years, Delray residents and visitors alike have marveled at our Famous 100 Ft Christmas Tree.  In 2012 it was named as one of the best Trees in all of the USA, right up there with the trees at Rockefeller Center and the White House.  Building the Tree is a month-long community event that brings together people of all ages and all walks of life.


“Mother Fluffers” as they are known, descend to the site in front of the Cornell Museum the first week in November. Some have been with the Tree for 20 years like Dale Madieros. The fluffers check all 15,000 LED light bulbs, fluff over 3,000 branches and hang them on the Tree. Thanks to veterans like Mary “Mike” Williams, the new volunteers are trained well and soon become part of the family.  Some of our volunteers like Krug Kruger are known as “the climbers” who scale the infrastructure to get the branches on. Jeremy from Meisner Electric uses a cherry picker to do the rest. The Tree is stacked in mid-November and it is always an incredible site. Local restaurants donate lunches, enough to feed 30-50 workers per day. Wrangling the donations from the restaurants is the job of Kitchen Elf, Al Hincken.  Mellow Mushroom does its part to feed the seventh and eighth graders who come and help out on site.

This year students from Village Academy, American Heritage, St Vincent and the SGA from Atlantic High School came out to assist our veteran volunteers at the Tree. Home Depot came on board in a big way this year. Their Team Depot volunteered to spruce up the houses inside the Tree. Home Depot donated the building materials and supplies to get the site in perfect shape. Most importantly they volunteered their time and expertise to make sure the houses were shored up, safe and great to look at.

City workers from all departments help out at the Tree.  Without their long term knowledge of how to build the tree and good natured attitude in handling the additional duties in November, the City wouldn’t have this magnificent symbol of Community.

The serious work of erecting the 100 Ft Christmas Tree falls to Eagle Metal, Harrison Crane, Meisner Electric and Hard Drives.  The steel workers, crane operators and electricians are on site from day one putting together 30,000 lbs of metal framing and wiring it to light perfectly each night.

By now you’ve probably seen Santa’s lovely new cottage.  This gift to the City comes from a collaboration of Richard Jones Architects and Seaside Builders. The Tree lives on the grounds of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. The team at DBCFTA works hand in hand with the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative during the months of November, December and January from build-up to take down.

The Tree is open every day from the Tree Lighting on December 4th through January 1st. We count on our volunteers to man the Tree, ask for donations and answer endless questions about the Tree and Delray Beach.  Without our volunteer coordinators, Allison Good and Mary Anne Volpe, we wouldn’t be able to keep the Tree open day and night for visitors to marvel at.  The most frequently asked question is “Is it real?”

And last but not least, Team DBMC acts as the conductor to turn all of these moving parts into a magical destination for residents and visitors alike. The DBMC coordinates the build, garners sponsors, plans the Tree Lighting event, promotes the Tree, runs the site during December, coordinates First Night and finally, orchestrates the take down in January. It’s a busy time for a small team of four but we do it with love in our hearts for the community of Delray Beach.

Feeding the Army

Many thanks to these local Delray Beach restaurants who donate food for the workers and volunteers.

  • 32 East
  • Blue Anchor
  • Boston’s
  • Bru’s Room
  • Cabana El Rey
  • Café Diem
  • Caffe Luna Rosa
  • City Oyster
  • Dada
  • House of Siam
  • Lemon Grass
  • Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza
  • Papa’s Tapas
  • Pizza Rustica
  • Sazio
  • Tramonti
  • Tryst
  • Ziree Thai


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30,000 lbs

of metal framing

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9,800 lbs

of foilage

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steel panels

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2015 Delray Beach Holiday Schedule

Hours of Operation at the Tree

Christmas Tree
Visit with Santa
Ice Skating
Kiddie Train Ride
Gift Shop

How to find the tree, call us and email us

Contact Info

51 North Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Phone: 561-279-1380


For sponsor and vendor opportunities contact Jarrod White at 561-279-1380



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