Things to do: Kick off the holidays with Boca’s annual tree-lighting this week

(Staff photo by Chris Matula/The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON - Frank Markovich, right, and his daughter, Claire, 13 months, share a happy moment during the lighting of the Boca Raton Christmas tree at Mizner Park Friday, Nov. 24, 2006.

(Staff photo by Chris Matula/The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON – Frank Markovich, right, and his daughter, Claire, 13 months, share a happy moment during the lighting of the Boca Raton Christmas tree at Mizner Park Friday, Nov. 24, 2006.

BOCA RATON — It’s likely to be the only time you’ll see snow in southern Palm Beach County.

The snow is fake, of course, but the ambiance it adds to the annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony at Mizner Park Amphitheater, at 590 Plaza Real, is anything but fake.

The tree lighting ceremony, planned for Wednesday, Nov. 23, kicks of a series of holiday events in Boca Raton with carnival rides, fireworks, and photos with Santa Claus, along with the initial tree-lighting. The event is free.

It begins at 5:30 p.m. and will last until 8:30 p.m.

The holiday event series, called “Light Up Downtown,” also includes a street parade, holiday musical performance, movie night and boat parade. Here’s the full schedule:

» Holiday Street Parade — “A Star-Spangled Holiday”

What: The parade begins at Federal Highway at Southeast Eighth Street and will travel north to Mizner Park Amphitheater.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

» 5th annual FAU Tuba Christmas

What: A holiday performance by the Florida Atlantic University band at Mizner Park Amphitheater, at 590 Plaza Real.

When: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 at 5 p.m.

» Polar Express Movie & Family Fun

What: An outdoor screening of the film “Polar Express” with train rides and fake snow at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Hot chocolate, popcorn, pizza and other refreshments will be sold at the event.

When: Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 at 5 p.m.

» 40th annual Holiday Boat Parade

What: Boats will light up the Intracoastal Waterway from the C-15 canal (which divides Delray Beach and Boca Raton) south to the Hillsboro Bridge. The public can view the parade from bleachers at Red Reef Park, at 1400 N. Ocean Blvd, and Silver Palm Park, at 600 E. Palmetto Park Road.

When: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.