Boca Raton will defer to new Mizner Park tenant Lord & Taylor and to Black Friday shoppers and light its holiday tree the day before Thanksgiving instead of the day after.
In June, City Council members, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, briefly discussed moving the tree-lighting ceremony to the Spanish River Athletic Complex at DeHoernle Park. That’s where the city held its Fourth of July fireworks celebration this year.
Last year’s tree lighting drew 7,000 to 9,000 people to Mizner Park.
But this year Lord & Taylor plans a grand opening-type event of its department store there on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.
The tree-lighting was moved in 2005 from City Hall to the amphitheater at Mizner Park.
— Steve Plunkett