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  • Writer's pictureSarah Martin

Cozy Up by the Lake Worth Beach Bonfires This Winter

The Bonfire at Lake Worth Beach has become a Palm Beach tradition, with crowds gathering to roast marshmallows and make s’mores (or simply to enjoy the warmth of the bonfire) starting in November through February each year. This family-friendly activity takes place on two nights a week, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., through the end of February, weather permitting.

The Bonfire

Starting in November, Lake Worth offers concerts and other events at the lifeguard-monitored bonfire. Grab the kids and join in the marshmallow roasting, running on the beach, or dancing to the music. Stickers or things that can glow in the dark, along with brightly colored clothing, are a good idea just in case the kids run away from the bonfire's light. There is lighting along the walkways but not on the beach itself. You will need to bring your own blanket, chairs, coolers, and s'mores kits and there is metered parking, and overflow parking available in the area.

Yum! Best Food Finds

By the beach, there are many local favorites ranging from a slice of pizza or a delectable treat at the Hoffman's Chocolate shop. Here are the top 5 places to check out:

1. Mamma Mia's on the Beach: This is a very popular pizza parlor with many tasty toppings, desserts of Italian ices, and an expansive, ocean-facing porch.

2. Benny's on the Beach: The cute eatery offers diner fare for breakfast and lunch and the opportunity to catch glimpses of the ocean.

3. Kilwin's Chocolates Lake Worth Beach: Homemade chocolates, homemade ice cream, handmade sweets, and gourmet gift baskets - all straight from their classic, old-fashioned confectionery chain.

4. Hoffman's Chocolate Shop: Specialty chocolate treats of all types

5. Viva La Playa: Oceanside sister restaurant to Benny's on the Beach offering a bold Latin American approach to their cuisine.

Bonfire Safety 101

If you are planning on attending the bonfire, here are a couple tips to make sure that the trip is not only fun filled, but safe as well.

- Keep a safe distance from the fire, and don't horse around.

- Do not drink alcohol near the bonfire as it can act as an accelerant.

- Do not spray aerosols or toss canisters or fireworks into the fire.

- Wear appropriate clothing. Despite being on the beach, do not go barefoot near the fire.

- Closer monitor your children

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