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Now Thru Wednesday, December 24
Frozen Ice Palace Experience » Dolphin Mall
Step inside the spectacular holiday Ice Palace featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow including a light show & interactive fun for all ages. This year the free exhibit also delights with elements of Disney’s “Frozen”, Anna, Elsa & Olaf. Marvel at the interactive globes showcasing scenes from the movie, leave an icy hand print, snap a photo sitting on the Ice Throne with Olaf. Visit Santa & get a special gift. Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12 St. Miami. 305-DOLPHIN. www.shopdolphinmall.com

Now thru Wednesday, December 24
Santa’s Arrival & Photos » Aventura Mall – Santa’s Village, Fountain Court
Kids (&grownups) can visit Jolly Old St. Nick, whisper their wishes to him & then pose for a photo (additional charge). Kids will also enjoy “Aventura’s Model Train Station,”an exciting interactive display that features a miniature town, amusement park, old time mill & snow-capped mountain ranges. 19501 Biscayne
Blvd. Aventura. 305-935-1110. www.aventuramall.com

Now thru December 24
Santa Photos » The Falls -Center Court
Make a memorable photo with Santa in his holiday house. Mon–Sat: Noon–9pm, Sun: Noon–7pm. 8888 SW 136 St. Miami. 305-909-0465. www.Shopthefalls.com

Now Thru Sunday, January 4, 2014
Magical Snowfall » Dolphin Mall–Ramblas Plaza
Visitors can enjoy the free magical snowfall flurries every night at 7pm with an additional snowfall at 9pm on Friday & Saturday. There will be no snow on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12 St. Miami. 305-DOLPHIN. www.shopdolphinmall.com

Monday, December 1–31
Deering Holiday Wonderland » Deering Estate at Cutler
Visitors can tour the elegant & historic houses as they come alive with holiday accents & decorations. Closed Christmas Day. 10am–5pm. Adult/$12, Child(4–14)/$7. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Miami. 305-235-1668. www.deeringestate.org

Wednesday, December 3–Tuesday, December 9
Merrick Festival – Caroling Competition » Biltmore Way in Coral Gables
A showcase for the extraordinary, talented young people in our community. 28 middle & senior high schools perform holiday programs over 5 nights. 1,500 children compete for $25,000 cash prizes. Grand prize winners perform on Tues, Dec 9. Free. 3–6pm. In front of 550 Biltmore Way. Coral Gables 305-447-9299. www.merrickfestival.net

Wednesdays, December 3, 10 & 17
Pet Photos With Santa » Dolphin Mall
Animal lovers, here’s a chance to celebrate the holidays with your furry friends. Dogs & cats can sit pretty for Santa, & their owners can take home a keepsake photo. 7:30–9pm at the Ice Palace. Pets must be up to date on their vaccinations & must either be on a leash or carried in a lightweight, portable pet carrier with harness.
Dolphin Mall -2nd floor, 11401 NW 12 St. Miami. 305-365-7446. www.shopdolphinmall.com

Thursdays–Sundays, December 4–Jan 4, 2015
Jungle Bells » Jungle Island
Build a snowman, play reindeer games, wander through 10,000 Holiday Lights, sing along with Imagination Movers (Dec 14) & Choo Choo Soul (Dec 21); watch Waltzing Waters; zip down the 100-ft Polar Plunge slide, animal shows, photos with Santa, strolling carolers, stilt walkers & magicians. 4–10pm. Adult/$25, Child(3–10)/$20, All-Day Access: $10 more. Tickets: www.jungleisland.com.

Friday, December 5
Winter Wonderland Extravaganza » Kendall Regional Medical Center
Snow, Cookies, Hot Chocolate, Musical Entertainment by local schools, Children’s holiday crafts, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, take your child’s photo with Santa. 4–8pm. Register to attend: 305-222-2200 or on Facebook: facebook.com/KendallRMC. Kendall Regional Medical Center – Hospital entrance, 11750 Bird Rd.(SW 40 St.) www.kendallmed.com

Friday, December 5 & weekends until Dec 23
Holiday Spectacular & Pictures with Santa » Merrick Park– Coral Gables
Food, carnival rides & games, face painting, arts & crafts, bounce houses & musical. Pictures with Santa will begin soon after Santa’s sensational arrival at Merrick Park & the lighting of the holiday tree at 7pm. Santa will keep coming back to Merrick Park for more pictures on Thursdays & Fridays from 5–10pm & Weekends from noon–10pm until December 23. Postcard framed pictures/$6. Merrick Park (across from City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way. Coral Gables. 305-460-5600.
www.coralgables.com

Friday–Sunday weekends, December 5–January 4, 2015
The Polar Express™Train Ride » Gold Coast Railroad Museum
A unique 45-minute holiday excursion on The Polar Express™ from the Gold Coast Railroad depot for a special visit at the North Pole. Guests will enjoy warm cocoa & a treat while listening & reading along with the magical story. When the train arrives at the “North Pole”  the children will meet & greet Santa as they receive a special gift. Fri & Sat: 7:45pm, Sun: 6:15pm. Coach seats/$35, First class (booth or table min.4)/$276, or long table (seats 5 or 6)/$345. 12450 SW 152 Ave. Miami. 305-253-0063. www.gcrm.org

Saturdays & Sundays, December 6–21
Christ Fellowship locations
The whole family will enjoy the holiday season with snow flurries for the kids, live Christmas music, special holiday treats & a powerful Christmas message for all ages! Also, join in for one of their special Christmas Eve services. For service times & locations, please visit cfmiami.org/christmas or call 305-238-1818.

Saturday, December 6
Wags n’ Whiskers Furtography with Santa » Deering Estate at Cutler
Bring your family pet (dogs & cats only) for holiday photos with Santa at the Deering Estate Visitor Center! Pet adoptions (for a reduced fee) will also be available from Miami-Dade Co. Animal Services’ HOPE Express mobile pet adoption trailer! 10am–2pm. Free. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Miami. 305-235-1668. www.deeringestate.org

Saturday, December 6
Holiday Festival » Pinecrest Gardens
It’s a day for the whole family to enjoy, where you can indulge in food,  sing along with carolers, enjoy live music, theater & dance! See excerpts from The Nutcracker, by the Miami Children’s Theater, model train display, pictures with Santa, puppeteers, face painters, Greater Miami Youth Symphony & Jazz Band, pony rides, carnival rides, food & the lighting of the Holiday Tree at sundown. 11am–6:30pm. GenAdm/$5, Child(2&under)/Free. Hop on Hop Off the Pinecrest People Mover at Palmetto Middle, Miami Palmetto Senior High and Pinecrest Elementary. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd. Pinecrest. 305-669-6990. www.pinecrest-fl.gov

Saturday, December 6
Polar Express Story Time » Miami Children’s Museum
All aboard! Come one, come all to bear witness to the timeless story of a young boy on his adventure to meet Santa! Enjoy this timeless tale with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Then, immerse your hands in snow & create jingly jewelry with sleigh bells. Performances at 12, 2, & 4pm. $16/Adult & Child. Fla. Res/$12, Child(under 1)/Free. 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Sunday, December 7
Caring Santa » The Falls -in Center Court
Little shoppers with special needs get a subdued welcome at Santa’s House. Families can enjoy a photo op with Santa during private Mall hours. RSVP@ thefallscaringsanta.eventbrite.com  9am–10:30am. 8888 SW 136 St. Miami. 305-909-0465  Shopthefalls.com

Sunday, December 7
Elves Parade » South Miami
Individual elves (Babies–6th grade (accompanied by parent) are welcome. Call for start. Meet at City Hall. Boy Scout & Girl Scout & other groups invited to join, but must register. Grand Marshall is Jim Morris, UofM Baseball coach & Pam Gigante (Channel 6) will MC. Marching band, dance groups & elves make it a fun-filled day. 2–3pm. Contact Yvette at yvaldes@southmiamifl.gov or 305-403-2068 to register. Sunset Dr. (SW 72 St.) from US 1 to SW 57Ave.

Sundays, December 7 & 14
Pet Photo Nights » The Falls
Photo prices depend on selected size & pets will receive a special treat after each visit. Pets may enter through the Talbot’s entrance. Traditional pets only please. Santa’s House -Center Court, 7–9pm. 8888 SW 136 St. Miami. 305-909-0465. www.Shopthefalls.com

Friday, December 12
Family Movie Night » Pinecrest Gardens
Start the evening with a flashlight tour then enjoy How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Flashlight tours begin 7pm. Movie 8pm. $5, Child (2&Under) Free. 11000 Red Rd. Pinecrest. 305-669-6990. www.pinecrest-fl.gov

Friday, December 12
Holiday Lights & Ice » J.C. Bermudez Park – Doral
This family–friendly evening event will be filled with photos w/Santa, rides & games, performances from local Doral students, & over 85 tons of snow & fun
for the whole family! 6–10pm. 3000 NW 87 Ave. Doral. 305-593-6611. www.cityofdoral.com

Monday–Saturday, December 12–23
Santa Photos » Dadeland Mall
Visit the jolly man himself and make a memorable photo in his holiday house. Mon–Sat: 10am–8pm. Sunday, Dec 14 & 21: 11am–7pm. 7535 N. Kendall Dr. Miami 305-665-6226

Saturday, December 13 & 20
Story Time & Photos with Santa » Deering Estate at Cutler
Santa Claus will be visiting the Deering Estate for story-time in the historic Stone House Ballroom. Children can also participate in holiday arts & crafts activities. 10am–Noon. Free with Estate adm. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Miami. 305-235-1668. www.deeringestate.org

Saturday, December 13
Miss/Mr. Merry Christmas Pageant » Southland Mall–Center Court
Boys & girls of all ages can enter to participate in the Miss/Mr. Merry Christmas pageant. All entrants leave with a Christmas tiara & trophy! Pageant begins at
1pm. 20505 S. Dixie Hwy. Miami. 352-429-4924. www.sunburstbeauty.com

Saturday, December 13
Celebración Navideña » Mall of the Americas
Mix 98.3 FM will be playing popular & holiday-themed music, with giveaways & prizes like a free vacation for two! Pictures with Santa Claus from 11am–8pm available for purchase.  7795 W. Flagler St. Miami. 954-943-4683 x2801

Saturday, December 13
Santa’s Snow Blast » Goodlet Park
Welcome Santa to Hialeah along with 50 tons of snow! Enjoy carnival rides, games, food, live musical entertainment, take pictures with Santa and play on
a mountain of glistening white snow. Admission & parking/free. 5–8pm. 4200 West 8th Ave. Hialeah. www.hialeahfl.gov

Saturday, December 13
Kidgits Cookies with Santa » The Falls – Center Court
Kidgit Club members are invited to visit the big man himself & tell Santa their holiday wishes while enjoying a milk & cookies social. Visit The Falls’ Guest Services
to join the Kidgits Kids Club! 2–4pm. 8888 SW 136 St. Miami. 305-255-4571. www.simon.com

Sunday, December 14
Miami Children’s Chorus: Voices of Angels » First United Methodist Church
Voices of Angels beautifully captures the spirit of the holidays, which shines most powerfully when a chorus sings as one! Featuring all three ensembles performing
holiday favorites & multi-cultural choral pieces representative of many holiday traditions. 4pm. In advance: Adult/$20, Student & Sr./$5, At Door: $25/$10. 536 Coral Way, Coral Gables. 305-662-7494. www.miamichildrenschorus.org

Sunday, December 14
Holiday Bay Cruise » Estate at Cutler
Take a break from your holiday shopping & enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bay! 2–4pm (arrive at 1:30pm). $35pp. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Miami. 305-235-1668.
www.deeringestate.org

Sunday, December 14
Holiday Music in the Garden » Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Heart-warming seasonal music combines with a gorgeous backdrop. Enjoy a delicious champagne dinner under the stars and be treated to a wonderful holiday program of seasonal music. A divine dessert follows the concert. Individual tickets start at $250. 6–10pm. 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Coral Gables. 305-663-8058. www.fairchildgarden.org

Friday, December 19
Dinner with Santa » Zoo Miami
Enjoy a traditional holiday buffet dinner, photos with Santa, & cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus at Zoo Miami.  After dinner take a stroll through the Zoo to enjoy Zoo Lights- more than half a million bright, animal shaped lights and dazzling tree lights! 7pm. Gen. adm. Adult/$42, Child(3–12)/$37. Zoo members: Adult/$40; Child /$35. Ages 2&under/Free. 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. For tickets, call: 305-251-0400 x84993

Saturday, December 20
How the Grinch Stole Christmas » Miami Children’s Museum
Come to Whoville, where you will witness the story of a tiny girl who teaches a big lesson, illustrating the true meaning of Christmas, brought to you by our MCM Players at Noon, 2 & 4pm. Open 10am–6pm. Adult & Child/$16, Fla. Res/$12, Child(under 1)/Free. 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Sunday, December 21
Chanukah at the Barnacle » The Barnacle
Join us for a waterfront Menorah lighting, entertainment, BBQ, latkes, & crafts for the whole family. 5–8pm. Persons over 10/$7, Child(6–9)/$3, Under 6/Free. 3485 Main Hwy. Coconut Grove. 305-442-6866. www.floridastate parks.org/TheBarnacle

Monday, December 21
Holiday Concert » Gwen Margolis Community Center
North Miami Concert Band plays show tunes, marches & seasonal favorites. 2–4pm. $5 donation. 1590 NE 123 St. North Miami. 305-667-4925. www.northmiamiconcertband.org

Friday–Monday, December 19–30 (except Dec. 24 & 25)
Zoo Lights » Zoo Miami
See bright, animal shaped lights & thousands of dazzling tree lights! $5 admission includes free 3D glasses to see amazing light effects. Enjoy “iceskating,” carousel rides, photos with Santa, hot chocolate & cookies. Shop at the zoo gift shop & delight in holiday caroling. Free parking. $5pp. 7–10pm. 305-251-0400. 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. Save time, buy your tickets online at www.shop.zoomiami.org.

Sunday, December 28
Celebrate Kwanzaa » Miami Children’s Museum
If you’ve never celebrated Kwanzaa before, now is your chance to experience a joyous extravaganza! MCM will present stories, songs, activities, games & recipes unique to this holiday. 10am–6pm. Adult/$16, Child/$16, FLA res./$12, Child(under 1)/Free. 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437.
www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Now thru Saturday, December 20
Forest of Angels » Promenade at Coconut Creek
Elaborately decorated Christmas trees sponsored by businesses directly supporting community charities. Enjoy daily kid-friendly activities: petting zoo, puppet show, daily raffle, goodie bag for kids, story time, choir, ornament creation, drawing station, magic show, face painting, Captain America & other lovable characters, photos with Santa. Daily activities posted on website. Free. Mon–Fri: Noon–9pm, Sat: 11am–9pm, Sun: Noon–6pm. 4443 Lyons Rd. Coconut Creek. 954-592-0692. www.thepromenadeatcoconutcreek.com/forestofangels/

Now through Wednesday, December 31
Symphony of Lights » The Village of Gulfstream Park
Featuring a 50-foot Christmas tree & over 350,000 colored lights synchronized to the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra every hour on the hour. Menorah Lighting will take place on December 22. No Symphony of Lights that night. Weekend visits from Mr. & Mrs. Claus (6–9:30pm), toy soldiers, elves, angels & jugglers.  The Village collection of stores, restaurants, cafes & nightclubs add to the art festival experience! 10am–5pm. Free. 501 S. Federal Hwy. Hallandale. 847-926-4300. www.thevillageatgulfstreampark.com

Now thru Saturday, January 3
Holiday Fantasy of Lights » Tradewinds Park
The Holiday Fantasy of Lights is fun for all ages! Children especially enjoy the lighting displays. 6–10pm. $13/car. 3600 W. Sample Rd. Coconut Creek. www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com

Mondays, December 1, 8 & 15
St. Nick’s Pet Pics » Pembroke Lakes Mall
Bring your favorite tail wagger for a portrait with the Big Guy. Cats & dogs only. 6pm–close. 11401 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines. 954-436-3520. www.pembrokelakesmall.com

Tuesday, December 2
Christmas on Las Olas
The unofficial start to the winter season for the last 52 years! Ice skate, or sled down a 2-story Snow Mountain, smile at the Santa Photo Booth while 3 stages of local choirs & strolling carolers fill the air. Mango’s Movie Madness will be playing “Arthur Christmas”, plenty of food & beverage vendors. 5–10pm. Free. Las Olas Blvd. between SE 6 & 11 Aves. Fort Lauderdale. www.lasolasboulevard.com

Wednesday, December 3
Christmas-By-The-Sea » Anglin’s Square
Featuring Holiday carolers & dancers, a Yuletide Market, children’s activities, & a visit with Santa! Tree lighting at 6:30pm. 5:30–9:30pm. Anglin’s Square at the Beach, Commercial Blvd & El Mar Dr. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. 954-640-4200.

Wednesday, December 3
Holiday Lighting Festival » Tamarac Community Center
Watch the Mayor & Commissioners light the Christmas tree & Menorah, then listen to a special holiday concert featuring Tamarac’s best school choirs, followed by a special appearance by Santa Claus & more! 6pm. 8601 West Commercial Blvd. Tamarac.

Friday, December 5
Light Up Cooper City » Cooper City Memorial Park
The City will be illuminating the park for the evening with twinkle lights & luminary bags. Special activities include a visit with Santa; kiddie train, children’s games; refreshments; craft sale & entertainment for all to enjoy! Bring a canned food donation for the needy. 6–9pm. Free. 9000 SW 50 Pl. 954-434-4300 x233.

Friday & Saturday, December 5 & 6
Noel & Good Cheer! » Second Presbyterian Church
Opening with a candlelight procession, the Singing Sons bring to life holiday carols both ancient & new. Let the unique sounds of boys’ singing brighten and enliven your holiday! 8pm. 1400 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale 954-563-2697. www.singingsons.org

Fridays–Sundays, December 5–7 & 12–14
Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant » First Baptist Church
Holiday festivities with familiar carols in a turn-of-the-century setting, a concert of inspirational contemporary songs, a musical drama of the Nativity. Pageant includes a spectacular snow-filled winter wonderland so watch for falling snowflakes! Fri: 7:30pm, Sat: 2 &7:30pm; Sun: 2pm. $15–$57. 301 E. Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale. 954-831-3000.

Fridays–Sundays, December 5–28
Garden of Lights at Flamingo Gardens
Gardens & Historic Wray Home are decked out with thousands of lights & decorations while holiday music fills the air. Guests can enjoy concerts & performances, visits with Santa, kids crafts, & other holiday fun. 5–7pm. (12&up)/$18, (4–11yrs)/$10, 3&under/Free. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd. Davie.
954-473-2955. www.flamingogardens.org.

Saturday, December 6
SnowFest » Pines Recreation Center
Fifty tons of Snow is forecast to fall at City Center & this year, they’ve added an Ice Rink. Activities include: 3pm. Ice Princess & Snowman Show, visits with Santa, healthy snacks at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, arts & crafts at Santa’s Workshop, Santa’s Toy Test Lab, Snow games, Catabella Express train (wheelchair accessible), face painting, rides, raffle. 2–6pm. Snow Area/$5, Ice Rink/$5. New location: Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd. Call for pre-sale ticket locations 954-435-6525. www.ppines.com

Saturday, December 6
187th E. L.F. Awards » First Congregational Church
Those Energetic Little Factory-workers (E.L.F.s) have been assembling, hammering, bow-tying & wrapping all year & now they deserve some recognition! Red carpet rollout & presentation by So Fla Jubilee of annual awards in an atmosphere much like the Oscars. Santa will make a grand appearance and the elves will provide the musical entertainment. 7pm. Adult/$15, Child (6–16)/$5, Preschoolers/Free. 2501 NE 30 St. Fort Lauderdale. 954-583-0795. www.southfloridajubilee.com

Saturday, December 6
Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade » Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
Ring in the holiday season & join the fun. Features marching bands, floats, community groups & more! 7–9pm. Free. This year’s theme: Peppermint Paradise. Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, between Scott & Harrison Streets. 954-921-3404. www.hollywoodfl.org

Saturday, December 6
Paws With Claus Holiday Pawty » Gary B. Jones Park for People & Pups
Dress your pet up for the “Best dressed Holiday Hound contest” & bring your camera to take your dog’s photo with Santa! 10am–12pm. 8101 Southgate Blvd. Tamarac. 954-597-3620.

Saturday, December 6
Evening with Santa » Jaco Pastorius Park
Join in for a magical evening with the North Pole’s favorite jolly, old elf & a special Holiday Tree Lighting. Sit on Santa’s lap & tell your wishes, visit the elves’ workshop to create holiday memories. Stop by Mrs. Claus’ kitchen for refreshments, take on the giant slide or relax on a hayride. Free. 5pm. 4000 N. Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park. 954-630-4500. www.oaklandparkfl.gov

Sunday, December 7
Symphony Holiday Spectacular » Broward Center
The fantastic Keyboard Duo of Dunlap & Pennington combined with Symphony of the Americas & Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. A multi-media experience enhanced by close-ups from multiple cameras, projected on large screens, so that everyone has a virtual front row seat. 2pm. $20–$37. 201 SW 5 Ave. Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-0222. www.symphonyoftheamericas.org

Sunday, December 7
Lighting of the Greens & Snow Play » Davie Town Hall
Town of Davie kickoff to the holiday season with the arrival of Santa by fire engine, Jingle Bell horse parade down Orange Dr. and tree lighting. Kids can enjoy the 2 tons of Snow Blow & photos with Santa (small fee). Free petting farm, bounce houses, climbing walls & more! Free hot & cold drinks, cookies & candy canes while they last. 6591 Orange Dr. Davie. 954-797-1076

Sunday, December 7
Old Davie Christmas » Old Davie School Museum
Tack up the mistletoe & trim up the tree & meet Santa who’s on his way with lots of goodies for the children. Pony rides, hayrides, petting zoo & old-fashioned games! Free. Donations welcome. Noon–3pm.  6650 Griffin Rd. Fort Lauderdale. 954-797-1044

Wednesday, December 10
Holiday Parade » Along Sample Road
This year’s annual parade will be Snow Much Fun with the Ice Queen & Snow Princess leading the way. Over 60 floats, bands & lots of chilly surprises as we “bring back Winter!’ 7pm. Along Sample Rd. from Coral Springs Dr. to City Hall. 2501 Coral Springs Dr. 954-345-2112. www.coralsprings.org

Friday, December 12
Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland » Tamarac Park
Join the City of Tamarac for a holly jolly night of reindeer games. Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, carnival games, pictures w/Santa & more! Free for all ages. 6–8pm.  7501 N. University Dr. 954-597-3500.

Friday–Tuesday, December 12–16
Bethlehem Revisited » First United Methodist Church of Coral Springs
Join the live interactive re-creation of Bethlehem with authentic marketplace of shops, livestock, shepherds, Roman soldiers, storytellers & a Living Nativity. Mon, Tues, & Fri: 7–9pm. Sat & Sun: 6–9pm. Free.  8650 W. Sample Rd. Coral Springs 954-752-0333. www.bethlehemrevisited.com

Saturday, December 13
Christmas Near the Beach » ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater
Enjoy a variety show with singers, Christmas ballet, mime, musicians, & live bands, designed to bring the Hollywood & SoFla community together to celebrate the wonder of Christmas. Look for St. Nick to arrive by Hollywood Fire Rescue & take photos with him! 4–9pm. Free. One Young Circle. Hollywood. www.christmasnearthebeach.com

Saturdays & Sundays, December 13–14 &  21–22
Santa’s Little Helpers » Flamingo Gardens
The holiday fun for kids starts 2pm with Santa’s Snow Mound & holiday craft, then at 3pm help Mrs. Claus pass out the animal’s gifts from Santa! Visit Santa then stick around for the Garden of Lights show from 5–7pm. Santa’s Little Helpers & related activities included w/paid daytime admission. 2–7pm. Ages 12+/ $18, 4–11/$10, 3&under/free. 3750 S. Flamingo Rd. 954-473-2955. www.flamingogardens.org

Sunday, December 14
Winter Wonderland » Sunrise Civic Center
Come to our magical winter wonderland, with snow & ice skating. Decorate cookies, play holiday games & sit on Santa’s lap. $5.  10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Sunrise. 954-747-4600. www.sunrisefl.gov

Sunday, December 14
Cookies with Santa » Stranahan House
Bring your letters to Santa and join into the activities. Storytime with Mrs. Claus, decorate cupcakes, face painting, cartoon art holiday cards & photos & cookies with Santa. 10:30–12pm. $10/child. RSVP: 954-524-4736. 335 SE 6 Ave. Fort Lauderdale. www.stranahanhouse.org

Sunday, December 14
Holiday Show » Miramar Cultural Center
Academy of Arts will surely have you smiling with an evening filled with music, singing, & dance suitable for all ages. Including excerpts from the Nutcracker, ballet, jazz, tap, modern, & musical theatre numbers. 5pm. $24. Lap tickets/$3. 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar. 954-602-4500. www.miramarculturalcenter.org

Sunday, December 14
Winter Dreams » Broward Center
Choristers from the all 5 girl choirs will sing music that is both traditional to the season, & highlights winter repertoire favorites. Includes works of composers such as Hildegard von Bingen, J.S. Bach, & Claude Debussy. 4pm. $20 & $25. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5 Ave. Fort Lauderdale 954-533-9227. www.girlchoir.org

Sunday–Thurs, Dec.14–18 & Sat–Tues, 20–23
Victorian Christmas & Holiday River Tour » Stranahan House
Experience the beauty of the Historic Stranahan House Museum decorated in a Victorian Christmas theme. The evening tour includes costumed docents, live music, beautiful décor & photo ops. Finish your visit with a ride down the New River & view holiday lights on waterfront homes. $30/pp. Res.Req. 7:30pm.  335 SE 6 Ave. 954-524-4736. www.stranahanhouse.org

Tuesday, December 16
A Seraphic Fire Candlelight Christmas » All Saints Episcopal Church
From the ringing of distant church bells to the rapturous sound of a cappella carols, the ensemble presents one of the season’s most anticipated concert experiences. Angels We Have Heard on High program combines Gregorian chant, timeless carols, & glorious motets. $55. 7pm.  333 Tarpon Dr. Fort Lauderdale. 305-285-9060. www.SeraphicFire.org

Tuesday, December 16
Children’s Holiday in the Pines » City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery
Festive opening reception of exhibit that celebrates talented children with fun, surprises, live entertainment & complimentary wine & light hors d’oeuvres. 7–9 pm.  10100 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines. 954-986-5027

Friday, December 19
Holiday Hayride » Sabal Pines Park
Festive hayride through decorated Sabal Pines Park. Kids can enjoy s’mores, hot chocolate, animated movie: A Christmas Carol, & take home a holiday craft. $5pp. Must pre-regis. Buy tickets at Community Center, 1100 Lyons Rd. or Rec Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd. by Dec. 17. Sabal Pines Park, 5005 NW 39 Avenue. Special Events Hotline: 954-545-6620. www.coconutcreek.net/events

Saturday, December 20
Sundaes with Santa » Southwest Focal Point Community Center
Santa has prepared a whimsical buffet of toppings to build your own ice cream sundaes. Children & parents will enjoy a holiday show, visits with Santa, & prizes. All are required to have a ticket. Seating limited. 2–4pm. Tickets $6/resident, $8/non-res. 301 NW 103 Ave. 954-435-6525. www.ppines.com

Wednesday, December 31
Kwanzaa Kuumba Celebration » Bass Park
Kuumba, which means creativity, will be celebrated through ethnic dance, storytelling, art exhibits & stage performances. The day will culminate with tastes of the Karamu, which translates to feast. 1–5pm. Free adm. Bass Park, 2750 NW 19 St. Fort Lauderdale. 954-828-8498.

Wednesday, December 31
Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown » Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Free 11-hr. street festival is full of fun for both children & adults. Revelers will crowd downtown to wait with anticipation for the lighted ball to drop. 4–8pm: bounce houses, face painting, games, contests & dancing w/D-J. Kid’s early ball countdown: 7pm. Live music for adults 8:30pm–3am. SW 2nd St. (bet 2nd & 5th Aves.) 954-828-5363.


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