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Holiday Events in November

By on October 30, 2015


North Miami Veterans Day Celebration » Wednesday, November 11
Join the City of North Miami & local Veterans’ organizations & pay tribute to the service & sacrifice of all Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Bring the kids for a lesson in living history! 10am. Griffing Park, 12111 Griffing Blvd. North Miami. 305-895-9815.

Veteran’s Day at MCM » Wednesday, November 11
Join us in saying “Thank you” to all our veterans! Participate in our patriotic crafts & write a thank you note. Veterans will receive a small token of our appreciation. 12–3pm. Admission/$18, Fla. Res/$14 Members, Military members & Under 1/Free. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437.

Military Appreciation Night » Wednesday, November 11
Free “Thank You” dinner to any person who has served in the US Military. Other guests will pay the regular dinner menu pricing. GC restaurants have served over 4.4 million free “thank you” meals to our heroes in the military over the past 14 years. Golden Corral Buffet, 33525 S. Dixie Hwy. Florida City. 305-246-8699.

St. Martin’s Day Celebration & Lantern Parade » Wednesday, November 11
Hear the story of St. Martin, shine your crafted lanterns in a parade & enjoy traditional German bread men. Free Admission. 6–7:30pm. Sanctuary at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ, 3010 De Soto Blvd. Coral Gables. Info:

Super All Day Skate » Wednesday, November 11, & Wed.–Fri., Nov. 25–27
Grab your friends & head to Super Wheels when school is out! 10am–5pm. $10/pp plus skate rental ($2 reg. skates & $3.50 rolleblades). Super Wheels, 12265 SW 112 St. Miami. 305-270-9386.

Sensory Saturday » Saturday, November 14
Participate in fun Thanksgiving themed activities. Lights & sounds will be dimmed to create a comfortable environment for children to explore. 9–11am. Pre-regis. req. RSVP to Logan at or call 305-373-5437×126. MCM opens to the public at 11am. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami.

“Miracle on 136 Street” Holiday Parade » Saturday, November 21
The Parade kicks off the Holiday season when local celebrities & their families ride in one of the many vintage convertible cars, led by Parade Marshal, Raini Rodriguez, a star in the film Mall Cop & series Austin & Ally! The parade features marching bands, stilt walkers, giant puppets, clowns, vintage cars, community groups & internationally recognized costumed characters, along with the season’s first official appearance of Mrs. Claus & Santa on their very own float. Parade starts at The Falls in front of Bloomingdale’s and will travel the entire length to Macy’s. 4pm. Free. The Falls Shopping Center, 8888 SW 136 St. Miami. 305-255-4571.

Harvest Festival » Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22
Start your Christmas shopping early. Featuring nationwide professional craftsmen & artists from all over the U.S. Arts & crafts, Santa’s Workshop, bounce houses, petting zoo, model train village, Christmas tree lane, zip line, cute baby contest, pony rides & classic cars. Come browse through personalized gifts, for home & holiday, stained glass, food & candies, gourmet delights, items for
baby, kids & pets, sports, handcrafted furniture & toys, orchids, quilts, etc. Free hourly door prizes!! 386-860-0092. Early Bird Shopping: Saturday 8–10am; Adults $12pp/Adv Online or $15/box office; Child(5&Up)/$5. (no discounts apply). Reg.Hrs: 10am–5pm. Online Discount Coupon: Adult/$10, Child(4–12)/$3, 3&under/free. Miami-Dade Fair Expo/Tamiami Fairgrounds, 10901 Coral Way (SW 24 St.) Miami. Advance tickets & $2 Off coupons:

Thanksgiving Celebration » Wednesday, November 25 
Give thanks & learn the history of this fun holiday. Make a thank you card for someone special & decorate a feathery turkey. Create a banner for your family & show it off in MCM Thanksgiving Parade! 10am–6pm. Admission/$18, Fla. Res/$14, Members, Military & Under 1/Free. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437. 

Miami Turkey Day Run » Thursday, November 26
Family-friendly event features run/walk on Thanksgiving Day. Includes 10K, 5K & Kids Trot. Adult race starts at 7:30am: $40 for 10K & $35 for 5K. Kids’ Trot starts at 9am: (2–9yrs)/$20. Early regis., Military & Gov’t discounts avail. online. Participants receive a T-shirt, free race photos & post-race food & beverage. Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. Miami. 305-223-8710.

Winternational Thanksgiving Day Parade » Thursday, November 26
Start a new holiday tradition with your family. Enjoy spectacular bands, dance groups, professional floats & much more! Bring your own chairs. 10am. North Miami , along 125 St. from NE 6 to NE 12 Aves. No. Miami. 305-895-9815.

Native American Heritage Day » Friday, November 27
Learn all about the first inhabitants of America & their unique cultural traditions! Learn about the Seminole tribe from the At-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. Design your own Indian vests & create a dream catcher. Learn about sand painting & hear different tales from Native American folklore. 10am–6pm. Adm/$18; Fla. Res/$14; Members, Military, & Under 1/Free. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437.

Junior Orange Bowl Parade » Sunday, November 29
Hundreds of children & young people take to the streets in this celebration featuring a vivid arrangement of marching bands, colorful floats, community groups & creative parade units. 4pm. Downtown Coral Gables, Miracle Mile. Coral Gables. 305-662-1210.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest & Carnival » Now–January 3
The world’s largest Christmas theme park & free carnival. So. Fla’s tallest Christmas tree  & light show, kiddie rides, animal shows. Single Day Pass: Adult/$31, Sr & Child(3–9)/$22, (2&Under)/free. Season Pass: Adult/$53, Sr & Child(3–9)/$43, (2&Under)/free. Express Pass select evenings/$19/pp. 5pm–Midnight. Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. Miami. 305-559-9689.

 Winter Wonderland Extravaganza » Friday, December 4
Kendall Regional Medical Center
Celebrate Happy Holidays with snow fun for kids, cookies & treats, hot chocolate with marshmallows, live music, crafts & games, Christmas tree lightning & take your child’s picture w/Santa Claus. 4–8pm. Free. 11750 Bird Rd. Miami. Regis. req: call 305-222-2200.

Holiday In The Park » Friday, December 4
Downtown Homestead
The traditional tree-lighting ceremony will bring the holiday cheer again this year with performances by area dance troupes, a screening of a family-friendly holiday film & a visit from the Claus’ themselves! Bring your lawn chairs & blankets to share some holiday spirit w/your  Homestead community. Drinks & snacks avail. for  nominal fee. 5:30pm. Losner Park, Downtown Homestead. 305-323-6564.

Jingle Bell 5K Run  » Saturday, December 5
Homestead YMCA
Celebrate holidays with an afternoon run & walk starting at the Baptist Homestead Hospital & finishing at the YMCA! This year a Free Kids Run  has been added for (ages 3–7)! Child under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Runners will receive a goodie bag, number w/time chip, tee shirt, finisher’s medal & admission to Award Presentation w/ food, drinks & dancing. 5pm. Regis. by Nov. 27/$25, by Dec. 5/$35. Baptist Homestead Hospital, 975 Baptist Way. Homestead. 305-248-5189.

Thanksgiving Food Drive » Now thru November 16
Help contribute to the community. Gift cards, canned or boxed goods & money. All donations accepted. 9am–5pm. SW Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103 Ave. Pembroke Pines. 954-450-6888.

Harvest Bites & Holiday Lights » Thursday, November 12
Enjoy open bar & heavy appetizers as the Historical Society lights the New River Inn for the holiday season. Holiday music on the balcony & a special treat of cookies & punch. 5–8pm. $35. RSVP req. Email or call
954-463-4431. New River Inn History Museum, 231 SW 2 Ave. Fort Lauderdale.

Fantasy of Lights 5K Run & Walk » Saturday, November 14
Enjoy the holiday season w/this unique evening race on a course illuminated by thousands of lights & larger-than-life animated displays. The course is flat, fast & ideal for setting a personal best! Awards will be given out in 9 categories. Run/$50, Walk/$25. The price includes ChronoTrack timing system, commemorative t-shirt, meal, refreshments, park admission, general parking, entertainment & awards ceremony. Kids are free at Kids’ Fun Run when accompanied by a registered adult. Run at 6pm, Walk at 7pm & Kids’ Fun Run at 7pm. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd. Coconut Creek. 954-956-7266.

Family Bike Night » Sunday, November 15
Family bike ride thru 3 miles of illuminated paths featuring thousands of lights & larger-than-life animated displays. Decorate your bike with your own creation. Must provide your own bike & helmets are req. by law for ages 16&under. Bike
lights are strongly recommended. No pets, walkers, runners, skaters, etc. are allowed for this event; you must ride a bicycle to participate. 6–8pm. $8/pp. Regis. starts at 5:30pm. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd. Coconut Creek. 954-956-7266.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” in Plantation Holiday Parade » Saturday, November 21
What better way to bring in the holiday season than festive floats & marching bands? The parade begins at 9am at the intersection of Broward Blvd. & 441, & finishes at City Hall. Plantation 954-587-1410.

Open Streets Fort Lauderdale » Sunday, November 22
Bring your bikes, skates, friends, & family! We are transforming the street into a playground to create space for people to walk, bike, dance, & play…without cars. This event will include kid’s activities, a bike rodeo, dancing, exercise, a farmer’s market, a street hockey rink with the Florida Panthers & much more. Free. 10am–3pm. E. Las Olas Blvd. from So. Andrews Ave. to SE 15 Ave. 954-828-5942.

Holiday Fantasy of Lights » Nov 23, 24, 30 & Dec 1, 7, 8, 28, 29
Three miles of giant animated holiday displays & illuminated trees. 6–10pm. $15/car. Join email list for a $3off coupon. Enhance your drive-thru adventure w/ custom holiday 3D glasses
available at the entrance $3 for 3pair. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd. Coconut Creek. 954-956-7266.

Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot & Paddle » Thursday, November 26
One of the most Scenic 5K Turkey Trots in the Nation! Run, walk, jog or paddle (2 mile stand up) along the Atlantic Shoreline as you watch the sunrise on this National Holiday! Thanksgiving-themed costumes are encouraged! Regis. starts at 6am. Race starts at 7:30am & Kids’ Dash at 8:30am. Race Day: Adult/$35, Military w/ID/$30, Student w/ID/$25, Child(Under 12)/$20 & Kids’ Dash/$5 (w/ t-shirt/$10). A1A & Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Beach. 954-749-6933. Register:

Tamarac Turkey Trot 5K Race  » Thursday, November 26
A great excuse to overeat on Thanksgiving Day! The 5K USTAF certified course is flat & fast with many turns. Trophies to 1st 3 overall finishers, & to 1st place age group winners. T-shirts & refreshments for all participants. DJ for music.
7:30am. Early regis. thru Nov. 15/$25, Nov. 16–25/$30, Race Day/$50(cash only). Tamarac City Hall, 7525 NW 88 Ave. Tamarac. 954-749-6933. Register:

Christmas on Las Olas » Tuesday, December 1
A winter wonderland evening! The experience includes snow showers from the rooftops, children can climb Snow Mountain & sled down a 2 story ice covered slope, ice skate under the stars, take photos with Santa Claus & enjoy performances by local choirs. Over 60 food, beverage & holiday booths. Free. 5–10pm. E. Las Olas Blvd. between SE 6 Ave. & SE 11 Ave. Fort Lauderdale.

Christmas By The Sea » Wednesday, December 2
Holiday music will abound & there will be dancing to delight one & all. Downtown will be beautifully lit for the holiday season. The annual tree lighting in Anglin’s Square will occur around 6pm in the midst of a festive & expanded yuletide market offering great gift items, stocking stuffers & delicious foods. In keeping with Town tradition, Santa will arrive atop a fire truck & will listen carefully to children’s Christmas wishes. Free. 5:30–9:30pm. Anglin’s Square, Lauderdale By-the-Sea, A1A & Commercial Blvd. 954-640-4200

Holiday Lighting Ceremony & Craft Fair » Wednesday, December 2
Join in while the Mayor & Commission light the Christmas tree & Menorah. There will be a holiday concert featuring Tamarac’s best school choirs along with a special appearance by Santa Claus, children’s entertainment, craft bazaar & free hot chocolate. 6–8:30pm. Free. Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd. Tamarac. 954-597-3620.

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