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By on December 7, 2015

DecHoliday2Aventura Mall – Rainbow Valley Playground
Thursday, December 10

A Kids Club event filled w/holiday cheer, sing-along & interactive storytelling experience. Children will create a gingerbread house & a special “holiday” gift & receive a book ‘The Gingerbread Man.’ 10am. Leave time to visit Santa’s Workshop & take pictures (times & fees vary). 19501 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura. 305-935-1110. www.aventuramall.com

Mouse King » Mandelstam Theater
Thursday–Sunday, December 10–13

A delightfully entertaining family-friendly production, revisits the story of the The Nutcracker from the mice point of view. The tale chronicles the story of prince Mouserick, the future ruler of the Kingdom of Sweets, & his struggles w/Krakatuck, the human who wants to get rid of all vermin & become the king himself. Conceived by Sesame Street veteran Noel MacNeal & music by South Florida composer Jim Camacho. Thurs: 10am, Fri: 7pm, Sat&Sun: 3pm. $22. Online at www.mousekingtickets.com or call 800.838.3006. 305-662-2736. 8530 SW 57 Ave. South Miami.

Holiday Concert » Deering Estate
Friday, December 11

Join the Deering Estate’s Performance Youth Artists in Residence, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS), for a special Holiday Concert & Recital in the Historic Stone House Ballroom. 7pm. $7pp. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Miami. 305-235-1668. www.deeringestate.org

Holiday Lights & Ice » Doral Central Park (previously J.C. Bermudez Park)
Friday, December 11

This family–friendly evening event is filled w/photos w/Santa, rides & games, performances by Doral students & over 85 tons of snow! 6–10pm. 3000 NW 87 Ave. Doral. 305-593-6611. www.cityofdoral.com

Snow Fest & Community Safety Day Parade
North Miami Beach » Saturday, December 12

A family holiday event featuring snow mountain, ice skating, music, rides, slides, food trucks, raffles, arts & crafts, & more! 6–11pm. Snow pass: $5/child. Sponsored by the city of NMB Parks & R.E.C. & NMB Police Dept. Held on NE 19 Ave. between 164 & 171 Streets. North Miami Beach. 305-948-2957.

Story Time & Photos With Santa » Deering Estate
Saturday, December 12 & 19

Santa Claus will be visiting the Deering Estate for story-time & photos in the historic Stone House Ballroom. Children can also participate in holiday arts & crafts activities. 10am–Noon. Free with Estate adm. Photos for a fee. Adult/$12, Child (4–14)/ $7, 3&under / Free. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Miami. 305-235-1668. www.deeringestate.org

Kidgits Cookies With Santa » The Falls – Center Court
Saturday, December 12

Celebrate the season & spread holiday cheer. Children can mingle w/Santa during a milk & cookies social, get festive w/various
crafts & activities including making their own ornament. Participation Fee: Free for Kidgits members or $5 annual fee to join at the Falls’ Guest Services! 3–5pm. 8888 SW 136 St. Miami. 305-909-0465. www.simon.com/mall/the-falls

Miami Children’s Chorus Voices of Angels
First United Methodist Church » Saturday, December 12

Voices of Angels beautifully captures the spirit of the holidays, which shines most powerfully when a chorus sings as one! All ensembles perform traditional & contemporary holiday favorites. 7pm. GenAdm/$25, Child(5–18)/$10, MCC Alumni & Senior tickets available thru Golden Ticket Program. 536 Coral Way, Coral Gables. 305-662-7494. www.miamichildrenschorus.org

Santa’s Snow Blast » Goodlet Park
Saturday, December 12

Welcome Santa to Hialeah along with 50 tons of snow! Enjoy carnival rides, games, food, live musical entertainment, take pictures w/Santa & play on a mountain of glistening white snow. All access rides wristband/$15. 6pm. 4200 W. 8 Ave. Hialeah. 305-556-4567. www.hialeahfl.gov

Celebración Navideña & Photos With Santa
Mall of the Americas » Saturday, December 12

Mix 98.3 FM will be playing popular & holiday themed music, giveaways & more! Photos w/Santa Claus thru December 24 (times & fees vary). 1–3pm. 7795 W. Flagler St. Miami. 305-261-8772. malloftheamericas.com

‘Tis the Season Sensory Saturday » Miami Children’s Museum
Saturday, December 12

Celebrate the holidays early w/your little ones with sensory processing disorders. by participating in fun Tropical Holiday themed activities. Lights & sounds are dimmed to create a comfortable environment to explore. Prereg. req. RSVP to  sensorysaturday@miamichildrens museum.org or call 305-373-5437 x126. 9–11am. MCM opens to the public at 11am. Adm./$18, Fla. Res/$14, Military & Under 1/Free. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437.
www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

How the Grinch Stole Christmas » Miami Children’s Museum
Saturdays, December 12 & 19 at 2pm & Monday–Wednesday, December 21–23 at 3pm

He’s a mean one, Mr. Grinch! 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 MCM Players. Admission/$18, Fla. Res/$14, Military & Under 1/Free. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

The Barnacle Historic State Park » Sunday, December 13

Join for a waterfront Menorah lighting & an evening of music under the moonlight w/SEADEN & Funk Pedal. Lawn chairs & picnics welcome. No pets please. 6–8: 30pm. Adm/$10, Members/$8, Child(6–9)/$3, Under 6/Free. 3485 Main Hwy. Coconut Grove. 305-442-6866. www.thebarnacle.org

Holiday Bay Cruise » Deering Estate
Sunday, December 13

Take a break from your holiday shopping & enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bay! 11am–1pm (arrive at 10:30am), or 2–4pm (arrive at
1:30pm). $35/pp. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Miami. 305-235-1668. www.deeringestate.org

Holiday Concert In The Garden » Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Sunday, December 13

Enjoy seasonal favorites, mixed w/classical pieces performed by the Fairchild Ensemble Players under the direction of James Judd. Before the concert enjoy delicious foods & drinks under the stars, then finish the evening w/scrumptious desserts. Individual tickets start at $250. 6–10pm. 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Coral Gables. 305-663-8075. www.fairchildgarden.org

Dinner With Santa » Homestead Community Center
Friday, December 18

Play in the snow, make a Christmas tree ornament, listen to music, ride on a train & enjoy dinner, dessert & refreshments in a holiday setting! Picture w/Santa for a fee. Limited space, get your tickets early at the Parks & Rec Dept. 350 SE 6 Ave. in Homestead. Adm: $7/pp, Child (under 2)/Free. 1601 N. Krome Ave. Homestead. 6–8:30pm. 305-224-4572. www.cityofhomestead.com

Zoo Lights » Zoo Miami
Friday, December 18–Wednesday, December 30. (except Dec. 24 & 25)

See bright, animal shapes, thousands of dazzling tree lights, & delight in holiday music! Free 3D glasses to see amazing light effects. Not Included w/Adm: carousel rides, hot chocolate, cookies & photos w/Santa. Shop for the holidays at the Zoo gift shop. Free parking. GenAdm: $6.95, Member: $4.95. 7–10pm. 305-251-0400. 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. Save time, buy your tickets online at www.shop.zoomiami.org

Nights Of Lights » Pinecrest Gardens
Friday, December 18–Saturday, January 2

Experience how the Garden transforms at night as it twinkles & glows w/holiday magic illuminated by thousands of spectacular &
sparkling holiday lights! Pictures w/Santa every night/$10, select evenings have Christmas music, storytelling, pony rides & more! Tasty treats for purchase. 6–9pm. GenAdm/$5, Child(2&under) / Free. 11000 Red Rd. Pinecrest. 305-669-6990.
www.pinecrest.fl.gov.

NARNIA: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe » Actors’ Playhouse
Saturdays thru December 20 at 3pm
Special Holiday performances:. Sat. Dec.19 at 7pm & Sun, Dec. 20 at 3pm

This musical adaptation is fun for the whole family, featuring unforgettable songs & popular characters. Tickets $20 for adults & children. 280 Miracle Mile. Coral Gables. Tickets: 305-444-9293 or visit www.actorsplayhouse.org

Wild Holidays » Jungle Island
Saturday, December 19–Sunday, January 3

So Florida’s popular landmark attraction invites little & big elves to channel their excitement through an assortment of festive activities including holiday parades w/the park’s wild animal friends, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts through the jungle, watch snow tigers, go caroling w/parrots & more.10am–5pm. Discounts avail. at www.jungleisland.com/wildholidays. 305-400-7000. 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail. Watson Island. Miami.

Magic Show » Southland Mall – Center Court
Saturday, December 19

Free Kids Club event featuring a children’s magic show. 3pm. Also, in the true spirit of the season, the mall will be randomly selecting
customers throughout the mall & practicing ‘Random Acts of Giving’ w/plenty of giveaways for holiday shoppers. 305-235-8880. 20505 S. Dixie Hwy. Miami. www.mysouthlandmall.com

Dinner With Santa » Zoo Miami
Saturday, December 19

Enjoy a traditional holiday buffet dinner & s’mores dessert station, photo w/Santa(free), cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus & a carousel ride. After dinner take a stroll through the Zoo to enjoy Zoo Lights! 7pm. Gen. adm. Adult/$39, Child(3–12)/$34, Child (2&under) / Free. Zoo members: Adult/$37, Child(3–12)/$32, Child(2&under)/Free. Free parking. For reservations call 305-251-0400×84993 or x84951. 1 Zoo Blvd. Miami. www.zoomiami.org

Roma & Friends » Goulds Park
Saturday, December 19

Annual Christmas Gala for Free toys, snacks, fun & games, & live entertainment. Noon–5pm. 21805 SW 114 Ave. Miami. 305-365-6706.

Christ Fellowship
Saturday & Sunday, December 19 & 20

The whole family will enjoy the holiday season w/snow flurries for the kids, Christmas music, an inspiring message & more! For service times and locations, please visit www.cfmiami.org/christmas or call 305-238-1818.

Holiday Concert » Gwen Margolis Community Center
Sunday, December 20

North Miami POPS plays show tunes, marches & seasonal favorites. 2–4pm. $5 donation. 1590 NE 123 St. North Miami. 305-667-4925. www.northmiamiconcertband.org

Tropical Christmas Eve Event » Miami Children’s Museum
Thursday, December 24

‘Twas the night before Christmas & have magical moments & fun ‘til the end! Join for a tropical celebration by creating seashell ornaments & Christmas leis, & meet sun-kissed Santa. Sing along w/Christmas carolers & more!10am–4pm. Admission/$18, Fla. Res/$14, Military & Under 1/Free. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

 

Santa Photos » Pembroke Lakes Mall
Thru Thursday, December 24

Take a memorable picture w/Santa. Times & prices vary. 11401 Pines Blvd. 954-436-3311. www.pembrokelakesmall.com

Symphony of Lights » Now thru Tuesday, December 29

Features a 50-ft Christmas tree & over 1,000,000 colored lights synchronized to the music with entertainment on the hour from 6–10pm. Stiltwalkers, jugglers, coloring station & train rides. Visits from Mr. & Mrs. Claus (6–9:30pm) Fridays & Saturdays. The Village collection of stores, restaurants, cafes & nightclubs add to the festival experience! 5–10pm. Free. The Village of Gulfstream Park, 501 S. Federal Hwy. Hallandale. 954-378-0900

Holiday Fantasy Of Lights » Tradewinds Park » December 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. www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com

Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant » First Baptist Church » December 4–6 & 10–13

Holiday festivities w/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! 301 E. Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale. 954-527-6800. For ticket prices, times & schedule go to www.christmastickets.com

Pet Nights With Santa» Pembroke Lakes Mall
Mondays, December 7 & 14

Bring your favorite tail wagger for a portrait w/Santa. Cats & dogs only. 6–9pm. 11401 Pines Blvd. 954-436-3311. www.pembrokelakesmall.com

Free Chanukah Lighting » Promenade at Coconut Creek
Monday, December 7

Celebrate Chanukah w/the family! This event features crafts, games, songs & the lighting of the Menorah! 5:30pm. 4443 Lyons Rd. Coconut Creek.561-465-3177. www.thepromenadeatcoconutcreek.com/events

Sounds Of The Season » Broward Center
Tuesday, December 8 at 8:15pm » Sunday, December 13 at 2pm

This annual favorite will feature a variety of holiday classics w/other well-known festive favorites to put you in the holiday spirit! Plus, the traditional sing-along for the whole family! Presented by Symphony of the Americas. Amaturo Theater, 201 SW 5 Ave. Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-0222. www.browardcenter.org

Holiday Parade » Coral Springs
Wednesday, December 9

The parade will feature marching bands, decorated floats & more! 7pm. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Thursday, December 10. Along Sample Rd. from Coral Springs Dr. to City Hall, 2501 Coral Springs Dr. 954-345-2112. www.coralsprings.org/holidayparade

Sing Gloria – Winter Concert » Broward Center
Friday, December 11

Unique & powerful experience of girls raising their voices together in song, a joyous way to usher in the holidays! Singers from all six levels will present seasonal selections, representing varied languages, traditions, & musical genres, as well as professionally choreographed favorites. 8pm. 201 SW 5 Ave. Fort Lauderdale. 954-533-9227. www.girlchoir.org. Tickets: 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org

Bethlehem Revisited » First United Methodist Church
Friday–Tuesday, December 11–15

Join the live, interactive re-creation of Bethlehem w/authentic marketplace of shops, livestock, shepherds, Roman soldiers, storytellers & a live Nativity. Mon, Tues & Fri: 7–9pm, Sat&Sun: 6–9pm. Free. 8650 W. Sample Rd. Coral Springs. 954-752-0333. www.bethlehem-revisited.com

Music on Main… Rockin’ With Santa » Oakland Park City Hall
Friday, December 11

Join to celebrate the season w/Santa, the Florida Singing Sons & Funkabilly Playboys! Music, Santa’s Snow Village,
Bounce Houses & Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen! Free.The best food trucks in town! Bring your family, friends, lawn
chairs & blankets. 6–10pm. 3650 NE 12 Ave. Oakland Park. 954-630-4240. www.oaklandparkfl.gov

Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland» Tamarac Park
Friday, December 11

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. 954-597-3620. www.tamarac.org

Christmas Near The Beach » Arts Park At Young Circle
Saturday, December 12

Enjoy a variety show with singers, Christmas ballet, mime, musicians & live bands. Kids’ zone, sports zone & puppet show. Look for St. Nick to arrive in a classic car & take photos w/him for Free! Bring a can of food & help a family have a sweet Christmas season(for 3 cans receive a free raffle ticket). 4–9pm. Free. Young Circle Amphitheater, 1 Young Circle. Hollywood.  www.christmasnearthebeach.com

Santa’s Little Helpers » Flamingo Gardens
Saturdays & Sundays, December 12&13, 19&20

New! Ride the Catabella Express Holiday Train through the decorated gardens to visit Santa at his workshop from 10am–4pm. Play in Santa’s Snow Mound & help the elves make holiday crafts to keep or give as presents. At 3pm, help Mrs. Claus &  the elves determine which animals have been naughty or nice & pass out treats. After all the daytime fun, stay late for the Garden of Lights show from 5-8pm. Each day will feature different craft projects & activities. Santa, Train & activities are complimentary w/paid admission. Garden of Lights is complimentary w/daytime admission or $5pp for entry after 5pm/lights & light show only.  GenAdm (12&up) /$19.95, (3–11yrs)/$12.95, (2&under)/ Free. 3750 S. Flamingo Rd. Davie. 954-473-2955. www.flamingogardens.org.

Old Davie Christmas » Old Davie School Museum
Sunday, December 13

Tack up the mistletoe, & trim up the tree & meet Santa who’s on his way w/lots of goodies for the children. Pony rides, hayrides, petting zoo & old-fashioned games! Free. Donations welcome. Food for purchase. Noon–3pm. 6650 Griffin Rd. Fort Lauderdale. 954-797-1044.

Carol by Candlelight Concert » Second Presbyterian Church
Sunday, December 13

Join Florida Singing Sons in a joyous celebration of the holiday season. 7:30pm. 1400 N. Federal Hwy. Fort Lauderdale. 954-563-2697. www.singingsons.org

Winter Wonderland » Sunrise Civic Center
Sunday, December 13

Come to our magical winter wonderland, w/snow & ice skating. Decorate cookies, play holiday games & sit on Santa’s lap. $5 for participants only(ages 0–14). 3–6pm. 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Sunrise. 954-747-4600. www.sunrisefl.gov.

‘Twas The Night…. » Township Center For The Performing Arts Coconut Creek
Sunday, December 13

Featuring So Flo Jubilee Chorus in a delightful musical comedy that shares the sounds & sights of the season leading up to Christmas. Enjoy many of your favorite holiday songs. 3pm. Adult/$28, Senior/$25, Child (12&under)/ $13. 954-678-4223. 2452 Lyons Rd. Coconut Creek. Get $3 off each ticket online at www.southfloridajubilee.com.

Holiday Show » Miramar Cultural Center
Sunday, December 13

Academy of Arts will surely have you smiling with an evening filled w/music, singing & dance suitable for all ages. Including excerpts from the Nutcracker, ballet, jazz, tap, modern & musical theatre numbers. 5pm. $25. Lap tickets(2&under)/$3. 2400 Civic Center Place. Miramar. 954-602-4500. www.miramarculturalcenter.org

A Seraphic Fire Candlelight Christmas » All Saints Episcopal Church
Tuesday, December 15

From the ringing of distant church bells to the rapturous sound of acappella carols, the ensemble combines Gregorian chant, timeless carols & glorious motets. $55. 7:30pm. 333 Tarpon Dr. Fort Lauderdale. 305-285-9060. Look for other concert locations at www.SeraphicFire.org

Holiday Hayride » Sabal Pines Park
Friday, December 18

Festive hayride thru a holiday decorated Sabal Pines Park. Kids can enjoy s’mores, hot chocolate, outdoor movie “Bah Humduck, A Looney Tunes Christmas” & take home a holiday craft. Resident/$5pp, NonRes/$7pp. Wristbands must
be purchased in advance. Buy tickets at Community Center, 1100 Lyons Rd. or Rec Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd. 5005 NW 39 Ave. Coconut Creek. 954-545-6600. www.coconutcreek.net/events

Victorian Christmas & Holiday River Tour » Stranahan House Museum
Friday, December 18 & Sunday–Wednesday, 20–23

Experience the beauty of the Historic Museum decorated in a Victorian Christmas theme. The evening tour
includes costumed docents, live music, beautiful décor & photo ops. Finish your visit w/ride down the New
River & view holiday lights on waterfront homes. $30/ pp. Res.Req. 7:30pm. 335 SE 6 Ave. Fort Lauderdale.
954-524-4736. www.stranahanhouse.org

Sundaes With Santa » SW Focal Point Community Center
Saturday, December 19

Santa has prepared a whimsical buffet of toppings to build your own ice cream sundaes. Children & parents will enjoy musical entertainment, arts & crafts, & lots of holiday cheer. All are required to have a ticket. 2–4pm. Tickets Resident/$6, non-res/$8. 301 NW 103 Ave. Pembroke Pines. 954-450-6888. www.ppines.com

Kwanzaa Nia Celebration » Bass Park
Wednesday, December 30

Nia, which means purpose, will be celebrated through ethnic dance, storytelling, art exhibits & stage performances.
2–5pm. Free adm. 2750 NW 19 St. Fort Lauderdale. 954-828-8498.

Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown » Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Thursday, December 31

Free 11-hr. street festival is full of fun for both children & adults. Revelers will crowd downtown to wait for the
lighted ball to drop. Variety of activities for the whole family 4–8pm: bounce houses, face painting, games,
contests & dancing w/DJ & early ball countdown at 7pm. 954-828-5363. www.game.orangebowl.org/
downtown-countdown/

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