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By on November 6, 2016

paradeLet the festivities begin! Put up the lights, strike up the band and get out and enjoy the cool Autumn days.

Holiday On The Mile » Sunday, November 27
Downtown Coral Gables
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 on Miracle Mile. Coral Gables. 305-662-1210.

Military Appreciation Night » Monday, November 14
Golden Corral Buffet
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 4.7 million free “thank you” meals to our heros in the military over the past 15 years. 5–9pm. 33525 S. Dixie Hwy. Florida City. 305-246-8699.

Holiday In The Park » Friday, December 2
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 and a visit from the Claus’ themselves! Bring your lawn chairs & blankets to share some holiday spirit with your Homestead community. Drinks & snacks avail. for nominal fee. 5pm. Losner Park, Downtown Homestead. 305-323-6564.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest & Carnival » Now thru January 8
Tropical Park
The world’s largest Christmas theme park & free carnival. SoFla’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 avail. 5pm Midnight. 7900 SW 40 St. Miami. 305-559-9689.

Election Day » Tuesday, November 8
Miami Children’s Museum
Not old enough to vote yet? Come exercise your right to vote by participating in kid-friendly elections! Vote for your favorite ice cream, sport, or book and hear the results unveiled at a special Election Day Ceremony. Collage your own fla, and create a stars & stripes hat to show off your American pride! 10am–6pm. Adm/$20, Fla. Res/$15, Members, Military & Under 1 /Free. 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437.

Santa’s Flight Academy » Friday, November 11 –Saturday, December 24
Dolphin Mall
New! One-of-a-kind holiday experience. Sun–Thurs: Noon–9:30pm, Fri–Sat: Noon–10pm. 11401 NW 12 St. Miami. 305-365-7446.

A Thankful Sensory Saturday » Saturday, November 12
Miami Children’s Museum
Special event set aside for children w/sensory processing disorders & their families. Lights & sounds will be dimmed so it’s comfortable to explore. Sensory based activities, such as icky oobleck slime, & a sensory-friendly stage performance. Meet community professionals, such as an occupational therapist. Pre-reg. is req. Please RSVP to or call 305- 373-5437 x126. MCM opens to the public at 11:00 am. Admission/$20, Fla. Res/$15, Members, Military & Under 1/Free. 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437.

“Miracle on 136 Street” Holiday Parade » November 13
The Falls Shopping Center
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, Booboo Stewart, a star in the movies Descendants & X-Men. 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 & will travel the entire length of mall to Macy’s. 2pm. Free. 8888 SW 136 St. Miami. 305-255-4571.

Thanksgiving Celebration » Wednesday, November 23
Miami Children’s Museum
Give thanks! Come to MCM & learn the history of this fun holiday. Make a thank-you card for someone special, & design a placemat that you can use for the big day. Create a banner for your family & show it off in MCM Thanksgiving Parade! 10am–6pm. Admission/$20, Fla. Res/$15, Members, Military & Under
1/Free. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437.

Magical Snowfall » Wednesday, November 23–Sunday, January 8
Dolphin Mall
This holiday season, enjoy a magical winter wonderland – without leaving Miami! Enchanting frosty experience for shoppers, complete with a nightly snowfall powered by the imagination of children. Festive snow flurries inside the Ramblas Plaza every night at 7pm, with an additional snowfall at 9pm Fri–Sun. Wands will be distributed to participating families 30 minutes prior to each nightly snowfall. Free. 11401 NW 12 St. Miami. 305-365-7446.

Miami Turkey Day Run » Thursday, November 24
Tropical Park
Family-friendly event features run/walk on Thanksgiving Day. Includes 5K, 10K & Kids’ Trot. Adult race: 7:30am. Receive a T-shirt, free race photos & post-race food & hot beverage. Ends w/a Finish Festival. 5K/$40, 10K/$45, Kids’ Trot (2–9yrs)/$20. 7900 SW 40 St. Miami. 305-223-8710. Register before the race online & save: or

Native American Heritage Day » Friday, November 25
Miami Children’s Museum
Learn all about the first inhabitants of America & their unique cultural traditions! Design your own Indian vests with Seminole Patchwork designs, & create a Calusa mask. Learn about Miami’s Tequesta tribe, & hear different tales from Native American folklore. 10am–6pm. Adm/$20, Fla. Res/$15, Members, Military & Under 1/Free. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. 305-373-5437.

Winter Wonderland Extravaganza » Saturday, December 3
Kendall Regional Medical Center – Hospital entrance
Snow, cookies, hot chocolate, musical entertainment by local schools, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, take your child’s picture with Santa. All free when registered. 4–8pm. Register to attend: 305-222-2200 or on Facebook: 11750 Bird Rd. (SW 40 St.). Miami. 305-223-3000.

Veterans Day Celebration » Friday, November 11
Griffing Park
Join to honor our Veterans as a community! Enjoy music, bounce houses for the kids, family activities, & much more! Free snacks & treats for all. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, & picnic food. 10am. NE 123 St. & W. Dixie Hwy. North Miami. 305-895-9840.

Harvest Festival
Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20
Miami-Dade Fair Expo
Model Train Village, inside play area, hay & pony rides, bounce houses, free petting zoo, rock climbing wall, zip line, Cutest Baby Contest, face painting, live entertainment, arts & crafts, delicious food, Santa in his workshop, classic cars, free hourly door prizes. Sat: Early Bird Shopping 8–10am: Adult/$12, Child(5&Up)/$5 (incl. unlimited re-entry all weekend). At door: Adult/$15, Child(4–12)/$5, Child (3&Under)/Free. Purchase Early Bird Tickets online. 10am–5pm. Miami-Dade Fair Expo, 10901 Coral Way (SW 24 St). 386-860-0092.

Thanksgiving Food Drive » Now thru November 18
SW Focal Point Community Center
Help contribute to the community. Gift cards, canned or boxed goods & money. All donations accepted. 9am–5pm. 301 NW 103 Ave. Pembroke Pines. 954-450-6888.

Veterans Day Ceremony » Friday, November 11
Veterans’ Memorial Park
Please join in to recognize everyone who has served our country. 10:30am. 7825 Southgate Blvd. Tamarac. 954-597-3620.

Fantasy of Lights 5K Run & Walk » Saturday, November 12
Tradewinds Park
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. 3600 W. Sample Rd. Coconut Creek. 954-956-7266.

Family Bike Night » Sunday, November 13
Tradewinds Park
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. Must ride a bicycle to participate. 6–8pm. $8/pp. Registration starts at
5:30pm. 3600 W. Sample Rd. Coconut Creek. 954-956-7266.

Military Appreciation Night  » November 14
Golden Corral Buffet
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 4.7 million free “thank you” meals to
our heroes in the military over the past 15 years. 5–9pm. 9045 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines. 954-447-1877.

Holiday Fantasy of Lights
Friday, November 18 – Monday, January 2
Tradewinds Park
Three miles of giant animated holiday displays & illuminated trees. 6–10pm. $15/car, $40/bus. Join email list for an event coupon. Enhance your drive-thru adventure w/custom holiday 3D glasses available at the entrance $3/3pair. 3600 W. Sample Rd. Coconut Creek. 954-956-7266.

Holiday Parade “It’s a Wonderful Life” » Saturday, November 19
What better way to bring in the holiday season then festive floats & marching bands? The parade begins at 9am at the intersection of Broward Blvd. & 441, & finishes at City Hall. 954-587-1410.

Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot & Paddle » Thursday, November 24
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Run, walk, jog or paddle (2 mile stand up) along the Atlantic Shoreline as you watch the sunrise! Thanksgiving-themed costumes encouraged! Register: 6am. Race: 7:30am & Kids’ Dash at 8:30am. Adult /$35, Military w/ID/$30, Student w/ID/$25, Child(Under 12)/$20 & Kids’ Dash/$5 (w/ t-shirt/ $10).
D.C. Alexander Park, 501 Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Beach. 954-749-6933. Register:

Tamarac Turkey Trot 5K Run » Thursday, November 24
Tamarac City Hall
A great excuse to overeat on Thanksgiving Day! Run the fastest 5K and then start your Holiday Celebration! Finisher medal for all participants. DJ for music. 7:30am. Early regis./$25, Race Day /$50(cash only). 7525 NW 88 Ave. Tamarac. 954-597-3620. Register:

Christmas on Las Olas » Tuesday, November 29
On E. Las Olas Blvd.
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, watch a movie “ELF” & 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.

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