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South Florida December Holiday Events

By on November 27, 2016

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ACTIVITIES THRU JANUARY

Miami Seaquarium  » New! Penguin Holidays!
Come meet some new friends at Miami’s unique marine life conservation place. Meet sea turtles, touch rays & even kiss a dolphin. See our newest friends at Penguin Isle. Connect up close & personal…& become friends for life! Buy Family 4-Pack $119 Online & get FREE Penguin Plush! Tickets must be redeemed by May 29, 2017. 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy. Miami. 305-361-5705 x526. www.miamiseaquarium.com

Santa’s Enchanted Forest & Carnival » Now thru January 8
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. Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. Miami. 305-559-9689. www.santasenchantedforest.com

Aventura Mall » Holiday Memories » Thru December
Kids (& grownups) can visit Santa, whisper their wishes to him & then pose for a photo thru Dec. 24 (fees apply). Kids will also enjoy Model Train Station w/multiple trains winding their way thru a holiday village, decorated Santa’s Workshop, Outdoor Illuminations, Topiary Reindeer for a selfie or a group shot, & Twinkling Snowfall LED Installation at Nordstrom Court. 19501 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura. 305-935-1110. www.aventuramall.com

Dadeland Mall  » Santa Photos » Thru Saturday, December 24
Visit the jolly man himself & make a memorable photo in his holiday house. Hours & prices vary. Schedule avail. online. 7535 N. Kendall Dr. Miami. 305-665-6226. www.simon.com/mall/dadeland-mall

Dolphin Mall – Center Court
Santa’s Flight Academy Thru Saturday, December 24
Santa’s Flight Academy is a wholly interactive & magical hero’s journey that transforms children into key members of Santa’s Flight Crew. Includes the Flight Suit Visualizer & the Flight Navigation Station. Experience a powerful & magical snow & light show inside Santa’s sleigh, &, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. 11401 NW 12 St. Miami. 305-365-7446. www.shopdolphinmall.com

The Falls – Center Court
Santa Photos » Thru Saturday, December 24
Make a memorable photo w/Santa in his holiday house. Times & prices vary. 8888 SW 136 St. Miami. 305-909-0465. www.simon.com/mall/the-falls

Southland Mall – Center Court
Photos with Santa » Thru Saturday, December 24
Get your photo taken w/Santa at his workshop. Mon–Fri: 11am–8pm, Sat: 10am–9pm, Sun: Noon–6pm. 305-232-6200. 20505 S. Dixie Hwy. Miami. www.mysouthlandmall.com

Gold Coast Railroad Museum
The Polar Express Train Ride » Thru Saturday, December 24
The magical story comes to life when the train departs from the museum for a 45 min round-trip journey to the North Pole. Hot chocolate & treats are served to passengers. Santa & his helpers greet passengers at the “North Pole” where each child is given a silver sleigh bell. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride! Coach/$35, 1st Class/$69, Child(under 2)/Free. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152 St. Miami. 305-253-0063. www.gcrm.org

Deering Estate  “Historic Holidays”
Thru Friday, January 6
An annual tradition & a special project of local garden clubs & community organizations. Tour the elegant & historic houses at the Deering Estate as they come alive with holiday accents & decorations! 10am–4pm. Closed Dec. 25. Adult/$12, Child(4–14)/$7, Members/Free. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Palmetto Bay. 305-235-1668 x233. www.deeringestate.org

Dolphin Mall – Ramblas Plaza
Magical Snowfall » Thru Sunday, January 8
Join every night @ 7pm for the Magical Snowfall with additional snowfalls at 9pm every Fri, Sat. & Sun. No snow on December 24, 25, 31 & Jan. 1.Free. 11401 NW 12 St. Miami. 305-365-7446. www.shopdolphinmall.com

MIAMI

Biltmore Way in Coral Gables
Merrick Festival – Caroling Competition  » Thru Tuesday, December 6
30 middle & senior high schools perform holiday programs over 5 nights. More than 1,500 children compete for prizes. Thurs–Sat: 7–10pm, Sun: 3–6pm, Tues: Awards Show at 7pm. Free. 550 Biltmore Way. Coral Gables. 305-447-9299 & 305-491-4180. www.merrickfestival.net

Deering Estate
Tree Lighting Ceremony » Friday, December 2
Enjoy music performed by the Yuletide Carolers & tour the historic houses decorated for the holidays. 7–9pm. Adult/$12, Child(4–14)/$7.16701 SW 72 Ave. Palmetto Bay. 305-235-1668 x233. www.deeringestate.org

Downtown Doral Park
Light Up the Park » Friday, December 2
Brilliant lights to kick off the holiday season! Picture w/Santa/$5. 6–9pm. 8395 NW 53 St. Doral. 305-593-6611. www.cityofdoral.com

IKEA Miami
Gingerbread House Workshop » December 2, 6, 13, 16, 20 & 23
Join in at IKEA Restaurant with friends & family to build your own gingerbread house. Workshop includes all supplies. 5:30–7:30pm. $6.99/house. 1801 NW 117 Ave. Miami. 888-888-4532. www.ikea.com

Merrick Park
Holiday Spectacular & Pictures With Santa » Friday, December 2
Food, carnival rides & games, face painting, arts & crafts, bounce houses & music. Pictures w/Santa will begin soon after Santa’s sensational arrival & the lighting of the holiday tree. 5–10pm. Santa will come back to for more pictures on Thurs & Fri from 5–10pm & Weekends from Noon–10pm until Dec. 23. Postcard framed pictures/$6. Merrick Park(across from City Hall), 405 Biltmore Way. Coral Gables. 305-460-5600. www.coralgables.com

Barry University – Main Campus
Barry Special Christmas » Saturday, December 3
Santa’s Village will feature arts & crafts & of course a visit with Santa Claus, tasty treats will be abundant in the Food Truck court. Main Stage will feature the sounds of children’s choirs from local schools, text & tweet from the selfie photo booth & find that special holiday gift in the Holiday Marketplace featuring local artisans. Free admission. Noon–6pm. 11300 NE 2 Ave. Miami Shores. 305-899-3057. www.barry.edu

Coconut Grove
Tree Lighting Ceremony & CocoVillage » Saturday, December 3
Visit the CocoVillage created by local school children, meet Santa, sip hot cocoa & nibble on sweet treats, enjoy holiday music, crafts, shopping & more! Tree Lighting at 8pm. 6–9pm. CocoVillage, 3015 Grand Ave. Coconut Grove.305-461-5506. www.coconutgrove.com

Downtown Doral Charter Elementary
Holiday Celebration » Saturday, December 3
Delicious breakfast/$7, photos w/Santa/$5, arts & crafts, story-time. 9–11am. Space is limited. Purchase tickets in advance at Morgan Levy Park or 305-482-9590. 8390 NW 53 St. Doral. 305-593-6611. www.cityofdoral.com

Kendall Regional Medical Center
Winter Wonderland Extravaganza  » Saturday, December 3
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: facebook.com/KendallRMC. Kendall Regional Medical Center – Hospital entrance, 11750 Bird Rd. (SW 40 St.). Miami. 305-223-3000. www.kendallmed.com

Miami Children’s Museum Season of the Arts
Saturdays, December 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Sensory Saturday, December 10 • 9–11am
Join every Saturday this month to introduce your little ones to the arts. Dec. 3: Art Basel Special, Dec. 10: Opera Special, Dec. 17: Symphony Special, Dec. 24: Tropical Christmas Eve Special, Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve Special. 11am–3pm. GenAdm/$20, Fla.Res/$15, Child(under 1)/Military w/ID/Free. 305-373-5437. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

The Falls – Center Court
Kidgits Cookies With Santa » Saturday, December 3
Children will have the opportunity to make sure they are on Santa’s ‘nice’ list as they mingle with Santa during a milk & cookies social. 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

Zoo Miami
Holiday Gifts For The Animals » Saturday, December 3–31
Animals like to get in the holiday spirit too! Visit the Zoo on select days to watch animals open their holiday special treats & presents. Adult/$22, Child(3–12)/$18, Child(2&under)/Parking/Free. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. 305-251-0400. Schedule available at www.zoomiami.org/Holiday_Enrichment

City of South Miami
Elves Parade » Sunday, December 4
A community tradition & an exciting event for the entire family. Individual elves (babies–6th grade, accompanied by parent) are welcome. Meet at City Hall. A procession of dancers, cars, horses & motorcycles make their way down Sunset Drive. Local businesses participate w/extravagant parade floats, & the Girl Scouts & youth groups are invited to march. Must register. 2pm. yvaldes@southmiamifl.gov, 305-668-3876 or 305-668-3873 to register. Sunset Dr. (SW 72 St.) from US 1 to SW 57Ave. www.southmiamifl.gov

Deering Estate
Santa Paws at the Park  » Sunday, December 4
Bring your dogs & cats for holiday photos with Santa (fees apply). Pet adoptions (reduced fee) available onsite from Miami-Dade County Animal Services’ HOPE Express mobile pet adoption trailer. Free photos for pets adopted that day. Please bring pets on leash or in carriers. Please note that only service animals are permitted on the main Estate grounds. 3:30–6pm. Free entrance. Visitor Center, 16701 SW 72 Ave. Palmetto Bay. 305-235-1668 x233. www.deeringestate.org

IKEA Miami
FREE Breakfast with Santa » Sundays, December 4, 11 & 18
Children 12&under enjoy a FREE breakfast while taking pictures with Santa in IKEA Restaurant. One meal per child. Dine in only. 9:30–11am. 1801 NW 117 Ave. Miami. 888-888-4532. www.ikea.com

The Falls – Center Court
Caring Santa » Sunday, December 4
Caring Santa provides a subdued & welcoming environment for children with special needs & their families. Families can enjoy a photo op w/Santa during private mall hours. Please visit www.thefalls.eventbrite.com for tickets & reservations.9:30–11am. 8888 SW 136 St. Miami. 305-909-0465. www.simon.com/mall/the-falls

Southland Mall – Center Court
Santa Paws » Monday, December 5 & Monday, December 19
Take pet photos w/Santa. Pets must be kept on a leash or in a carrier. 6–8pm. 305-235-8880. 20505 S. Dixie Hwy. Miami. www.mysouthlandmall.com

IKEA Miami
FREE Christmas Craft in Småland » December 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 & 22
Free supervised play area near the entrance, will craft a traditional Swedish woven heart Christmas ornament. 1801 NW 117 Ave. Miami. 888-888-4532. www.ikea.com

Dolphin Mall – 2nd Floor Ramblas
Pet Nights » Wednesdays, December 7 & 14
Dogs & cats can sit pretty for Santa for a keepsake photo. Trained house pets under 100lbs & up to date on their vaccinations. Must either be on a leash or carried in a lightweight, portable pet carrier w/harness. 7:30–9pm. 11401 NW 12 St. Miami. 305-365-7446. www.shopdolphinmall.com

Doral Central Park
Holiday Lights & Ice » Friday, December 9
Snow in the Air! 85 tons of snow on the ground! Carnival rides & inflatables, & holiday themed performances! Picture w/Santa/$5, Unlimited rides/$5. Food & refreshments available for purchase. 6–10pm. 3000 NW 87 Ave. Doral. 305-593-6611. www.cityofdoral.com

Dolphin Mall – Dave & Buster’s
Breakfast With Santa » Saturday, December 10
Have a Holly, Jolly Breakfast with Santa. Includes Breakfast Buffet & Unlimited Video Game Play & of course an opportunity to take a Photo with Santa! 10am–1pm. $23. Offer valid thru 12/9. Reserve at www.dnb.ticketbud.com/breakfast-with-santa-miami. 11401 NW 12 St. Miami. 305-365-7446. www.shopdolphinmall.com

Deering Estate
Story Time & Photos With Santa » Saturdays, December 10 & 17
Enjoy stories with Santa’s elves, holiday arts & crafts activities & photos with Santa (fees apply) inside the Stone House Ballroom. Limited seating. 10am–Noon. Free w/Estate admission: Adult/$12, Child(4–14)/$7, Members/Free. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Palmetto Bay. 305-235-1668 x233. www.deeringestate.org

Goodlet Park
Santa’s Snow Blast » Saturday, December 10
Snow Blast brings 50 tons of snow to Hialeah! Children of all ages are invited to come with their parents for carnival rides, games, food, live entertainment, & of course, the opportunity to play on a mountain of glistening, white snow. Inside Goodlet Theater, kids can have their picture taken with Santa & Mrs. Claus. All access rides wristband/$15. 6–10pm. 4200 W. 8 Ave. Hialeah. 305-889-5701. www.hialeahfl.gov

Mall of the Americas
Celebración Navideña » Saturday, December 10
Join for holiday fun. Children of all ages are invited to spend the afternoon enjoying holiday-themed games, arts & crafts, face painting & write a wish list to Santa. Photos w/Santa Claus thru December 24 (check times & fees online). 1–3pm. Free adm. 7795 W. Flagler St. Miami. 305-261-8772. www.malloftheamericas.com

Miami Children’s Museum
‘Tis the Season Sensory Saturday, December 10
Celebrate the holidays early w/your little ones w/sensory processing disorders by participating in Holiday themed activities. Lights & sounds are dimmed to create a comfortable environment. Pre-reg. req. RSVP to sensorysaturday@miamichildrensmuseum.org or call 305-373-5437 x126. 9–11am. MCM opens to the public at 11am. GenAdm/$20, Fla.Res/$15, Child(under 1)/Military w/ID/Free. 305-373-5437. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

The Barnacle Historic State Park
Under Moonlight Concert Festival » Funk Pedal » Sunday, December 11
Lead vocalist Von Henry & guitarist Don Slesnick perform an eccentric mix of genres assembled to take fans on a musical journey. Enjoy arts & crafts exhibits, chair massages, & surprise guest performers. Lawn chairs & picnics welcome. No pets please. 5:30–8:30pm. Adm/$10, Members/$8, Child(6–9)/$3, Under 6/Free. 3485 Main Hwy. Coconut Grove. 305-442-6866. http://thebarnacle.org

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Holiday Concert In The Garden » Sunday, December 11
Enjoy seasonal favorites, mixed w/classical pieces performed by the Fairchild Ensemble Players under the direction of James Judd. Before the concert enjoy delicious food & drink under the stars, 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

The Falls
Pet Photo Night – SIT. STAY. POSE. » Sunday, December 11
Enjoy a special evening with your pet & Santa. Furry guests who have their photo taken with Santa will receive a special treat from The Falls to take home, while supplies last. 7–8:30pm. Please visit www.thefalls.eventbrite.com for tickets & reservations. 8888 SW 136 St. Miami. 305-255-4571. www.simon.com/mall/the-falls

Deering Estate
Holiday Lights » Wednesday, December 14
Enjoy the historic houses decorated for the holidays, a special collection highlight featuring works by Catalan Artist Ramon Casas, & beautiful nighttime views of Biscayne Bay! 7–9pm. Ages 4&up/$7, Members/Free. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Palmetto Bay. 305-235-1668 x233. www.deeringestate.org

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Old-Fashioned Holiday Evening » Wednesday, December 14
Join in a trip back in time & enjoy Vizcaya decked in holiday decorations, as it would have been in the time of its founder James Deering. Live music from Vizcaya’s pipe organ, hot chocolate, light appetizers & desserts & arts & crafts. Must be on site by 8pm to be admitted to the program. Refunds for late arrivals will not be given. 6–9pm. $15–$20. 3251 S. Miami Ave. Miami. 305-860-8423. www.vizcaya.org

Pinecrest Gardens
Nights Of Lights » Friday, December 16–Sunday, January 1
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. Select evenings have Christmas music, storytelling, pony rides & more! At 7pm on Dec. 16: GMYS Orchestra, Dec. 17: Miami Royal Ballet, & Dec. 18: Sunset String Society. Tasty treats for purchase. 6–9pm. GenAdm/$5, Child(2&under)/Free. 11000 Red Rd. Pinecrest. 305-669-6990. www.pinecrest.fl.gov

South Miami
Christmas Tree Lighting » Friday, December 16
Join as we kick off the Holiday Season with Lights, Music, Toy Give-Away & Holliday Treats. 5:30pm. Madison Square Site, 59 Pl. & 64 St. South Miami. 305-668-7236. www.southmiamifl.gov

Zoo Miami
Zoo Lights » Friday, December 16–30 (closed Dec. 24 & 25)
Special holiday night time event with more than half a million bright, animal shaped lights & dazzling tree lights! Free 3D glasses with adm. Delight in holiday music, enjoy hot chocolate & cookies*, take photos with Santa*, shop for the holidays at the Zoo gift shop* (*not included w/admission) at this annual family-friendly event. 7–10pm. GenAdm/$10, Member/$8. Free parking. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. 305-251-0400. Buy tickets online at www.shop.zoomiami.org

Southland Mall – Center Court
Magic Show » Saturday, December 17
Free Kids Club event featuring a children’s magic show. 2pm. 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

Deering Estate
Holiday Bay Cruise » Sunday, December 18
Take a break from your holiday shopping & enjoy a relaxing cruise on Biscayne Bay! 11am–1pm (arrive at 10:30am), or 2–4pm (arrive at 1:30pm). $35/pp. 16701 SW 72 Ave. Palmetto Bay. 305-235-1668 x233. www.deeringestate.org

Gwen Margolis Community Center
Holiday Concert » Sunday, December 18
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

Miami Children’s Museum
Mini Merry Monday » Monday, December 19
Come meet Santa 11:30am–4:30pm, listen to carolers, paint some icy snow flakes & dance your Winter blues away. Dress festive! 10am–6pm. GenAdm/$20, Fla.Res/$15, Child(under 1)/Military w/ID/Free. 305-373-5437. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Jungle Island
Wild Holidays » Saturday, December 24–Sunday, Jan. 8
Go wild this holiday season with a wildlife celebration. SoFla. popular attraction invites little & big elves alike to Wild Holidays – a two-week family-friendly affair featuring holiday parades with the Park’s wild animal friends, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts throughout the jungle & more. Adult/$40, Child/$33. 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail. Watson Island. Miami. 305-400-7000. www.jungleisland.com

Doral Government Center
Light Up the Night » Wednesday, December 28
Show your holiday pride as we light up the menorah & recognize all our first responders for keeping us safe during the holidays! Refreshments, music & giveaways to follow! 6:30pm. 8401 NW 53 Terr. Doral. 305-593-6600. www.cityofdoral.com

Miami Children’s Museum
Hanukkah Celebration » Wednesday, December 28
Celebrate Hanukkah as we roll eight days into one! Design your own dreidel, & create Star of David sunglasses. Then, join the PJ Library at 2pm for a special story time, clay menorah making, & tasty sufganiyot! (jelly doughnuts). 10am–6pm. GenAdm/$20, Fla.Res/$15, Child(under 1)/Member/Military w/ID/Free. 305-373-5437. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. Miami. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Bayfront Park’s New Year’s Eve
Pitbull’s New Year’s Eve Revolution » Saturday, December 31
Food, fireworks & a star-studded lineup to count down to midnight. Follow Miami’s own “Big Orange,” at the south end of the Park, as it slowly ascends the side of the InterContinental Hotel, reaching the top at midnight together with a grand display of fireworks over Biscayne Bay. No bottles, cans, coolers, or personal fireworks can be brought into the Park. Main show 9–12:30pm. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. Miami. 305-358-7550. www.bayfrontparkmiami.com

HOMESTEAD

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. www.homesteadmainst.org

Homestead YMCA & Baptist Hospital
Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk » Saturday, December 10
Celebrate holidays with a morning run & walk starting at the Baptist Homestead Hospital main entrance 7:30am & finishing at the YMCA! All ages. After the race 8–10:30am, have your photo taken with Santa, arts & crafts, music, food, Y-Fit kids activities & more. Open to the community! Complimentary trolleys back to Homestead Hospital provided after the race & after party. $30, Race Day/$35. Baptist Homestead Hospital, 975 Baptist Way. Homestead. 305-248-5189. Register at www.active.com/homestead-fl or www.ymcajinglebellrun.com

Homestead Community Center
Dinner With Santa » Friday, December 16
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/free. 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

NORTH MIAMI BEACH

Snow Fest & Safety Day Parade
Saturday, December 10

Enjoy musical entertainment, rides, pictures with Santa, & some of the tastiest treats from a variety of food trucks & vendors. Bring the entire family to enjoy a holiday parade with floats, marching bands & holiday characters. Activities include a snow mountain, ice skating rink, rock climbing wall, giant slide, bounce houses, carnival games & edible arts & crafts, Grinch’s Grab Bag & Letters to Santa. Parade begins at 6pm. Snow Pass: $5/child. Along NE 19 Ave. between 171 & 164 Streets. North Miami Beach. 305-948-2957. www.citynmb.com

Fort Lauderdale -Huizenga Plaza
Now thru Sunday, January 8, 2017
New! Ice Skating Rink -5,760 sq.ft.
The largest outdoor public ice skating rink in SoFla. Adjacent to the rink you’ll find colorful holiday lights, illuminated sculptures, a magnificent 20-ft Christmas tree. Purchase sweet treats other food & refreshments. $13/pp/90min (includes skate rental). M–Thur: 4–9pm, Fri: 4–1pm, Sat: 10am–10pm & Sun: Noon–9pm. One East Las Olas Blvd & Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale. 954-835-7825. www.floridapanthers.com/panthersinthepark

Pembroke Lakes Mall
Santa Photos  » Now Thru Saturday, December 24
Take a picture w/Santa. Times & prices vary. 11401 Pines Blvd. 954-436-3311. www.pembrokelakesmall.com

The Village of Gulfstream Park
Symphony of Lights » Now thru Saturday, December 31
Features a 50-ft Christmas tree & over 1,000 colored lights synchronized to the music every hour on the hour 6–11pm. Fridays & Saturdays: selfies w/Santa & Mrs. Claus, toy soldiers, stiltwalkers, jugglers, face painters, coloring station & train rides. 6–10pm. Free. The Village of Gulfstream Park -Champions Plaza, 501 S. Federal Hwy. Hallandale. 954-378-0900. www.thevillageatgulfstreampark.com

Tradewinds Park
Holiday Fantasy Of Lights » Nightly Now thru January 2, 2017
3 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. 3600 W. Sample Rd. Coconut Creek. 954-956-7266. www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com

Cooper City Memorial Park
Light Up Cooper City » Friday, December 2
Kickoff will be illuminating the park for the evening w/twinkle lights & luminaire candles. Special activities include a visit w/Santa at the gazebo, children’s activities, an indoor craft show & entertainment for all! Bring a canned food donation for the needy. 6–9pm. Free. 9090 SW 50 Pl. Cooper City. 954-434-4300 x233.

First Baptist Church
Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant
Fri-Sat, December 2-4; & Thursdays-Sundays, Dec. 8–11 & 15–18
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

Davie Town Hall
Lighting of the Greens & Snow Play  » Saturday, December 3
Town of Davie kicks off the holiday season w/the arrival of Santa by Fire Engine, Jingle Bell Horse Parade down Orange Dr. (between SW 67 & Rodeo Way) & Tree Lighting at 6:15pm. Kids’ free activities: 20 tons of Snow Blow, petting farm, bounce houses, climbing walls, train ride, ice skating rink, hot & cold drinks, candy canes & decorate your cookie (while supplies last). Photos w/Santa($5). 6–9pm. 6591 Orange Dr. Davie. 954-892- 0366. www.davie-fl.gov

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade » Saturday, December 3
Kickoff holiday with marching bands, floats, community groups & more! 7pm. Free. This year’s theme: “Musical Notes & Peppermint Floats”. Between Scott & Harrison Streets. Park Downtown & ride the free shuttle from the Downtown Parking Garages. Shuttles run continually 5–10pm. Additional parking available at Hollywood Beach Parking Garage. 954-921-3404. www.hollywoodfl.org

Pines Recreation Center
SnowFest » Saturday, December 3
Get out your mittens! 75 tons of Snow is forecast to fall at City Center. New this year, create ornaments with SNAPology in Santa’s Toy Test Lab, Zootopia Holiday Show performance ($2pp), Snowman Speedway Bumper Cars, reindeer games, visits w/Santa, healthy snacks at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, arts & crafts at Santa’s Workshop, Santa’s Toy Land, Snow games, face painting, rides, food trucks, raffle & more. 4–8pm. Charge for Snow Area/$2, Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd. Call for pre-sale ticket locations at 954-435-6525. www.ppines.com

All Saints Episcopal Church
Joy Around the World » Sunday, December 3
Join Florida Singing Sons in candlelight celebration of the holiday season. 7–9pm. GenAdm $25, Student $12.50. 333 Tarpon Dr. Fort Lauderdale. 954-563-2697. www.singingsons.org

Stranahan House
Cookies With Santa » Saturday, December 3
Bring your letters to Santa & join the activities: Storytime w/Mrs. Claus, cartoon art holiday cards w/Santa’s elves, take photos & enjoy cookies w/Santa. 9:30am–1:30pm. $10/child. RSVP: 954-524-4736. 335 SE 6 Ave. Fort Lauderdale. www.stranahanhouse.org

International Fishing Pier
Ocean Way Holiday » Saturday, December 3
Bring the entire family for a magical evening to celebrate the season w/musical performances, kids activities, photos w/Santa, tasty holiday treats, & snow showers all night. 5–9pm. Free. 200 NE 21 Ave. Deerfield Beach. www.deerfield-beach.com/1298/Ocean-Way-Holiday

Old Davie School Museum
Old Davie Christmas » Sunday, December 4
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–2pm. 6650 Griffin Rd. Fort Lauderdale. 954-797-1044.

Promenade at Coconut Creek
Free Photos With Santa » Sundays, December 4, 11, 18
Kick off the Christmas season. Photos will be taken in the breezeway between Ethos Greek Bistro & Mama Asian Noodle Bar. 12–3pm. 4443 Lyons Rd. Coconut Creek. 561-465-3177. www.thepromenadeatcoconutcreek.com

Anglin’s Square, Lauderdale By-The-Sea
Christmas By The Sea  » Wednesday, December 7
Holiday music will abound & there will be dancing to delight one & all. Annual tree lighting 6pm, in the midst of a festive yuletide market offering gift items, stocking stuffers & food. Santa will arrive atop a fire truck & will listen carefully to children’s Christmas wishes. Free. 5:30– 9pm. Lauderdale By-the-Sea, Commercial Blvd at El Mar Dr. 954-640-4200. www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov

Tamarac Community Center
Holiday Lighting & Craft Fair » Wednesday, December 7
Join in while the Mayor & Commissioners light the Christmas tree & Menorah. There will be a holiday concert featuring Tamarac’s best school choirs along w/special appearance by Santa Claus, children’s entertainment, craft bazaar & free hot chocolate. 6–8:30pm. Free. 8601 W. Commercial Blvd. Tamarac. 954-597-3620. www.tamarac.org

SW Focal Point Community Center
Holiday Open House » Thursday, December 8
Grab your camera for a Santa sighting, live entertainment, complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, & holiday cheer. 6–9pm. Free. 301 NW 103 Ave. Pembroke Pines. 954-450-6888. www.ppines.com/documentcenter/view/2069

Plaza del Lago
A Taste of the Holidays » Thursday, December 8
Benefit for local public school music programs featuring specialty dishes from local restaurants & gift baskets. 7pm. $50. 11535 Osprey Trail, Parkland. 954-752-5620. www.friendsofmusicflorida.com/

Oakland Park City Hall
Music on Main… Rockin’ with Santa » Friday, December 9
Celebrate the season w/Santa, Solid Brass Band, Santa’s Snow Village, bounce houses & La Cocina Klaus & more! 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

Tamarac Park
Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland  » Friday, December 9
Join the City of Tamarac for a holly jolly night of reindeer games. Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, carnival games, $1 pony rides, pictures w/Santa & more, arts & crafts! Free. 6–8pm. 7501 N. University Dr. 954-597-3620. www.tamarac.org

First United Methodist Church of Coral Springs
Bethlehem Revisited  » Friday–Tuesday, December 9–13
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

Flamingo Gardens
Garden of Lights » Fridays–Sundays, December 9–11, 16–18
The Gardens are aglow & decked out with lights & decorations while holiday music fills the air. Holiday light show set to music begins every half hour from 5–8pm. Holiday snacks & drinks available at the Flamingo Café. Garden of Lights is free with paid daytime admission. Evening entry is just $5 for lights & light show only after 5pm. GenAdm(12&up)/$19.95, (3–11yrs)/$12.95, (2&under)/Free. 3750 S. Flamingo Rd. Davie. 954-473-2955. www.flamingogardens.org.

Hollywood – ArtsPark at Young Circle
Christmas Near the Beach » Saturday, December 10
Celebrate Christmas South Florida style. Bands, ballet, drama, vendors, a classic car show & a FREE photo with St. Nick at his Beach House, FREE family-friendly variety show. New this year, join the world record attempt of “Most People Caroling.” 4–9pm. One Young Circle, Hollywood. www.christmasnearthebeach.com

Hollywood
Bazaar & Indoor Yard Sale » Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11
Have fun while you shop for the Holidays. Enjoy great prices on collectibles, jewelry, kitchen & household items, clothing, paintings, handmade arts, children’s toys & more, while you listen to live music, sip Turkish coffee & nibble on homemade cookies & bread! Free Adm & Parking. 2100 N. Dixie Hwy. Hollywood. 786-797-4891.

Flamingo Gardens
Santa’s Little Helpers » Saturdays–Sundays, Dec.10–11 & 17–18
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. Stay for the Garden of Lights show from 5-8pm. Each day will feature different craft projects & activities. Santa, Train & activities are free w/paid admission. GenAdm(12&up)/$19.95, (3–11yrs)/$12.95, (2&under)/Free. 3750 S. Flamingo Rd. Davie. 954-473-2955. www.flamingogardens.org.

Davie – Bergeron Rodeo Grounds
Snow Day » Saturday, December 10
Santa arrives from the North Pole by Fire Engine & 20 tons of snow for snowballs. Kids’ free activities: Petting farm, bounce houses, slides, climbing walls & more. Photos w/Santa(fee). 6–9pm. 4271 Davie Rd, Davie. 954-797-1181. www.davie-fl.gov

Coral Springs – Artwalk
Downtown in December » Saturday, December 10
Join us at Artwalk for “Ice” skating, train rides, carolers & live Holiday Jazz music, free holiday treats: hot cocoa, cider, cookies. 5–9pm. 9405 NW 31 Ct. Coral Springs. 954-344-1111. www.coralsprings.org

Sunrise Civic Center
Winter Wonderland » Saturday, December 10
Come to our magical winter wonderland, w/snow & ice skating. Decorate sugar 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.

Broward Center
Holiday Magic » Sunday, December 11 at 2pm » Tuesday, December 13 at 7:45pm
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. $62–$85. Amaturo Theater, 201 SW 5th Ave. Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-0222. www.browardcenter.org

Coral Springs
Holiday Parade » Wednesday, December 14
Light Up the Night parade features marching b&s, decorated floats & more! 7pm. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Thursday, December 15. Along Sample Rd. from Coral Springs Dr. to City Hall, 2501 Coral Springs Dr. 954-345-2112. www.coralsprings.org/holidayparade

Pembroke Pines City Hall
Children’s Holiday in the Pines » Thursday, December 15
School children display holiday artwork. Meet Santa while his elves give out gifts. Free. 7–9pm. 10100 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines. 954-986-5027. www.ppines.com

All Saints Episcopal Church
A Seraphic Fire Christmas » Thursday, December 15
On Winter’s Night Angelic voices sing in candlelight, 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

Stranahan House Museum
Holiday River Tour  » Thursday–Friday, December 15–23
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. Res.Req. 7:30pm. 335 SE 6th Ave. Fort Lauderdale. 954-524-4736. www.stranahanhouse.org

Pembroke Pines SW Focal Pt. Community Ctr.
Sundaes With Santa  » Saturday, December 17
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. 954-392-2116. www.ppines.com

Tamarac – Gary B. Jones Park
Paws With Claus Holiday Pawty  » Saturday, December 17
Dress up your pet for the Best Dressed Holiday Hound contest & bring your camera to take dog’s pic w/Santa. 9–11am. Free. 8101 Southgate Blvd. Tamarac. 954-597-3620. www.tamarac.org

Broward Center – Fort Lauderdale
Heroes of Hip Hop: Winter Showcase » Saturday, December 17
“We Slay!” is the theme! The studio’s dancers showcase their talent with high energy music & choreography. 3pm. $18–$25. Broward Center, 201 SW 5 Ave. Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-0222. www.browardcenter.org

First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale
Annual Christmas Concert  » Sunday, December 18
The glorious music of Christmas performed by the Cathedral Choir & Symphony of the Americas’ musicians. 4–6pm. $10 donation. 401 SE 15th Ave. Fort Lauderdale. 954-462-6200. www.firstpres.cc

FTL Dillard Center for the Arts
The Christmas Story  » Wednesday, December 21
A stirring story of the babe in the manger accompanied by the Dillard Center for the Arts Symphony Orchestra & Mass Choir. Adult/$20, Student/$10. 7:30pm. 2501 NW 11 St. Fort Lauderdale. 754-322-0838.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown  » Saturday, 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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