Holiday Happenings

Ah, the magic of the holidays… From frosty festivals to playful parades, there are so many ways to celebrate the season.

Coconut Creek

Holiday Fun Day

Saturday, December 7

Join Promenade at Coconut Creek and Broward Family Life magazine for a spectacular holiday celebration featuring 30 exhibitors, interactive games for kids, music, on-stage performances, giveaways and more. Santa will be on-site starting at noon for photos. Free. 11am-4 pm, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Rd.,

Santa’s Little Elves Workshop

Saturday, December 7 

Kids ages 3-6 can create gifts for loved ones, write a letter to Santa and make an elf hat. $30/resident, $40/non-resident. 9:30am-noon, Coconut Creek Community Center, 1100 Lyons Rd., 954-545-6670

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt

Wednesday, December 18

Use a flashlight to find candy canes hidden around the park. The event also includes bag decorating and a short holiday show. Ages 3-8. Parental supervision required. Space is limited. $10/resident, $15/non-resident. 6:30-8pm, Coconut Creek Community Center, 1100 Lyons Rd., 954-545-6670 

Menorah Lighting

Sunday, December 22

Stop by the Promenade at Coconut Creek to see the Menorah Lighting at 5:30 pm Dec. 22. Additional Chanukah Wonderland activities including music and arts & crafts are scheduled from Dec. 18-29. Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Rd.,

Holiday Fantasy of Lights

Through December 31

A spectacular drive-through display of illuminated trees and animated figures. $18. 6-10 pm, Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd., 954-357-8870

Cooper City

Light Up Cooper City 

Friday, December 6 

Holiday fun includes twinkling lights and luminaire candles, youth performances, children’s activities, a craft show and a visit with Santa. Free. 6-9 pm, Memorial Park, between City Hall and the Community Center on 90th Ave., 954-434-4300

Brunch with Santa 

Saturday, December 14

Make a craft, play holiday games and receive a photo while visiting with Santa. For residents only. Pre-purchase required. $10/adult, $7/child. 10am, Cooper City High School, 9401 Stirling Rd., 954-434-4300

Coral Springs

Downtown in December 

Saturday, December 7

Bring the family for some holiday treats, snow, and other fun winter surprises. Free. 5-9 pm, City Hall, 9500 W. Sample Rd.,

A Magical Cirque Christmas

Sunday, December 8

The producers of Broadway’s smash hit The Illusionists deliver this new, spell-binding holiday production with talented performers and breathtaking feats. 7 pm, The Center,
2855 Coral Springs Dr., 954-344-5990

Holiday Parade 

Wednesday, December 11 

Enjoy the bright lights at the city’s annual holiday parade with floats, bands, entertainment and more. 7pm, along Sample Road, from Coral Springs Drive to City Hall,

Bethlehem Revisited

Friday-Tuesday, December 13-17 

Walkthrough Bethlehem of 2,000 years ago, experience the sights and sounds of the marketplace and streets crowded with families taking the census, and see the Christ child in the manger. Donations accepted. Friday, Monday & Tuesday, 7-9pm; Saturday & Sunday, 6-9pm. First United Methodist Church of Coral Springs, 8650 W. Sample Rd., 954-752-0333

The Nutcracker 

Saturday-Sunday, December 14-15 

A delightful production of the holiday classic. 2 pm, The Center, 2855 Coral Springs Dr., 954-344-5990 

Dania Beach 

Light up the Night 

Thursday, December 5

Lots of festive fun for the family including a Tree Lighting Ceremony, children’s play area, and a special guest arriving by a fire truck. 6 pm, Dania Beach City Hall, 100 W. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-924-6800


The Lighting of the Greens 

Saturday, December 7 

The evening includes the lighting of holiday displays, trees, kinaras and menorahs, live holiday musical performances, and a horse parade with the arrival of Santa. Free admission. 6-8 pm, Davie Town Hall, 6591 Orange Dr., 954-797-1181 

Old Davie Christmas 

Sunday, December 8 

Bring the family for a visit with Santa, petting zoo, pony rides, old-fashioned games. 1-4 pm, Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Rd., 954-797-1044

Disney’s Frozen Jr. 

Friday-Saturday, December 13-14

Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf and other Frozen favorites for this musical stage adaption by Florida Children’s Theatre. $15. Bailey Hall at Broward College, 3501 Davie Rd., 954-763-6882

Garden of Lights  

Weekends, December 13-15, 20-22 & 27-29  

See the botanical gardens and the historic Wray Home decked out with thousands of lights and decorations as holiday music fills the air. Included in daytime admission of $19.95/adult, $12.95/child or 25 percent off regular admission after 5 pm. 5-8 pm, Flamingo Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., 954-473-2955 

Winter Holiday Snow Play 

Saturday, December 14

Enjoy visits with Santa, entertainment, winter games, and 20 tons of snow to play in. Free admission. 6-9 pm, Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Rd., 954-797-1181

Santa’s Little Helpers 

December 14-15 & 21-22 

Help Mrs. Claus pass out gifts to all the good critters, visit with Santa and play in the snow from 2-5 pm. Stick around after 5 pm to see the Garden of Lights display. Included with daytime admission of $19.95/adult, $12.95/child. Flamingo Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., 954-473-2955

Disney’s Frozen Jr. 

Saturday, December 21

Broadway Kids Studio presents this story of true love and acceptance between sisters Anna and Elsa. See website for time and details. Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., 954-693-7500

Rock’n Noon year’s Eve Party 

Tuesday, December 31 

A New Year’s Eve party with kid-friendly activities including a Balloon Drop at noon, entertainment, New Year’s activities and more. Free with admission of $12/Broward resident. 10am-3pm, Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121 Ave., 954-424-0085

Kids New Year’s Eve Bash

Tuesday, December 31

Kids can ring in the new year with bowling, pizza, party favors, an apple cider toast and more. Sessions on the top of each hour. $9. Noon-5pm, Sparez, 5325 S. University Dr., 954-434-9653

Deerfield Beach 

Movies in the Park

Friday, December 6

Bring the family for a screening of The Grinch in the park. Free. 7 pm, Sullivan Park, 1700 Riverview Rd., Deerfield Beach

Ocean Way Holiday  

Saturday, December 7 

A magical evening with snow flurries, children’s activities, an ice skating rink, and live entertainment. Free with items available for purchase. 5-9 pm, International Fishing Pier,
200 NE 21 Ave., 954-480-4429

Holiday Hayride and Campfire

Friday, December 13 

Start a holiday tradition by taking a hayride around the park and enjoying an old-fashioned marshmallow roast around a campfire. $3.50. Advance tickets required. 6:30-9 pm, Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., 954-357-5100 

Winter Wonderland 

Saturday, December 14  

An afternoon of frolicking, with two “snow hills,” holiday treats and a visit from Santa. Free. 10 am-2 pm, Quiet Waters Park, 401 Powerline Rd., 954-357-5100

Ice Cream Social with Santa  

Wednesday, December 18

Celebrate the season with a make-your-own ice cream sundae and other holiday fun. Free. 6:30-8:30 pm, Dr. Leo J. Robb Gymnasium, 435 SW Second St.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant  

Through December 15 

An inspirational spectacle featuring a festive opening with familiar carols and contemporary songs, followed by a musical drama of the nativity and life of Christ. Ages 4 & up. Check website for days, times and costs. First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, 301 E. Broward Blvd., 954-831-1123

North Pole Pajama Party

Weekends through December 22

Wear your pajamas or elf costume and celebrate the season with a holiday science show, treats, activities, museum exploration, and an IMAX screening. $30. 9 am, Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., 954-713-0930

Holiday Lights Cruise 

Through December 23 

Check out the lights that line the shore while cruising the Intracoastal by way of Water Taxi. The tour includes sightseeing, holiday music, and sing-alongs. Space limited. Advance purchase recommended. $30/adult, $15/child. 6:30 & 8:30 pm, Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, stop number 1 by the Riverside Hotel, 954-467-6677

The Polar Express Train Ride

Through December 29

Put on your pajamas and climb aboard this one-hour magical trip to meet Santa. Set to the sounds of the motion picture, the adventure includes hot chocolate, a cookie, and a keepsake sleigh bell. $50-$70. Brightline Station, 101 NW Second Ave., 754-209-0214

Christmas on Las Olas

Tuesday, December 3

Kick off the season at this 57th-annual winter wonderland featuring live entertainment, snow sledding, ice skating, vendors, music, a holiday-themed bounce house and more. Free. 5-10 pm, on Las Olas Boulevard between SE Sixth and SE 11th Avenues,

Light Up Sistrunk 

Friday, December 6 

A one-of-a-kind holiday celebration with fun and entertainment including a tree lighting, holiday activities and more. 5-9 pm, Sistrunk Boulevard, from NW Ninth to NW 11th avenues, 954-828-7275

Florida Singing Sons

Saturday, December 7

Florida Singing Sons Boychoir performs Joy Hope Peace. 7 pm, The Sanctuary Church, 1400 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

Cookies with Santa

Saturday, December 7

Bring the kids for a one-of-a-kind professional photo session with Santa and a gourmet cookie to take home. Participants will receive two digital photos via email after the event. Pre-registration required. $25. Stranahan House, 335 SE Sixth Ave., 954-524-4736

Whimsical Wonderland

Sunday, December 8

An evening for families with live entertainment, storytime, arts and crafts, face painting and more. $20/adult, $5/child, 6 and under/free. 5:30-8:30 pm, Bonnet House, 900 N. Birch Rd.,

The Nutcracker

Friday-Sunday, December 13-15  

The Arts Ballet Theatre transports the audience to a land filled with snowflakes and sugar plums in this holiday classic. $21.50-$41.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., 954-462-0222

Winterfest Boat Parade  

Saturday, December 14 

Line up along Fort Lauderdale’s waterways to enjoy the dazzling annual boat parade, from downtown Fort Lauderdale to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Free. 6:30-8:30pm, reserved grandstand seating at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park,

Holiday River Tour 

December 16-23 

See the Victorian holiday decorations of the Historic Stranahan House Museum and take a boat ride along the New River to view homes decorated for the season. $35, reservations required. 7 pm & 8:30 pm, Stranahan House, 335 SE Sixth Ave., 954-524-4736

Santa on the Beach 

Friday, December 20 

Santa and his elves spread good cheer and candy on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Santa arrives at 12:45 pm. Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., 954-828-5363

Kwanzaa Ujamaa Celebration 

Saturday, December 28 

Bring the family to celebrate the fourth principle of Kwanzaa, cooperative economics. 1-6 pm, Bass Park, 2750 NW 19 St., 954-828-8498

Downtown Countdown 

Tuesday, December 31

Celebrate the New Year with the family with activities that include live entertainment, a kids’ zone, and a larger-than-life illuminated anchor. 4:30 pm-1 am, at SW Second Street and SW Fifth Avenue, 954-828-7275

Hallandale Beach 

South Florida Chassidic Chanukah Festival 

Wednesday, December 25 

Music, free Chanukah gelt and goodies for kids. Free admission; food available for purchase. 7 pm, Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., 954-458-1877

Symphony in Lights 

Through December 31 

A spectacular dancing light show with thousands of animated lights and towering Christmas tree all synchronized to music. There will be Santa and snow on Dec. 14, 21, 22 & 23. Free. 6-11 pm, Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000


Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade  

Saturday, December 7 

A magical evening under the stars featuring floats, marching units, and bands with a hometown flavor. Free. 7-9 pm, along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, 954-921-3404

Christmas Near The Beach 

Saturday, December 14 

A community tradition that includes singing, dancing, musicians and more. Free. 4-9 pm, ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and Federal Highway,



Wednesday, December 4 

An evening of old-fashioned family fun, entertainment and activities including Santa’s arrival by fire truck and tree lighting at 6 pm. Free. 5-8:30 pm, Anglin’s Square, Commercial Boulevard and El Mar Drive, 954-640-4200

Chanukah Festival

Sunday, December 22

Celebrate Chanukah with music and a menorah lighting by the sea. 5:30-8:30 pm, Beach Pavilion, One Commercial Blvd. 

Lighthouse Point

Lighthouse A’Glow

Wednesday, December 4 

Spend an enchanted evening with holiday fun and activities. 6:30-8:30 pm, Frank McDonough Park, 3500 NE 27 Ave., 954-943-6500

Christmas Celebration 

Wednesday, December 11 

A live Nativity scene brings the story of Christmas to life after the Trinity Worship Team sings Christmas carols at the sanctuary’s main entrance. Free. 7:15 pm, Trinity Church, 3901 NE 22 Ave.


Winter Festival  

Friday, December 13 

A family-friendly festival with children’s activities, live performances, kiddie rides, photos with Santa and more. 6-10 pm, Margate Boulevard from US 441 to NW 58 Street, 954-972-6458  


The Nutcracker 

Friday-Saturday, December 20-21

A classical holiday ballet presented by Ballet Etudes for the whole family to enjoy. $32-$60. Friday 8pm, Saturday 5 pm. Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, 954-602-4500

Hanukkah DIY Crafts

Saturday, December 21

Celebrate Hanukkah by creating your own holiday crafts. 3pm, Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place

North Lauderdale 

Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting  

Saturday, December 14 

Get your jingle on with a parade at 4:15pm at 64th Terrace and Boulevard of Champions, ending at City Hall, followed by a tree lighting ceremony with holiday entertainment. 954-724-7061

Oakland Park

Festive Family Hayride 

Friday, December 6

Put on a holiday hat for a hayride around the park, and a marshmallow roast around a campfire to make s’mores. Advance tickets required. $3.50/person. 7-9:30pm, Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38 St., 954-357-5190

Holiday Village 

Friday-Saturday, December 6-7 

Have some holiday fun with children’s activities, a snow mountain, live music, a visit with Santa, a Christmas tree decorating competition, live entertainment and more. Free. Friday 5:30-10pm, Saturday 11am-11pm. Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway, 954-630-4500


Light up the Park

Friday, December 13

Celebrate the season with local performers, arts and crafts, food trucks, games and a music holiday show. 5:30-8:30 pm, Pine Trails Park Amphitheater, 10561 Trails End, 954-757-4105


Thursday, December 19 

Lots of wintery fun is in store for the whole family. Pre-registration required; Parkland residents only. 5-8pm, Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End, 954-757-4105

Pembroke Pines

Snow Fest 

Saturday, December 7 

Bundle up to play in tons of snow and participate in a variety of holiday activities. 4-8pm, Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way, 954-392-2116

Winter PajamaRama

Wednesday, December 11

Wear your jammies for some holiday songs, stories and crafts before bedtime. 7pm, Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., 954-357-6580

Story Time with Santa

Wednesday, December 11

Enjoy a storybook reading with the big guy at this special holiday event. 6:30-8pm, Barnes & Noble at The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, 14572 SW Fifth St., 954-437-7078


Winter Wonderland 

Through January 4

A wonderland of more than 50 holiday trees, miniature train village, Hanukkah displays, Holiday Gift Shoppe and more. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Call for hours. Free. Plantation Historical Museum, 511 N. Fig Tree Lane, 954-797-2722

Light Up City Hall

Saturday, December 7

Have some holiday fun at this event featuring Selfies with Santa, a screening of Home Alone, music, arts and crafts, food trucks and more. 5-9pm, Plantation City Hall, 400 NW 73 Ave.,

Holiday Ornament Workshop 

Saturday, December 14 

Kids ages 6-11 can make their very own holiday keepsake. Pre-registration required. 2-3pm, West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., 954-765-1585

Holiday Party 

Tuesday, December 17 

Games, stories, music and activities at the library’s Big Winter Holiday Party. All ages. 6-7:30 pm, West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., 954-765-1585

Jingle Bell Jog & Elf Romp 

Saturday, December 21 

Put a festive spin on fitness with a 5K run and fitness walk for the whole family. Includes an Elf Romp for kids 10 and under and a Youth Mile course. Registration fee depends on age. 5K begins at 8am, Sunset Park, 10600 Cleary Blvd., 

Santa’s Visit  

Tuesday, December 24

Santa and his elves come down Plantation’s streets preceded by either a fire truck or police car with sirens. Listen and be outside so you don’t miss them. 5-10pm, 954-452-2510 

Pompano Beach

Yuletide Parade  

Thursday, December 5 

Line up for a hometown holiday parade along Atlantic Boulevard ending at McNab Park. Free. 6:30pm, along Atlantic Boulevard, 954-786-4111

Toys in the Sun Run 

Saturday, December 7

A toy drive and community gathering with performances, activities, and entertainment benefitting Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital and other children’s charities. $10/person with an unwrapped toy, or $20/person without a toy. 11:30am-11:30pm, Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE Sixth St., 954-868-1416

Paws and Claus Day

Sunday, December 8

Bring your furry friend to capture a holiday photo with Santa. Dogs only, and leashes are required. Free. 11am-3pm, Pompano Citi Centre, 1955 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-4683

Pompano Beach & Lighthouse Point Holiday Boat Parade 

Friday, December 13

Whether you are watching or participating, this is a great procession on the Intracoastal Waterway, starting at Lake Santa Barbara heading north to Hillsboro Boulevard.

Cookies & Milk with Santa

Saturday, December 14

Kids can enjoy storytime with the Jolly Old Man and Mrs. Claus and participate in fun holiday activities. Free, but reservations are required. 3-5pm, Pompano Citi Centre, 1955 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-4683

The Yuletide Carolers

Saturday, December 14

Get into the holiday spirit as The Yuletide Carolers evoke the memory of yesteryear with their authentic Victorian costumes, harmonious voices and infectious holiday spirit. 3-4pm, Pompano Citi Centre, 1955 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-4683


Sunrise Arts & Crafts Festival Featuring Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 7

A community tradition of arts and crafts, entertainment, food and children’s activities is combined with Winter Wonderland, with additional family activities and snow play for kids. Festival is free; Winter Wonderland $5. 10am-4pm, Sunrise Athletic Complex, 11501 NW 44 St., 954-747-4600

The Nutcracker Ballet 

Sunday, December 15 

The Russian Ballet of Orlando presents the holiday classic about a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince. All ages. Reserved seating, $20/adult, $10/child. 1 pm & 5 pm, Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd.,


Santa’s Bright and Merry Night

Tuesday, December 3

A festive night featuring a Christmas tree and Menorah lighting, photos with Santa and a short holiday movie on an outdoor screen. 6-8 pm, Caporella Park, 5200 Prospect Rd.,

Holiday Lighting Festival 

Wednesday, December 4 

Kick off the holidays with the city’s official tree and menorah lighting. Free. 6-8 pm, Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., 954-597-3620

Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland 

Friday, December 13 

A holly jolly night of fun featuring reindeer games, bounce houses, and activities and a special appearance by Santa and Rudolph. 6-8 pm, Tamarac Park, 7501 N. University Dr., 954-597-3674

Paws with Claus Holiday Paw-ty 

Saturday, December 14 

Dogs can be photographed with Santa and participate in a howling holiday time. 9-11 am, Gary B. Jones Park for People and Pups, 8101 Southgate Blvd. 


Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Sunday, December 1 

Kick off the season with a tree lighting, snow, live shows, characters, bounce houses, and other entertainment. 4-8 pm, Weston Town Center, 1675 Market St., 954-349-5900 

Wilton Manors

Breakfast with Santa 

Saturday, December 7 

Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa and friends, storytime, crafts, bounce houses, pony rides and more. 9:30 am-noon, Hagen Park Community Center, 2020 Wilton Dr., 954-390-2130

Santa by the Sea

Wednesday, December 11

If you live by the water in Wilton Manors, step outside and wave hello to Santa who will be sailing around the Island City with his elves to spread holiday cheer. Santa sets sail at 5:30 pm from the Colohatchee Park Boat Ramp, 1975 NE 15 Ave.,  

Palm Beach County

Zoo Lights

Thursdays-Sundays through December 29

Start a new tradition with family and friends by strolling the zoo while it’s twinkling with more than one million eco-friendly lights. $14.95/adult, $12.95/child. 6-10 pm, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-547-9453

There’s No Business Like Snow Business

Sunday, December 8

Audience participation is encouraged at this interactive wintertime show featuring snowman Frosty Windowpanes and singing snowflake Snowi LaFlurry. Each child’s ticket includes juice and cookies after the show. $8/adult, $6/child. 11 am & 2 pm, Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561-347-3900

Gingerbread Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 8

A family-friendly concert for all ages featuring seasonal classics and holiday cheer. $35. 3-5 pm, Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561-237-7000

Ornaments Naturally

Saturday, December 14 

Create holiday decorations using shells, sea beans, pine cones and unusual natural materials. Materials are provided. Reservations and prepayment recommended. $7/member, $10/non-member. 10 am & 1 pm, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-544-8605

Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker 

Friday-Sunday, December 27-29 

The Miami City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s dazzling choreography. Showtimes vary. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach,