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urg­ing par­tic­i­pants to add a lit­tle hol­i­day Star Wars to their Santa out­fits.

The pa­rade has a dozen par­tic­i­pat­ing venues on the way to Him­marshee Vil­lage, in­clud­ing Amer­i­can So­cial, O Lounge, the Down­towner, the Tilted Kilt, Tar­pon Bend and Amer­ica’s Back­yard. Info: San­taConFTL.com.

In Del­ray Beach, San­taCon be­gins at 8 p.m. at Bos­ton’s Sand­bar (40 S. Ocean Blvd.). The dis­tin­guished Thomas J. Carter runs a good San­taCon in Del­ray Beach, fa­mous for its group Santa photo and its char­i­ta­ble in­stincts, this year gath­er­ing do­na­tions for a Del­ray Beach Po­lice Depart­ment toy drive.

Carter also is good about re­mind­ing us of the San­taCon com­mand­ments. No. 1: “Santa does not make chil­dren cry.

Really, if you see kids, don’t do any­thing to freak them out. Give them a nice smile and pos­si­bly a gift of some kind (toys, candy etc). Par­ents and tourists are a dif­fer­ent mat­ter al­to­gether — ad­just your be­hav­ior based on their at­ti­tude.” For more in­for­ma­tion, visit San­taCon.info/Del­ray_Beach-FL and hit the Face­book link.

For those elves who like to flaunt their frank­in­censed flanks, Sun Sen­tinel weather prog­nos­ti­ca­tor Ken Kaye, the man Pete Rose con­sults when he has some ac­tion on at­mo­spheric prob­a­bil­i­ties, says to ex­pect a Satur­day night in the up­per 60s. Brrr.

With more than 1,000 mar­riages among cou­ples who’ve met dur­ing the 28 years he’s been throw­ing Mat­zoballs around the coun­try, there may be no one bet­ter than Boca Ra­ton res­i­dent An­drew Rud­nick to make you a match, find you a find, catch you a catch.

As you know, Mat­zoballs gather Jewish sin­gles to party on Christ­mas Eve when many night­clubs are empty. Why didn’t you think of that?

This year’s Dec. 24 par­ties can be found in Del­ray Beach at Il Ba­cio (ages 21-35) and Honey (25 and older), and on Miami Beach at Liv in the Fontainebleau (21-35) and at Ra­dio Bar, 814 First St. (25 and older). Like last year, the Liv party ex­tends into Christ­mas Day with the sec­ond an­nual Mat­zoS­plash pool party.

The South Florida events are among 19 Mat­zoballs from Brook­lyn and Bos­ton to Los An­ge­les. Tick­ets to the Del­ray par­ties are $30 each, $50 to at­tend both. Tick­ets to the Liv Mat­zoball are $50, Ra­dio Bar $40 and Mat­zoS­plash $30. Do all three for $100. A dis­counted Fontainebleau ho­tel pack­age is avail­able for $199 if booked at Mat­zoball.org.

Why walk, Santa?

The Bad Santa Bus Loop is a fundraiser for sev­eral wor­thy lo­cal char­i­ties. That is your li­cense to go all out on this trol­ley tour of down­town Fort Laud­erdale wa­ter­ing holes 6-11 p.m. Fri­day, in which your hosts en­cour­age you to come dressed as Santa, Mrs. Claus or maybe just a nice lit­tle red dress. Ad­vance tick­ets are $30, $35 at checkin. Stops range from Amer­ica’s Back­yard and Rhythm & Vine to Brass Tap and Fork and Balls. Info: BusLoop.org.

Your crawl

ASanta look is the way to go at the sec­ond an­nual Great Amer­i­can Christ­mas Crawl in down­town West Palm Beach on Satur­day, an event aimed at col­lect­ing do­na­tions for Toys for Tots. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 5 p.m. at Bar Louie (200 Clema­tis St.), with the crawlers crawl­ing at 7 p.m. A ticket ($30) gets you a drink at each venue, a col­lec­tor cup, a raf­fle ticket and a warm, fuzzy feel­ing. There will be con­tests for ugli­est sweater and best Santa. Info: Face­book.com/ wp­bchrist­mascrawl.

St. Nick o’ time

Naughty? Nice? What­ever. Santa will not dis­crim­i­nate as he hands out shots of Jim Beam Maple bour­bon dur­ing the Bad Santa Brunch at Tap 42 (1411 S. An­drews Ave., Fort Laud­erdale) on Sun­day. The food, of course, is se­ri­ous: Pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to The Han­gover, a stack of scram­bled eggs, tur­key sausage, white ched­dar and maple hol­landaise served be­tween a French toast chal­lah bun. Along with the fes­tive shots, you’ll find bot­tom­less mi­mosas, bloody Marys and Funky Bud­dha Florid­ian for $15 dur­ing brunch hour, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Info: Tap42.com.

5 o’clock wa­ter taxi

The Fort Laud­erdale Wa­ter Taxi on Mon­day will be­gin ser­vice to the 5 O’clock Some­where Bar & Grill at the new Mar­gar­i­taville Hol­ly­wood Beach Re­sort (1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hol­ly­wood Beach). A grandopen­ing cer­e­mony for the new stop will take place at 4 p.m. (the re­cep­tion in­cludes light ap­pe­tiz­ers and com­pli­men­tary mar­gar­i­tas). At 5:15 p.m., the Wa­ter Taxi will make its first trip in ser­vice, with Jimmy Buf­fet mu­sic and an on­board bar­tender. Spe­cial $5 wrist­bands will be avail­able for pur­chase at 5 O’clock Some­where and al­low Wa­ter Taxi rides for the rest of the day. Info: Wa­ter­Taxi.com, Mar­gar­i­tavilleHol­ly­woodBeachRe­sort.com.

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