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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.
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.