Where to meet Santa — and see snow
The holidays are in full swing in South Florida, and the kids are making out their gift lists.
If you want to deliver those letters to Santa in person, plenty of events are scheduled to let you do just that. Plus families can indulge in other traditions — such as The Polar Express, the Nutcracker ballet and Christmas concerts — throughout the region.
Find your family favorites at the following festivities:
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Through Dec. 24. Families are invited to enjoy this enchanting Christmas village inside Bass Pro Shops with a free 4x6 studio-quality photo with Santa and free family holiday activities, including fun crafts and games. Open 5-8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and 12-5 p.m. Sundays. Free. Bass Pro Shops, 200 Gulf Stream Way in Dania Beach, and 11551 NW 12th St in Miami. basspro.com
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
Through Jan. 6. Enjoy a theme park with over 100 rides, shows and games, plus lights and holiday displays and South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree.
$29.50-$38.50. Season passes and express passes also available. Santa’s Enchanted Forest, 7900 SW
40th St., Miami. santas enchantedforest.com
Holiday Fantasy of Lights
Through Jan. 1, 6-10 p.m. See the lights nightly, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Guests must stay in their vehicles, pets allowed inside cars. $12-$40 per vehicle. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. holidaylightsdrive thru.com Garden of Lights: A Winter Holiday Event at Mounts
Through Dec. 30,
5:30-8:30 p.m. Mounts will be all a-twinkle in the evenings during the holiday season with thousands of holiday lights hanging from the trees, illuminating the walkways and landmark structures, with colorful LED trees and glowing light-balls, all along an easy-to-follow route throughout 15 different garden areas, plus live dance performances and musical presentations from local schools. $5-$15. Mounts Botanical Garden,
531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. mounts.org
Historic Holiday Décor
Through Jan. 1, 10
a.m.-4 p.m. Tour the historic houses wreathed in holiday accents and decorations from the Gilded Age.
$7-$15. Deering Estate,
16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. deeringestate.org
Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant
Through Dec.16. Christmas celebration with your favorite seasonal songs, a cast of holiday characters, a few surprises and a retelling of the events of the first Christmas. First Baptist Church Fort Lauderdale, 301 E. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. ChristmasTickets.com
Through Dec. 16. The untold story of The Nutcracker, written by acclaimed puppeteer Noel MacNeal. $10-$15. The Mandelstam Theater, 8530 SW 57th Ave., Miami. bit.ly/2QVPf10
Through Dec. 11, 7-9 p.m. See a re-creation of the town of Bethlehem the night that Jesus was born, including a walled city, authentic marketplace, shepherds, Roman soldiers, storytellers and living nativity. Free. First Church of Coral Springs, 8650 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs. bethlehem -revisited.com
Miami City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Step into this magical world of toy soldiers, colorful characters, and the enchanting “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy,” set to the music of Tchaikovsky performed by a live orchestra.
Through Dec. 9. $29-$145. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale.
Dec. 14-24. $29 - $125. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami.
Dec. 28-30. $29 - $125. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach. miamicityballet.org/ the-nutcracker
Curtiss Mansion’s Holiday Tree Festival & Teddy Bear Tea
Through Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit while enjoying readings with Mrs. Claus and festive arts & crafts at the Teddy Bear Tea. Enjoy snow flurries outside and visit a showcase of community-crafted trees, decorated and branded by local companies. $5-$10. Curtiss Mansion, 500 Deer Run, Miami Springs. curtissmansion .com/holiday/
Miracle on 34th Street
Through Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. A heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his sanity is questioned and a young lawyer goes to court to defend him. $15-$25. Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. lakeworth playhouse.org
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they put on their own Christmas play and ultimately discover the true meaning of the season. $44.52. Coral Springs Center For The Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. thecenterCS.com
Santa By Sea
Dec. 12, 5 p.m. Watch Santa launch his lighted water sleigh from Colohatchee Boat Ramp in Wilton Manors. Residents along the Middle River will have a chance to catch a glimpse of Kris Kringle while he takes a break from his work in the North Pole and embarks on a journey throughout the Island City with his reindeer, sleigh and helpers. Colohatchee Boat Ramp, 1975 NE 15th Ave., Wilton Manors. wiltonmanors.com
Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $35-$85. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale. browardcenter.org
Arts Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker - Smart Stage Matinee Series
Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. This 90-minute performance is a good introduction to the ballet. Lap Tickets available for purchase for 12 months and younger at the Box Office. Everyone must have a ticket. $7.20. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. broward center.org
Garden of Lights
Dec. 14-30, FridaySunday, 5-8 p.m. The Botanical Gardens and Historic Wray Home are decked out with thousands of lights and decorations while holiday music fills the air. There will be Santa’s Snow Mound, interactive life-sized snow globe and make-and-take holiday crafts. Holiday snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. $6.45-$9.95. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. flamingogardens.org
Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Join Santa, his elves, Rudolph and the Grinch for a joyous character breakfast at the Hagen Park Community Center with fluffy pancakes, story time, fun crafts, bounce houses, pony rides and more. Tickets $6-$10. Hagen Park Community Center, 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. wiltonmanors.com
Sugar Sand Park: Piles of Smiles
Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 5-10 can play in snow during the 7th annual Snow Day: Piles of Smiles, which has a fair slide, bounce houses, crafts, a sock skating rink (remember to bring clean dry socks), winter characters, obstacle course, snow flurries, food for purchase, and a cute snow slide and small toddler snow zone. $12-$15 per child, with one free adult included; $5 for additional adults. Sugar Sand Park,
300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Reservations required for snow play at www.sugarsandpark.org/ piles-of-smiles or
Guy Harvey Hosts “Family Fun Day: Holiday Edition”
Dec. 15, 5-7 p.m. Guy Harvey, a world-renowned marine wildlife artist, will host a free family fun day to kick off the holiday season. Activities include a Santa meet & greet, live animal show (5:30 to 6 p.m.), food, games, interactive exhibits and prize giveaways. Free. Guy Harvey World Headquarters, 10408 W. State Road 84, Suite 104, Davie. guyharvey.com
Dec. 15-16. A holiday classic with student dancers from the International Ballet Company. $28. Coral Springs Center For The Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. thecenterCS.com The Nutcracker
Dec. 15-16. Palm Beach Garden’s Dance Theater of Florida will be performing their full-length Nutcracker, at the Eissey Campus Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $22-$25. Eissey Campus Theatre, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. DanceTheaterof Florida.com
Arts Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Dec. 15, 1 p.m. The Broward Center is proud to present its first “sensoryfriendly” dance performance with this modified, shortened version of the holiday classic ballet, The Nutcracker. $13. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale. broward center.org
Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade
Dec. 15, 3:30-10 p.m. The 47th annual parade travels from the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale east to the Intracoastal Waterway and then north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. See the parade from the Riverside Hotel, bridges and businesses along the route. Gates open at 3:30 pm for the Grandstand Viewing Area at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Come early and bring the family (no pets please). Reserved and assigned seating grandstand seating is $20-$25. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E Sunrise Blvd,, Fort Lauderdale. winterfestparade.com/events/ grandstand-viewing-area
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 29, 2 p.m. Presenting world-class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls. $32-$179. The Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. fillmoremb.com