Where to meet Santa — and see snow

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel & Life - By Jen­nifer Jhon South Flor­ida Par­ent­ing

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

Mouse King

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

Beth­le­hem Re­vis­ited

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

The Nutcracker

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

Sen­sory-Friendly Per­for­mance:

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

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