Like cars, not all holiday celebrations are created equal. If you’re searching for a holiday event to enjoy Christmas or Hannukah with the family, or want to ring in 2017 at one of Miami’s hottest NYE parties, check out this list for our favorite upcoming merry jubilees. Creating a private Winter Wonderland on your own time—sounds like the perfect stocking-stuffer.
Boca Raton’s 46th Annual Holiday Street Parade
When: December 7, 2016, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Where: Boca Raton, FL (Federal Hwy & Mizner Park Amphitheater)
Who doesn’t like a good parade? This year’s parade theme hasn’t been announced, but it’s a good bet you’ll see Santa and his reindeer pull his sleigh north from SE 8th Street to Mizner Park Amphitheater. You might even spot Rudolph and his bright nose leading the pack on this practice run for Saint Nick’s big night.
Visit www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us for up-to-the-date info.
When: Nightly from December 9 – 30, 2016
Where: 12331 SW 109 Terrace, Miami, FL
Price: Donations Accepted
This animated Christmas show will not just light up the neighborhood, but also your soul. Synchronized to some of the most recognizable holiday melodies, Christmas Castle is a spectacle to behold. While we may not get a white Christmas—that’s Florida for you—we can certainly embrace Miami’s own handmade Winter Wonderland. Donations are accepted to support Autism Awareness through the Dan Marino Foundation. Get in the holiday spirit and fund a cause worth celebrating.
Read more at www.christmascastle.us. (Warning: Mute your speakers!)
The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade
When: December 10, 2016, from 6:30 to 11:00 PM
Where: Downtown Fort Lauderdale (512 NE 3 Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Price: Free to view
Celebrate the holidays at the docks in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. Sailboats, barges, kayaks—if it floats, it’ll be lit up with a dazzling display of glimmering lights during the 45th annual Winterfest Boat Parade. Traveling east into the Intracoastal Waterway, the procession will start at the New River docks and traverse 12 miles (10.427 nautical miles, for all you boating aficionados) until it reaches Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano. What’s the best place to watch? Try the many bridges overlooking the Intracoastal, such as those on Commercial, Oakland Park, and Sunrise Boulevards.
Visit winterfestparade.com for more details.
Festival Holiday Car Show
When: December 11, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Festival Flea Market Mall (2900 West Sample Rd, Pompano Beach, FL)
Price: Free for spectators
Perhaps the largest semi-annual auto show in South Florida, this year’s Festival Holiday Car Show is set to feature more than 600 of the loudest, stylish, and most distinctive vehicles. From classic Hot Rods to imported compacts of the future, this car show is bound to be a rip-roaring event you won’t want to miss—we won’t!
More info can be found at festival.com.
Santa’s Holiday Hotline
When: December 13 – 15, 2016, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Where: Pembroke Pines, FL (Cell Towers and Landlines, aka. phones)
The elves are hard at work prepping for Christmas Eve, but that doesn’t mean Santa can’t sneak away to make a few phone calls to the special boys and girls of Pembroke Pines, FL. If your child is ten years of age or younger, put their name on Santa’s “Nice List” this Christmas, and they’ll react with glee when they hear his hearty voice on the other end of the phone. He’s limited on time—he’s a busy bee, you know—so be sure to register as soon as possible.
Visit ppines.com for more information and to download registration forms.
Sundaes with Santa
When: December 17, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Where: Southwest Focal Point Community Center (301 NW 193 Ave, Pembroke Pines, FL)
The City of Pembroke Pines is proud to welcome Santa and his pals for a holiday-themed ice cream social. The cherry on top of this event comes in the form of live entertainment, music, arts, crafts, and about a zillion photo ops. Take your LACTAID® and be sure to ho-ho-hold the nuts if you’re allergic.
The Pembroke Pines website (ppines.com) has all the details you need.
Hoffman’s Chocolates’ 26th Annual Winter Wonderland
When: Nightly through December 30th, 2016
Where: Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory (5190 Lake Worth Rd, Greenacres, FL)
Price: Contact Hoffman’s
Doors open to this Wonka-like chocolate factory in November, and will mostly remain that way through the end of 2016. Get your fill of chocolate in the form of candy, fudge, hot cocoa, ice cream, cookies, and more by visiting the Winter Wonderland at Hoffman’s Chocolates this holiday season. On December 8th, Hoffman’s will also be hosting a Hannukah celebration with live entertainment, a menorah lighting, and Sufganiyot.
For event schedules and hours, visit www.hoffmans.com.
New Year’s Eve with Justin Bieber
When: December 31, 2016, from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Where: Fountainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL)
Price: View prices & order online
Ring in the new year with style at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, where you and thousands of others can party like it’s 2016. This adults-only poolside event will feature popstar Justin Bieber as he lights up the stage with those oh-so-slick dance moves and puckered lips. You’d better beliebe that his New Year’s Eve party is one of the hottest in South Florida, so be sure to grab your tickets now before you miss your chance to see that baby-faced millionaire.
Visit fontainebleau.com for more info.
Holiday Fantasy of Lights
When: Nightly through January 2, 2017
Where: Tradewinds Park (3600 West Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL)
Just outside of Boca Raton and Pompano Beach, the Holiday Fantasy of Lights drive-through show is a magical demonstration of what the Christmas Spirit looks like. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, this annual event is the stage for more than 3 miles of illuminated trees, light shows, and animated displays. Join the 150,000-plus spectators and pick a night to drive through one of Broward County’s most celebrated winter traditions.
Find more details about the Holiday Fantasy of Lights at www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com.
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
When: Ends January 8, 2017
Where: Tropical Park (7900 SW 40th St, Miami, FL)
Price: View ticket prices & order online
For more than 30 years, Santa’s Enchanted Forest has brought joy and merriment to Miami during the holiday season. Now a fully-fledged South Florida Tradition, this carnival and theme park features hundreds of rides, games, and attractions for kids big and small. Board a locomotive to the North Pole, keep your lunch down on a roller coaster, or simply find delight in the South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree at one of the world’s largest Holiday Theme Parks.
Check out santasenchantedforest.com to discover your new favorite Christmas tradition.
Honda Has It for Less Than the Competition
When: All Winter
Where: South Florida Honda Dealers (Locations throughout South Florida)
Price: Extraordinarily Low!
Although snow might not be in your forecast this holiday season, saving money on a new car should be. If you live in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, or any neighboring South Florida city, check out the amazing seasonal specials on new Honda models from our car dealerships near Miami, FL!
Visit the expert Honda dealers near you today at southfloridahondadealers.com.