4 Fun Places to Visit During the Holidays in Sunny South Florida

You can rest assured that if South Florida is your destination in December, snowstorms will not ruin your vacation. You can reinvent the usual white, chilly Christmas with the white sunny beaches where you can  make “snow” angels in the sand.

The holidays in Florida are colorful and charming.  The beach community can make a Christmas tree out of tall, majestic palm tree or a pink flamingo. The holiday lights sparkle in the distance as you take a winter swim or just walk in the nippy evening along the town just to enjoy the joyful, festive atmosphere, with coastline stretching in the distance.

In Fort Lauderdale and Miami alike, you can warm your heart by making sure to take in one of the following South Florida annual pastimes:

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

If you want to see Christmas done gitchy style, this is the place. Home to South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree, Santa’s Enchanted Forest’s millions of lights and hundreds of holiday displays. It’s bright, loud and the decorations may have seen one too many seasons but its open thru Jan 8 from 5 pm – midnight each day, making it a dependable blast of holiday spirit any night of the week. Visitors can enjoy the festive Christmas music, and carnival foods and rides and plenty of live entertainment, Miami style.

Christmas on the Beach

This religious variety show extravaganza includes bands, vocalists, dancers and mime artists! Children can meet Grinchy, sing along Christmas carols, and dance to the unique sound of a steel drum band. It takes place at the Hollywood Beach Theater located on Johnston Street and Broadwalk , Hollywood.  For more information, call 954-921-3404.

Christmas on Las Olas

Walk along Las Olas Boulevard and feel the snow melt on your bare shoulders.  Snow is the attraction of this free annual Christmas tradition,
making the highlighted events sledding down a mountain and skating in the artificial ice rink at JM Lexus on the Riverside Lawn.  Take in some holiday movies and visit Santa. As you stroll, sing along with the holiday songs sung by local choirs, the Archbishop McCarthy Jazz Band and the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus. You will find Las Olas Boulevard decked out with wonderful seasonal lights and find all the wonderful fashionable shops open late on Tuesday from 5 to 10 p.m. for this holiday celebration.

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze

Catch a holiday show in Fort Lauderdale complete with thrilling performances from Florida’s version of Cirque Du Soleil, with just as much
dazzling talent. Be mesmerized by the high wire acts, juggling and balancing acts in this wonderful performance with a holiday theme.

Pines Ice Arena

You may have left your cold state, but you know you miss the ice-skating! Rent your skates at this Fort Lauderdale old time ice rink and twirl away on the ice, enjoying some holiday music. Warm up with delicious hot chocolate and watch as others take a turn on the ice. Very family friendly and inexpensive- not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

By Nuria Almeida

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