If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas or snowy holidays, South Florida may not be the place for you. But there’s still plenty to enjoy in the land of sunshine and white sand beaches.
The following four events are long standing South Florida traditions and provide holiday cheer for the entire family.
Ice Skating at the Intercontinental
While there may not be any snow on the ground, Miami’s Intercontinental hotel creates a winter wonderland every year with an indoor ice skating rink.This year, the hotel promises even more Christmas fun with special catering and spa packages, as well as a Breakfast With Santa event. Tickets are $15/hour for adults and $12/hour for children. Tickets are available at interconmiamionice.eventbrite.com.
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
Once a year, Miami’s Tropical Park turns into a Christmas-themed amusement park. For the past 34 years, Santa’s Enchanted Forest amazes families with millions of holiday lights, thrill rides and carnival games, November 3 through January 8. For more information and to purchase passes, go to santasenchantedforest.com.
Miami Lantern Festival
The festival is a celebration of Chinese culture with handcrafted lanterns, performances and food. The lanterns are created by teams of seven from several pieces of cloth, which reach up to 30 feet high and hundreds of feet long. Open November 30 through January 8 at Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center. Tickets are available at lanternlightfestival.com.
Winterfest Boat Parade
On December 10, 2016 a parade of boats will make their way up the Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach. These year’s theme is “Fairytales Afloat,” and previous floats included a circus barge with real elephants and acrobats, a floating bus and popular characters like Mickey and Minnie. The parade is free to watch, or you can purchase grandstand tickets for $25 (adults) or $20. For more information, go to winterfestparade.com