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Holiday displays, South Florida-style

Get in the mood with these once-a-year holiday events.

We won't be dashing through the snow, but we will be laughing all the way, enjoying South Florida holiday displays. Get in the mood of the season by visiting these once-a-year visual feasts.

Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park
Take a three-mile drive through elaborate displays at the 20th annual Holiday Fantasy of Lights inside Tradewinds Park. The Coconut Creek park hosts more than 150,000 visitors each year. There's also an optional 3-D experience. Purchase glasses at the entry gate ($3 for three pairs).
6-10 p.m. nightly (including Christmas Day and New Year's Day) through Jan. 3 at 3600 W. Sample Road. Cost is $14 per vehicle and $10 per car on Dec. 8, 9, 16, 29 and 30, according to the website.

Holiday River Tour at Stranahan House and Museum
Take a docent-led, Victorian Christmas-themed tour at Fort Lauderdale's most historic address, followed by a one-hour chartered cruise along the New River to admire spectacular decorations along the waterfront.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-18 and Dec. 20-23 at 335 SE Sixth Ave. Cost is $30, and reservations are required.

Holidays at Whitehall at Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Once a year, the 100,000-square-foot palace built in 1902 by the Florida East Coast Railroad magnate opens for evening tours. Get a look at the 16-foot Christmas tree in the Grand Hall as holiday tunes play on the massive pipe organ, and learn about Gilded-Age Christmas traditions on the docent-led tour.
Evening tours will be at 7:05, 7:15 and 7:25 p.m. Dec. 18-23 (additional times on website) at 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for age 17 and younger; advanced purchase required.

Holiday Evening at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Vizcaya is opening in the evening on Dec. 17 to celebrate its decked halls for the holidays. Listen to the custom 1917 pipe organ playing holiday music, enjoy a beverage and dessert with admission. Then, wander the 24 rooms of the Italian-inspired masterpiece built by industrialist James Deering, who coincidentally, moved in Dec. 25, 1916.
6 p.m. Dec. 17 at 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Cost is $25 at the gate.

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