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Where to meet Santa — and see snow — in South Florida

Jennifer Jhon
Contact ReporterSouth 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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Garden of Lights

Through Dec. 30, Friday-Sunday, 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.

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.,, 954-574-5316 or Twitter @sfparenting


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