Calendar — 02 December 2016
The calendar for December 2016, and beyond

December

The Fort Lauderdale Junior Woman’s Club, in partnership with Broward Trust for Historic Preservation, hosts a Historic Home Tour, featuring eight landmark properties that will be open for public viewing from 3-8 p.m. $40. 954-536-4297, historicholidayhometour.org.

Doris Italian Market & Bakery hosts a Wine and Food Gala to benefit High Heels for HOPE. Guests can sample more than 100 wines from around the world as well as Italian cuisine and artisan cheeses. 7:30 p.m. at 10057 Sunset Strip, Sunrise. $29.95, of which $10 goes to the non-profit. Each guest also receives a $10 credit toward a wine purchase that evening. 954-572-5269, dorismarket.com.

9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18  Garden of Lights, when Flamingo Gardens’ botanical gardens and historic Wray Home are decked out in thousands of lights and decorations while holiday music plays. The event also includes a holiday light show. 5-8 p.m. at 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. $19.95, ages 12+, $12.95, ages 3-11, free for 2 and under and members. $5 to enter after 5 p.m. to view lights and light show only. 954-473-2955; flamingogardens.org.

10  The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, 12 miles of the “Greatest Show on H2O,” which starts on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale at 6:30 p.m. and travels east to the Intracoastal Waterway and then north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. The theme for this year’s event, which features everything from private boats to showboats to mega-yachts adorned with lights, music and entertainment, is “Comics & Cartoons Rockin’ the Night Away,” and this year’s Grand Marshal is Pitbull. The event is free to spectators, except for the grandstand viewing area, where tickets start at $20.
954-767-0686, winterfestparade.com.

10  Wonderland Ball, featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, a silent auction and more, all to benefit Nat King Cole Generation Hope, which provides music education to children in need. 5-7 p.m. at Eau Spa at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Manalapan. $60. 561-540-4960, eauspa.com.

10  Starry Nights, the annual Jacob’s Ladder Award Gala, a black-tie event with a cocktail reception, dinner, auctions, live music and dancing. 7 p.m. at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. $325. 954-315-8696, jafco.org.

10  Hot Yogi Fest Out West, a day of yoga, health and wellness, featuring yoga classes, clothing and food vendors, live music and fun family activities. A portion of the proceeds benefits the YMCA of Weston and Toys for Tots. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road. Tickets start at $8.
954-370-6869, westonfl.org.

11  Lips hosts its annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center during its Dragalicious Gospel Brunch. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to receive a free cocktail during a future visit. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park. $10 cover charge plus brunch. Reservations are required. 954-567-0987.

11  Expert guide Paddy Cunningham teaches guests how to spot birds and identify species and behavior at a Birding Class at Bonnet House. 2-5 p.m. at 900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale. $20, members; $25, non-members. Reservations required. 954-563-5393, bonnethouse.org.

11 and 13  Ring in the holiday season with songs that get you in the spirit for Christmas and Hanukkah at Holiday Magic, a performance by Symphony of the Americas. 2 p.m. (11) and 7:45 p.m. (13) at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket prices vary. 954-462-0222, browardcenter.org.

13  Acclaimed Irish ensemble Danú celebrates Christmas with “Féile na Nollag” (“A Christmas Gathering”), presenting Celtic music and guest dancers. 7:30 p.m. at Bailey Hall at Broward College, 3501 Davie Road, Davie. Tickets start at $10. 954-201-6884, baileyhall.org.

14  Coral Springs Holiday Parade, an annual holiday tradition along Sample Road that includes local bands from area high schools as well as themed floats, mascots, cars, dignitaries and Santa. This year’s theme is “Light Up the Night.” 7 p.m. Free. 954-345-2112, coralsprings.org/holidayparade.

14  View Santa as he sails around the Middle River with his reindeer, sleigh and helpers at Santa By The Sea. 5:30 p.m. at Colohatchee Park, 1975 NE 15th Ave., Wilton Manors. Free. 954-630-3118, wiltonmanors.com.

16-23  Enjoy the beauty of old and new Fort Lauderdale with a Holiday River Tour, which begins with an evening tour of Stranahan House, decked out in Victorian Christmas décor, and ends with a boat ride down the New River to see the holiday lights. 7:30 p.m. nightly at 335 SE Sixth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $30. Reservations required.
954-524-4736, stranahanhouse.org.

16  Dress in your pajamas for a showing of The Polar Express, and enjoy family fun activities such as train rides and “snow.” 5 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton. Free. Refreshments, including hot chocolate, popcorn and pizza, will be available for purchase. 561-393-7700, myboca.us/pages/mizneramphi/polar-express-movie-and-activities.

17  Join Santa for a pancake breakfast and some family fun at Breakfast with Santa, which also features pony rides, bounce houses, face painting and more. 10 a.m. at Hagen Park Community Center, 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. $5 per child; $7 per adult before Dec. 9; $10 per person after Dec. 9 or at the door. 954-390-2130, wiltonmanors.com.

31  Rock’n Noon Year’s Eve, a New Year’s celebration that counts down to noon so the entire family can ring in 2017. 10 a.m. at Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. Tickets start at $11. 954-424-0085, youngatartmuseum.org.

January

1  Something Big 2017, a free outdoor public yoga class where over 1,500 yogis are expected to participate. This year, musician DJ Drez will accompany the yoga class. The event also features a marketplace with yoga products and gifts. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton. All ages and levels welcome.
561-479-7819, somethingbig2017.com.

Save the Date …

Feb. 10-12  The 11th Annual Boca Raton Concours D’Elegance, presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation, and featuring a weekend of events that includes the duPont Registry Live Hangar Party (Friday), an auction by The Finest Automobile Auctions (Saturday), a performance by Jeff Foxworthy at the Grand Gala Dinner, Auction & Show (Saturday) and much more, all to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Times, venues and prices vary.
954-537-1010, bocacde.com.

Feb. 24  7th Annual Non-Profit Awards, presented by the Signature Grand and hosted by 2-1-1 Broward, an awards ceremony celebrating the hard work, dedication and achievements of Broward County’s non-profit organizations and their leaders, plus a luncheon and after-party. 11 a.m. at the Signature Grand, Davie. Tickets start at $65 through Feb. 1. After Feb. 1, all tickets are $85. 954-390-0493, 211-broward.org.

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