Diverse December

Holiday celebrations and Art Week in the 305 makes this month one of the busiest in the whole year! Plan your month accordingly as there are tons of different events to fill up your weekends with. Browse some lovely art at a relaxing art fair, board The Polar Express, and be amazed at a unique ballet show.

ALL ABOARD!
Dec. 1-29
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Slip into your pajamas and into the night as you board The Polar Express this season. Yes, you heard right: The Polar Express! Fans of the classic Christmas movie will be delighted with The Polar Express™ Train Ride, which will take place via Brightline’s Fort Lauderdale station. Songs from the movie’s soundtrack will play as car hosts punch golden tickets and pass out milk and warm cookies. Then, you’ll be able to read along with the classic book and experience fun onboard entertainment! To end a perfect night, golden tickets and sleigh bells will be handed out as souvenirs, just like in the film!

IT’S A MIRACLE
Dec. 1-Jan. 1
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Miracle, the adored holiday pop-up bar, is going to make its return to South Florida! This time, the Christmas-themed bar will make Java & Jam in downtown Fort Lauderdale its home for the season. The space will be decorated with over-the-top vintage Christmas décor and will feature classic Christmas carols, as well as an inventive cocktail list. Expect quirky libations like the Bad Santa (Rum, Batavia arrack, black chai tea, date-infused oat milk, and vanilla syrup, served hot), and Run Run Rudolph (Prosecco, gin, mulled wine purée, lemon, and cane syrup). What a way to say, “‘tis the season!”

CHECK YOUR PULSE
Dec. 5-8
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Art Week in Miami is one of the most jam-packed and exciting times of the year! If your heart is racing thinking of all of the events you need to head out to, stop, relax, and check your PULSE! PULSE art fair aims to be your “calm in the palms” by creating a more relaxed approach to the hectic week. Grab a cocktail and chill in their hammocks or sit down and grab a bite to eat at their restaurant. And definitely check out their tons of exhibitors that will be showcasing their contemporary artworks! It’s PULSE’s 15th anniversary and they’re definitely going to bring their best!

A MAGICAL NIGHT
Dec. 13
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The Atlantic Hotel & Spa knows how to have a good time on Friday, the 13th…Bask in the glow of the spooky moon at their Full Moon Party, which starts at 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. The party takes place every month on the 5th floor’s oceanfront terrace and features a pre-fixe food menu, live music and entertainment, and fire dancers! A 3-course dinner courtesy of the hotel’s restaurant, Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery, will be provided, and after, if you want to party even longer, complimentary admission will be given to the hotel’s SKY Bar. You’ll be having such a great time that you’ll howl at the moon!

DELIGHT IN THE LIGHTS
Dec. 13-Jan. 1
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There’s something about colorful lights that just seems otherworldly and magical. This is especially the case at Pinecrest Gardens’ Night of Lights event. Each year, the beautiful park transforms into a “winter wonderland” as it’s adorned with thousands of holiday lights. Special activities also run throughout the event, including story time, Santa photo ops, mechanical rides, pony rides, a sing-along with carolers, and a puppet show! On select nights, an admission ticket even includes a holiday concert performance in the Banyan Bowl, so make sure to be on the lookout for those dates. It’s going to be a wonderful, whimsical time!

CHEERS TO COCKTAIL HOUR!
Dec. 20-21
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Prepare for a ballet show like no other with Cocktail Hour: The Show by Ballets with a Twist. Created by artistic director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus, the show aims to celebrate the holiday season with its “mix of charismatic choreography, intoxicating music, and exquisite costume design.” Dancers will interpret the spirit of different cocktails like “Cuba Libre” and “White Russian” as they twirl and leap across the stage. And how could you watch a show about cocktails without enjoying some yourself? Cocktails and mocktails made to complement the program will be available in the lobby, so you can truly be in on the fun!

By Aaliyah Pasols