Snow in Florida?! Yes, at the Pembroke Pines Snow Fest

  • Friends Sanaa McLean-Bischof, 7, of Pembroke Pines, left, and Nyanna Cossio, 6, of Miami Lakes, center, join other kids for snowy fun Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the City of Pembroke Pines Snow Fest and Lighting Ceremony. Fifty tons of snow, in two giant piles, were forecast at Pembroke Pines City Center, at 10300 Pines Blvd. Other activities included visits with Santa, face painting, rides, games, arts and crafts and lots of holiday performances. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Gabriel Garmendia, 11, of Pembroke Pines, gleefully slides down a snow "hill" as his friend, Angel Vergara, 11, of Pembroke Pines, right, waits his turn Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Pembroke Pines City Center. Fifty tons of snow showed up for the city's Snow Fest and Lighting Ceremony at 10300 Pines Blvd. Activities included visits with Santa, face painting, rides, games, arts and crafts and lots of holiday performances. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Giovanni McLean-Bischof, 6, of Pembroke Pines, proudly shows his mom the small-scale snowman he built Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the City of Pembroke Pines Snow Fest and Lighting Ceremony. Fifty tons of snow, in two giant piles, were forecast at Pembroke Pines City Center, at 10300 Pines Blvd. Other activities included visits with Santa, face painting, rides, games, arts and crafts and lots of holiday performances. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Anna Santiago of Pembroke Pines takes a cellphone photo of her son, Gabe Santiago, 9, left, and 9-week-old daughter Anastasia Santiago, with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the City of Pembroke Pines Snow Fest and Lighting Ceremony. In real life, Santa and Mrs. Claus are married to each other: Adam Cabeza, Pembroke Pines Fire Department’s battalion chief, and Marta Cabeza, an English teacher at the city’s Charter High School, volunteered at the event, at Pembroke Pines City Center, 10300 Pines Blvd. Adam Cabeza has volunteered as Santa for 17 years. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Richard Sheperd, in a whimsical elf hat, sings along with a musical performance Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the City of Pembroke Pines Snow Fest and Lighting Ceremony. Sheperd and his wife, Donna, far right, live in Long Meadow, Mass. They came to South Florida to spend a few days with their grandchildren, Shawn Moriarty, 5, second from bottom right, and Megan Moriarty, 8, of Weston (not in photo). The kids' dad is a Pembroke Pines police officer. The event, at Pembroke Pines City Center, at 10300 Pines Blvd., included two giant piles of snow, visits with Santa, face painting, rides, games, arts and crafts and lots of holiday performances. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Members of the Somerset Academy Singing Sensations put oomph into their holiday songs Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the City of Pembroke Pines Snow Fest and Lighting Ceremony. The event, at Pembroke Pines City Center, at 10300 Pines Blvd., included other holiday performances, visits with Santa, arts and crafts, and 50 tons of snow on which children were invited to frolic. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Children at right play atop a giant mound of snow as people wait their turn in line Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the City of Pembroke Pines Snow Fest and Lighting Ceremony. Fifty tons of snow, in two giant piles, were forecast at Pembroke Pines City Center, at 10300 Pines Blvd. Other activities included visits with Santa, face painting, rides, games, arts and crafts and lots of holiday performances. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF