River Cities Gazette

Possible snow in the forecast for Miami Springs on Saturday night

FROSTY FUN: Kids of all ages enjoy the snow that is brought in every year for the annual Santa on the Circle event in Miami Springs and will have at it again this Saturday night.
FROSTY FUN: Kids of all ages enjoy the snow that is brought in every year for the annual Santa on the Circle event in Miami Springs and will have at it again this Saturday night.
Gazette Photo/WALLY CLARK

River Cities Gazette

Even though it’s been a warmer-than-normal December, that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be snow in the forecast this Saturday night, Dec. 14 when the City of Miami Springs hosts its annual Santa on the Circle/Christmas at the Gazebo event.

Thanks to a few folks pulling a few last-minute strings, there will be a nice big pile of snow dumped on the Circle during the day on Saturday. And that means the little ones, in addition to all of the fun activities planned for the evening, can wear their mittens or gloves because playing in snow will be on the menu as well.

“We started it about three years ago but had a situation where the company that provided the snow for us had been bought out by another ice manufacturer,” said Miami Springs city manager Ron Gorland. “During the normal budgeting process, having snow at this event had always been included but with the merging of the two companies, the price went up.”

Gorland also said in addition to the price of snow going up, the company also had said that, because of so many orders that day, they would have to dump the snow off on the Circle at 6 a.m.

“Six in the morning was just too early,” said Gorland. “The pile of snow would have been hard as a rock by then, so things weren’t looking too good.”

But, according to Gorland, thanks to a phone call or two from the folks over at the Miami Springs Community Center, they managed to get the delivery time pushed back to 11 a.m. and suddenly the snow forecast for the Circle on Miami Springs had risen.

“It was just too important to have snow for everyone, so what we did was instead of two piles on each side, we cut it back to one,” said Gorland. “That five hours also made a big difference and now we can cover it with a tarp and it should be fine by the time the event starts.”

Speaking of the event, it will run from 6 to 10 p.m. but all attendeeds, especially the little ones, are encouraged to arrive early because Santa’s parade will kick off the event at City Hall on Westward Drive beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Amid the twinkling of holiday lights, residents of all ages are invited to enjoy lots of good eats, including snow cones and cotton candy. Pony rides, swings, a Ferris wheel, face painters and the traditional Christmas train ride will entertain our littlest elves and Christmas angels, who are reminded to bring their wish list for the city’s very special guest of honor, Santa Claus. Santa’s chair will be set up inside the Gazebo and he’ll be available to listen to the wish lists of all the little ones and for pictures as well.

“Having snow at this event has become a very important part of the tradition now, so we’re excited we were able to get it done for the people in this community,” said Miami Springs mayor Zaver Garcia. “We’re looking forward to another terrific event and hope to see everyone out there on Saturday.”

ID bracelets will be required for all activities and are being made available for all Miami Springs and Virginia Gardens residents (proof of residency required) beginning this week. Admission for children 5 and under is free and kids ages 6 to 13 are $2. ID bracelets for non-residents (all ages) were made available at the Community Center this past Monday, Dec. 9 for $10.

There will be no professional photographer present, so all parents are urged to bring their own cameras to take pictures of your loved ones with Santa, the little elves and Christmas angels. For information, contact the MS rec department at 305-805-5075.


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