FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
Old-Fashioned Fun: Winterland At The Farm
Enjoy the illuminated forest, petting zoo, paddleboat and hay rides, bounce houses, snow, hot chocolate and treats, pony rides and face-painting, plus meet Santa Claus and his magical friends as they stop by every two hours.
Details: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, running through Jan. 11, at Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216th St., Miami; www.pintofarm.com; $14.
Kids’ Happy Hour: Funtastic Fridays
Enjoy a DJ, face-painting, games and bounce houses and see why Local 10 (WPLG) viewers ranked this event No. 8 on their “Top 10 Places to Take the Kids in South Florida” list. Bring a blanket and stick around for the hilarious 2000 live-action remake of Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring Jim Carrey as the green-skinned, holiday party pooper who wants to ruin Whoville’s annual celebration. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.
No, Not Mickey: Mouse King
Now in its third year, this family-friendly musical conceived by “Sesame Street” and Disney veteran Noel MacNeal tells the story of “The Nutcracker” from the point of view of the mice. It features original music by longtime South Florida composer Jim Camacho and includes a cast of students and locals.
Deering Estate: Greater Miami Youth Symphony
Join the Deering Estate’s Performance Youth Artists in Residence for a special holiday concert and recital in the Stone House Ballroom. Come a half-hour early for a meet-the-artists reception.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami; www.deeringestate.org; $7, free under 4.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum: The Polar Express
A magical holiday tradition is resurrected as this 60-minute train ride based on the classic children’s story departs the Gold Coast Railroad depot and ventures through the quiet wilderness for a special visit to the North Pole and a meeting with Santa Claus. Guests on board, who are encouraged to wear their PJs, will enjoy warm cocoa and other treats while listening to and reading along with the enchanting story.
Details: 7:45 and 9:15 p.m. Friday; 6:15, 7:45 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday; and 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. Sunday; at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; $35; VIP tables also available.
Girl Choir Of South Florida: “Sing Gloria”
Singers from all six levels of the program, from girls to women, will present a spectacular holiday show featuring choral music from the 15th century to the modern era, from traditional carols to current tracks such as “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson and “That’s Christmas to Me” by the a capella group Pentatonix.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
Flamingo Gardens: Santa’s Little Helpers
It’s a day of holiday fun for kids of all ages, where you can ride the Catabella Express Holiday Train to visit Santa at his workshop, play in Santa’s Snow Mound, help the elves make holiday crafts to keep or give as presents, and help Mrs. Claus and the elves pass out treats. Stay late for the Garden of Lights show from 5-8 p.m. daily.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Dec. 19-20, at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $19.95, $12.95 age 3-11, free for 2 and under.
Season Of Fun: Family Day On Aragon
Monthly event takes a holiday twist with a snow machine, performances by the Miami Royal Ballet and Miami Youth for Chamber Music, holiday-themed arts and crafts, and the opportunity to build a gingerbread house with graham crackers and candy.
Dr. Seuss’ Classic: ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’
You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch! Join the theatrical performance group the MCM Players in Dr. Seuss’ Whoville, where you will witness the heartwarming story of a tiny girl who teaches the Grinch the true meaning of Christmas.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.
Musical Theatre For Young Audiences: ‘Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’
Based on the beloved story by C.S. Lewis, this adventurous musical adaptation features popular songs and unforgettable characters, including the White Witch; the great and majestic lion Aslan, King of Narnia; and four children transported into their world.
Snow In Miami? Snow Fest Parade
The entire family will enjoy festive floats, marching bands, holiday characters and photo opps with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and the Grinch. Plus, there’ll be a snow mountain, ice skating rink, rock climbing wall, giant slide, bounce houses, carnival games, edible arts and crafts, and for those who have been nice, a chance to write a letter with your list of wishes to Dear Ole St. Nick.
Voices Of Angels: Miami Children’s Chorus
Ring in the season with all of the ensembles of the Miami Children’s Chorus singing traditional and contemporary holiday fare during their annual concert.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, 536 Coral Way, Coral Gables; www.miamichildrenschorus.org; $25, $10 seniors and kids 5-18.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
Holiday Musical: ‘Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas’
Based on the New York Times bestselling picture book by Jane O’Connor, this show centers on the story of Nancy, who bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?
Pinecrest Gardens: Family Holiday Concert
The Greater Miami Symphonic Band presents its annual Holiday Concert, with the 75-minute program including music for Christmas, Hanukkah, and more.
Details: 3 p.m. Sunday at Pinecrest Gardens, Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $15, $5 students.
FREE FOR ALL
Family Fun Days: Music Of The Holidays
Ring in the joy of the season with a performance by Music in Miami students, and watch holiday traditions come alive with some of the season’s favorite crafts, storytelling and more.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; www.historymiami.org; free.
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