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Family-friendly things to do December 17-20

Santa’s Enchanted Forest — the world’s largest Christmas theme park — is a must-see for kids of all ages.
Santa’s Enchanted Forest — the world’s largest Christmas theme park — is a must-see for kids of all ages. Miami Herald File

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17

Those Lights! Santa’s Enchanted Forest

The world’s largest Christmas theme park is a must-see for kids of all ages, with its millions upon millions of dazzling lights, more than 100 rides, festive music, great food and South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree.

Details: 5 p.m.-midnight daily, running through Jan. 3, at Santa’s Enchanted Forest (Tropical Park), 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; www.santasenchantedforest.com; $30.84, $21.49 for seniors and kids 3-9.

You’re A Foul One: ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas – The Musical’

Grinch
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Dr. Seuss classic was a big hit on Broadway, inspiring the New York Times to deem it “100 times better than any bedside story.” Now the tale of the Grinch, whose heart was two sizes too small, and how his plan to steal Christmas from Whoville was thwarted by the townspeople’s utter lack of commercial greed comes to life onstage in South Florida.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; running through Dec. 27, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org; $35-$85.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

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 2003 Christmas comedy classic “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell as one of Santa’s elves who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father. Film is from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.

Details: 5-8 p.m. Friday at Arts Park at Young Circle, Hollywood Boulevard and US 1, Hollywood; 954-921-3500 or www.visithollywoodfl.org; free.

Live Like Bella: Nights Of Lights

See the magical Pinecrest Gardens transformed into a holiday wonderland illuminated by thousands of sparkling holiday lights in this event presented by Live Like Bella, a foundation for childhood cancer. Enjoy pictures with Santa every night, plus Christmas music, storytelling, mechanical rides, pony rides and much more, plus tasty treats available for purchase.

Details: 6-9 p.m. Friday, running daily through Jan. 2, at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $5, free for 2 and under.

Disney Classic: ‘Beauty And The Beast’

Beauty and the Beast

The Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre presents the Broadway spectacle based on the 1991 Disney film that tells the romantic tale of a prince who was transformed into a hideous creature who must win the love of an adventurous young woman named Belle in order to become human again.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Broward College’s Bailey Hall, 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie; www.flct.org; $28, $24.50 in advance.

Rocking The Holidays: Y-100 Jingle Ball

Jingle Ball
Charles Sykes Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Annual holiday blowout features top pop artists including The Weeknd (“Earned It,” “Can’t Feel My Face”), 5 Seconds of Summer (“She Looks So Perfect,” “Amnesia”), Demi Lovato (“Skyscraper,” “Heart Attack,” “Cool for the Summer”), Nick Jonas (“Jealous,” “Chains”), Tove Lo (“Habits [Stay High],” “Talking Body”), Zedd (“Clarity,” “Break Free”), R. City (“Locked Away,” featuring Adam Levine), DNCE (“Cake By the Ocean”) and many more.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $51-$251.

A Cool Yule: Sounds Of The Season

Festive program conducted by Christian Reif features holiday favorites for the whole family, including Danny Elfman’s overture to “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” John Williams’ selections from “Harry Potter,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s selections from “Christmas Eve,” selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and much more.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday at New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; www.newworldcenter.com; $40.

Gold Coast Railroad Museum: The Polar Express

Polar Express
Allison Diaz For the Miami Herald

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 Sunday; running through Dec. 27; at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; $35; VIP tables also available.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19

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 at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie; www.flamingogardens.org; $19.95, $12.95 age 3-11, free for 2 and under.

Musical Theatre For Young Audiences: ‘Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’

Last chance to see this adventurous musical based on the beloved story by C.S. Lewis, featuring popular songs and unforgettable characters including the White Witch; the great and majestic lion Aslan, King of Narnia; and four children transported into their magical world.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday at Actor’s Playhouse, Balcony Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $23.

Holiday Laughs: ‘Elf The Musical’

Elf the Musical
Amy Boyle AP

This stage adaptation of the 2003 Christmas comedy film starring Will Ferrell as the fish-out-of-water elf Buddy who embarks on a journey to New York City to find the true meaning of Christmas will delight children of all ages.

Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through Jan. 16, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.

Sailing, Sailing: Holiday Boat Parade

Boat Parade
Albert Siegel / For The Miami He

The Miami Outboard Club’s 18th annual holiday parade will feature nearly 75 boats, plus food vendors, a bounce house, a live DJ and a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Details: 6 p.m. Saturday at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.mocholidayboatparade.com; free.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20

Free Museum Day: HBO Presents Sesame Street

Join “Sesame Street” faves Elmo, Rosita and Alan for two special performances to promote new episodes of the beloved children’s TV show running on HBO starting Jan. 16. Also, kids can participate in activities and get to join the Everyday Heroes Club (an act of kindness is all it takes to become a member).

Details: 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.sesameheroes.org; free and open to the public (come early to avoid lines).

Pinecrest Gardens: Holiday Festival

Holiday Fest Pinecrest Gardens
Max Reed FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Ring in the holiday season with this all-day extravaganza featuring performances including the Nutcracker Ballet, Miami Children’s Theater and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. Plus, kids can write letters to Santa and have their pictures taken with him. There are also cookies and hot chocolate, pony rides, face-painting, wild animal shows, arts and crafts, midway rides, model trains and more.

Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; www.pinecrestgardens.org; $5, kids under 2 free.

FREE FOR ALL

All Aboard! The Polar Express Movie And Activities

Polar-Express movie

Dress up in your pajamas for free train rides and kids’ holiday fun, followed by a screening under the stars of the 2004 Christmas classic “The Polar Express,” starring Tom Hanks. Pizza, popcorn, hot chocolate and other treats will be available for purchase. Feel free to bring blankets and chairs.

Details: 5 p.m. Friday at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; www.myboca.us; free.

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