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Celebrate The Season with Broward Arts

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will be illuminated for the holidays with fantastically designed trees, wreaths, and centerpieces throughout the house available for purchase. “Holiday Magic” offers a rare opportunity…

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will be illuminated for the holidays with fantastically designed trees, wreaths, and centerpieces throughout the house available for purchase. “Holiday Magic” offers a rare opportunity to see the historic house and 35-acre subtropical estate at night. Santa Claus will be on hand for photo opportunities.

Holiday Magic Soirée:  Friday, Dec. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Holiday Magic Whimsical Wonderland: Saturday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Holiday Magic Evening Experiences: Wednesday, Dec. 8 – Friday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Holiday Arrangement Classes with Victoria Park Flower Studio: Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Thursday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents a variety of holiday offerings.

Black Violin – Give Thanks Holiday Tour: Saturday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m.

Symphony of the Americas – Holidays of the Americas: Friday & Saturday, Dec. 3-4

Elf the Musical: Friday & Saturday, Dec. 10-11

Holiday Sing-Along: virtual livestream Saturday, Dec. 11

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical: Wednesday, Dec. 22

Cirque Dreams Holidaze: Sunday & Monday, Dec. 26-27

Coral Springs Museum of Art

Coral Springs Museum of Art presents its first ever holiday market featuring gifts created by local artists and makers. Enjoy light bites and cash bar, learn to make contemporary wreaths and holiday ornaments and pick up great gift-wrapping tips.

Pine and Palm Holiday Market 
Friday, Dec. 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Shop + Sip FUNdraiser
Get first dibs on market offerings and support the museum at this ticketed Happy Hour.

Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Free admission to the Public Market

Flamingo Gardens

Flamingo Gardens is blooming with holiday cheer. Thousands of lights and festive decorations transform the botanical gardens into a winter wonderland (South Florida style.) Wander through the annual Garden of Lights, visit with Santa and his friends and enjoy nightly musical performances. The Flamingo Cafe offers holiday treats and beverages.  

December 17-23 & 26-30
Sundays through Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m.

Florida Children’s Theatre

Florida Children’s Theatre performs “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jr.,” a one-act musical adaptation of the beloved holiday television special.

FLCT at Broward College, Davie
Friday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.

HISTORY Fort Lauderdale

HISTORY Fort Lauderdale hosts The Shakespeare Sound Company’s production of “A Christmas Carol” and offers tours of the 1907 Pioneer House and 1905 New River Inn, both of which will be decorated for the holiday season.

A Christmas Carol
Friday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. FREE!
Historic tours daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

231 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale

The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida

The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida offers two evenings of celebratory music sure to put you in the holiday spirit. 

“Holidays at Hard Rock Live!” featuring Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter and actress Deborah Cox
Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Holidays at Sunshine Cathedral Fort Lauderdale
Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.

MAD Arts

MAD Arts hosts an exhibition featuring the work of acclaimed graphic designer David Carson.

XHBTN: The Art + Grafik Design of David Carson
Opening reception (in conjunction with Art Basel)
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 & 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition on view through Jan. 15.

MAD Gallery, 481 S. Federal Hwy., Dania Beach

Master Chorale of South Florida

Master Chorale of South Florida presents its annual Holiday Soirée, featuring cocktails, dinner, a live auction and musical performances by members of the Master Chorale and other special guest artists.

Friday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale

Miami City Ballet dancers in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Alexander Iziliaev

Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet returns to live performances with “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker,” featuring a cast of more than 100 and live orchestra.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale
Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m.

Special Black Friday Sale: Now through November 30, buy 3 tickets to “The Nutcracker” and get 1 free.

Museum of Discovery and Science

Museum of Discovery and Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale offers several family-friendly events.

North Pole Pajama Party
Saturday, Dec. 11 & 18 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Film starts at 11 a.m.

Wear your pajamas or elf costumes and enjoy a holiday science show, tropical “snowball” throwing station, make-and-take your own snow globe activity, holiday story time and more. Admission includes invitation to The Polar Express in the AutoNation® IMAX Theater.

Kids Adventures After Dark  
Saturday, Dec. 11 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Children ages 6 to 12 years old are invited to an evening of fun and science with MODS educators. Caregivers will enjoy a kid-free night out while children have an action-packed evening exploring MODS after dark, complete wth pizza, IMAX and museum exhibits as well as cool science shows and activities.

Noon Year’s Eve at MODS
Friday, Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a Ball Drop at 12 noon

Ring in 2022 with the museum’s annual mid-day celebration featuring immersive activities that include a graffiti wall, music, dancing and science.

NSU Art Museum

NSU Art Museum offers several new exhibitions: “Photographing the Fantastic,” “Art of Assemblage,” “Margarita Cano” and “Jared McGriff: Where We Are You” and “Beyond the O.K. Corral: David Levinthal, Wilson J. Tang and YumeGO,” as well as special events.

Special Performance by Musician and Artist Lonnie Holley
Saturday, Dec. 4 at 12 noon
The noted Atlanta-based artist Lonnie Holley will be accompanied by percussionist Marlon Patton.

Pablo Cano Puppet Theater Show Event
Saturday, Dec. 18 at 4:30 p.m. 
Marionette performance by Miami-based artist Pablo Cano featuring opera singer Mariea Elena Vallejo and musician Herman Leghorn.
FREE with Museum admission. Free for members, students and staff, and children ages 12 and under. RSVP required.

The Parker

The Parker celebrates its recent multi-million-dollar renovation with several festive holiday performances,

Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays: Sunday, Dec. 12

Arts Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker: Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Friday through Sunday, Dec. 17-19

Jonathan Antoine’ ChristmasLand Live: Tuesday, Dec. 21

Bee Gees Christmas: Wednesday, Dec. 22

A Very Countess Christmas: Sunday, Dec. 26

A Drag Queen Christmas: Tuesday, Dec. 28

Seraphic Fire

Seraphic Fire presents a joyful candlelit celebration of the holiday season, featuring holiday favorites ranging from “Silent Night” to “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree.”

Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. / Miami Beach

Sunday, Dec. 12 at 7:00 p.m. / Ft. Lauderdale

Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 7:00 p.m. / Boca Raton

Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. / Miami

Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. / Ft. Lauderdale

South Florida Symphony Orchestra

South Florida Symphony Orchestra celebrates the season with Handel’s“Messiah” conducted by Sebrina María Alfonso, featuring Neil Nelson, bass baritone; Martin Nusspaumer, tenor; Brittany Graham, soprano; Rehanna Thelwell, mezzo-soprano and the 100-member South Florida Symphony Chorus.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at The Parker, Fort Lauderdale

Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Barry University, Miami

Stranahan House Museum

Stranahan House Museum marks the holiday season with two festive events.

Home for the Holidays
Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
A kick off to the season with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, holiday cookies and more.

Victorian Christmas Tours
Saturday, Dec. 18 through Thursday, Dec. 23 beginning at 7 p.m.

The halls at Historic Stranahan House will be decked in Victorian-era décor for this Fort Lauderdale holiday tradition, featuring tours led by costumed tour guides who share the origin of many holiday traditions and explain how pioneers celebrated in the early days of Fort Lauderdale.

Young at Art Museum

Young at Art Museum is located at the Broward Mall in Plantation – and that means you can Drop Off & Shop! The kids will have fun getting creative while you whittle down your holiday gift list. Donate to YAA’s holiday toy drive and receive a dollar off admission (through Dec. 5).

Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve
Friday, Dec. 31 beginning at 11 a.m.
Welcome 2022 with live music, dancing and creative art activities leading up to a sparkling-cider toast and balloon-drop finale at noon.

Get Creative with Your Gift Giving

Giving someone special on your list a membership to their favorite organization, something unique from a museum gift shop, tickets to a live performance or classes that will help them explore their passions will not only showcase your thoughtfulness (and your gift-giving superpowers), it will also support the nonprofit organizations that give so much to our community all year long. (And talk about gifts that are easy to wrap!)

Is there a budding dancer in your family? Inspire their dreams with tickets to see Miami City Ballet at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

You could give the gardener on your list a class at Flamingo Gardens. Tickets to Slow Burn Theatre would be a great gift for the theater-lover in your life. The gift of live music is priceless, but you can easily put tickets to a concert from the Gold Coast Jazz Society in someone’s stocking.

Do you know a history buff? Consider a membership to the historic Stranahan House Museum or shop the museum’s gift shop for commemorative items and unique creations from area artists and crafters.

When you give the gift of membership to the Museum of Discovery and Science through Dec. 31, you can save $20 with coupon code modsfriday21. You can also enjoy up to 30 percent off select gifts, including STEM toys and games and unique treasures inspired by the natural world in the museum’s Explore Store. Members receive a gift with a purchase of $50 or more. (Season of STEM Holiday Sale runs Nov. 26 through Jan. 17.)