The Hallmark Channel and Lifetime may have kicked off their famous Christmas movie marathons weeks ago, but for many South Florida residents, the holiday season is just getting into full swing this week.
Here are some of SFGN’s picks for some festive cheer:
“Thanks to Drag”
Your favorite local drag queens are coming together on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. at the Manor, 2345 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors, for “Thanks to Drag,” a benefit performance to raise funds for community organizations, including SunServe, Renand Foundation and Chainless Change.
Performers include Velvet Lenore, Starlett Skye, Joe Posa as Joan Rivers and Wilton Manors Commissioner Chris Caputo, as well as local cabaret icons Jennifer McClain and Antonio Edwards. The event will be hosted by SunServe Development Director Terry Dyer and local “dragaret” artist Miss Bouvèé.
Tickets start at $25 at Sunserve.org/Drag.
Water Taxi Christmas Lights Tours
After the sun sets, hop on board the Water Taxi to enjoy the beautifully decorated homes along the New River and Intracoastal Waterway.
The Water Taxi is more than just a boat ride. The captains and crew are well-versed in the history of the city and the many attractions that can be viewed from the water. Enjoy a refreshing drink, fun narrations and, yes, the beautiful light displays in the backyards of Fort Lauderdale’s rich and famous residents.
Holiday lights cruises, nightly 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. beginning Dec. 2, depart from the Water Taxi stop between Stranahan House and Riverside Hotel, 335 SE 6th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $35 at WaterTaxi.com.
Visit Santa in Hialeah
Santa’s Enchanted Forest has a new home this year in Hialeah. The location may have changed, but this Miami-Dade County tradition is back through Jan. 2 with more than 100 rides, live performances and attractions.
Hop on the Santa Swing and Sky High Ferris Wheel or catch a ride on the “Merry” Go Round and Circus Train. Nightly performances include Cirque Equinox, Zuzu Acrobats and Freestyle FMX Motorcycle Show. And don’t forget to take in Mistletoe Lane, South Florida’s largest Christmas tree, Christmas Light Show Spectacular and photos with Santa, himself.
Tickets start at $29.91 at SantasEnchantedForest.com.
“George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®”
Miami City Ballet’s South Florida-infused production of the traditional Christmas ballet returns this season to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale (Dec. 10 – 12), Arsht Center in Miami (Dec. 16 – 26) and Kravis Center in West Palm Beach (Dec. 29 – 30). All of your favorite characters will be there — Marie, the Nutcracker prince, Mouse King and Sugarplum Fairy — dancing live on stage to Tchaikovsky’s famous score.
For showtimes and tickets, go to MiamiCityBallet.org.
“The Greatest Show on H2O”
The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade turns 50 this year and it’s looking great for its age. Hunky actor Mario Lopez (“Save by the Bell,” “Extra”) is the grand marshal for the colorful flotilla, which starts on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and then makes its way up the Intracoastal Waterway.
Watch anywhere along the 12-mile route, the official viewing area will be at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park. Vote for your favorite boat on the Winterfest app and you could win two tickets on Spirit Airlines.
For more information, go to WinterfestParade.com.