What’s cooking in Miami this weekend (besides a bunch of pork?) Here are the details.
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER
The beloved stop-motion TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage with all of your favorite characters – including Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snowman, Sam the Snowman and, of course, Santa – in an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can also be what makes you special.
Pack the whole family in the car for an exciting double feature, with the hilarious 1990 Christmas comedy classic “Home Alone,” starring Macauley Culkin as a boy who is left behind by accident when the family goes on a trip to Paris, followed by the 1984 spooky comedy classic “Gremlins,” starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, who must deal with strange, destructive creatures called mogwais.
THE POLAR EXPRESS
A magical holiday tradition is resurrected as this 45-minute train ride based on the classic children’s story 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. Plus, each child will receive a silver sleigh bell for the first gift of Christmas.
6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; $35; VIP tables also available; children under 2 free (must sit on adult’s lap).
For those who prefer their holiday entertainment on the raunchy side, join Sarge as he presents all new “Just for Chanukah” material and music. This high-energy show combines side-splitting stand-up comedy with The Sarge’s innovative songs and surprising dexterity on the piano. For mature audiences only.
SANDER VAN DOORN
Dutch superstar DJ – who was crowned “Best Breakthrough DJ” at the International Dance Music Awards during the 2007 Winter Music Conference in Miami – blends progressive house, electro and trance into a killer dance-floor mix.
TROPICAL CHRISTMAS EVE
On the night before Christmas, create seashell ornaments and Christmas leis, meet a sun-kissed Santa, sing along with Christmas carolers and catch the MCM Players’ original theater production, “The Extraordinary Explorers and the Search for Santa.”
CELEBRATE THE TRADITION
MICCOSUKEE INDIAN ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Learn about Native American entertainment and culture at this 42nd-annual gathering that features ceremonial and competitive dancing by multiple tribes, Buffalo Dancers, Snake Dancers, fashion shows, live art painting demonstrations, alligator wrestling, handmade Native American crafts and textiles for sale, and delicious food.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Jan. 1 at the Miccosukee Indian Village, Mile Marker 35 (headed west from Miami) on U.S. Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail); www.miccosukee.com/events; $10, $6 seniors and kids 7-12; 6 and under free.
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER
Miami City Ballet presents one of the only Balanchine productions in the nation, featuring a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies, magnificent scenery, elaborate costumes and magical music by Tchaikovsky.
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 30, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Dreyfoos Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or www.kravis.org; $25-$89.
UP PAST BEDTIME MOVIE
Get cozy with a blanket and popcorn on the front lawn for an outdoor presentation of this charming, 2008 computer-animated sci-fi comedy about a robot assigned to clean up an abandoned, trash-filled Earth in the future who falls in love with another robot, EVE.
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-442- 6866; $5, $3 kids 2-5, free for children under 2.
THE STATE BALLET THEATER OF RUSSIA, PT. 1
Full-scale production of one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, features 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars telling the romantic tale of a heroic young prince who works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 786-573-5300 or www.smdcac.org; $38-$58.
THE STATE BALLET THEATER OF RUSSIA, PT. 2
Set to the music of Prokofiev and inspired by the timeless fairy tale, “Cinderella” is one of the most magical and hopeful of the storybook ballets. This full-scale production is choreographed by Vladimir Vasiliev, former Principal Dancer with the Bolshoi Theater Ballet and “The Best Male Dancer of the 20th Century.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale; www.parkerplayhouse.com; $31.50-$61.50.
A REAL STAND-UP GUY
Second youngest of the uber-talented Wayans clan got his start in big bro Keenan Ivory’s hit film “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka,” then went on to join “In Living Color,” co-create “The Wayans Bros.” sitcom, and star in the films “Little Man,” “White Chicks” and the horror-parody “Scary Movie” series.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 30, at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 Seminole Way; www.improvftl.com; $25.
WE CAME TO DANCE TOUR
DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE
America’s favorite dance show hits the road again with performances from the best dancers in the business, including Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, who will join her partner Val Chmerkovskiy; plus other Season 23 stars such as Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Hayley Erbert and more.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, near Hollywood; Ticketmaster; $45-$85.
IN THE HOUSE
Get a head start on New Year’s celebrations as this superstar DJ/producer from Chicago – real name Ryan Raddon – spins breezy progressive house and trance anthems from his latest album, “Atmosphere,” plus older faves including “I Remember,” “Room For Happiness” and “Lessons In Love.”
Details: 11 p.m. Thursday at LIV Nightclub, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.flavorus.com; $40-$75.
free for all
CHASSIDIC CHANUKAH FESTIVAL
7 P.M. TUESDAY: Enjoy this 37th-annual event featuring live music by Avraham Fried and 8th Day, plus free Chanukah gelt and goodies for children; Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; www.gulfstreampark.com.