The holidays are upon us, and with all the bills, we all need free and cheap things to do to keep us in a holiday frame of mind. Luckily, there are all kinds of free and cheap holiday events around South Florida.
You can watch free holiday movies, including Frozen at South Dade Park on Friday night, and The Polar Express at The Palms of Town & Country on Saturday. You can watch snow fall twice every night at Dolphin Mall or watch lights on a Christmas tree light up to a holiday musical score at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale. Plus, we’ve got holiday boat parades. For $5 each, you can see light displays at Pinecrest Gardens’ Nights of Lights or Zoo Miami’s Zoo Lights event.
For holiday movie film buffs
A variety of holiday favorites are showing free on big screens around Miami. Watch as Elsa builds her snowy fortress and her sister Anna and a hilarious cast of characters try to convince her to come home in Disney’s classic Frozen at South Dade Park’s Movie Night in the Park on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Then on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. take a magical train ride through the mountains to the North Pole with conductor Tom Hanks and several pajama-clad kids in The Polar Express showing at The Palms of Town & Country.
Snow and a singing Christmas tree
Avoiding the mall as Christmas gets closer is all but impossible. You can break free from the stress, even if just for half an hour with these entertaining activities. At Dolphin Mall they’ve got snow falling every night at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. At Gulfstream Park in Hallandale nightly from 6-11 p.m. it’s the Symphony of Lights, a synchronized musical extravaganza set to the holiday music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra every hour.
Seasonal tunes at Wallcast on South Beach
Skip the clubbing and opt a night of symphonic sounds of the seasonal kind during the New World Symphony’s “Sounds of the Season” concert, broadcast live on the Wallcast at Soundscape Park on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Christian Reif conducts a program of holiday classics, including Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Chanukah Overture by Friedman and Wendel, selections from The Nutcracker Suite by Ellington and Tchaikovsky and White Christmas by Irving Berlin.
Floating Christmas parades
Saturday’s a big day for boat parades, with one in downtown Miami and one meandering through the waterways of the Palmetto Bay neighborhood down south. The Miami Outboard Club hosts its 15th annual parade at 6 p.m. at Bayfront Park with nearly 100 holiday-decorated yachts and boats participating and festivities following the parade concluding with a fireworks display. The fifth annual Palmetto Bay Boat Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at Coral Reef Park, then passes by Bill Sadowski Park and ends in Southwest Palmetto Bay. Canned food drives are taking place at both events.
Shop indie for unique holiday gifts
Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale will be transformed into an indie shopping bazaar Saturday for “A Very Merry Stitchmas.” Featured are vintage accessories, art, handmade and repurposed items and home goods by more than 70 independent artists, crafters, designers and stylists. Try the $3 holiday mimosas and other holiday concoctions as well as vegan items and gourmet sweets while shopping. It’s $5 to enter and goes from noon to 6 p.m.
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