Village of Merrick Park kicks off the holiday season with tree lighting ceremony

Thanksgiving is not yet here but it is never to early to get in the swing of the season. The Village of Merrick Park hosts its annual tree lighting ceremony tonight, illuminating the the majestic 50-foot tree decorated with over 50,000 LED lights to ring in the holiday season.

The evening will be full of live entertainment including a visit from Santa Claus, special performances by the Coral Gables High School Choir and costumed Nutcracker stilt walkers, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and elves.  Families can also enjoy cookie decorating courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids and holiday ornament decorating courtesy of Gymboree Play & Learn. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to the event for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation gift drive.

Select retailers, including Emilio Robba, Azzurro Boutique, Carlo Pazolini, Adolfo Dominguez, Rugs by Zhaleh, Luggage & More, Athleta, Caché and J. Crew, will also provide shopping promotions during the event, such as special discounts or gifts with purchase. Activities require a charitable donation to participate.

Thursday, November 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Village of Merrick Park (Garden Level), 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables