Kids of all ages can enjoy a number of fun and festive events over the Christmas 2009 season, and many kick off as early as the week before Thanksgiving. From Christmas parades to the Nutcracker performance, here are some of the top kid-friendly events on the schedule for Christmas 2009 in Miami, Florida:
Christmas on Walnut Street
Take the kids out for the day on to explore the arts, crafts and food stands on Walnut Spring in Green Cove Springs near Miami. This annual event is a great place to pick up locally-made crafts, nostalgic Christmas decorations and sample some culinary delights from around the world. Admission to this family-friendly event is free, and the fun starts on the first week of December.
Vizcaya Holiday Celebration
A not-to-be missed Christmas event the whole family can enjoy, the Vizcaya Museum opens its doors in the middle of December with its grand holiday celebration. Head out for the evening of holiday revelries, Italian style. The Vizcaya Museum is located at 3251 South Miami Avenue. Visit Vizcayans.org for more information.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum’s Train Ride with Santa
Go on a journey through a magical holiday forest at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. The train ride will take you through the magical wonderland so kids can see reindeer, catch a glimpse of Santa and see the elves hard at work the week before Christmas. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is located at 12450 SW 152nd Street in Miami. Visit the Gold Coast Railroad Museum website for more information.
Christmas 2009 on Las OlasBoulevard
Las Olas Boulevard comes alive with choir performances, dancing, carolers and a tree lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving. Head to Las Olas Boulevard from SE 6th Avenue to SE 12th Avenue to enjoy a grand celebration that’s perfect for kids and toddlers. Admission is free, and the event runs through the first week of December.
The Nutcracker by the Miami City Ballet Group
The Miami City Ballet Group will be performing the Nutcracker at the Broward Center from December 11 through December 13, 2009. The performance features a cast of more than 100 costumes and sets, as well as an unforgettable dance performance by international stars. You can enjoy this Christmas classic amidst the fun and festivities around the Broward Center, then head out for a scenic drive through the neighborhoods to catch the Christmas lights. Visit MiamiCityBallet.org for more information.
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
A Miami tradition that kids of all ages are sure to enjoy is a trip to Santa’s Enchanted Forest. The forest features carnival-style rides, live performances and over 50 food and drink vendors serving holiday treats from around the globe. The forest opens on November 5, 2009 and is located at 7900 SW 40th Street in Miami. Visit www.SantasEnchantedForest.com for more information.
Whether you want to take a train ride with Santa or watch the Nutcracker performance, Miami will be hosting a number of fun events and activities for kids of all ages. Add some of these activities to your Christmas 2009 celebration to make the most of the season.