Dreaming of a white Christmas in Fort Lauderdale? Dream on. But Christmas on Las Olas does have a huge pile of ice for sledding. What our beautiful city lacks in wintry weather it definitely makes up for in holiday cheer. There are so many great events and local traditions during this time of year and we wanted to share a few of our favorites.
East Las Olas Blvd | December 1st 5:00-10:00pm
A favorite Fort Lauderdale tradition on the festive blocks of Las Olas. You can expect to see local choirs caroling, a snow sledding mountain, Santa sightings, a skate rink, and over 60 food, beverage, and holiday booths. The event is free but parking is tricky, so check out the parking map here.
Parade Grand Marshal Nick Cannon will cruise along with of hundreds of decorated boats and yachts down the 12 mile route along the New River downtown and up the Intracoastal to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Our Boat Parade is listed as one of the top 20 parades in the world and with more than 1 million live viewers, it's considered the seventh largest spectator event in the U.S.- so make reservations, buy tickets, or have a plan early because this event is huge. Check when the bridges go up here so you don't get stuck in traffic and check out this neat behind the scenes look at the people who make this magical event a reality.
Tradewinds Park | Open nightly 6:00-10:00pm, November 20th - Janruary 2nd
Every year over 150,000 visitors drive through these 3 miles of giant animated holiday displays and illuminated trees at Tradewinds Park.
First Baptist Fort Lauderdale | November 27th- December 13th
This production has been a cherished Fort Lauderdale tradition for over 30 years. The show features traditional carols and contemporary songs as well as a musical nativity drama with live animals and hundreds of cast members that practice for months on an incredible Broadway-worthy set.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea | December 2nd 5:30-9:00pm
Small town celebration with choirs and carolers, holiday window displays and fun for the whole family. This beachfront event brings the best of South Florida Christmastime to the breezy streets of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
If we missed any of your family's favorite Christmas in Fort Lauderdale or holiday festivities let us know by sharing below! (And in case you're not in the mood to cook, here's a great list of places to eat on Christmas Day on Fort Lauderdale Beach)
Fort Lauderdale Christmas 2014