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Free Holiday Events In Fort Lauderdale For 2015

Fort Lauderdale doesn't shy away from taking advantage of its awesome winter weather to host plenty of free holiday events. 

From a meet-and-greet with Santa on the beach, to a street festival to ring in 2016, here are the holiday happenings that should be on your calendar. 

Check out the following free events, courtesy of the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation:

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Light Up Sistrunk 

When: Dec. 4, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Where: Historic Sistrunk Boulevard

This one-of-a-kind celebration features outstanding food, family entertainment a free toy giveaway, health fair, kids zone with real snow, photos with Santa, bounce houses, game trucks, and the lighting of a giant holiday tree. 

Candy Cane Hunt

When: Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Riverside Park, 555 SW 11th Ave. 

Get ready for the holidays! During Fort Lauderdale's 9th annual Candy Cane Hunt, create holiday delights, hunt for hidden candy canes, and celebrate with family and friends as you enjoy some holiday cheer.

Joy in the Park 

When: Dec. 12, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Joseph C. Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd. 

Kick off the holiday season with the annual Joy in the Park Tree Lighting Celebration. This free event will feature a health fair, live performances from local artists, holiday crafts and prizes. The celebration will culminate with the lighting of the holiday tree.

Santa on the Beach 

When/Where: Dec. 21, 12 p.m. (Motorcade with Santa along Las Olas Boulevard) 12:45 p.m. (Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd.) 

Don’t miss Santa Claus’ traditional candy giveaway along Fort Lauderdale Beach. With twinkling eyes and smiling faces, Santa and his elves will begin spreading holiday cheer along Fort Lauderdale Beach Park heading north, distributing candy canes with glee.

Kwanzaa Nia 

When: Dec. 30, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Where: Bass Park, 2750 NW 19th St. 

Pay homage to the fifth day of Kwanzaa Nia, which means “Purpose.” Nia is a day for reviewing our purpose for living and dedicating ourselves to restoring our communities to greatness. Enjoy Afrocentric entertainment and festivities. 

Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown 

When: Dec. 31, 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Where: SW 2nd Street between SW 2nd and SW 5th avenues. 

Touted as one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida, this year’s free street festival is full of fun and excitement for both children and adults. The spectacular celebration will feature a variety of activities for the whole family until 8:30 p.m., including a kids countdown at 7 p.m. The festivities for kids include bounce houses/inflatables, face painting and games, contests and dancing with the DJ. Then live music kicks off at 8 p.m. for the adult crowd, who will wait with anticipation for the exciting countdown at midnight. 

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