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7 Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale - December Monthly Guide

PARTY ON THE WATER

PARTY ON THE WATER

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade returns to the water on Dec. 15. Watch as dozens of boats float down the Intracoastal decorated with a “Best of the ’80s” theme. This year’s grand marshal is American singer, songwriter and actor Huey Lewis. (Ticket prices vary; winterfestparade.com)

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE

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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE

Christmas The Broward Center will kick off its Classical Series with Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Dec. 13 at the Au-Rene Theater. The South Florida Symphony Orchestra will perform Grammy Award-winning composer Danny Elfman’s score, while the haunting holiday classic is screened. (Tickets from $35; browardcenter.org)



BOCA BOAT PARADE

Boca Raton will offer a Holiday Boat Parade on Dec. 22 along the Intracoastal. Bring the whole family to watch as decorated boats travel down the waterway for a festive evening. (free; myboca.us)

THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS EVE

For the 20th consecutive year of touring, Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return to the BB&T Center on Dec. 14 for its winter tour. The multi-sensory extravaganza, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” will tell the timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysteriously abandoned theater. (Tickets from $34; thebbtcenter.com)

THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS EVE

CELEBRATE

2019 Ring in the New Year in Delray Beach on the grounds of Old School Square. Activities will include a carousel, mini-golf, ice skating and a fireworks finale beginning at 9 p.m. This month through Jan. 1, locals can check out the famous 100-foot Christmas tree, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. (Prices vary; 100ftchristmastree.com)

VEGFEST

The third annual South Florida VegFest returns Dec. 1 in Fort Lauderdale at the War Memorial Auditorium. Sample and purchase specialty vegan foods, listen to engaging speakers and learn all about a plant-based lifestyle. ($20; vegfestexpos.com)

Marika Bournaki

THE SYMPHONIA

Head to Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School on Dec. 2 for The SYMPHONIA’s Connoisseur Concert. The event will welcome guest conductor Gerard Schwarz and internationally known Marika Bournaki as the piano soloist. (Ticket prices vary; thesymphonia.org)

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Seven Things To Do In December Throughout Fort Lauderdale

VOLTA

Cirque du Soleil’s 41st original production VOLTA will be presented under the Big Top next to Hard Rock Stadium beginning Dec. 15. International electronic group M83 will provide sounds during the performance, which uses themes of transformation and fulfilling one’s true potential.

(Tickets from $40; cirquedusoleil.com/volta)

Delray Beach New Year

Ring in the New Year at Old School Square during a family  friendly event on Dec. 31. Enjoy kid’s craft activities, a vintage game room, music and food trucks. Guests can also take part in ice skating, mini-golf and a carousel ride for a small fee. The evening will conclude with a fireworks finale.

(free; downtowndelraybeach.com/holiday-festivities)

Boynton Beach Boat Parade

Boynton Beach CRA’s 45th annual Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade will take place Dec. 8 when brightly decorated boats will line up at the Lantana Bridge and move south along the Intracoastal to Delray Beach. Live music will set the mood during the holiday showcase. Guests are asked to donate an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

(free; downtowndelraybeach.com)

Boca Raton Bowl

Conference USA and American Athletic Conference teams will hit the turf on Dec. 19 for the Boca Raton Bowl at FAU’s stadium, which will also air live on ESPN. Teams participating will be announced Dec. 3.

( Ticket prices vary; thebocaratonbowl.com)

Kevin Hart

One of the biggest names in stand-up comedy is headed to South Florida. Don’t miss out on two nights of laughs as Kevin Hart brings “The Irresponsible Tour” to Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Choose from performances on Dec. 21 and 22.

(Tickets from $70; myhrl.com)

Billy Joel

Billy Joel will take to the stage on Dec. 31 for a performance at the BB&T Center. This marks the musician’s third time performing his New Year’s Eve set in South Florida.

(Tickets from $49; thebbtcenter.com)

Winterfest Boat Parade

The “Greatest Show on the H20” returns to Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 9. Watch as decorated watercrafts travel down the Intracoastal toward Pompano Beach for 12 miles of festive fun. Big & Rich’s Big Kenny and John Rich will serve as grand marshals for the 46th holiday parade.

(free; winterfestparade.com)

Top 7 December Events Happening In Fort Lauderdale

What to do, see and lust over this month in Fort Lauderdale and beyond. 

1. VegFest

SoFla VegFest arrives in Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 3 at the War Memorial Auditorium. Participants will have the opportunity to experience more than 125 national and local exhibitors, and learn about the plant-based cuisine and cruelty-free products that are part of a vegan lifestyle. ($15; southfloridavegfest.com)

2. Holiday Fun 

Enjoy a night of music and interactive activities, and watch as the 100-foot Christmas tree lights up on Dec. 1 in downtown Delray Beach at Old School Square Grounds and Atlantic Avenue. Don’t miss out on the fun for the whole family complete with elves, reindeer, penguins and a model train. (free; 100ftchristmastree.com/) 

3. Mr. Worldwide lands in Fort Lauderdale 

Global superstar and Florida native Pitbull is set to perform at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Dec. 9 where he’ll provide an entertaining night singing his chart-topping hits.  (Tickets from $70; myhrl.com)

4. Party on the water

Watch as boats of all sizes pass along the 12-mile parade route from Fort Lauderdale to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach on Dec. 10 during The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Enter your boat for a fee, or be a spectator and enjoy the beautiful decorated boats passing as the sun sets. (free; winterfestparade.com) 

5. A musical classic 

Don’t miss an extraordinary performance as Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” with selections including fan-favorites such as “O’ Come All Ye Faithful” and “Music Box Blues.” Pick from two performance times on Dec. 16 at the BB&T Center. (Tickets from $30; thebbtcenter.com) 

6. Let’s jive

Get your groove on as the hottest dancers from “Dancing with the Stars” perform on Dec. 29 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Enjoy solos, duets and the likes from Val Chmerkovskiy, Hayley Erbert, Sharna Burgess and more when they take the stage. (Tickets from $45; myhrl.com)

7. Rock the runway 

Twelve prominent South Florida men representing charities will strut their stuff during The Galleria’s Alpine Jaguar 10th annual Men of Style by Signature Grand on Dec. 1. Guests can enjoy delicious bites and cocktails, plus live entertainment while the men are dapper in the latest trends from Dillard’s and Macy’s. (Tickets from $75; galleriamall-fl.com/men-of-style/)