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Best Wishes to all our friends and neighbors this joyous holiday season.
Robert and Robin Burr
Santa's Village at City Hall Holiday Park
Pictures with Santa is a legacy tradition in Coral Gables as Merrick Park across from City Hall is transformed into a winter wonderland on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10pm and again on December 22 and 23 from noon to 10pm. Photos are $6, including a framed postcard.
Chihuly Glass Art In The Garden
Glass artist Dale Chihuly presents his most comprehensive garden exhibition to date at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden during Art Basel in a new in-depth exhibit on view through May 31. The integration of these fantastical artworks into the natural beauty of Fairchild Gardens in amazing, fascinating and spectacular. Don't miss a chance to see them in all their glory in the late afternoon and the twilight hours. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org
Parking Meter Holiday Courtesy
Another Gables tradition this time of the year, you'll receive a kindly notice if your parking meter runs out during the holiday season. A one-hour courtesy period will be in effect, so worry not about the little things as you enjoy your time shopping and enjoying good times with friends and family in the downtown area through December 25.
Get The Coral Gables App for your iPhone
Our city has a new way to stay in touch and be informed, with a smart app for your phone that offers lots of contact information, resources and access to city departments. Make a service request and track it, report a pothole or power outage -- and include a photo and location. The app also makes it convenient to find the nearest parking spot, or search one of the hundreds of places in the City to dine, shop or catch a show -- plus much more. http://www.coralgables.com/index.aspx?page=1005
Friday, December 19
Holiday Concert on the Museum Plaza
Take time out from the holiday rush to enjoy an open air Holiday Concert on the Museum Plaza at 6:30pm featuring musicians and singers from around the globe who will get you into the holiday spirit. This concert, presented by Florida Memorial University, Coral Gables Opera and the Coral Gables Music Club, is to benefit the Coral Gables Museum's goal to provide free transportation and tours to 25,000 Miami-Dade County school students during this school year. The beautifully decorated Museum Plaza is the perfect setting to enjoy a wonderful concert. Food and drinks will also be available for sale. The concert is free, but donations will be appreciated. The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon. Call 305-603-8067. http://www.coralgablesmuseum.org
Top Five Held Over at Gables Cinema
Chris Rock's new film, Top Five, is held over a second week through Thursday, December 25 at the Gables Cinema. Rock's breakthrough film as actor, writer and director was the hit of the Toronto Film Festival. Andre Allen (Rock) is the former comedian star of the multi-million-dollar franchise Hammy the Bear whose latest foray into serious (read pretentious) filmmaking turns out to be the kind of movie you wouldn't see "if it was playing in your glasses." When he agrees to be profiled by writer Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson), he gets more than he bargained for. Co-starring Gabrielle Union (Mrs. D-Wade), Tracy Morgan, J.B. Smoove, Cedric the Entertainer, Ben Vereen and featuring cameos by Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Sandler and Jerry Seinfeld, Top Five is your top choice to make the spirits bright and ring in the New Year with laughter. Tickets are $11.50 and under and are available in advance through the Cinema's website and in person at the box office during regular screening hours. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon, directly across from Books & Books. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes. http://www.gablescinema.org
Saturday, December 20
$5 Holiday Matinees at the Coral Gables Art Cinema
The Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue, is pleased to present their new series of Holiday Matinees -- a $5 feast for moviegoers to enjoy during holiday vacation. From December 20th to January 4th, make sure to stop by the Cinema at 11am each day for screenings of classic family films like Willy Wonka, The Princess Bride, Back to the Future and many more. Tickets cost $5 and include a small popcorn and soda, so start making your movie wish list. Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon, directly across from Books & Books. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the web site for showtimes. http://www.gablescinema.org
A Christmas Carol, the Musical, at Miracle Theatre
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Tiny Tim and the entire Cratchit family join three unearthly "Spirits" in trying to convince Ebenezer Scrooge to change his "Bah-Humbug" ways in A Christmas Carol, the Musical, playing Saturday at 2pm. This fabulous musical adaptation written especially for family audiences will warm your heart as it reveals the true meaning of the holidays. Special holiday performances on December 20 at 7pm and December 21 at 5pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and children. Group rates are available for 15 people or more. Birthday parties are welcome. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Showtimes are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, plus Sunday at 3pm. Call 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org
Miracle on South Division Street at Miracle Theatre
Enjoy the South Florida premiere of Miracle on South Division Street, a marvelous new comedy by Tom Dudzick about family faith and adjusting to life's unexpected surprises. Clara Nowak of Buffalo, NY and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop. Since then, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks' 20-foot commemorative shrine as a beacon of hope and faith amidst the urban rubble. And now daughter Ruth unveils her plan to write and star in a one-woman show about the family miracle so the "whole world will know." However, as her plans for theatrical immortality unfold, the entire family's faith is shaken to the very core when a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel. The results are heartfelt and hilarious. Evening performances are held Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3pm, through December 28. The Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. Call 305-444-9293. http://www.actorsplayhouse.org
Tacky Sweater Party at The Bar
Join your friends at The Bar, 172 Giralda Avenue at 9pm, for a special Naughty or Nice holiday party. Tacky Christmas sweaters are all the rage these days. If you've got an exceptionally tacky sweater to share, join this unabashed fête of fanciful knitted garments in all your splendor on National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at The Bar. Call 305-442-2730. http://www.gablesthebar.com/
Sunday, December 21
Bicycle Tour of Historic Architectural Villages
Enjoy an educational tour of the seven international themed villages built by City Founder George Merrick in the 1920s -- on your bicycle. Experience Merrick's interpretations of architectural styles of France, Italy, Dutch South Africa and Colonial America along this pleasant ten mile route, departing from the Coral Gables Museum at 10am for $10 (non-members); $5 for Museum members and children under 12. Space is limited. To participate, RSVP to 305-603-8067.
Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve at JohnMartin's
JohnMartins is doing a Christmas Eve Dinner menu from 5 to 9:30pm on Wednesday the 24th of December. Enjoy homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup, Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing or Roast Pork Loin with Black Beans and Rice or Grilled Salmon Fillet, with garden vegetables and cranberry relish. Leave the cooking to the experts at JohnMartin's, 253 Miracle Mile, and enjoy a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner with family and friends. Call 305-445-3777. http://www.johnmartins.com
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