December always signals the holidays — that special time we relish spending with friends and family, indulging in great food and drink, and showing our love for others by selecting the perfect presents. If you are in the market for some great gift finds, then you may want to check out “The Art of Holiday Shopping” blog. We have done all the legwork for you to find one-of-a-kind items that will have your holiday shopping list completed in record time. To get you in the spirit of the season, this month, we showcase holiday river tours, a Festival of Trees extravaganza and a “Light up the Holidays” food and wine event — all of which you won’t want to miss. With festive yuletide events, unique performances and concerts and stimulating exhibits, the Riverwalk A&E District has everything you need to make your holidays shiny and bright. Just add family and friends to create the perfect memories.

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November Highlights
December 2
Lucia di Lammermoor: “Engaging the Senses”
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, JM Family Studio Theater
December 2
Florida Grand Opera presents “Lucia di Lammermoor”
Broward Center for the Performing Arts


Orchid Festival
December 7
Art of Wine and Food Series: “Light Up the Holidays”
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
$40 per person
Holiday Magic, Festival of Trees
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
$15–$20 adults; $5 kids 6–12; free for kids under 6
Never has Bonnet House sparkled like this! All 45 of the trees and wreaths throughout the house will be lit and designed to delight. Decide on your favorites as you enjoy a self-guided tour of the house during this rare nighttime opportunity. The House will be open for self-guided tours from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Dec. 9–14, with something exciting every night from Santa and his elves, to Christmas storytelling, to strolling carolers and much more. Learn more >

“The Secret Garden”

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Matinee and evening performances

The Tony Award®-winning enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman. Learn more >

Victorian Christmas and Holiday River Tours

Historic Stranahan House
$30 per person

Experience one of South Florida’s favorite family traditions with Stranahan House’s annual Victorian Christmas. Witness Fort Lauderdale’s oldest home in immaculate holiday décor and enjoy an evening tour of the House, featuring costumed tour guides, live music, photo opportunities and more! Advanced registration is required. To register, call 954-524-4736. Learn more >

Winter Solstice Cruise

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

This enchanting evening on the water will begin at the New River Inn, where guests will board a private boat to view holiday lights and learn stories of early settlers and first peoples along the New River. Get your tickets before they’re sold out! Meet on the dock near History Museum Fort Lauderdale (231 SW 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301).  Learn more >
Video Of the Month
Video of the month
On Nov. 10, students aged 10–18 participated in the "Love Never Dies — The Phantom Returns” workshop, which offered a behind-the-scenes look at the national touring production, with members of the cast and crew in a lively one-hour exchange.
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The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. For additional cultural events happening throughout Broward County please visit
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