Celebrate the joys of the season at The District this December! Offering endless cultural activities for all ages, The District is the perfect place to enjoy the holidays with friends and family. Whether you’re visiting South Florida or friends and family, you can choose from many fun-filled events, ranging from Cookies with Santa at the Historic Stranahan House, to “Carmen” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, to a Winter Solstice Boat Cruise with History Museum Fort Lauderdale. Following are just a few of the events The District is offering in December:
Take the time to enjoy some fascinating art and more at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Dec. 1, during the Free First Thursday Starry Night, Presented by PNC Bank. Taking place from 4–8 p.m., the event includes complimentary museum admission to all of the exhibitions. This special evening also includes 2-for-1 specials on wine and craft beers, light bites in the Museum Café, drawings for prizes and hands-on art projects for all ages. Enjoy this event on the first Thursday of every month.
What better time is there to take in some delightful opera than during the holiday season? On Thursday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 3, both nights at 7:30 p.m., the popular opera “Carmen” will be presented by Florida Grand Opera at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Each program is accompanied by a pre-show lecture an hour before curtain with a talk-back session immediately following the performance. $21–$200 per ticket.
Santa Claus is coming to town … to the Historic Stranahan House, that is! On Saturday, Dec. 3, Historic Stranahan House is presenting Cookies with Santa (all day, by appointment). Experience a photo opportunity with Santa Claus and cookies, crafts with Mrs. Claus, story time, and letter writing with Santa’s helpers. $10 per child includes crafts, story time, and photo. Advance registration required.
Poincianas aren’t the only popular plant during the holidays! Check out the Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, 10th Annual Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Festival from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Guests will experience and purchase diverse, colorful and fragrant varieties of orchids, exotics, tropical, herbs and fruit trees sold by over 40 local vendors. The event will also feature food trucks, libations, garden art, orchid care and general gardening lectures, live music and much more! $12 for members; $15 non-members.
Sail away to holiday cheer during the Wednesday, Dec. 21 Winter Solstice Boat Cruise with History Museum Fort Lauderdale. Taking place from 7–9 p.m., this magical 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.
$35 for members, $45 for non-members. Seating is limited; reservations are required.
End December with a touch of Broadway during the Dec. 30 Broadway Concert Series: Gavin Creel hosted by Seth Rudetsky at Parker Playhouse at 8 p.m. See Gavin Creel with Seth Rudetsky, as these two friends shoot the breeze, dish the dirt, and raise the roof with classic Broadway songs. Funny, musically gifted, and completely entertaining, Creel received the 2014 Olivier Award for his starring role as Elder Price in “The Book of Mormon,” as well as two Tony Award® nominations for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Hair.” His next role is Cornelius in the upcoming production of “Hello, Dolly!” starring Bette Midler. $37–$123 per ticket.
This December, be sure to take time out of your busy schedule to jingle all the way to The District (no sleigh required!)