Free Holiday Tree Lighting in Coral Gables

Join the City of Coral Gables as it celebrates the beginning of the holiday season on Friday, December 7, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The free Holiday Spectacular will include pictures with Santa, fun rides and crafts for the children. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Pictures with Santa will begin soon after Santa’s arrival at Merrick Park and the lighting of the holiday tree. Santa will keep coming back to Merrick Park for more pictures on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from noon to 10 p.m. until December 23.

Pictures are $6 each, full color and framed in a postcard.

For more information, call (305) 460-5600.

Merrick Park across from City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, 33134

Schedule of activities:

5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Ongoing:  Carnival Games, Carnival Rides, Face painting, arts & crafts, food

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Broadway Musical Theater

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.:  Maria Verdeja School of the Arts

6:15 – 6:50 p.m.:  Actors’ Playhouse Children’s Theatre

7:00 – 7:15 p.m.: Tree Lighting Ceremony & Arrival of Santa

7:15 – 7:45 p.m.: Jeff Kipperman Quartet from UM Frost School of Music

7:30 – 10:00 p.m.: Pictures with Santa Claus

7:45 – 8:15 p.m.:   Italian Program from Carver Elementary and Middle School

8:15 – 8:45 p.m.:  Center Stage Dance Center

8:45 – 9:15 p.m.:  MAD Dance Show

9:15 – 9:45 p.m.:  Miami Children’s Theatre