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Holiday lights, ‘Harry Potter’ film & vendors at Fort Lauderdale beach

Festive lights, a dapper 20-foot tropical snowman named Olas, and a “Harry Potter” flick  are featured at Fort Lauderdale beach and Las Olas Oceanside Park.

Holiday displays, photo ops, and lots of events are free. Las Olas Oceanside Park or LOOP is at 3000 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 33316.

Events for 2023 include:

Films

7 p.m. December 28 “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”  PG

7:30 p.m. November 30 “Happy Feet” rated PG,  attendees must be with a parent or guardian if younger than 16

Skating Rink

A synthetic ice rink is at the park during the holidays, with regular fees of $15 to $25.  Some discount opportunities are offered.

Olas The Beach Snowman 

Photo/Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation

Holiday market

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. December 30

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 31

Light Up Fort Lauderdale Beach

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. November 10  Light Up festivities

Other LOOP holiday events include:

Santa

Opportunities for photo ops with Santa include

  • November 17 6 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
  • November 21 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • November 22 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • November 24 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • November 25 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • November 26 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • November 28 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • November 30 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • December 1 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • December 2 11 a.m. -2 p.m.
  • December 3 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • December 5 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • December 6 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • December 8 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • December 9 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • December 10 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • December 12 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • December 14 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • December 15 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • December 16 11 a.m.– 2 p.m.
  • December 17 11 a.m.– 2 p.m.
  • December 19 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • December 21 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • December 23 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • December 24 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Films

7:30 p.m. November 30 “Happy Feet” rated PG,  attendees must be with a parent or guardian if younger than 16

7 p.m. December 28 “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”  PG

Live Entertainment

  • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. December 1  featuring Southbound 75
  • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. December 8 Laura Goodstone, performs pop and 80s rock in English and Spanish 
  • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. December 15 Private Stock
  • 6:30 p.m. December 24 Christmas Eve with Sinatra featuring Jeff Grainger and 6 piece band

Holiday market

  • 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. November 30 and other Thursdays to December 21
  • 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays to December 15
  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. November 25 and other Saturdays
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 26 and other Sundays

Photo/Las Olas Oceanside Park

 

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