Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables “goes green,” as its breathtaking 50-foot tree is lit with 55,000 LED light on Thursday, Nov. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The night’s festivities will include a musical performance by the Coral Gables High School Choir and greetings from holiday characters including a first glimpse of Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The Master of Ceremonies for the magical evening will be Belkys Nerey, award-winning co-anchor of WSVN Channel 7 News.
Throughout The Garden live entertainment including stilt walkers and jugglers will take place. Other children’s activities include a sugar cookie decoration station provided by Whole Foods Market Coral Gables and an arts and crafts station provided by Gymboree Play & Music. The arts and crafts station will allow children to decorate their own holiday ornament; suggested donations will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Gather your family around the breath-taking tree for your first memorable photograph of the season. The tree will be lit at approximately 7:45 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Voices for Children Foundation’s toy drive, an organization dedicated to raising funds for abused and neglected children in Miami-Dade County. The tree will be up through Jan. 6, 2011.
Other holiday activities include:
Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping Events — Friday, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 27, 2-6 p.m. Enjoy live music, in-store special offers and live entertainment including holiday stilt walker and juggler.
Deck the Halls Shopping Event Series — Saturdays, Dec 4, 11 and 18, 2-6 p.m. Enjoy live music, in-store special offers and live entertainment including our holiday stilt walker and juggler.
Live Music Series — Saturdays and Sundays, 2-6 p.m., through May 2011. Village of Merrick Park hosts a mix of jazz, bossanova, world music, flamenco, classics, pop melodies, contemporary and Latin grooves. Guests can listen to the light musical stylings while enjoying all the shopping center has to offer including world-class boutiques and an assortment of desirable dining options.
Village of Merrick Park is located at 358 San Lorenzo Ave. in Coral Gables. The center is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. With 100 retailers including eight restaurants, the center is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Equinox Fitness Club and Spa.
For more information or to book a group visit, call 305-529-0200 or visit online at www.VillageOfMerrickPark.com.