Village of Merrick Park sets annual tree lighting


By Erica Diamond….

Pictured is a previous tree lighting ceremony at Village of Merrick Park.

Village of Merrick Park kicks off the joyous season with its most beloved of events, the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, on Thursday, Nov. 17, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Tree Lighting will take place at 7:45 p.m.

For the fourth time, Village of Merrick Park is environmentally friendly by lighting its 50-foot tree with 55,000 LED light bulbs. The emcee for this magical evening will be Belkys Nerey, news anchor at WSVN Channel 7.

Festivities will include a musical performance by the Coral Gables High School Choir and a holiday greeting from Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other character favorites. Throughout The Garden live entertainment including stilt walkers and jugglers will take place. Children’s activities include an arts and crafts station provided by Gymboree Play & Music, among other exciting surprises.

Gather your family around the breathtaking tree for your first memorable photograph of the season. The tree will be lit at approximately 7:45 p.m. and stay up through Jan. 6, 2012.

Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to the Voices for Children Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds for abused and neglected children in Miami-Dade County.

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