Who says it doesn’t snow in South Florida?

On Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, the City of Isles Beach transferred Samson Oceanfront Park into a Winter Wonderland Haven where snowflakes were falling from the sky! ! During its Annual “Winter Fest 2011”, a record-breaking number of guests were greeted by what appeared to be a painted mural of over 70,000 vivid lights and festive holiday decorations! This free event drew families and residents throughout all areas of South Florida.

At 5:45 PM, Mayor Norman S. Edelcup and the City Commission joined the participating audience members in counting down the final moments to the official Park Lighting. Finally, the Mayor flipped the magical switch and showcased the breathtaking display of lights as they lit up the entire park. Children had a chance to slide down a slippery slope filled with snow mounted on hay, enjoy free carnival-style rides, explore their inner Picasso at the Arts and Crafts Stations and have their faces painted by an artist. If that wasn’t enough excitement, the children’s faces beamed when Santa Claus himself, having traveled all the way from the North Pole, appeared! He was personally delivered through the streets of Collins Avenue by the City’s Ocean Rescue Team in their Red Rescue Truck, overflowing with lights! Santa took over 200 complimentary photos with smiling faces in his spectacular tent of holiday cheer with the help of his friendly elves, made up of the Cultural & Human Services Staff. In addition, a group of Holiday Carolers traveled throughout the park, singing sweet melodies of familiar holiday favorites as the guests watched.

Other activities at the event, included the awards presentation for the youth sports program participants (cheerleading, baseball, basketball, and soccer), as well as a performance by the ever popular Sunny Isles Beach Dolphin Cheerleaders. Samson Oceanfront Park will remain lit all throughout December 2011!

For information on upcoming events or other services offered by the Cultural & Human Services Department, please call 305.792.1706.

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