City of Coral Gables Community Recreation - December 2020
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Holiday Tree Lighting Spectacular is this Friday!
Although smaller in scale and with limited ticketed entrance, the Holiday Spectacular will be held on Friday, Dec. 4 from 7-9 p.m. It includes a two-hour show with socially distant spectator pods. Santa is coming to light up the tree at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for a group of four. Premier access to Holiday Park will be granted in 30-minute intervals between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Exclusively for Coral Gables residents. Purchase tickets in advance, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Play with us in the City Beautiful!
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Happy Holidays from our “Play Family” to Yours 😊
Your “Play Family” is working hard to sprinkle holiday spirit and good cheer throughout Coral Gables. We want to bring you as much joy as possible during these unprecedented times, so please help us keep you healthy by wearing facemasks to our events and remain at least 6 feet apart from others. We hope you enjoy all our scheduled Santa sightings, but from a distance!
Holiday Park Opens for Playtime
The playful spirit of the season is still alive and well in the City Beautiful. Holiday Park, across from City Hall, opens Saturday, Dec. 5 for limited playtime until Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Open weekdays: 3-9 p.m.; weekends: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Entrance is free with limited capacity. Temperature screenings will be conducted prior to entering the park. Masks/face coverings must be worn at all times except children 2 years old or younger or those with health conditions.
Sip Hot Chocolate with Santa
Warm up for the holidays while sipping Hot Chocolate with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at Holiday Park, across from City Hall. Cost is $15 for a group of four. Exclusively for Coral Gables residents. Purchase tickets in advance.
Book a Zoom Visit with Santa
The favorite man of the season wants to hear if you’ve been naughty or nice — via Zoom. Schedule a 30-minute video chat with Kris Kringle himself on Friday, Dec. 11 (4-8:30 p.m.), Saturday, Dec. 12 (1-6:30 p.m.), Friday, Dec. 18 (4-8:30 p.m.) or Saturday, Dec. 19 (1-6:30 p.m.) Cost is $5 per family call. Exclusively for Coral Gables residents.
Express Visits from Santa & Elves
Santa and his magic elves are paying an Express Visit to all the good little girls and boys at home. Hand over your wish letters to Santa, as he laughs Ho-Ho-Ho from a distance. Visits take place any day between Monday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes a goodie bag. Exclusively for Coral Gables residents.
Crafting with Ms. Farah

Want to make a holiday gift for your puppy with your own hands? Miss Farah teaches you how to make a cute collar for your favorite pet.
Play Magical Park After Dark
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 12 to play Magical Park After Dark, available exclusively 6-9 p.m. at the War Memorial Youth Center athletic field, 405 University Drive. You will get a glow stick to shine while playing in an imaginary world of dinosaurs, aliens and other adventures.
Watch a Movie Under the Moonlight
Join us on Saturday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m. at William H. Kerdyk Jr. and Family Park, 6611 Yamuri Street, for a family-friendly movie featuring The Santa Clause with Tim Allen. Tickets are sold per family pod and limited to a four-person household. Cost is $10 per family pod. Purchase tickets in advance.
A Special Message from Santa to You!