Las Olas Oceanside Park (LOOP) will transform into a holiday wonderland filled with exciting experiences during its Wonderland series from November 23 to December 31. During Wonderland, locals and visitors of all ages will make lasting memories through an array of themed sights, sounds, special activities, and performances. Holiday vignettes will unfold with weekly themes, including “The Grinch Who Rocked Christmas” December 2-5; “Nutcrackers & Sweets” December 9-12; and “Let’s Jingle and Flamingle” December 16-19. The six-week series of events include holiday markets, strolling characters, children’s activities, live music, dance performances, contests and games, selfie stations, holiday movies, and more. Additionally, LOOP will host a Toy Drive December 16-19, for the children at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival.
“Light Up the Beach” will kick off Wonderland on November 23, where Fort Lauderdale’s picturesque beachfront will be illuminated by more than 50,000 holiday lights accompanied by “Olas,” the wildly popular 20-foot beach snowman. On November 29, the City of Fort Lauderdale will host its Menorah Lighting in celebration of Chanukah. Santa will stop by LOOP every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Over Christmas weekend, guests are welcome to “A Night of Sinatra” featuring Jeff Grainger and The Hoboken 11 Big Band, presented by the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Business Improvement District (BID), on December 24. On Christmas Day, in partnership with the Broward County Cultural Division, singer, songwriter and three-decades long lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band, Peter Mayer, and his world-class seven-piece band will present their widely acclaimed Christmas tour, “Stars and Promises.” The Goodnicks will close out Wonderland with a special Friday Night Sound Waves performance for New Year’s Eve On The Beach, complete with midnight ball drop and laser light show, sponsored by Elbo Room.
“The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Business Improvement District (BID) is thrilled to sponsor the Wonderland holiday series and other events throughout the year at the LOOP,” said BID chair Anna MacDiarmid, general manager of the W Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach. “Events like this shine a light on what makes Fort Lauderdale Beach the ideal place to discover, dine, stay, and play, whether you live here year-round or visiting for the holidays. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy what our beautiful destination has to offer. There’s something for everyone under the sun.”
For a full calendar of performances, markets, fitness events, and more, and to purchase tickets, click here.