Without the snowy weather and need for a puffy jacket, it can be hard to embrace the holiday spirit in South Florida. Fortunately, Fort Lauderdale has no shortage of festive events and activities to help us along. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites to help plan your holiday is paradise.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

On board the Brightline train this holiday season children and adults alike are invited to enjoy a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. While sipping on hot chocolate and munching on cookies, passengers will read along with the classic storybook by Chris Van Allsburg. Each car comes alive with characters    and music, making it a memorable experience for all.

Photo Credit: www.FTLThePolarExpressRide.com

Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi Holiday Lights Cruises

Float through the canals of Fort Lauderdale and admire the waterfront homes that are decked out for the holidays. Enjoy live music and specialty cocktails on the festively decorated double decker water taxi!

Photo Credit: Watertaxi.com

A Christmas Story, The Musical

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts welcomes A Christmas Story, The Musical home for the holidays. Fit for theater fans of all ages, the musical is set in Indiana in 1940s and is centered around a child named Ralphie, who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. Showings are available from December 13 – 29.

Photo Credit: BrowardCenter.org

Y100’s Jingle Ball

On December 22, many of the world’s top artists will hit the stage at the BB&T Center for this year’s Y100 Jingle Ball to celebrate the season with some incredible performances and special surprises. Headlining artists include the Jonas Brothers, Khalid, Niall Horan, French Montana and more!

Photo Credit: iHeart.com

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