Tickets to the grandstand seating area in Birch State Park (3109 E. Sunrise Bvld., Fort Lauderdale), where you can get food and booze and a seat all your own, cost $21 for adults, $16 for kids ten and under, and are available at winterfestparade.com.
And if you want something a little tonier, starting at 5 p.m. Lauderdales ritzy Il Lugano (3333 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale) is holding its own viewing party right on the water, with munchies from Todd Englishs da Campo Osteria, drink specials, and a steel drum band. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 the day of the event; call Il Lugano at 954-564-4400 and ask for dock party tickets. (You can pick up your wristband as early as Thursday or the day of the party.)
And if thats not swell enough for you, da Campo is also doing a $95 per person, four-course dinner with one seating only at 6:30 p.m. that will get you dishes like ricotta and prosciutto fritters with spicy aioli, butternut squash agnolotti, short rib osso buco, and pumpkin and chocolate zeppole, as well as a free shot at the dock party.
Sat., Dec. 12, 6 p.m., 2009