The Santa-han House

There are more Christmas destinations than the mall and Walmart. During the time of year when everyone has a case of the gimme-gimmes, wouldn't it be nice to bring your kids back down to Earth with a little culture? The Historic Stranahan House Museum is all about the holidays but in a way you have never seen. The staff turns this majestic home into a beautiful Victorian Christmas mecca December 15-23, and you have the chance to see it up-close. No big-screen TVs or classic movies to distract you from an entirely different holiday experience. But it's not just the house that gets dressed up. There will be live Christmas music and an inside look at pioneer Christmas traditions. It's like a Renaissance fair but for the holidays. Don't your worry your little red reindeer nose about it; there will be photo opportunities galore so you can hold onto this memory for more than just a day. The Stranahan House holiday river tours are daily until Sunday at the Historic Stranahan House Museum, located at 335 SE Sixth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tours being at 7:30 p.m. and cost $30 per person. There is a limited number of tickets available each night. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 954-524-4736. Visit
Dec. 17-22, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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Dana Krangel