It's that time of year in Fort Lauderdale when we get all of the White Christmas everyone else in the country gets to have, with none of the everyday hassles of having to wear eight layers of clothing and shoveling mounds of snow from our driveways. It's the 53rd Christmas on Las Olas, and it's here already again.
For those unfamiliar with this annual event, Christmas on Las Olas is a festival that goes down on Las Olas Boulevard featuring everything festive that X-Mas has to offer: twinkling holiday lights, eggnog, choirs, Santa, and real-life snow! It's an annual tradition like no other, and this year's festivities promise as much Yuletide goodness as all the others.
Among some of the things people can expect:
— A snow mountain! The folks at Anidjar & Levine P.A. will feature an honest-to-goodness real snow mountain for the kids to sled down. The snow mountain will benefit South East Police Motorcycle Rodeo. The snow mountain will be located next to Riverside Hotel, which is at 620 E. Las Olas Blvd.
— A skating rink! Chick-fil-A's Skate Las Olas is back on the Lawn. So get out there and make like the Peanuts characters from A Charlie Brown Christmas and get your spinning on.
-The Polar Express! The Tom Hanks CGI-animated holiday movie will screen for free at the Infiniti Coconut Creek’s Cinema
-Santa! Haven't taken the kids to get a pic with Santa yet? Here's where you do it, Fort Lauderdale style.
-Food! Lots and lots of food! According to organizers, there will be more than 60 food, beverage, and holiday booths for when you get the munchies.
The festival will also feature local school choir performances at Chester’s Fort Lauderdale Harley-Davidson Performance Stage on Eighth Avenue and the Benedetti Orthodontics Stage on Sixth Avenue.
And, of course, Olas the Snowman will be there for you to take your holiday selfies with while wearing shorts to make all your Northern friends hella jealous on Instagram and Twitter.
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Christmas on Las Olas will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, December 1. For more information, you can visit the Facebook page.
Below you can see a map of parking info for the event: