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The Ten Best Things to Do in South Florida This Week

A Whisky Extravaganza hits Marriott Harbor Beach on Thursday.
A Whisky Extravaganza hits Marriott Harbor Beach on Thursday. Marriott Harbor Beach

The event is called The Whisky Extravaganza. Doesn’t it sound beautiful? Well, it will be. This one is for the true whisky enthusiast, with opportunities to explore single malts, premium Scotch and whiskies from around the world. Additionally, there will be masterclasses on-site, with topics covering flavor profiles and various brands throughout the industry. Come ready to absorb some knowledge (and whisky!) and, please, take an Uber. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale; Tickets are $135 to $185.

For being so damn nice all year-round, this region has a major shortage of quality miniature golf courses. But, fortunately, we do have Putt’n Around in Delray Beach. On Thursday, and throughout the month of December, bring in an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots and get a free spin on the course’s prize wheel. Prizes include booze, a pass for 36 free holes of golf and food. Throughout the month, the course will be garbed in holiday lights and decorations, too. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and daily throughout December at Putt’n Around Delray Beach, 350 NE Fifth Ave., Delray Beach; $11 for 18 holes.
Selwyn Birchwood gets bluesy in Delray on Friday. - GAIL GERDES
Selwyn Birchwood gets bluesy in Delray on Friday.
Gail Gerdes

Selwyn Birchwood
is 6’3” and his tunes are just as tall and mighty. Hailing from Tampa, the 33-year-old has made quite a name for himself in the blues world. In 2013, he won the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge and, to-date, he has four LPs under his bluesy belt. His latest album, Pick Your Poison, dropped in 2017 and cracked the Top 10 on Billboard’s blues chart. Catch him Friday in Delray. 8 p.m. on Friday at Arts Garage, 94 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; Tickets are $30 to $40.


Okay, so our friends in West Palm Beach need some ugly sweater action. Yuengling and SunFest (what a partnership!) are coming together for a day of bar-hopping during its Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl on Saturday. If day-drinking is more your speed, then this is for you. Blue Martini, Brother Jimmy’s Burger & Beer Joint, Copper Blues, Miracle on Rosemary and Mojito’s will serve up the deliciousness. Attendees will receive four total free drinks and there will be specials throughout the day. 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at CityPlace, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; Tickets are $20.
The Christkindlmarkt and all its holiday glory arrives in Lake Worth this weekend. - COURTESY GERMAN AMERICAN CLUB OF THE PALM BEACHES
The Christkindlmarkt and all its holiday glory arrives in Lake Worth this weekend.
Courtesy German American Club of the Palm Beaches

Haven’t experienced a Christkindlmarkt yet? Well, this German tradition has only been around since the 1500s, so get moving already. The American German Club of the Palm Beaches will host its version of the massive, holiday-themed market this weekend. For kids, there will be ornament workshops, gingerbread decorating and coloring activities. For adults, there will be imported German beer and Gluhwein, a hot spiced wine. For everyone, there will be yummy treats including brats, schnitzels and other German delights. Prost! 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at The American German Club, 5111 Lantana Rd., Lake Worth; Adult admission is $8.

A Raspberry Margarita Gose just sounds delicious. And, it’s that much more delicious when local brewer Barrel of Monks makes it and it's super-exclusive. You can taste the deliciousness during a special launch event on Sunday at any of Legends Tavern and Grille’s three locations. To celebrate the beer’s arrival (which will only be available at Legends after Sunday), there is a yummy brunch menu, with cereal crunch chicken and waffles, avocado smash toast, a Hangover Havana sandwich, and more. The first 25 guests at each Legends location will receive a $25 restaurant gift card for their next visit. Score! 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Legends Tavern and Grille locations in Deerfield Beach (1391 S. Military Trail), Sunrise (10079 W. Oakland Park Blvd.) and Lighthouse Point (3128 N. Federal Hwy.); Admission is free and pricing of brunch items varies.


No, Generation Axe isn’t the name of a new body spray. It is, however, one hell of a supergroup comprised of some of the best guitarists on planet Earth. Consisting of Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abisi, this band may very well burn the whole damn house down at Hard Rock Live on Monday. You’ll be left wanting a guitar lesson (or 100) after witnessing it. 8 p.m. on Monday at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; Tickets are $50 to $90.
click to enlarge An all new happy hour has arrived at Rocco's Tacos. See Monday (or any other weekday). - ROCCO'S TACOS
An all new happy hour has arrived at Rocco's Tacos. See Monday (or any other weekday).
Rocco's Tacos
You don’t have to save that Rocco’s Tacos taco craving for just Tuesday, folks. The beloved establishment, with five spots throughout our region, just launched an all new happy hour on weekdays. Enjoy $2 tacos, beers and appetizers, $3 wines and $5 margaritas. Party! The happy hour apps include the always drool-worthy Austin queso and empanadas. Pro tip: If you stay after happy hour on a Friday, the banh mi taco special is bomb. Oh, and so is the tableside guacamole... and basically everything else. 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday (and all weekdays) at all five Rocco’s Tacos locations in Broward and Palm Beach Counties; Happy hour items start at $2.
click to enlarge Make a chocolate treat and meet Santa in Greenacres on Tuesday. - COURTESY HOFFMAN'S CHOCOLATES
Make a chocolate treat and meet Santa in Greenacres on Tuesday.
Courtesy Hoffman's Chocolates

Ever wonder how that delicious, local Hoffman’s Chocolate is made? Well, you can learn this Tuesday and Wednesday (and on select days throughout the month) during its Holiday Chocolate Class & Factory Tour. In addition to watching folks make yummy chocolate, guests will get to create and decorate their own chocolate bar and chow down on a scoop of ice cream. Rumor has it that Santa will be onsite for pics, too. 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at Hoffman’s Chocolates Shoppe, Factory & Gardens, 5190 Lake Worth Rd., Greenacres; Admission is $24.95.


We don’t have a normal Christmas here. No snow. No blizzards. None of that. So, it’s only appropriate we have a Beach Boy serenade us. Brian Wilson’s Christmas Album Tour hits the Hard Rock on Wednesday. Wilson will be joined by longtime bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin for the gig. Together, they’ll rock songs from The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album as well as tunes from Wilson’s What I Really Want for Christmas. 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; Tickets are $45 to $105.
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Jesse Scott is a Fort Lauderdale-based contributor for Miami New Times covering culture, food, travel, and entertainment in South Florida and beyond. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and his hometown newspaper, the Free Lance-Star, among others.