If you’re looking for the best places to spot holiday lights, soak up the festive atmosphere and maybe even see Santa, you’ve come to the right place.

1. NOV. 21 – JAN .1

Holiday Fantasy of Lights
WHEN: 6 to 10pm including all holidays
WHERE: Tradewinds Park
ADMISSION: $17 per car, $40 per bus, $12 per car on value nights (including 12/3, 4, 10 and 11),
MORE INFORMATION: holidaylightsdrivethru.com
Tradewinds Park’s gloriously lit holiday tradition returns. Drive through three miles of enchanted holiday-light fantasy – and for extra fun, wear 3D glasses for special surprises. (Glasses are available at the display’s entrance at two pairs for $3.)

2. DEC. 5

WHEN: 5:30 to 8:30pm
WHERE: Anglin’s Square, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
MORE INFORMATION: lbtsevents.com/events
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea’s annual Christmas event always includes lots of great food, arts and crafts and music. The Christmas tree gets lit up – and Santa himself can be counted on to make a grand entrance.

3. DEC. 16–23

Victorian Christmas and Holiday River Tour
WHEN: 7pm. Later tours may be added.
WHERE: The Stranahan House
MORE INFORMATION: stranahanhouse.org
The city’s most famous 19th-century home celebrates that century with live music, festive décor and Victorian costumed docents. Finish the evening with a boat ride to check out the Christmas lights along the New River.

4. DEC. 21

Winter Solstice Boat Ride
WHEN: 7 to 9 pm
WHERE: The Historic New River Inn; boat leaves from nearby dock
ADMISSION: $59 ($49 for Fort Lauderdale Historical Society members)
MORE INFORMATION: fortlauderdalehistoricalsociety.org
Enjoy food and drink at the inn before setting off for an evening of looking at the holiday lights and hearing tales of Old Fort Lauderdale.

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