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Coral Gables,

Special Events

Holiday Spectacular and Lighting of the Tree
Friday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. with early VIP access at 5 p.m.
In front of City Hall - 405 Biltmore Way

Join members of the Coral Gables City Commission for the lighting of the Holiday Tree on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at Merrick Park in front of City Hall located at 405 Biltmore Way.

The event space will open at 5 p.m. for early VIP access, and open at 6 p.m. for the general public. The event includes the grand opening of the Holiday Park, a three-hour show, carnival games, holiday craft and food vendors and a visit from Santa to light up the tree.

Advanced ticket registration is required to participate.

Coral Gables residents have the opportunity to purchase VIP family tickets, which include premier access to the Holiday Park playground from 5 – 7 p.m., a souvenir green screen photo opportunity, a custom hot beverage and a family bucket with snacks, crafts, and souvenirs. The VIP Resident ticket will grant ticket access, seating, and amenities for up to four family members at a fee of $30.00. Proof of Coral Gables residency will be verified at check-in.

Limited general admission tickets (standing room only) will be available free of charge.

Holiday Park Hours and Pictures with Santa
Merrick Park in front of City Hall - 405 Biltmore Way

Following the Tree Lighting Spectacular, the Holiday Park playground (maybe play area? We don’t really have a playground there ;) will be open for general use, Monday through Sunday from sunrise to 10 p.m. until Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.

Santa will return to the Holiday Park for photo opportunities starting Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. through Dec. 23, on the following days: Thursdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Weekends from 12 Noon to 10 p.m., Starting Monday, Dec. 20 through Thursday, Dec. 23, Santa will be at the park from 12 Noon to 10 p.m. 
Photos are $8 each (cash only), full color, and framed in a postcard.

Sip Hot Chocolate with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 11 and Saturday Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. 
Merrick Park in front of City Hall - 405 Biltmore Way

Warm-up for the holidays while sipping Hot Chocolate with Santa and get exclusive access to the Holiday Park playground. Event includes a photo opportunity with Santa, hot beverage and children's activity. Cost is $20 for a group of four. Exclusively for Coral Gables residents.

Advanced ticket registration is required to participate.

Club P.L.A.Y Parents Night Out
Every Friday through Dec. 17 from 6-9 p.m.

Registration is now open for members and residents. Drop off your child(ren) with their favorite Club P.L.A.Y counselors and enjoy a parents night out! Your children will enjoy fun-filled adventure as they participate in active games, arts and crafts, board games and more!. Pizza and Juice will be provided by the Youth Center, but children are welcome to bring their own dinner. Non-residents can register on Aug. 9th. Register online at or in-person at the Youth Center on 405 University Drive, Coral Gables: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. or Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Additional information: 305-460-5600 or or visit

Romance Under The Stars
At the Venetian Pool
Feb. 14, 2022, from 6-10 p.m.

Our annual Romance under the Stars event is back! Join us on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14, 2022 for a night of fun, dancing, and romance at the historic Venetian Pool. This year’s theme is to be determined.

Adults ages 21 & older (Proof of age will be checked at door).

Fee: $75 per person. ($150 per couple)
Includes buffet-style dinner, group dancing, and a souvenir photo to take home.
For food options please email us at

This event is limited to 75 participants.
Purchase your tickets online at
No refunds after Feb. 11, 2022.