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The holidays: a time for family, cheer, and giving. For many it’s also among the most stressful, emotionally difficult times of the year. Strained family connections, grief for lost loved ones, feelings of isolation, and other physical and emotional triggers can make it a struggle to get through to the New Year.

Being in recovery during the holiday season offers its own challenges as well. Being sober doesn’t mean you have to miss out on holiday fun! Get out and enjoy yourself at these South Florida holiday events!

 

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Perhaps the most well-known holiday attraction in South Florida, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is the world’s largest holiday theme park. For 36 years it’s offered thrilling rides, incredible shows, and fun interactives for people of all ages. Are you a thrill seeker? Santa’s Enchanted Forest has 18 adrenaline-pumping rides for you, including three roller coasters! Not interested in being a daredevil yourself? Catch one of their many shows including gymnastic feats and motorcycle stunt work! There’s a reason this place is a must-see each year!

 

Boat Parades

The holiday season is always a little different in South Florida. While we don’t have snow, we do have holiday boat parades! The 56th annual Greater Pompano Beach and Lighthouse Point boat parade is tonight at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to get there early for prime viewing! The Hard Rock also hosts its annual Winterfest Boat Parade this Saturday, December 15th, following a 12 mile parade route through Fort Lauderdale. Looking for something a little less hectic? Grab a ticket for a Holiday Lights Cruise with Fort Lauderdale’s Water Taxi!

 

More Lights!

If the festive decorations help lift your spirits, consider one of South Florida’s many holiday light displays. December 14th, 2018 until January 1st, 2019, Pinecrest Gardens is hosting family-friendly holiday fun including lights, photos with Santa, face painting, pony rides, and more. Zoo Miami also lights up for the season, with over half a million lights on display. Each weekend also has a specific theme– this weekend it’s Superheroes!

For those looking for more whimsical light displays, the Night Garden is right up your alley. 10 foot tall dandelions, a talking Tree of Wisdom, and other charming displays. Hallendale’s Gulfstream Park is also hosting its annual Symphony of Lights now through New Year’s Eve. You can also drive through the Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park.

 

Non-Holiday Events

Don’t feel up to holiday festivities? That’s okay! There’s still plenty to do around South Florida that has nothing to do with the holidays. Check out:

The Wiz at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center

Sunset Kayak Tour at Mizell-Johnson State Park

Open Mic Night at Bean to Brew

Full Moon Drum Circle

Animal Encounters at Miami Seaquarium

Do you have any tips for getting through the holidays sober? Let us know in the comment section!

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