Uniting Miamiâ€™s local community to kick off the holiday season, Village of Merrick Park announces its annual tree lighting ceremony. Now in its 11th year, the majestic 50-foot tree decorated with over 50,000 LED lights is the undeniable symbol of the holidays in Miami.Â On Thursday, November 14, thousands of locals will gather together for a night full of live entertainment including a visit from Santa Claus, special performances by the Coral Gables High School Choir and costumed Nutcracker stilt walkers, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and elves. Â Families can also enjoy cookie decorating, courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids and holiday ornament decorating, courtesy of Gymboree Play & Learn;Â require a charitable donation to participate. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to the event for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation gift drive.
In itâ€™s second year, Village of Merrick Park supports Miamiâ€™s local community and kicks off the holiday shopping season with its annual Shop-O-Holly Brunch series. The brunches are hosted with two iconic, local non-profit organizations â€“ this year, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and United Way Womenâ€™s Leadership Program onÂ November 16 & 17, 2013.Â The brunches will feature traditional brunch favorites by A Joy Wallace Catering and cocktails courtesy of Zonin Prosecco and Miami Cocktail Co. followed by shopping! Select retailers including: Michael Kors, Emilio Robba, Azzurro Boutique, Carlo Pazolini, Adolfo Dominguez, Rugs by Zhaleh, Gymboree Play & Music, Luggage & More, Silvia Tcherassi, Athleta, CachÃ© and J. Crew will give donations to the charities, gift with purchase or discounts exclusively to brunch patrons for that weekend only.