Village of Merrick Park Tree Lighting Ceremony 2013 & Shop-O-Holly Brunch SeriesThursday, November 14/16/17 – Village of Merrick Park, Garden Level, 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables

Uniting Miami’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. 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.  Families can also enjoy cookie decorating, courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids and holiday ornament decorating, courtesy of Gymboree Play & Learn; 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 it’s second year, Village of Merrick Park supports Miami’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 – this year, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and United Way Women’s Leadership Program on November 16 & 17, 2013. 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, Caché and J. Crew will give donations to the charities, gift with purchase or discounts exclusively to brunch patrons for that weekend only.

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