The Week Ahead Events List for South Florida 12/11/13

6th Street in Pompano Beach

I am starting to feel theGarden of Lights Credit: Flamingo Gardens crunch of Christmas now! No, I have not even started shopping! I did get our Christmas Tree up last weekend, but I have not started baking yet and it never feels like the Holidays until my house smells like Pizzelles!

Here are some of my favorite things for the Holidays!  Of course our Holiday is not complete until we visit Flamingo Gardens while it is all lit up!  Santa’s Little Helper  is a great day!  So much fun!

 

Next up are my favorite Holiday Web sites!  Who does not need a free personalized video message from Santa for the kids?  Not to mention Norad Tracks Santa on Christmas Eve!

Child meeting Mrs. Claus at Santa Land at Bass Pro ShopsBass Pro Shops is the only place to get a free picture with Santa!  You can do a craft, play on some of the arcades and maybe even visit with Mrs. Claus, she is usually wandering around somewhere!

Here is the best place to go and see Christmas lights in Pompano Beach, are you ready?  Behind the Cemetery on 6th Street (if you drive over you can’t miss them!) the whole street usually lights up and celebrates! I have not been over there yet this year, but we can’t wait to go back!

Oh and if you missed the Pompano Boat Parade you can watch our quick video of highlights!

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Bass Pro Shops Santa Land – Nationwide

Santa Sitting in Santa Land at Bass Pro ShopsBass Pro Shops Santa Land is one of our all time favorites and we make sure to find time to do it every year.  They have a whole section of the store remade into Santa Land.The Big Red Guy is there (real beard of course) to pose for a free picture.  He is really good and spends a good amount of time with each child.  They manage to keep the line moving pretty well and when they get busy they hand out tickets with times on them to shorten your line waiting time.  You can buy picture packages if you want, or just take the free one.
Kids doing crafts at Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops

There are craft table set up for the kids to make Christmas Tree Ornaments or make coloring pages.  They also have suction cup cross bow games, rifles for the kids to shoot, toy trains and cars.  All of these are hands on for the kids to play with.  Not to mention the giant fish tanks in the front of the store.  Santa’s Elves are hanging out at all the games to help the kids out.

Child meeting Mrs. Claus at Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Mrs. Claus Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops

Don’t forget to say hello to Mrs. Claus.  She is usually hanging out not far from Santa’s Chair.  She is an absolute gem!  She will chat sweetly with the kids and is absolutely perfect!  I think my daughter liked her as much as she did Santa!

We usually pick up hot dogs outside the store for $2 a piece and soda’s for a $1.  It is really easy to spend a few hours there and has become one of our must do Christmas Traditions!

We have not done it yet, but if your kids like the train, the Bass Pro Shop in Dania, Fl is right next to the Tri-Rail Station.  We plan on parking at our local Tri-Rail Station and taking the Train to see Santa!  What an adventure that will be!

Call your local store to check thier Santa Land Hours.  Remember weekdays are less busy, and weekends get more and more busy the closer to Christmas weekend you get.

Kids playing at Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Child and mother shooting air riffle at Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Child shooting air riffle at Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Sitting in Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Fudge Shop at Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Games at Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Children shooting toy arrows at Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Child watching Toy Train at Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Toy Train at Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Toy Train at Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops
Santa Land at Bass Pro Shops

Tri Rail Adventures in South Florida

West Palm Beach Tri Rail Station
West Palm Beach Tri Rail Station
West Palm Beach Tri Rail Station

Who loves train rides more than kids? The Tri Rail is a fun way to spend the day with the family.  The kids think it’s a grand adventure and I promise everyone will sleep well that night!

Tri Rail stations have a free convenient park and ride parking lots at each of the stations.  We usually go from Cypress Creek station and parking is always abundant.  There are so many destinations to choose from too!

Here are some ideas to help you plan your very own Tri Rail Adventure!

 

Tri-Rail’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Int’l Airport Station in Dania Beach has two easy and fun destinations.

Bass Pro Shops offer family days and activities throughout the year.  At Christmas they have a fabulous Santa Land.  Taking the train at Christmas time is great because you won’t have to sweat to death while waiting on the platform or taking the short walk from the station to the store.

The other great destination for this station is the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum We don’t even fish and we found it to be a fabulous way to spend the afternoon.  Check out our full review here.

I am going to add a few more destinations in West Palm Beach very soon!