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The LOOP Presents WONDERLAND: Nutcrackers & Sweets

December 9 - 9:00 am - December 12 - 9:00 pm


‘Tis the sea-sun! Las Olas Oceanside Park will transform into a holiday wonderland filled with exciting experiences, Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2021, and its rumored Santa may be stopping by! During “WONDERLAND,” locals and visitors of all ages will make lasting memories (and capture Instagramable moments!) through an array of themed sights, sounds, special activities and performances. Larger-than-life dreamlike holiday vignettes will unfold weekly themes, which include The Grinch Who Rocked Christmas (Dec. 2 – 5), Nutcrackers & Sweets (Dec. 9 – 12) and Let’s Jingle and Flamingle (Dec. 16 – 19). The six-week series of events include holiday markets, strolling characters, children’s activities, live music, dance performances, contests and games, selfie stations, holiday movies and more. Additionally, a Toy Drive will take place Dec 16 – 19, where new, unwrapped toys will be accepted for the children at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival.

To kick off “WONDERLAND,” Fort Lauderdale’s picturesque beachfront will be illuminated with more than 50,000 holiday lights accompanied by “Olas,” the wildly popular 20-foot beach snowman for “Light Up the Beach” on Nov. 23. Then on Nov. 29, the City of Fort Lauderdale will host its Menorah Lighting in celebration of Chanukah. Guests can experience the wonder of “WONDERLAND” with Santa appearances at The LOOP every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Over Christmas weekend, the LOOP presents two special free holiday concerts, starting with A Night of Sinatra featuring Jeff Grainger and The Hoboken 11 Big Band, presented by the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Business Improvement District (BID), December 24. On Christmas Day, in partnership with the Broward County Cultural Division, singer, songwriter and three-decades long lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band, Peter Mayer, and his world-class seven-piece band, present their widely acclaimed Christmas tour, “Stars and Promises.” Concluding the “WONDERLAND” series, The Goodnicks will play a special Friday Night Sound Waves performance for New Year’s Eve On The Beach, complete with midnight ball drop and laser light show, sponsored by Elbo Room.

Event: Nutcrackers & Sweets
Description: Step into the land of sugar plum fairies, snow queens and lots of candy! Throughout the weekend, delight in the magic of the Nutcracker with performances by Meg Segreto Dance Studio, stilt walkers and other characters from the Land of Sweets. Enjoy the sounds of Bobby Rodriguez’s 18-piece Orchestra, The Minx & Maestro and Ginetta M., for all your favorite jazzy holiday hits. Guests can participate in a Candyland Obstacle Course, a sweet-themed cooking demo, yoga with Lisa and other sweet activities.

• Dec. 9: Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Rated PG)
Young Clara needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. A golden thread leads her to the coveted key, but it soon disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. In that world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and Phillip must now enter a fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony to the unstable land.

Dec. 9 – Dec. 12

Saturday, Dec. 11:
• 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Holiday Farmers Market
• 10 a.m.- 11:15 a.m. – Yoga with Lisa
• 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – FLIPANY Healthy for the Holiday’s Cooking Demonstration
• 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Christmas Jazz performance by Ginetta M.
• 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Bobby Rodriguez’s 18-piece Orchestra Holiday Show
• 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Photos with Santa
• 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Live music

Sunday, Dec. 12:
• 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Holiday Market Bazaar
• 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Candy Land Inflatables
• 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Meg Segreto Dance Studio
• 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Meg Segreto Dance Studio
• 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p .m. – Nutcracker Balloon & Juggling Stilt Walkers
• 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Photos with Santa
• 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – The Minx & Maestro Jazz Standards Holiday Hits

Las Olas Oceanside Park: 3000 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
The most convenient place to park to access the event is the Las Olas Beach Parking Garage, where you can use the PayByPhone payment option and extend your parking from anywhere using the mobile PayByPhone APP.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit https://theloopflb.com/

About The LOOP
A cornerstone of activity, The LOOP (Las Olas Oceanside Park) is the central hub of the new $78 million, four park system at the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach. The public greenspaces, including the Intracoastal Promenade, Las Olas Beach Garage Sunset Terrace and DC Alexander Park aim to provide infinite experiences for everyone under the sun, and year-round activity in Fort Lauderdale’s oceanfront backyard. For more information, visit theloopflb.com or contact info@theloopflb.com. Follow The LOOP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theloopflb and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/theloopflb/.


December 9 - 9:00 am
December 12 - 9:00 pm


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Las Olas Oceanside Park
3000 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 United States
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