‘Rockin’ with Santa’ and ‘Holiday Village’ Highlight
Holiday Celebration Second Weekend of December
The City of Oakland Park will extend its annual Holiday Celebration to three days December 9th through 11th.
The festivities commence with a free Music on Main Street “Rockin’ with Santa” concert in front of City Hall Friday, December 9, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Featured performers will be the eight-piece "Solid Brass Band" performing Classic Rock and R&B songs from the 60's through the 80's. The evening will open with a performance by the Florida Singing Sons boys choir.
In addition to the lighting the City’s Christmas tree and Menorah, other highlights of the event include visits with Santa Claus, Santa’s Snow Village, La Cocina Klaus, bounce houses and some of South Florida’s favorite food trucks.
New this year will be Oakland Park’s “Holiday Village” just north of the Downtown Culinary Arts District in Jaco Pastorius Park. Stroll through a festive marketplace with holiday treats, gifts and arts & crafts. Attendees can enjoy both events via the new Jaco Grand Plaza public promenade between the Downtown area and the park.
Oakland Park’s Holiday Village is a family-friendly event that is free and open to the public. Daily entertainment will be performed by local school bands and chorus groups. The schedule includes the Florida Youth Orchestra, School of Rock Coral Springs, and Broward Center Spotlights with performances on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday’s headline band is “Wildfire” featuring Randi at 4:30 p.m.and Sunday’s featured attraction is the “Mr. Nice Guy” band at 4 p.m.
The Holiday Village will also feature a Children’s Corner sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital on Saturday and The Home Depot on Sunday. Visits and selfies with Santa are scheduled both days. Artists, crafters, and culinary artisans will comprise the marketplace with culinary demos by local Oakland Park restaurants Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food trucks will be in the Holiday Village food court.
A Christmas tree decorating competition will have 30 local businesses competing in three categories for Best Tree honors. A people’s choice category is also slated with event attendees able to vote for their favorite tree. After the weekend-long event, the decorated trees will be donated to special needs families in Oakland Park.
Holiday Village hours are:
To learn more about the Music on Main Street “Rockin’ with Santa” event and the “Holiday Village” celebration, please call 954-630-4251.