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December Events in Greater Fort Lauderdale

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Miami City Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Courtesy Broward Center
December 14 -16, Times vary
Broward Center for the Performing Arts Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Ft. Lauderdale. Info: (954) 522-5334. Tickets $20-$74. Club Level seating $134.

The Miami City Ballet presents its annual George Balanchine’s "The Nutcracker," with beautiful sets, lavish costumes, dazzling special effects and Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, featuring a cast of more than 100 talented children from South Florida performing with Miami City Ballet’s international ballet stars.

The Nutcracker by Ballet Etudes of South Florida

Courtesy Miramar Cultural Center
December 15, 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, December 16, 3:00 pm

The Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place on Red Road, Miramar, FL. Info: 954-602-4500. Tickets: $42 & $52.

This traditional holiday ballet by Ballet Etudes, under the artistic direction of Susana Prieto, features guest stars and a cast of more than 100 dancers. This production includes impressive sets and scenery, costumes, lighting and choreography. Each performance will be followed by a meet and greet with the stars.

Breakfast with Santa at the Palm Beach Zoo

Courtesy Palm Beach Zoo
December 15 & 16, 8:30 am, December 22 & 23, 8:30 am & 10:00 am
Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Register Early: (561) 547-9453. Admission: Zoo Members Free, Non-members $14.95 adults, $8.95 kids ages 3-12.

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at the zoo! A buffet breakfast will be served, and guests will experience private animal encounters and will have an opportunity to pose for a photo with Santa & Mrs. Claus. There will also be children’s crafts, complimentary carousel rides, and each child will receive a special holiday gift from their animal friends at the Palm Beach Zoo!

Presents for the Animals at the Palm Beach Zoo

Courtesy Palm Beach Zoo
December 15 – 23, Daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Info: (561) 547-9453. Admission: Zoo Members Free, Non-members $14.95 adults, $8.95 kids ages 3-12.

Zookeepers give zoo animals treats and toys to play with over the holiday season at select times throughout each day. Patrons can observe the animals with their play things and also donate items needed for the event from the Holiday Wish List. All guests donating will receive a special gift from their animal friends at the Zoo. Guests can also shop for unique holiday gifts.

Sister Act

Courtesy Broward Center
December 18 - 30, Times Vary
Broward Center for the Performing Arts Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Ft. Lauderdale. Info: (954) 522-5334. Tickets $20-$74. Club Level seating $134.

Bank of America Broadway Across America-Ft. Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents Sister Act. It is the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and she hides in a convent under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior.

Nutcracker by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida

Courtesy Parker Playhouse
December 21, 10:30 am, December 22, 7:00 pm, December 23, 3:00 pm.
Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale. Info: (954) 462-0222. Tickets: $$6 - $36.50.

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents The Nutcracker. The Parker Playhouse's stage will be filled with snowflakes, sugarplum fairies, beautiful angels and magical characters.

Laughing Matterz Dinner Theater

Courtesy Broward Center
December 1 -30, Times vary
Broward Center for the Performing Arts Abdo New River Room, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Ft. Lauderdale. Info: (954) 522-5334. Tickets $59-$65.

Enjoy dinner while being entertained with current event satire. Dinner includes salad, bread and choice of entrée. Appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages billed a la carte.

BB King in Concert

Courtesy Broward Center
December 31, 9:00 pm
Broward Center for the Performing Arts Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Ft. Lauderdale. Info: (954) 522-5334. Tickets $69.50, $79.50, $89.50 and $99.50. Club Level seating $139.50.

The Broward Center and AEG Live present legendary musician B.B. King. With more than 50 albums to his name, induction into every major music hall of fame and iconic hits, he has influenced artists from Eric Clapton to George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix. Following the concert, audiences will have a front row seat to the downtown New Year’s Eve celebration fireworks.

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