Joy ushers in the season this December with an array of events, exhibits and performances at Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk A&E District. For those who may need a break from the holiday madness or simply want to spend quality time with family, we have curated a few upcoming events for your consideration. To get into the spirit of it all, Bonnet House has an entire week of festivities aimed at making even Mr. Scrooge enjoy the season. To find the real bling this month, we suggest “Light Up Holiday!” or a River Tour that takes in the festive holiday décor. “Free First Thursdays” and “Seminole Masterworks” infuse the beauty of art into our hectic holiday schedules. “Cookies with Santa” and “A Christmas Story” harken back to holiday memories long ago. Whatever you are looking for this holiday season to make it a bit merrier and brighter, you are sure to find it at The District.

For other happenings in The District, please click here for a complete calendar.

October Highlights
Dec. 5th Free First Thursdays presented by AutoNation at NSU Art Museum from 4:00pm–8:00pm. Learn More
Dec. 6-13th Holiday Magic at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Times vary and fees range from Free–$100. Learn More


 Dec. 7th Cookies with Santa at Historic Stranahan House Museum from 9:00am–12:00pm. $25 for a family of 4; $10 each additional child or adult. Learn More
Dec. 10th Light Up Holiday! at History Fort Lauderdale from 6:00pm–8:00pm. Free–$25. Learn More
Dec. 11th Holidays with The Housewives at Broward Center for the Performing Arts starting at 7:30pm. $37–$87. Learn More
Dec. 13-29th Slow Burn TheaEventre Co: “A Christmas Story, The Musical” at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Times include Matinee and Evening performances. $49–$65. Learn More
Stranahan House Holiday River Tours
Historic Stranahan House Museum | 7:00pm & 8:30pm

Experience one of South Florida’s most popular holiday traditions with the annual Stranahan House Holiday River Tours. Witness Fort Lauderdale’s oldest home in spectacular Victorian Christmas décor, and enjoy an evening tour of the House featuring costumed tour guides, live music, photo opportunities and more. Included in the tour is a leisurely cruise down the New River, where guests can take in the breathtaking holiday light displays of Fort Lauderdale’s waterfront homes. Tickets are $35 per person and advance registration is required.

“Patchwork Mosaic: An Indigenous Gathering
of Seminole Masterworks”
History Fort Lauderdale | Free with museum admission
Open daily, noon–4:00pm weekdays and 9:30am–4:00pm weekends

In its second year as an Art Basel-sanctioned event venue, History Fort Lauderdale will present a retrospective of contemporary and traditional Seminole and Miccosukee Tribal Native American multi-media art and presentations. The display will feature Elgin Jumper, Jessica Osceola, Gordon Oliver Wareham, Brian Zepeda, Pedro Zepeda, Erica Deitz, Samuel Tommie, Tia Blais-Billie, Jacqueline Osceola and Stephanie Hall. The exhibition is collaboratively curated by the artists along with Tara Chadwick, Jimmy Osceola, and Dante Blais-Billie. For more information about History Fort Lauderdale, call (954) 463-4431 or visit

“Seminole Event (Sunset till Midnight)”  courtesy of Tia Blais-Billie

“I Paint My Reality: Surrealism in Latin America”
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale | Free–$12 | Closed Mondays
Open 11:00am–5:00pm Tuesday–Saturday, Noon–5:00pm Sunday

This is a new exhibition examining the manifestation of the Surrealism Movement in Latin America, including art by Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Wifredo Lam and many others.

Leonora Carrington, Artes 110, c. 1942 NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; promised gift of Stanley and Pearl Goodman © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Photo Of the Month
Photo of the month
Ranked by the Travel Channel as one of the top 10 best Day of the Dead celebrations in the country, this year’s 10th annual Day of the Dead parade highlighted a joyful mix of family-friendly spookiness and existential spirituality. It brought hundreds of folks together from all over the country to the Riverwalk A&E District.
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The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. For additional cultural events happening throughout Broward County please visit
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