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Holiday House Tour

Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Villagers' annual Holiday House Tour offers guided tours through several of the area’s most beautiful and historic homes, as well as enjoy a gift boutique, quilt raffle and holiday cookies. You'll walk or drive your own vehicle between the properties at your own pace. Venues cannot, unfortunately, accommodate wheelchairs or strollers, and your are requested not to wear high heels or take photos. Tickets are $35, advance purchase only. All proceeds support the restoration and preservation of historic sites.

The Villagers, Inc.


Barry Special Christmas

Saturday, December 3 from noon to 6 p.m.

Barry University will host an afternoon of fun for the entire family at Barry Special Christmas as the main campus is transformed into a winter wonderland. Enjoy holiday lights, Santa's Village, holiday marketplace, main stage entertainment, and a food court with seasonal fare along with your favorite gourmet food trucks. For the kids there will be a visit from Santa, a petting zoo, face painting, a cooking class and stocking and ornament decorating. It's all free and open to everyone to kick off the holiday season.

Barry University
11300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami


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Snow Ball Gala

Saturday, December 3 at 7 p.m.

Liga Contra el Cancer will host its annual Snow Ball Gala, a black-tie dinner event being held at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami on December 3 at 7 p.m. The gala will honor the doctors who have volunteered their services to treat and care for the patients at Liga Contra el Cancer. The evening gets underway with a cocktail reception sponsored by Bacardi, followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment. Chairs for the gala event are Manny & Denise Alfonso, Dr. Luis & Jennifer Villa (pictured), Benjamin & Lisa Leon. Individual tickets for the Snow Ball Gala are $300. Ringside tables of ten are available at $10,000; VIP tables $5,000; and Regular tables $3,000. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the organization's mission to support hundreds of low income, uninsured cancer patients who find a haven at Liga Contra el Cancer.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami
305-856-4914 Marie Garcia


Winter Wonderful Holiday Gala

Sunday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.

The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at University of Miami will present its annual gala holiday dinner, Winter Wonderful, to benefit its community music outreach program, the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music. Each year the gala features a beautiful array of holiday music performed by hundreds of talented student musicians from the Frost School of Music Highlights of the Winter Wonderful evening will include a sparkling cocktail reception, a sumptuous three-course holiday dinner and joyous musical performances by youthful voices of from the Frost Chorale Union, Frost Holiday Orchestra, and the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program Mentors and Mentees. Individual gala tickets begin at $350; gala tables of 10 begin at $3,500 and go up to $25,000. For more information or to order gala tickets or tables online or by telephone, visit, call 305-284-9766 or email

J. W. Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami


The Pacesetter Event

Thursday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m.

The Pacesetter Event is one of the most important annual events for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation/UJA Campaign, raising millions of dollars to support vital social services in Miami, in Israel and around the world. Each year, hundreds of Miami’s most committed and enthusiastic philanthropists gather for an elegant evening addressing major topics of concern to the Jewish people. The event is co-chaired by Cathy & Max Alcalay and Nikki & Michael Simkins. Amy N. Dean is Federation Chair of the Board and Jeffrey Scheck is General Campaign Chair.

Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami


Winter Holiday Celebration

Friday, December 9 at 6 p.m.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center will join with the Town of Cutler Bay and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava to present a free Winter Holiday Celebration with Santa, gourmet food trucks and signature holiday drinks for all! Enjoy a screening of Arthur Christmas, It Takes a Family at 7:30 p.m.on the back lawn - bring lawn chairs and blankets - free popcorn, courtesy of Cutler Bay.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 S.W. 211th Street, Cutler Bay


The Hope for All Gala

Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m.

The 17th Annual Hope for All Gala, a fabulous evening, will raise funds to support Camillus House's mission to help individuals and families who are poor and homeless in South Florida. The annual event is supported by South Florida's most generous and prominent philanthropists. Themed "Guayaberas and Good Times," this special evening features a sumptuous dinner and richly diverse auction showcasing the very best in wine, travel and lifestyle items. Jason Alpert, of Alpert Enterprises, will be the evening’s emcee and auctioneer, and guests can dance the night away with DJ Frankie Bravo. Guests can also support the fundraiser by placing an ad in the event program book. Ad sizes are available from an eighth-page to the two-page center spread with rates from $150 to $2,500. Tickets are $600 per person for general seating and $1,000 per person for premium seating. Sponsorships ranging from $50,000 to $6,000 are available.

Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-374-1065, Ext. 331 (Marcy Belfi)


The Mane Event 2016 Gala

Saturday, December 10 from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center will host its inaugural The Mane Event 2016 Gala Gala at the historic Alfred I. DuPont Building in Downtown Miami. Set for Saturday, December 10, the festive event is in the capable hands of Co-Chairs Nancy Hector, Nancy Batchelor, Nancy Cole and Norma A. Quintero. Enjoy the gala atmosphere of the DuPont Building, a former bank headquarters with elegant historical detail and understated décor, creating a lasting impression of style, celebration and camaraderie for all attendees – and their guests. Individual tickets for the Gala are $500, and tables of ten are available for $5,000 and $10,000. Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are also available at a range of prices. The Mane Event 2016 Gala Proceeds benefit Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center and The JAYC Foundation.

169 East Flagler Street, Downtown Miami
305-905-2500 (Sharon Fallick)