The holidays are a time of giving that are best spent with those closest to you. And if you're in a relationship, there probably aren't many people you're closer to than your significant other. That said, the holiday season is hectic. Shopping. Decorating. Wrapping presents. Mailing cards. Traveling to see family. Hosting family. All this can make spending time with that special person in your life all the more difficult. But we're going to help you remedy that. So put the wrapping paper and credit card down, and check out these fun holiday dates in Ft. Lauderdale!

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

Cleverly named the "Greatest Show on H2O," this 12-mile parade is free to view from several locations in Ft. Lauderdale. However, arguably the best views are on the pier of Las Olas Riverfront. There are plenty of bars and restaurants with waterfront seating giving you a great vantage point to take in South Florida's most famous holiday parade. The boat parade is Saturday, December 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant

Once a year, Broadway comes to downtown Ft. Lauderdale in the form of this award-winning pageant. A South Florida Christmas tradition, the pageant is in it's 35th year! They showcase over 300 performers pushing their talents to the limit to put on the most daring, evocative show you'll take in this holiday season. The pageant runs every Thursday through Sunday until December 16. This year they are introducing three new value nights, with tickets starting at $15 on November 30, December 6 and 7 all at 7:30 p.m. Regular tickets are $15-61 depending on seating and date choice.

You and your significant other can get your holiday shopping done early while enjoying a festival atmosphere. There will be holiday music, door prizes, pictures with Santa, an ugly sweater contest and, of course, unique vendors and crafts. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to buy gloves and hats for the less fortunate. Head to Artserve December 8 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and get your shop on.

A Rockapella Christmas

Rockapella, one of the country's most influential and enduring vocal groups corners the market of cool. And they'll bring that same edge to your favorite classic Christmas carols on December 22 at Broward Center for the Preforming Arts. Their show runs from starts at 8 p.m. and they'll regale you with bold, reimagined renditions of your holiday events. This is pretty much a pitch-perfect option for fun holiday dates in Ft. Lauderdale! 

Christmas Eve Dinner at Burlock Coast

Christmas Eve dinner is typically a family affair, but at Burlock Coast, you could decide to make it a romantic one. From 6-10 p.m., Burlock Coast will serve a prime rib dinner and a bottle of champagne. Herb-roasted prime rib is served family style with truffle whipped potatoes, root vegetables and horseradish cream. An a la carte menu is also available. Reservations are required for this event and the price of the prime rib meal is $129 per couple. 

Christmas Day Feast at Burlock Coast

If you can't make the Christmas Eve dinner, all is not lost. Open your presents, give your thanks, get dressed and head over to Burlock Coast for an all-you-can-eat feast. You'll eat, drink and be merry with a mouthwatering buffet and bottomless drinks. Adults are $129 and children 5-12 are $49.

Christmas Near the Beach

South Floridians don't have a white Christmas. We have a green Christmas with warm sand beneath our feet. Hollywood Beach is celebrating the season and our tropical fortune with its 11th Christmas Near the Beach event. The event takes place on December 15, 2018, from 4-9 p.m. at the Arts Park at Young Circle in Hollywood. There will be bands, ballet, drama, vendors, a classic car show, and of course, St. Nick will be arriving in his red sports car. Oh, and if you're feeling photogenic, you and your significant other can take a free photo with  Santa at his winter “beach house."

Christmas has a different energy in South Florida. The weather is crisp, the evenings are gorgeous, and the nights are long. There's no better time to remind the person you love why you love them. And what better way to do that than taking your special someone on one of these fun holiday dates in Ft. Lauderdale!
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