Smiles + Sparkles

Downtown Coral Gables will be dressed in holiday cheer, glittering lights, interactive festivities, christmas carolers and gifts galore as the area hosts its first-ever holiday villagE.
Words by Jorge Arauz | November 28, 2021 | Lifestyle

The streets of Downtown Coral Gables — from Miracle Mile to Giralda to Ponce and Andalusia — will transform into an interactive winter wonderland with international flair this holiday season with activities for the entire family during the Holiday Market presented by Experience Coral Gables and Florida Fresh Markets. Holiday miracles abound at every turn as you shop and stroll your way into the holiday spirit: watch Santa strut down Miracle Mile; join Mrs. Claus for Christmas storytime; frolic in the snow outside of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus; get serenaded by Christmas carolers spreading good tidings and holiday cheer; enjoy a holiday tea and pastry pairing with an internationally certified Tea Sommelier; learn to make your own candles, floral centerpieces and wreaths so you can bring a piece of the holiday magic home with you. While you’re enjoying the festivities, check off your Christmas wishlist and “Shop Local” with a Downtown Coral Gables Gift Card ranging from $20 to $200 that can be used at any of over 100 participating shops & restaurants; or give the gift of music with advanced tickets to On Your Feet: The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, running Jan. 26-Mar. 6 at Actors’ Playhouse. Mark your calendar to experience holiday surprises throughout the heart of The City Beautiful on Dec. 3-4; 10-11 and 17-18 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.;