Holiday celebrations abound


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Santa and Mrs. Claus have a busy schedule in and around Viera this holiday season. Photo courtesy of Avenue Viera

Celebrations abound around Viera and Suntree throughout the holiday season. The Avenue Viera hosts events throughout the month. For a schedule, go to shoptheavenue.com/viera/events.

Concerts, theatre, a drive through Wickham Park’s Lightfest, parades, shopping, festivals, there is no end of fun things to do with friends and family. 

Perhaps the most inclusive event requires only a vehicle with clean windows. Driving around to check out holiday decorations is the perfect prescription for Christmas cheer. Homes and community entrances around Viera and Suntree will vie for prizes for best decorated from their associations.

Here are some of the special holiday events in the Viera and Melbourne area.

Brevard Zoo

Head to the Zoo for a flurry of festive fun. From Dec. 19 to 22, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a blizzard of activities including animal encounters, games, crafts and a DJ.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the zoo from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 19 and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21.

Treat the little ones to a family night hike Dec. 5, three-day winter camps Dec. 21 to 23 and Dec. 28 to 30, and a kids-only New Year’s Eve overnight Dec. 31.

Count down to 2016 early at the Paws on Stage during Noon Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31.

All activities other than educational programs are included with zoo admission. Details at brevardzoo.org.

Space Coast Lightfest at Wickham Park

More than 2.7 million holiday lights ignite the night sky at Wickham Park in Melbourne all December through Jan. 1, 2016. The Space Coast Lightfest is a holiday-themed drive-through event transforming Wickham Park into a virtual winter wonderland. 

Tickets are $15 per car and available at the entrance or on-line. 

Stroll through the lights Dec. 5 for one special night when cars are not allowed. For just $5 per person, enjoy entertainment, activities for the kids, Santa, crafts and much more. 

For a full schedule and more information, go to spacecoastlightfest.com.

Holiday Events at The Avenue Viera

Enjoy a variety of holiday events at The Avenue Viera throughout the month including performances by the Space Coast Symphony, a visit with Santa Dec. 5 and holiday carriage rides.

For a full schedule, go to shoptheavenue.com/viera.

 

DECEMBER 2

Holiday Concert with Viera Voices

6 - 8 p.m. Tradewinds Restaurant, Duran Golf Club

7032 Stadium Pkwy., 321-504-7771

Holiday caroling with the Viera High Choral program.

Christmas for a Cure Holiday Movie

4 - 6 p.m., One Senior Place, 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd., 321-751-6771

Holiday movie and Christmas Tree silent auction. Benefits Relay for Life of Viera.

 

DECEMBER 5

Reindeer Dash 5K & Jinglebell Walk

7 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. race

$15 entry or $10 with unwrapped gift for Toys for Kids

Wear holiday attire.

Viera Community Center, 321-433-4891

Breakfast with Santa

9 - 11 a.m., Tradewinds Restaurant at Duran Golf Club

7032 Stadium Pkwy., 321-504-7776, ext. 2

Breakfast, story and photos with Santa.

"The Nutcracker"

King Center, 2 & 7 p.m. Tickets start at $19.50

The Space Coast Ballet performs this magical Christmas tradition featuring internationally acclaimed principals Dusty Botton and Roddy Doble

Details at kingcenter.com.

Sounds of the Season XII

presented by the Harbor City Harmonizers

2 p.m.; $15, students $8

Scott Center for the Performing Arts, 5625 Holy Trinity Dr., Suntree, 321-727-3338

 

DECEMBER 8

‘A Peter White Christmas’

King Center; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $38

This holiday contemporary jazz concert features the acoustic guitarist Peter White with masterful trumpet/flugelhorn player Rick Braun and saxophonist/vocalist Mindi Abair. 

Details at kingcenter.com.

 

DECEMBER 12

Melbourne Light Parade

Downtown Melbourne; 6 p.m. Free

The Melbourne Light Parade was created to help the less fortunate families in Brevard County. Bring a new unwrapped toy, non- perishable food item, and/or bag of dog or cat food to be collected on the first float.

The parade starts on the corner of Nasa and Airport Boulevards, proceeds south on Airport Boulevard to Hibiscus Boulevard, proceeds west on Hibiscus Boulevard and ends at the intersection of Hibiscus Boulevard and Gateway D.

For more information, email melbournelightparade@yahoo.com.

Santa’s Shoppe

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Free

Cocoa Presbyterian Church, 1404 Dixon Blvd., Cocoa

Vendors, crafts and more.

Cocoa/Rockledge Holiday Parade

6 p.m.

Begins at Rockledge High School, 220 Raider Rd., and ends at Lee Wenner Park where Santa will light the tree at the City of Cocoa's Holiday Festival.

Cocoa's Holiday Festival & Snow Slide

4 - 8 p.m.

Cocoa Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa

Tree lighting at Riverfront Park. Entertainment, visit Santa, enjoy the snow slide and a holiday movie. Details at cocoafl.org.

Brevard Community Chorus

7:30 p.m.; tickets $24, Students $7, Senior/Military $19

King Center

Choral concert presenting “Gloria” along with other favorites.

Details at kingcenter.com.

 

DECEMBER 13

Christmas Bazaar

12 - 5 p.m.; Free

Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd.

Handcrafted items, jewelry, giveaways, free kids activities, baked goods, pictures with Santa.

 

DECEMBER 14

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

10:30 a.m., $8

King Center, 321-242-2219, kingcenter.com

Musical holiday show through King Center Theatre for Youth.

 

DECEMBER 15

A Stars Holiday Pageant

7:30 p.m., Cocoa Village Playhouse

300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, 321-636-5050

Annual variety show featuring the Youth Performing Arts group.

 

DECEMBER 16

Pipe Organ Mini-Concert

12 - 1 p.m., Advent Lutheran Church

7550 N. Wickham Rd., 321-426-9378

Christmas music played on a 36-rank pipe organ by respected Central Florida organists.

 

DECEMBER 17

Plants & Pinot: Holiday Centerpieces

6:30 p.m., $30, pre-register 321-636-7662

Rockledge Gardens

Sip a glass of wine while you create a centerpiece.

 

DECEMBER 18

Movie in the Park

6 p.m., Wickham Park Main Pavilion

3845 N. Wickham Rd.

"Home Alone"

The American Nutcracker

7:30 p.m.; Dec. 19: 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 20: 2 p.m.

Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., 321-636-5050

Viera's Galmont Ballet

 

DECEMBER 19

Breakfast with Santa

9 - 11 a.m.; $5

Wickham Park Community Center, 2500 Parkway Dr., 321-608-7490

Pancake breakfast. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa. Seating limited.

Blizzard at the Barn

1 - 4 p.m.

Harmony Farms, 2205 Pluckebaum Rd., Cocoa, 321-631-9433

Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, vendors, pizza, feed the horses.

Santa's Holiday Party

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Viera Community Center, 321-433-4891

Spaghetti dinner, crafts, games, photo with Santa.

 

DECEMBER 20

An Enchanted Christmas

7 - 9:45 p.m.; $25

The Scott Center at Holy Trinity Episcopal, 5625 Holy Trinity Dr.

Classical vocalist Caroline Hinton sings from her favorite collection of some of the most beautiful Christmas songs of all time.