For Immediate Release:
November 03, 2011

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

FREE admission for military members and their families during opening of Santa’s Enchanted Forest on Nov. 3

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, who also serves as Miami-Dade County's military liaison, invites all servicemen and women and their families to attend the opening night of Santa's Enchanted Forest with free admission. The special admission for military members is only available for Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Servicemen and women must bring a valid military ID card to receive free admission. Military personnel can also wear their military uniform to gain admission to the park.

Commissioner Diaz will join Lt. Colonel Stewart Mason as this year's parade Grand Marshals. Starting at 6:45 p.m., the Homestead Air Force Base Honor Guard will escort a 92-foot Christmas tree, followed by a special ceremonial lighting of the tree in patriotic red, white, and blue. With millions of dazzling lights, dozens of animated displays, international cuisine, six hair-raising roller coasters, and carnival rides, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This will mark Santa's Enchanted Forest's 29th year bringing holiday cheer to Miami-Dade residents.

"The military personnel that are lucky enough to be home for the holidays deserve to enjoy some family fun at one of Miami's most celebrated annual events," said Commissioner Diaz. "Thanks to organizers at Santa's Enchanted Forest, this is a small way for the Miami-Dade community to show its gratitude to our soldiers who sacrifice so much every day for our freedom."

The adventure at Miami's very own winter wonderland begins November 3 and runs through January 8, 2012 at its hallmark location - the corner of Bird Road (SW 40th Street) and the Palmetto Expressway (826) at Tropical Park.

For any information regarding this Hero's Welcome, please contact Xavier Martinez at 305-498-2113 or

WHO:                    Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz

WHAT:                  FREE admission for U.S. Armed Forces at Santa's Enchanted Forest Opening Night

WHEN:                  Thursday, November 3, 2011
                              5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

WHERE                 Santa's Enchanted Forest
                              7900 SW 40th Street (Corner of Bird Road & Palmetto Expressway)
                              Miami, FL 33155 


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