Photo caption: Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz speaks with a military family who lost their loved one in service. About 200 military families attended the park's opening.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 marked the opening of Santa's Enchanted Forest for the 29th year at Tropical Park. To celebrate, Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, who also serves as Miami-Dade County's military liaison, participated in a special engagement in which all local military families were able to attend the opening night of Santa's Enchanted Forest with free admission.
Commissioner Diaz also joined Lt. Colonel Stewart Mason as this year's parade Grand Marshals. The Homestead Air Force Base Honor Guard escorted a 92-foot Christmas tree, followed by a special ceremonial lighting of the tree in patriotic red, white, and blue.
"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 more information on hours and ticket pricing, please call 305-559-9689.