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Celebrate the holiday season at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (November 12, 2015)

Celebrate the holidays at the historic Deering Estate with an exciting line-up of events for the entire family to enjoy! This holiday season, give the gift of a Deering Estate Foundation membership to your family and friends so they can enjoy the Deering Estate throughout the year. 

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 4, 2015

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$12 for adults & $7 for children (ages 4-14); FREE for Deering Estate Foundation Members.
Kick off the holiday season and enjoy some of your favorite holiday music performed by the Yuletide Carolers! Children can also participate in the lighting of the tree in the historic Stone House Ballroom. Ballroom tree and Ballroom decorations generously sponsored by the 100 Ladies of Deering.

Wags n'Whiskers Furtography with Santa in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department
Sunday, December 6, 2015

10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Visitor Center
FREE & open to the public; personal and professional pictures for a fee.
Bring your family pet (dogs & cats only) for holiday photos with Santa at the Deering Estate Visitor Center! Pet adoptions (for a reduced fee) will also be available onsite from Miami-Dade County Animal Services’ (Animal Services) HOPE Express mobile pet adoption trailer! Personal and professional pictures available for a fee. Free photos for pets adopted that day. Please bring pets on leash or in carriers. Please note that only service animals are permitted on the main Estate grounds.

Greater Miami Youth Symphony Holiday Concert
Friday, December 11, 2015

Concert 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Meet-the-Artists reception at 7:00 pm)
$7.00 per person (ages 4 & older)
Join the Deering Estate's Performance Youth Artists in Residence, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS), for a special Holiday Concert and Recital in the Stone House Ballroom.

Story-Time & Photos with Santa
Saturday, December 12 & 19, 2015
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Free with Estate admission: $12 for adults & $7 for children (ages 4-14); FREE for Deering Estate Foundation Members.
Santa Claus will be visiting the Estate for story-time and photos in the historic Stone House Ballroom. Children can also participate in holiday arts & crafts activities. Limited seating available. Photos with Santa available for an additional fee.

Holiday Bay Cruise 
Sunday, December 13, 2015
11:00 am to 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
$35 per person
Take a break from your holiday shopping and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bay!

Exhibit Evening: Youth Arts & Holiday Wonderland
Design & Build Exhibit - Gnome Homes
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
FREE & open to the public
Youth Arts Exhibit & Holiday Wonderland
The Youth Arts Exhibit is a community collaboration in which creative and diverse works by K-12 student artists are displayed. Exhibit on display from November 28, 2015 – January 29, 2016; daily, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Free with Estate admission.

The Holiday Wonderland is an annual tradition and a special project curated by local garden clubs and community organizations in which the historic houses are adorned with holiday decorations. The Holiday Wonderland is on display from December 1 – 31, 2015; daily, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Free with Estate admission.

Design and Build Exhibit - Gnome Homes
Partnering with Miami Dade College’s Dr. Lyle Culver’s Materials classes, and community students, the Estate will showcase an exhibition of specially designed gnome houses. Gnomes, considered to be a part of the collective memory of Eastern and Western European folk tale, as both helpful and mischievous in gardens, are imagined to live in miniature structures made from natural materials such as rocks and tree stumps. Students will take on the challenge to design and build Gnome Homes for a week long installation at the Deering Estate, December 9 through December 19, 2015.

Deering "Holiday Wonderland"
Daily, December 1-31, 2015
Please note that the Deering Estate will be closed on Christmas Day.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (ticket office closes at 4:00 pm)
Free with Estate admission: $12 for adults & $7 for children (ages 4-14); FREE for Deering Estate Foundation Members.
Throughout December, visitors can tour the elegant and historic houses as they come alive with holiday accents and decorations! The "Holiday Wonderland" is an annual tradition at the Deering Estate and a special project of local garden clubs and community organizations.

The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. and the Deering Estate would like to thank the garden clubs and community organizations for their decorating efforts and contributions to the 2015 Deering "Holiday Wonderland." A special thanks to the 100 Ladies of Deering for their generous sponsorship of the Ballroom tree and Ballroom decorations.

The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.

The Deering Estate celebrates 30 years of being on the National Register of Historic Places. Discover more history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate! For more information, visit