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Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (November 15, 2016)

Celebrate the holidays at the 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. To purchase a Deering Estate Foundation membership, please call 305-235-1668 ext. 266 or online.

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 2
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 at the Deering Estate's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Enjoy music performed by the Yuletide Carolers and tour the historic houses decorated for the holidays.

Santa Paws at the Park
In partnership with the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department 

Sunday, December 4
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Visitor Center
Free & open to the public; personal and professional pictures for a fee.
Bring your dogs & cats 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’ 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.

Story-Time & Photos with Santa 
Saturday, December 10 & 17
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.
Enjoy stories with Santa's elves, holiday arts & crafts activities and photos with Santa inside the Stone House Ballroom. Limited seating available. Photos with Santa available for an additional fee.

Holiday Lights 
Wednesday, December 14
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$7 ages 4 & older; Free for Deering Estate Foundation members
Enjoy the historic houses decorated for the holidays, a special collection highlight featuring works by Catalan Artist Ramon Casas, and beautiful nighttime views of Biscayne Bay!

Holiday Bay Cruise 
Sunday, December 18
11:00 am to 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
$35 per person
Take a break from holiday shopping and enjoy a relaxing cruise on Biscayne Bay!

"Historic Holidays" & "Formal and Fanciful Works by Ramon Casas" Exhibits
The holiday decorations will be on display December 1, 2016 - January 6, 2017, daily, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please note that the Deering Estate will be closed on Christmas Day.
Free with Estate admission: $12 for adults & $7 for children (ages 4-14); Free for Deering Estate Foundation Members. 

Historic Holidays
Throughout December, visitors can tour the elegant and historic houses at the Deering Estate as they come alive with holiday accents and decorations! The "Historic Holidays" exhibit is an annual tradition and a special project of local garden clubs and community organizations.

Formal and Fanciful Works by Ramon Casas
Complementing the seasonal display, a special collection highlight features formal and fanciful works by Catalan Artist Ramon Casas i Carbó (1866 - 1932). The exhibit shares lighthearted sketches produced during the artist's travels with Estate founder and arts patron, Charles Deering and brings attention to the artist's formal painting and drawings in the Estate's permanent collection. Museus de Sitges, a cultural consortium in Spain and Deering Estate's sister institution, has been honoring the 150th birthday of Ramon Casas through a yearlong series of exhibitions in Catalonia. We join in the celebration by highlighting the unique friendship between Charles Deering and Ramon Casas. Special thanks to the Charles Deering Library at Northwestern University for making this exhibition possible.

For more information on the Holiday Season of Events at the Deering Estate please visit www.deeringestate.org or call the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided Historic House & Natural Areas Tours, 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.
 
This year the Deering Estate celebrates 30 years on the National Register of Historic Places and the 100th anniversary of Charles Deering's purchase and restoration of the Richmond Hotel for his winter residence. #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!