Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables will present the 18th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 18, at 6 p.m. The festive event will include the 50-foot tree-lighting and a live performance by South Florida’s own Preston Howell, a contestant on NBC’s The Voice. Attendees will also enjoy a variety of interactive activities, entertainment, retailer pop-up stations, and an anticipated appearance by Santa Claus.
“Shops at Merrick Park is delighted to reunite families for this much-anticipated annual tradition that showcases the best and brightest retail and cultural resources in our community,” said Andrew Peach, senior general manager at Shops at Merrick Park. “After so much time apart taking care of our health and loved ones, we are committed to welcoming back our loyal shoppers, friends, and neighbors to share the joy and hope of the holiday season.”
This year’s event will introduce a new majestic 50-foot-tall tree with a six-foot-tall illuminated star topper. The tree will be adorned with custom LED lighting, and accompanied by concert grade sound and a snow show. Preston Howell will enhance the winter wonderland ambiance with a performance of holiday favorites, with additional performances by The Miami Royal Ballet and Coral Gables Senior High School Gablettes. Guests will enjoy face painters, holiday costumed characters, a photo booth, and more.
One of the event highlights is Santa’s grand arrival down San Lorenzo Avenue on the Coral Gables Fire Department’s fire truck. Special guest host Belkys Nerey, award-winning co-anchor of WSVN Channel 7 News, will help flip the switch to illuminate the tree, signaling the official start of the holiday season. Shoppers can view and pose with the holiday tree through early January 2022.
For more information about Shops at Merrick Park, please call (305) 529-1215, visit us online here.