he Village of Palmetto Bay is making a list and checking it twice – in preparation for the 2015 Holiday Season.
Our little Village celebrates in a big way during the holidays, from major municipal events, to neighborhood gatherings, food drives, and even a boat parade, Palmetto Bay offers a merry mix of seasonal happenings for residents of all ages.
Please read on for details on events and activities in the Village of Parks, and for helpful tips that may help residents have a safe and pleasant holiday season.
- DEC 10 - Downtown Holiday Celebration
- DEC 12 - Holiday-by-the-Bay Event
- DEC 12 - Boat Parade & Canned Food Drive
- DEC 13 - Chanukah Celebration
- DEC 19 - Mangowood Festival (see file footage)
- Holiday Hours - Village Hall & Village Parks
- Local Holiday Food Drives
- Holiday Safety & Shopping Tips
- Credit Card Fraud Awareness
- Holiday Event Vendors
- Holiday Event Community Support
- Facebook Photo Gallery
- Helpful Pet Tips
- Holiday Event Flyers
Topping the list of 2015 holiday events in Palmetto Bay is the Village's first official Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Due to weather, the event was re-scheduled (again) and is now set to take place THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 4 to 8 p.m. This inaugural “Downtown Palmetto Bay Holiday Celebration” at the Village Municipal Center (9705 East Hibiscus St.) is free and open to the public, and takes place along the promenade outside Village Hall. Get the news first and fast -- subscribe now to get Village news alerts and e-newsletters or tune on to WBAY Palmetto Bay Gov't Access TV.
“We are planning to celebrate the season by transforming our Village Municipal Center in Downtown Palmetto Bay into a veritable winter wonderland,” says Parks & Recreation Director Fanny Carmona, “complete with snow flurries, Santa photos, ice skating, and an entire sleigh-full of traditional holiday activities.”
The main event is the official lighting of the first-ever Palmetto Bay Holiday Tree. Join us in a countdown with the Mayor and Village Council as they light up Downtown Palmetto Bay, at Village Hall.
Guests will also enjoy festive music performed by carolers, a menorah lighting, delicious warm food and beverage including hot chocolate, funnel cakes, and other seasonal offerings. Kids will get into the spirit by creating arts and crafts, writing letters to Santa, and playing with Rudolf and Snowman. Parents can enjoy holiday gift shopping by visiting our vendor marketplace to pick up stocking-stuffers and other goods.
“The free, family fun-filled event is a wonderful way to warm up to the 2015 holiday season,” Carmona continued. “And you certainly won’t want to miss Santa Claus’s grand arrival – or a chance to tell him you’ve been nice all year.” Vendors and corporate sponsors still have plenty of time to participate in the event, by contacting Village Events & Programs staff or by calling 305-259-1234.
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The magic of the holiday spirit in Palmetto Bay then continues with the “Holiday by the Bay” at Ludovici Park, Saturday, Dec. 12, 3 - 7 p.m. This holiday tradition promises to be a huge event again this year, with more than 2,000 Village residents, neighbors, and friends in attendance. Everyone will be treated to a cheery blend of student performances, carnival foods, arts and crafts, a mini midway, library story-telling, and a command performance by Santa for free photos. Family fun also includes a really cool faux snowstorm that is sure to set the crowd into a fun-filled frenzy.
“It takes a Village to host our Holiday by the Bay event each year,” Carmona added. “We are grateful for the support of all the student performers, such as Ms. Vilma's Ballet students (file photo above), and participation by so many local vendors.”
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Regrettably, petty criminals celebrate the season, too – in the form of preying on victims who are so busy with holiday shopping they fail to properly protect themselves. So before heading out to nearby malls, parks, and eateries this season, residents are encouraged to brush up on ways to defend themselves while out shopping and using your credit cards. Visit the Village website for a complete list of holiday safety tips, prepared by the Palmetto Bay Village Policing Unit.
And for your pets, you will also find resourceful information on the Village website that ensures that domestic animals have a safe and pleasant holiday, too.
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It takes a Village to host this amazing event
each year with the support of local schools:
- Perrine Elementary
- Howard Drive Elementary
- Coral Reef Elementary
- Southwood Middle School
- Palmetto Middle School
- Ms. Vilma's Ballet in the Park
- Miami Youth for Chamber Music
Holiday-by-the-Bay Special Thanks
The Village thanks the following community partners
who make this event a flurry of fun:
- Palmetto Bay Village Center (parking)
- Palmetto Bay Library (pending)
- Home Depot (crafts table)
- Girl Scouts Service Unit 13 (crafts table)
- Palmetto Bay Parks & Recreation Department
- Palmetto Bay Policing Unit
Holiday-by-the-Bay Event Vendors
Thanks to our amazing vendors for stepping up
to make our event an unparalleled success:
- Frankie's Pizza
- The Candy Bistro
- Mary K- Mayda Torres
- JJ Catering
- Kona Ice
- Laura's Creations
- Key West Island Ice
- Sub Zero Ice Cream
- Flip Country Kettle Corn
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Palmetto Bay is a caring and generous community that truly recognizes the importance of giving during the holidays. All around the Village, residents, businesses, and organizations share in the spirit of the season in many wonderful ways. A leading example is the Palmetto Bay municipal Food Drive in conjunction with the Palmetto Bay Canal Association's 6th Annual Boat Parade.
Please help those in need throughout the community this time of year by donating non-perishable cans, boxes, and packages of food. If you wish to promote a food drive taking place within Village boundaries, contact Village Hall to place a listing here:
Top 10 Items Needed in a Food Basket:
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Vegetables
- Cereal (Hot & Cold)
- Canned Meals
- Canned Soups
- Canned Tuna & Meat
- Canned Fruit
* Benefiting: Feeding South Florida
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Please help those in need by generously donating canned food, boxes, packages of dry foods, and other non-perishable during the 6th Annual Holiday Boat Parade, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m.,
Bring your donations to the Coral Reef Park pedestrian bridge starting at 4:30 p.m., before the fleet pushes off at 5:30 p.m. Event is sponsored each year by the Palmetto Bay Canal Boat Association, a local independent organization. For information, contact Rainer Schael or call 305-799-8533. Donations will be delivered to Village Hall where they will be combined with Palmetto Bay's municipal Food Drive items, and forwarded to Feeding South Florida.
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Chanukah will be celebrated by the Village of Palmetto Bay at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152 S., on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m. This free event, centered at the Gazebo/Bandshell off 77th Avenue, is being hosted by Chabad of Palmetto Bay. Mayor Eugene Flinn and members of the Village Council will join with Rabbi Zalman and Chani Gansburg for the Grand Lighting of a menorah at 3 p.m. The entire community is encouraged to attend this event, which includes activities for all ages:
- Bounce house
- Kids arts and crafts
- Music and raffles
- Traditional holiday delicacies
- Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins)
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Palmetto Bay enjoys some of the lowest crime rates in all of Miami-Dade County -- not to mention great response times. Regardless, Village Police ask residents to do their part in helping keep our parks, homes, streets, and shopping plazas safe this holiday season -- by brushing up on shopping-safety and fraud-prevention tips. Let's work together to keep the season cheery and incident free. Follow the Three A’s of Crime Prevention:
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings.
- Be Alert to Suspicious People and Vehicles.
- Avoid Dangerous Situations.
There is nothing in your purse or wallet worth serious injury or death!
- Is it absolutely necessary to carry a purse at all times? A wallet or credit card in a pocket would be less tempting.
- Carry only the amount of cash or credit cards that you need.
- Zip or close purse securely to avoid pickpocketers. Carry purse or shoulder-bag in front of you and close to your body. Do not carry spare keys in your purse.
- Keep your purse on your lap when dining or at meetings.
- Avoid carrying a lot of packages; it can make you look defenseless. Place all packages and gifts in the locked trunk of your vehicle. Never leave purses, briefcases, I Pods, cell phones, GPS systems or shopping bags visible in the passenger compartment of your car.
- In the supermarket, do not leave your purse in the shopping cart. REMEMBER: Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, out-of-purse!
- Avoid displaying valuables such as jewelry or large sums of money. Also, dress so you can walk or run easily to avoid an attack.
- Throughout Florida, citizens are facing follow-home strong-arm robberies. As you drive home day or night, look for potential danger before entering your driveway. Walkways, doorways, and driveways should be well-lit around your home.
- Do not enter your driveway if a suspicious vehicle has followed you. Go to the nearest safe location, or an area where there are people and call the police. If you are confronted in your driveway, remain in your locked car with your windows up and blow your horn. The distance from your car to your front door is no man's land.
- If attacked outside, just give up the property and when attacked, if you are going to be knocked down, sit down.
- When using the ATM, make sure that it is not in a secluded location and is well lighted. Also, use the “buddy system”. Go directly to your car and count the cash in your vehicle, not at the ATM.
- At home, do not display all your gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
- Going on vacation for the Holidays – have a friend or family member check on your home and leave emergency contact information with them.
- Beware of con-games and fraud schemes; only give to charities that you have dealt with before.
- Be aware of where you are and where you are going at all times. Stay away from a potentially dangerous area or situation.
- Trust your instincts. If you suspect something is wrong, or if a situation seems dangerous, you may by right! Don’t dismiss suspicious people, cars, or situations. Report them immediately.
Call 9-1-1 for EMERGENCY / 305-4-POLICE (476-5423) for NON-EMERGENCY
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Here's just one of many quick tips on how to make your home safe for your pets during the holidays:
- All those shinny ornaments, Christmas Trees, wreaths, and delicious food can be a real danger to your pets and cost you a bundle if you have to make an emergency trip to your veterinarian. Pay attention to what your animals are up to and you’ll head off a problem before it happens!
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