Winterfest Family Fun Day
Free activities presented by the Florida Panthers. Special appearances from Stanley C Panther, Billy the Marlin, TD and live alligator wrestling, with Jimmy Riffle of the Gator Boys from Animal Planet. Photos with Santa, pet adoption, Clear Channel interactive game van, live entertainment. Riverside Hotel Lawn, Fort Lauderdale. 954-767-0686 or http://www.winterfestparade.com.
Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.
Christmas Family Event
Red Hearts Sisterhood
Enjoy dancing, a five-course dinner, a visit from Santa Claus, prizes and more. Proceeds will help South Florida families. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toy for Tots. $40 adults; $10 children. 3428 Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach. 954-722-2007 or http://www.theredheartsisterhood.org.
Dec. 2 from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Cocktails and Catching Fire
Museum of Discovery and Science
Friends of MODS will host a balcony cocktail party, with themed games and an IMAX film premiering the highly anticipated "Hunger Games" sequel. VIP preferred seating $70, non-members; $60 members. 401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-712-1159 or bit.ly/FriendsHG.
Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Light Up Downtown
Jack & Jill Children's Center
Face painting, games and rides for the children, and hors d'oeuvres and spirits for the adults. This annual holiday tradition culminates with the lighting of a beautifully ornamented tree. $35 general admission; $75 VIP. The Plaza on Las Olas, 301 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-463-8772 or http://www.jackandjillcenter.org/events.
Dec. 3 from 5 to 10 p.m.
51st annual Christmas on Las Olas
Las Olas Association
Presented by Premier Beverage, four performance stages will feature non-stop family entertainment, nearly 30 booths of food, treats, gifts, a Santa photo booth, special kids' activities, free family photos at Carroll's Jewelers, the Anidjar & Levine Snow Mountain, and dozens of local choirs from schools and churches. S.E. 6th Avenue to S.E. 11th Avenue, along Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. 954-258-8382 or http://www.lasolasboulevard.com.
Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.