November 02, 2021

Embrace the Holiday Spirit and Get "Back to Tradition" with Shops at Merrick Park's

Photo Credit: MERRICK PARK’S

18th Annual Ceremony Will Welcome Santa and Families Back to Kick Off the Festive Season with a performance by Preston Howell of NBC’s The Voice, Interactive Activities and a Toy Drive

Shops at Merrick Park, Coral Gables’ pristine destination for fine shopping and dining, will present “Back to Tradition,” its 18th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, on Thursday, November 18, at 6 p.m.  One of the largest tree lighting ceremonies and holiday celebrations in South Florida, the 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 and a highly anticipated appearance by Santa Claus who will kick-off the festive season.

“Shops at Merrick Park is delighted to reunite families for this 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.”

The retail destination will transform into a winter wonderland with a live performance by Miami’s Preston Howell of NBC’s The Voice who will serenade attendees with holiday favorites. Howell was one of just eight singers to turn four chairs during the blind auditions on The Voice Season 17. The teen accomplished the feat with a cover of “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by The Mamas and the Papas, landing a spot on Team John Legend.

The Miami Royal Ballet and Coral Gables Senior High School Gablettes will add to the festive spirit along with holiday costumed characters and a photo booth. Attendees are encouraged to spread the warmth of the season and bring unwrapped toys for children in care of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

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 magical switch along with Coral Gables Mayor Vince Lago to illuminate the tree, signaling the official start of the holiday shopping season.

This year’s popular event will introduce a new majestic 50-foot tree with a six-foot-tall, illuminated star topper. The tree is adorned with LED custom colorful lighting, concert grade sound and a snow show. 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 at or follow Shops at Merrick Park on Facebook at and Instagram @shopsatmerrickpark.


About Shops at Merrick Park

Shops at Merrick Park, Coral Gables’ pristine destination for fine shopping and dining provides Miami area residents and visitors with a distinctive collection of more than 100 stores and eateries anchored by flagship locations of Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. The center features luxury brands such as CH Carolina Herrera, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co, alongside popular retailers such as Anthropologie, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Lilly Pulitzer, lululemon, Pottery Barn and Sephora. The unmatched shopping experience is enhanced by delicious dining options such as SAWA, Mariposa at Neiman Marcus, Bazille at Nordstrom, Sea Grill, Ecléctico Restaurant & Agave Bar, Perry’s Steak House & Grille, Villagio Restaurant and Yard House. Ideal Image, Equinox Fitness Club and the Landmark Theatre complete the well-rounded retail mix. Shops at Merrick Park is located at 358 San Lorenzo Ave. in Coral Gables. The center is open Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Shops at Merrick Park will welcome the community with its magnificent 18th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, “Back to Tradition,” sponsored by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, on Thursday, November 18, at 6 p.m.

Preston Howell, a contestant on NBC’s The Voice Season 17, will serenade attendees with holiday favorites and help usher in the festive season at Shops at Merrick Park’s 18th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa’s Arrival, sponsored by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, on November 18.

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