Photo Credit: Shops at Merrick Park

WHAT: Shops at Merrick Park will present its “Back to Tradition” 18th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony sponsored by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Hundreds will gather and celebrate the holidays as the retail destination transforms into a winter wonderland with its 50-foot tree-lighting and Santa’s grand arrival down San Lorenzo Avenue on the Coral Gables Fire Department’s fire truck. South Florida’s own Preston Howell, a contestant on NBC’s The Voice will serenade attendees with holiday favorites. 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.

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.

Attendees are encouraged to spread the warmth of the season and bring unwrapped toys for children in care of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 23, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Shops at Merrick Park 358 San Lorenzo Ave.Coral Gables, FL 33146


MORE INFO: 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.