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What’s Hot South Florida LGBTQ Events: Dec. 12- Dec. 18

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Thursday, December 12

The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) and Pridelines in collaboration with the LGBT Visitor Center present the 10th Annual HoliGay Celebration & Toy Drive from 6-9pm. Wannabe Santa’s from the entire community are invited to bring an unwrapped toy (or $20) as a contribution to the Miami Beach Police Department’s Children’s Holiday Relief Fund for distribution to children in need. The jolly old elf will be making a special guest appearance and posing for selfies at the event which will feature complimentary cocktails by Grey Goose Vodka, and other Bacardi brands. Complimentary food and other beverages will be available for the delight of guests courtesy of Starbucks, South Beach Group Hotels, Pizza Rustica, and Crepemaker among others. There will also be festive music by DJ JesiMixx of Event Party Productions.

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Friday, December 13

Cirque Du Soleil is revisiting its legendary Alegría through today’s lens—including new costumes and set design, a renewed acrobatic vocabulary, and new musical arrangements —to ensure it is as inspiring now as it was at the time of its creation in 1994.  Alegría is the reincarnation of a classic, reinterpreted for the age, and rekindled to inspire fans—old and new alike, and run from today through February 17 under the big top next to Hard Rock Stadium.

Tickets start at $42 at Cirquedusoleil.com/alegria.

Slow Burn Theatre Co. presents A Christmas Story, The Musical from today through December 29 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Following a successful Broadway run garnering three 2013 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Book Of A Musical, and Best Original Score, along with six Drama Desk nominations, and two Outer Critics Circle nominations. This is a triple-dog-dare of a good time and it is sure to warm your heart for the holiday season! Tickets are $49-$65 at BrowardCenter.org.

Miami City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Arst Center from today through December 22.  Step into this magical world of toy soldiers, colorful characters and the enchanting “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy,” set to the music of Tchaikovsky performed by a live orchestra. Create unforgettable memories with friends and family – make it your cherished holiday tradition! Tickets are $30 at ArshtCenter.org

Saturday, December 14

The Seminole Hardrock Hotel and Casino presents the 48th Annual Winterfest Boat Parade

With the theme “Lights, Camera, Action – Movies on Parade.”  Private boats to the giant showboats and corporate megayachts will be adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, music, entertainment, decorations, celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens and many other exciting entries expected to be viewed by over one million spectators. It’s 12 Miles of the “Greatest Show on H20” starting at 6:30pm. 

The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Home for the Holidays” featuring the South Florida Jewish Chorale at 8pm at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ (3010 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables), and then again tomorrow Sunday, December 15 at 8pm at All Souls Episcopal Church (4025 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach). Tickets: $25 (adults), children 12 and under FREE at MGMchorus.org.

The House of Alibi presents their monthly “Black” starring DJ AJ Reddy

The Club Fort Lauderdale presents their monthly Cum-union party form 3-7pm. Also, tonight Squirt.org will be having their 20th anniversary party from 3pm to midnight. 

The Ramrod presents their monthly Underground Invasion (2nd Saturday of the month), where it’s all about the music with this month’s DJ, Bryan Hukill

Noche Latina Saturdays inside the Ivy Dance Room and Patio at The Manor Complex Salutes the Latin Diva’s:J-LO, Ivy Queen, Gloria Treviño, Shakira starring Sasha Lords and Juliana Rivera (Miss Noche Latina 2019) along with Guest DJ Cubano Miik and sexy Latin Go-Go Papi’s. Saturdays at the Manor are from 11pm to 4am and feature No Cover before midnight for Fl Res. After Midnight admission is only $7 for members and $10 for non-members (18-20 – $12 all night). 

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Wednesday, December 18

The Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce presents their Holiday Networking luncheon from 11:30am to 1pm at Thasos Greek Taverna (3330 Oakland Park Blvd). The chef at Thasos will create a wonderful 3-course plated lunch, served with sparkling or still water. The cost (including tax and gratuity) is $40 for members and $45 for non-members. 

This is Hot – Holiday Cocktails

Stoli has also been an ally to the community for decades. For the past six years the vodka brand hosted the Key West Cocktail Classic, the world’s largest LGBTQ bartending competition that celebrates the gay bar as the original safe space for the community. Additionally, for the past two years Stoli has created limited edition Pride bottles to celebrate the community and, more specifically, the lives of Harvey Milk and those that sacrificed during the Stonewall Riots. Each bottle gave back to the community through a non-profit donation. 

Barefoot has been a proud ally to the LGBTQ community since the ‘80s, when they made their first donation to an LGBTQ organization. Since then, the brand has sponsored hundreds of Pride Festivals worldwide, provided wine and bubbly for countless LGBTQ non-profit organizations and has given the community a platform to share their stories with several content series including One Stride, Many Journeys and the short documentary One Stride: Chosen Family

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 ounces Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry
  • 6 mint sprigs (approximately 12-15 leaves)
  • ½ ounce maple syrup
  • 2/3 ounce E&J Gallo XO Brandy
  • Candy Cane

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add maple syrup and brandy
  3. Shake hard to break up the mint
  4. Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice
  5. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry
  6. Garnish with candy cane

Holiday Frost

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 ounces Barefoot Sweet Red
  • 1/2 ounce Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 ounce Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/4 ounce Lime Juice
  • 1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
  • Sugar Coated Raspberries Garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Gently roll raspberries in granulated sugar and place on a cocktail pick. Set aside. 
  2. Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  3. Shake until well chilled. 
  4. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. 
  5. Place sugar coated raspberries on pick across glass 

Stoli Baby New Year

INGREDIENTS:

1.5 parts Stoli Razberi

1 part sweet Riesling

0.5 parts fresh lemon juice

Champagne

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients (except champagne) in a shaker with ice. 

Shake and strain into a champagne flute. 

Top with champagne and garnish with a fresh raspberry. 

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