Five Ways to Show Your Appreciation This Veteran’s Day

At Santa’s Enchanted Forest, we are proud of the men and women who serve, defend and protect our country now and in the past. In honor of Veteran’s Day, here are five ways to show your appreciation this Veteran’s Day.

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Bring a Veteran to Santa’s Enchanted Forest
Let us thank your veteran and celebrate our heroes in person! Holiday spirit, family fun, thrilling rides, delicious food – it’s an evening of enchantment for the entire family. We have a special offer for veterans and active service members on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11. Qualified active service members and veterans receive $10 off a single-day admission ticket when they present a valid military ID and/or proof of service at Santa’s box office. Up to four family members and dependents may also receive $5 off their admission price when visiting with a qualifying service member. For more details on this special offer, please visit our website.

Attend a Veteran’s Day Event
Cities across the country celebrate Veterans Day with special ceremonies and parades. For example, the Miami Beach Veterans Day Parade and Picnic will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m. The annual parade takes place along Ocean Drive from 5th to 14th street and is followed by a picnic and demonstration from the All-Veterans Parachute Team. Find other events online or from your local news media.

Roy Rogers said, “We can’t all be heroes; someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” Here’s our chance. Take the opportunity to applaud their commitment, dedication and sacrifice.

Fly a Flag
Veteran’s Day is a great opportunity to fly the flag. There are rules for properly displaying the American flag, so if you’re not exactly sure what those are, check out Military.com’s guide to the flag.

Talk to a Veteran
Do you know a family member or friend who has served? Take a minute to ask him or her about their service experience. Ask about what they did and how long they served. Listen and give them your full attention. Also, understand that sometimes it’s not a topic veterans want to discuss. It’s okay then to simply thank them for their service.

Send a Note
If you know a veteran, write a  postcard or e-card that recognizes them on Veterans Day.

For more information and additional ideas, read  “8 Ways to Express Appreciation on Veterans Day” at military.com.


Santa’s Enchanted Forest, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; Open 5pm – Midnight daily, from November 2, 2017 – January 7, 2018, including holidays.

35 Winners for 35 Years!

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is Now Open for its 35th Year! We plan to party all season long and look forward to sharing this celebration with you. For starters, let’s kick this anniversary off with a season of winners. Want to win a pair of tickets to the park? Now’s your chance. Click here to enter.

We will choose five winners at random each week beginning Nov. 9 for seven weeks until we’ve named 35 winners. See what we did there – a winner for each year we’re celebrating!

We’d also love to hear all of your memories from the past 35 years. We have so many enjoyable memories from seasons past, and we’ll share a few below. Tell us about your most memorable visit – whether it’s your first visit or if coming to the park has been a longstanding family tradition passed on from generation to generation. Comment on our blog or post on social media using the hashtag #SEF35.

Youthful Exuberance

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Santa’s has something for every age, but we delight in seeing the faces of kids experiencing the excitement for the first time. The smiles are priceless and timeless!

Thrilling Rides

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The reactions to our rides never disappoint! Visitors show how much fun they are having in their expressions and we love it! And this year we’ve added new thrills with the Sky High Ferris Wheel and the Mega Drop. Check out all our rides and share your favorites with us.

Photo Ops

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Meeting Santa. Santa on a jet ski. Santa on a boat. The Grinch on a jet ski. We’ve got cutouts, holiday displays and of course photo opportunities with our gorgeous tree and Santa himself. All of these pix warm our hearts. Tag us with your best snapshots!

Trick or Treating

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The costumes and laughter were always a great way to kick off the season. While we fondly share these pics from years past, please note that the dates for Halloween and Santa’s opening will once again align in 2019 and 2020 … it’s never too early to start planning for Halloween with Santa!

Romance

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We’ve had stories of engagements on Mistletoe Lane – the lights and gazebo are the perfect setting for this milestone. Do you have a tale to share? Your first date, anniversary celebration? Let us know! And if you are planning on having date night at Santa’s, try these activities to add a little fun competition to the evening. Be sure to tell us your favorite part!

Holiday Decorations

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We love lighting up the South Florida skies every night. From the largest Christmas tree in the area to the literally millions of bulbs that decorate our space, we are so happy to extend the holiday spirit to everyone. We hope you’ve enjoyed the spectacular light shows we’ve shared over the years.

It’s wonderful that we now get to see so many more of our visitor’s special moments, thanks to social media. We hope you’ll continue to share them with us for years to come! Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win tickets! There’s so much to see and do this 35th season at Santa’s Enchanted Forest!


Santa’s Enchanted Forest, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; Open 5pm – Midnight daily, from November 2, 2017 – January 7, 2018, including holidays.

Season Pass Holders: Read Before You Go

Thank you for purchasing your Season Pass! We’re thrilled to have you join us in celebrating our 35th anniversary. There are so many days and new ways to enjoy Santa’s this season including New rides like the Sky High Wheel (the Nation’s Largest traveling Ferris Wheel), New entertainment, a New Christmas Tree Spectacular and even more delicious carnival food! Are you READY to experience a SANTAS-tic season of holiday fun? Here’s some useful information to note before you head out to the park.

On your first visit this season, you will need to exchange your season pass ticket for a photo ID card before entering the park. There is no need to wait in the regular ticket lines – we have a separate area dedicated to season pass holders in order to expedite your entry. Before going through the front of the Santa’s Enchanted Forest castle, make an immediate right and look for signs that say “Season Pass Photos.”


 Three tips for exchanging your ticket for a photo ID card:

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If you are coming for the first time on the weekend, come early! Gates open at 5 p.m.

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Consider making your first visit on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. The lines are shorter and we can process your pass quickly.

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Remember to bring your season pass ticket (printed out or accessible on your phone), your driver’s license (or other valid government photo ID) and the credit card used to make the purchase. These items will be required in order to obtain your season pass card.


Also, don’t forget to check your inbox throughout the event for “Park Perks,” delivered exclusively to Season Pass Holders who purchased their passes online… It’s Santa’s gift to you.

Perks include discount coupons to use inside the park and other exclusive offers throughout the season. We’ll send you deals for Black Friday, an invite to bring a friend at a discounted price and VIP express pass opportunities for a steal.

See you soon!


Santa’s Enchanted Forest, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; Open 5pm – Midnight daily, from November 2, 2017 – January 7, 2018, including holidays.

Santa’s Thanks Our First Responders!

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Santa’s Enchanted Forest couldn’t be prouder to be celebrating its 35th anniversary in South Florida. When the doors open on November 2, you can expect to experience the holiday spirit, joy and fun that have kept visitors smiling and laughing for the last 35 years.

This anniversary, Santa’s wants to express its appreciation to its South Florida community and family for making Santa’s a success year after year.  We also want to take the opportunity to say a sincere thank you to all the first responders – firemen, police officers and paramedics – who not only jump to service during a crisis, but are also on site at Santa’s every season in the event of emergencies.

To further show our gratitude, South Florida’s first responders and their guests* are invited to enjoy Santa’s Opening night festivities!*  Santa’s will kick off the 2017 season with it’s annual tree lighting ceremony and a special dedication in honor of all the heroic efforts made for public safety.   Members of the Miami-Dade County Commission will also be present to express their appreciation. The celebration begins at 6:30pm. Join us November 2 as this exciting season gets under way! We hope to see you there.


Santa’s Enchanted Forest, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; Open 5pm – Midnight daily, from November 2, 2017 – January 7, 2018, including holidays.

*Police, paramedics and firefighters are invited to enjoy Opening Night Festivities at Santa’s Enchanted Forest and will receive 50% OFF regular single day admission tickets (including up to three additional guests). First responders must show a valid and current government-issued ID and accompany their guests to the park. Offer valid for November 2, 2017 only. 

12 Tips for Visiting Santa’s Enchanted Forest

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  1. Buy your park passes online. You’ll be able to head directly into the park and won’t have to spend time waiting to purchase tickets at the gate. Click the “Buy Tickets” tab on Santa’s Facebook Fan Page or visit santasenchantedforest.com to get your passes today.
  2. Come early – gates open at 5:00 p.m. – and stay late – the park is open until midnight. Seven hours of fun await!expresspassusers
  3. Visit Santa’s on a week night. Saturday is without a doubt the busiest night at the park, and the lines are definitely longer on the weekends. If Saturday is best for you, consider buying an Express Pass to skip the lines and get on your favorite rides quickly.
  4. Pack a disposable poncho or rain jacket – we mostly love South Florida weather in the winter, but sometimes it does get wet. As you know, the rain doesn’t last long when it does blow through, so being prepared means you won’t have to cut your trip short if the weather isn’t ideal.
  5. To beat the crowds, walk straight to the back of the park and then work your way to the front.
  6. On your way to the carnival rides, look at the schedules posted in front of the performance areas for each of our nine nightly show stages. Planning the best time to take in the amazing entertainment is a great way to get everyone in your group to meet up and watch a show together.
  7. Leave some time to indulge in our delicious food and beverage options. Grab dinner or a snack to enjoy while watching a show.carnivalgames
  8. Try your luck at a carnival game. Prizes make great gifts for kids of all ages!
  9. Look out for the specially designed Santa’s Enchanted Forest photo stops. Make a special memory and take a family photo.
  10. Take your picture with Santa. Head to his workshop early in the evening and then pick up the photos on your way out.sef_coloringmural
  11. Leave your mark on Santa’s by embracing the kid inside. Look for Santa’s coloring board and add your artwork to the mix.
  12. Buy a souvenir to help you recall the great memories all year round! From photos to knickknacks, there are lots of options to remember your special evening at the park.

With this plan in hand, you’re all set for magical evening at Santa’s Enchanted Forest!


Santa’s Enchanted Forest, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; Open 5pm – Midnight daily, from November 3, 2016 – January 8, 2017, including holidays.

Looking for the Perfect Gift?

Tickets to Santa’s Enchanted Forest are ideal for everyone on your holiday list!

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Type “best gift of the season” into any search engine, and a wealth of ideas – from the latest tech gadgets to the hottest kids toys – will appear on your screen. But if you’re looking for a gift that suits everyone on your Christmas list, we think that passes to Santa’s Enchanted Forest are at the top. Need a gift for …

Your significant other? With all of the holiday shopping, planning and activities, a night for just the two of you is definitely in order. Sneak two Santa’s Enchanted Forest passes in your love’s stocking – for extra fun, include our date night scavenger hunt – and enjoy an unforgettable evening.

Parents, grandparents and extended family? The greatest gift you can give any family – including your own – is time together. So why not spend those moments making incredible memories with a backdrop of millions of Christmas lights and tons of activities for every age? Up the preciousness of this gift by including a picture frame to hold the awesome family photo that will be taken with Santa or in front of South Florida’s largest Christmas tree.

Friends? Wrap up a single day pass as a present and include one for yourself. Significant others and family are not the only ones who cherish time together. Get a group of your besties together to compete in carnival games against one another, catch a daredevil motorcycle show or scream your heads off on the craziest rides. Eat a fried Snickers bar or share a gigantic elephant ear and add to the great stories you’ll have to tell.

Teachers? With half of the school year under their belts, teachers deserve an evening to feel like kids themselves over the winter break. A Santa’s Enchanted Forest pass gives them just that!

Teens? The best gift of the season is certainly a moving target when it comes to notoriously finicky teenagers. Give them the gift of time with their friends to conquer thrilling rides and indulge in sugary carnival treats. They can text, Snapchat and Instagram themselves into a frenzy!

Kids? Merry-go-round rides. Cotton candy. Holiday decorations. Santa Claus. Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a wonderland for children. The joy on their faces with be worth every penny.

Anyone else? There’s something for every taste at Santa’s.

Santa's Express PassAnd if folks on your holiday gift list already have season passes to Santa’s Enchanted Forest, don’t worry. Purchase an Express Pass – it makes a great stocking stuffer, too! Recipients will thank you for the opportunity to skip the lines and hop right on their favorite rides.

Celebrate the season with smiles, laughter and time together – purchase Santa’s Enchanted Forest passes online today!


Santa’s Enchanted Forest, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami; Open 5pm – Midnight daily, From November 3, 2016 – January 8, 2017, including holidays.

Santa’s Counts Its Blessings

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The month of November, and particularly Thanksgiving, is often a time for expressions of gratitude. Santa’s has a lot to be thankful for over the past 34 seasons. Below are just a few of the blessings we’ll be counting over smoked turkey legs at the park.

South Florida winter weather. Can you imagine trying to host our holiday wonderland in several feet of snow? Not to mention how hard it would be to keep the rides operating. We are very grateful visitors don’t have to bundle up in heavy winter coats, hats and scarves to enjoy Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

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How Well Do You Know Santa’s Enchanted Forest?

You know Santa’s Enchanted Forest is the world’s largest holiday theme park with over 100 rides, games, shows and attractions. But do you know how tall our Christmas tree is or when the park originally opened?

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Santa’s Loves Our Season Pass Holders!

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The anticipation and excitement of Opening Day is upon us and if you’ve already purchased a Season Pass online, then you’re ready to experience a SANTAS-tic Season of Holiday Fun!  Here’s some helpful information before you head out to the park.

On your first visit this season, you will need to exchange your season pass ticket for a photo ID card before entering the park. There is no need to wait in the regular ticket lines – we have a separate area dedicated to season pass holders in order to expedite your entry. Before entering Santa’s Enchanted Forest through the front of the castle, make an immediate right and look for signs that saySeason Pass Photos.”

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Five Reasons NOT to Miss Opening Weekend at Santa’s Enchanted Forest

  1. Lights, music, action! Santa’s Enchanted Forest Kicks off its 34th season with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and NEW Christmas Tree Light Show Spectacular. Feel the spirit of the holiday season come alive as you delight in the lights and sounds of South Florida’s largest Christmas tree (90 ft. tall!).

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