Why we love life in South Florida: The Chongalicious Girls are the King Mango Strut Grand Marshalls!

Full Moon Dinners at
at Ritz Carlton • Key Biscayne
Dec. 22nd & 23rd

Moon over WaterEnjoy a romantic 3- or 4-course moonlit dinner on the outdoor terrace at the Ritz Carlton’s award-winning Tuscan Cioppino Italian restaurant or beachside at their Cantina Beach Mexican restaurant. Dinner begins in time to witness the full moon rising.

  • Live acoustic music
  • Seating is limited and reservations are required
  • 4-course dinner on Cioppino terrace is $55 per person / $85 with wine pairing (tax and gratuity not included) 305-365-4286
  • 3-course dinner at the oceanfront Cantina Beach is $45 per person / $65 with tequila pairing (tax and gratuity not included) 305-365-4500

If you plan to watch some fireworks this New Year’s Eve, the popular vote for the biggest and best fireworks display is downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park. And best of all, it’s free. They also do the Big Orange ball drop likes Times Square.

The Miami Herald has a comprehensive list of upcoming events around New Year’s Eve, if you are still wondering what there is to do here in paradise. What isn’t there?! It’s a who’s who of celebrities around town: Kim Kardashian at Mansion, Shannon Elizabeth at either or both the Catalina or the Sagamore, Carmen Electra at (Parrot) Jungle Island. Celebrity is a dubious title in some settings, none more original than the King Mango Strut–poking fun at all the craziness that is life here in paradise. This year’s parade will be hosted by the Chongalicious Girls! Not since Joey Buttafuoco was scheduled to introduce Andrew “Dice” Clay concert in Madison Square Gardens has anything seemed a more perfect match! Be there at 2:00 p.m., December 30th at Commodore Plaza in the Grove. Bring your Sharpie!

If you have time off before January 6th and are willing to drive, Boca Raton’s Caldwell Theatre Company’s first production in its new home the Count de Hoernle Theater (a $10 million venue) is John Patrick Shanley’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning play “Doubt” (Shanley wrote the screenplays for much-quoted cult classic “Joe vs. The Volcano” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and “Moonstruck” with Cher and Nicholas Cage, which won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Read the Miami Herald review. Call 561-241-7432 in Boca Raton, 1-877-245-7432 elsewhere or visit www.caldwelltheatre.com

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