The holiday time of the year is great for South Floridians because to many, it is a time to start to relax in terms of the daily, weekly and monthly routines. The markets that open up whether seasonal or year-round holiday themed are a great excuse for people to get out of the house and browse. Most of the time, the browsing turns to buying as the wife or girlfriend finds an item that they just cannot do without. These five stores around South Florida will help inject everyone with the Christmas spirit and make long lines worth the effort during the holidays.
800 NE 13th St
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
This business opened in 1992 as a seasonal business and now it is open year-round. Christmas Palace offers all kinds of decorations, trees and the store is a delight just to visit and browse to get a quick “Christmas spirit” fix before venturing out into traffic on the way home. The buyer that goes to the Christmas palace shouldn’t feel as if all they’ll see is red and green of everything (lights, wreaths, etc.). Christmas Palace has blue, violet and multicolored ornaments, silver, white, pink and purple flowers and various types of lights from flex to curtain, icicle lights to LED and replacement lights.
To The Moon
2205 Wilton Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305
Halloween isn’t the only holiday where people can eat lots of candy. Christmas justifies making cupcakes, eating gingerbread and sucking down candy canes by the truckload. To The Moon is a business where the frustrated baker can go buy holiday treats to take home, decorate around the house and then eat after when everyone goes to sleep.
Shima Home Decor
7200 N.W. 56th St.
Miami, FL 33166
For a family or single person that walks into Shima’s store, they could find every type of decoration to make their house according to their visions of Christmas. There are elves available for sale, tree decorations, gingerbread houses (artificial), candy canes, candy pizza decorations and poinsettia flower decorations.
North Cut Christmas Trees
7900 S.W. 104th St.
Miami, FL 33156
There’s nothing that encapsulates holiday shopping more than going to buy a Christmas tree at an outdoor tent market on a breezy, crisply dry day. The fresh smell of pine is in the air and the temperature makes it acceptable to put on a jacket or sweater and walk around with a cup of coffee. As the helpful laborers tie the tree onto the car, the air of goodwill flows from everyone and for a while it’s a great escape.
Chan’s Silk Flower
5300 N.W. 72nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33166
This shop has been in the same location for 27 years, east of the Northwest 58th Street exit of the Palmetto. Chan’s Silk Flower offers 425 items for Christmas with the ability to purchase in-store or online and pick it up in the store. Everything is on hand to decorate one’s house and fill everyone who lives there and visits with the holiday spirit.
Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on Examiner.com.