This Week In Coral Gables

Here is a list of important dates with events taking place in the City Beautiful this week.

December 1st – Trash Pit Warnings & Fines

On December 1st, the City will officially begin warning and placing fines on households that place recyclable cardboard boxes in their trash pits. City staff has been instructed not to pick up cardboard boxes from trash pits beginning December 1st.

The City has been showcasing the policy through its “Break the Box” campaign over the last few months.

Cardboard boxes should be broken up or flattened and placed inside or next to recycle bins.

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December 1st – December 5th – Caroling Competition

“The Caroling Competition has become an eagerly awaited holiday tradition in the City of Coral Gables. It began in 1987 when the 550 Building first presented the City with the spectacular poinsettia tree. It’s become a special way of celebrating the holidays, continuing the tradition of the festive sound of children, caroling in front of the holiday tree. The Competition always begins the Wednesday after Thanksgiving and continues through Sunday, with the Award Show held always on the following Tuesday. The Competition is non-sectarian and presents the music of the season regardless of its origins.

Only 15 schools participated in the first year of the Competition. Now, 30 Miami-Dade and Broward County middle and senior, public, private and parochial schools, more than 1,500 children, compete for $25,000 contributed by 550 Building tenants, local businesses and municipal organizations. Additionally, every school gets a performance fee, generously provided by a grant from Miami Dade Cultural Affairs, to help cover the cost of bringing their choir to the Competition.”

The Caroling Competition will run from December 1st to December 5th at 550 Biltmore Way.

For more information about the Caroling Competition, please visit:

December 2 – Keep Coral Gables Beautiful Downtown Cleanup

Kick off the season of giving by getting involved in your community. Help us Keep Coral Gables Beautiful by participating in cleaning up Downtown Coral Gables. Meet us on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Coral Gables Chamber office, 201 Alhambra Circle. Get into the spirit of the season by donning your favorite holiday attire! Enter the Most Pounds Collected Contest for a chance to win one of several prizes valued at more than $1,000. This is one cleanup you don’t want to miss. Learn more by visiting

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December 3 – City of Coral Gables Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join members of the Coral Gables City Commission for the lighting of the Holiday Tree on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at Merrick Park in front of City Hall located at 405 Biltmore Way.

The event space will open at 5 p.m. for early VIP access and open at 6 p.m. for the general public. Event includes the grand opening of the Holiday Park, a three-hour show, carnival games, holiday craft and food vendors and a visit from Santa to light up the tree.

Advanced ticket registration is required to participate. Coral Gables residents will have the opportunity to purchase VIP family tickets, premier access to the Holiday Park playground from 5 – 7 p.m., a souvenir green screen photo opportunity, a custom hot beverage and a family bucket with snacks, crafts, and souvenirs. The VIP Resident ticket will grant ticket access, seating and amenities for up to four family members at a fee of $30.00. Limited general admission (standing room only) tickets will be available free of charge.

If purchasing a VIP Resident Family ticket, proof of Coral Gables residency will need to be provide at check-in.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit: or email [email protected] .

December 4 – North Gables Harvest Market

Visit the new North Gables harvest market every Saturday through Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will be at 140 Minorca Ave., between Ponce de Leon Blvd. and Galiano St. (in front of Coral Gables Preparatory School). This free, family-friendly event will feature locally grown produce, artisan foods, local Gables’ restaurant delights, handmade arts and crafts, specialty products and more. There will be music and kids activities as well as alfresco dining. 

 For additional informational, contact [email protected] or call 305-460-5600. 


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