Visiting Santa’s Enchanted Forest: What to Expect

A former football coach volunteer, Brian Shechtman spends his days working with charities through his company, Santa’s Enchanted Forest. A seasonal theme park, Santa’s Enchanted Forest provides the public with spirited holiday activities which are organized and improved each year by Brian Shechtman.

Located in Miami, Florida, Santa’s Enchanted Forest was founded 32 years ago. It is noted for more than 100 rides and attractions and maintains its status as the world’s largest holiday theme park and carnival. The park opens at the end of October and operates through the beginning of January. Guests enjoy evenings filled with thrill rides, holiday music, millions of twinkling lights, and interactive activities such as bungee jumping and mechanical bull riding. The park also coordinates a schedule of shows to delight visitors, like Cirque Equinox and Sea Lion Splash Spectacular. In 2014, a Frisbee Dog Show was added to the list of 10 productions.

Known to attract celebrities like NBA basketball player Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union, Santa’s Enchanted Forest offers single-day and express passes. Those looking to visit the park numerous times throughout the season may benefit from regular season passes, which start at $41.12 as of 2014. Children two and under may enjoy the holiday theme park for free.


I Have a Dream Foundation Helps Miami Students Succeed

Since 1983, Brian Shechtman has owned and operated Santa’s Enchanted Forest Christmas theme park in Miami, Florida. With more than 100 rides, shows, and attractions, the park also features the largest Christmas tree in South Florida and millions of holiday lights. Brian Shechtman welcomes many charitable organizations to the park each year, one of which is the I Have a Dream Foundation, a group that provides academic and social support to students from low-income areas. It is one of his favorite charities.

Founded in 1981 in New York City, the I Have a Dream Foundation supports students nationwide through a number of local chapters. The I Have a Dream Foundation of Miami, for example, originally adopted 97 students from the second grade class at Charles R. Drew School in Liberty City. By providing academic support, as well as cultural and recreational activities throughout the students’ elementary, middle, and high school careers, the program helped 95 of its Dreamers reach 12th grade. In 2005, a total of 83 of the students graduated high school. Furthermore, 60 went on to university education, and have either graduated from, or are currently attending, institutes of higher learning.

Brian Shechtman’s Winter Wonderland


What place comes to mind when you think of the ideal location for a winter wonderland? If you said Miami, that would be correct! Santa’s Enchanted Forest has over 100 rides, games, shows, and other attractions on offer. Owned by Brian Shechtman, Santa’s Enchanted Forest holds the truly merry distinction of being the world’s largest Christmas-themed park. Brian Shechtman works to bring the latest rides and special shows to his park and handles the marketing for it.

The park includes a huge number of rides, including some for younger and older kids. The games offered are classic carnival favorites like the ring toss and water gun races. There are also lots of nightly shows to choose from if customers need some downtime between the rides and games.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest commonly makes special accommodation for local and international charities to make visits including: Ronald McDonald House, Make-a-Wish Foundation, I Have a Dream Foundation; Miami Children’s Oncology Department, Here’s Help Foundation, The Alonzo Mourning Charities, and many others.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is located at Tropical Park in Miami, near the freeway. Tickets and other information can be found at