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The 2021 Merrick Festival Caroling Competition

The Caroling Competition is an eagerly awaited holiday tradition in the City of Coral Gables. It was 1987 when the 550 Biltmore Way Building first presented the City with the spectacular poinsettia tree. The event is hosted by the 550 Building, and it’s owners, CGI Merchant Group,

Every year, the lions don their Santa hats and Biltmore Way becomes the stage for some of the most amazing musical talent in South Florida. It’s a special way of celebrating the holidays, continuing the tradition of the festive sound of children, caroling in front of the holiday tree. It’s HOLIDAY GLEE!

For 2021, the Caroling Competition returns, live and in person to Biltmore Way. 30 Miami-Dade and Broward, middle and senior high, public, private and parochial schools, over 1,500 young people, are competing for $20,000 in cash prizes contributed by local businesses, foundations and municipal organizations.

The Competition is a showcase for the extraordinarily talented young people in our community. Today, the music programs in our schools have taken a back seat to other agendas. But nothing can ever stop the music! Such talent can’t be hidden, nor hushed. We celebrate that music, and the children who perform it.

Since its inception, the Caroling Competition has given out nearly $500,000 to help encourage and grow the music programs in our schools. This support is made possible by grants from both Miami Dade Cultural Affairs Council and the Coral Gables Cultural Development Board and a whole host of dedicated sponsors and supporters.

The Caroling Competition takes place over five nights on the steps of 550 Biltmore. Beginning on Wednesday, December 1st, performances run through Sunday afternoon, December 5th. Different schools appear every half hour, each evening. Middle Schools perform on Wednesday and Friday. Senior High performances are on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 3 until 6 pm. Evening performances run from 7 until 10 p.m. Winners return on Tuesday, December 7th. All of the performances are free.


Wednesday, December 1st
Middle School
7:00 p.m. Somerset City Arts
7:30 p.m. Renaissance Charter Middle
8:00 p.m. Alexander Montessori K-8
8:30 p.m. Mays Middle Conservatory
9:00 p.m. Academy for Int’l Education (AIE)
9:30 p.m. St. Timothy’s Parish School

Thursday, December 2nd
Senior High
7:00 p.m. Miami Arts Studio Senior High
7:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School
8:00 p.m. Miami Senior High School
8:30 p.m. Archimedean Upper Conservatory
9:00 p.m. Terra Environmental Research Institute
9:30 p.m. Miami Arts Charter

Friday, December 3rd
Middle School
7:00 p.m. Youth Co-Op Preparatory Charter
7:30 p.m. Everglades K-8
8:00.p.m. Downtown Doral Charter Upper School (DDCUS)
8:30 p.m. Florida Christian Middle School
9:00 p.m. Miami Arts Studio Middle School
9:30 p.m. South Miami Middle School

Saturday, December 4th
Senior High
7:00 p.m. New World School of the Arts
7:30 p.m. Avant Garde Academy
8:00 p.m. Robert Morgan Senior High
8:30 p.m. Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High
9:00 p.m. Florida Christian Senior High School
9:30 p.m. Coral Reef Senior High School

Sunday, December 5th
Senior High
3:00 p.m. Hialeah Senior High School
3:30 p.m. Doral Academy Prep
4:00 p.m. True North Classical Academy
4:30 p.m. Coral Gables Senior High
5:00 p.m. St. Brendan’s Senior High
5:30 p.m. Our Lady of Lourdes Academy

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