Santa’s Enchanted Forest is returning soon — but there’s a spooky twist.

This is the 35th anniversary for Santa's Enchanted Forest, a fair with holiday lights and carnival rides at Tropical Park.

Thanks to a holiday mashup, South Florida residents can visit House of Horror and Santa’s Enchanted Forest on the same day — but only during a short window of time.

House of Horror closes at the Miami International Mall on Nov. 4. It returned for its 17th year in early October after a delay due to Hurricane Irma.

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Santa’s Enchanted Forest opens at Tropical Park Nov. 2. The overlap means the two theme parks will coexist for three days in November.

It’s not the first time this has happened, the team at House of Horror said. But it’s rare – this might be only the second or third time.

Both carnivals have become mainstays during Miami’s holiday season, but Santa’s Enchanted Forest has been around more than twice as long as House of Horror.

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House of Horror is celebrating 17 season in Miami-Dade County, while Santa’s Enchanted Forest is marking 35 years. You can experience both during a short window when both festivals are open.

House of Horror opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 11 p.m. on Thursday and opens at 5:30 p.m. with a closing time of midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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Doors at Santa’s Enchanted Forest open at 5 p.m. and close at midnight daily (except on New Year’s Eve, when they close at 11 p.m.), through Jan. 7.

Season pass tickets can be purchased online at a discounted rate before the opening date. All rides at Santa’s Enchanted Forest are free with the purchase of a ticket.

This year, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is celebrating the efforts of first responders by offering 50 percent off tickets on Nov. 2. The discount marks the amusement park’s 35 years in business, according to its official website.


What: Santa’s Enchanted Forest
When: Nov. 2, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018
Hours: 5 p.m. – midnight (except on New Year’s Eve)
Where: Tropical Park 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155

7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155