The holidays are different in Miami. There’s no doubt about that. While it seems like God himself will hear everyone else’s prayers for a White Christmas, in Miami, our holidays are marked by more sun.
But what we lack in winter weather during the holidays, we make up for in a great number of festivities for the entire family. Miami’s holidays include festivals, concerts, theater productions, faux snow and boat parades.
Not feeling touched with the holiday spirit just yet? Don’t be a scrooge, make plans to attend any of these upcoming holiday events.
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Santa’s Enchanted Forest
An institution of Miami’s holiday cheer for 35 years, the carnival boasts more than 100 rides, shows, games, attractions, and Christmas trees.
Magical Snowfall at Dolphin Mall
The annual tradition returns to Dolphin Mall: snow in South Florida! Children receive magical wands to make the snow appear every evening in the Ramblas Plaza.
What: Magic Snowfall at Dolphin Mall
When: Nov. 22, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018, except on Nov. 23, Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1
Time: 7 p.m. daily, with an additional 9 p.m. snowfall on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Where: Ramblas Plaza at the Dolphin Mall, 11401 N.W. 12th St. Miami, FL 33172
The Symphony of Lights
Visit the park’s holiday village with a 50-foot Christmas tree, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a DJ, stilt jumpers, jugglers, tattoo artists, train rides, and thousands of lights coordinated to music every day at 5 p.m.
The animals of Zoo Miami are aglow for the holidays! Wander through the property on Fridays and Saturdays in December to experience different themed evenings, and every night from Dec. 26 to 30.
Families can enjoy lit up trees and animal shapes, hot chocolate and cookies, photos with Santa, and holiday music at Zoo Lights.
Winter Shorts: America’s Short Play Winter Festival
Short plays no more than 10 minutes long get a dash of holiday cheer. The actors of City Theatre perform naughty and nice pieces by the country’s best playwrights.
Miami City Ballet Presents George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
The Miami City Ballet presents its new production of “The Nutcracker” with mesmerizing choreography by George Balanchine and the classic score by Tchaikovsky.
Victorian Christmas at Stranahan House
Travel back in time to the Victorian Era with Frank and Ivy Stranahan, the founders of Fort Lauderdale, in their decadent home with guides in period clothing, live music, photos, and other classic fun.
The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays
Three tenors? Try 10. The group from Australia performs both traditional and contemporary holiday songs, including “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” Amazing Grace,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Feliz Navidad” and more.