Don’t miss these Miami holiday festivities!
The best part about holiday season in Miami is that it’s the holiday season. In Miami. Which means enjoying Yuletide cheer without having to freeze while doing it. Day after day of bright sunshine and gorgeous breezy weather are made even more beautiful by palm trees adorned with twinkling lights and storefronts decked out in holiday magnificence.
With Halloween come and gone, Thanksgiving right around the corner, and Christmas not far behind, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit.
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
October 29, 2015 – January 3, 2016
For the 26th straight year, Miami’s Tropical Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with over three million lights, holiday music, a 90-foot Christmas tree, kiddie rides, carnival thrill rides and a spectacular light show. There are plenty of food tents serving up carnival eats like candy apples and funnel cakes as well as cuisine from around the world. A multitude of carnival games gives you the chance to win gifts for the entire family.
Baptist Health South Florida Turkey Day Run Miami at Tropical Park
November 26, 2015
Get out in front of Turkey Day Guilt by kicking off the day with a little exercise. Run, jog or walk the 5K and 10K courses and sign the little ones up for the Kids Trot. All courses start in Tropical Park and pass by Santa’s Enchanted Forest before winding up in the park’s stadium as family and friends cheer on runners and walkers.
41st Annual North Miami Winternational Thanksgiving Parade
November 26, 2015
Why watch some New York City parade on TV when you can take the family to a real, live spectacle right in North Miami. Celebrating its 41st run, the North Miami Winternational Thanksgiving Parade features marching bands, dance performances, magnificent floats, great food and much, much more.
Christmas Tree Lighting and Food Truck Invasion at Bayfront Park
November 27, 2015
Head to Bayfront Park the day after Thanksgiving to officially kick off Christmas season in Miami. As the lights go up on a majestic 50-foot Christmas tree, you can get in the spirit with holiday tunes while enjoying the flavors of the city’s best food trucks.
Winterfest Boat Parade
December 12, 2015
Nothing captures the spirit of the holidays in Miami like a floating armada of over 100 spectacularly lit sailboats, yachts, barges, gondolas and kayaks (and anything else that floats) gliding down the Intracoastal. This year’s Winterfest Parade Grand Marshall Nick Cannon will preside over the “Fairytales Afloat” procession that will include a circus barge with elephants and acrobats, a floating bus, a fire truck and more!
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
December 15 – 27, 2015
Catch Dr. Suess’ beloved Christmas bedtime tale live at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Watch the holiday loving Whos of Whoville restore the Christmas spirit to the cold-hearted Grinch and his dog Max, while singing along to the hits “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.”
Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami
December 16-23, 2015
Get a little wild this holiday season at Zoo Miami. Each evening for eight enchanted nights, the zoo sparkles to life with brilliant, animal-shaped lights lining the walkways, wonderful holiday tunes playing over the speakers and vendors offering hot chocolate, fresh baked cookies and more. Additional attractions include photo ops with Santa, camel rides, a wildlife carousel, a hippo slide and a 3-D light show.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
December 27, 2015
What better way to bring the holiday season to a close than with a performance of this cherished ballet at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater? Performances take place at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.