The vacation season is finally here and Miami is the perfect place to start your Christmas! Experience the beautiful, sunny weather and enjoy all the traditional Christmas activities Miami has to offer. From light shows to ice skating, the Magic City will enchant you with its magical wonderland of Christmas activities.
Prepare to be dazzled and delighted as you explore the city’s festive events and attractions. With live music, festive decorations, and plenty of family-friendly activities, Miami is sure to make you merry and bright this Christmas!
Let’s take a moment to marvel at all the wonderful Christmas activities taking place here in Miami!
1. Santa’s Enchanted Forest
Enjoy the Christmas spirit with an exciting experience at Santa’s Enchanted Forest! South Florida’s largest and brightest Christmas amusement park with an impressively tall Christmas tree, millions of twinkling lights and thrilling rides for all ages – from those who prefer to take it easy to those looking for an adrenaline rush.
Santa is preparing for a magical new environment in Doral for his 2022 season! Now he can welcome even more visitors with over 40 acres of attractions and three entrances. Plus, there’s plenty of parking – you won’t have to worry this Christmas!
Experience Santa’s Enchanted Forest from November 9, 2022 through January 8, 2023!
2. The Deering Estate
An enchanted Christmas awaits you at the Deering Estate with Historic Holiday Décor: A Jazzy Holiday. Enter the timeless Christmas display featuring more than a dozen majestic trees – from the grand 17-foot tree in Great Hall to the smaller decorated trees in the historic house museum. Delight in the beauty of each sparkling decoration that brings the architectural details and lush furnishings to life.
Alfredo Brito, the award-winning designer of the famed Deering Estate, has assembled a team of elite decorators to spruce up homes for the coveted vacation season.
Historic Christmas decorations will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, through Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 (gates close at 4 p.m.). The Deering Estate will be closed on Christmas Day.
Holiday Evening Strolls
Walk through the main grounds and historic homes that glow at night. Enjoy the warmth of a bonfire and the showing of Christmas movies! Children can bring and drop off their letters to Santa. At the end of the evening, Mrs. Claus will come and read bedtime stories to the children from afar.
Gather your loved ones and spend an unforgettable Christmas evening at the Deering Estate on Friday, Dec. 2, and Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Celebrate the spirit of the season in festive spirit and heartwarming merriment!
Story Time and Photos with Santa
Experience the wonder of storytime hosted by Santa’s elves and the Miami-Dade County Public Library System! Capture a timeless moment with Santa (for an additional fee) in the beautiful Great Hall, then settle in for magical Christmas arts and crafts activities.
New this year is the Christmas Market hosted by the Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay Mothers’ Clubs. Santa Claus is coming to the Deering Estate on Saturday, December 17! Mark your calendars from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a once-in-a-lifetime visit from the jolly old elf.
Holiday Evening by the Bay
Embark on a magical journey by packing a picnic and enjoying a refreshing beverage with your family and friends. Bring blankets, chairs, refreshments and delicious treats in picnic baskets. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the stunning main grounds adorned with lights and opulent decorations.
This event will be held on 21 December from 17:00 to 21:00 EST
3. Fort Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade
This holiday season, experience the exciting spectacle of the Fort Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade. Boats of all shapes and sizes cruise the Intracoastal, brightly lit with thousands of lights, creating excitement and joy at every sight.
The 51st annual Christmas Parade will be held on December 10, 2022. It begins at 6 p.m. downtown with a display of non-motorized vessels before the motorized vessels depart at 6:30 p.m. There’s no better way to get in the spirit this time of year than a unique experience like this!
4. The NightGarden Miami
This Christmas, you can be enchanted by a nighttime stroll through Miami’s stunning Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – an illuminated experience filled with fantasy and wonder, where things like the wise talking tree, flying fairies and a sunflower maze come to life. You’ll be transported to a world of infinite beauty, a feast for the senses and a unique opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Step into the mysterious realm of NightGarden and explore its wonders! Traverse the amazing rainbow-colored paths and have delightful conversations with the wise old tree. Venture on a captivating fairy quest and be surprised by all the enchanting surprises that await you.
5. Flamingo Gardens’ Garden Of Lights
For nearly a century, Flamingo Gardens has been known as one of the oldest botanical gardens and attractions in all of South Florida. Today, it’s more than just a garden; Flamingo Gardens is the ultimate Everglades Learning Center and a breathtaking wildlife and botanical sanctuary!
As twinkling night approaches, the Arboretum and Wray Lawn at Flamingo Gardens come to life! At its annual Christmas event, Flamingo Gardens invites guests on a glittering journey through the illuminated and decorated botanical gardens.
Each year on Christmas Eve, Flamingo Gardens presents an unforgettable gift – a festive concert with live music! Enjoy captivating performances by well-known musicians of the city and let the Christmas magic envelop you.
Miami at Christmas is Truly a Magical Time of Year
Miami lives up to the hype around Christmas – it’s a magical wonderland filled with festive cheer, twinkling lights and festive activities and attractions. If you want to create magical memories this vacation season, pack your bags and head to Miami! From light shows on Miami Beach to Santa Claus riding his sleigh around town, there’s plenty of fun for everyone, no matter what age.We at Kaskades Hotel South Beach wish you a Merry Christmas and a perfect start to the New Year! Book your stay with us and enjoy Christmas with family and friends in Miami.