While the rest of the country enjoys (or laments) their white christmas, Miami (as usual) marches to the beat of a different holiday drum. Locals here have a certain set of traditions they follow, and the snowbirds who land here to escape the frigid cold of the north are more than welcome to join in.
Holidays in Miami mean three things: surviving marathon shopping at places like the Dolphin Mall, attending various Noche Buena parties (at which you will surely either enjoy a glass of coquito or some lechon), and a trip to Santa’s.
This list won’t include much about the former two (you’ll have to read our 10best list for holiday shopping in Miami), but we can tell you a thing or two about Santa’s, which is short for Santa’s Enchanted Forest. This long-standing Miami tradition is almost like a rite of passage. Thousands of twinkling lights and festive displays followed by carnival rides and games in the only Christmas-themed carnival in Florida make this a must-attend event.
And then there are other, family-friendly events to choose from, like the storytelling events and a holiday cruise at the Deering Estate. And there are other events, like the Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker or Zoo Miami’s Zoo Lights spectacular that are sure to please children of all ages. Use this list as a guide, nay, a check list of all the things you must do this holiday season!