Get Festive At Miami's 10 Best Holiday Attractions

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 or Dadeland, attending various Noche Buena parties (at which you will surely either enjoy a glass of coquito or some lechon and congri), 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. Don't forget about the Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker or Zoo Miami’s Zoo Lights spectacular as well, 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!



Overlooking the magnificent Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami, this vast shopping complex offers a wealth of boutiques for men, women, and children of all ages. More than 150 shops are conveniently housed in an upscale, attractive shopping...  Read More

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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Lush and meticulously maintained, this garden showcases a wide range of tropical plants. Within its 83 acres, palms and cycads flourish, and a 16,000-square-foot conservatory shelters rare specimens. The Fairchild also offers a butterfly garden,...  Read More



HistoryMiami doesn't sound like the name of a historical museum, which is exactly what its board members had in mind. The less-bulky name signified a new direction for what was previously called the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. Today,...  Read More

New World Symphony at the New World Center
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The New World Center is the home and performance space of the renowned New World Symphony, a post-grad orchestral academy directed by the accomplished Grammy-award winner Michael Tilson Thomas. The center itself resemble a gigantic geode from...  Read More

South Dade


Pinto's Farm is a Redland-area attraction that's become extremely popular with local families over the years. That's probably because the farm always does it up right when it comes to holidays. In April, kiddos of all ages love to come here and...  Read More



Long-time Miami locals remember this 20-acre strip of land in the heart of Pinecrest as the original location of Parrot Jungle. The old parrot-themed park has since moved away by the Port of Miami, and what remains has been transformed into a...  Read More

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
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The luxurious Adrienne Arsht Center is the place to go to catch the Florida Grand Opera, jazz concerts, flamenco festivals, the Miami City Ballet, experimental theatre, traveling Broadway shows, Teatro Avante, quality comedy, and shows and other...  Read More

Santa's Enchanted Forest
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Santa's Enchanted Forest, the world's largest holiday theme park, pops up annually in Miami's backyard. Situated in Tropical Park, the amusement park-meets-Christmas extravaganza welcomes the masses every year from late October to early January....  Read More

South Dade


As the only US zoo set in a subtropical climate, Zoo Miami mesmerizes visitors with remarkable exhibits and creatures from around the world. Favorite animals include clouded leopards, Komodo dragons, and tree kangaroos. They get ample...  Read More

South Dade
Deering Estate
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Teeming with natural, archeological and historical appeal, the Deering Estate proves endlessly engaging. Excavations at the bayfront compound originally owned by Charles Deering (whose brother James built Vizcaya) have uncovered the remains of...  Read More


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