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2016 Christmas and Holiday Events in Miami

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2016 Christmas and Holiday Events in Miami

What's On This Year: Kenny G, the Nutcracker, Trans-Siberian Orchestra...

Christmas in Miami

Ho! Ho! Ho! Stringing our lights around the palm trees and Santa is getting ready to surf!

Christmas in Miami is about enjoying the sunshine and gorgeous breezy weather!

And to get into the spirit, our regular events are back with plenty of lights, shiny ornaments and holiday cheer.

Here are this year's most popular Christmas and Holiday Season events and celebrations in Miami.

Christmas Festivals, Fairs, Parades, Tree Lightings...

Christmas in Miami: Christmas Tree Lightings

And in the Holiday Entertainment Calendar:

Christmas Concerts and Entertainment in Miami: The Nutcracker

Top Picks Christmas Events for Kids and Families:

Christmas in Miami: Fun for Kids and Families at Santas Enchanted Forest

And check out the New Year's Eve Holiday events in Miami.

Miami New Years Eve Fireworks

Christmas and Holiday Festivals, Parades, Fairs and Events

Santa's Enchanted Forest - November 3, 2016 to January 8, 2017

Santa's Enchanted Forest

The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back on its 26th year with its 3 million lights, 92" christmas tree, and the carnival rides for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.

Located in the heart of Miami in Tropical Park, you will no doubt see the lights from the highway as you drive past.

It is a huge sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!

When? November 3, 2016 to January 8, 2017 - 5:00pm to Midnight

Where? Tropical Park, on the Palmetto (SR826) and Bird Road (40th Street) 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155

How Much? Adults (10-64) $31.78, Children (3-9) $22.43, Seniors (65+) $22.43 Season and express passes available.

More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest

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Christmas Tree Lighting at Bayfront Park - November 25, 2016

Christmas Tree Lighting at Bayfront Park

The official kick off to the holiday season in downtown Miami takes place the day after Thanksgiving as Bayfront Park unveils its 50-foot tree covered with glittering lights.

The countdown to the tree lighting is accompanied by cheery holiday music, so come and take a break from the shopping and enjoy the spirit of the holidays.

While you're at it, la Feria del Mercado de San Miguel also takes place at Bayfront Park, so come an enjoy some tapas and the fantastic atmosphere of this beloved Spanish market.

When? Friday, November 25, 2016, tree lighting at 7:00 pm.

Where? Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.

How Much? FREE!

More info: Directions and Parking

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Miami Lantern Light Festival

Lantern Light Festival

A spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes, a fantastic warm up for the holiday season!

The Lantern Light festival is a six week celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, and incredible cuisine.

Each Chinese lantern is custom-built by Chinese artisans and typically takes four weeks and a team of seven to complete.

The lanterns are handmade from hundreds of pieces of silky cloth. Some are over 30 feet high and others are up to 300 feet long.

When? November 30, 2016 - January 8, 2017 - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Where? Miami - Dade County Fair Expo Center at 10921 SW 24 Street, Miami, FL 33165

How Much? Adults $25, Children (2-15) Seniors and Active Military $21, Season Pass $62, Parking $5

More Info, tickets:

Selected dates Groupon discount tickets November 30 - January 5, 2016, Adult $27 $20 More details at Groupon.

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Barry University Special Christmas - December 3, 2016

Barry University Special Christmas

A fun, family friendly, FREE community event held on the main campus at Barry University.

What's on? Santa's Village will feature arts & crafts and a visit with Santa Claus, a Food Truck court, a Main Stage with children's choirs from local schools, lots of interactive activities and of course a Holiday Marketplace.

When? Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 12:00 to 6:00 pm

Where? Barry University at 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33161

How Much? FREE!

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Winterfest Boat Parade - Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sailboats, Yachts, Barges, Gondolas, Kayaks... ANYTHING that floats, all decked up with thousands of lights and a merry spirit, traversing the waters of the intracoastal, what could be more fun this holiday season?!

Winterfest Boat Parade in Ft. Lauderdale

On its 44th year, the Winterfest Boat Parade has become one of the most awaited events, and this year with the theme "Fairytales Afloat" the Ft. Lauderdale shoreline will be coming alive once again.

Some fantastic entries and surprises in the past have included the Circus barge, complete with elephants and acrobats, a floating bus, a fire truck, Mickey and Minnie...

And this year's Grand Marshal? Our very own Mr. 305 Pitbull!

When?: Saturday December 10, 2016, sails at 6:30 p.m. ends approximately 10:30 p.m.

Where?: Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach. Parade starts at the New River where parading boats will be lining up west from Stranahan House to the Performing Arts Center, then move along towards the Intracoastal where they start heading up. Parade ends just south of Atlantic Blvd, at Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach

Winterfest Boat Parade Ft. Lauderdale Parade Ends Parade Ends
at Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach
Winterfest Boat Parade Ft. Lauderdale Parade Route Parade Route along the Intracoastal
Winterfest Boat Parade Ft. Lauderdale Grandstand Point Grandstand Location
at Birch State Park
Winterfest Boat Parade Ft. Lauderdale Start of Parade Parade Starts
at Stranahan House in the New River

Great spots to catch the parade is at one of the many bridges over the intracoastal at:

  • Las Olas Boulevard
  • Sunrise Boulevard
  • Oakland Park Boulevard
  • Commercial Boulevard

How Much?: Free along parade route.

Grandstand viewing areas are available at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park where reserved seating can be purchased in advance: adults $25, children under 10 $20, seniors, military and groups $22. Add $5 for shuttle, you park your car at the Galleria Mall and a shuttle will bring you to the designated area at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Entry to the park if not viewing from the Grandstand is $5. There will be no parking inside the park on the day of the parade, so either walk-in, or take the Park and Ride shuttle for $5 per person. The gates open at 3:30 pm, so bring your beach chair

More info:

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Zoo Lights and Holiday Gifts For The Animals at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami Christmas

It's that magical time of the year as the park transforms into a fabulous array of shimmering trees and dazzling (animal-shaped of course) lights that adorn every corner of this fantastic animal kingdom.

And during the day, the best part is watching all our fluffy fellows open their Christmas presents...

What else? Carousel rides, photo with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa... (additional fees)

When?: Gifts with the Animals from December 3-31, 2016
Zoo Lights from December 16-30, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm (closed December 24-25)

Where?: Zoo Miami at 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177

How Much?: Gifts for the Animals is Free with Zoo Admission. Check schedule here.
Zoo Lights: $9.95 plus tax

More Info Here:

Chimp with Christmas Presents  at Zoo Miami

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The Annual Living Nativity at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church

Living Nativity at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church

Let's herald the Christmas season with a live, open-air reenactment of the Christmas Story.

Featuring live camels, donkeys, goats and sheep, along with an innovative mix of digital and live-action characters, including Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the prophets, angels, the Wise Men and more!

This spectacular depiction, complete with narration, digital projections and a choir, is fun for the entire family!

When? Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Where? Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, 602 NE 96th Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138

How Much? FREE and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring canned goods, which will be donated to a local food bank.

More Info: Miami Shores Presbyterian Church or call (305) 754-9541

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Winterland at the Farm

Winterland at Pinto Farm

With this 60-degree weather, what better way to warm up and get ready into the holiday spirit with family and friends than with some Snow, Holiday Treats, Hot chocolate and much more while you can meet Santa Claus, Nix the Snowman and Sprinkle the Gingerbread Cookie at a beautiful illuminated Forest.

Holiday treats, hay rides, face painting, paddleboat rides, Santa, pony rides, and many more activities for kids!

When?: December 9, 2016 - January 9, 2017. Check the website for hours.

Where?: Pinto Farm at 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL 33170

How Much?: Winterland Unlimited $19, Winterland Paddleboat ride or Hayride $9. Check Groupon discounts from 2 for $15

More info:

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Miami On Ice Holiday Ice Skating Rink

Miami On Ice - Holiday Ice Skating Rink

Move over Rockefeller Center! Ice skating in Miami?

Yes! The Holiday Ice Rink at the Intercontinental is back and we hope it will become a recurring holiday tradition!

Located on the hotel's patio, this is one fantastic location, an ice rink by the Bay.

When?: December 2, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Monday - Friday 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
*Rink Closed for Resurfacing 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Where?: The Interncontinental Hotel at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami FL 33131

How Much?: Adults $15 per hour, Children 12 and under $12 per hour. Prices include skate rental and discounted valet parking

More info: Miami on Ice at the Intercontinental

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Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Services

Christmas Mass Nativity Scene

Bright poinsettias, twinkling lights, wonderful nativity scenes, children caroling and the fragrance of firs and incense filling the church, the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass has been a beautiful tradition for as long as I can remember. All our places of worship and the communities go out of their way to welcome and share in the spirit and purpose of the Christmas celebrations.

Here are some places you can attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in Miami

  • Saint Patrick Catholic Church - 3716 Garden Avenue, Miami Beach 33140
    Phone (305) 531-1124

    Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Multi-Lingual

    Christmas Day:
    English: 8:00 am, 9:30am, 11:00am
    Spanish: 12:30pm, 7:00pm
    More Info.

  • Church of the Little Flower 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables 33134
    Phone (305) 446-9950

    Chritmas Eve Cantata: 11:30 pm

    Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Bi-Lingual

    Christmas Day:
    English: 9:00am, 10:30am, 5:30pm
    Spanish: 12:30pm
    More Info.

  • More Christmas Eve serices in the Miami area

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Christmas and Holiday Concerts and Entertainment

Dave Koz - 2016 Christmas Tour
With Special Guests Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore, and Valerie Simpson

Dave Koz Chritmas concert in Miami

When? Saturday November 26, 2016, 8:00 pm

Where? Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center

›› Dave Koz 2016 Christmas Tour

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Kenny G The Holiday Tour 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kenny G in Miami

When? Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:00 p.m.

Where? Parker Playhouse at 707 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

›› Kenny G The Holiday Tour 2016

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A Peter White Christmas: Peter White, Rick Braun & Euge Groove

A Peter White Christmas in Miami

When? Wednesday, December 7, 2016 8:00 p.m.

Where? Parker Playhouse at 707 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

›› A Peter White Christmas 2016

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Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker

When? Several performances December 9 to 11, 2016

Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale

How Much? $30+

›› Miami City Ballet The Nutcracker

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Symphony of the Americas Holiday Magic

Symphony of the Americas Holiday Magic Concert

When? Sunday and Tuesday, December 11 and 13, 2016

Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale

›› Symphony of the Americas Holiday Magic

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Cinderella in Miami

When? Several Performances December 13 - 25, 2016

Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale

›› Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Limited Time Discount tickets $45-$65 $36-$49 available at Goldstar, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE, just sign up, it's worth the savings!

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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter 2016 Tour
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Trans-Siberian Orchestra in South Florida

When? Friday, December 16, 2016 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

›› The Trans Siberian Orchestra Winter 2016 Tour

$69.75 - $81.75 $49 - $54 Check for discount tickets at Groupon

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A Holiday Classic: Miracle On 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

When? Friday and Saturday December 16-17, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.

Where? Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale

›› Miracle on 34th Street

$25 $12.50 Check for half-price Miracle on 34th Street tickets at Goldstar, you need to be a member but membership is FREE, just sign up, it's worth the savings!

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

The Nutcracker in Miami

When? Friday December 30, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

Where? The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

›› Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Check for half-price Moscow Nutcraker tickets at Goldstar, you need to be a member but membership is FREE, just sign up, it's worth the savings!

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The Christmas Story: Heartwarming Production Tells the Story of Christmas

The Christmas Story

When? December 21, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Where? The Dillard Center for the Arts - Mainstage at 2501 NW 11th Street, Fort Lauderdale

How Much? $10 - $20 $5 - $10 Check for half-price tickets at Goldstar, you need to be a member but membership is FREE, just sign up, it's worth the savings!

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iHeart Radio Jingle Ball
with Diplo, Meghan Trainor, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam, Alessia Cara, Charlie Puth, Tove Lo, Lukas Graham, Hailee Steinfeld

Y100 Jingle Ball in Miami

When? December 18, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Where? BB&T Center (Formerly BankAtlantic Center), Sunrise, Florida

›› iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2016

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