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2017 Christmas and Holiday Events in Miami

Parades, Lights, Holiday Spectaculars...

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2017 Christmas and Holiday Events in Miami

What's On This Year: Boat Parades, Winterland Hayrides, Concerts And Of Course, The Nutcraker...

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 Echanted Forest

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 2, 2017 to early January 2018 - 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? TBA, last year 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 24, 2017

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 24, 2017, 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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Winterfest Boat Parade - Saturday, December 9, 2017

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 46th 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 Galleria Mall Reindeer Barge, a floating bus, a fire truck, Mickey and Minnie...

And this year's Grand Marshal? TBA stay tuned!

When?: Saturday December 9, 2017, 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 and enjoy! Parade arrives to this area normally around 7:30 pm

More info:

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze - The Family Holiday Spectacular

A multi-million dollar stage production with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, ellaborate illusions, holiday music... it's a Broadway musical, cirque spectacle and family show all in one! A 2-hour theatrical adventure BroadwayWorld proclaims "The Perfect Holiday Gift... a show that everyone will enjoy... colorful, festive, imaginative, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining."

When? December 26 - 30, 2017

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

›› Cirque Dreams Holidaze

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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? December TBA 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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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 TBA
Zoo Lights from TBA - 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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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?: TBA, normally mid-December through early January

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

How Much?: TBA, last year Winterland Unlimited $19, Winterland Paddleboat ride or Hayride $9.

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?: TBA, normally early December through early January
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?: TBA, last year 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

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol in Miami

When? November 30 - December 2, 2017

Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

How Much? $20+

›› A Christmas Carol

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Symphony of the Americas Holiday Voices

Symphony of the Americas Holiday Magic Concert

When? Sunday and Tuesday, December 3 and 5, 2017

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

›› Symphony of the Americas Holiday Voices

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Master Chorale of South Florida: Handel's Messiah

Handels Messiah Concert

When? Friday, December 8, 2017 - 8:00 pm

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

›› Master Chorale of South Florida: Handel's Messiah

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Broward Symphony Orchestra: A Holiday Feast

Holiday Concert

When? Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Where? Bailey Hall - Broward College at 3501 Davie Road, Davie, FL 33314

›› Broward Symphony Orchestra: A Holiday Feast

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Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker

When? Several performances December 15 to 24, 2017

Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center

›› Miami City Ballet The Nutcracker

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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter 2017 Tour
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Trans-Siberian Orchestra in South Florida

When? Friday, December 15, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

›› Trans Siberian Orchestra Winter 2017

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Holiday Traditions Around The World

Holiday Concert

A joyous around-the-world tour of the dances, songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and many other traditions.

Students will sing, clap and tap along as they learn new and old traditions, customs and folklore that instill the magic of the season.

This wonderful jubilee creates a memorable and heartwarming experience that celebrates the mosaic of cultures that surround us.

When? Monday, December 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale

›› Holiday Traditions Around The World

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

The Nutcracker in Miami

When? Saturday December 30, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.

Where? The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater at 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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iHeart Radio Jingle Ball

Y100 Jingle Ball in Miami

When? TBA

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

›› Y100 iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2017

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More Christmas Cheer...

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This Year Give The Gift Of Tickets!

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