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Miami 2021 Christmas Events: Holiday Celebrations that Are NOT Canceled!

by Roslie
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Ah, Miami. The top winter sun destination and one of the biggest party hotspots in the country. Is there any better place to be during the holiday season?

While there are some COVID cancellations this year, there are still plenty of opportunities to get into the holiday spirit. When you are ready to pull out that Christmas sweater and start celebrating, we’ve got you covered.

Here is a look at the best Miami 2021 Christmas events and holiday celebrations that are still going strong.


Please keep in mind these details are subject to change. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and face coverings may be required. Be sure to check local health officials’ safety regulations and each establishment’s website for updated information before making final plans.


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Miami 2021 Christmas Events & Holiday Celebrations

Zoo Lights Miami

Zoo Lights Miami

One of my annual favorite holiday events in Miami is the dazzling tree light displays at Zoo Lights Miami.

It’s a kid-friendly holiday event so bring the little ones along for arts and crafts projects. There are hot chocolate and cookies, riverboat rides with snowmen, letters to Santa, and, of course, an appearance by the jolly fat man himself.

There is a range of themed nights from ugly sweaters and silly onesie nights to elf look-alike contents, so be sure to browse the calendar before you go.

  • Dates: Runs on select nights from November 26 – December 20, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Cost: You can find all of the ticket details on the Zoo Lights Miami page.
  • Address: Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St, Miami 33177

Historic Holiday Décor at Deering Estate

Miami Christmas Event-Gingerbread house garland

What better way to celebrate Christmas in Miami than to step back in time for a traditional Christmas?

Wander the historic houses on the Deering Estate grounds, including the Richmond Cottage, Stone House Library, and explore award-winning designer’s festive holiday decor for some old-school fun.

  • Dates: November 26, 2021 – January 6, 2022, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
  • Ticket Cost: $7 – $15, Free for Deering Estate Foundation members and children under 4
  • Address: 16701 SW 72 Avenue, Miami, FL 33157

Pinecrest Garden Nights of Lights

Explore the winter wonderland at Pinecrest Garden Nights of Lights. The gorgeous landscape is decorated with a creative splash of holiday lights displayed through the gardens, and you will find an awe-inspiring lineup of decor in the Lower Gardens.

Sip a cocktail at the Pinecrest Gardens while the kids enjoy Story Time with Mrs. Claus.

Be sure to check the calendar for Santa Claus’ schedule along with a lineup of holiday concerts taking place throughout the season.

Best of all, with tickets under $20 and kids under two entering for free, it’s one of the best low-cost holiday events in Miami. Read the complete details at the Pinecrest Gardens site.

  • Dates: December 10, 2021 – January 2, 2022, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m
  • Cost: $15
  • Address: 11000 SW 57 Ave., Pinecrest, FL 33156

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Miami City Ballet

What is better than getting to see a traditional performance of The Nutcracker before Christmas? For ballet lovers looking for an enchanting Miami holiday event, look no further.

You can watch a live performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker as the Miami City Ballet dancers bring the show to life on stage.

With show dates in the tri-county, this is sure to be a magical event for all ages.

  • Dates: December 10 – December 30, 2021
  • Cost: For tickets and show dates check out the Miami City Ballet page
  • Address: 2200 Liberty Ave, Miami Beach FL 33139

New World Symphony Sounds of the Seasons

Another one of the best Miami 2021 holiday celebrations for culture vultures is the New World Symphony Sounds of the Seasons. Watch the NWS Fellows all decked out for the holidays and perform your favorite carols.

Where to Find Christmas Light Displays in Miami

Gulfstream Park’s Symphony of Lights

Christmas in Miami Events - Gulfstream Park

Want to see one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in Miami? It’s all about Gulfstream Park’s Symphony in Lights.

With classic Christmas music from the Tran-Siberian Orchestra playing over more than 250,000 twinkly lights, standing in front of this Christmas tree is the perfect place for your holiday selfie. And you can make a night of it! The park is home to dining, shopping, a casino, and a range of regular events.

  • Dates: Every night from November 13, 2021 – December 31, 2021
  • Times: Every night at the top of the hour from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: The Village at Gulfstream Park, 901 S N Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Enchanted Place of North Miami

Some of my favorite Christmas memories as a kid aren’t from expensive gifts or going to big events. It was all about the simple joy of wandering the streets and soaking in the best Christmas lights in Miami. One of the best spots to get started is Enchanted Place of North Miami (1600 NE 137th Terrace in North Miami).

Every year, the neighborhood residents collaborate to light up the block with thousand of bright lights hugging what seems like every tree branch creating a festive holiday tree canopy. 

The elaborate display is lit up each night from mid-December through Christmas Eve, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

If you are looking for a safe way to do your Christmas lights tour in Miami, get down here. You can check out the details on their Facebook page.

Coral Gables Holiday Park

Another favorite place to see Christmas lights in Miami is at Coral Gables Holiday Park at Merrick Park. The lights will be up until January 3, so don’t delay, and be sure to bring your camera.

  • Dates: December 3, 2021
  • Times: Open weekdays: 3 – 9 p.m. and weekends: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Entrance is free with limited capacity. See the City of Coral Gables 2021 holiday event schedule and details here.
  • Cost: Free with limited capacity
  • Address: City Hall – Merrick Park, 400 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Light Up the Night at Doral City Place

CityPlace Doral Holiday Lights Fountain

Who says the holidays are all about Christmas trees and houses glowing with holiday lights? In Miami, we like to mix things up. Just check out the nightly Light Up the Night holiday fountain show at City Place Doral to see what I mean.

This glowing water and light show is the perfect start to an evening or an end to your day after shopping.

  • Dates: Every night from November 19, 2021 – December 31, 2021
  • Times: Every night at the top of the hour from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: City Place Doral, 8300 36th Street, Doral, FL 33166

Miami 2021 Christmas Trees & Holiday Celebrations

Miami Christmas Holiday Events Displays
  • Brickell CityCentre, 701 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33131
  • Lincoln Road Mall, Alton Road to Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Plaza, 770 NE 125th St, North Miami, FL 33161
  • Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180
  • Dolphin Mall at 11401 NW 12th St, Miami, FL 33172
  • Main Street Miami Lakes, 6843 Main St, Miami Lakes, FL 33014

Miami Christmas Events

So, what will your holiday season in Miami be like? Are you going to soak in the culture at the ballet or maybe soak in the sun at the beach? Whether you are making wreaths or sipping cocktails, there is no better place to spend Christmas than South Florida!

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