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Miami 2020 Holiday Celebrations: Christmas Events that Are NOT Canceled!

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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 we are known for loving the good life, the calendar will be quieter than in past years.

While there are 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 2020 holiday celebrations that are still going strong (along with a rundown of what has been canceled).

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.

Miami 2020 Holiday Events: COVID-19 Cancelations

Before we start planning your Miami Christmas celebrations, let’s take a quick look at the events that won’t be happening this year. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following Miami holiday events are canceled:

  • Santa’s Enchanted Forest
  • Ft. Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens NightGarden Magical Light Spectacular
  • Art Basel Miami Beach

Okay, now that we’ve got that sad list of events out of the way, let’s look at a few places to celebrate the holidays in Miami.


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Miami 2020 Drive-Thru Holiday Events

Santa’s Drive-Thru Village

Looking for a fun Christmas event for kids in Miami? Look no further than Santa’s Drive-Thru Village. This Christmas event in Miramar Regional Park is perfect for kids from 8 to 80 years old.

This is the ideal social distancing Miami Christmas event. You can drive through the various displays, including Elves’ Toy Factory and Mrs. Claus’ Village, without fighting any crowds. Check out the complete list of dates, along with the prices, and book your tickets at Santa’s Drive-Thru Village.

  • Dates: Running Thursday to Saturday from December 3 – December 23, 2020, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Cost: $49 per vehicle with up to seven people
  • Address: Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Pkwy, Miramar, FL 33027

Santa’s Spectacular: A Drive-Thru Musical Extravaganza

Miami Christmas Event-Gingerbread house garland

For even more stunning Christmas displays, get to Tamiami Park for the Santa’s Spectacular experience. This hybrid event lets you drive through the gorgeous holiday displays, visit the gingerbread station for DIY kits, and refresh at the cocktail lounge!

Bring the kids to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole while the elves and reindeers sing all your fave carols. Don’t forget to plan time for a stop at the holiday market to scoop up the perfect gift.

  • Dates: Running from November 28 – December 23, 2020
  • Cost: $45 per vehicle with up to six people
  • Address: Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24th St, Miami 33165 – Enter on Coral Way & 114th​

Bright Lights Miami

Once you’ve got your musical fill at Santa’s Spectacular, head over to Bright Lights Miami for some futuristic fun. Watch as the beaches come alive with a kaleidoscope of light installations.

Stay cozy in your car while you listen to the festival music and become enveloped in an impressive sound and light show. For all of the info and to grab our tickets, check out the Bright Lights Miami website.

  • Dates: Runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021
  • Times: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: $45 per vehicle
  • Address: Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Key Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149

New World Symphony Sounds of the Seasons at Dezerland Park

Another one of the best Miami 2020 holiday celebrations for culture vultures is the New World Symphony Sounds of the Seasons at Dezerland Park.

From your car, you can listen to all of your favorite Christmas music at the Drive-In WALLCAST concert experience in the lovely Dezerland Park. Watch the NWS Fellows all decked out for the holidays and performing your favorite carols on a 13 x 36-foot LED screen.

  • Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Cost: See full details on the New World Symphony website
  • Address: Dezerland Park 4401 NE 19th Ave., North Miami, FL 33181

Outdoor Miami Christmas Events & Holiday Celebrations

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: The festival runs at the zoo on select nights from November 27 – December 27, 2020, 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

The Nutcracker in the Park

What is better than getting to see a traditional performance of The Nutcracker before Christmas? How about a socially distanced performance outside? For ballet lovers looking for a safe Miami holiday event, look no further.

You can watch a live performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (from a pod with four people) as MCB dancers bring the show to life on stage.

Running in Downtown Doral Park, this is sure to be a magical event for all ages. Buy your tickets from the Miami City Ballet online so you can walk directly to your cozy lawn pod without waiting in line.

  • Dates: Running December 18 – December 31, 2020
  • Cost: Start at $120 for a pod of 4 people; Opening night performance free for first responders and essential workers, but tickets are still required
  • Address: Downtown Doral Park, 8395 NW 53rd St, Miami 33166

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 for $7 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: November 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m
  • Cost: $7 online
  • Address: 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, FL 33156

Bayfront Holiday Village at Bayfront Park

Bayfront Holiday Village is one of the best Miami 2020 holiday celebrations, and it’s free!

The Holiday Village pop-up marketplace is the perfect place to do your holiday shopping. Once you’ve got Santa’s sack filled up, stick around to rent skates and watch a Christmas classic movie.

Come hungry and, when you have worked up an appetite, grab a bite from one of South Florida’s top food trucks.

  • Dates: November 20, 2020 – December 22, 2020
  • Times: See Bayfront Holiday Village site for hours and full activities details.
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Historic Holiday Décor at Deering Estate

After the crazy year that 2020 has been, I think we are all craving a bit of good old fashion fun. 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. The theme this year is Vintage Florida, bringing back that Christmas nostalgia.

  • Dates: November 27, 2020 – January 8, 2021, 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

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 of 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 16, 2020 – December 31, 2020
  • 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

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: November 20, 2020 – December 22, 2020
  • 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 2020 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

Doral City Place Miami Christmas Events Holiday Light Displays

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 21, 2020 – December 31, 2020
  • 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

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 at 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.

Additional Holiday Light Displays in Miami

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
  • Main Street Miami Lakes, 6843 Main St, Miami Lakes, FL 33014

Final Thoughts

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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