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11 Magical Holiday Light Shows You Have To See This Year In Miami

Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz

11 Magical Holiday Light Shows You Have To See This Year In Miami

The holiday season is around the corner so we’re already getting our holiday bucket list ready. And no festive season to-do list would be complete without a tour of Miami’s most dazzling holiday light shows. And after a year that had many of Miami’s most treasured holiday traditions taking a break due to COVID-19, this year they’re all returning in full force for a magical festive season in the Magic City.

So without further ado,  here are 12 of the best Miami holiday light shows you have to check out this year!

1. Zoo Lights

This year the zoo’s annual Zoo Lights show is returning on Friday, November 26, with dozens of gobsmackingly beautiful lanterns and fun costume themed-nights that are sure to brighten up everyone’s day up!

Find them at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177.

2. Deering Estate

Charles Deering’s waterfront residence is offering two magical holiday lights experiences this year. You can choose to tour the estate’s multiple houses which have been carefully decorated with ornaments and lights reminiscent of Christmas in pioneer-era Miami or you can choose to roam their grounds after hours and explore all their outdoor holiday lights and décor!

Find it at 16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33157.

3. Fairchild Botanical Gardens’ NightGarden

This dazzling light show from Kilburn Live first took up residence at the Fairchild Gardens back in 2018 and now, after a year of hiatus due to the pandemic, it’s bringing all its technicolor fun back. This year, NightGarden will be taking over the 80-acre property to transform it into a wonderland of lights featuring dazzling mazes, scavenger hunts, an enchanting snowfall experience, and glowing dandelion fields. And yes, Kanye West’s famous talking tree is also coming back!

Find it at Fairchild Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156.

4. Coral Gables

Head on over to Coral Gables City Hall to check out Holiday Park and their majestic Christmas tree! This year, Holiday Park is also holding special hot chocolate with Santa session so you can grab a hot cocoa and enjoy the lights with the big man himself!

5. Fort Lauderdale’s Winterfest Boat Parade

Named the “Best Show on H2O” several years in a row,  the boat parade features a one-of-a-kind array of beautifully decorated boats of all sizes and it’s a total can’t miss extravaganza. With over a million viewers along the 12-mile parade route, the parade where the floats really float is a Fort Lauderdale institution and a classic of the holiday season in South Florida.

7. The Enchanted Place North Miami

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One of Miami’s best-kept holiday secrets, this group of 20 houses on North Miami’s NE 137th Terrace go all out with their holiday décor each December. The tradition has been going on since 1988 and each year is just as merry and bright as the one before!

Find it at NE 137th Terrace.

8. Gulfstream Park’s Symphony in Lights

This year, Gulfstream Park’s kicking off the holiday celebrations on Saturday, November 13 with its annual Symphony in Lights. More than 250,000 flickering lights will sparkle and dance to the classical sounds of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a totally mesmerizing show at the top of every hour from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The park’s 50-foot tree doesn’t hurt either!

Find it at 901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

9. Pinecrest Garden’s Nights of Lights

Nights of Lights is returning to Pinecrest Gardens on Friday, December 10, transforming the gardens into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights that will wrap around the whimsical botanical landscape. This year, the gardens will also be adding on sections of sparkling holiday lights and an even bigger holiday-themed maze!

Find it at 11000 SW 57th Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156.

10. Bruce Munro’s Forest and Field of Lights at Pinecrest Gardens

Longwood – Copyright © 2012 Bruce Munro. All rights reserved. Photography by Mark Pickthall .

Also lighting up Pinecrest Gardens this year, a giant, mesmerizing light installation by artist Bruce Munro will be covering the garden with more than 6,000 fiber-optic illuminated stemmed glass spheres. The large-scale installation Bruce Munro: Forest and Field of Light will be opening during Art Basel on Saturday, December 4, to bring the gardens to life at night with its beautiful, bright colors.

Find it at 11000 SW 57th Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156.

11. Santa’s Enchanted Forest 

Miami’s most popular holiday theme park has moved to Hialeah Park this year. Brighter and bigger than ever, Santa’s Enchanted Forest features tons of super fun carnival games, prizes, and scrumptious food to enjoy along with its gorgeous holiday lights!

Find it at Hialeah Park, 3100 E 4th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33013.

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