It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Although this year, holiday celebrations in DC may be looking a bit different than usual, there’s still plenty of dazzling holiday lights display to catch in and around the city! So grab your mask and head on out to bask in the cheerful spirit of the season.
1. Zoo Lights
This year the zoo’s annual Zoo Lights show has returned with dozens of gobsmackingly beautiful lanterns that are sure to brighten up anyone’s day (and let’s face, we’re all in need of a bit of twinkling, blinding lights to cheer us up at the moment).
2. Deering Estate
Charles Deering’s waterfront residence is offering two magical holiday lights experience 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!
Mr. Claus, Ms. Claus and their Elves have set up shop in sunny Florida and they’re getting ready for Christmas! Hop in your car and head over to Santa’s magical Drive-Thru Village in Miramar Regional Park, to discover what goes on behind-the-scenes at Christmas time.
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. Lincoln Road Mall
Lincoln Road Mall’s iconic lights were lit up late last month just in time for Thanksgiving. So if you’re looking to get some last-minute holiday shopping done, head on over there and don’t forget to check out the lights!
6. Bayfront Park
This year, Miami’s most glamorous tree was lit up by commissioner Joe Carollo and Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio. The park’s open every night with social distancing measures in place so you can check out the iconic tree and enjoy its beautiful glimmering lights!
7. The Enchanted Place North Miami
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!
8. Gulfstream Park’s Symphony of Lights
Every night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Gulfstream Park’s gorgeous lights sparkle and dance to the classical sounds of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a totally mesmerizing show. The park’s 50-foot tree doesn’t hurt either!
9. Pinecrest Garden’s Nights of Lights
The Pinecrest botanical gardens have transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland this year. Make sure to check out their new twinkling lights and their holiday-themed maze!
Besides being known as the oldest city in the country, St. Augustine is also famous for its absolutely mesmerizing holiday lights (which are some of the best in the whole world according to Condé Nast). Once a year, Nights of Lights gives the historic town a new and shiny makeover lighting its Spanish Colonial architecture with millions of flickering light bulbs.
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