To be jolly in the Magic City! And what better way to do that than exploring the many fun and festive things going on in the city this year? From fun holiday pop-up bars to Miami’s most dazzling displays, here are some holly jolly things to do in Miami this holiday season!
1-3. Enjoy a magical, candlelit holiday concert in a stunning Miami setting
Step into Miami’s most exquisite spaces to experience some of the most treasured holiday classics. From Ella Fitzgerald to Gershwin, the beloved Candlelight series is bringing talented musicians to perform at venues, illuminated with hundreds of candles this December. This holiday season you’ll be able to enjoy three different special concerts series including:
4. Visit Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Hialeah Park
This year, Santa’s will be open at Hialeah Park all throughout the Holiday season until Sunday, January 2, 2022. The park will hold regular hours from 5 p.m. to midnight every day (note: the park may close at 1:30 a.m. on busy nights and weekends) and will be open during all holidays. Tickets start at $37.38 per adult and $28.04 per child for a single day pass. Seasonal passes and special discounts are also available and all tickets include access to carnival rides, roller coasters, shows, light displays and parking.
5-7. Go ice skating!
It may feel like it’s summer all year long here in Miami but that doesn’t mean we cannot indulge in wintery activities like ice skating. And while most ice skating rinks in Miami are open all year long, this quintessential winter activity is perfect for getting into the holiday mood and feeling extra festive! That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best spots to go ice skating in Miami.
8-19. Get dazzled by Miami’s most stunning light displays
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.
20. Enjoy Christmas in Las Olas…
Go sledding in South Florida at the 59th edition of Christmas on Las Olas! Featuring a manmade hill with artificial snow, Christmas on Las Olas is the perfect place to go sledding around the Miami area. But if this is not your idea of having a sleighing time, this winter wonderland also features three different stages where you’ll be able to enjoy cheerful holiday shows by the local school and church choirs. Christmas on Las Olas opens on Tuesday, December 30!
21. And catch Fort Lauderdale’s bright Winterfest boat parade while you’re at it!
The best part about things slowly returning to normal is being able to enjoy our favorite holiday traditions just like we used to, and that includes watching Seminole’s famous Winterfest Boat Parade! This classic of the holidays in South Florida was forced to go virtual due to the pandemic, but it’s now returning in full force to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
23. Find the perfect gift at one of Miami’s holiday markets
Christmastime is swiftly approaching, the holiday lights are going up, and many of us have already started working on our holiday shopping lists. And that’s what holiday markets are here for. Get your Christmas spirit on while helping out local vendors and getting your shopping done!
24. Catch a show of the Miami City Ballet’s Nutcracker production
The Miami City Ballet is going on the road with George Balanchine’s magical production of The Nutcracker to spread the holiday magic across the 305. And after taking the production outdoors for some covid-friendly shows last year, this year the production will be at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale from Friday, December 10, through Sunday, December 12; at the Adrienne Arsht Center from Thursday, December 16, through Sunday, December 26; and at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach starting Wednesday, December 29, through Thursday, December 30!
25. Go for a Jingle Bell Jog
Jog along the streets of South Florida with hundreds of other jolly Santa Clauses as part of this holiday-themed run taking place in multiple cities across the country including Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach. Organizers will provide you with your very own Santa suit, hat and white beard as well as some bells to tie onto your running shoes for some extra jolliness! The Jingle Bell Jog will be taking place on Saturday, December 11, at Miami Lakes Picnic Park West and on Saturday, December 18, at Las Olas Oceanside Park. Registration is $45 per person. Children can also join the shorter Kids Elf Dash for $20.
26-28. Get into your holiday spirits
Magical holiday pop-up bars are springing up all around the city. Get into a jolly mood by heading over to one of these lavishly decorated bars and enjoy some awesome holiday spirits!
- Salt 7 Christmas pop-up on Las Olas Blvd
- Miracle pop-up bars in Doral Yard, Gramps and Delray’s Death or Glory
29. Watch Van Gogh’s paintings come to life at the Olympia Theatre’s Van Gogh: Immersive Experience before it’s gone!
Although not exactly holiday-themed, Olympia Theatre’s dazzling immersive Van Gogh experience is the perfect plan to add to your holiday bucket list for some extra magic. Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh will come to life this month in a 360-degree digital spectacle that’ll illuminate and transform the physical space into a fully immersive exhibit. You’ll see Van Gogh’s work take over the walls and encompass your surroundings through the lenses of several dozen projectors, hyper-realistic VR headsets, or a mix of both. Get your tickets here!
30. Play in the Florida snow and go snow tubbing at Snowcat Ridge, the state’s only snow park!
Yes, the drive up to Dade City is about four hours, but seeing as snow is an all-impossible phenomenon here in Florida don’t let that deter you from experiencing the cold alpine weather and go snow tubing in the heart of our tropical state! This totally awesome snow park houses a massive snow tubing hill, a giant igloo, a dazzling alpine village, and snow much more winter fun that you won’t want to miss out on.
31. Enjoy a sensual, sultry evening at AirOtic Soireé, Miami’s spiciest burlesque-style show.
Gift yourself with a night at Miami’s most sensual and spiciest cabaret-style show. Created by Stephane Haffner, founder and creative director of Les Farfadais, and US champion gymnast Kyle Kier, AirOtic shares a unique story of love, passion, sexuality, and eroticism. The sexy and sensual show features a cast of four world-class acrobats, including Haffner, Kier, Cirque du Soleil alimony Karya Konchakivska and Suren Bozyan. Combining the best of burlesque, cirque-style entertainment and astounding acrobatics it will leave you begging for more! Book your tickets here.
32 – 40. Spend a magical evening with these eclectic concerts at Palapa in Upper Buena Vista
Upper Buena Vista’s enchanting Palapa Miami is hosting a series of unique and intimate concerts featuring a wide range of genres and performers — and it’s the perfect way to enjoy a magical night out in Miami in a safe and socially distant way. Take in the entrancing tunes and allow yourself to be whisked away to far, distant lands by Miami’s best musicians while enjoying some light refreshments at this enchanting urban oasis. There are multiple concerts to choose from!
- Kama Fatale: An Electrifying Tale of Sultry Fantasy
- Kayla & the Palapa Keepers: Open-Air Intimate Circus Cabaret
- AGUA BENDITA: Open-Air Concert Sonic Currents, Roots, and Rhythms
- Mrs. Jones Collective: Open-Air Female Jazz Tribute
- Los Wizzards Intimate Experience: The Miami Funk Machine
- Paula Arenas Open-Air Intimate Concert at Palapa
- The Sunset Four Open-Air Intimate Beatles Tribute Show
- Yemen Blues Duo: Open-Air Intimate Cultured Concert
- Acoustic Concert by The Gilmar Gomes Collective
41. Cheers to the season with some coquito…
‘Tis the holiday season which means it’s time to let the coquito flow! With its velvety coconut cream, sweet condensed milk, warm cinnamon and a bit (or a lot) of rum, there’s nothing quite like a good cup of coquito to cheer to the festive season. The Puerto Rican delight offers a wonderful way of getting into the holiday season. So grab a bottle at one of these awesome spots and let the coquito flow!
42. Or some awesome holiday-themed cocktails!
The holidays are a time for feeling merry, cheering to the new year, and gathering up with friends, so what better way to celebrate the most festive season of all than sipping on some holiday-themed cocktails? From holiday pop-ups to specialty menus, Miami has been flooded with tons of jolly cocktail options. Check out some of our favorites here. Salud!