12 Holiday Events for the Whole Family

By Susie Lamigueiro | Nov 1, 2017
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Spending the holidays in Miami is fun for the whole family

Don't miss these family-friendly holiday events in Miami.

While most the nation is under snow alerts and cold weather, Miami’s beautiful perfect winter is under way full of sun and shine. December in Miami is all about warming up your holiday spirit—with more than just the weather.

Here’s a list of happenings for all ages for the 2017 holiday season:

The Nutcracker

Enjoy a little girl's fantastic journey to the magical land of sweets with the Sugarplum Fairy this holiday season. Bring your little ballerinas and your little Nutcracker soldiers to watch, Miami City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Adrienne Arsht Center December 15th-24th, the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 3pm, Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center December 8th-10th .

Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

In addition to the shimmering decorations along Miracle Mile, head to the Actors Playhouse on the mile for a winter classic: Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, based on the Story by C.S. Lewis, now through December 23th Saturdays at 2 p.m. and an A, href="http://www.actorsplayhouse.org/sensory_friendly.htm" target="_blank">"All Kids Included" Sensory-Friendly Performance on December 9 at 11 a.m.

Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights is Zoo Miami's special holiday event including lit up animal shapes and dazzling and glittering tree lights made from half a million lights. The kids will love the hot chocolate and cookies, Snowman’s River boat rides, a photo with Santa, all to holiday music and cheer. Zoo Lights will take place every Friday and Saturday in December plus the week of December 26 - 30 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is the world’s largest Christmas theme park, with the largest Christmas tree in Miami towering over Miami’s Westchester area at Tropical Park. This year marks Santa’s Enchanted Forest 35th year anniversary and they are celebrating with a beautifully lit Farris Wheel stationed right next to Miami’s Palmetto Expressway which can be seen from miles each way. The lights all over the park alone are worth the price of admission, but carnival rides from toddler-friendly carousels, to extreme drop towers, are included. Did we mention the food? If you want a taste of Miami, come hungry. Santa’s Enchanted Forest is opened every day, including holidays, from 5 p.m. to midnight until January 7th, 2018.

Strawberry Picking

'Tis the season for red and green, and in South Florida that means it’s time to pick strawberries. There are several places to U-Pick, including Knaus Berry Farm, A href="http://www.burrsberryfarm.com/" target="_blank">Burr's Berry Farm, Sam and Philly's, and U-Pick Kendall.

Mall Photos with Santa

Kids get all excited to sit on Santa’s lap and ask for all they have been waiting for and wanting throughout the year; lots of toys and presents! As a perk, parents get a picture of the annual scene to put into their favorite Christmas holiday frame. Some of Miami’s biggest and best malls will have Santa as their guest star from now until Christmas Eve. Santa will be at Dolphin Mall, Aventura Mall, The Falls Mall, Dadeland Mall, and International Mall now through Christmas Eve, and at the Shops at Merrick Park on weekends until December 23rd .

Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade

A beautiful sight to see for the whole family is Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade with nearly 50 lit floating boats. Miami’s ocean side will be sparkling as the vessels show off their shimmering decorations as they float past Miami’s Bayfront Park on Saturday, December 16th at 7pm. The event is a central part of the club’s community activities as is collect donations and toys benefiting the least fortunate children in Miami’s community. Come early and grab your spot to watch the floating phenomenon at Bayfront Park. There will be plenty of food trucks, music and a bounce house for the kids!

The New World Symphony's Sounds of the Season

The New World Symphony offers families an opportunity to gather and share in the Sounds of the Season as they present a joyful program celebrating the holiday season. Enjoy selections from a variety of cultural heritages such as Tschaikovsky’s selections from the Nutcracker, Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and Hyken’s Chanukah 5776 on Friday and Saturday, December 15th and 16th at the New World Center on Miami Beach. This year’s conductor is Dean Whiteside, with Jimmy L. Morales, Miami Beach’ Mayor as the narrator.

A Holiday Evening at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Village

Head to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coconut Grove and enjoy a trip back in time on December 13th from 6pm-9pm, as the mansion and gardens are decked in holiday decorations as they were 100 years ago when Mr. Deering lived the home. Delight in a beautiful old-fashioned holiday evening with caroling, Bahamian Junkanoo march, art-making, tours, holiday treats and lots of photo opportunities as the house lends itself to absolutely beautiful backgrounds for photos. Families that attend the Holiday Evening at Vizcaya Village will also receive a Family Pass to see the Main House decorated for the holidays!

Deering Estates Festival of Trees

Kick off the holiday season at the Deering Estates Festival of Trees now through January 5th 2018! The Deering Estates gets a holiday makeover as professional and community groups come together to transform its grounds and historical houses for the holiday season. Enjoy some hot chocolate and yummy cookies as you stroll through the Estate listening to the sounds of the incredible talented holiday yuletide carolers. Children can write letters to Santa and participate in holiday crafts while sitting under a large shimmering with lights Ficus Tree. The estate will be closed on Christmas Day.

Miccosukee Indian Arts & Crafts Festival

Bring the entire family to enjoy the Miccosukee Indian Arts & Crafts Festival at the Miccosukee Indian Village from December 26th to January 1st Experience the culture, arts, entertainment and food of Native Americans from across the county on Dec. 26, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017. The weeklong event threads together the native American community along with its cultural authentic foods such as Miccosukee famous fry bread, pumpkin bread, Everglades frog legs, gator tips, catfish, as well as standard American cuisine. Featured artists will include the Great Plains Dance Company, Joe Tohonnie Jr. and the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers, Sky Iroquois Smoke Dancers and the Lightning Boy Hoop Dancers along with traditions from other tribes. Something for the whole family to learn about, experience and enjoy. Miccosukee Indian Village is easy to find, just head west on SW 8th Street until Mile Marker 70.

Capital One Orange Bowl

Miami has a little bit for everyone, ESPECIALLY Sports fans! Ring in the New Year with the Capital One Orange Bowl at the Hard Rock Stadium, with kickoff time at 8 pm on Dec. 30, 2017. Bring the kids to experience this once a year exciting event that has been happening annually since January 1st, 1935. The Orange Bowl, officially the Capital One Orange Bowl for sponsorship purposes, is an annual American college football bowl game played at Hard Rock Stadium in in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Orange Bowl, along with the Sugar Bowl and the Sun Bowl, is the second-oldest bowl game in the country, behind the Rose Bowl (first played 1902, played annually since 1916). We don’t know who’s playing yet, but it’s always a hot ticket, and it will be an amazingly memorable for the entire family, so get your tickets now!

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