Must-See Miami Holiday Attractions

Miami Holiday Attractions

Forecasters are predicting an extremely cold winter for large parts of the U.S., so you might want to start considering an escape to sunny Miami this holiday season. Spending the holidays in Miami is festive, fun and can be family-oriented, too!

Here are the must-see Miami Holiday attractions to help get you in the holiday mood should you opt for a tropical getaway during the holidays:

Deering Estate at Cutler

Located along the edge of beautiful Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler is an environmental, archeological and historical preserve–and a South Florida destination during the holidays. from December 1st through the 31st, the estate becomes a holiday wonderland, complete with a Christmas tree lighting on December 5th, daily tours of elegant and historic houses decked out in holiday decorations, visits from Santa for the kids, and a relaxing holiday cruise on Biscayne Bay December 13th and 20th.


Although it’s not holiday-themed, a trip to ZooMiami is always a fun way to spend a sunny South Florida holiday afternoon. Considered one of the best zoos in the world, ZooMiami invites guests to check out over 2,000 animals in over 100 exhibits spread over 740 acres, plus enjoy a stroll through beautiful tropical gardens–you definitely won’t be missing the snow!

The Nutcracker by the Miami City Ballet

Santa's Enchanted ForestMiami also has a thriving arts scene, and what better way to celebrate the holidays in Miami than with a performance of George Ballanchine’s The NutcrackerTM by the Miami City Ballet at the beautiful Adrienne Arsht Center. This lavish performance is the perfect holiday treat for the entire family, and a great way to celebrate the magic of the holidays, Miami-style!

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a conglomeration of lights, rides and festival food that runs from October 30, 2014 through January 4, 2015.It bills itself as the World Largest Holiday Theme Park and Free carnival, with over 100 rides, shows, games and attractions for kids of all ages. Plus it features the tallest Christmas tree in South Florida, to help put you in a very merry mood!

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