Top Miami Holiday Attractions to Visit This December

Sunny South Beach is a great place to spend the holiday season – especially if you love Christmas but really could do without the cold and ice.

If you’re taking a bit of a winter getaway during the holidays, you’re probably looking for a way to celebrate the holiday, Miami-style.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of our favorite Miami holiday attractions and activities that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Visit a few, or build them into a beachier itinerary.

Many of these great things to do are available on the Go Miami® Card.

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Zoo Lights

Zoo Miami
December 18 – December 30, 2015

Celebrate the holiday season with a fun and family-friendly event at Zoo Miami.

Hundreds of thousands of lights adorn the entire park, many in the shape of some of the zoo’s most beloved residents. You’ll also be able to marvel at magnificent trees and other fun holiday décor.

There are plenty of great seasonal activities in store for the kids, too, from carousel rides and photos with Santa to yummy holiday treats and cheerful carolers. Be sure to stop by the Zoo gift shop for some special gifts!

Wild Holidays

Jungle Island
December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Kids will especially love the Wild Holidays series of events at Jungle Island. Until January, Jungle Island will turn into a festive winter wonderland of the Floridian variety.

The little ones will enjoy fun seasonal activities from crafts to scavenger hunts, and whole family will appreciate the energetic animal holiday parades that traverse the park daily.

Season of Smiles

Zoo Miami
December 19 – January 3, 2016


A visit to Miami Seaquarium this holiday season is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.  “Season of Smiles” is the park’s way of saying thank you to their guests.

With giveaways that range from dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor, annual passes, Sharky’s Sky Trail – a ropes course adventure, VIP tours, summer camp enrollment, stingray and sea lion feedings, food and beverage giveaways, and more.

Taking advantage of this holiday Season promotion is simple – when visiting the park from Saturday, December 19 through Sunday, January 3, 2016, each family will receive a scratch off coupon with hidden prize giveaways and priceless experiences.

Paying guests need only to scratch off and claim their prize. Scratch off coupons will be given at ticket booths and must be redeemed on the date of ticket.

Holiday Evenings at the Vizcaya

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
December 15 & 16, 2015

For a limited time, visitors to the gorgeous Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will be able to enjoy a holiday stroll through the grounds and gardens, decorated in the style of the early twentieth century.

Revel in historic holiday music performed on the majestic pipe organ, an amazing historically-inspired Christmas Tree, and tons of other great decorations and adornments. 

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

7900 SW 40th Street
October 29, 2015 – January 3, 2016

It’s the world’s largest holiday theme park and carnival and a popular South Florida tradition for the whole family.

In addition to your favorite rides and attractions like roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and all kinds of thrilling speed rides, there are also a number of special shows and events at this festive theme park.

Participate in Christmas karaoke, stroll down Mistletoe Lane, and check out South Florida’s tallest Christmas Tree.

The Nutcracker

Miami City Ballet
December 5- 27, 2015

Image credit: Miami City Ballet.

Image credit: Miami City Ballet.

For a few days this month at the Adrienne Arsht Center, you can a see spectacular production of the famous Nutcracker Ballet, filled with beautiful scenery, costumes, and talented dancing.

Kids and adults alike will love this classic holiday attraction, with its unforgettable dance numbers and timeless story. It’s not called the Number 1 holiday spectacular for nothing!

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So have a happy Miami holidays – warm, festive, and full of fun. Whatever you decide to do, we know it will make for some wonderful memories.

And remember, a Go Miami® Card can save you big on admission to many of these top attractions, so you’ve got money left over for present shopping.
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