Where to Marvel at Christmas Lights in Miami This Holiday Season

Whether you want to see ‘em on foot, in the car or from a boat

Miami Holiday Lights - A large Christmas tree wrapped in white and red lights and topped with a star sits outdoors at Bayfront Park in Miami.
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The temperatures might not be dropping, but that doesn’t mean Miami can’t channel the holiday spirit. If you’re wondering where to see Christmas lights in Miami, we’ve got you covered: From quick festive light shows to all-out, immersive experiences, ring in the season with one of these festive holiday light extravaganzas. You may even encounter a magical talking tree!

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Miami Holiday Lights - A photograph of a Christmas tree decorated in red lights next to two palm trees decorated in green lights. It is night time. Crowds of people are in between the trees.
Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Park

1. Symphony in Lights

  • Dates: Through Sunday, Dec. 31, nightly from 6 to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 901 S Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach

Get in the Christmas spirit with this nightly, festive light show at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. The free, holiday-fueled event features more than 250,000 lights, all set to the sounds of crowd-favorite Christmas music and popular tunes. The 10-minute light show begins every hour on the hour from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Miami Holiday Lights - An overhead shot of a massive plot of land filled with buildings and structures covered in bright colorful string lights.
Photo courtesy of Santa’s Enchanted Forest

2. Santa's Enchanted Forest

  • Dates: Through Sunday, Jan. 7, nightly from 5 p.m. to midnight
  • Cost: $36 and up
  • Address: 7400 NW 87th Ave., Miami

Returning for its 40th year, one of South Florida’s most popular holiday amusement parks will bring more than 100 attractions to Doral. For the 2023 season, the event will take over a larger, 40-acre space to accommodate even more festive fun. Expect more than 50 food stands, festive games and rides and impressive light displays.

3. Zoo Lights

  • Dates: Select nights through Saturday, Dec. 30
  • Cost: $18.95 and up
  • Address: 12400 SW 152 St., Miami

At Zoo Miami’s 15th-annual Zoo Lights, watch as more than a million twinkling lights sparkle in the shape of life-size animals and palm trees, wander through the grounds through different holiday-inspired light displays, and take part in a digital scavenger hunt to activate an immersive Musical Vines performance. Plus, check out the 26-foot LED holiday tree, enjoy Snowman-themed boat rides, and indulge in hot chocolate and warm cookies. So yeah, there’s a lot to see and do here.

4. Pinecrest Gardens Nights of Lights

  • Dates: Open Thursday through Sunday and select Wednesdays through January 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $18 and up
  • Address: 11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest

Kick off your holiday season with an elaborate, walk-through light show experience at Pinecrest Botanical Gardens. Depending on the night, activities include a festive-themed pajama party, live holiday performances, and shopping at a seasonal gift bazaar. Enjoy food, cocktails and even holiday concerts, with more lights than ever before.

5. NightGarden

  • Dates: Through Sunday, Jan. 7. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, from 6 to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: $25 and up
  • Address: 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables

Picture this: An enchanted garden with magical lights and a talking tree (no, we’re not kidding). The 23-acre NightGarden is an immersive experience with dazzling lights, holiday-themed scavenger hunts, augmented reality activations and popular local food trucks. You’ll ogle at technicolor flowers, unique light sculptures and outdoor holograms coupled with motion sensing technology, projection mapping and music that brings it all to life. Using the NightGarden FairyScope app, go beyond the lights and fully immerse yourself in an augmented reality experience, too.

Miami Holiday Lights - Two tufted white chairs are set up in front of a mantle decorated in holiday lights and other motifs.
Photo courtesy of the Deering Estate

6. Historic Holiday Decor: Holidays in Wonderland, A Lewis Carroll Story

  • Dates: Through Sunday, Jan. 7, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $7 and up
  • Address: 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami

Channel the colorful characters and topsy-turvy world of Wonderland at the Deering Estate’s Historic Holiday Decor: Holidays in Wonderland, A Lewis Carroll Story. Featuring Carroll’s beloved characters, including Alice, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, roam through several historic rooms and galleries, and witness the reimagined recreations—including a table set for Mad Tea Party.

7. Magic City Lights

  • Dates: Through Sunday, Jan. 7. Sundays through Thursdays, from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, from 5 to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: $5 and up
  • Address: 450 Northwest 37th Ave., Miami

Believe it or not, Magic City Casino transforms into the North Pole during the holiday season. You’ll be greeted by a magical display of LED holiday lights that bring your favorite holiday scenes and characters to life. Come hungry, and indulge in local food and drink vendors, and rock out to live music on select nights, too.

8. Sea of Lights

  • Dates: Select Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Dec. 30
  • Cost: $20 and up
  • Address: 4400, Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami

New this year, Miami Seaquarium’s Sea of Lights brings together a dazzling holiday spectacle featuring more than 300 light-up displays. Delight in whimsical exhibits like surfing Santa, prancing reindeer and a mega-sized gingerbread house. Bring a letter for Santa and drop it off at the on-site mailbox, and leave with a tasty s’mores.

9. Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

  • Dates: Saturday, December 16 from 6 p.m.
  • Cost: free to watch; $35 and up to enter
  • Address: Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park, 80 Las Olas Circle, Fort Lauderdale

Check out the “World’s Most Watched Boat Parade” this December staging on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, along the docks west of Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The 12-mile, 2.5-hour route will feature a dazzling display of vessels of all sizes (think: Rudolph, Santa, snowmen and more) cruising down the Intracoastal Highway. It’s free to watch and you can also enter your own boat from $35.

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Clarissa Buch Zilberman is a writer and editor based in Miami. Focused on food, lifestyle, and travel, her work has appeared in Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, and...