Where to Marvel at Christmas Lights in Miami This Holiday Season

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, including a handful of drive-thru experiences. 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

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. through December 31.

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

Returning for its 39th year, one of South Florida’s most popular holiday amusement parks will bring more than 100 attractions to Doral. For the 2022 season, the event has relocated to 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. Open through January 8.

3. Zoo Lights

At Zoo Miami’s 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. Open through December 30.

4. Pinecrest Gardens Nights of Lights

Kick off your holiday season with an elaborate, walk-through light show experience at Pinecrest Botanical Gardens. This year, the winter wonderland maze features bigger and better multicolored light displays than ever before. Enjoy food, cocktails and even holiday concerts on select evenings. Open through January 1.

5. NightGarden

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. Open through January 8.

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: A Jazzy Holiday

Channel the glitz and glamor of the early twentieth century with Historic Holiday Decor: A Jazzy Holiday at the Deering Estate. Take a stroll through the grounds, all lavishly decorated with holiday lights and decor, and ring in the holiday season as the Deering estate would have in its heyday. Open through January 6.

Miami Holiday Lights - A silver car drives through a tunnel that is decorated in many strands of colorful lights.
Photo courtesy of Magic of Lights

7. Magic of Lights

Believe it or not, Homestead transforms into the North Pole during the holiday season. Grab your family and your car keys, and head to this drive-thru where you’ll be greeted by a magical display of LED holiday lights that bring your favorite holiday scenes and characters to life. The best part? You can experience it all from the comfort of your car. Open through January 1.

8. Bayfront Park

The ultimate festive pop-up in the center of downtown Miami, Bayfront Holiday Village has it all—from a retro skating rink and animated Christmas tree light and music shows, to a North Pole-themed cocktail club with spiked eggnog and Irish coffee. Don’t miss the 50-foot, iconic Christmas tree either.

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Clarissa Buch Zilberman

Miami Editor

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...
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