One of the best parts about Christmas in Miami is all the beautiful lights displays adorning the city. They definitely get us into the holiday spirit, and checking them out provides a perfect occasion to spend more time with family. There are a lot of options, but we've narrowed down some of the best places where to see Christmas lights in Miami.
The greatest Christmas theme park in Miami is coming for their 26th season with more rides and great entertainment. This year, it features more than 100 rides and attractions. Dive into this holiday experience located in Tropical Park filled with Christmas lights and decorations. Santa's Enchanted Forest claims to be the world’s largest holiday theme park and free carnival, which makes it the perfect choice to take the whole family for a fun-filled evening. The theme park will be open during the holiday season from now until January 6.
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Bayfront Park hosts its annual holiday tree lighting on Nov. 23 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The tree is an artificial, 50-foot Rocky Mountain Pine Tree. It will stay lit each evening in the park and remain lit into the new year. The event itself is free, but you may have to pay to park.
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Enjoy millions of animal-shaped Christmas lights this holiday season by visiting Zoo Lights Miami. Bring your family along for a walkthrough of the zoo's amazing Christmas displays plus sharing milk and cookies with Santa. The park also features carousel rides and carolers. Zoo Lights will be on Fridays and Saturdays from November 23 to December 29. Be sure to check out their Zoo Lights schedule and fees.
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For a stunning showcase of lights and lanterns and a celebration of Chinese culture, visit the Miami Lantern Light Festival from November 30 to January 20 at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition. Each lantern is custom-built by Chinese artisans and typically take up to four weeks to complete! The lanterns are made from hundreds of pieces of silky cloth with some as tall as 30 feet high and others up to 300 feet long.
Miami Outboard Club will host its 21st annual Holiday Boat Parade. This free event is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 15. Not only will there be a beautiful parade of lit-up boats on the water, but there will also be musical entertainment, a bounce house, fireworks, and more. The best spot to view the fireworks will be from Bayfront Park.
Santa vsits the Chimps at Lion Country Safari's Chimp Island on December. 20 at 10:30 a.m. Plan to arrive at the park at 9:30 a.m. to have plenty of time to get through the exhibits. This is the only time during the entire year that park guests can get out of the cars to watch the Chimpanzees receive presents from Santa. Tickets are $35 for adults, $31.50 for seniors, and $26 for children ages three to nine. Parking is $8.
When it comes to where to see Christmas lights in Miami, there’s a place everyone will enjoy! Don’t forget to bring your loved ones along for any visits you plan during the holidays. Spending time with them is what this season is all about!
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