One of the best parts about Christmas is all the light displays people put up in Miami. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit and people love checking them out. It’s also the perfect occasion to spend some quality time with your family. Here are some of the best places where to see Christmas lights in Miami.

Zoo Miami

Enjoy millions of animal-shaped lights this holiday season by visiting Zoo Miami. Bring your family along for a walk through the zoo's amazing Christmas displays, where you can even get to share milk and cookies with Santa. The park also features carousel rides and carolers. Be sure to check out their Zoo Lights schedule and fees.

Shops at Merrick Park

Appreciate Shops at Merrick Park's fabulous lights decoration in Coral Gables. The beautiful display is one of the focus points in the area during the holidays and their annual lighting ceremony is highly anticipated. This year it featured a performance by the Miami Royal Ballet!

Aventura Mall

Aventura Mall has a great Christmas display featuring a 60-foot exhibit with teddy bears, candy canes, gifts, and more. The whole demonstration was created by renowned designer Stephen Stefanou, who has worked on displays for Rockefeller Center and even the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Dolphin Mall

Another great place to see Christmas lights in Miami is at Dolphin Mall. If you want to experience a white Christmas in South Florida, then be sure to check out their ongoing event at Ramblas Plaza, which will take your kids to a snowy wonderland with Santa this holiday season. The event will be ongoing and starts every day at 7 p.m., but will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25, and on Jan 1.


Open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.on weekends, CocoWalk in Coconut Grove is a great place to shop, dine, and enjoy live entertainment. This Christmas season it will feature their annual holiday tree-lighting event on December 2, where you can take your kids for an evening of music, events, and a special visit from Santa Claus. 

Lincoln Road Mall

Enjoy a walk between Lincoln Road’s beautifully lit palm trees and Christmas decorations. Lincoln Road is known to be filled with stores that are also ideal for a little holiday shopping so if you’re looking to take a nightly stroll in the city, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Santa's Enchanted Forest

The greatest Christmas theme park in Miami is coming for their 35th 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 lighting and decorations. According to the website, this is 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 7. 

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 to any visits you might have planned this holiday season. Sharing time with them is what it’s all about.

If you'd like more fun things to do in Miami during the holidays, check us out at 305area. We cover holiday events, dining in Miami, and we've already got a great list of New Year's Eve events in Miami. Registration is always free! 

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