Best time to go to Miami

Christmas Lights 2021

The art deco district and downtown are especially pretty during holiday season


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Even though Miami residents never have Christmas-like weather, they are still earnest about the holidays. Miami has plenty of light displays, and you can stroll through them without the risk of freezing. You can find the festive lights everywhere, from Aventura Mall ​and Dolphin Mall ​to CocoWalk ​and Lincoln Road Mall. ​Miami Christmas lights are usually switched on after Thanksgiving.

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami (November 27–December 27, 2020)

ZooLights at the Zoo Miami is one of the most impressive light displays, featuring millions of animal-shaped lights. Kids are given a chance to meet Santa over milk and cookies, sing some carols, and ride a carousel.

Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Merrick Park (mid-November, lighting ceremony is canceled in 2020)

The Shops at Merrick Park ​in Coral Gables has a beautiful display as well. Its annual lighting ceremony is always a big event featuring famous musicians and bands. Aventura Mall ​is known for its 60-foot (18.3-m) installation of candy canes, teddy bears, and gifts, created by renowned designer Stephen Stefanou. CocoWalk in Coconut Grove features a large tree, music, and Santa Claus.

Santa's Enchanted Forest in Tropical Park (canceled in 2020)

Santa's Enchanted Forest ​in Tropical Park offers not only light displays but over 100 rides and attractions, making it one of the largest holiday theme parks and carnivals in the US.