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Miami's Ultimate 2021 Winter Bucket List
Miami's Ultimate 2021 Winter Bucket List

Miami's Ultimate 2021 Winter Bucket List

Palm trees strung with lights, tree cone ice creams and holiday villages abound. 🌴🎅🎄

Published November 19, 2021

Winters in Miami are far from frosty, but the city offers a ton of activities to rev up the holiday spirit including must-try sweets, decorated zoos, holiday villages, ice skating, and so much more. Residents can even enjoy the world’s largest holiday theme park in tropical weather! 

To explore all the magic the city has to offer through the New Year, read our list below:    

Attend Zoo Lights Miami

Photo courtesy of Zoo Miami

Miami’s tropical zoo is not to be missed during the holidays. Their signature Zoo Lights event features over one million bright and dazzling tree lights. This year there is a brand new 26 foot tall LED tree, a holiday river boat ride, hot chocolate and cookies, as well as a ton of animal appearances! For our 21+ crew, make sure to check out their Sip and Stroll on December 9th, with a live DJ, unlimited boat rides, cocktails, a beer garden and spiked cocoa! 

Tickets: Regular Price (Nov. 23 - Dec. 30): $20.95 per adult and $18.95 per child. (Members save $3) Includes: admission, hot chocolate and two cookies
When: Select nights Nov. 26, 2021 - December 30, 2021, 6:30-10:00 PM
Where: Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177

For tickets to Miami Zoo Lights


Shop the Bayfront Holiday Village

Photo courtesy of Bayfront Holiday Village

Bayfront Holiday Village transforms Bayfront Park into an iconic holiday shopping and entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike. Get your skate on at the waterfront Bayskate Miami, sip on a Peppermint Mojito, have fun with the Gnauty Gnome Christmas Scavenger Hunt, and take a photo with Santa all while you cross off your shopping list.

Where: 301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

For more information on the Bayfront Holiday Village


Wander around Winterland at Pinto’s Farm

Photo courtesy of Pinto’s Farm

What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to grab your family, friends (and fur babies!) and visit Pinto's-family-farm-turned-Winter Wonderland! Enjoy seasonal treats and unlimited paddle boat rides under the holiday lights. You will even get the chance to meet Santa Claue, Nix the Snowman, and Sprinkle the Gingerbread Cookie in a beautiful illuminated forest.

Where: 14890 SW 216th St Miami, FL 33170

For more information on Winterland on the Farm


Visit the world’s largest holiday theme park, Santa's Enchanted Forest

Photo courtesy of Santa’s Enchanted Forest

The largest Christmas-themed amusement park and carnival in the world is back in its 38th year! Thousands of visitors come every year to experience the magic of South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree, millions of dazzling lights, and hundreds of themed displays. There is also festive Christmas music, delicious foods from around the world, live show entertainment and carnival rides suited for the entire family.

Tickets: Early Elf Season Passes: Adults (9-64) $48.84, Children (3-8) $39.26 and Seniors 65+ $36.64, general admission TBA
When: November 4, 2021 - January 2, 2022 - 5:00pm to Midnight 
Where: Hialeah Park at 3100 East 4th Ave. Hialeah, FL 

For more information on Santa’s Enchanted Forest


Step inside the NightGarden magical light spectacular at the Botanic Gardens 

Photo courtesy of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Stroll through Miami’s most gorgeous garden at night and find it blooming to life with stunning illumination and spectacular special effects. Visitors can suspend reality for a few hours and enjoy enchanted activities, such as talking to the “Wise Tree”, interacting with light and sound experiences, and the FairyScope augmented reality app. Plus, dine on some of Miami’s most popular food trucks.

When: November 12, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Where: 10901 Old Cutler Rd Coral Gables, FL 33156

For tickets to the NightGarden


Experience the Symphony of Lights Holiday Celebration at Gulfstream Park 

Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Village

See the entire park illuminated with 250,000 LED lights, all set to the sounds of holiday tunes, in 10-minute light shows at the top of every hour from 6—11 PM.  After you enjoy the beautiful lighting ceremony, switch to shopping and dining to top the night off at Gulfstream Park Village. 

Where: Gulfstream Park Village at 901 S. Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
When: November 13 - December 31, 2021

For more information on the Symphony of Lights.


Explore the "Gilded Age" Historic Holiday Decor at the Deering Estate

Photo courtesy of the Deering Estate

This holiday season, visitors can tour the historic houses at the Deering Estate. See the grounds come alive with holiday accents and festive decorations that will transport visitors to the glamor and elegance of the Gilded Age. Glittering holiday décor will be featured in each room of the Deering Estate’s historic Mediterranean-revival Stone House (1922) and pioneer era Richmond Cottage (1896). 

Tickets: Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7
When: November 26th 2021-January 6th 2022, 10 AM to 4 PM
Where: The Deering Estate at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33157

For tickets to Deering Estate Historic Holiday Decor Gilded Age


Attend a holiday tree lighting and watch the Polar Express at Doral 

Photo courtesy of City of Doral

Dress in festive holiday pajamas to see the lighting of the 35ft tree at the Doral Government Center, followed by a special screening of the “Polar Express” on the lawn. Photos with Santa will be available for $5 each.

When: December 1, 2021 at 6 PM
Where: Downtown Doral Park, 8395 NW 53rd St

For more information on the Holiday Tree lighting and Movie night.


See the Nights of Lights at Pinecrest Gardens 

Photo courtesy of Totally St. Augustine

Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland adorned by thousands of twinkling lights that go up, through and around the whimsical botanical landscape. This year the botanical garden is adding more sections of sparkling holiday lights and a  holiday-themed maze in the gardens that will be bigger than last year’s. Sip on a signature Pinecrest Gardens cocktail or enjoy a magical story time with Mrs. Clause. On select evenings, admission includes a holiday concert performance in the historic Banyan Bowl!

Where: 11000 Red Road Pinecrest, Florida 33156
When: December 10, 2021 - January 2, 2022, 6 to 9 PM

For tickets to Nights of Lights 


Cheer on the Winterfest Boat Parade

Photo courtesy of Winterfest Boat Parade

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is the “best show on H2O” and the traditional kickoff to the South Florida holiday season. This one-of-a-kind parade of beautifully decorated boats of all sizes is a can’t miss extravaganza. With over a million viewers along the 12 mile route, the parade where the floats really float is a Fort Lauderdale institution.

When:  December 11, 2021 from 6:30-8:30
Where: 512 NE 3 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 3330

For more information on the Winterfest Boat Parade.


Awe at the Garden of Lights at Flamingo Gardens 

Photo courtesy of Flamingo Gardens 

See 60 acres of tropical paradise, with over 3,000 of rare plants and trees—all glowing with tens of thousands of lights. This special night time viewing event features decorations and holiday scenes adorning the Arboretum and garden pathways of the Flamingo Gardens, along with  a musical light show on the Wray Home, Santa’s Snow Mound, interactive life-sized snow globes, and holiday crafts to make and take. The Flamingo Cafe will also be serving holiday treats and beverages. 

Tickets: $9.95 GA
Where: 3750 S Flamingo Rd Davie, FL 33330
When: Dec. 17-23 and 26-30, 2021

For tickets to the Garden of Lights at Flamingo Gardens.


Go ice-skating at the Chocolate-filled Hoffman’s Winter Wonderland

Photo courtesy of Hoffman’s 

Every November and December, Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory, a chocolate and ice cream shop in Palm Beach Gardens, hosts a Winter Wonderland complete with holiday lights, mouth-watering chocolate displays, a giant Christmas tree, live music, a holiday wreath display contest, and more. In partnership with the Florida Panthers, visitors can also enjoy a 2,400 square-foot “Panthers in The Park” ice-skating rink! After a few figure eights, skaters can head inside Hoffman’s for a chocolate-making class and factory tour with Santa Clause himself.

Where: 5190 Lake Worth Rd, Greenacres, FL 33463
When: November 17th—December 30th  

For more information on Hoffman’s Winter Wonderland.


Get a Christmas cone from 1-800 Lucky

The insta-worthy Christmas tree cones are back at Taiyaki at 1-800-Lucky. The waffle cone confection is filled with swirled matcha ice cream, showered in peppermints and colored sugars, and crowned with a fondant star. Santa probably dreams of this instead of cookies. 

Where: 143 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-768-9826; 

For more information on Taiyaki at 1-800-lucky

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