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Published January 19, 2023

Miami's Ultimate 2022 Winter Bucket List

The best holiday events and must-do winter activities in Miami. 🌴🎅

by Miami Bucket List


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

Check out our ultimate winter bucket list for all the magic the city has to offer this season.

Get a Christmas Cone from 1-800 Lucky

The insta-worthy Christmas tree cones are back 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. 

Where: 143 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-768-9826
For more information on Christmas cones from 1-800 Lucky.

See the Garden of Lights at Flamingo

See 60 acres of tropical paradise, with over 3,000 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 nightly musical light shows! The Flamingo Cafe will also be serving holiday treats and beverages. 

Where: 3750 S Flamingo Rd Davie FL 33330
For more information on Garden of Lights at Flamingo.

Watch the 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.

Where: 512 NE 3 Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL 3330
For more information on the Winterfest Boat Parade.

Explore Pinecrest Gardens Nights of Lights

Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a wonderland of thousands of twinkling lights strung around the botanical landscape, now complete with a holiday-themed maze! Sip on a signature Pinecrest Gardens cocktail or enjoy a magical story time with Mrs. Clause.

Where: 11000 Red Road Pinecrest, Florida 33156
For tickets to the Nights of Lights at Pinecrest Gardens.

Go the Doral Tree Lighting

Head to Downtown Doral to see the lighting of the 34-foot Holiday Tree and Government Center, plus enjoy some special ceremonial entertainment. 

Where: Downtown Doral Park
For more information on the Holiday Tree lighting in Doral. 

Deering Estate Holiday Decor

This holiday season, tour the historic houses at the Deering Estate! This year’s title is “Jazzy Holiday,” and the historic grounds come alive with holiday accents and festive decorations that will take guests back to the glitz and glamor of the early twentieth century.

The Historic Holiday Decor will be on display daily from November 25th through January 6th The Deering Estate is closed on Christmas Day. 

Where: The Deering Estate at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33157
For more information on the Holiday Decor at the Deering Estate.

See the Symphony of Lights Holiday Celebration at Gulfstream Park

See all of Gulfstream Park illuminated with 250,000 LED lights, 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. Happening November 12th through December 31st. 

Where: Gulfstream Park Village at 901 S. Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
For more information on Symphony of Lights.

Attend Zoo Lights Miami

See Miami’s tropical zoo glitter and glow this holiday season at Zoo Lights, featuring over one million lights. From November 25th until December 30th, guests can enjoy the 26-ft tall LED tree, giant animal lanterns (and some animal appearances!), visits from Santa and “Snowman River Boat” rides to boot—all with hot cocoa and cookies in hand. 

Where: 12400 SW 152 St. Miami FL, 33177
For more information on Zoo Lights Miami.

NightGarden Magical Light

Stroll through Miami’s gorgeous garden at night while it's stunningly illuminated and filled with spectacular special effects. Visitors can suspend reality with enchanted activities, such as talking to the “Wise Tree,” visiting rainbow-colored pathways, or even joining a “Fair Quest.” Plus, dine on some of Miami’s most popular food trucks! Doors open Nov 11th.

Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd Coral Gables, FL 33156 
For more information on NightGarden.

Check Out Santa’s Enchanted Forest

The largest Christmas-themed amusement park and carnival in the world is back! Thousands of visitors come to experience the magic of South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree, millions of dazzling lights, and live shows and carnival rides for the whole family. Happening November 9th through January 8th.

Where: Hialeah Park at 3100 E 4th Ave, Hialeah FL
For more information on Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

Wander around Winterland at Pinto’s Farm

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.

Where: 14890 SW 216th St Miami, FL 33170
For more information on Wander around Winterland at Pinto’s Farm.

Check Out Art Basel

Art Basel is Miami's most anticipated art event of the year. From December 1st through the 3rd, leading galleries from five continents will be displaying works by masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as work from up-and-coming artists. From visual arts to print to film, there's something for everyone to appreciate at Art Basel.

Where: Various locations, check the website for participating galleries and museums.
For more information on Art Basel.

Shop the Bayfront Holiday Village

Bayfront Park transforms 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, 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 Bayfront Holiday Village.

Taste Test at the Chocolate Festival

If you have any post-holiday blues, we have a way to cheer you up. Taste your way through chocolate confections, desserts galore and even savory bites; all while enjoying live pairing activities, classes, and demos at the annual Chocolate festival! Running January 21st and 22nd.

Where: 10901 Old Cutler Road Miami Florida 33156
For more information on the Chocolate Festival.

Experience Magic Mike Live in Miami

Conceived and directed by Channing Tatum, MAGIC MIKE LIVE is an unforgettable fun night of sizzling, 360-degree entertainment based on the hit movies. This first-class experience features some of the most talented guys performing heart-racing dance routines in front of, above, and all around you. Equal parts empowering and exhilarating, the 90-minute show is punctuated by unexpected, temperature-raising acts from a thrilling range of acrobatic and musical talent. In other words, it’s got basically everything.

Where: Marine Stadium Site: 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149
For more information on Magic Mike Live.

Indulge in Opulence at the Great Gatsby Party

A celebration perfectly timed with the centennial of the Roaring Twenties, this year’s Great Gatsby Party takes place at The Historic Alfred I. DuPont Building on January 13 and 14. Consider your ticket the key to an era of absolute decadence and excess. Enjoy an array of phenomenal performances with live music, aerialists, theatrical acts, dancers, contortionists, showgirls, stilt walkers, and more!

Where: 169 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131
For more information on the Great Gatsby Party.

Attend the 4th Annual Rum Congress

Did you know Miami-Dade is the largest rum consumer in the US? Whether you're a rum aficionado or want to know what the rage is all about, the rum congress promises to deliver. Come celebrate rum in all its forms at a boutique-style event that will showcase a handful of brands that emphasize the education and premiumization of the rum category.

Where: Hilton Cabana Miami Beach: 6261 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
For more information on Rum Congress.

Check out Whisky X

Taste, discover, and learn about more than 60 premium whiskey brands and cocktails at WhiskyX. Enjoy the best of Bourbon, American, Irish, Scotch, Rye, Single Malt, and more, plus fill up on cuisine from the best food trucks in the city. There will also be a cigar lounge, complimentary hair-and-beard trims, and, best of all, a musical host.

Where: Wynwood Marketplace: 2250 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
For more information on WhiskyX.


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