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Things to do Christmas Day in South Florida, including free and cheap ideas

South Florida usually offers perfect weather to venture out. If you’re out and about December 25, festive light displays, restaurants, free live entertainment, and places to play and shop are open. 

Please return to this feature as other information is added for Miami-Dade, Broward and greater Palm Beach. 

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Things to do Christmas Day 2022 in South Florida 

Photo: Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale



Swap Shop flea market offers indoor and outdoor vendor areas. The venue offers a Ferrari museum, with free entry. Swap Shop is at 3291 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Lauderhill. Parking fees likely apply, 954-791-7927, website

Pompano Beach

Festival Marketplace, an indoor marketplace with about 250 vendors  at 2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 25;  954-979-4555

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Entertainment & Fun


Free live rock at Hollywood Bandshell is  7 p.m. – 9 p.m. December 25 oceanside  at 320 Johnson Street. Parking information is available online Feature: Free live music at Hollywood Bandshell.

West Palm

Live entertainment  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. December 25 at The Square, 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach. The Square also features a holiday light show and snowfall :30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. ; parking fees range from free to $12, with rates usually $5 or $6. Feature: Holiday snowfalls & lights at The Square in West Palm

Miami Beach

“Holiday Joy” is 5 p.m., December 25, with free entry at Lummus Park, between 14th Street and 14th Place, Miami Beach.  Young performers from Miami Beach Classical Music Festival (MMF)eperform songs from Handel’s “Messiah.” Bring a blanket or beach chair. Information is on the website.

Other fun

Movie theaters, phone or browse online to verify 

Bowling lanes, phone or browse online to verify  


Tri-Rail offers $5 all-day rates holidays and weekends. The railroad runs in Miami-Dade, Broward and greater Palm Beach.  Information about Tri-Rail, including routes and shuttles to and from stations, call 954-783-6030 or 800-874-7245 Feature: Tri-Rail offers $5 fares on holidays and weekends


Restaurants Open December 25

Attractions in Broward


Free Symphony In Lights is an outdoor holiday display with lights dancing to favorite holiday music at Gulfstream Park Village in Hallandale Beach. Shows are usually 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. on the hour,  901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach 33009. Free entry and free parking.

Fort Lauderdale

Xtreme Action Park, indoor arcade and recreation venue, is open 10 a.m. to 12 a.m., 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale 33309, 954-491-6265, website, feature: Deals & Events at Xtreme Action Park


Downtown Hollywood Murals features about 45 murals on buildings and sidewalks in easy walkable route, and it’s free. Information about the artwork and artists is online.


Dancing to holiday tunes in a snowfall is offered 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Dania Pointe, 139 S. Compass Way, Dania Beach 33004, website. Entry is free. Feature: Snow flurries & snowman at Dania Pointe Plaza

Fort Lauderdale

Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale 33312. Regular entry fees for non-members include  $22 for ages 2-12, $27 for adults, and $25 for seniors. For military,  it’s $24.

Discounts for South Florida residents

$3 off regular prices for South Florida residents. For kids, $19 with discount, adults, $24 with discount, and $22 for seniors with discount, with  Broward, Palm & Dade identification.  Purchase tickets online.  

North Broward

Holiday Fantasy of Lights drive-thru display in Coconut Creek. Regular rates on site are $24 per vehicle and $45 for bus or vehicle with at least 12 people. It’s $2 if you want Special Effects glasses. For tickets purchased online, you’ll pay an extra fee of $2.  For a $4 off voucher,  register for emails.

Pembroke Pines

Christmas at Oasis Church offers  a drive-thru holiday display 6 p.m. 10 p.m. December  25 at 12201 SW 14th St, Pembroke Pines; 954-433-4838; it’s a free attraction, with donations accepted

 (Photo: Delray Beach)

Attractions in Palm Beach

Delray Beach

Exciting holiday display in Delray Beach with a lighted & decorated 100-foot tree; free carousel rides 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. December  24 & 25 at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-243-7250, website. Feature: Delray displays 100-ft tree with ice skating, Santa and more

West Palm Beach

Sandi is among South Florida’s distinctive holiday attractions. It’s a sand sculpture tree that stands about 35 feet tall.  Sandi and a dancing fountain are featured in light, projection and music shows on the quarter hour from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Entry is free for spectators. Festivities are at 127 Clematis St., West Palm Beach.  The attraction includes a Ferris wheel. Rides, usually offered 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., are $5 or $20 for unlimited rides per night, fees and taxes are extra. Feature: West Palm Beach’s ‘Holiday in Paradise’ dazzles

Other Display

Lights 4 Hope drive-through display is open for the season

Attractions in Miami-Dade

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is at 7400 NW 87th Avenue, Miami 33166, Feature: Santa’s Enchanted Forest  for pricing and discounts

Pinecrest Gardens Nights of Lights is open from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. December 25; entry is $20 for adults and $15 for age 17 and younger Parking is free, 305-669-6990

Magic of Lights Homestead at Homestead Speedway, 1 Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd., is a holiday drive-thru experience set for 6-10 p.m.; standard vehicle pricing is $25; 866-409-7223

Frost Science Museum , at 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. December 25; 305-434-9600, website

Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., is open 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. December 25; 305-255-5551; website

Nature & Parks

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