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Free Bayfront Holiday Village

Bayfront Park is transformed into a holiday village from Nov. 29-Dec. 25 with “The Shops” a collection of artisans in a retail setting, Bayskate which is Miami's answer to cold-weather ice skating and “Bayfront Bites” a food, beverage and entertainment area on the waterfront. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Here's what you'll find at the Village:

  • An animated 50-foot Christmas tree with hourly animated light shows
  • The North Pole Beach Club with festive cocktails including Mistletoe Martinis, Glacier Iced Tea, Spiked Eggnog and Peppermint Mojitos
  • The Santa Paws Dog Park
  • Gnaughty Gnome Scavenger Hunt to find the eight missing gnomes with the help of some scrambled clues to win a special prize
  • Santa's Photo Studio for snapping a pick with the man himself
  • North Pole Express Post Office where you can drop off your letter to Santa

Here are additional holiday happenings:

Santa's Arrival and Tree Lightings

Events at Miami Malls

Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami and contributes to Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She has contributed to, Biscayne Times and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL at

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