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Free Miami Beach Holiday Festival of Lights

This holiday season, prepared to be dazzled and amazed when you experience a series of dazzling spectaculars of music and light as the Miami Beach Holiday Festival of Lights takes to South Beach Dec. 1-23 at various locations.  

Presented by the Miami Beach Classical Music Festival (MMF), a nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable, world-class musical instruction and groundbreaking performance experiences to young artists and the South Florida community, these first-of-their-kind live musical performances will feature cutting-edge projection-mapping technology where intricate lighting designs and captivating visuals overlap, turning some of South Beach’s most iconic building façades into interactive exhibits with vibrant imagery. Every surface during these awe-inspiring productions will become a living canvas as the projections play off the buildings’ various shapes and textures in perfect unison with the rhythm of the music. 

Photo courtesy of Miami Music Festival and The Dana Agency.

Performances will take place over three weekends at three South Beach locations: 

  • Lincoln Road’s Euclid Oval: Dec. 1 & 2 at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

    • Attendees can expect beloved holiday characters, including Santa Claus, the Grinch and Elsa; snow for kids to play with; a live orchestra; and more.

  • The Betsy Hotel: Dec. 22 & 23 at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

    • Enjoy a captivating holiday show featuring a blend of music, lights and project mapping. 

  • The Gabriel South Beach: Dec. 28 & 29 at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
      • Watch in awe as the projection mapping visuals span all buildings of the hotel.

Produced by Michael Rossi, MMF founder and artistic director, the Miami Beach Holiday Festival of Lights will span a diverse range of genres of international holiday traditions. 

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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 Miami.com, 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 josiegulliksen.com

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