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Free & cheap things to do in Miami on Thanksgiving weekend

For the weekends, we’ve got some ideas on how to spend that extra time off.

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  • Find great deals and start shopping for the holidays early. Malls are open and you can also shop online, of course. Click here to see our guide to mall hours for Black Friday.
  • Speaking of malls, their holiday displays and photos with Santa are opening this weekend. Plan to visit the train display or Dr. Seuss’ Grinch’s Grotto at Aventura Mall, or catch a snowfall at either The Falls or Dadeland Mall. Click here for details.

  • Visit Santa’s Wonderland at the Bass Pro Shops with free family holiday activities and a festive display of rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves in front of illuminated Christmas trees. Santa will be there, too, for photographs, with socially distanced partition in place. 
  • Holiday displays are starting to pop up around Miami. Pinecrest Gardens and Deering Estate are both debuting their festive lights. The tree is up at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, and you can take a drive up to the enchanting Enchanted Place in North Miami for more holiday fun. Click here for a full rundown of the Christmas lights and decor around Miami. 


  • Catch a movie at Coral Gables Art Cinema or Tower Theater Miami. Yes, those theaters are open with social-distancing guidelines and mask-wearing regulations. Watching virtually is also an option with O Cinema. The drive-ins are also still going strong, too. Click here to read our roundup of movie options and see what’s playing where.

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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, Edible South FL, Legacy Miami and Legacy South Florida and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today covering the arts community and restaurant scene and served as Calendar Editor. She has also worked in public relations for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, in travel and tourism for Newman PR and at the Miami Science Museum. She has written for Florida Travel + Life Magazine, Florida Monthly Magazine,, Indulge Miami and MiamiCurated.

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