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Free and cheap things to do in Miami with kids during the holidays

The kids are home from school and relatives are visiting. You need a game plan that's inexpensive because you broke the piggy bank on all the holiday gifts.

Here are the free and cheap things to do with kids in Miami during the holidays:


Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade

  • The always interesting and politically incorrect King Mango Strut Parade is Dec. 29 at 2 pm through downtown Coconut Grove along Commodore Plaza. It's the best way to catch up on all the year's craziest events and definitely one of the most creative parades around.
  • Pay a visit to George Merrick Park at 400 Biltmore Way in Coral Gables across from City Hall and enjoy the holiday decorations. Kids can take photos with Santa, play in and on several holiday-themed miniature houses, slides, a small stationary train. Snacks like popcorn, hot chocolate and churros are for sale. The park is decorated until Jan. 6.
  • See our ongoing list of free and cheap holiday events
  • Watch kids compete in basketball, golf and more sports by searching for “Junior Orange Bowl” on our site – now through Dec. 30
  • Up to 43% off Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Dec. 14-20

Holiday light displays






See a calendar of free and cheap Miami events by day and check out our frequently updated list of free and cheap Miami holiday events. Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap has a calendar of free and cheap Broward events.

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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