Turn on holiday music in the car, then grab the grandparents and kids and take them on a drive or stroll through a fairyland of outdoor light displays throughout Miami. Here’s an added bonus: Bring eggnog!
Coral Gables has several places where one can drive by and gaze at beautiful holiday lights:
- The Shops at Merrick Park (358 San Lorenzo Ave.)
- Outside City Hall (405 Biltmore Way) where the original Merrick Park sits and
- Down Miracle Mile from Southwest 37th to 42nd Avenues.
Don’t miss the huge holiday display at Aventura Mall (19501 Biscayne Blvd.), which has numerous displays throughout the mall, including twinkling snowfall, reindeer, Santa’s workshop, snowflake mobile and gingerbread house.
In the City of Miami, a few places come to mind for holiday lights:
- Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) with its majestic tree and towering downtown skyscrapers.
- Brickell CityCentre (701 S. Miami Ave.) with peppermint sticks, multi-story trees, bright lights and oversized ornaments.
- InterContinental Miami’s Holiday Village (100 Chopin Plaza) where the Spindle is turned into a winter wonderland covered in faux snow with six fully dimensional houses with a train, trees and accent decor.
Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami. Some resident “animals” at Zoo Miami get a holiday sprucing up during the Zoo Lights annual event, which will happen every Friday and Saturday Nov. 29-Dec. 29. Admission is $15.95 (plus tax).
Nightgarden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This is the first year the garden has created an illuminated experience full of fantasy and wonderment, with features such as the the Wise Talking Tree and Flying Fairies, as well as holographic butterflies and floating orchids. Admission is $24 for members and $33 for non-members.
Pinecrest Gardens Nights of Lights.Live Like Bella Nights of Lights features more than 60 glittering and larger than life light installations during the holidays. Admission is $5.
Enchanted Place of North Miami at 1600 NE 137 Terrace in North Miami is not just one house but one entire cul-de-sac. Neighbors get together to light up the tree canopy area and welcome the holiday cheer.
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams’ Santa’s Headquarters: 1185 NW 47 Terrace, Miami. For 40 years, this family has been delighting the community with a holiday display at their house across from Charles Hadley Park, 1350 NW 50th St. Santa surprises the children with toys and candy on Christmas Eve.
The Froberg Residence: 1840 Keystone Blvd., North Miami. This family of three is back to decorating their yard and house for the community. You can see colorful Christmas trees of different sizes, decorated wreaths, a laser show, and glittering icicles.
Leon and April Wegman: 1900 S. Hibiscus Drive, North Miami. Frosty the Snowman sits on the roof in a hot-air balloon, there’s a life-size Santa and the boat in the backyard canal is festooned with lights.
14665 Fitzpatrick Road, Miami Lakes. Decorated in the front and back, this stunning light display was nominated as a neighborhood favorite in Miami Lakes. Santa and his reindeer fly through the air and thousands of twinkle lights are in the trees. From Miami Lakes Drive, you can see the house’s lights reflected in the lake.
The Hornyak Residence: 3050 Lime Court, Coconut Grove. Since 2011, Michael Hornyak has decorated this house on a cul-de-sac in thousands of lights. Other homes nearby do impressive displays and the street becomes “Christmas Court.” Lights are turned on at 5:30 p.m. every day and will be up until Three Kings Day, Jan. 6.
Sunset Drive, from the Cocoplum Circle to Maynada Street, Coral Gables/South Miami. Grand houses display fantastic light installations on this historic street. While some houses are being renovated this year, you can still enjoy about five beautiful outside light creations.
The Steele Residence: 19281 Holiday Road, Cutler Bay. This fantastic display includes 20,000 lights in the trees, and there are four small buildings with themed scenes. The lights will be on until Jan. 6.
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