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!
Get ready because the lights are usually up by December 1.
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. 23-Dec. 29. Admission is $15.95 (plus tax).
Nightgarten 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 $20 for members and $28 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.
The Hutchings home at 1120 Quail Avenue in Miami Springs features lights, animated figures, Santa and more.
The Rapport home at 8740 SW 186 Street in Cutler Bay usually opens with Santa greeting children with candy at 7:30 pm. Check out the lights, animated figures, Nativity scene, Christmas trees and inflatables.
Michael Hornyak at Lime Court off Matilda St. between Oak and Day Avenues featuring lights, animated figures, inflatables and a small Christmas tree village. Lights are one from 5:30-11 p.m. daily with that time extended to midnight two weeks before Christmas.
Juan C. Barrios at 8196 NW 199 Terr., Hialeah has a light display with Christmas tree, snowflakes and candy canes that flash along with animated figures and inflatables. Watch a YouTube video here.
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