From Christmas tree lights to meet-and-greets with Santa and his elves, holiday events in Miami are preparing to kick off the festivities soon. Want to get in on the celebration? Of course you do! Check out the best things to do this holiday season in South Florida.

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Dadeland Mall Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 13th (6PM) – Dadeland Mall, Miami, FL - Website

Santa and the Dadeland Mall crew kick off the holidays with a splendid Christmas tree lighting ceremony. In addition to the tree lighting, visitors can expect numerous family-friendly activities, crafts, face-painting, snacks, live music, and a letter-making station with a direct feed to the North Pole.

Festival of the Trees

November 21st (6:30-9:30PM) – Moore Building, Miami, FL - Website

The opening gala for FotT will allow guests to bid on truly amazing holiday decorations (and Christmas tree displays). Funds raised will benefit the Florida International University Interior Architecture Dept.

Brunch with the Kringles

November 23rd (10AM) – Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Miami, FL - Website

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus—plus their gang of elves—at GC Railroad Museum before Thanksgiving. Guests will receive a pancake breakfast, refreshments, and opportunities to snap some photos with Old Saint Nick.

Bayfront Holiday Village

November 29th – December 25th – Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami - Website

A winter wonderland, minus the snow, emerges in Downtown Miami once Thanksgiving ends. Bayfront Park's 30-day pop-up marketplace opens, offering shoppers and guests a festive place to shop. The Rink, Miami's version of ice-skating, will also be open to the public, as will Santa's Photoshop, the North Pole Beach Club, and Bayskate. Don't forget to snap pictures of the gorgeous 50-foot-tall Christmas tree in the middle of the park!

Oakland Park Holiday Village

December 6th-7th – Jaco Pastorius Park, Oakland Park, FL - Website

This family-friendly holiday event near Ft. Lauderdale will feature a children's fun center, crafts, vendors, live entertainment, a cash bar for the adults, food, and a special visit from Santa.

Hot Cocoa Movie Night

December 13th (6PM) – Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne, FL - Website

Watch a holiday film, gobble down popcorn, and stuff your mouth with chocolate—all underneath the stars at the Ritz-Carlton. Tickets start at $25 per person.

Movies on Parade: Winterfest 2019

December 14th (6:30PM) – Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Website

Celebrate the holidays with a film and boat parade in Ft. Lauderdale. Riverside will be hosting an adult-friendly party on the Riverside Dock, as well as a more family-oriented experience in the stadium, complete with a screening of the film "Flipper."

28th Annual Home for the Holidays Walk and Tour

December 15th (4-8PM) – Miami Shores - Website

The annual tradition returns. Take a tour of Miami's most gorgeous homes, then enjoy a block party full of festive charm. Lights. Refreshments. Music. Neighborly fun. Plus, portions of all purchased tickets will go to the Woman's Cancer Association of University of Miami.

Vizcaya Holiday Evening

December 19th (6-9PM) – Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami, FL - Website

Vizcaya Museum's main house gets the royal Christmas treatment. Guests can explore the grounds and view stunning Christmas lights and more holiday décor.

The Night Before Christmas Pajama Party & Toy Giveaway

December 21st (6PM) – Carver Ranches Daycare, Hollywood, FL - Website

Dress in your coziest PJs and get some of this Christmas cheer. In addition to fun games, crafts, and refreshments, all children will receive a special gift from Santa himself.

HO HO HO Crafts at Miramar Library

December 21st (12:30-1:30PM) – Miramar Library, Miramar, FL - Website

Children and families can make Christmas Cards for their loved ones. Limited seating, and there's no registration required, so arrive early.

In addition to HO HO HO Crafts, the Miramar Library will also be hosting Hanukkah DIY Crafts between 3:00 and 4:00 PM, as well as a Kwanzaa Storytelling and Crafts event on December 28th at 2:00 PM.


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