Guide to Tree Lightings, Special Events & Live Nativities


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Miami Mom Collective Guide to Tree Lightings, Special Events & Live Nativities

A Resource of Miami Area Tree Lightings, Special Events & Live Nativities

There are so many ways to celebrate and enjoy this wonderful season. Tree lightings, special events, and live nativities depicting the birth of Jesus are great ways to take the holidays in with the whole family.

So grab your calendar and carve out some time to make some holiday memories or continue building long-standing traditions with your kids. These are the sweet things they’ll remember and carry with them, long after those new toys are packed away.

If you know of any tree lightings, special events, or live nativities that you do not see listed in our guide, we’d love to know! Send an email to info{at} 

The entire team at Miami Mom Collective wishes you and your family a joyful and fun-filled holiday season!

December 9 – January 6 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Ticketed Event

Nights of Lights Returns to Pinecrest Gardens  

Illuminate your holiday season with a stroll through a mesmerizing winter wonderland filled with thousands of twinkling lights and unforgettable festivities.

Event Dates: Select nights from Dec. 9, 2023 – Jan. 6, 2024
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets: Available on Eventbrite ($18-$23). Special discounts for Pinecrest Gardens members.
Location: Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Avenue, Pinecrest, 33156

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156

Image: Miami Mom Collective founder Cierra Bragan poses with a Miami mom at a Deck the Walls event

Thursday, November 30 | 7 – 10 p.m. | American Social

Join us for an exciting event at American Social! Our annual Deck The Walls event is always a favorite, where moms can create their own wreaths to take home through a guided wreath-making tutorial.

We’ll embrace the holiday spirit by enjoying time with each other and having some wonderful sips & bites. There will be swag & giveaways, and more surprises along the way.

*Ticket prices include 2 drinks, bites, and all wreath supplies.*

American Social
690 Southwest 1st Court
Miami, FL 33130

Image: South Florida's BEST Santa poses for a photo at a Miami Mom Collective Cookies With Santa Event

Saturday, December 2 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami

Join us for a jolly day of Donuts With Santa at the Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami! There will be photos with Santa, a delicious selection of donuts from Max’d Out Donuts, fun for the kids, giveaways for the whole family, and shopping for moms, just to name some of the fun.

Guests of the event will enjoy:

A professional digital photo with South Florida’s BEST Santa
Select donuts from Max Santiago’s Max’d Out Donuts
Local Pop-Up Vendors
Letters to Santa
Christmas Crafts
Sensory Stations with Savvy Sensory Shop
Photo Ops by Card My Yard South Miami
Face Painting with Colorboom MIA
Special Guest Appearances
Coffee, Hot Cocoa, Appetizers
Giveaways, and more!

Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and you’ll receive a chance to win a special giveaway!

*Tickets are required for all attendees age 1 and up.*

Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami
1102 Brickell Bay Drive
Miami, FL 33131

Image: Graphic for Cookie Decorating Moms Night Out

Wednesday, December 13 | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Sweet Lich’s

Join the Miami Mom Collective community for a night of fun at Sweet Lich’s. For our last Moms’ Night Out event of the year, we’re excited to host an intimate gathering where we can enjoy each other’s company while decorating (and eating!) some of the tastiest cookies in town! Space is extremely limited so grab a ticket before it sells out.

Sweet Lich’s
6104 S Dixie Hwy
South Miami, FL 33143

Gingerbread House Decorating Class

Image: Decorated gingerbread houses at The Real Food Academy

Welcome the season by decorating your own gingerbread house at The Real Food Academy! We’ll provide the houses already assembled and your child will have their own tools, candy, and everything else to create their own little masterpiece. Parents are invited to be part of this class and join their little ones!

Dates: Friday, December 15th and Monday, December 18th 2023 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Price: $65 per child

Tickets include:

Make your own homemade pizza 
Decorate your own gingerbread house
Hot Cocoa with whipped cream

The Real Food Academy
570 NE 81st Street
Miami, FL 33138


Additional Tree Lightings, Special Events & Live Nativities Happening Around Miami

The Little Prince World | Now-Dec 31
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience | Now-Dec 31
Santa’s Enchanted Forest | Nov 9-Jan 7
NightGarden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden | Nov 10-Jan 7
CityPlace Doral Light Up the Night | Nov 16
Tree Lighting Ceremony at Merrick Park | Nov 16
Christmas Wonderland at Tropical Park | Nov 16-Jan 7
Tree Lighting Ceremony at Triangle Park in Hialeah | Nov 17
4th Annual Winter Festival at The Berry Farm | Nov 17-Jan 7
Winter Wonderland Exhibit at Miami Children’s Museum | Nov 18-Jan 15

Luminosa at Jungle Island | Nov 21-Feb 25
Snow Carnival at Aventura Mall | Nov 23-Jan 8
Annual Holiday Parade #onLincoln | Nov 24
Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami | Nov 24-Dec 30
Tree Lighting at Dadeland Mall | Nov 30

City of Doral Tree Lighting Ceremony | Dec 1
Holiday Tree Lighting at Miramar Town Center | Dec 1
Miami Beach Holiday Festival of Lights | Dec 1, 2
Historic Holidays Evening Evening Strolls at Deering Estate | Dec 1, 13
City of Doral Holiday Bazaar | Dec 2
Grove Heritage Holiday Celebration & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony | Dec 2
Village of Palmetto Bay Light Up Your Holidays | Dec 2
Christmas in Cauley Square | Dec 3
Holiday in Homestead | Dec 3
Lincoln Road Holiday Kids Club | Dec 3
Santa’s Parade of the Elves | Dec 3
Winter Wonderland at The Falls | Dec 3
Jolly Jog at The Wharf | Dec 8

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Lynda Lantz is originally from Côte d'Ivoire, where she lived until the age of 7 when her family moved to Northern VA. She graduated with a degree in music from George Mason University and went on to work with Cru at four universities in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. She was living in PA when she met her husband, Steve, on eHarmony and moved to Miami in 2011 just a few days after their wedding. Shortly before becoming SAHM, she was employed as an adoption caseworker and worked part-time with Cru at UM, and later Johnson & Wales University. Since then, she's been heavily involved in BSF which allows her to build relationships, pursue personal growth and develop leadership skills. She loves working with Miami Mom Collective and introducing people to this city she's come to call home, where she lives with her husband and two children. Connect with Lynda @mybalantzedlife on Instagram.