With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas just around the corner, I’m starting to feel the holiday spirit all around me and I love it! While we may never see a white Christmas here in Miami, there are plenty of ways to ring in the holiday cheer — South Florida style.
One of my favorite things to do this time of year is drive around town and enjoy some of the Christmas light displays with my family. Seeing the creativity and dedication that goes into creating these magical displays leaves us in awe every time. Then, as the temperatures cool down into the evening, we settle into this cozier season by drinking all the hot cocoa bombs, wearing our favorite Christmas PJs, and watching a Christmas movie. How’s that for a perfect way to end the day?
If you and your family are smitten with the magic of holiday lights as much as we are, then consider checking out some of these impressive Christmas light displays and holiday events taking place around Miami.
Holiday Fun for Everyone
Pinecrest Gardens Nights of Lights is also back and bigger than ever featuring even more light displays than previous years, a holiday-themed maze, and storytime with Mrs. Claus — plus special appearances from Santa himself. For an extra special evening, grab the signature Pinecrest Gardens cocktail and head over to the Banyan Bowl for a festive holiday performance.
For lovers of art and culture, head to Downtown Doral through December 19th for the 2021 Holiday Fest featuring live performances by renowned artists. Bask in the holiday ambiance as you shop, dine, and enjoy quality time with the family.
Jungle Island, Zoo Miami, and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden are also hosting their annual holiday light displays. Check out our 2021 Guide to Tree Lightings, Special Events, and Live Nativities for dates and more!
Neighborhood Light Displays
If you’re looking for some low-key and free experiences, be sure to plan a drive or walk through these neighborhoods for some of the most impressive residential displays you’ll find in Miami.
6140 SW 46 Terrace: This home has a Santa on a sleigh with reindeer on top of the roof, lots of lights, inflatables, and decorations galore.
SW 36 Street and 75th Court (corner house): This house includes loads of lights, as well as a gigantic Christmas tree with Santa at the top. So fun!
9240 SW 16 Street: The home has an eye-catching light display, inflatables, and a big Santa inflatable arch in the front yard.
9241 SW 70 Street: The owner does all the decorating himself and he usually has a train in front of his house, a dancing Santa, as well as Christmas messages lit up on the roof.
9133 SW 65 Terrace: Lots of bright lights, a nativity, and a Santa with his sleigh and reindeer on the roof.
10705 SW 139 Court, Kendall: This Calusa Shores house is a spectacular site to behold, with all its twinkling lights, inflatables, and so many eye-catching decorations. You don’t want to miss this one.
3050 Lime Court (Matilda Street and Lime Court), Coconut Grove: This home is full of Christmas lights, snowflakes, and inflatables. Other homes in the area decorate their homes as well.
Last year, we finally made it to Enchanted Place of North Miami, located at 1600 NE 137th Terrace in North Miami. This is a must-visit with an entire cul-de-sac of holiday cheerfulness! Several neighbors join in on the fun so you can drive through and enjoy the decorations, lights and — if you’re lucky — you may even spot Santa. As one reviewer stated, “what an unexpected, beautiful gift from NoMi for everyone to enjoy.”
1900 S. Hibiscus Drive, North Miami: Also in North Miami, this home is inside Keystone Point, but we didn’t have any issues entering the neighborhood to see the beautiful display of lights. You can catch a glimpse of Santa, Frosty the Snowman, and many other surprises in front of the house. The house is waterfront and I hear the boat in their backyard is also lit up for Christmas!
14665 Fitzpatrick Road, Miami Lakes: This was one of our favorites last year! We loved seeing Santa and his reindeer flying across the sky, as well as many other stunning lights displays across the front and back of the home. You can see the Christmas lights reflected in the lake from Miami Lakes Drive.
Please note that I have gathered addresses from several sources, so I have not been able to visit all these places yet, but I wanted to share what I have so far for you to enjoy. If you have more Christmas light displays to add, please comment below.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
For more local holiday fun for the whole family, be sure to check out our 2021 Holiday Events & Activities Guide!