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!


Saturday, December 3 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Pinecrest Gardens | RSVP

Celebrate the opening of Pinecrest Gardens’ upper garden, reimagined playground, petting zoo, and learning center featuring inaugural photography exhibition Reflections from the Shadows by Annette Bonnier. Admission fee will be waived for all visitors for the whole day.  Admission, refreshments and snacks, DJ, and family activations sponsored by the Village of Pinecrest.


Sunday, December 11 – Sunday, January 1 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Ticketed Event

Experience Pinecrest Gardens at night as it transforms into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights, through and around the botanical landscape. Eat yummy treats, taste holiday coquito, enjoy magical Story Time with Mrs. Claus and holiday market, and watch live concerts in the Banyan Bowl on select dates.  Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156

5th Annual Miami Mom Collective Cookies With Santa, presented by Dr. Bob Pediatric Dentist

You’re invited to Miami Mom Collective’s 5th Annual Cookies with Santa presented by Dr. Bob Pediatric Dentist on Saturday, December 3rd from 11 AM to 2 PM at Hyatt Centric Brickell!

Guests of the event will enjoy:

  • Access to fun holiday activations
  • Local pop-up vendors
  • Letters to Santa
  • Christmas crafts
  • Photo ops
  • Facepainting with Inna.Shtein
  • Christmas cookies
  • Giveaways, and more!

All-inclusive tickets will include a professional downloadable photo with South Florida’s BEST Santa.

**Cookies with Santa tickets are expected to sell out. Purchase your tickets as soon as possible to secure your spot!**

Hyatt Centric Brickell
1102 Brickell Bay Drive
Miami, FL 33131

Dadeland Mall

Tree lighting event at Dadeland Mall

Ring in the season at Dadeland Mall’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 17th from 6 PM-8 PM in the Fashion Wing near Tesla. Tree Lighting will include an array of family-friendly entertainment, with arts & crafts, holiday treats, characters, music, and more. 1st 100 children will receive a holiday gift bag! PLUS enjoy the first snowfall of the season. RSVP here.

Dadeland Mall
7535 North Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33156


Magic of Lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway

The popular drive-through, family-friendly holiday lights extravaganza is coming back to South Florida at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 18 through Jan. 1, 2023. Magic of Lights will showcase a dazzling display of more than one million twinkling, sparkling lights and magical scenes. Pre-sale tickets are on sale today by visiting

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

Santa’s Enchanted Forest | Nov 9-Jan 8
NightGarden Magical Light Spectacular | Nov 11-Jan 8
Gulf Stream Park Symphony in Lights | Nov 12-Dec 31
Winterland at Pinto’s Farm | Nov 15-Jan 8
Tree Lighting Ceremony at Merrick Park | Nov 17
Historic Holiday Decor: A Jazzy Holiday at Deering Estate | Nov 25-Jan 6
Winter at Tinez Farms | Nov 25-Jan 6
The Snowman Experience | Nov 26

City of Doral Park & Tree Lighting Ceremony | Dec 2
Historic Holiday Evening Stroll at Deering Estate | Dec 2

Brightline Polar Express Train Ride | Dec 3-29
Bet Shira Holiday Bazaar | Dec 4
Santa’s Parade of the Elves | Dec 4
Talents Unleashed Christmas Bazaar | Dec 4
The Jolly Jog at The Wharf | Dec 8

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami | Dec 11-Jan 1
Lincoln Road Holiday Market | Nov 15-Feb 15
25th Annual Community Posada in Homestead | TBA
Drive-Thru Nativity at Redeemer Church Miami | TBA
The Living Nativity at Harvest Church Miami | TBA

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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 and MOPS , which allow 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.


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