The Ultimate Guide to Miami Area Holiday Events & Activities


This guide is brought to you by Pinecrest Gardens as well as our partners listed below.

Miami Mom Collective Holiday Events & Activities Guide presented by Pinecrest Gardens
Miami Mom Collective, Miami’s premier parenting resource, is thrilled to announce our 5th Annual Holiday Events & Activities Guide. This guide features the best local holiday events and activities in Miami and the surrounding areas. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in The Magic City!

And while there won’t be frosted window panes or a white Christmas, there are lots of festive events and activities the whole family will enjoy. From tree lightings and Santa sightings to Hanukkah events and winter camps, we’ve included everything you need to make this season merry and bright.

Gather the family and experience what makes Miami a holiday destination!  

Be sure to check back frequently as we will be adding more events as they are announced. We’ve categorized our list of holiday fun–just click on the category of events or activities you’re looking for to be brought to the listing of those events.

If you know of an event 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

The Nutcracker presented by Miami City Ballet

The sweetest of all holiday traditions is back. Little Marie’s dream comes alive in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® and you are invited on her enchanted journey! With her gallant Nutcracker Prince, she bravely fights off an army of mice and their ferocious king, and travels through a wintry wonderland of darting, swirling snowflakes to the Land of Sweets where waltzing flowers and curious confections from around the world dance for her.

Marvel at MCB’s spectacular production with magic at every turn, a cast of over 100 dancers and children in lavish costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved, instantly recognizable music played by a brilliant live orchestra.

Delight your family and friends with a holiday experience like no other–a chance to gather and get into the spirit while creating lasting memories. 

Arsht Center, Miami
& Kravis Center, West Palm Beach

Gingerbread House Decorating Class at The Real Food Academy


Friday, December 16 & Monday, December 19 | 4:30 p.m.-6:30 pm | $65 per child | Register Here

Welcome the season by decorating your own gingerbread house! 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! 


Monday, December 26 – Friday, Jan 6 | Register Here

In our Winter Cooking Camp, we teach your kids to eat healthy, develop or hone their cooking skills, experiment in the kitchen, and improve math and reading skills… all in a fun way, while expanding their culinary palate.

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

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Kids having fun at Frost Science Winter Camp

Winter Break from school is the perfect time to chill out with the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami! Children ages 5-11 can explore the wonders of science and create friendships through two unique, four-day camps from December 27 – 30 and January 3 – 6. Enroll your child today at!

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
1101 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132


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


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

A Very Merry Garden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

This holiday season Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is hosting an entire month of festive family fun with Very Merry Garden! Holiday activities include Reindeer Round-Up, Letters to Santa, Storytime and hot cocoa with Mrs. Claus, Santa’s Garden, and a holly jolly sing-along TRAM EXPRESS.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Rd
Coral Gables, 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

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