Florida is known for its warm weather and amazing beaches, so while we might be lacking (not necessarily missing out) on the snowstorms and family snowball fights, we still let our festive spirit spark. Spend a magical evening at one of these top attractions and spread some holiday cheer- the Floridian way.
1 Sandi Land: Holiday in Paradise
The main attraction this month on the West Palm Beach waterfront goes by the name of "Sandi," a holiday tree made from 600 tons of sand and standing 35 feet tall (the only one in the world that massive) and now you can visit the sand tree throughout December! Guests can admire the sculpted tree and four additional sand sculptures with a holiday theme that comes to life every night with its dazzling musical light show.December 3-31: See Sandi come to life nightly during music and light shows on the quarter hour, starting at 6:30 p.m. (Showtimes are subject to adjustment during special events.) Sunday-Thursday, 6:00-9:45 p.m; Friday-Saturday, 6:00-10:45 p.m.
Downtown West Palm Beach 401 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
2 Village of Pinecrest: Live Like Bella Nights of Lights
Enchanted nights at the Village of Pinecrest has more to offer than just holiday beauty. This event is like no other. It is presented by Live Like Bella, a foundation for childhood cancer, which illuminates the park throughout December, turning it into a holiday wonderland like no other. Here you can take pictures with Santa, listen to Christmas music, join in on the story telling, take a ride on the pony, and so much more! Check the website for events happening each evening.Live Like Bella Nights of Lights December 18-January 2, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. General Admission $5 (Children under 2 years and under enter Free)
Pinecrest Gardens 11000 Red Road Miami, Florida 33156
3 Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker
The classical Christmas story of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince is back at the Miami City Ballet. The show is a broad-way like production that the entire family can enjoy. Join them as they travel through a wonderland of dancing snowflakes, and watch the courageous toy soldiers battle the mischievous mice.Now showing through December 27th at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts 1300 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL 33132
4 Zoo Miami: Zoo Lights & Holiday Gifts for the Animals
Throughout December, It seems like the only thing we can't get our minds off are those Christmas gifts. Seeing them under the tree, guessing what they are, sometimes even going to the extreme of shaking them! Share that excitement this year at Zoo Miami. No, it's not for the workers, it's for the beloved animals that make the zoo so special. With the help of a gift list, arranged by animal type, visitors are now able to bring gifts to the animals of Zoo Miami. They will also be open through the night for a special "Zoo Lights"holiday where they decorate with more than half a million bright, animal shaped lights & dazzling tree lights.December 18 – 30 (closed December 24 & 25)
Zoo Miami 1 Zoo Boulevard 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, Florida 33177
5 Gold Coast Museum: The Polar Express Train Ride
You can hear the excitement and the rumbling of the tracks- The Polar Express Train Ride is coming to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Available for a number of boardings, November 27 to December 27, the 60 minute round-trip train ride will take your family on a journey to visit the "North Pole." As the suggested attire of pajamas would imply, this is a themed Polar Express ride your family will not forget. During the ride, guests will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along to the magical story of Polar Express. Santa Claus will be happy you visited him at the "North Pole," and you might even get an early gift.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum 12450 S.W. 152nd Street Miami, Florida 33177-1402