Thanks to Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Florida residents can get away from it all without having to venture far. The biggest holiday-themed park in the world, it’s open from November 1st until January 6th. Festivities include holiday style karaoke and a nightly light show. The park features South Florida’s biggest Christmas tree. Guests can enjoy an animal show as well as performances by magicians. The entertainment options also include more than 100 rides for children.
Ft. Lauderdale’s Winterfest Boat Parade is a highlight of the holiday season. The parade route is 12 miles, 2.5 hours long, and features sailboats and other boats decorated for Christmas.
Zoo Miami also gets into the holiday spirit every December. Visitors can interact with the animals, get a photo with Santa and even ride on the Snowman River Boat. During this yearly celebration, the entire Zoo is decorated in twinkling holiday lights.
Pinto’s Farm attracts families from all over Florida to celebrate the holiday season. The farm is transformed into a winter wonderland every December. The festivities include lots of hot chocolate and photo ops with characters such as Sprinkle the Gingerbread Cookie and Nix the Snowman. Families can also navigate the farm’s forest, decorated with holiday lights that everyone loves.
For a more low key holiday experience, many people head to Deering Estate. Holiday-themed events include Mistletoe and Martinis, as well as the Holiday Champagne Cruise. Children often enjoy photos and story time with Santa, and the whole family can embark on a stroll through the estates.
Those looking for something a little bit different may enjoy Luminosa at Jungle Island. Considered Miami’s rarest celebration of the Christmas holiday, it includes the annual Chinese Lantern Festival. Hundreds of Chinese Lanterns light the streets at night during this event, which provides visitors a great view of the animals that live in the Jungle.
Last but not least, Bayfront Park boasts a 52 foot Christmas tree that must be seen to be believed. The yearly ceremony attracts locals and tourists to the park.