Top Holiday Celebrations In South Florida


Tis the season for holiday fun, and South Florida knows just how to host Hanukkah and Christmas events that guarantee lots of good cheer. Whether you’re a local looking to make the most of your holiday season, or you’re visiting the area and want to get in the festive spirit, try some of these South Florida holiday events. They’ll be sure to put you in a merry mood!


The Granddaddy of Holiday Light Displays


If you’re into holiday lights, you need to visit Santa’s Enchanted Forest. With towering trees that feature three million — yes, three million — twinkling lights, the midway at Tropical Park in Miami glows with vibrant holiday cheer. While making the trip is worth it for the lights alone, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is the world’s largest holiday theme park featuring more than 100 rides, shows and attractions. You can enjoy anything from friendly kiddie carousels to white-knuckle extreme-drop towers. It’s a holiday experience unlike anything else!


Why Light a Tree When You Can Light Up Giant Animals?


Zoo Miami takes South Florida Christmas lights to new extremes with its Zoo Lights. Stroll through the grounds to take in thousands of twinkling lights on giant animal shapes. Indulge in some cookies and hot cocoa while listening to Yuletide carolers. Want to really get in the holiday spirit? Hop on Santa’s lap, and then take a ride on the carousel. Chances are, you’ll be hard-pressed to pack more holiday fun into one event.


A Visit With Santa You Won’t Ever Forget


Sure, you may have memories of visiting Santa, but not like this. The Mall at Wellington Green offers a new kind of memory-making with its mind-blowing, 30-foot ice dome. It features falling snow, a light show, a 360-degree winter nature immersion with breathtaking video of arctic animals, larger-than-life snow globes — oh, and Santa, too.


Take Your Holiday Fun on the Water


There’s just something about twinkling mansion lights reflecting off Fort Lauderdale’s New River waters. Hop aboard the Christmas Lights Tour to take in dazzling holiday lights, beautiful tropical foliage, gorgeous scenery and exciting wildlife. This quaint six-passenger boat guarantees a fun, peaceful evening, and it might be just what you need to unwind after hosting a holiday party.


Celebrate the Lighting of the Menorah in Style


The Chanukah Festival at Beach Pavilion in Fort Lauderdale knows how to light the Menorah in style. It’s one of the best Hanukkah events in South Florida! Come out and dance to the music of a Jewish rock band, buy a raffle ticket for exciting prizes, and feast on delicious doughnuts and latkes.


Get in the Spirit by Giving Back


Give one of the most precious gifts you can give to others in need: your time. The Jewish Community Volunteer Day on December 25th offers over 2,000 volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups and families.


While you won’t have any trouble finding Hanukkah and Christmas events in South Florida, you may run into traffic. Sitting in a standstill is no way to have holiday fun, but Brightline is working to change that.


Beginning in 2017, you can get to all of the area’s holiday events — and fast. You’ll skip congested roadways and dicey shortcuts by hopping on one of our comfortable trains instead. Less time traveling and more time enjoying? Sounds like the perfect holiday plan! Let’s hear those sleigh bells ring!

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