Miami’s Best Holiday Light Displays

by | Nov 20, 2023 | Lifestyle | 0 comments

Palm trees swaying in the breeze and sandy beaches aren’t the only things that consistently draw visitors to Miami’s shores. Around this time of year, the city transforms into a winter wonderland, even if snow isn’t on the forecast. These destinations are known for their magical holiday lights in Miami, and with this guide, you’ll be well on your way to discovering them all for yourself. From mesmerizing decorations inspired by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” to the dazzling world of Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami offers a unique holiday touch to your personal THesis.

Discover Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Bigger and brighter than ever, Santa’s Enchanted Forest invites guests to enjoy a dazzling display of holiday lights, carnival games, and tasty food. Running from November 9 to January 7, this festive destination is a must-visit. Immerse yourself in the feel-good vibes of the “forest,” where over 50 delicious food stands await. As you explore the enchanting atmosphere, be sure to take a spin on the classic Ferris wheel for panoramic views of the illuminated grounds. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-filled roller coaster rides or a leisurely turn on the carousel, the forest offers a spectrum of experiences for all ages.

Visit the Fairchild Botanical Gardens’ NightGarden

Although it’s not your typical Christmas light display, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s NightGarden promises a spectacle unlike any other. From November 10 to January 7, get lost in a psychedelic neon playground. Wind your way through technicolor mazes, embark on scavenger hunts led by virtual fairies, witness an enchanting snowfall, and encounter the infamous talking tree. You can even watch the garden come to life as you attend NightGarden’s family-friendly dance party with disco balls and top dance songs. This whimsical garden is a world of fantasy that will leave you inspired and enchanted.

Experience Wonderland at Deering Estate

Step through the looking glass and into the imaginative world of Lewis Carroll at the Deering Estate. From November 24 to January 7, the historic Stone House and Richmond Cottage will be adorned with whimsical holiday decorations crafted by premier local interior designers. Led by Deering Estate designer-in-residence, Alfredo Brito, each room will feature colorful characters like Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts. Take a stroll through the recreated literary studio with a table set for the Mad Tea Party, and discover plenty of exhilarating surprises along the way.

Spot Your Favorite Animals at Zoo Miami

Surround yourself with the glow of nearly a million bright, animal-shaped lights illuminating Zoo Lights Miami. From November 24 to December 30, between 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., experience themed nights, carousel rides, snowman’s river boat rides, delicious hot chocolate, and more. Dress up for themed nights with ugly sweaters or superhero attire, and partake in holiday shopping at the Zoo Gift Shop. Don’t miss out on the chance to win prizes for the best dressed during these themed nights, and enjoy this iconic Miami display.

Stay Among the Magic at THesis Hotel

Nestled at the intersection of Coral Gables, South Miami, and Coconut Grove, THesis Hotel Miami is not just a hotel but a space for creativity and community. During the holiday season, witness the transformation of our modern hotel as we adorn the Paseo with beautiful twinkling lights and a majestic Christmas tree. This magical display typically sets the scene starting the week after Thanksgiving, creating a festive ambiance for our guests and Miami’s one-of-a-kind community.

Discovering all that Miami has to offer during the holiday season is an exciting feat, but being able to relax in style and connect with Miami’s vibrant spirit adds a different kind of flair. From the playfulness of Deering Estate to the festive lights of Santa’s Enchanted Forest, there’s no shortage of magical experiences awaiting you. Join us at THesis Hotel as we celebrate the holidays, Miami style.

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