The best Christmas events in Miami to celebrate the holidays in 2020

The best Christmas events in Miami to celebrate the holidays in 2020

Anatomie Blog
04 Dec, 2020

Whether at home or out on the town, get festive this holiday season with our guide to the best Christmas events in Miami

By Virginia Gil and Time Out Miami contributors 

Spending Christmas in Miami? Brace for a different kind of holiday celebration—and not just because Christmas 2020 is surely one for the books. The dress code for Christmas events can range from a ball gown to a parka (you know, for the nights the temps dip below 70) but is generally some kind of variation of flip-flops and a beachy look. While much of the country looks forward to snow and sleigh bells, yuletide in the 305 promises sunshine, frolicking in South Beach and outdoor activities at every turn—from Key Biscayne to Coral Gables to Brickell. Overwhelmed by the number of things to do in Miami? Relax, put on some Christmas tunes and peruse our list of the best Christmas events in Miami.

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Best Christmas events in Miami

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Photograph: Alexander Iziliaev/George Balanchine Trust

1. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker in the Park

Things to do Performances Downtown Doral Park, Doral 

This is your beloved Nutcracker reimagined, live and outdoors in Downtown Doral Park—in the heart of Miami-Dade. Marvel at vibrant, candy-colored costumes and spellbinding projections as the company dances to its reinvented version of The Nutcracker. The purists, meanwhile, can put down the pitchforks: It’s still Balanchine and it’s still Tchaikovsky.

Christmas lights
Photograph: Unsplash/Gary Runn

2. The Holiday Market at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Things to do Miami

Stock up on artisanal gifts for everyone on your list at Fairchild Gardens’ holiday market. Taking place over a weekend, the two-day event will be equal parts a shopping experience as well as an arts-and-crafts activity. On Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 11:30am, expert floral stylist Anna Noriega of Aloré Events will be showing folks how to make their own wreaths (tickets must be purchased in advance). Rather leave the heavy lifting to someone else? You’ll find plenty of festive items to take home as well. Sat, Sun 9am–4pm