Best Christmas events in Miami
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.
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
Charles Deering’s waterfront home is even more beautiful during the holidays, when it transforms into an illuminated wonderland. Witness the rustic decór inspired by the Christmas celebrations local pioneers held at the turn of the 20th century, including the vintage nautical accents in sparkling blue hues designed as a tribute to Deering as his lifelong love of the sea. The holiday decorations stick around through January and in between, visitors are invited to partake in storytime with Santa (Dec 12), a festive bay cruise (Dec 13) and more.
Spend an evening strolling the grounds, specially decorated for the holidays just as they would have been more than 100 years ago when James Deering called the museum home. Wander through the Main House after dark (an opportunity that comes but twice a year) and celebrate the season with a walk through the lighted gardens, sitting in on an intimate discussion about Vizcaya’s history and taking in the beautiful holiday scene.