Top Holiday Events to Enjoy with Kids in South Florida

I’ll have a blue Christmas…

Elvis Presley might have been singing the blues, but here in the sunshine state a “Blue Christmas” means blue water and blue skies along with a side of sunshine! Even though it might not be snowing in Florida, there is plenty of holiday magic in the warm air of South Florida. Enjoy light displays on the water, a pink ice skating rink by the beach, or a faux winter wonderland with flamingos at Zoo Miami. The North Pole doesn’t have anything on South Florida! Check out some of South Florida’s best holiday events to enjoy with kids!

West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach Christmas Sand Tree

In Florida during the winter, we build with sand and not snow. Come to Sea Sandi at the Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach, FL where the Giant Holiday Sand Tree comes to life nightly in sound and lights. Or visit the Kravis Center where you can see the Miami City Ballet preform the holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Catch theRingling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents A MAGICAL HOLIDAY CIRCUS SPECTACULAR, a West Palm Beach holiday exclusive where your family can celebrate the joy of the season in spectacular fashion at The Greatest Show On Earth! Pop over to have breakfast with Santa at the Palm Beach Zoo and end the day at the Flagler Museum where nightly holiday tours will allow you to see Whitehall aglow with holiday decor, as well as hear a choral group sing carols. Holiday refreshments will be served.

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Ft. Lauderdale

Seminole Hard Rock Casino Boat Parade in South Florida

Drive through the Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park where you’ll see over three miles of lights and holiday displays. In downtown Fort Lauderdale, the holidays are in full swing once Christmas on Las Olas Boulevard happens! This weekend event on Las Olas Boulevard will have your family in the holiday spirit with snow falling from the roof tops, ice skating, 3 stages of choirs and performances, as well as Santa himself! Or watch The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade sail through the beautiful downtown Ft. Lauderdale. You can’t see this up North!

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Satnas Enchanted Forest Miami Florida

Visit Santa’s Enchanted Forest, a Christmas theme park and carnival where the lights are bright and the night is merry! Head to Bayfront Park where  you’ll see the 50ft Chrsitmas tree lit each night with the downtown Miami skyline or the water in the background! The classic ballet The Nutcracker, is preformed by the Miami City Ballet at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami or Winter Wonder Island at Jungle Island will have kids from 1 to 92 excited that Christmas time is here with plenty of winter fun activities like snow, light shows, special screenings of holiday movies, and more!

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Key West

Key West Christmas

The Annual Key West Holiday Fest celebrates Christmas with Santa Claus himself. Enjoy two holiday parades (on and off the water) and tour the harbor of lights!

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About the author

Marisa Langford is one of Trekaroo's Travel Experts located in Florida and the author of Tampa Mama & Fit Kids Playground, websites dedicated to helping families push away the screen through family travel and fun, healthy travel tips. She is a busy Mom to 4 young kids and loves living in Tampa where the weather is always beautiful and a vacation is only 30 minutes away. On a constant search for adventures with kids, she can be found out and about with her husband and 4 kids in tow, enjoying family time together.

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