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11th December 2012

Things to do in Miami this Christmas

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Christmas around the globe couldn’t be more diverse - from the frozen winter wonderlands of Northern Europe, to the backyard barbecues of Australia. In December the weather in Miami is warm with average daily temperatures of 24 degrees and average minimum temperatures around 17 degrees. With seven hours of sunshine a day, Miami does not reflect the ‘white Christmas’ that appears in greeting cards the world over. But that doesn’t make Miami an any less festive.

Miami becomes a sunshine filled wonderland around Christmas, with Santas, Elves and Christmas trees galore. In true Florida style, one of the most popular attractions is a festive theme park. Santa’s Enchanted Forest is the worlds largest Christmas theme park, with more than 100 rides, shows, games and attractions on offer. Opening everyday from the 1st of November to the 6th January from 5pm until midnight, this is a must-see for anyone visiting Miami over the Christmas break.

Winterfest is a Christmas festival that takes place in Fort Lauderdale. The festival includes a golf tournament, the Winterfest black tie ball, the shoreline decorating extravaganza, family fun day events, and concludes with the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. The parade showcases the talents of local artists, who transform boats into stunning works of art that depict the city’s vibrant and diverse culture. The event attracts over 1 million spectators along its 12 mile route, making Winterfest the seventh largest one-day spectator event in the US.

The Deering Estate in Biscayne Bay is an environmental, archeological and historical preserve. It celebrates the holidays with a whole host of events, including the annual tree lighting ceremony and ‘story time with Santa’. Plus every day in December the estate is decorated like a true holiday wonderland. Deering Estate is closed on the 25th of December, so make sure to visit before Christmas Day!

Miami Zoo runs its Zoo Lights attraction from the 14th of December until the 23rd December from 7pm until 10pm. The Zoo Lights package includes ice-skating, ‘hippo slide rides’, camel rides and hot chocolate, making it the perfect event for kids. Santa has been known to make an appearance under the animal shaped Christmas lights too, giving you the ideal photo opportunity. On the 22nd of December the Zoo provides the chance for families to have dinner with Mrs. Claus, where children will be able to make their own decorations and decorate Christmas treats, plus they’ll also receive a Christmas gift from Mrs. Claus herself.

Perfect for traditionalists, Miami City Ballet will be performing George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’ starting in November at Naples Philharmonic Center, moving to the Broward Center from December the 14th to the 16th, and finishing at the Adrienne Arsht Center from the 20th of December until Christmas Eve. This spectacular production, full of sugar plum fairies, is synonymous with Christmas.

And when Christmas is over, Miami still has plenty to offer. Widely considered one of the best places in the world to spend New Year’s Eve, Miami becomes a playground for kids and adults alike.

During the day the Childrens Museum holds a News Year’s Eve countdown with arts, crafts and entertainment. Then, as darkness falls, one of the most devoted party cities in the world comes alive. Whether you choose to watch the midnight firework displays from South Beach, party in style at a luxury Miami hotel, or dance the night away in one of the city’s many nightclubs, there’s no shortage of things to do in Miami.

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