Here we are, again. It’s “winter” in Miami, meaning it’s time to put on your bikini, go to the beach, and make all your friends shoveling snow jealous. (It’s a true Miamian’s favorite winter pastime.) Yet our epically good weather also brings an influx of snowbirds, meaning slow drivers and more traffic. Luckily, one good thing snowbirds do guarantee is a packed roster of cool winter events that visitors and locals alike can enjoy. (And if they take you to the beach, well, all the better.) Here’s everything you need to do in Miami this winter.
Now through December 29
Starts & ends at Brightline’s Fort Lauderdale station
Yes, we know. There is nothing polar or express about anything in South Florida. But thanks to Brightline, we can all now feel like we’re heading to the North Pole. Starting and ending at Brightline’s Fort Lauderdale station, this festive one-hour train ride comes alive with singing and dancing train conductors telling the story of The Polar Express. There are also cookies, hot chocolate, and surprises for all onboard. Young passengers can get excited for an appearance by the big guy himself (Santa), but no matter how old you are, wearing Christmas pajamas is extremely encouraged.
Cost: $55-$70 per adult/$50-$65 per child
Now through January 5
Nothing says Christmas in Miami like a few Cuban Santas, fried Oreos, and a bunch of spinning rides that make you puke up those fried Oreos. And you can find it all at Santa’s Enchanted Forest. Sitting on the side of the Palmetto, this very Miami Christmas theme park is actually the largest holiday theme park in the world. Note: All bathroom use will be restricted to porta potties, and the “Mi Burrito Sabanero” song WILL be stuck in your head by the time you leave.
Cost: Single-day tickets $35.51 per adult/$27.10 per child and senior
Now through January 8
Much like one of those trippy scenes from Alice in Wonderland, Luminosa has turned Jungle Island into a weirdly wonderful Chinese lantern festival with 1M+ LED lights and colorful, handcrafted Chinese lanterns shaped like larger-than-life plants and animals. Bringing a little Miami flavor into the mix, there’s an underwater tapestry filled with fish, turtles and manatees, and a faux South Beach that practically begs for an Instagram photo.
Cost: $31.50-$35 per adult/$27-$30 per child