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Miami may not be the first place you imagine for the holiday season, but there are many reasons why it should be. Miami's weather during the holiday season simply can't be beaten, and the city gets decked out in twinkling lights to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Enjoy the city's iconic tropical landscape with a holiday twist and experience quintessential holiday activities without wearing a winter coat and snow boots.

2020 Holiday Events in Miami

Zoo Lights at the Miami Zoo

The Miami Zoo is decorated with more than 1 million bright and sparkling lights and a 26-foot-tall holiday tree. If you're traveling with your family, the Zoo Lights at the Miami Zoo is a must. Purchase your tickets online to reserve your admission, as the zoo is limiting its capacity in 2020. Zoo Lights run from November 24 - December 27 on select nights. 

Miami City Ballet in the Park

The Miami City Ballet is bringing its quintessential performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker to Doral Park in downtown Miami. The season opens on December 18 with a free performance dedicated to first responders and essential workers. Tickets for the remaining shows, which run through December 31, will be sold in 'pods' of up to 4 people. Choose from a blanket or chair pod for your group. Buy tickets online for the event to witness an iconic performance from the Miami City Ballet of The Nutcracker. 

Historic Holiday Decor: Vintage Florida

Located south of downtown Miami, the Deering Estate is a 444-acre preserve and historic site that features old school Florida architecture and style. From November 27-January 8, the estate dons holiday decor and lights for a magical Vintage Christmas celebration. Tour the historic homes decorated for the season and stroll the main grounds taking it all in. 

NYE Yacht Party 2021

The Pier Pressure Miami New Year's Eve Cruise is ready to set sail Thursday, December 31 on the Biscayne Bay. The yacht party goes from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m., and it includes a premium open bar, dinner, views of the fireworks show, and a live DJ. Upscale cocktail attire is strictly enforced, and attendees who don't follow will not be allowed on the boat. Capacity is set low, so buy your tickets early and prepare for an amazing night on the water to ring in 2021.