Miami isn't known as the most Christmasy of places, although it is where many flock to escape the blistering cold that many unfortunate souls in more northern climes have to deal with. For every pair of long underwear, there's a g-string bikini just waiting to be worn. Anyways, without snow to play in, here are some local Christmas light displays to get that holiday fix you're so sorely missing.Read More
With No Snow To Frollic In, Check Out These Christmas Lights
1. Holiday Fantasy of Lights At Tradewinds Park
Coconut Creek, FL 33066
Now through January 5th, 3 miles of giant animated light displays and decorated trees will line the roads of Tradewinds Park for the 18th annual "Holiday Fantasy of Lights Display". Optional 3D glasses pump up the action.
2. Santa's Enchanted Forest at Tropical Park
Miami, FL 33155
One would think the world's largest Christmas theme park, Santa's Enchanted Forest, would be somewhere colder so visitors could have some magical snowy moments. But nope, it's here in South Florida, where trees don't even shed their leaves, and it's open every night until January 6th.
3. Zoo Lights At Zoo Miami
ZooMiami (which we will always fondly remember by its old name 'Miami MetroZoo') is doing their annual animal themed nighttime light thing, with 'animal shaped lights', 3D glasses, dinner with Mrs. Claus, and something about ice skating hippos.
4. Jeff Ostroff's House
Margate, FL 33063
He's a dude with a hobby, and really big FPL bill. Jeff Ostroff decks out his house every year in Christmas lights galore, themed props, and other frippery. New this year: A backlit Big Ben.
5. Enchanted Place
North Miami, FL 33181
The cul-de-sac on NE 137th Terrace in North Miami known as Enchanted Place decks itself out every year with holiday lights galore, with donations accepted to benefit CARE Resources. Check them out this year through New Years.
6. Hyatt Extreme Christmas
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33323
175,000 lights, one house, winners of CBS Channel 6's Holiday contest, the Hyatt family's display includes a sleigh and full set of reindeer, a large ferris wheel, and all the blow-up balloon Santas you can shake a stick at. They've even got a legal team, because ya know all those lights have got to be breaking a few zoning codes.
7. Miami Tower
Miami, FL 33131
Every year the Miami Tower bedecks its facade with giant snowflakes in the winter spirit. This year, with an entirely new LED lighting system, the display could be entirely new too. Blizzard anyone?
8. The Hannah Residence
Kendall, FL 33176
About 70,000 lights in a Disney themed display will go on at 6 pm nightly when a bell tower that's part of the display gongs at this family's house to about 10 or 11 pm, through January 6th. Photo via the Miami Herald.
9. Miami Beach's Seashell Menorah
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach's seashell menorah, which was sadly vandalized earlier this month with "you killed Jesus," is a beach tradition. A giant seashell dreidel stands tall next to it, and not far off is a christmas tree. (made out of tree, not more seashells, unfortunately)