Miami / Fort Lauderdale Holiday Fairs & Festivals

By on December 4, 2016

Enjoy outdoor activities including: Lantern Light Festival, Mission Everglades, Miami Childrens Film Festival, Orange Bowl, King Mango Strut, Winterfest Boat Parade, Paradise City Comic Con, and Las Olas Art Festival

Lantern Light Festival » Now thru Sunday, January 8, 2017

lantern-light-dragonThe festival is a celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, chinese acrobats, lantern making, face painting, mining for emeralds, souvenirs, train rides, mini golf, incredible cuisine, fireworks & more. Chinese celebration marks the return of Spring. Thru 12/18 & 1/2–1/8: Wed–Sun., 12/21–1/1: Every Day. 5–11pm. Adult/$23, Child(2–15) /$19, Under 2/Free, Season Pass/$60/pp, Parking/$5. Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center, 10921 SW 24 St. Miami.

Snow Fest & Safety Day Parade » Saturday, December 10

Enjoy musical entertainment, rides, pictures with Santa, & some of the tastiest treats from a variety of food trucks & vendors. Bring the entire family to enjoy a holiday parade with floats, marching bands & holiday characters. Activities include a snow mountain, ice skating rink, rock climbing wall, giant slide, bounce houses, carnival games & edible arts & crafts, Grinch’s Grab Bag & Letters to Santa. Parade begins at 6pm. Snow Pass: $5/child. Along NE 19 Ave. between 171 & 164 Streets. North Miami Beach. 305-948-2957.

Zoo Miami Grand Opening: Florida: Mission Everglades
Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11

View native Florida wildlife like panthers, black bears, alligators, crocodiles, birds, raccoons, burrowing owls, gopher tortoises! Float along the Lostman’s River “airboat” ride & play in Cypress Landing Playground. Learn about the unique traditions & customs of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, & meet with park rangers from Everglades National Park. Giveaways to the first 1,000 guests each day. 10am–4pm. Adult/$22, Child(3–12)/$18, Child(2&under)/Members/Parking/Free. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. 305-251-0400.

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami » Friday–Friday, December 16–30 (closed Dec. 24 & 25)

Special holiday night time event with more than half a million bright, animal shaped lights & dazzling tree lights! Enjoy hot chocolate & cookies, take photos with Santa, do some holiday shopping, & enjoy yuletide carolers singing holiday songs at this annual family-friendly event. 7–10pm. GenAdm/$10, Member/$8. Free parking. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St. Miami. 305-251-0400. Buy tickets online at

seminoledancerMiccosukee Indian Arts & Crafts Festival » Monday, December 26 –Sunday, January 1

Learn about the heritage & lifestyle of the Native American Indian Tribes. Artwork & clothing designed by Native American Indian artisans & performances by Native American dancers & singers. Enjoy authentic, American Indian foods, watch alligator demonstrations & experience the Everglades on airboat rides (fee). Adult /$12, Child (7–12)/$6, 6&under/Free. 10am–5pm. Rain or Shine. Miccosukee Indian Village, Mile Marker 35, US Hwy. 41 (Tamiami Trail). Miami. 305-552-8365.

orange-bowlOrange Bowl Fan Fest & College Football Game » Friday, December 30

Free Fan Fest w/purchase of game ticket. Live music, food trucks, games, giveaways, prizes, kids zone, interactive exhibits & more. 3–7pm. Game (teams TBA). 8pm. $125-$270. Hard Rock Stadium (previously SunLife Stadium), 347 Don Shula Dr. Miami Gardens. 305-341-4701.

King Mango Strut Parade » Saturday, December 31

The King Mango Strut is the wackiest, fun event Miami has to offer, with irreverent, creative opportunities to make fun of everything along the parade route. After the strut, stick around for entertainment & bands playing all over the Grove to ring in the New Year! 2pm. Free.Commodore Plaza, Main Hwy. & Grand Ave. Coconut Grove. 305-582-0955.

Paradise City Comic Con » Friday–Sunday, December 9–11

paradisecomiccon As part of Winterfest Weekend, 3 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, workshops, cosplayers, Q&A panels, films & shorts, contests, & video gaming. Fri: 8am–11:30pm, Sat: 8am–1am, Sun: 9am–7pm. 3 Day: $75. Single day: $30–$40. Child(9&under)/ Free w/paid adult. Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. Fort Lauderdale. 954-399-1330.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade » Saturday, December 10

seminole-hard-rock-winterfest-boat-parade_2_3576 This visually dazzling event themed “Comics & Cartoons Rockin’ The Night Away”, bringing Superheroes & Showboats together. Named one of the “Top 20 Parades in the World” by USA Today, hosted by Grand Marshall Pit Bull. Grandstand viewing at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park & live music at Culinary Courtyard. Photos w/Santa, rock wall, bungee jump & more in the Family Fun Zone. Gates open 3:30pm, boat parade at 6:30pm when 100+ illuminated boats sail east down the New River & north on the Intracoastal to Lake Santa Barbara. Free along parade route. Park&Ride at Galleria Mall $5/pp, Child(under 3)/free; Plus $3 Park Admission. Reserve grandstand tickets: Adult/$25, Sr/Military/$22, Child/$20, Group (20+)/$22. Order by phone: 954-767-0686, or online. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale.

Sailboat Bend Art Festival » Saturday, December 10

Enjoy the Boat Parade & art! Shop along the River for the holidays, live music, food & beverage trucks, or have a picnic. 11am-5pm. Free. Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd St. Fort Lauderdale. 305-906-1270.

Save The Date
Las Olas Art Fair » Saturday & Sunday, January 7 & 8

Start the year off with this premiere event in SoFla. People come out yearly to see more than 150 artists display their work in what looks like an art gallery lining the iconic Las Olas Boulevard. 10am–5pm. Free. Las Olas Blvd. (between SE 6 & 11 Aves.) Fort Lauderdale.

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