Although we don’t live in a winter wonderland in the traditional sense of the phrase, Miami always goes above and beyond to get us in the spirit. From holiday classics to some fresh, but equally delightful newcomers, these are the holiday events and activations to add to your calendar this year:

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Miami City Ballet’s unique production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is back on stage this year. Kicking off December 10th -12th at Broward Center, December 16th – 26th at The Arsht Center and December 29th and 30th at Kravis Center, dive head first into the beloved holiday favorite world and be in awe of more than 100 dancers, dazzling stage effects and a brilliant live orchestra that bring Tchaikovsky’s winter wonderland to life. MORE INFO

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Seraphic Fire Christmas

One of South Florida’s favorite holiday traditions, A Seraphic Fire Christmas, returns to South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on December 19th. Bring the whole family to enjoy a joyful celebration of the holiday season as the Seraphic Fire singers serenade you with festive classics like Silent Night and Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, along with new favorites. MORE INFO

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Zoo Lights Miami

Now through December 30th, head to Zoo Miami for all sorts of magical holiday experiences like: more than one million bright and dazzling tree lights, a 26-foot tall LED holiday tree, animal appearances, arts and crafts, appearances by Santa, Snowman’s River Boat Rides, hot chocolate and cookies, and so much more. MORE INFO

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Experience the can’t-miss family holiday tradition as Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is brought to life with stunning illumination, spectacular special effects, and unbelievable surprises. You can visit NightGarden now through January 2nd. MORE INFO

Historic Holiday Décor: Gilded Age

Tour the historic houses at the Deering Estate as they come alive with holiday accents and festive decorations that will transport you to the glamor and elegance of the Gilded Age. Tours are running through January 6th. MORE INFO

Photo courtesy of Deering Estate

Downtown Doral Holiday Fest

For three weeks, Downtown Doral will transform into a an oasis of holiday cheer. December 3rd -19th, get down to live performances that include a range of live music and even shows by Miami City Ballet. MORE INFO

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker

For one day only on December 11th,  the holiday mash-up of the season returns to The Magic City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle that is a remixed and reimagined version of the classic, that melds together hip-hop dance and Tchaikovsky’s timeless music for a one-of-a-kind show. MORE INFO

Photo courtesy of The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Vizcaya Late: Holiday Evening

For a special holiday edition of Vizcaya Late on December 16th, the estate will be illuminated and decked out with historically accurate décor reminiscent of what the celebrations would have been like at the historic location in the 1920s, when the estate served as a private residence. MORE INFO

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Santa’s Enchanted Forest

We can’t have a festive round-up and not include the jingle that started it all. Santa’s Enchanted Forest has been a beloved Miami staple for 38 years and this year, it’s moved locations to Hialeah Park. Whether you head there to ride all of the rides, feast on your favorite seasonal or fair food classics, or just to take in the beautiful lights, you honestly can’t go wrong with feeling nostalgic at Santa’s now through January 2nd. MORE INFO

Photo courtesy of Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Nights of Lights

Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights throughout the iconic botanical landscape December 10th – January 2nd. Spend time in the garden, enjoy magical story-time with Mrs. Claus and keep an eye out for visits from Santa Claus. On select evenings admission includes a holiday concert performance in the historic Banyan Bowl. GET TICKETS

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Miracle In Miami

The ultimate Christmas bar pop-up, Miracle, has returned with two pop-ups. This year you’ll be able to find Miracle In Miami at their usual location Gramps, as well as at The Doral Yard now through December 26th. Get ready to make the most of festive drinks, over the top decor, and even a few snowfalls. MORE INFO

Photo courtesy of Miracle in Miami

Cover photo courtesy of NightGarden/Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden