And just like that, the holidays are here! It’s insane. It was just Halloween and Thanksgiving a few weeks ago. I feel like I literally blinked and we’re in December now! This is by far my favorite time of the year. Even though it doesn’t get cold here in Miami, I’m excited for a break from school and to spend time with friends and family. So here are a few of my favorite things to do during the holiday season 🙂
1. Burr’s Berry Farm
Burr’s Berry Farm is now open for the season! This local favorite serves up some great strawberry milkshakes along with awesome ice cream topped on top of warm waffles. They also have strawberry fields where you can pick your own fresh strawberries. They’re currently open from 9-5:30 PM everyday!
http://www.burrsberryfarm.com/ 12741 SW 216th St Miami, FL 33170
2. Holiday Fantasy of Lights
So for the past three years, Alex and I have been going to this event. It’s great for families and kids. Essentially, the city of Coconut Creek turns Trade Winds Park into a 3D drive-thru of holiday color and lights. The drive through the park is about 3 miles long but it can take anywhere between 10-15 minutes since you’re trying to see all the amazing displays of lights. This is gonna sound super cheesy but something we like to do is blast Christmas music while riding thru the park + sip on hot cocoa…or coquito, whatever’s your preference. There is a charge of $15 per vehicle/ $3 additional for 3 pairs of 3D glasses. A portion of the proceeds goes to Gilda’s Club & Cancer Support.
http://www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com/ Tradewinds Park, 3600 West Sample Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
3. Miami City Ballet The Nutcracker
This will actually be my first time watching The Nutcracker so I’m super excited (I will keep you guys updated on how it is)! And what screams out holidays more than watching a show in an opera house. I’m so excited and December is honestly a great month to go see plays + shows. Other great shows happening in the area are A Christmas Carol and Million Mile Quartet in the Actor’s Playhouse Miracle Theater in Coral Gables.
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4. Ice Skating Rinks
If you’re looking to escape the humidity and sweat (that tourists are dying for), there’s no better way to do it than at an ice skating rink. I can’t skate to save my life but that never stops me from making a complete fool of myself in front of 13-year old girls that can stand on skates better than me. One of my old time favorites as a kid is going to Pines Ice Arena. They’re super inexpensive + are open during the holidays. Yes, that includes Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. For a cooler vibe, go to Basement in Miami where they have bowling, ice skating, and a nightclub all under one roof.
http://www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach/basement 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
http://www.pinesice.com/ 12425 Taft St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
Much love, Cindy C.