Don’t let the sunshine and warm weather fool you: celebrating the holiday season in Miami is just as festive even without the snow!
Believe it or not, Miami is a top destination to celebrate the holidays… and for many reasons. From our milder climate during the traditionally colder winter months to our vibrant cultural heritage, Magic City truly lives up to its name during the most wonderful time of the year! Yet one of the main reasons is the variety of holiday shows and events that happen throughout our area of South Florida. At Hilton Miami Downtown, these are our absolute, can’t-miss favorites:
Luminosa | Jungle Island
Open every night through January 8, 2020 at Jungle Island, Luminosa is a carnival of lanterns that hearkens back to an era in Chinese history over 2,000 years in the past! This Miami-fied version of a Chinese Lantern Festival is annually produced in partnership with Zigong Lantern Group and China Lantern International, the industry leader in such events worldwide. Visitors that take the trip to the illuminated past at Jungle Island will find themselves captivated by the nighttime landscape lit by over 1 million LED lights that fill colorful silk, hand-crafted giant lanterns. Denoting the end of the Chinese New Year, the lanterns celebrate letting go of the past and looking toward the future, a perfect theme for the holiday season!
Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker | The Adrienne Arsht Center
Ready for sugar plums to dance in your head... and on stage? The beloved classic symphonies of Tchaikovsky are set to ring out into the air as the pointed toes on those dancing feet of the members of the Miami City Ballet prepare their new production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Running from Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 22 on select days at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, this timeless holiday tradition is ready to enchant your entire family with iconic melodies and adored characters that continue to captivate audiences young and old over a hundred years after its first curtain call!
Bayfront Holiday Village
Open daily from 11:00AM to 10:00PM, the largest Holiday Village in South Florida is back at Bayside Marketplace for 2019! The Shops at Bayfront Holiday Village annually bring in over 15 million visitors to its carefully curated artisan boutiques. But this festive retail setting is only one part of the magic of the holidays that can be found at this Village. A 50-foot animated Christmas Tree watches over the proceedings that include Bayskate (Miami’s version of ice skating), Bayfront Bites (the top food trucks in all of South Florida), the Santa Paws Dog Park, and so much more!
Have any of these Magic City events cast a holiday-inspired spell on you? If you are planning on spending any bit of the holiday season in Miami, Hilton Miami Downtown is ready to serve as your home-away-from-home. Our Downtown location, modernly-appointed accommodations, and upscale amenities complement each other perfectly, giving you great comfort and convenience for your visit to Miami!