Memories in Miami: Events Across the City to Get You Into the Holiday Season

Amy-Grace Shapiro and Ava Stuzin

As the holiday season approaches, many long-time fans of winter enjoy the memorable winter events in Miami, from the Polar Express train to the annual Nutcracker ballet. Here are a few winter events to get you into the holiday spirit:

Polar Express Train 

The Polar Express Train, a family favorite based on the classic holiday movie, “The Polar Express,” takes passengers on an hour-long trip to meet Santa. Once seated on the functioning train, passengers will be taken through the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack as they listen to actors retell the classic story of the Polar Express. The show also offers several ticket packages from Premium Departures — starting at $65 for children and $70 for adults — to table seating at $70 per seat.

Jacob Marley’s A Christmas Carol 

Until Dec. 19, Jacob Marley’s “A Christmas Carol,” a spin-off of the Charles Dickens original, takes the stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Audience members are taken through the classic holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Christmas ghosts of his past, present and future. Tickets are now on sale for $50.

The Nutcracker at the Adrienne Arsht Center 

Watch Miami City Ballet’s wonderful production of “The Nutcracker” to celebrate the festive season with your loved ones. Watch as a brave little girl, Marie, receives a mysterious gift at a Christmas Eve party that changes her whole night. When the clock strikes 12, a magic spell begins as viewers follow Marie’s dream filled with toy soldiers and a difficult Mouse King. The stylish Nutcracker guides viewers through a sparkling forest of dancing snowflakes, and along the way, they befriend the Sugarplum Fairy and more in the Land of Sweets. 

Holiday Evening Strolls At Deering Estate

Adore a family-friendly holiday evening stroll on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at Deering Estate through the main grounds, decorated with historic holiday décor with designer-in-residence Alfredo Brito as leader. This evening features the warmth of a campfire and holiday film showings. A ticket for an adult (ages 15+) costs $15 and $7 for children (ages four to 14). 

Santa’s Enchanted Forest 

The popular holiday amusement park is known for its dazzling lights and attractions. It features over 100 rides, attractions, games and shows. Santa’s Enchanted Forest is presenting six shows including acrobats and motorcyclists. Single-day tickets start at $28.91 for children and $39.25 for general admission.