Holiday Events

As the Holidays Approach, You Can Get in the Gables Holiday Spirits with these Festive Family Events

November 2019

A Christmas Carol

The Charles Dickens classic takes a musical turn in this festive holiday favorite. Tiny Tim and the entire Cratchit family join three unearthly spirits in trying to convince Ebenezer Scrooge to change his “Bah Humbug” ways. A true holiday classic.

Actors’ Playhouse at Miracle Theatre. Nov. 30 – Dec. 22. Tickets: $25

Merrick Festival Caroling Competition

A Coral Gables holiday tradition since 1987. Thirty Miami-Dade and Broward middle and senior public, private and parochial school choirs will compete for $25,000 by singing the music of the season on the steps of the 550 Building.

Dec. 4 – Dec. 8 (7 p.m. nightly, 3 p.m. Dec. 8). Awards show on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. 550 Biltmore Way

2019 Holiday Spectacular

Take photos with Santa and enjoy carnival rides, games, musical entertainment, a bounce house, face painting and arts & crafts at Merrick Park by City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, Dec. 6 from 5 – 10 p.m. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. Santa will return to Merrick Park on select days for more photos until Dec. 23

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16th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa’s Arrival

One of the largest tree ceremonies and holiday celebrations in South Florida. The evening includes the lighting of a 50-foot Christmas tree, live entertainment, retailer pop-up stations and, of course, the arrival of Santa Claus

Shops at Merrick Park. Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.

Miracle on 34th Street

A perennial Christmas favorite, Miracle on 34th Street tells the story of a department Santa Claus who claims to be the real Claus. In spite of his good nature and widespread appeal, poor Kris Kringle is put on trial for his claim, putting everyone’s faith to the test. Over 70 years after its premiere, the film continues to delight audiences and charm even the staunchest nonbeliever.

Dec. 14 & 15 at 11 a.m. at Coral Gables Art Cinema. Tickets: $5

Caroling on the Mile

Local high school students will fill the streets of Coral Gables with holiday cheer, singing carols along Miracle Mile

Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from Dec. 5 – 21

Seraphic Fire Holiday Show

The beloved and acclaimed classical South Florida vocal ensemble performs favorite traditional carols and mystical chants in a concert that brings the spirit of the holiday season to dazzling, musical life

Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. Main Stage, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Tickets: $20 – $55

The Coral Express

Back by popular demand, McBride Plaza will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Enjoy holiday-themed photo ops, carol singers and complementary hot chocolate. Mrs. Claus herself will be in attendance reading stories to children. Both children and adults can compete in an ugly sweater contest. End the night with a screening of Elf.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Annual Mistletoe & Martinis

Okay, this one isn’t for the kids. Deering Estate will come alive with the sights, sounds and libations of the holiday season. Stroll through the historic homes on the property decorated for the holidays by some of South Florida’s top interior designers and be dazzled by thousands of lights as the estate grounds are transformed into an enchanted Festival of Trees. Enjoy festive music, flavorful martinis and lavish bites and desserts. All proceeds will benefit The Deering Estate Foundation.

Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Member tickets: $100; Non-member tickets: $125

The Nutcracker

No holiday season would be complete without the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy. Step into the magical world of toy soldiers, ballerinas, the Mouse King and the Nutcracker Prince, set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score.

Photo by Alexander Izilaev

Ziff Ballet Opera House, Adrienne Arsht Center. Dec. 13 – 22. Tickets: $30 – $125. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Dec. 6 & 7. Tickets: $26 – $41