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24 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays in South Florida

There’s no time of year we love more than the holidays. Here at Aventura Mall, we’re passionate about creating magical moments and memories for everyone, from our local South Floridians to our international visitors. Now, more than ever, we want to make gathering and rejoicing with your loved ones all the more special.

We’re sharing 24 festive “moments of joy” to enjoy this season, from our beloved holiday installations to new immersive experiences, and top places to shop, dine, indulge and capture memories to last a lifetime.

Ready to crank up the holiday cheer? Gather your family, friends and pups! We have plenty of magic to go around all season long:

Traditional Holiday Happenings

1. Santa’s Workshop

Santa returns to his magnificent workshop for meet-and-greets, an hourly light and sound show, and professional digital photo opportunities for all, including pets! A crowd favorite, the magnificent Santa’s Workshop is highlighted by a mountain of glistening gift boxes stacked 60 feet high, 10-foot teddy bears, classic English-style rocking horses, 12-foot-tall toy soldiers, and 13-foot candy canes. It is topped by a storybook 19th century sleigh pulled by eight reindeer, and a rotating, 140-point Millennium Star. Every hour, an elaborate, five-minute holiday light and sound show will dazzle visitors.

Santa’s Workshop is open daily from 10am to 8pm – and he will feed his reindeer daily from 1 pm to 2 pm and 4:30pm to 5:30pm! Reservations can be made online at https://vipholidayphotos.com/MakeReservation.aspx.

2. The Aventura Train Station

Family fun awaits at The Aventura Station! The largest and grandest model train in Florida, Aventura Station features dozens of scenes including snow-capped mountains, small towns, Mel’s drive-in, an ice-skating rink and even a few of our Aventura Mall stores and restaurants. This 18-by-30-foot display spans over 100 scale-miles of track and features more than 500 figurines, over a dozen animated accessories, a working drawbridge, party yacht, towns with lighted buildings and more. The Aventura Station is located on the lower level next to Zara.

3. Santa’s Sleigh & Mailbox

Make a wish and snap pictures with the whole family in Santa’s shiny red and gold sleigh, which is set against a bundle of frosted, lit Christmas trees. A few steps away, a smiling red-nosed reindeer guards Santa’s Mailbox, where kids are encouraged to drop off their letters! The installation is located on the Upper Level in front of Zara.

4. Santa’s Topiary Reindeer

Throughout the shopping center, whimsical, topiary reindeer sit on lacquered red benches in fun and engaging positions, serving as festive photo opportunities and a sweet Instagram backdrop. Locations include:

o Upper Level above Santa’s Workshop

o Upper Level near Victoria’s Secret

o Upper Level near Abercrombie Kids

o Outdoor Dining Area near Pollos & Jarras

o Upper Level near Bally

o Upper Level near Louis Vuitton

5. Twinkling Snowfall LED Installation

Part of The Arts Aventura Mall collection, which features 20+ museum-caliber pieces in a range of mediums, this unique installation provides guests with the sensation of being swept into the middle of a snowfall. The spectacular continuous motion LED display appears to be floating down through the skylight of the three-story atrium in front of Nordstrom. Created by Snarkitecture, the immersive display features over 16,000 LEGs within 4,000 frosted LED spheres, which also lets visitors “feel” as if the snow is being blown past their face as it falls.

6. Illumination

After the sun sets, approximately one million white lights and 175 giant snowflakes will spread a glow over the entire shopping center’s exterior as Aventura Mall’s annual Illumination brightens the night sky.

7. Salvation Army Angel Tree

Open through December 12

Help others experience the joy of Christmas morning. Through December 12, visit our Salvation Army Angel Tree will be located at Santa’s Sleigh & Mailbox on the Upper Level near Zara, inviting shoppers to select an Angel (or Angels) from the tree and shop for their desired toy or clothing. Then, guests can drop the gifts at Concierge on the Lower Level near Center Court. The Salvation Army will provide gifts to the families to put under their own Christmas tree.

Pro Tip: Peppermint Park, a toy emporium featuring nostalgic novelties and today’s top gifts, is offering 20% off all Salvation Army Angel purchases through December 12. Just present your Angel tag with your purchases to receive your discount, excluding Polaroid and Marshall products. Peppermint Park is located on the Upper Level near Zara.

Immersive Experiences + Photo-Worthy Art

8. Live Out Your Candy-Coated Dreams at Miami Sweet

Founded and created by “Candy Queen” Jackie Sorkin, Miami Sweet is a wildly imaginative, fully interactive 12-room experience filled with colossal candy creations. Take a sensory-driven trip through the Magic City’s electric energy, year-round sunshine, and “good vibes only” lifestyle. Surf alongside candy dolphins in the ‘Life’s a Beach’ room, swing on licorice vines in ‘Zoo Tropical,’ travel through a South Beach-Versace-themed candy pop-art gallery, sway with samba dancers in the ‘Candy Carnival’ room, and much more. Miami Sweet is located on the Third Level of Aventura Mall within Treats Food Hall. Ticketed reservations for $29 per person can be made at https://www.showclix.com/event/candy-kingdom-miami.

9. Plunge Down the Aventura Slide Tower

Aventura Slide Tower, the soaring 93-foot-tall landmark designed by artist Carsten Höller, has reopened in the Outdoor Courtyard. Plunge and race down the tower’s two parallel slides from 2 to 7pm Mondays to Thursdays, noon to 9pm Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 7pm Sundays.

10. Capture the Holiday Love at the LOVE Sculpture

Add some cheerful vibes to your social feed by posing in front of the seasonably appropriate, red LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana. There’s a reason this piece is an influencer favorite! The LOVE sculpture is located on the Upper Level, next to Tap 42 Craft Kitchen + Bar and is one of Aventura Mall’s TikTok stations.

11. Keep the Art Basel Momentum Going with the Arts Aventura Mall Collection

In addition to the Aventura Slide Tower and LOVE Sculpture, the Arts Aventura Mall Collection’s 20+ museum-caliber pieces are available to enjoy all throughout the shopping center. Pro Tip: Visit AventuraMall.com/Arts to learn about the pieces and map out their locations before your visit – then snap a photo with each piece up-close! From sculptures to murals, there’s no shortage of works to experience by both local and internationally recognized artists.

12. Immerse Yourself in Augmented Reality Holiday Experiences

Embark on a shareable, immersive digital holiday experience with a little help from your phone camera! As you stroll through Aventura Mall, several QR codes welcome you to enjoy unique and exciting moments: Watch Santa’s sleigh soar right before you, take a picture as your favorite reindeer pose next to the Nutcracker at Santa’s Workshop, and more. Simply scan the codes, pose, snap pictures, and of course, remember to share and tag #AventuraMall! Additional AR locations will include the Koi fish pond in Center Court and Nate Dee mural outside of Treats Food Hall.

Santa-Approved Shopping + Services

13. Experience La Vida Luxury

This year, we’ve welcomed several more retailers just in time for the holiday season, including several luxury brands! Among the can’t-miss stores are Gucci, which expanded to include pieces for women, men and children; Hermès’s stunning South Florida-inspired store; Ferragamo and Alexander McQueen’s pop-up shops, Balenciaga, Burberry Kids, Ralph Lauren, AZULU’s first U.S. store, and more. Additional retailers opening this holiday season include Balenciaga.

Pro Tip: When shopping the luxury stores, don’t miss the Rolls-Royce display by Fendi!

14. Enjoy Elevated Shopping Services

At Aventura Mall, the luxury doesn’t end with pieces from your favorite designers: it continues with our stellar services. Spoil yourself with a seamless shopping experience, including assistance from a personal stylist! For more information on our services, call 305-935-1110.

15. “Wrap” Up Your Holiday Shopping at the Gift Wrap Station

Dress up your holiday gifts with a curated selection of simple and whimsical designs, bows and accessories with a little extra sparkle – plus a perfectly paired card! Aventura Mall’s Gift Wrap Station makes the present process seamless, fun, and full of personality. Gift wrapping services are available starting at $5 per gift and all proceeds benefit Voices for Children Foundation, Inc., supporting the organization’s mission to continue giving the gift of transformation by providing every child who enters the child-welfare system with a Guardian ad Litem who will be their voice in court. The Gift Wrap station is located on the Upper Level between Zara and Apple.

16. Discover Unique Gifts at the Aventura Farmers Market

For over 20 years, The Aventura Farmers Market has functioned in support of the local community, giving shoppers the perfect setting to explore exotic foods and handmade goods from local businesses. Today, the market showcases a diverse array of cuisine, fresh produce and desserts – as well as handcrafted clothing, décor and accessories – from more than 70 vendors. This holiday season, The Aventura Farmers Market will continue every weekend – plus, there will be a special Holiday Edition to provide you with even more unique locally sourced gifting options! Click here for more information on vendors.

17. Fall in Love with Festive Looks for Kids

From Kids Atelier’s designer pieces to Tutto Piccolo and Janie & Jack, there’s no shortage of adorably chic brands offering cheerful holiday looks for kids, toddlers and babies. Click here for our All About Hue look book to discover the latest in festive micro-fashion must-haves. Your family’s holiday photo will be the talk of the season!

18. Manifest Your Next Ride

As you stroll and shop your way through the luxury wing, don’t miss the gorgeous Rolls Royce display provided by Braman Miami (located at 2060 Biscayne Blvd). The display can be found just in front of Fendi.

19. Give the Gift of Shopping

We all have that one friend or family member who prefers to hand-pick their pieces in person – so treat them to an Aventura Mall Gift Card! Visit Concierge on the Lower Level by Center Court to purchase our Gift Cards just in time for Christmas – then return with your gift recipient after the holiday to accompany them along their shopping spree.

Delectable Dining

20. Host a Holiday Gathering at Estiatorio Ornos

Created by Award-Winning Chef and Restauranteur Michael Mina, Girair “Jerry” Goumroian and Chef Nikolaos Georgousis, Estiatorio Ornos offers traditional yet flavorful Greek cuisine in an authentic environment that makes guests feel as though they are dining at a restaurant in Greece. The menu features family-style dishes, a raw bar, traditional menu options, classic spreads, as well as a great Happy Hour and even South Florida’s first Fish Sommelier. The restaurant also offers space for hosting larger parties. Estiatorio Ornos is located in the Outdoor Courtyard across from Apple.

21. Enjoy A Holiday Meal Al Fresco at Serafina, PANI, Pubbelly Sushi, CVI.CHE105 and More

From eclectic Pubbelly Sushi and Instagrammable Pani to vibrant CVI.CHE 105 and beloved Serafina Miami, Aventura Mall is home to a variety of restaurants with eye-catching aesthetics and incredible menus. Better yet, just in time for the season’s cooler temperatures, our restaurants offer both indoor and outdoor seating. Kick off your day with brunch, enjoy a mid-shopping lunch or celebrate a successful visit with a delicious multi-course dinner. Either way, you’ll leave full and happy.

22. Caffeinate at Naughty Coffee, Coffee Bike Gourmet, Nordstrom e-Bar & Starbucks

Enjoy a cozy cup of joe before or during your visit at one of our many coffee shops. Pro tip: purchase holiday-themed cups where available for a festive touch – then get one for a friend!

23. Indulge in Boozy Desserts at Aubi & Ramsa and Quore Gelato

Adults 21 and older can enjoy Aubi & Ramsa’s decadent and unique, locally-made ice cream infused with liquor for an added punch of flavor. If you prefer gelato over ice cream, Quore offers plenty of spirited sweets.

Festive Film Night

24. Catch a Movie at AMC Theatres

Looking to wind down during the holidays? Enjoy a cozy night out with family, friends and a mouthwatering buttery bucket of popcorn at AMC Aventura 24.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – we’d love for you to share your holiday moments with us! Tag @AventuraMall and #AventuraMall in your festive photos and videos for a chance to be featured on our social channels.

For more information on holiday happenings at Aventura Mall, call 305-935-1110 or visit AventuraMall.com.

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