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Experience All the Holiday Wonder at Aventura Mall

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Festive decor, engaging experiences, photo-worthy moments and endless opportunities to shop, dine and discover – there’s a reason why Aventura Mall continues to be one of South Florida’s most beloved holiday destinations. This year, our visitors made it to the very top of the “Nice” list – and we wanted to celebrate accordingly.

So, we’re cranking the Holiday Wonder up a notch with an extensive lineup of new, unique, and immersive experiences, as well as exclusive, first-to-market shops and eateries. It may just be our most epic holiday season yet.

From an internationally recognized Netflix experience and luxury pop-ups to a highly anticipated coffee locale and all the traditional holiday favorites you love, here’s our round-up of can’t miss, family-friendly highlights to enjoy this holiday season:

Holiday Favorites

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Santa’s Workshop – Santa returns for meet-and-greets and professional photo opportunities for all, including pets! The magnificent 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 now through Dec. 24 on the Lower Level near Bloomingdale’s. Photo reservations can be made online at vipholidayphotos.com/event/AVENTURAC22.

The Aventura Train Station – The largest and grandest model train in Florida, this year’s Aventura Train Station features several new elements, including ten carnival-themed additions. The 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, a party yacht, towns with lighted buildings and more. The Aventura Train Station is located on the Lower Level next to Macy’s through early January.

Santa’s Sleigh and Mailbox – 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, and next to a smiling, red-nosed reindeer and Santa’s Mailbox, where kids are encouraged to drop off their letters! The installation is located on the Upper Level in front of Zara.

Santa’s Topiary Reindeer – Whimsical, topiary reindeer sitting on lacquered red benches in fun and engaging positions are located throughout the shopping center, serving as festive photo opportunities.

Chanukah Menorah – Coming in December, our unique, eight-foot-tall menorah will mark the Festival of Lights. Complete with faux candles that flicker as if being blown by the wind, the menorah is a must-see, made entirely of bent oak wood using a novel technique to alter the wood on a cellular level.

Twinkling Snowfall LED Installation – Shoppers can experience the sensation of being swept into the middle of a snowfall through this continuous-motion LED display, which appears to be floating down through the skylight of the three-story atrium. Created by Snarkitecture, the immersive display lets visitors “feel” the snow being blown past their faces as it falls. The installation is in front of Nordstrom.

Augmented Reality – Visitors can embark on a shareable, immersive digital holiday experience with a little help from their phone camera. By scanning several QR codes located throughout the shopping center, holiday pieces come to life: Santa’s sleigh will soar, reindeer pose next to the Nutcracker at Santa’s Workshop, and more.

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 dozens of vendors. This holiday season, The Aventura Farmers Market will continue every weekend – plus, there will be special Black Friday and holiday edition market weekends to provide visitors with even more unique and locally sourced gifting options.

Delectable Dining – Whether you’re looking to enjoy a romantic alfresco dinner under the stars, a bubbly brunch with friends or a holiday family feast, Aventura Mall’s lineup of international and chef-driven restaurants are among South Florida’s best. Enjoy Israeli-Mediterranean fare at Motek, indulge in Italian cuisine at Serafina, Divieto and Bella Luna, savor South American flavors at CVI.CHE 105, eat your sushi-loving heart out at Pubbelly, dress up for brunch or teatime at Pani…the list goes on and on, with options to suit all “tastes” (pun intended). Discover our full list of 50+ restaurants and eateries at AventuraMall.com/Dining.

Gourmet Gifts-to-Go at Ladurée, Läderach & More – This holiday season, French patisserie Ladurée is offering a gorgeous macaron Advent Calendar, as well as 8-, 16-, 24- and 42-pack holiday assortments of its decadent macarons for an international treat that’s as pretty and decorative as it is tasty. You may just be tempted to treat yourself, too! For sweeter, gift-giving options, stop by Läderach for gourmet Swiss chocolate, or pick up a beautiful assortment of hand-crafted ice pops at Miami’s very own Cielito Artisan Pops.

Exceptional Experiences

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Stranger Things: The Store – Welcome to Hawkins! Aventura Mall is the latest home to Netflix’s Stranger Things: The Store, where fans across South Florida can immerse themselves in the hit show’s world of supernatural mystery, enduring friendships and 80s nostalgia. Embark on a unique retail experience in a space packed with realistic set recreations – including Joyce’s house, Starcourt Mall and Palace Arcade – as well as interactive photo moments and exclusive merchandise. Live out iconic scenes, come face-to-face with a Demogorgon and transform into your favorite characters from the global phenomenon’s four seasons. The experiential store is free to visit, so prepare to “nerd” out. Walk-ups are welcome; however, reservations are encouraged and can be made at strangerthings-thestore.com.

Aventura Slide Tower – Aventura Slide Tower, the soaring 93-foot-tall landmark designed by artist Carsten Höller, has reopened for the season in the Outdoor Courtyard. Plunge and race down the tower’s two parallel slides from 12 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Instagram-Worthy Art Walk – A new sculpture has joined the growing Arts Aventura Mall Collection: Takeaway 2022 by Tom Friedman is situated in the Outdoor Courtyard near the Apple Store, making it the most recent addition to our public collection’s 20+ museum-caliber pieces, which include sculptures and murals by local and internationally recognized artists. Several of the collection’s most popular sculptures, including Aventura Slide Tower, Robert Indiana’s LOVE Sculpture, and the Haas Brothers’ Gorillas in the Mist, make excellent backdrops for holiday pictures. You can also explore the collection via the self-guided Art Walk audio tour by using your phone to scan QR codes located throughout Aventura Mall.

Holiday Pop-Ups – Several brands, including Givenchy, Lancôme, Mercedes Benz, Nike, Sephora and Michael Kors – will be hosting unique experiences and photo-worthy moments, from collection pop-ups and fragrance samplings to food trucks, test drives, gift wrapping and more. Find details on these and other retailer activations at AventuraMall.com/Happenings.

Personal Stylist Program

The Stylist – Ever wish you had a personal stylist? Well, your holiday wish may just be granted. Aventura Mall recently launched a new program, The Stylist, offering premier one-to-one personal shopping and styling for guests. It’s a great opportunity for anyone looking to build seasonal or capsule wardrobes, select attire for a special occasion, find the perfect fit, choose gifts for loved ones and much more. Appointments can be made with The Stylist in our personal and private Styling Suite, located on the Third Level across from Equinox. Services are free of charge with purchases at Aventura Mall stores.

New Shops, Pop-Ups and Eaterie

Celine Pop Up - Aventura Mall

CELINE and Bottega Veneta’s Exclusive New Pop-Ups – Marking the luxury fashion house’s first-ever pop-up in North America, CELINE’s new Aventura Mall destination features exclusive seasonal designs from its winter and spring collections. The space, which integrates CELINE’s new architectural concept, features handbags, small leather goods, jewelry, sunglasses and fragrances. Additionally, Italian luxury fashion house Bottega Veneta recently debuted its leather goods, shoes and small accessories, including the brand’s Winter 2022 collection, at its Aventura Mall pop-up, which is the first of its kind in the Southeast region. The pop-up was uniquely designed with sustainability at the forefront: no screws hold the structure together, and each piece fits together like a puzzle. The CELINE and Bottega Veneta pop-ups are located on the Lower Level in Luxury Court and Center Court, respectively.

North America’s First Nike Rise Store – On your mark, get set, shop! Nike just debuted its first “Rise” concept store in North America at Aventura Mall. The expansive two-story location is one of the most digitally advanced stores to date and is located across from Zara near the Outdoor Courtyard. The impressive location is a cutting-edge wonderland for sneaker lovers and athletes alike. The new Nike Aventura carries the latest men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel along with exclusive and customizable perks.

Lacoste’s First New Flagship in Florida – Debuting the brand’s new look, Lacoste has relocated to Aventura Mall’s Upper Level across from Zara and debuted a new, unique flagship store. The space is the first of its kind in Florida, offering exclusive items and innovative in-store experiences. Blending style and sportsmanship, the new store is a visual treat, seamlessly channeling the brand’s longstanding heritage and its venture into streetwear. Highlights include the brand’s fall/winter 2022 collection, launch of its Exclusive L003 Sneaker, and express customization.

Florida’s First Ralph’s Coffee (Ralph Lauren) – Coffee lovers, rejoice: Ralph Lauren’s Ralph’s Coffee opened its first-ever Florida location at Aventura Mall, on the Lower Level in front of the Ralph Lauren store. The shop will serve Ralph’s Coffee special blends, espresso and teas, along with specialty drinks and Ralph’s Espresso Tonic – a refreshing spin on iced coffee with three shots of espresso, tonic water and an orange slice, served over ice. Some of Ralph Lauren’s favorite sweet treats will also be available, including Ralph’s Brownie and Ralph’s Chocolate Chip Cookie. Ralph’s Coffee beans will be available for purchase alongside a curated array of Ralph’s Coffee apparel and accessories.

New Eateries – Three new dining establishments recently debuted in Treats Food Hall: Sproutz, a healthy, fast-casual eatery offering fresh, customizable meals and a wellness-centric menu; Yalla Motek, a new concept from the creators of Motek Café offering kosher-style, fast-casual options inspired by the culture and flavors of Israel; and coming soon, Tacology Express, a mercado-style taqueria known for its authentic Mexican flair, traditional recipes made from top-quality ingredients, and refreshing cocktails, including build-your-own Palomas.

Pro Tip: Get a group together and enjoy tasting your way “around the world” at Treats Food Hall!

The holidays are here, and we couldn’t be happier. Gather your loved ones and prepare to be enamored by all the festive installations, immersive experiences and new stores available this holiday season at Aventura Mall.

We invite you to join us in our holiday community efforts, as there’s no greater gift than that of giving back. Learn more about how Aventura Mall does good here: AventuraMall.com/do-good.

Pro Tip: Share your moments of Holiday Wonder with us by tagging @AventuraMall and #AventuraMall in your photos and videos for a chance to be featured on our Instagram and in-mall digital screens!

For more information, call Aventura Mall at (305) 935-1110 or visit AventuraMall.com/Happenings.

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