Time to dust off your Santa hats! The best mall in Miami has officially completed its annual, highly-anticipated transformation into the city’s winter wonderland with the arrival of Santa, the Aventura Express Model Train, dazzling light installations, live musical performances and more exceptional holiday happenings.
In addition to seasonal activities, events and Insta-worthy displays, we’re cranking the festivities up a notch by welcoming two globally recognized, immersive experiences for the first time: Candytopia and Nickelodeon’s Slime City!
Ready to take your holiday cheer to the next level? Gather your family, friends and pups! We have plenty of magic to go around all season long.
Here are the Top 10 Holiday Happenings taking place at Aventura Mall now through the end of the year:
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 bit.ly/AVMSantaPhotoReservations.
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, party yacht, towns with lighted buildings and more. The Aventura Train Station is located on the lower level next to Zara and will be up until early January.
The immersive traveling confectionary wonderland is bringing its imaginative installations – including a mini marshmallow theme park, colossal candy creations, and unicorn pigs – to Miami for the first time! The company will also debut its first-ever fashion collaboration with alice + olivia. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at Candytopia.com. Candytopia located on the third level inside Treats Food Hall.
Nickelodeon is giving kids and families in Miami the opportunity to see, feel and get doused in its iconic green goo via its immersive “Slime City” experience. Guests can create and customize their own slime throughout the unique 2,000 square-foot space. Tickets must be purchased in advance at NickSlimeCity.com. Slime City will open December 6 and can be accessed on the upper level across from Zara.
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.
Whimsical, topiary reindeer sitting on lacquered red benches in fun and engaging positions are located throughout the shopping center, serving as festive photo opportunities.
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 face as it falls. The installation is located in front of Nordstrom. Guests can also view Snarkitecture’s oversized Snowflake Mobile, which is beautifully suspended above Center Court.
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.
A variety of live orchestral performances by local groups and organizations will spread holiday cheer near center court. Performances include:
Little Dreams Foundation, Music for Your Heart Foundation and Florida Youth Orchestra.
Join us as we celebrate Disney’s newest Frozen release with a live character story reading in LEVEL THREE on December 4 from 6 pm – 8 pm. Come dressed as your favorite Frozen characters and pose for a winter wonderland photo.
Enjoy delicious ice cream treats & sweets from the ice queen herself; sponsored by Ample Hills Creamery. First 200 families will receive a book to add to their home library. Join the Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership & Superstar Productions for an icy adventure under the stars.
Attendance for this event will be based on a registration basis. No walk-ins will be allowed.