Do you love Christmas, but you’re not a huge fan of snow?  Then here’s the perfect holiday attraction.  You have to visit the festive wonderland known as Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami.  It offers the opportunity for numerous trips for you and the family.  In fact, we suggest you will need to make several trips!

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is located in Miami, Florida, and is open from November to January.  It is the largest Christmas-themed amusement park in the world.  In fact, it features rides, games, Santa Claus, live entertainment and much more.

Holiday fun without snow is easy at Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

Examples of what is included in the ticket are, more than 100 carnival rides including roller coasters.  The Christmas Light Show Spectacular sparkles with millions of dazzling lights.  Mistletoe Lane allows you to take a break on the Snow-Couple Bench with Mr. and Mrs. Snowman.  Sample delectable food, pick up unique souvenirs and even parking is included.

Also featured are holiday delights such as pictures and selfies with Santa and a huge mailbox where children can drop letters to Santa.  Christmas Karaoke and other holiday music plays, Christmas Miniatures abound and the ¼ mile Santa Claus Lane houses dozens of hand-crafted holiday displays.

See Santa’s Spaceship, North America’s Largest Traveling Ferris Wheel, and the Tallest and Largest Christmas Tree in South Florida.  This is a 90-foot musical Christmas tree attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Santa's Enchanted Forest Christmas Tree

Food And Drinks You Can Enjoy At Santa’s Enchanted Forest

You will find some fantastic foods at Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

  • Ice cream balls with blown smoke from a dragon’s breath:  These are one of Santa’s Enchanted Forest’s most popular items!
  • Arepas: A Venezuelan dish comprising a cornmeal patty filled with various meats, cheeses, or vegetables.
  • Empanadas: Delicious pastries with fillings of meat, veggies or fruit, which are fried or baked.
  • Churros: A Mexican dessert that is basically a deep-fried doughnut covered in sugar and cinnamon.
  • Perros Calientes: This is a hot dog on a stick that is dipped in batter and then deep fried.
  • Enormous turkey legs: No Santa’s Enchanted Forest visit is complete without one of these! Get your caveman Christmas spirit happening.
  • Roasted peanuts: A classic that you can find all throughout the park.
  • Cotton candy: Another classic sweet treat.
  • Fried Oreos: Yes, you read that correctly. Oreos…fried. And they’re delicious!
  • Funnel cakes: These are deep-fried doughnuts that are then covered in powdered sugar.
  • Chocolate-covered bacon: This is exactly what it sounds like, and it’s amazing!
  • Kettle corn: A sweet and salty popcorn treat that will have you coming back for more.
  • A Christmas waffle on a stick: Santa’s Enchanted Forest takes the classic waffle and puts it on a stick, making it even more fun to eat.
  • Giant cotton candy Santa hats: These are perfect for sharing (or not!) and make for a great photo op.
  • Fried Santa beards: Santa beards made out of fried dough? Yes, please!
  • Elotes: This is a Mexican dish that is corn on the cob smothered in mayonnaise, cheese, chili powder, and lime juice.
  • Santa’s Enchanted Forest also has a wide variety of drinks: including water, soda, lemonade, beer and mixed drinks.

There are also many places to find adult beverages, including the North Pole Tavern, Mrs. Claus’ Wine Garden, and Santa’s Beer Garden. 

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is the only place where you can get Santa’s Special Brew, which is a beer that is only available at the park.  And if you’re looking for something stronger, Mrs. Claus’ Wine Garden has you covered with red and white wine, champagne and mixed drinks.

Activities For Kids At Santa’s Enchanted Forest

In addition to all the rides and attractions, Santa’s Enchanted Forest has a number of activities specifically for kids.

  • Santa Claus Lane Parade: A daily parade that features Santa Claus, his elves, and more.
  • Little Elves Workshop: Fun little place where kids can make their own arts and crafts projects to take home with them.
  • Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen: Kids can decorate their own cookies with Christmas wonders to take home and enjoy.
  • Santa Claus Express Train: A miniature train that takes goes around Santa’s Enchanted Forest.  Terrific for the whole family to get an idea of the park.
  • Gingerbread House: A life-sized gingerbread house for kids to explore.
  • Santa Claus Lane Maze: Made from Christmas trees, kids must navigate their way through for lots of fun.
  • Photos with Santa: Kids (and adults!) can take photos with Santa in his workshop.
  • Santa’s Reindeer: Meet Santa’s reindeer and get autographs from their favorites in Santa’s Reindeer Barn.
Kids activities at Santa's Enchanted Forest

Where Should You Stay?

With its convenient location next to the Miami International Airport, the Hyatt Place Miami Airport-East is a popular choice.  It offers spacious and stylish guestrooms and an outdoor pool and terrace.  There is also a fire pit area, 24/7 dining, gym, complimentary shuttle service to the airport and many other amenities.

Other hotels nearby include the Hotel Residence Inn Marriott Miami Airport.  It is just under one mile from the airport and eight miles from the Crandon Park Golf Course. It also has a free shuttle service plus a fitness center and a swimming pool.  The rooms have a full kitchen, and there is a free buffet breakfast making it great for families.

Other Attractions Near Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Jungle Island on the beautiful Biscayne Bay is a 13.1-acre eco-adventure theme park.  Featuring a tropical jungle with extraordinary and rare animals from all over the globe.  These include over 300 birds, twin orangutans and the world’s only trained Cassowary.

Wynwood Walls is an open-air street art museum that features world-renowned graffiti artists, muralists and street artists.  The Wynwood Walls have been featured in many publications and have become a must-see destination for art lovers from all over the world.

If you just want to get out and about, Miami Beach is one of the coolest neighborhoods in the whole country.  You will find glitz and glamor at South Beach, with its amazing bars, restaurants and clubs.  Or, visit the Art Deco Historic District, with its pastel-hued buildings from the 30’s and 40’s.

There’s so much to do in Miami, whether you’re into shopping, dining or just want to relax over a fancy drink.

Getting There

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is located at 3600 NW 107th Ave, Miami, FL 33167.

If you’re driving, take I-95 to Exit 12 and follow signs for Santa’s Enchanted Forest.  Parking is free however there are VIP options available near the entrance.

It is also accessible by public transportat.  Take the Metrorail to the Santa Clara station and then transfer to the Santa’s Enchanted Forest shuttle bus.

Easy directions are available on the website.

Things To Know Before You Go To Santa’s Enchanted Forest

  • Open from November through January, it even runs on Christmas Day.
  • Located at 7900 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33155.
  • The park is open Monday through Friday from noon until midnight and sometimes till 1 am if very busy.   Saturdays and Sundays are 11 am until midnight.
  • Admission to Santa’s Enchanted Forest is $43 for adults and $35 for kids under 12 and pensioners.  However, there are many coupons available so make sure to check the website.
  • Different season passes will save you money if you plan on visiting the park more than once.
  • Parking at Santa’s Enchanted Forest is free, but you can upgrade online for greater convenience.
  • Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a cash-only park, so be sure to bring enough with you to cover all of your expenses.
  • There are ATMs available inside the park if you need to withdraw cash.
  • It is a pet-friendly park, so feel free to bring your furry friend with you.
  • Santa’s Enchanted Forest offers a number of different discounts, including for military personnel, seniors and groups. Be sure to check the park’s website for more information.
Santa's Enchanted Forest Park for family fun

What are you waiting for? Start planning your visit to Santa’s Enchanted Forest today!  With delicious food, amazing rides and shows, and lots of activities for people of all ages, this is a fantastic park.

Find great family fun this festive season without needing snow gear, and let your little ones meet Mr & Mrs. Claus.    

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