Christmas time is one of the best seasons of the year. From all the lights to the joyful spirits, Christmas just seems to put everyone in a much better mood. Throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas, Miami and the surrounding areas offer some pretty incredible events to help residents celebrate this wonderful holiday. Here are some of the best Christmas events in Miami to check out in the next few weeks.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Food Truck Invasion

Location: Bayfront Park

Date: November 25th, 2016

Time: 5:00-9:00pm, tree lighting at 7:00pm

Nothing starts off the holiday season in Miami like the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree in Bayfront Park. Come enjoy some of the best food trucks in town while watching this 50ft tree glitter in lights to kick off the holiday season.

Miami Lantern Light Festival

Location: Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center

Date: November 30th, 2016- January 8th, 2017

Time: 5:00-11:00pm

Come see these spectacular custom-built Chinese lanterns that dazzle and sparkle in the lights. This festival lasts six weeks and is a celebration of Chinese culture. While not exactly geared towards Christmas, the lights and beautiful craftsmanship is definitely something to see!

Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Location: Au-Rene Theater

Date: December 9th-11th, 2016

The spectacular Miami City Ballet will perform this holiday classic, so don’t miss out on an evening that will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

Winterfest Boat Parade

Location: Intracostal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach

Date: December 10th, 2016

Time: 6:30-10:30pm

One of the most anticipated events of the season, this is the 44th annual Winterfest Boat Parade and this year is going to be the best yet! “Fairytales Afloat” is the theme, so come on out and see what surprises this year holds!

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter 2016 Tour: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Location: BB&T Center

December 16th, 2016

Time: 3:30-8:00pm

Back by popular demand, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is bringing their hit show The Ghosts of Christmas Eve to Miami. Come witness one of the most remarkable music events that will come to town this year!