It's hard to believe that Christmas will be here next week. December is such a busy time of the year for us, and since we have very young children, it's a time I like to fill with magical memories and tradition.
One of my childhood traditions was to drive around the neighborhood and look at Christmas lights. Well, a lot has changed in the last 30 years and it seems to me that people just don't decorate their homes outside like they used to, or do they?
For the last three years we have enjoyed visiting Christmas Castle here in Miami. Right in the middle of a neighborhood you will find a home and neighborhood beautifully decorated, complete with music, and a mailbox to send a letter to Santa if you so desire.
The light display is free to come too, but for the last 17 years they have been raising money for Autism Awareness. According to their website they have contributed about $8,500 to a local charity each year!
If you are interested in going with small children or in a group, I recommend you go early. There is an opening show right at 6:00, and the crowds are relatively small at that time so you will be able to see all the great details and take snap some pictures with limited photo bombers.
If you or your family is a little older, you might want to wait and go towards the end of the evening. I read on the website that they have a special farewell from Olaf at 10:00 p.m.
One of my favorite things about going to the Christmas Castle is hearing all the Disney music and seeing all the Disney decorations. It's obviously not as magical as the real thing, but it does the trick for getting you into the Holiday Spirit!
So, if you're looking for something fun to do one evening, head on over to the Christmas Castle! I hope you love it as much as we do! There is limited parking right at the home, but don't be afraid to find a parking spot in the neighborhood and explore some of the other beautifully decorated homes. Just remember to be respectful, you are in a neighborhood after all.
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12331 SW 109 Terrace
Miami, FL 33186
*all opinions are my own, I am in no way affiliated with Christmas Castle.