Miami's Hottest Events In December


Tropical December in Miami

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By: Kara Franker

Don’t miss these Miami events in the month of December.

With the holidays in full swing, the month of December offers plenty of family-friendly events to celebrate the season.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest: Dec. 1-31

The largest holiday theme park in the world, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is happening at Tropical Park. Enjoy carnival rides, shows, games, a 92-foot tall Christmas tree and more than three million Christmas lights. Ride the ferris wheel, race speedy cars, or risk it all on the “Mega Drop.” Single day and season passes are available. The park is open until the beginning of January.

Deering Holiday Wonderland: Dec. 1-31

Tour the elegant and historic Deering Estate located on the edge of Biscayne Bay when it’s festively decorated for the holidays and decked out in beautiful Christmas lights. Highlights include story time and photos with Santa Claus as well as the Holiday Bay Cruise. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 4 to 14. Special events like the Holiday Bay Cruise are $35 per person.

The Nutcracker: Dec. 1-31

Watch as Clara and Fritz gather together with family and friends for a Christmas Eve celebration that turns into an epic fairytale complete with toy soldiers, a sugar plum fairy and, of course, the Nutcracker himself. Miami offers plenty of opportunities to watch live performances of The Nutcracker. Catch shows at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, or The Fillmore Miami Beach. Ticket prices vary.

Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach: Dec. 7-10

Miami Art Week is a series of art fairs and events held throughout the city. The city is now home to more than 20 distinct pop-up art festivals during the coveted first week of December. The main event, Art Basel Miami Beach draws more than 73,000 art dealers, artists, collectors and aficionados to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Ticket prices vary.

Art of Black Miami: Dec. 7-10

Celebrating Art, Culture and diversity, Art of Black Miami is a year-round event that shines a spotlight on local, national and international aspiring and renowned artists of multicultural heritage. Special exhibitions and art installations take place around the city during as well as pre and post Art Basel Miami Beach.

Pinecrest Gardens Nights of Lights: Dec. 15 – Jan. 1

Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a holiday wonderland illuminated by thousands of spectacular and sparkling holiday lights. The event presented by Live Like Bella, a foundation for childhood cancer, features pictures with Santa, midway rides, Christmas music, pony rides and Banyan Bowl performances on select dates featuring story tellers, the Nutcracker ballet and more.

Sounds of the Season with the New World Symphony: Dec. 16

The New World Symphony's Sounds of the Season celebrates the holidays and offering audience members an opportunity to gather and share the music with friends and family. Enjoy selections from a variety of cultural heritages on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at SoundScape Park at the New World Center on Miami Beach.

Capital One Orange Bowl: Dec. 30

This is a game you won't want to miss! The 2017 college football playoff game at the Capital One Orange Bowl will take place at Hard Rock Stadium on Dec. 30, 2017 at 8 p.m. The Orange Bowl Committee was created in 1935 with the mission of generating tourism for South Florida through an annual football game and supporting events.

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

Every year Miami offers a wide variety of New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations, like the City of Miami Beach New Year's Eve Celebration featuring fireworks at midnight, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s annual poolside concert and more.

Miami Beach Bowl: TBD

The fourth edition of the Miami Beach Bowl college postseason football game will be played at Marlins Park in Little Havana. The game will feature a top team from the American Athletic Conference against a team from Conference USA and will be televised on ESPN and broadcast by ESPN Radio.

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