What To Do This December In Miami

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By: Shayne Benowitz

While December’s holiday season may look a little different this year, there are still plenty of ways to get festive in Miami. Whether it’s a socially distanced celebration, holiday lights in the great outdoors or a virtual performance, these are Miami’s hottest events in December 2020.

Nights of Lights at Pinecrest Gardens

Now through January 3, Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a dazzling subtropical wonderland with their Nights of Lights celebration. Thousands of twinkling holiday lights are strung throughout the botanical landscape and special performances and holiday concerts will be held on the Banyan Bowl stage. Santa and Mrs. Claus will even make appearances and you can enjoy delicious treats for young and old (such as a signature holiday cocktail!). Due to COVID-19, capacity is limited, so it’s strongly recommended that you reserve your tickets online in advance.

Deborah Cox: I’ll Be Home for Christmas at the Arsht Center

On Saturday, December 19, South Florida’s own Broadway star Deborah Cox will perform a very special holiday concert. I’ll be Home For Christmas was designed especially for the Arsht Center, and Cox will belt out holiday classics, original songs and music from Broadway musicals including Aida, Waitress and The Wiz. The Arsht Center welcomes guests back to its theaters with new safety and social distancing protocols in place, including temperature checks at the door, mask requirements and limited capacity inside its auditoriums.

Arts, Culture & Heritage

Immerse yourself in Miami’s rich and culturally diverse communities throughout December and January with special offers & events celebrating arts, culture & heritage. As part of Arts, Culture & Heritage Months, Art of Black Miami shines a spotlight on local, national and international aspiring and renowned artists of multicultural heritage. Virtual and physical events are scheduled throughout December.

Bright Lights Miami at Virginia Key Beach Park

Virginia Key Beach Park is getting creative this holiday season with Bright Lights Miami, a drive-through holiday lights spectacular held every Friday through Sunday now through January 10. Featuring a light and laser show, art installations, projection mapping, music and sound art, the immersive experience spans a mile of specially designed audiovisual installations unlike any holiday light show you’ve experienced before.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker in the Park at Downtown Doral Park

It’s simply not the holidays without The Nutcracker! Opening December 18 and running through New Year’s Eve, the Miami City Ballet will perform a very special production of George Balanchine’s classic ballet in a socially distanced outdoor setting at Downtown Doral Park. Set to Tchaikovsky’s soaring score, dancers will perform before a digitally animated backdrop while you enjoy this new spin on a beloved holiday tradition.

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

Take a walk on the wild side and head to Zoo Miami in South Dade for their annual Zoo Lights spectacular on select dates throughout December. Cruise the zoo beneath a million dazzling holiday lights, including a 26-foot tall LED lit Christmas tree. Kids can write letters to Santa, indulge in cookies and hot chocolate, take part in arts and crafts and embark on a river ride. Jolly old Saint Nick—along with plenty of zoo animals—are promised to make appearances throughout the evening. You must purchase tickets online in advance as capacity is limited. Once you’ve arrived, you’re asked to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Miami Beach Pride Queer-A-Thon Variety Show & Silent Auction

A cheeky nod to the days of the telethon, Miami Beach Pride will host the virtual Queer-A-Thon Variety Show and Silent Auction fundraiser on December 19 at 7pm. Logon for a lighthearted variety show featuring sketch comedy, drag queens, musical numbers, celebrity guest appearances and general shenanigans, all for a good cause to #PreservePride. You’ll also have a chance to win some exciting prizes.

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