Christmas and Holiday Events in Miami 2018

Christmas and Holiday Events in Miami 2018

Christmas and Holiday Events in Miami 2018

There is no shortage of things to do in Miami during the holidays. Although Miami may not be the first place you think of when you consider holiday getaways, it is definitely one of best. The city is the best place to celebrate the holidays minus the snow. So, if your looking for family-friendly holiday fun or an escape from adulting, look no further! Check out the holiday events in Miami!

Here are some of the holiday events in Miami:

DPR Holiday Event

This holiday gala takes place on December 6th from 7 – 10 pm, at the Miami Springs Lions Club, and is hosted by the DJs Producers and Remixers Group. Ticket prices are set at $10 presale and $15 at the door. Dance the night away and join the DPR for music and plenty of food and beverages.

FSEA Holiday Party

Come to socialize and dine with the Florida Structural Engineers Association on December 11th at the 94th Aero Squadron, from 6:30 – 10:30 pm. Scholarships will be awarded and presentations given by the University of Miami and Florida International University students.

Attendees are encouraged to provide 3 powerpoint slides with information about their business and current or future projects. These will be visible on a screen throughout the evening. Costs vary from $10 for students to $50 for non – members. Payment can be made online or the night of the event.

The Baltimore Holiday Soiree

The Club at The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables is the place to be and celebrate the holidays on December 13th. With complimentary, buffet dinner, and premium liquor cash bar, The Club is the perfect holiday getaway for the 21 and over crowd. Tickets must be purchased before the event and are available at $75 for non-members, and $55 for members.

The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables

Lightrail Yoga Holiday Party

Celebrate the holidays at a yoga sanctuary for a night of fun, music, dancing, and vegan food. This free event takes place at Lightrail Yoga on December 16th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Esquire’s Merry Holiday Mixer

The Merry Holiday Mixer will be held at Esquire Solutions on December 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Join Miami Client Executives for complimentary hors-d’oeuvres, drinks, and prizes. RSVP by November 30th through EventBrite.

UNO Tournament of Champions Holiday Charity Event

Playing UNO never gets old! This holiday celebration will be held at Fatboy Wings & Tings on December 18th, from 4:00 – 9:00 pm. Come to win your chance at UNO Championship Belt and bragging rights for a year.

There will also be free food, music, and raffles. This event is hosted by Team of H.O.P.E., Inc. and requires either a $20 donation per entry or $10 entry with a NEW, unopened toy donation.

8th Annual Christmas in the Grove

This holiday gala will be held on December 16th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, at the City of Miami Elizabeth Virrick Park Gymnasium. This event, hosted by the Agape 4 Orphans International, will be complete with a dinner, dance, and toy and gift giveaway.

2nd Annual Holiday Fiesta

This holiday event will be hosted at the Cancun Grill Doral at Midtown Doral with cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres. The holiday bash will begin with an open bar from 7:00 – 11:00 pm complete with live music, raffle prizes, and free parking. RSVP by November 23rd for the event on November 30th.

No matter what, Miami keeps things hot during the holidays! With so many events available, it’s no wonder Miami is still the best place to be to celebrate the holidays. These holiday events in Miami won’t last forever, so make sure to register for your event early. You don’t want to miss out on the festivities.

Still didn’t see anything that may interest you? You may want to check out our list of family-friendly holiday events in Miami. From Christmas carnivals to holiday concerts and live music, Miami comes alive during the holiday season. You are sure to find a celebration fit for the whole family.  

Read more about various events in Miami on our website, today!

Miami Events in December 2018

Miami Events in December 2018

Miami Events in December 2018

Miami is still heating up in the winter time with no signs of slowing down! Planning on visiting in December? There is a whole host of events taking place around the holidays that you won’t want to miss. When you do come, plan to stay a while to take advantage of all the excitement in our iconic city!

From Santa Claus coming to visit annual and epic New Year’s Eve celebrations, come to celebrate the holidays Miami style.

Take a look at what Miami events December has to offer:

  • Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Celebrate the whole month of December in Tropical Park with a 92 foot Christmas Tree and over 3 million Christmas lights. This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids along. They’ll love the variety of rides including the Flying Submarine, The Wacky Shack Funhouse, The Monkey Maze Mirrors, and many more. You won’t want to leave without catching one of the many shows featuring magic, acrobatics, and tons of lights.

Save now up to 30% off Santa’s Enchanted Forest season pass tickets for children, adults, and seniors. This offer ends November 1st. All other tickets are on sale starting October 25th.

  • The Nutcracker

You can’t visit Miami without seeing this classic show filled with your favorite holiday characters, including Mother Ginger, Dewdrop, the sugar plum fairy, and none other than the Nutcracker himself!

Available for the whole month of December, the show can be seen at the South Miami Dade Cultural Center, The Fillmore Miami Beach, the Arts, and Cultural Center, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami – Dade County. Ticket prices for this holiday classic vary.

The Nutcracker

  • Deering Holiday Weekend

This December holiday event, held at the Deering Estate, kicks off with a Festival of Trees on November 30th. While free for foundation members, tickets begin at $15 for adults and $7 for children.

On December 8th, Santa Claus makes his official debut with his elves and will be available for photos in the Great Hall. Take an evening stroll or enjoy a festive evening of Mistletoe & Martinis with some of the finest deserts and Hors d’oeuvre Miami has to offer. As if that is not enough celebrating, top off the month of December by enjoying a Holiday Champagne Bay Cruise.

  • Miami Art Week

From December 7th – 10th, the Miami Art Week festival draws crowds of over 70,000 art enthusiasts at its main event, Art Basel Miami Beach. The most prominent art galleries from Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America will showcase a variety of exquisite contemporary and modern works.

  • Capital One Orange Bowl

The holiday season is not complete without football. And Miami is hosting the sports event of the season at the Hard Rock Stadium on December 30th. For college football fans, this football playoff game is preceded by a fan fest on December 29th, complete with live performances, vendors, zip line, and rock climbing wall, among others.

  • New Years Eve

Ring in the new year in Miami on December 31st at one of the numerous celebrations taking place at the City of Miami Beach New Year’s Eve Celebration or the annual poolside concert at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Complete with fireworks, music, and plenty of champagne, it is the ideal way to keep up the heat in the New Year.

Want more football? The Miami Beach Bowl will be hosting a college football event at Marlins Park in Little Havana, featuring the American Athletic Conference vs. Conference USA, which will also be televised on ESPN. The date and other information to be announced soon.

Whatever your interests are during the holidays, the Miami Visitors Center has you covered with information on up and coming must-see events. Didn’t see anything you liked? You may want to take a closer look at other options offered on our website, like holiday cruises, restaurants, or other local attractions. For your convenience, you can book a Christmas Dinner Cruise or tour on our site.

Still, have questions? Give us a call, or go check out our website! See you soon!

This is Why Late Autumn is the Best time to Visit Miami

This is Why Late Autumn is the Best time to Visit Miami

This is Why Late Autumn is the Best time to Visit Miami

Miami is always hot, in more ways than one! For those of us who live here, we’ve known and loved Miami for that reason. There is always something to get into. With the holidays fast approaching, there is no better time to explore this lovely and dynamic city.

So, When is the Best Time to Visit Miami?

If you haven’t yet, you may be wondering when is the best time to visit Miami. There is no time like the present. Autumn is truly the best time of year to explore Miami and familiarize yourself with the cultural richness of the “sunshine state”. With a mixture of beautiful beaches, architecture, and people, once you arrive – you’ll never want to leave! So, why is Autumn the best time to visit Miami again? We thought you’d never ask!

Get Ready to Dance!

There’s no party like a Miami party! For those moments when you’d like to enjoy good music and adult beverages, the Miami nightlife is the perfect solution. And there’s so much to choose from during the Autumn season! With the temperatures cooling off, the nighttime is full of life.

Are you a salsa dancer? Better yet, would you like to learn? Well, Miami’s Latin-infused culture is the perfect place to start. Against the backdrop of Miami’s iconic oceanfront beaches and neon lights, you can practice your timing and steps. Enjoy some of the worlds best and most popular DJs in South Beach or two-step at one of many jazz clubs. If that’s still not your tempo, you can relax in any one of the many bars and lounges available throughout the city.  

And speaking of beaches, did we mention we have some of the best in the world? Some of the best ways to catch a glimpse of Miami’s beauty are through bike and kayaking tours. If that sounds interesting, the Little Havana Bike and Food Tour takes it to another level. This tour allows you to sample authentic Cuban dishes while taking in the rich culture and history of the area. Don’t forget to soak in the sun of Miami’s South Beach with Segway Tours.

miami dance party

Something Special for the Art Lovers

After basking in the sun and dancing the night away, you can’t forget to visit Miami Art Week, also known as Art Basel Miami Beach. This event that takes place in December features over 1200 galleries with various featured artists.

Coming to visit a little earlier in the year? The Wynwood Art & Beer Tour is an exciting alternative to discovering Miami’s vibrant art culture. Not only will you learn about Miami’s street art culture, but you’ll be making pit stops at local breweries and enjoying pop art, fine art, and contemporary art from well-known artists in the Wynwood Art District. Not a bad way to spend two hours in Miami!

A Must-see Attraction

Last but certainly not least, a trip to Key West is a must. Autumn is the best time to visit since the hurricane season is trailing off. May we recommend five hour round trip day tours in Key West?

Try a dolphin cruise or a walk around The Hemingway Home for a different perspective of the beautiful Keys. Officially known as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, it once was the residence of the late author Ernest Hemingway in Key West. Come and discover the late author’s studio and a gorgeous pool in a laid-back environment of historical significance. If you are an animal lover, you may not want to miss the six-toed cats that roam the house!

Whatever adventure you are looking for while visiting the “sunshine state”, Miami will not disappoint. The cultural experience of Brazilian, Cuban, Columbian, Peruvian, and Mexican nationalities will broaden your horizons and leave you wanting more.

And in case you weren’t aware, Miami is located directly next to the Florida Everglades, which happens to be the largest tropical wilderness in the United States. Before you leave, make sure to check out the mesmerizing wildlife and pet a baby tiger. See you in Miami soon! If you want to know more, visit our website, today!

Brief History of Miami Beach

miami beach florida

Palm trees. Sunshine. Suntans. Miami Vice. Hollywood. Beautiful people. These are all the thoughts that come to mind when Miami Beach is mentioned. However, Miami Beach history is rich and full of entrepreneurial success, diversity, and military presence. The city has transformed into a cultural arts mecca as one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations.

Before it became Miami Beach, “Mayaimi” was sought after for the Miami River as a food supply by Native Americans known as Tequesta tribe. Juan Ponce was the first European to visit in 1513, resulting in Spain being credited with the first reported landing in 1566. Soon, Spain began a mission on Christianity which failed and the majority of the tribe died from smallpox and other diseases.  

As more Native Americans were displaced from the US land expansion initiatives in the 1700s, many migrated to South Florida. The Seminoles tribe made up the majority of the migrants. When Florida was ceded to the US and purchased from Spain, the Seminole tribe waged 3 wars against the US government in 1819. The Miami area was devastated from the wars, which slowed settlement progress until 1842.

The “Village of Miami”

William English chartered the “Village of Miami” on the south bank of the Miami River. Soon after, a wealthy widow purchased a citrus plantation and envisioned the city as a gateway to international trade. She persuaded a millionaire to extend a railroad to Miami, agreeing to give him land in exchange.

Miami Beach began as a 165-acre plot of land purchased from Quakers for planting and harvesting coconuts for $ 0.25 an acre in 1875. Much of the land was originally marsh but was turned into a man-made island with the help of the Army Corps of Engineers after being sold to two new partners from New Jersey. It wasn’t long until many entrepreneurs recognized the potential of Miami Beach.

The “BillionDollar Sandbar”

In 1896, the railroad tracks made it to Miami and the city was incorporated. At this time, only men had the right to vote and a majority of them were Bahamian migrants. The “City of Miami” was official with 444 citizens. The partners eventually build and completed the first bridge from Miami to Miami Beach in 1913 and it was the longest wooden wagon bridge in the world for that time period. Streets, water, and power systems were soon built and the city flourished. Miami Beach eventually became known as the “BillionDollar Sandbar”, separated by Biscayne Bay from Miami mainland.

The 1920s brought about explosive growth and financial prosperity in the 1920s, which is evident in the 3-mile stretch known as “Millionaire Row”. This area was eventually developed over time with small hotels becoming the famous Art Deco District, also popularly known as South Beach or “SoBe”. It became a major military training center during WW II with half a million Army Air Corp serviceman, eventually making Miami Beach their permanent home and doubling the prewar population.

In 1959, Fidel Castro took over Cuba and half a million Cubans migrated to the area, drastically shifting the demographics and culture. According to the 2000 Census, the Miami Beach population consisted of 56% foreign-born residents, with Latinos comprising a majority of this group. The 80s and 90s saw an influx of capital investment and luxurious redevelopment, turning Miami Beach into America’s playground.   early miami

The 21st Century Miami Beach

Now, Miami Beach is almost unrecognizable when compared to the 80s and 90s. However, as Miami Beach history has shown, it still remains the center of international culture. Miami Beach is now a cultural hub with a dynamic mix of Caribbean, Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Cuban – American flavor.

It remains the headquarters for many multinational companies and financial institutions. Its eclectic flair and cultural diversity is a draw for many tourists around the world. We welcome you to discover the beauty of Miami Beach history for yourself beginning on Ocean Drive, where many famous Hollywood films were made. Whatever adventure you are looking for, it is all right here at Miami Beach. Check out our website to find just the thing for you in wonderful Miami Beach.

Best Things to Do in Miami in October 2018

Best Things to Do in Miami in October 2018

Best Things to Do in Miami in October 2018The fall season is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited! Cooler weather doesn’t mean that Miami Beach has cooled off. On the contrary, Miami Beach stays hot and we have the event list for October to prove it! No matter what you are in the mood for this coming month, we’ve got you covered. And you are in luck since October is BOGO month on most popular attractions in the city.

If you are looking for an adventure on the land or in the sea, Miami Beach October BOGO is where the fun is at. Some of the participating attractions include Jungle Island, Miami Seaquarium, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Zoo Miami. All participants are offering free admission with the purchase of a ticket and other fantastic goodies you don’t want to miss.

Looking for something else to do in October? There are plenty of others to chose from that include cultural festivals, concerts, and sports events.

Take a look at other Miami Beach October events:

  • Phil Collins: Not Dead Yet Live Tour – An eight-time Grammy award winner, Phil Collins makes music that still timeless. He will be performing on October 5th, at the BB&T Center.
  • The Phantom of the Opera – Originally based on a French novel published in 1909, The Phantom of the Opera storyline was inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera in the 19th century. This intriguing stage play continues to capture audience attention, having been adapted into a movie several times. The showtime will be on October 10th – 21st at the Au Rene Theater in the Broward Center for Performing Arts.
  • Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour – He’s a stand-up comedian and actor, best known for his most recent roles opposite of The Rock, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Come ready to laugh till you cry on October 13th at the American Airlines Arena.kevin hart
  • Nicki Minaj & Future: Nickihndrxx Tour – One of the most prominent female rappers of this generation, Nicki Minaj is leaving her mark on Hip Hop culture, and partners with Future, a rapper, songwriter, and record producer, who is the first artist to debut two albums at number one, at the same time. Nickihndrxx Tour will be held on October 19th at the American Airlines Arena.
  • Alice In Chains – One of the most successful rock bands of the 90s, Alice In Chains has released six studio albums, three live albums, three EPs, and 31 singles. Selling over 20 million records worldwide, Alice In Chains graces the stage on October 28th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

If you’re looking for a family adventure, look no further. Here’s where to take the kids:

  • Disney Junior Dance Party – With special appearances by Micki, Minnie, and Goofy, this dance party is sure to be the best in town. Come sing and dance to your favorite Disney songs with all the Disney Junior stars, including the Muppet Babies! The party starts in Miami on October 5th at the u-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Madagascar A Musical Adventure – Our favorite characters are back from Madagascar and Sesame Street Live – running amongst us! Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo, and the comedic and mischievous penguins. If you like to “Move it! Move it!”, you’ll love this musical adventure taking place on October 6th at the Amaturo Theater in the Broward Center for Performing Arts.
  • Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival – Just in time for Halloween, celebrate fall with the whole family at this pumpkin filled festival. Tickets start at $20 and the event is being held on October 13th – 14th.
  • Sesame Street Live! – Big Bird, Elmo, and the Cookie Monster are waiting for you with plenty of music and laughter on October 25th – 26th at the Watsco Center at UM. Make your magic and party with the Sesame Street neighborhood at this event that is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face!

There’s too much good stuff happening in Miami to just choose one, so visit our page to keep up with the dates and locations. Plan your Miami Beach October events by following the list above. You deserve it!