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.
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.
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!