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December 2015 Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals

What's hot: Art Basel, Christmas Fests, New Year's Fireworks!

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Top Miami Events for December 2015

What's hot: Art Basel, Luis Miguel, Kenny G, Blue Man Group, Christmas Fests and New Year's Fireworks!

December Poinsettias

December is such a pleasant time to be in Miami, it is not only the cooler sunny skies that are the magnet but also the barrage of top line events that start kicking off in and around the city...

...the art fairs...

...the food festivals...

...the boating events...

...lots of high-caliber and fun events are all getting under way in the midst of the Christmas frenzy and New Year fireworks.

For our nature lovers, this is the perfect time to get out and soak it all up, our State and National Parks are teeming with wildlife, enjoy!

This Month's Top Picks:

Christmas Events and Festivals:

New Year's Events and Festivals:

The concert and entertainment scene in December 2015 features:

Specially for kids and Families

In the Sports Calendar:

And for the Art and Design Lovers, some ongoing events:

Limited Time hot offers and half-price tickets

$18 Sightseeing Boat Cruise for 1 $35 for 2
Bayside Tour in Miami
90-minute Bayride tour of Biscayne Bay, departs from Bayside
(Reg $26)
$15 Jet Boat Miami for one, $28 for two
30-minute adrenaline junky twister ride from Jet Boat Miami, leaves from Sea Isle Marina (Reg $29.95)
$45 Brewmaster Tickets
Brew At The Zoo
Brew at the Zoo Discount Tickets
Miami's Largest Craft Beer Festival at Zoo Miami
Saturday May 6, 2017 (Reg. $70)
$41 VIP Club Access, Appetizers and Drinks
$41 for Ticket with VIP Club Access, Appetizers, and Drinks with World Crawl Miami (Reg. $90.67)

For the following deals you must be a Goldstar member. Goldstar membership is FREE, sign up here.

$39.25+ Cirque Du Soleil Ovo
Cirque du Soleil Ovo
July 13-23, 2017 at BB&T Center
$50-$65 Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical
April 25-May 7 at Au-Rene Theater

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El Clásico: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid
El Clasico in Miami Tickets
Hard Rock Stadium
July 29, 2017
2017 MLB All Star Game in Miami
MLB All Star in Miami
Marlins Stadium
July 7 - 11, 2017

Cirque Du Soleil OVO
Cirque du Soleil Ovo
AA Arena & BB&T
July 13 - 23, 2017
Hard Rock Live!
July 16, 2017

Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour
Hard Rock Stadium
Monday August 28, 2017
Lady Gaga
Joanne World Tour
Lady Gaga Miami
AA Arena
Thursday November 30, 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach - December 3-6, 2015

Art Basel in Miami

Art Basel Miami Beach is without a doubt one of the premiere events in the world art scene and certainly one of the most prominent in the U.S. This long weekend in early December is traditionally the unofficial kick-off to the city's busy art and cultural calendar and is quite unique in that it spawns so many other events and satellite exhibitions, if you are into arts and design, this is definitely the time to be in Miami.

When? Thursday through Sunday December 3 - 6, 2015:

Hours: Thursday - 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday - noon to 8:00 pm
Sunday - noon to 6:00 pm

Where? Main Exhibition Hall at Miami Beach Convention Center

How Much? Day Ticket $47, Permanent Ticket $100, Students and Seniors $30, Combination Ticket for Art Basel and Design Miami $60.
Children 16 and under FREE when accompanied by an adult. Groups of 10 people or more $30 per person

Satellite fairs and events will pop up in and around the city, keep an eye specially in the up-and-coming districts of Wynwood and the Miami Design District.

Some events in the periphery of Art Basel:

  • Design Miami adjacent to the Convention Center - December 2-6, 2015
  • Art Miami at the Wynwood Arts District December 1-6, 2015

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Ft. Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade - Saturday, December 12, 2015

Winterfest Boat Parade in Ft. Lauderdale

Sailboats, Yachts, Barges, Gondolas, Kayaks... ANYTHING that floats, all decked up with thousands of lights and a merry spirit, traversing the waters of the intracoastal, what could be more fun this holiday season?! On its 42nd year, the Winterfest Boat Parade has become one of the most awaited events, and this year with the theme "Passport to Paradise" the Ft. Lauderdale shoreline will be coming alive once again.

Some fantastic entries and surprises in the past have included the Circus barge, complete with elephants and acrobats, a floating bus, a fire truck, Mickey and Minnie... can't wait for this year's parade!

When?: Saturday December 12, 2015

Where?: Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach

How Much?: Free along parade route, Grandstand viewing areas available.

More info: Winterfest Boat Parade

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NEW This Year: Capital One Orange Bowl Miami Beach Bash on South Beach - Free Concert and Fireworks
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Orange Bowl Beach Bash

This year's Orange Bowl is throwing a mega pre-game party in South Beach, including a free concert, beer garden, special appearances, beach games, celebrations for the two Orange Bowl teams, the Clemson Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners, and of course, fireworks!

The bash will take place the day before the game in the heart of South Beach on Ocean Drive.

Line up for this FREE outdoor concert includes Grammy Award winning rock band Imagine Dragons and four-time Grammy winning duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

And if you can't make it to the concert, it will be streamed live nationally on WatchESPN.

When?: Wednesday December 30, 2015 starts at 4:00 pm, fireworks at 10:30 pm

Where?: Ocean Drive and 10th Street, South Beach

How Much?: Free!

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King Mango Strut at the Grove
Sunday, December 27, 2015

Coconut Grove King Mango Strut logo

The King Mango Strut is the wackiest of the wackiest, it's a parade that was born as the antithesis of the King Orange Bowl parade way back, when struters were rejected by King Orange for being too "irreverent" so they decided to start their own King Mango parade, and irony of ironies, the King Orange Bowl Parade does not exist any more.

So what is it? It's a parade with a party atmosphere on a fun and laid back afternoon the last Sunday of the year. The theme or rather themes of the parade are well, anything and everything that made the headlines this year, Mango style of course, meaning, it is a parody of the year's highlights all in the name of fun. Like for example? Everything and everybody is fair game, the TSA, the Pope, twinkies, the Royal Family, politicians, specially politicians ...

Who participates? Anybody can participate, as in, "be on the parade". This is not an over the top parade, the "floats" are not fancy structures or designs, it is all very relaxed with hilarity and fun as the only requirement.

Is it ok for kids? Yes, the Pre-Mango Strut activities begin with the Little Miss Mango Pageant for kids 5 to 12, it is a VERY competitive pageant and all contestants are expected to win, the winners get to ride in the opening "float" of the parade!

So take part or just come to watch, bring a cooler, a folding chair, and be ready to spend the funniest and craziest time, check it out:

When?: Sunday December 27, 2015, parade starts at 2:00 p.m., after-strut street party and dancing afterwards

Where?: Downtown Coconut Grove from Green Street to Coco Walk then back to Commodore Plaza

How Much?: Free!

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New Year's Eve: Big Orange Ball Drop, Pitbull's New Year Revolution, Fireworks - December 31, 2015

Pitbull New Years in Miami

Miami might not be Times Square, but we do have our very own "Ball Drop" and spectacular fireworks over our beautiful bay.

This year, Miami's global superstar Pitbull will be hosting the smashing live event to welcome 2016 in Bayfront Park.

Bayfront park will be the place to be for the largest FREE New Year's Eve party in South Florida!

When?: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Where?: Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.

How Much?: FREE

No bottles, cans, coolers or personal fireworks are allowed at the park.

In addition, also happening jointly at Bayfront Park is the two-day Norwegian Worldwide Food & Wine Party on Wednesday and Thursday December 30 and 31, 2015 and the ongoing Feria del Mercado de San Miguel.

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La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel
September 26 through January 31, 2016

Tapas at Mercado de San Miguel

Madrid's historic Mercado de San Miguel comes to Miami! Tapas, ham, paella, gazpacho, gambas, fish... and a tinto de verano to wash it all down...

Selected Spanish chefs and vendors will set up kiosks and small carts at the wide open air area in Bayfront Park, recreating the atmosphere of this beloved food market.

When? daily through January 31, 2016 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Fridays and Saturdays until midnight.

Where? Bayfront Park at 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.

How Much? Admission is FREE, food prices range from $2 for small tapas to $8 for larger dishes.

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JAZZ ROOTS: Kenny G 2015 Holiday Show
Friday, December 4, 2015

Kenny G in Miami

When? Friday, December 4, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Where? Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

How Much? $25+

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Billy Joel New Year's Eve Concert

Billy Joels New Years Eve 2016 concert in Miami

Legendary icon Billy Joel will perform for the first time on New Year's Eve in South Florida. The spectacular performance to ring in 2016 will include renowned hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career.

When? December 31, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Where? BB&T Center (Formerly BankAtlantic Center), Sunrise, Florida

How Much? $56+

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Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - December 11 - 13, 2015

Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker

When? Several performances December 11 to 13, 2015

Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale

How Much? $50+

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
December 15 - 27, 2015

Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

When? Several performances December 15 to 27, 2015

Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale

How Much? $40+

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Check for discount tickets at Goldstar from $31.50

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Y100 Jingle Ball with The Weeknd, 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas
Friday, December 18, 2015

Y100 Jingle Ball in Miami

When? Friday, December 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Where? BB&T Center (Formerly BankAtlantic Center), Sunrise, Florida

How Much? $70+

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Broadway On Ice: A Special Holiday Celebration

Broadway on Ice in South Florida

When? December 22 - 23, 2015

Where? Kravis Center - Dreyfoos Concert Hall, West Palm Beach

How Much? $52+

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Nutcracker in Miami

When? Sunday December 27, 2015 - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Where? The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

How Much? $44+

Find Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Tickets

Check for half-price Moscow Nutcraker tickets at Goldstar, you need to be a member but membership is FREE, just sign up, it's worth the savings!

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Blue Man Group - December 8 - 13, 2015

Blue Man Group

When? December 8 - 13, 2015

Where? Kravis Center - Dreyfoos Concert Hall, West Palm Beach

How Much? $40+

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Luis Miguel - Saturday, December 12, 2015

Luis Miguel in Miami

When? Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 8:00 p.m.

Where? American Airlines Arena

How Much? $95+

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The Sound of Music - The Broadway Musical
December 29, 2015 - January 3, 2016

The Sound of Music in Miami

When? Tuesday, December 29, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016

Where? Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center Miami

How Much? $60+

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Santa's Echanted Forest - October 29, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Santa's Enchanted Forest

The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back on its 26th year with its 3 million lights, 92" christmas tree, and the carnival rides for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.

Located in the heart of Miami in Tropical Park, you will no doubt see the lights from the highway as you drive past.

It is a huge sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!

When? October 29, 2015 to January 3, 2016 - 5:00pm to Midnight

Where? Tropical Park, on the Palmetto (SR826) and Bird Road (40th Street) 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155

How Much? Adults (10-64) $30.84, Children (3-9) $21.49, Seniors (65+) $21.49 Season and express passes available.

More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest

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The 59th Annual Living Nativity at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church

Living Nativity at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church

Let's herald the Christmas season with a live, open-air reenactment of the Christmas Story.

Featuring live camels, donkeys, goats and sheep, along with an innovative mix of digital and live-action characters, including Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the prophets, angels, the Wise Men and more!

This spectacular depiction, complete with narration, digital projections and a choir, is fun for the entire family!

When? Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Where? Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, 602 NE 96th Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138

How Much? FREE and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring canned goods, which will be donated to a local food bank.

More Info: Miami Shores Presbyterian Church or call (305) 754-9541

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Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park

Family Fun Fest Biscayne National Park

Family Fun Fest is a FREE program at Biscayne National Park brought to you thanks to the many volunteers and park sponsors.

It is held on the second Sunday of the month during the "dry and cool" season, December through April with lots of fun and educational activities for kids and adults alike.

There is also "Family Fun Fest Junior" with lots of activities for toddlers and little ones!

When? December 12, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00 pm

Where? Biscayne National Park - Dante Fascell Visitor Center

How Much? FREE!

More info: Biscayne National Park Family Fun Fest

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Miami Beach Bowl - December 21, 2015
USF Bulls vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Miami Beach Bowl

When? Monday December 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Where? Marlins Ballpark

How Much? $67+ Find Tickets.

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Orange Bowl - December 31, 2015
Clemson Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Orange Bowl Miami

This is the second year of the College Football Playoffs, the BCS is history, and now bowl bids are a bit different.

There is no more BCS Bowls, instead we have the "New Year's Six" bowls: Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl.

The two Semi-Final play-off games will be hosted by all six bowls on a rotation basis over three years. This year's hosts are the Cotton Bowl and yes! the Orange Bowl!

So who will be coming to the Orange Bowl this year? No. 1 Clemson Tigers versus No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners!

When? December 31, 2015 at either 4 p.m. or 8 p.m.

Where? Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium), Miami Gardens, FL

How Much? Varies, as expected it is sold out, you can still buy tickets as part of a package offer through TicketLiquidator:

Check ticket availability for the Orange Bowl here.

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Miami Dolphins Football Home Game Schedule
December 2015

Miami Dolphins Home Games

When? Home game schedule below

Where? Sun Life Stadium (Formerly Dolphin Stadium) Miami Gardens, Florida

How Much? $28+

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Miami Heat Basketball Schedule
December 2015 Home Games and Tickets

Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

Night in and night out, this is electrifying, winning basketball with Dwayne Wayde, Chris Bosh... The AmericanAirlines Arena is where awesome happens...

Come catch a game, check out this amazing team in yet another quest for that coveted championship ring.

When? Home game schedule below

Where? American Airlines Arena

How Much? Varies

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Florida Panthers Hockey Schedule - December 2015 Home Games and Tickets

Florida Panthers Tickets BBT Center

Panthers are pouncing, get over to the BB&T Center to see first-class teams battle it out on the ice!

When? See home game schedule for this month below

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

How Much? $12+

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Wynwood Second Saturday - December 12, 2015

Miami Wynwood 
District Street Art

Like its counterpart at the Miami Design District, Wynwood is an emerging neighborhood in a decaying part of town that has been revitalized and is transforming the art scene in Miami, but this is where the likeness stops.

Wynwood is best known for its street art and splashy murals and over 70 galleries and counting.

On Second Saturdays, the place is on overdrive, crowds come to enjoy their art and their food trucks. A must for street art lovers, but if you are not into crowds, definitely not for you.

When? Saturday December 12, 2015 - 6:00pm to 11:00 pm

Where? Roughly between Biscayne Boulevard and I-95 and NW 36th Street and NW 20th Street. CAUTION: The area surrounding the Wynwood District is a very doubtful neighborhood, please exercise caution when getting here and back.

How Much? FREE

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