We are kicking off the year with an array of outdoor festivals and exciting entertainment, get out and enjoy the marvelous weather, there's much to keep us all busy this month!
We start off 2015 with our magnificent fireworks display over Biscayne Bay and in January right on the heels of the holiday season, some fantastic festivals await.
The Art Deco Weekend goes all out this year celebrating the 100th birthday of the city of Miami Beach.
This month's world-class entertainment features some classic Broadway hits, Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King and Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna.
Sports fans won't be dissapointed, the Miami Heat and the Florida Panthers are well underway on their regular seasons.
For kids and families, the Circus is in town!
This is a public holiday. The following will be
When? December 11, 2014 to January 25, 2015
Where? Grand Chapiteau, the Big Top next to Sun Life Stadium - Miami Gardens, Florida
How Much? $76 - $126
Check Goldstar for discounted tickets here $45 - $95, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE, just sign up it's worth the savings!
When? December 30, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Where? Ziff Opera House at The Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami
How Much? $35+
When? January 7 - February 1, 2015
Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale
How Much? $40+
When? Saturday January 31, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Where? AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
How Much? $76+
Hosted by the Miami Design Preservation League, the Art Deco Weekend is a tribute to the Art Deco era and involves a series of top notch events over this three-day weekend including Classic Cars, the Parade, Fashion Shows, children's performances, Films and Lectures, Live Music, Antiques, Street Festivals and more.
The 2015 Art Deco Weekend is a celebration of Miami Beach's 100th Birthday, when we all take a step back in time and remember the last 100 years of Miami Beach, its history, architecture and people.
In addition, the League sponsors an array of great specialty tours offered uniquely during the weekend.
When? January 16-18, 2015
Where? Ocean Drive
How Much? Most of the events at the Art Deco Weekend are FREE, with the exception of the Specialty Tours.
A weekend of Chocolate... Cars... Couture... The Festival of Chocolate is the Largest All-Chocolate themed event in Florida, featuring amazing chocolate indulgences peppered through a mind-blowing micro car display.
There will be demonstrations by world-class pastry chefs, a Cocoa Couture Fashion Show, live cake decorating competitions and much more.
When? Saturday and Sunday January 17 and 18, 2015
Where? Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection, 2000 NE 146th St. North Miami FL 33181
How Much? Included with Museum admission, adults $20, seniors $15 and children (3-13) $12
More Info www.festivalofchocolate.com
The year's biggest beauty contest will take place in South Florida when the reigning Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler from Venezuela hands the crown to her successor, one of 80+ aspiring beauties from all around the world.
All the buzz and pageant related events will be happening around Miami and the satellite City of Doral.
As the contestants begin to arrive in Miami in early January, there will be a series of events, parties, parades, photo shootings, etc. all throughout the weeks leading to the final pageant on Sunday, January 25, 2015.
Calling all chocolate lovers! This weekend is all about chocolate at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.
Featuring cooking demonstrations and samplings as well as lots of activities for kids, learn how chocolate is made and hundreds of ways to cook with chocolate.
When? Friday to Sunday January 23-25, 2015 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens
How Much? $25 for adults, $18 seniors +65, $12 children 6-17
Free for Fairchild Members.
More info and event schedule: www.fairchildgarden.org
This is a public holiday held on the third Monday in January. It celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights leader that fought for racial equality in the United States.
The following will be
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 30, 2014 until January 4, 2015 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) $29.91, Children (3-9) $20.56, Seniors (65+) $20.56 Season and express passes available.
More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest
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.
When? January 11, 2014 - 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
The Circus is in town! Tigers, Elephants, Acrobats, Clowns...
This is an amazing spectacle, that certainly does justice to their motto "The Greatest Show on Earth"™.
Great family fun entertainment full of non-stop thrilling and exciting acts, just what a circus should be and more!
Don't forget to arrive at least a half hour before show-time for the pre-show event (which starts an hour before the performance), where kids can mingle and take pictures with the cast, i.e. elephants and clowns, try-out their juggling skills, or simply absorb all the fun atmosphere.
When? January 8 - 19, 2015. See all Show Times here.
Where? American Airlines Arena
How Much? Ticket prices start at $23.70
Night in and night out, this is electrifying, winning basketball with Dwayne Wayde, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen... never a dull moment! 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.
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? As low as $10, but they go quick!
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