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December 2016 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 2016

What's hot: Art Basel, Kenny G, 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 and music festivals...

...the food fairs...

...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:

The concert and entertainment scene in December 2016 features:

Top Christmas and Holiday Events and Festivals:

New Year's Events and Festivals:

Specially for kids and Families

In the Sports Calendar:

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 1 - 4, 2016

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 1 - 4, 2016

Where? Main Exhibition Hall at Miami Beach Convention Center

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.

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The First Annual South Beach Jazz Festival
Featuring Ed Calle, Diane Schuur, Raul Midon
December 7 - 11, 2016

South Beach Jazz Festival

A jazz festival unlike any other, the South Beach Jazz Festival will take pride in featuring talented musicians with disabilities.

This first edition will take place throughout various venues on Miami Beach, and will be a combination of ticketed concerts as well as free performances open to the public.

When? Wednesday through Sunday December 7 - 11, 2016

Where? Several venues. Performances will take place at the Colony Theatre, on stages set up throughout Lincoln Road, at Hotel Astor and Rare.

How Much? Free performances and ticketed concerts from $30. Tickets can be purchased directly from the Colony Theater, call 305-674-1040 to inquire.

More Info and Full Line Up at

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Ft. Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade

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 10, 2016

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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King Mango Strut at the Grove
Saturday, December 31, 2016

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?: Saturday December 31, 2016, 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, 2016

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 2017 in Bayfront Park.

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

When?: Saturday, December 31, 2016

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.

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La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel

Tapas at Mercado de San Miguel

Madrid's historic Mercado de San Miguel comes back 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? Thursdays thru Sundays - Now through January 31, 2017

  • Thursdays 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Fridays 5:00 pm to midnight
  • Saturdays noon to midnight
  • Sundays noon to 11:00 pm

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.

More Info:

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Kenny G The Holiday Tour 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kenny G in Miami

When? Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:00 p.m.

Where? Parker Playhouse at 707 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

›› Kenny G The Holiday Tour 2016

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Barbra Streisand: The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic! December 3 and 5, 2016

Barbra Streisand in Miami

The only recording artist or group to achieve number one albums in each of six decades... Barbra Streisand will be in South Florida with two fantastic performances this December which will include the classic favorites as well as hits from her latest number one album, "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway"

When? Saturday December 3, 2016 8:00 pm

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

›› Barbra Streisand at BB&T Center

When? Monday December 5, 2016 8:00 pm

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

›› Barbra Streisand at AArena

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Donny and Marie Osmond

Donny and Marie in Miami

When? Monday, December 5, 2016 8:00 p.m.

Where? Hard Rock Live At The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood

›› Donny and Marie at Hard Rock Live

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Shrek: The Musical

Shrek The Musical in Miami

When? Several Performances from November 30 - December 18, 2016

Where? JCAT- The J's Cultural Arts Theatre at 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach FL 33180 at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center/Sanford L. Ziff Campus

›› Shrek: The Musical

Limited Time Discount tickets $25 $12.50 available at Goldstar, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE, just sign up, it's worth the savings!

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Cinderella in Miami

When? Several Performances December 13 - 25, 2016

Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale

›› Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Limited Time Discount tickets $45-$65 $36-$49 available at Goldstar, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE, just sign up, it's worth the savings!

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Cirque Du Soleil KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities

Cirque du Soleil Kurios in Miami

When? December 10, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Where? The Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) Next to Hard Rock Stadium (formerly SunLife Stadium)

›› Cirque Du Soleil KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities

A Peter White Christmas: Peter White, Rick Braun & Euge Groove

A Peter White Christmas in Miami

When? Wednesday, December 7, 2016 8:00 p.m.

Where? Parker Playhouse at 707 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

›› A Peter White Christmas

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Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker

When? Several performances December 9 to 11, 2016

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

›› Miami City Ballet The Nutcracker

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Symphony of the Americas Holiday Magic

Symphony of the Americas Holiday Magic Concert

When? Sunday and Tuesday, December 11 and 13, 2016

Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale

›› Symphony of the Americas Holiday Magic

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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter 2016 Tour
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Trans-Siberian Orchestra in South Florida

When? Friday, December 16, 2016 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

›› Trans Siberian Orchestra Winter 2016

$69.75 - $81.75 $49 - $54 Check for discount tickets at Groupon

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

The Nutcracker in Miami

When? Friday December 30, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

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

›› Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

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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Billy Joel New Year's Eve Concert

Billy Joels New Years Eve 2017 concert in Miami

Legendary icon Billy Joel returns this New Year's Eve to South Florida.

The spectacular performance to ring in 2017 will include renowned hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career.

When? December 31, 2016 - 9:30 pm

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

›› Billy Joel's 2017 New Year's Eve Concert

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iHeart Radio Jingle Ball
with Diplo, Meghan Trainor, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam, Alessia Cara, Charlie Puth, Tove Lo, Lukas Graham, Hailee Steinfeld

Y100 Jingle Ball in Miami

When? December 18, 2016 - 7:30 pm

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

›› Y100 iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2016

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Santa's Echanted Forest - November 3, 2016 to January 8, 2017

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? November 3, 2016 to January 8, 2017 - 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) $31.78, Children (3-9) $22.43, Seniors (65+) $22.43 Season and express passes available.

More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest

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Miami Lantern Light Festival

Lantern Light Festival

A spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes.

The Lantern Light festival is a six week celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, and incredible cuisine.

Each Chinese lantern is custom-built by Chinese artisans and typically takes four weeks and a team of seven to complete.

The lanterns are handmade from hundreds of pieces of silky cloth. Some are over 30 feet high and others are up to 300 feet long.

When? November 30, 2016 - January 8, 2017 - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Where? Miami - Dade County Fair Expo Center at 10921 SW 24 Street, Miami, FL 33165

How Much? Adults $25, Children (2-15) Seniors and Active Military $21, Season Pass $62, Parking $5

More Info, tickets:

Selected dates Groupon discount tickets November 30 - January 5, 2016, Adult $27 $20 More details at Groupon.

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LEGO: Brick Fest Live Building Bonanza

LEGO Building Fest

LEGO lovers, prepare to be inspired, educated and entertained when Brick Fest Live comes to the Miami Airport Convention Center. You'll get the chance to participate in hands-on building attractions and shop the largest variety of LEGO-themed merchandise imaginable, all under one roof.

When? Saturday and Sunday December 3 - 4, 2016

Where? Miami Airport Convention Center at 711 NW 72nd Avenue, FL, Miami 33126

How Much? $25 Children 2 and under FREE.

Find discount tickets at Goldstar, you must be a member but membership is FREE.

More Info: LEGO Brick Fest Live

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The 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 9 and Saturday, December 10, 2016 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 11, 2016 - 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 19, 2016

Miami Beach Bowl

The Miami Beach Bowl will pair a team from the American Athletic Conference against a team from the Mid-American Conference.

When? Monday December 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Where? Marlins Ballpark

›› 2016 Miami Beach Bowl

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Orange Bowl: Welcome Michigan and FSU Fans!
December 30, 2016

Orange Bowl Miami

When? December 30, 2016

Where? Hard Rock Stadium (Formerly SunLife Stadium), Miami Gardens, FL

How Much? Varies, expected to sell out. No tickets? Check Goldstar for discount offers for the Orange Bowl ($198 - $243) $169 - $223

›› 2016 Orange Bowl

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Miami Dolphins Football Home Game Schedule
December 2016

Miami Dolphins Home Games

When? Home game schedule below

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

How Much? Tickets from $49 at Goldstar

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Miami Heat Basketball Schedule
December 2016 Home Games and Tickets

Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

When? Home game schedule below

Where? American Airlines Arena

How Much? Tickets for 2 40% - 55% OFF at Groupon

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Florida Panthers Hockey Schedule - December 2016 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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