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December 2017 Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals

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

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Top Miami Events for December 2017

What's hot: Art Basel, Katy Perry, Cirque du Soleil, 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...

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...the art and music festivals...

...the food fairs...

...the boating events...

...lots of high-caliber entertainment, Katy Perry and Janet Jackson are in town...

And of course, lots of fun events are getting under way in the midst of the Christmas frenzy and New Year fireworks, including some beloved recurring events... the Christmas boaters and the wacky Mango Strutters come out in full force again this year and we get ready to welcome college football fans for the Orange Bowl.

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 Miami Highlight Events:

The concert and entertainment scene in December 2017 features:

Top Christmas and Holiday Events and Festivals:

Specially for kids and Families

In the Sports Calendar:

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Bruno Mars The 24K Magic World Tour
Bruno Mars Miami
BB&T and AArena
October 15 and 18, 2017
Jay-Z in Miami
4:44 Tour
Jay Z in Miami
AA Arena
November 12, 2017


Lady Gaga
Joanne World Tour
Lady Gaga Miami
At AmericanAirlines Arena
Thursday November 30, 2017
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
Trans Siberian Orchestra
AT BB&T Center
Friday, December 15 2017


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscows Russian Nutrcracker discount tickets
At the Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Katy Perry
Witness The Tour
Katy Perry Miami
AmericanAirlines Arena
Wed, December 20, 2017


Shakira
El Dorado World Tour
Shakira El Dorado Tour Miami
At BB&T and AArena
January 11 and 12, 2018
Andrea Bocelli
Valentine's Day Concert
Andrea Bocelli Miami
At AmericanAirlines Arena
February 11, 2018


December 2017 Highlight Events in Miami

Art Basel Miami Beach - December 7 - 10, 2017

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 7 - 10, 2017

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, the Miami Design District and the Faena District.

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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 46th year, the Winterfest Boat Parade has become one of the most awaited events, this year the Ft. Lauderdale shoreline will be coming alive once again.

Some fantastic entries and surprises in the past have included a floating bus, the Galleria Mall reindeer barge, a fire truck, Mickey and Minnie... can't wait for this year's parade!

When?: Saturday December 9, 2017

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

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 31, 2017, 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!

More Info: www.kingmangostrut.org

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New Year's Eve: Big Orange Ball Drop, Pitbull's New Year Revolution, Fireworks - December 31, 2017

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.

As in prior years, Miami's global superstar Pitbull will be hosting the smashing live event to welcome 2018 in Bayfront Park.


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

When?: Sunday, December 31, 2017

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 - dates TBA

  • 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: www.laferiamsm.com

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Miami Concerts and Entertainment This December 2017

Broadway Series: The Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon in Miami

When? November 28 - December 3, 2017

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

›› Book of Mormon

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Janet Jackson State Of The World Tour

Janet Jackson in Miami

When? December 11, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

›› Janet Jackson State Of The World Tour

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Broadway Series: School of Rock the Musical

School of Rock

When? December 12 - 24, 2017

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

›› School of Rock

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Tony Award Winner: The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

When? December 14 - 31, 2017

Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft Lauderdale

›› The Secret Garden

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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter 2017 Tour
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Trans-Siberian Orchestra in South Florida

When? Friday, December 15, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

›› Trans Siberian Orchestra Winter 2017

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Cirque du Soleil Volta

Cirque du Soleil Volta in South Florida

When? December 15, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Where? Big Top by Hard Rock Stadium, Miami

›› Cirque du Soleil Volta

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Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker

When? Several performances December 15 to 24, 2017

Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center

›› Miami City Ballet The Nutcracker

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Broadway in Miami: Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland

When? December 26 - 31, 2017

Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center

›› Broadway in Miami: Finding Neverland

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Katy Perry: Witness The Tour

Katy Perry Witness The Tour

When? Wednesday December 20, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

›› Katy Perry Witness The Tour

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iHeart Radio Jingle Ball

Y100 Jingle Ball in Miami

When? TBA

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

›› Y100 iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2017

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

The Nutcracker in Miami

When? Saturday December 30, 2017 - 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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Holiday and Christmas Events

Santa's Echanted Forest

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 2, 2017 to early January 2018 - 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? TBA, last year 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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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol in Miami

When? November 30 - December 2, 2017

Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

How Much? $20+

›› A Christmas Carol

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Symphony of the Americas Holiday Voices

Symphony of the Americas Holiday Magic Concert

When? Sunday and Tuesday, December 3 and 5, 2017

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

›› Symphony of the Americas Holiday Magic

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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? TBA 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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Miami For Kids And Families This December 2017

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 10, 2017 - 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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The Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters

When? Sunday December 10, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

›› Harlem Globetrotters Tickets

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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Legend of Zelda

When? Saturday December 16, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Where? Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center

›› The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses

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For Miami Sports Fans This December 2017

Miami Beach Bowl

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? TBA

Where? Marlins Ballpark

›› 2017 Miami Beach Bowl

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Orange Bowl 2017

Orange Bowl Miami

When? Saturday, December 30, 2017

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

How Much? Varies, expected to sell out. ]

›› 2017 Orange Bowl

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Miami Dolphins Football Home Game Schedule
December 2017

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 2017 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 2017 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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