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Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals - December 2014

What's hot: Art Basel, Book of Mormon, Beauty and the Beast, Christmas Bling, New Year's Fireworks!

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Top Miami Events for December 2014

What's hot: Art Basel, the Book of Mormon, Christmas Bling 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 2014 features:

Specially for Kids and Families

In the Sports Calendar:

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

For our Foodies: Miami Culinary Tours Holiday Tour Edition

Miami Culinary Tours will be celebrating the holidays at all of their tours with a surprise stop that includes an extra delicious tasting until the end of January 2015.

Choose from one of three tours in South Beach, Wynwood or Little Havana and indulge in Miami culture through our city's art, music, architecture, and most importantly, delicious food!

Save 10% off the ticket price or gift certificates for the month of December using code MIAMAX at checkout when you visit

Miami Food Tours

Limited Time hot offers and half-price tickets

$15 Sightseeing Boat Cruise for one, $29 for two
Bayside Tour in Miami
90-minute Bayride tour of Biscayne Bay, departs from Bayside, use within 120 days (Reg $26)
$20 Everglades Eco-Adventure Airboat Tour
Everglades Safari Park Airboat Tour
$20 for 1, $39 for 2, Eco-Adventure and Airboat Tour at Everglades Safari Park (Reg. $25)

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Demi Lovato
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Demi Lovato Miami
AmericanAirlines Arena
March 30, 2018

Cirque du Soleil Crystal A Breakthrough Ice Experience
Cirque du Soleil Crystal
July 18-29, 2018
Beyonce & Jay-Z
On The Run II Tour
Beyonce 2018
At Hard Rock Stadium
August 31, 2018

Taylor Swift
Reputation Tour
Taylor Swift Miami 2018
Hard Rock Stadium
August 18, 2018
El Dorado World Tour
Shakira El Dorado Tour Miami
At BB&T and AArena
August 15, 17, 18, 2018

Elton John
Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
Taylor Swift Miami 2018
AA Arena & BB&T Ctr
November 23-24, 2018
An American Musical
and Broadway Sensation
Hamilton the Musical in Miami
At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 18, 2018 - Jan 20, 2019

Art Basel Miami Beach - December 4-7, 2014

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 4 - 7, 2014:

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 $45, Permanent Ticket $100, Students and Seniors $30, Combination Ticket for Art Basel and Design Miami $55

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 3-7, 2014
  • Art Miami at the Wynwood Arts District December 2-7, 2014

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Ft. Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade - Saturday, December 13, 2014

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 13, 2014

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

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

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King Mango Strut at the Grove - December 28, 2014

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 28, 2014, 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 and Bayfront Park Fireworks - December 31, 2014

Fireworks at Bayfront Park in Miami

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

When?: December 31, 2014 8:00 pm to Midnight, fireworks and ball drop at Midnight

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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Pitbull's New Year's Eve Revolution

Pitbull New Years in Miami

New this year to welcome 2015 is a smashing LIVE New Year's Eve event featuring Miami's global superstar Pitbull and many of today's big-name artists.

Pitbull's New Year's Revolution and the countdown to 2015 will be broadcast live on FOX, from the freshly opened Thompson Miami Beach Hotel.

When?: New Year's Eve December 31, 2014

Where?: Tune in to FOX which will start broadcasting live from the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel (4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140), from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, followed with a break for local news, returning from 11:00 pm to 12:30 am, including the countdown to 2015.

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Cirque du Soleil AmaLuna - December 11, 2014 to January 25, 2015

Cirque du Soleil AmaLuna in Miami

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

Find Tickets

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!

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The Nutcracker: Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida - December 12-14, 2014

The Nutcracker in Miami

When? Friday and Saturday December 12-13, 2014 - 7:00 p.m., Sunday December 14 at 3:00 pm

Where? Aventura Arts & Cultural Center 3385 NE 188th Street, Aventura, FL 33180

How Much? $50+

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Christmas Attic - December 12, 2014

Trans Siberian Orchestra the Christmas Attic

When? Friday, December 12, 2014, 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm

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

How Much? $56+

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Smash Broadway Musical
December 30, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Beauty and the Beast Broadway Musical in Miami

When? December 30, 2014 - January 4, 2015

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

How Much? $35+

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Y100 Jingle Ball - Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX and more

Y100 Jingle Ball in Miami

When? December 21, 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

How Much? $69+

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker - December 26, 2014

The Nutcracker in Miami

When? Friday December 26, 2014 - 7:00 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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Shen Yun Performing Arts - December 26 - 28, 2014

Shen Yun in Miami

When? Friday - Sunday, December 26 - 28, 2014 - several performances

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

How Much? $80+

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Fleetwood Mac On with the Show - Friday December 19, 2014

Fleetwood Mac On with the Show in Miami

When? Friday December 19, 2014 8:00 p.m.

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

How Much? $80+

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Phil Collins, Laura Pausini, Alejandra Guzman for the Little Dreams Foundation Gala: Dreaming on the Beach Concert - December 6, 2014

Little Dreams Foundation Gala with Phil Collins

When? Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.

Where? The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

How Much? $278.50 - $378.50

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Kenny G. - December 11, 2014

Kenny G in South Florida

When? Thursday December 11, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.

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

How Much? $90+

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Usher - December 13, 2014

Usher in Miami

When? Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

How Much? $56+

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The Book of Mormon - The Musical On Tour
December 2 - 14, 2014

Book of Mormon in Miami

Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." Entertainment Weekly says it's "the funniest musical of all time." From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it's The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry."

It's here in South Florida, don't miss it!

When? December 2 - 14, 2014

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

How Much? $53+ Find Tickets for the Book of Mormon in Miami

Book of Mormon Discount Tickets at Goldstar for a limited time, Goldstar membership is required but FREE, worth the savings!

The Book of Mormon Musical

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Santa's Echanted Forest - October 30, 2014 to January 4, 2015

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 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

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A Night of Lasers, Stars and Pop: Fabulous First Fridays at the Miami Science Museum - December 5, 2014

Miami Science Museum Events for Kids

On the First Friday of each month, the Miami Science Museum Planetarium opens up for a great night of family fun. The program includes:

  • 7:00 pm - A free Planetarium Star Show
  • 8:00 pm 10:00 pm - Rooftop Observatory Session (depending on weather), check out the four moons of Jupiter, the Rings of Saturn, nebulas, double stars...

  • 8:00 pm 9:00 pm - Activity Room for the little ones 3 and up including hands-on activities
  • 8:00 pm - Midnight - The Planetarium's signature production, Music-Filled Laser Shows, at the 4-story surround sound dome. Several shows per night.

When? Friday December 5, 2014

Where? Miami Science Museum Planetarium

How Much? Laser Show - Adults $8 Children $4 (includes laser glasses)

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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 14, 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

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Orange Bowl 2014 - Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech

Orange Bowl Miami

This is the first 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 Semi-Final play-off games will be hosted by all six bowls on a rotation basis over three years. If this sounds confusing is because, well, it is. Here's a much better explanation of the whole New College Footbal Playoff system by ESPN.

So who will be coming to the Orange Bowl? Welcome to Miami Mississippi State and Georgia Tech!

When? December 31, 2014 - 7:30 pm

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

How Much? $28 +

Find Tickets for the Orange Bowl here.

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Miami Dolphins Football Home Game Schedule
December 2014

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 2014 Home Games and Tickets

Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

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.

When? Home game schedule below

Where? American Airlines Arena

How Much? Varies

Compra Miami Heat Boletos

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Florida Panthers Hockey Schedule - December 2014 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 13, 2014

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 13, 2014 - 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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Perez Museum of Art FREE Second Saturdays
December 13, 2014

Perez Art Museum Miami Second Saturdays

This is a monthly program for the newly-opened Perez Art Museum Miami PAMM, in its beautiful location on Biscayne Bay.

PAMM Free Second Saturdays is a family-friendly program featuring hands-on activities for kids, guided tours of the museum's exhibits, and occasional guest artists and performers.

Families can create art and enjoy the Museum's exhibitions for FREE each second Saturday of the month. Second Saturdays emphasizes families making art together.

This month's program is "Magical Landscapes" presented by Miami-based artist Eduoard Duval-Carrie.

When? Saturday December 13, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where? PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

How Much?: FREE!

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