December 2019
Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals

What's hot: Art Basel, Christmas Fests, Orange Bowl, New Year's Fireworks!
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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 entertainment...

Holiday happenings are getting under way in the midst of the Christmas frenzy and New Year fireworks, including some beloved recurring events... the Nutcracker, the Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert... and opening just in time for the holidays is Cirque du Soleil Alegría. In addition, the Christmas boaters and the wacky Mango Strutters come out in full force just in time for the holidays 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!

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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

At Au Rene Theater at the Broward Ctr
October 8 - 19, 2019

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
November 7, 2019

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

At AmericanAirlines Arena
November 27, 2019


Madonna

Madonna Madame X Tour

At the Fillmore Miami Beach
December 14 - 19, 2019

Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

At the Fillmore
December 30, 2019

Cirque du Soleil Alegria tickets

Cirque du Soleil Alegria

At Grand Chapiteau at Hard Rock Stadium
Dec 21 - Jan 26, 2020


Celine Dion

Celine Dion

At AA Arena
January 17, 2020

J Lo

Superbowl LIV

at Hard Rock Stadium
February 2, 2020

Hamilton

Hamilton

Adrienne Arsht Center
Feb 18 - Mar 8, 2020


December 2019 Highlight Events in Miami

Art Basel Miami Beach

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 5 - 8, 2019
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 47th 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 14, 2019
Where?: Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach
How Much?: Free along parade route, Grandstand viewing areas available.

More info: Winterfest Boat Parade

Luminosa! Festival of Lights

Luminosa

A Chinese Lantern Festival with a very Miami tropical twist! Taking place in Jungle Island where 13 acres of the park's environs will be decked out with humongous brightly lit silk lanterns featuring four different themes portraying the diverse animal and plant life found in the park. Certainly a fantastic way to explore wildlife and adventure in a new light.

Starting October 5, 2019 and running through early January 2020, the exhibits will be a very festive addition to the holidays!

When? October 5, 2019 - January 8, 2020 - 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where? Jungle Island at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami, Florida 33132
How Much? Adults $38.50 $30.80, Children $33.00 $26.40

More Info, tickets & early bird discounts: Luminosa! Festival of Lights

Orange Bowl 2019

Orange Bowl Miami

When? Monday, December 30, 2019
Where? Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
How Much? Varies, expected to sell out.
›› Find Orange Bowl 2019 Tickets

More info on this year's Orange Bowl: stadium info, directions, parking, where to stay, Orange Bowl events, Beach Bash, Fan PreGame Party.

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 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?: TBC Sunday December 29, 2019, 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

New Year's Eve: Big Orange Ball Drop 2020 Countdown and Fireworks Pitbull's New Year Revolution

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 2020 in Bayfront Park.

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

When?: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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!
Private events and VIP area: Pitbull's Worldwide VIP Food & Wine Party - $295, Couples $495, Center Stage VIP $395. All prices plus fees and taxes. Age 21+ only. More info and Worldwide NYE tickets.
No bottles, cans, coolers or personal fireworks are allowed at the park.

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Miami Concerts and Entertainment this December 2019

Escape to Margaritaville, The Musical

Escape to Margaritaville

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all-and stay to find something they never expected.

Get ready for a hilarious and heartwarming musical with the most unforgettable songs from one of music's greatest storytellers. USA Today calls it "A little slice of paradise!"

When? November 19 - December 1, 2019

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

How Much? ›› Find Escape to Margaritaville Tickets

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

When? December 3 - 8, 2019

Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center

How Much? ›› Find Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tickets

Madonna

Madonna Madame X

When? December 14 - 19

Where? The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach

How Much? ›› Find Madonna Madame X Tour Tickets

Cirque du Soleil Alegria

Cirque Du Soleil Alegria

When? December 21, 2019 - January 26, 2020

Where? The Grand Chapiteau at Hard Rock Stadium

How Much? ›› Find Cirque du Soleil Alegria Tickets
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Anuel AA - Real Hasta La Muerte Tour

Anuel AA

When? Saturday December 21, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

How Much? ›› Find Anuel AA Tickets


Top Christmas and Holiday Events and Festivals

Christmas in Miami

Christmas Day, is a public holiday throughout the country. Federal government offices, schools and some National, State, and Local Parks are closed on Christmas Day and store hours and restaurant and businesses holiday schedules may vary. Likewise on Christmas Eve, early closings and holiday hours will be in effect at most businesses.

You can expect the following to be open and closed on Christmas Day:

Closed

Government Offices
Schools
Post Offices
Banks
Public Libraries
Grocery Stores
Visitor Centers at the following Parks (trails and boardwalks remain accesible): Biscayne National Park, Big Cypress, Loxahatchee NWR

Open

(check for special holiday schedules)
Pharmacies
Most Fast Food and Restaurants
Public Transportation (Limited schedules and routes)
Most Parks: Everglades National Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Oleta River State Park, Bill Baggs State Park


Here are some of this year's Holiday highlights and events:

Santa's Echanted Forest

Santa's Enchanted Forest

The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back 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 31, 2019 - January 5, 2020 - 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) $33.64, Children (3-9) $24.30, Seniors (65+) $24.30 Season and express passes available.

More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest

Miami City Ballet's The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Ballet

The holiday tradition you love will become even more magical...

A vibrant and animated winter wonderland comes to life, featuring appearances by The Sugarplum Fairy, toy soldiers, and mischievous mice, all while retaining George Balanchine's iconic choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score.

When? December 13 - 22, 2019
Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami
How Much? ›› Find The Nutcracker Tickets
You can get discount tickets for The Nutcracker at Goldstar, $50-$99 $38 - $75, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE! Just sign up it's worth the savings!

National Ballet Theater of Odessa: Swan Lake

Swan Lake Ballet

The legendary National Ballet Theater of Odessa with its 55 talented and brightest ballet stars, bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life.

This full-scale production, set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows the heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell...

When? Sunday December 29, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Where? Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale
How Much? ›› Find Swan Lake Tickets

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve and Other Stories

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

When? Friday, December 13, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise

How Much? ›› Find Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets

A Christmas Story: The Musical

A Christmas Story

When? December 13 - 29, 2019

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

How Much? ›› Find A Christmas Story Tickets


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker

One of the world's most magical adaptations of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker pirouettes its way into The Fillmore Miami Beach with close to 40 renowned dancers that bring to life the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas Eve and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince.

Filled with larger-than-life puppets and nesting dolls, handmade Victorian-style costumes, gasp-inducing special effects and sets created by La La Land designer Carl Sprague, this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the whole family.

When? Monday December 30, 2019 - 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Where? The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
How Much? ›› Find Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Tickets
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Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert

Salute to Vienna New Years Concert

Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert recreates the beauty of Vienna's golden era and this year's concert will feature a brilliant new program of Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from beloved operettas performed by acclaimed European singers, champion ballroom dancers, ballet, and live symphony orchestra.

The first effortless notes of the eternal Blue Danube Waltz will welcome you into a triumphant 2019!

Two South Florida performances:

When? Saturday December 28, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Where? Adrienne Arsht Center Miami
How Much? ›› Find Salute To Vienna Tickets in Miami

When? Monday December 31, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Where? Coral Springs Center For The Arts at 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, Florida 33065
How Much? ›› Find Salute To Vienna Tickets in Coral Springs

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Miami For Kids And Families This December 2019

Elephant & Piggie's We Are In A Play!

Elephant and Piggie

When? Sunday December 1, 2019 - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

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

How Much? ›› Find Elephant & Piggie Tickets


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.

This is the first program of the 2019-20 season, come and join in!

When? December 8, 2019 - 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 Annual Living Nativity at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church

Living Nativity

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 normally weekend in mid-December - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where? Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, 602 NE 96th Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138
How Much? FREE and open to the public. Volunteers for set up and spot participants: angels, shepherds, villagers, etc. welcome!

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

For Miami Sports Fans This December 2019

Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

When? See home game schedule for this month below

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

How Much? As low as $15, but they go quick!
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Miami Dolphins Schedule - December 2019 Home Games and Football Tickets

Miami Dolphins schedule and tickets

When? See schedule below

Where? Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

How Much? Individual game tickets can be had for as low as $15 but you have to be quick!
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Florida Panthers Schedule - December 2019 Home Games and Hockey 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 schedule below
Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise
How Much? As low as $15, but they go quick!
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›› Check for Panthers Tickets at Groupon from $13.

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