December 2020
Miami Events, Holidays and Festivals

What's hot: Art Week, Christmas Cheer, 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 entertainment...

Because of Covid-19 which continues to present challenging circumstances, the number and formats of the events are more limited this year to comply with social distancing and enhanced health and safety measures.

This year's Art Week will be a bit different starting with the cancellation of Art Basel Miami Beach, but Miami Art Week is very much ON! Most of the action has moved to the Design District and Wynwood where it is a delight to roam outdoors this time of the year.

And it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Bayfront Park will kick off the holiday season with the official Tree lighting and Bayfront Holiday Village. The Nutcracker is back and has moved to Downtown Doral Park. The annual Ft. Lauderdale Christmas Boat Parade is another casualty of the pandemic and has been cancelled for 2020.

Always double-check with the organizers prior to purchasing tickets or heading out to any events as conditions may change at the last minute. We will continue to monitor closely this rapidly evolving situation and provide relevant updates. Here's the latest.

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:

Top Christmas and Holiday Events

The concert and entertainment scene in December 2020

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Specially for kids and families This December 2020:

FREE or almost FREE Ongoing Events in Miami:

Recurring December Events Cancelled/Suspended in 2020:

  • Art Basel Miami Beach
  • Santa's Enchanted Forest
  • Winterfest Boat Parade
  • NightGarden Magical Light Spectacular at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens
  • Jungle Island's Luminosa! Festival of Lights
  • King Mango Strut at the Grove

Activities, Tours, Attractions that are OPEN

It's time to get out! You can book with confidence as there is a free cancellation policy for most of the activities listed here, if your plans change and you cancel up to 24 hours in advance you will receive a full refund.

Coming Up: Hot Tickets Now On Sale

Ed Sheeran in Miami

Ed Sheeran - 2024 Mathematics Tour

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 3, 2024

Formula 1 in Miami

Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix

The Autodrome Hard Rock Stadium
May 3 - 5, 2024

Bad Bunny in Miami

Bad Bunny - Most Wanted Tour

Kaseya Center aka Miami Heat Arena
May 24 - 26, 2024

Shakira in Miami

Shakira - Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran World Tour

Kaseya Center aka Miami Heat Arena
November 20, 2024

Andrea Bocelli in Miami

Andrea Bocelli

Kaseya Center aka Miami Heat Arena
December 22, 2024

Candlelight Concerts in Miami

Candlelight Concerts

Several Venues
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December 2020 Highlight Events in Miami

Miami Art Week

Art Week in Miami

This long weekend in early December is traditionally the unofficial kick-off to the city's busy art and cultural calendar. Even though Art Basel Miami Beach, the epicenter of Miami Art Week, has been cancelled for 2020 due to Covid concerns, some of the satellite fairs and pop up events are back this year, with enhanced health and safety measures of course and with events that can be safely enjoyed outdoors.

Confirmed to be back this year are Design Miami (see below) and the Basel House Mural Festival. Some of the satellite fairs have moved to virtual exhibitions only, including PINTA, NADA, and Untitled.

When? First Week in December
Where? With Art Basel cancelled for 2020, 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.

More on this year's Art Week, confirmed fairs and events

Design Miami

Design Miami

Design Miami/ is the global forum for design with annual shows in Miami and Basel and this year, it is back at the Miami Design District, where it all began! In no less than the gorgeous historic Moore Building which features front and center the iconic Zaha Hadid Elastika, this should be reason enough not to miss Design Miami this year!

What?: At the core of the Design Miami/ is a marketplace for collectible design, amid which the most reputable international design galleries present curated exhibitions of museum-quality furniture, lighting and objets d'art, attracting the highest level of private and public collectors of historical and contemporary design. The exhibition contains works by pioneering modernists to one-off and limited-edition pieces by cutting edge contemporary designers.
The galleries invited to exhibit in Design Miami/ deal mainly in exceptional design objects from the advent of Modernism (circa 1900) to the present day, with select galleries specializing in outstanding 18th and 19th century antiques.
Where?: The Moore Building at the Miami Design District at 191 NE 40th Street Miami, FL 33137 USA
When?: November 27 - December 6, 2020
How much?: One day pass $22.50

More Info, exhibitor list, hours,

New Year's Eve: Big Orange Ball Drop 2021 Countdown and Fireworks

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.

Due to Covid concerns, this year's events however are likely to be on a smaller scale as in previous years, with an emphasis on local community events. The regular live event with Miami's global superstar Pitbull leading the countdown to welcome the new year in Bayfront Park has been suspended this year.

Fireworks over Biscayne Bay for the countdown to 2021 HAVE NOT BEEN CONFIRMED. Stay tuned!

When?: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Where?: Countdown celebrations TBC

More on New Year's Eve Celebrations in Miami

Miami Concerts and Entertainment this December 2020

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

A Christmas Carol

When? December 11 - 13, 2020

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

How Much? ›› Find A Christmas Carol Tickets

Adrienne Arsht Center Reopening: Deborah Cox Holiday Show "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

Deborah Cox Christmas

Award-winning singer-songwriter and South Florida’s own Deborah Cox will be the first to take to the stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center since COVID-19 forced the facility to close. Cox will be performing her first-ever holiday show, especially created for the Arsht Center.

The Ziff Ballet Opera House will be at 10 percent capacity and instead of the usual theater-style seating, there will be private tables for families to sit together, 6 feet apart from other tables.

When? December 19, 2020

Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center

How Much? Seating for this performance is purchased by the table at $60 per person. ›› Find "I'll be Home For Christmas" Tickets

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 19 - 31, 2020
Where? Downtown Doral Park at 8395 NW 53rd Street, Doral FL
How Much? ›› Find The Nutcracker Tickets

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker - Christmas Stream

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 your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking debut.
See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. Make this Christmas special; don't miss this celebration!

When? December 19, 2020 - 8:00 pm. Stream available through January 2, 2021
Where? Online Stream
How Much? $19.99 ›› Find Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 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:


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


(check for special holiday schedules)
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:

Bayfront Holiday Village

Christmas Tree Lighting at Bayfront Park

The official kick off to the holiday season in downtown Miami takes place as Bayfront Park unveils its 50-foot tree covered with glittering lights at the new Bayfront Marketplace popup: Bayfront Holiday Village.

The Village will be open throughout the holiday season and host great entertainment options: a collection of hand-picked shops where you can pick out that perfect gift, roller skating rink around the tree and fountain, top eating options, photo with Santa, scavenger hunts and even a Santa Paws Dog Park so you can bring your furry friend along to the festivities.

New this year is Family Movie Nights! Bayfront Holiday Village will host daily Christmas classic movies and family favorites from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. These movie nights are open to the public and are absolutely FREE to attend for all ages. Movie lineup include ELF, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Home Alone, etc.

When? December 10 - 25, 2020
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!

More info: Bayfront Holiday Village

Symphony In Lights Holiday Celebration at Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park Symphony in Lights

The entire property will be illuminated with more than 250,000 LED lights, all set to the sounds of holiday favorites from yesterday and today.
A 10-minute light show will begin at the top of every hour from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, selfies with Santa and snow show on opening night November 11.

"Symphony in Lights" is not only the perfect opportunity to experience some holiday magic, but also to enjoy shopping, dining and boundless entertainment at Gulfstream Park Village's open-air setting.

When? November 11 - December 31, 2023
Where? Gulfstream Park at 901 S. Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
How Much? FREE

More info: Symphony in Lights at Gulfstream Park

Light Up The Night at CityPlace Doral

Light Up the Night at CityPlace Doral

A magical atmosphere awaits at CityPlace Doral as the entire place is decked with multi-colored LED lights... the palm trees lining the outdoor shops and the center's Christmas tree will welcome you as well as a striking and colorful water fountain show choreographed to everyday favorites and holiday classics.

The Opening Night Celebration on November 21st will feature live entertainment by Latin singer and DJ Dayana Falcon and will kick off at 8:00 pm.

The holiday lights and fountain shows will be on display until December 31, 2020.

When? November 21, 2020 - December 31, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Holiday Fountain Show at the top of the hour.
Where? CityPlace Doral at 8300 NW 36th Street, Doral, FL 33166
How Much? FREE

More info:

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami Christmas

It's that magical time of the year as the park transforms into a fabulous array of shimmering trees and dazzling (animal-shaped of course) lights that adorn every corner of this fantastic animal kingdom.

What else? Appearances by Santa (until December 23) and Grinch, animal presentations, arts & crafts and letters to Santa (limited spaces available), hot cocoa and cookies (fee), Snowman's River Boat Rides ($5 per person)

Opening Night & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 24, 2023

When?: Select nights November 24 - December 30, 2023 - 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where?: Zoo Miami at 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
How Much?: $20.95 (online $18.95) per adult and $18.95 (online $16.95) per child age 3 - 12 plus tax, Snowman's River Boat Rides $5

More Info and Tickets: Zoo Lights

Nights of Lights at Pinecrest Gardens

Christmas Tree Lighting Doral

Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights that go up, through and around the whimsical botanical landscape.
Eat yummy treats, pictures with Santa, Story Time nights, face painting, train display, pajama nights, carolers, brewery nights and much more...

When? Select nights from December 9, 2023 to January 6, 2024 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where? Pinecrest Gardens at 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, Florida 33156
How Much? $18 - $22

More info, tickets and Schedule of Events at the Banyan Bowl:

Santa's Spectacular a Drive-Thru Musical Extravaganza at Tamiami Park

Santas Spectacular at Tamiami Park

It's an experience unlike any other as you sing-along to your holiday favorites with the many actors, singers, and dancers.

At the holiday market, find the perfect gift for everyone on your list from one of the many artisan vendors, grab a bite to eat from local favorites, and sip on holiday-inspired craft cocktails.

The perfect place for families to celebrate the season safely - Santa's Spectacular brings the spirit of the season to Tamiami Park.

When? November 28 - December 23, 2020
Where? Tamiami Park
How Much? Pre-sale $45 per vehicle

More info and tickets:

Miami For Kids And Families This December 2020

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.

When? TO BE CONFIRMED - December 13, 2020 - 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 Legend of the Pink Elephant

Legend of the Pink Elephant

Join us at the Sandrell Rivers Theater for a socially distant Stage-to-Screen performance that teaches children about diversity and acceptance through theatre!

THE LEGEND OF THE PINK ELEPHANT is an enhanced story reading by Miami native, Luckner Bruno, of his beautiful book, "The Legend of the Pink Elephant". Complemented by video stills and clips from the stage production of the same name. In this story, an elephant is born different from the rest of his herd - he is born with pink skin. Because of his difference, he is bullied out of his herd. After running away, he finds other colorful characters who love him as he is. When he returns, he finds his home is not how he left it. A timely and important story for all, THE LEGEND OF THE PINK ELEPHANT STORY TIME should not be missed.

Face coverings are required on all individuals and social distancing requirements will be enforced.

When? Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 8:00 pm

Where? Sandrell Rivers Theater at 6103 NW 7th Ave Miami, FL 33127
Safe and secure parking at 6104 NW 7th Ct. Miami, FL 33127

How Much? $1
More Info and Tickets The Legend of the Pink Elephant or call 305-284-8872

Sponsored by the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs & National Endowment for the Arts.

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, baby 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? This year's Covid-Safe edition will make life-size cardboard cutouts of all Nativity characters to be placed around the manger in the lead up to Christmas
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 2020

Miami Heat Tickets AA Arena

When? The Miami Heat is back on! The NBA has announced the start of the 2020-2021 season this December, the Heat's 37-game schedule will consist of 18 home games at AmericanAirlines Arena and 19 away games. Home opener on Christmas Day against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Ticket information will be released at a later date. A limited number of season ticket memberships are still available. Visit or call 786-777-HOOP.

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

How Much? As low as $15, but they go quick!
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›› Check for great discounts for Miami Heat Tickets at Groupon!!!

Miami Dolphins Schedule - December 2020 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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›› Check for Miami Dolphins Tickets at Groupon.

Florida Panthers Schedule - December 2020 Home Games and Hockey Tickets

Florida Panthers Tickets BBT Center

When? The NHL is aiming for mid-January for the start to the 2021 season but details have not been announced. Stay tuned.
Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise
How Much? As low as $15, but they go quick!
›› Find Tickets
›› Check for deals on Panthers Tickets at Groupon.

Free Or Almost Free Ongoing Events in Miami

Miami Design District Free Outdoor Concerts - SUSPENDED

Free Gloria Gaynor Concert at the Design District in Miami

The Miami Design District Performance Series kicks off in the fall and is a fantastic chance to enjoy live FREE outdoor concerts, our marvelous weather as it starts to cool off all wrapped in a fantastic South Florida atmosphere. The events are put together by the Knight Foundation, Design District developer Craig Robins and our very own Emilio Estefan and are free for all to enjoy. (THANK YOU!!!!)

The season normally starts in October and runs through the Holidays. Taking the stage on Friday evenings are performers in all sorts of genres from classical, pop, salsa... last year we had Gloria Gaynor, Jose Luis Rodriguez (El Puma), the Miami Symphony Orchestra... it's an eclectic bunch and regardless of who appears at Palm Court, it is always an enjoyable evening and a great way to kick start your weekend. And did I mention it's FREE?!!!

This month Performance Series events - SUSPENDED

Where? Palm Court Plaza at the Miami Design District

How Much? FREE!

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New World Symphony WALLCAST® Concerts - SUSPENDED

WALLCAST Concert at SoundScape Park

These are live classical music performances by the New World Symphony which are projected into a 7,000 square-foot wall at the New World Center for thousands to enjoy in a fantastic outdoor atmosphere.

The concerts are typically on the third Saturday of the month and the season runs from October through May.

WALLCAST® Concerts utilize 4K Ultra High Definition visual technology for projections on the wall at the New World Center.


Where? SoundScape Park at 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

How Much? FREE! Bring a picnic, blankets, beach chairs, cocktails... yes, there are restrooms available at the south-east corner of SoundScape Park.
More Info: New World Symphony Wallcast Concert Series

Wynwood Art Walk Block Party

Wynwood Art Walk

Every second Saturday of the month, the Wynwood Art Walk Block Party is one of the most iconic events in the city in this up and coming neighborhood which has been transforming the art scene in Miami.

Wynwood which is best known for its street art and splashy murals puts together a live art show, pop-up shop & gallery experience where you can mingle among the artists and creators, drink in hand, watch as art is being created in front of you and purchase directly from them.

And beyond the fantastic art there's plenty of gourmet food trucks, cocktails, live music and vendors, yes, it's a party!

When? Saturday December 12, 2020 and every second Saturday of the month, doors open at noon
Where? The Wynwood Marketplace at 2250 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 at the Wynwood Art District
How Much? FREE! RSVP for a free drink!
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WAVE Wine + Beer Taste on Washington Avenue

WAVE Festival in Miami

The Washington Avenue Business Improvement District Presents a Live Music Series Featuring a Wine & Beer Taste!
15 wine, beer, and live music locations over a 1 mile stretch on Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
A diversity of live music everyone can enjoy! Grab a friend and come enjoy your favorite wines, beers, and try something new while sitting back with locals and tourists alike to take in all the live music. Must be 21+.

When? Thursday December 17, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and every 3rd Thursday of the month.
Where? Along Washington Avenue in South Beach
How Much? General Admission $15 (entitles you to 12 wine / beer tastes), VIP $25 (entitles you to 24 wine / beer tastes, for 2 people)
More Info and Tickets: WAVE Wine & Beer.

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