Holiday Events in Miami
Miami is one of the few cities in the U.S. that has perfect weather year round but during the holiday season, we locals tend to envy northerners who actually experience the real holiday season, which means fun in the show and the opportunity to have ugly Christmas sweaters contests. Our great weather makes it hard for us to enjoy the outdoor festivities the cold weather tends to bring. But despite our lack of snow, there is still some holiday season themed activities that great under our hot sunny weather. Below are ten best things holiday events you should be doing. Enjoy!
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
No holiday roundup would be complete without a mention of Miami’s lasting holiday tradition: a visit to Santa’s Enchanted Forest. The county-fair-meets-winter-wonderland is chock-full of amusement rides, carnival games, photo ops with Santa and his helpers and an assortment of fair food—think fresh doughnuts, funnel cakes and more. 7900 SW 40th St (305-559-9689, santasenchantedforest.com). Through Jan 8. Daily 5pm–midnight. $33, seniors and children $22.
LIV Nightclub Fontainebleau Miami Beach
If you’re looking to send the year off in a bang or looking to party hard after working hard all year long, LIV Nightclub is the place for you. Their events for the month of December are filled with a roster of the world’s top musical acts. For the latest information and ticket prices check out their LIV Nightclub website.
Wild Holidays at Jungle Island
The popular Watson Island attraction is bringing out all of its critters for its Wild Holidays celebration. This season, guests of the park will enjoy daily holiday parades featuring the park’s most beloved animals, arts, and crafts activities, scavenger hunts, and other festive events. 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail. Dec 24–Jan 8 10am–5pm. $39.95, children $32.95.
Cirque du Soleil: VOLTA
Cirque du Soleil is back in town with their new traveling show called. VOLTA. The name refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea often used in poetry. The show features electronic group M83 as composer and musical director. Written and directed by Bastien Alexandre with Jean Guibert as the director of creation, VOLTA promises space-age galactic sound combining with the magical elements of nature. Tickets start as $40 and the show will be held at the Hard Rock Stadium.
A Christmas Carol, The Musical
Introduce the kids to Tiny Tim and the Cratchit clan via a musically charged adaptation of the festive holiday classic. Kids will love the intimate setting, while families that have members with special needs can enjoy a sensory-friendly performances. Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables (305-444-9293, actorsplayhouse.org). Nov 28–Dec 24: Sat at 2pm; $13–$20.
Darius & Twig
If you have kids they will love this event. Based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, Darius & Twig is a street-smart, suspenseful and profound story of two young men who must overcome obstacles by finding the best within themselves. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Ticket prices start at $15. The dance play runs through the end of January is being held at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
Casa Faena in Faena District
This is an event to socialize while food tasting. It honors playwright Tennessee Williams who traveled to South Florida almost 100 years ago. Guests can enjoy specially priced cocktails and elixirs dreamed up each month by Head Mixologist Erik Tirums starting at $6, along with $30 pitchers of Florida Blood Orange Madras and some of our favorite Casa Faena menu items at exclusive prices. For information, call +1 305 535 4699 or e-mail at email@example.com. Mon 12/11/17 – Mon 12/31/18 at 4pm-7pm.
Because eight nights of celebrations aren’t enough, the Society of Young Jewish Professionals and JDate are throwing the ultimate singles event. Dance, drink and connect with old friends and new prospects at LIV nightclub. 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Sat Dec 24 9pm–4am; $50. Advance tickets available at eventbrite.com.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Arguably the most beloved Nutcracker version in the country, Balanchine’s debuted in New York back in 1954, and there’s a reason why it’s stood the test of time: the master’s choreography is dazzling, particularly for the female corps. The Miami City Ballet production is a perfect introduction to the ballet for local families. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Dec 17–24.
Magical Snowfall at Dolphin Mall
Dolphin Mall’s Ramblas Plaza is quite possibly the only place in Miami where the forecast calls for 100 percent chance of snow this holiday. Visit the winter wonderland and experience the fun of cascading flurries, with an encore snowfall every weekend (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day). 11401 NW 12th St. through Jan 8.