Dazzling December Events for a Balmy Holiday Season in Miami!

Dazzling December Events for a Balmy Holiday Season in Miami!

Nov 25, 2020 November 25, 2020

Cover photo: JESHOOTS.COM


The holiday season is here, making Miami one of the best times of the year, especially for your social calendar. It’s been a long year, and many of us are looking forward to rest, relaxation and family time. So here is our list of fun things to do in Miami this month, from in-person to virtual, so that everyone gets to join in and in
safe ways! 

Don’t miss your art and design fix with Design Miami’s Podium. There are also plenty of holiday events to choose from, which can be enjoyed with (or without) the entire family. And, if it’s simply a good Christmas collection you’re looking for, we’ve got you sorted with a host of online (plus a yummy in-person) jingles and jangles. Enjoy!


In Person



Design Miami/ Podium - Americas: Now - December 6

Moore Building, 191 Northeast 40th Street, Design District

Design Miami/ Podium - Americas: Now - December 6


We’ve all been feeling a little lost without the annual Art Basel art fair, but Design Miami is here to the rescue! With the spotlight on talent from the Americas, you will be treated to 10 days of gallery presentations, satellite exhibitions, virtual tours, and online design talks. As this year’s collection comes curated by Aric Chen, you can read all about their notable galleries and exhibits, street art, and more on our exclusive feature
here.

Still have your heart stuck on Art Basel? Scroll down to our Online Events section below for information on their virtual rooms!


Miami Arts, Culture & Heritage Months: December 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021

Various venues across Miami

Miami Arts, Culture & Heritage Months: December 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021


The Miami Temptations Program is finally back on the block! Get your fill of art, culture, and heritage as you explore discounted experiences from museums, theaters, art exhibits, and much more around town. This collection of in-person events spans over two months and offers access to the likes of
juried art competitions, a Faena Art showcase, an Art, Fashion, Food & Music experience at the Sagamore Hotel, savings on visits to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, discounted purchases at the Wolfsonian Design Store, and so much more.


Zoo Lights Miami: December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 23, 26 & 27

Miami-Dade Zoo, 12400 SW 152nd Street

Zoo Lights Miami: December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 23, 26 & 27


Get in the festive mood early and then some, as you enjoy more than a million lights plus a 26-foot LED holiday tree on select nights at the Zoo. This holiday showcase has something for everyone in the family with arts and crafts, snowman’s riverboat rides, letters to Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, holiday shopping at the gift shop, and of course, animal appearances. Make sure you dress the part, as all of these are themed nights.

With all their safety protocols in place, remember, tickets will only be sold online. You might also like to check out their $10 Mondays and Winter Camp for more holiday fun with the family!


Annual Artisan Botanical Bazaar + Holiday Jazz Party: December 6 + 17

Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, South Beach

Annual Artisan Botanical Bazaar + Holiday Jazz Party: December 6 + 17


Make sure your holiday shopping is done early AND sustainably this year. Head out to the annual open-air bazaar at this botanical garden to find the perfect, curated, artisan merchandise to give as Hanukkah gifts or stash under your (or your dear ones’) Christmas tree. They also have a
Jingle & Mingle outdoor celebration on the 17th to start your holiday season on a fun, musical note with live jazz performances, parodies, songs from all faiths, great food, and an open bar.

Need more excuses to head to this 2.6-acre, lush urban oasis? Join Franci on her weekly Vinyasa yoga sessions at the park, attend their day-long art installation, or have some fun with the Garden After Dark series featuring the Rose Max Samba Band this month!


Miami Underground Film Festival: December 6

Hard Rock Cafe, 401 Biscayne Boulevard, Bayside - Downtown

Miami Underground Film Festival: December 6


Missing those annual film festivals this year? Here’s one that puts the spotlight on South Floridian filmmakers. Head over to Downtown Miami get a taste of some eclectic shorts, local animations, music videos, the Circle-Jerk Awards, and some returning favorites from 2018 and 2019. You can get your tickets early,
here.


Winter Coat Drive and Drive-Thru Holiday Celebrations at the Shops at Merrick Park: Through December

358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables

Winter Coat Drive and Drive-Thru Holiday Celebrations at the Shops at Merrick Park: Through December


The holidays are a great time to share the love and practice giving! Visit the Shops at Merrick Park for their
Winter Drive - open to donations for new coats, hats, scarves, and gloves until December 11, and spread that holiday cheer through the Volunteers of America.

You could also RSVP to enjoy their drive-thru holiday celebrations, complete with Christmas tree lights, holiday music, free giveaways, and a special appearance from Santa! In fact, their Virtual Visits to Santa from the mall are already taking place and will continue into January 2021, so you can make your reservations for Storytime with the Clauses and a personalized, pre-recorded video wish from Santa, right here.


Events at the Fairchild: Through December

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables

Events at the Fairchild: Through December


The Fairchild might not have its annual “Night Garden” showcase this holiday season, but they have plenty of other events that can be equally enjoyable and enrich your Instagram story. Here are a few to get you started:

  • You can take an Early-Bird Walk on December 5th or 12th and discover members of Miami’s avian community. Bring along your binoculars to catch all the feathered creatures you spot around the Kushlan Bird Trail, and maybe you could get one of your unique sightings into the global eBird database too!
  • Pooch lovers, the botanical garden has a special treat in store for you. Go for a candid Dog Date on the 17th, where you get to enjoy a beautiful nighttime stroll with a cafe bar for you and a dog bar for your furry friend. Stock up on holiday gifts for your canine bestie on the 6th from their Dog Bazaar. Or, get your wellness game on with a special schedule at their monthly DOGA session on the 20th.
  • But, you don’t necessarily need a dog date to enjoy the Fairchild grounds. They have a regular Date Night Series for humans, too, this time on the 18th of the month with a live evening performance by The French Horn Collective.
  • Also, houseplant enthusiasts can have their share of fun on the 19th as they take part in the Swap and Social that lets you swap out/discard 2-3 of your houseplants for something new from vendors or others at the event.


Events at the Deering Estate: Through December

Charles Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Palmetto Bay

Events at the Deering Estate: Through December


With a calendar ripe with their usual holiday-based events, a visit to the Deering Estate is sure to get you and the family in a festive mood. Here’s a peek into their holiday specials:

  • On December 4, take an Evening Stroll through their manicured grounds, with their historic homes all decked up for the holidays by top interior designers who will “bring elements of Vintage Florida to this year’s decor.”
  • On December 12, enjoy Story-time with Santa with some socially-distant photos and stories to put the kids in a good mood.
  • On December 13, sail off on the Pelican Skipper for a Holiday Bay Cruise that ends with a complimentary glass of wine.

There’s also their recurring Eco Academy for kids, moonlight kayak tours, nature photography, night hike & campfire, bird walk, lighthouses of the Bay cruise, discover Deering, sunrise photography, winter camp, and evening by the Bay experiences to keep everyone in the family entertained through and through.


Events at the Vizcaya: Through December

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 S Miami Avenue, Coconut Grove

Events at the Vizcaya: Through December


This historic estate, with its European-style grounds, is a great place to visit throughout the year - but even better during the holidays, and this year is no different. Here are the events you can look forward to at the Vizcaya:

  • The Special Holiday Edition of the estate’s monthly ‘First Fridays’ program will be on display on December 4. The entire estate will be illuminated with twinkling lights, along with a Christmas Tree featuring old-timey ornaments and candles, garlands to set the Courtyard aglow, and a Dining Room with era-appropriate holiday setting to give you a glimpse into how James Deering hosted his guests.
  • Have intermediate drawing skills? Then join artist Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo to make flags featuring scenes from the 1920s that will be used in the Spectral Vizcaya performance that very evening (December 16).
  • There’s also a Sunday Farmer’s Market throughout the month that will help you load up on hand-crafted goodies, baked goods, vegan products, and much more.


SoundScape Cinema Series: Through December

New World Center, 400 17th Street, South Beach

SoundScape Cinema Series: Through December


Get along your blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy weekly movies projected onto the New World Center’s 7,000 square foot wall. Playing this December are hits like
The Grinch, Yesterday, Eight Crazy Nights, and The Perfect Holiday.


Online



Miss Art Basel? Go To Their Viewing Rooms: December 2-6

Miss Art Basel? Go To Their Viewing Rooms: December 2-6


If you miss Art Basel as much as we do, we highly recommend checking out the premier of 'OVR: Miami Beach'. This is a reiteration of their online viewing rooms that have been virtually available for the past couple of months. Get insight into the galleries accepted to the 2020 edition of the show, along with talks and gallery walk-throughs.


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker - Virtual Stream: December 19

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker - Virtual Stream: December 19


Think you’ll have to miss out on a precious holiday tradition this year? Think again! The Fillmore Miami Beach will be streaming the full performance of the Nutcracker along with a trip backstage for a closer look at how the magic happens.


Hanukkah and Christmas Specials



Photo by Markus Spiske

Photo credit: Markus Spiske


Christmas may not be the same for all of us this year, but it surely doesn’t have to be any less merry! You could head out for an in-person Wine Tasting at Meraki’s in Downtown, where you get to sample 3-4 wines of their best. Since seats are limited, make your reservations fast for the 17th, 24th or 31st
here

For some at-home quality time with the family, reserve a seat and tune into a virtual streaming of Elf the Musical, The Troll that Stole Hanukkah, or A Christmas Carol.

For some easy, DIY decorating tips, get your ideas on how to do a tabletop christmas tree, or even a full village scene here. Need some holiday gifts to put under? Find some great ideas for kids, teens, him, and her over here.

Need help planning your holiday family dinner? Check out the ultimate feast ideas, 90 easy Christmas dinner ideas, and some great dessert centerpiece recipes here.

You might also want to keep an eye out here - whether the annual Bayfront Holiday Village and iconic 50-foot Christmas Tree gracing Bayfront Park will be making a comeback or not?


Happy Holidays!

Contact CondoBlackBook Team
(305) 697-7667
contact@condoblackbook.com
Request Info
By sending you agree to CondoBlackBook's Terms of Use

Your Miami Condo Awaits

Recent Posts

Mortgage Pre-Approval Process FAQs: Everything You Need to Know
Opinions and Advice Mortgage Pre-Approval Process FAQs: Everything You Need to Know
Looking for a new home or condo always has an element of excitement to it. But many people often feel apprehensive when it comes to how they will finance it and the entire process of being approved for a mortgage, especially if you are a first-time homebuyer. So, what is a mortgage pre-approval? How do you get a letter of pre-approval? How long will it stay valid? We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions about the mortgage pre-approval process to help you get the house you love and approved for your mortgage. Read on to find out answers to these and more ‘frequently asked questions’ along with key insights into the pre-approval process. What does it mean to get a Mortgage Pre-Approval or to be Pre-approved? Being pre-approved or having a mortgage pre-approval letter means you have written proof from a lender that they have reviewed your finances, buying power and credit-worthiness, and are willing to work with you to finance your next home purchase. Simply put, it...
The Top 10 Luxury Condo Sales in Miami for 2020 (mainland)
Real Estate News The Top 10 Luxury Condo Sales in Miami for 2020 (mainland)
Living in any urban core comes with an undeniable set of perks, especially in a city like Miami. In mainland Miami, you’re not only close to all the financial action, but also close to all the arts, culture, shopping, dining, and entertainment options that a global city has to offer, and all set in a waterfront city. Couple that with a condo residence that comes loaded with designer interiors, extravagant floor plans, breathtaking views and some of the finest amenities in the northern hemisphere, and you have everything you need to live the good life. So, how much does buying a key to the good life cost these days? We’ve rounded up the most expensive condo sales in Miami in 2020 to give you a peek at what luxuries accompany these high-profile residences. These chart-topping luxury condos range from penthouses on the beach to multiple units in Zaha Hadid’s last architectural masterpiece. In fact, the most expensive luxury condo of 2020 was bought by one of the most famous power...
The 5 Must-Visit Miami Farmers' Markets
Lifestyle The 5 Must-Visit Miami Farmers' Markets
Everything about visiting a Farmer's Market is rewarding. Where else can you find perfectly fresh produce and have a chat with the very minds that grew it? Visiting a farmers market is even more than just buying directly from the source. Live music, pop-up food stands with delicious bites, and cooking demonstrations are just a few of the brilliant things that you can find at farmers' markets in Miami. In essence, farmers' markets are a blend of cultures and ideas that attract all walks of life and lend to the lifestyle everyone loves about living in Miami. The fresh (and tasty) produce you can take home is the perfect bonus! Vizcaya Village, Coconut Grove, Sundays Ph. miamiandbeaches.com  The Vizcaya Farmers Market runs every Sunday from 9:00 to 2:00. The event is located just across the street to the Vizcaya House entry and is free to attend. Not only is the Vizcaya market in a beautiful location, it is also ripe with history with buildings dating back to 1914. There are around 20...
2020’s Top Luxury Condo Sales of Miami Beach
Real Estate News 2020’s Top Luxury Condo Sales of Miami Beach
An oceanfront residence in Miami Beach has long been the pinnacle of luxury living. In 2020, we saw many buying into that vision. In fact, several record sales were made last year in Miami Beach. It’s no wonder this list of the 10 most expensive condo sales of 2020 in Miami Beach is filled with luxury residences sitting directly on the water that capture the peacefulness, serenity and nature-filled ideal of an oceanfront lifestyle From a penthouse once owned by Oprah Winfrey to the largest condo residence in Fisher Island, some of the most impressive residences in Miami Beach are part of this top-of-the-charts list. And in a new trend highlighting Miami Beach’s northern neighborhoods, the most expensive luxury condo that sold for $37 million, is two-story penthouse part of a new construction in the quieter and more relaxed North Beach. Read on for details on the rest of the most expensive luxury condos sales of Miami Beach in 2020:   Unit N-821 at Surf Club Four Seasons - $12.65...
The Most Luxurious Condo Buildings in Mid-Beach (Miami Beach)
Opinions and Advice The Most Luxurious Condo Buildings in Mid-Beach (Miami Beach)
Mid-Beach might be known as the quieter counterpart to South Beach, which affords it a more laid-back, residential lifestyle. The upscale neighborhood comes with its own unique flavor of arts, performances, entertainment, and architecture. Especially after the introduction of the Faena District, there has been a flurry of activity in this desirable Miami Beach neighborhood that’s anchored by Art Deco and MiMo-style hotels and buildings lining our sugar-sand beaches. This flurry has further attracted an influx of starchitects and big-budget developers to build more modern, luxurious structures to please its ever-growing community of global citizens. So, what constitutes luxury living in Mid-Beach? Here’s looking at the top 5 most luxurious condo buildings of the Miami Beach neighborhood and all they have to offer: Why Choose Mid-Beach? Mid-Beach offers all the perks of living in Miami Beach, with the added advantage of being tucked away from the much busier South Beach. With more...
Power Moves: Big Business Finally Moving to Miami, South Florida
Business Power Moves: Big Business Finally Moving to Miami, South Florida
They say “build it and they will come.” Well, it’s been long in the building, but Miami’s business boom is taking shape. 2020 was an important and remarkable year for obvious reasons. We have seen unexpected market shifts making the luxury markets for both single-family homes and condos very desirable. Additionally, Miami’s business landscape has seen a massive migration.  In what can be viewed as a rather recent acceleration, businesses of all shapes and sizes - ranging from established investment firms to tech start-ups and restaurant concepts - have lined up to either expand or completely relocate to the Magic City, particularly from major business hubs like New York City and the West Coast of California, including Los Angeles and the Bay Area. In fact, South Florida ranks in the top 2 states attracting businesses in 2020, leaving behind the likes of California and New York according to this recent Census. It’s not just the businesses, top-tier talent is moving too! Major...