Miami Events in December 2022: Art Basel, Holiday Galas & Movies, Marshmello & Khalid, Andrea Bocelli, The Nutcracker, #NYE2023 Party Guide & More

Miami Events in December 2022: Art Basel, Holiday Galas & Movies, Marshmello & Khalid, Andrea Bocelli, The Nutcracker, #NYE2023 Party Guide & More

Dec 01, 2022 December 01, 2022

It’s a holiday extravaganza in Miami – and you won’t want to miss a beat! From tropical winter wonderlands to New Year’s Eve parties to ring in 2023, holiday movies under the stars to heart-warming concerts, Miami has it all this month.

Read below for a complete list of Top Things to Do in Miami this December 2022:

Things to Do in Miami - December 2022 Events at a Glance

December 2022: In-Person Events in Miami

Miami Arts, Culture and Heritage Months: December 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023

Art Events

Galas & Fundraisers

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Theater & Movie Screenings

Fitness & Yoga

Outdoors & Nature Events

Things To Do for Kids

Pet Events & Adoptions

Special: Holiday 2022 Events in Miami

The holidays are here! Why not load your calendar with the best of twinkling lights, jolly good music, delicious treats, and of course, plenty of holiday magic. Here’s our list of top things to do this holiday season in Miami:

  • Santa’s Enchanted Forest, December 1 - January 8, 2023. With over 3 million lights and a 92-foot Christmas tree, this is one of Miami’s biggest holiday attractions. Bring along friends and family to enjoy more than 100 rides, holiday-themed games, live shows, Santa meet-and-greets, treats from over 50 food stands, and more attractions.
  • NightGarden Miami Experience, December 1 - January 8, 2023. The most Instagram-able holiday event out there; this award-winning, immersive night experience is a sight to behold. Head over to the Fairchild Tropical Gardens to experience the magic of 83 acres of colorful lights, talking trees, hidden fairies, 360-degree illusions, and a “Fairy Quest.”
  • Holidays #OnLincoln, December 1-24. Miami Beach’’s favorite shopping boulevard, Lincoln Road, turns into a holiday playground this December. Head out to enjoy a 30-foot Christmas tree, a tropical Santa, plus the SOBE Food & Wine Festival Artisan Market on the 19th.
  • Holidays at the Brickell City Centre, December - January 1, 2023. The Brickell City Centre is turning into the North Pole, complete with Santa’s Ski Chalet, a Ski Lift, holiday storytelling, musical time, photos with Santa, and complimentary gift-wrapping.
  • Winter Wonderland Exhibit, December - January 8, 2023. Who needs ice skating when you can go sock skating? This Winter Wonderland at the Children’s Museum will also feature a reading nook and holiday-themed artmaking workshops.
  • Historic Holiday Décor at the Deering Estate, December - January 6, 2023. Step back in time as you stroll around the Deering Estate’s famous rooms decked up in 1920s-style holiday glamor. There will also be a 17-foot tree in the Great Hall and a dozen other holiday trees around the estate.
  • Zoo Lights Miami, Select Nights in December. Welcome to the jungle, holiday-style! It’s the most spectacular time of year to visit the zoo, complete with a brand-new 26-foot LED holiday tree, Santa appearances, riverboat rides, holiday arts & crafts, hot chocolate and cookies, plus more than a million lights.

Special: New Year’s Eve 2023 Events in Miami

What’s New Year’s Eve without fireworks and a good party? Making sure you know where to have a gala time as 2022 comes to a close with our curation of the most spectacular New Year’s Eve 2023 celebrations around Miami:

December 2022: Events in Miami

Miami Arts, Culture and Heritage Months: December 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023

Multiple venues across Miami

Make the most of the holiday season as you navigate Miami’s rich art and culture scene with pocket-friendly deals. From BOGO deals to discounted ticket packages, and other savings, it’s the perfect excuse to fill your social calendar to the brim. Check out the complete list of offers and events, here.


Art Basel + More for Miami Art Week: December 1-4

Multiple venues across Miami

Catch the most exciting days for Miami’s art scene! Like every year, Art Basel brings with it nonstop art exhibits, satellite fairs, fashion events, celebrity parties, special dinners, afterparties, and so much more.

Read more in our Insider’s Guide to Art Basel & Miami Art Week 2022 or Art With Me Miami, here.

Miami Art Week at the Faena Hotel: December 1-4

Faena Hotel, 3201 Collins Avenue, Faena District, Mid-Beach

From never-before-seen installations to thought-provoking pieces and experimental sculptures, art enthusiasts must mark their calendars for a visit to Faena’s Art Week. Taking place in conjunction with Art Basel, you never know which gem of an artwork or artist you’ll discover at this open-to-the-public event.

Gabriela Gamboa’s New Topographies: December 1, 2022 – February 12, 2023

Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Palmetto Bay

This outdoor photographic installation by artist Gabriela Gamboa is “Mapping the Territory from Venezuela to Miami.” However, there’s a plot twist – the exhibit only features archives, memory, erosion, and personal mythology instead of an actual roadmap.

Miami Contrasts and Harmonies - The Art of William Oberheiser: December 15

Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Ctr Dr, South Beach

Join Cuban-born artist William Oberheiser for a cocktail reception of his grand opening at the Botanical Garden’s Butterfly Gallery. Ponder over the artist’s vibrant yet evocative pieces that can take on a whole different meaning with the strategic placement of a single image.

Overtown Community Walking Tour with Rahsaan “FLY GUY” Alexander: December 17

In front of Dana A. Dorsey House, 250 NW 9th St, Overtown 

Catch DJ FLY GUY’s transition from behind the turntables to behind the camera with this walking tour of his first photographic installation. Join the artist for a walk through “CAPTURE: A Portrait of the Pandemic,” which bears witness to and memorializes the events of 2020 and its impact on the people.


23rd Annual Hope for All Gala: December 3

Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd, Downtown Miami

Help the Camillus House care for those without a home by providing food and shelter. Themed “Raise the Roof,” this fun evening gala will feature a richly diverse auction showcasing the very best in wine, travel, and lifestyle items to help support its cause, along with a Bacardi open bar and extensive menu options.

Women for Paws Yappy Hour: December 14

R House Wynwood, 2727 Northwest 2nd Ave, Wynwood

Sip on a Tito's cocktail and enjoy bites from the R House as you help pet owners in need this holiday season. Join Women for Paws as they host their very first Yappy Hour at the R House. The fundraiser is meant to create awareness about pet owners needing financial support for medical emergencies, surgeries, treatments, etc. In return, you also get to take home a bag of dog treats.

2022 Nutcracker Magic Children’s Soirée: December 18

Peacock Foundation Studio (Adrienne Arsht Center), 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Arts & Entertainment District

Enjoy a holiday tradition and help support opportunities and community engagement programs hosted by the Miami City Ballet. This winter fundraiser brings you a child-friendly performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, followed by a holiday after-party with plenty of sweet treats, a live DJ, greet-and-meet with cast characters, photo-ops, gift bags, and more.

For a look at available tables and sponsorship packages, go here.


Million Dollar Quartet Christmas at the Actors’ Playhouse: December 1, 2022 – January 1, 2023

The Miracle Theater, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Bringing back classic holiday hits to favorite chart-toppers like “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town,” “Santa Baby,” “Run Run Rudolph,” and more to stage, get ready to kick-off the most wonderful time of the year with this special musical playing all month.

North Beach Music Festival: December 9-11

Miami Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave, North Beach

The second edition of the North Beach Music Festival is back to rock the Bandshell with its immersive sound, laser, and light experience. This year’s lineup includes the likes of moe., Lotus and Lettuce, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dopapod, Antibalas, Trouble No More, Keller Williams, and many more.

Find more concerts at the North Beach Bandshell, here.

Andrea BocelliDaddy YankeeWWE Holiday Tour at the FTX Arena: December 18, 21 & 29

FTX Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, Downtown Miami

The hottest names in entertainment will take centerstage at the FTX Arena this December. Our holiday staple 
Andrea Bocelli will go live on Dec. 18Daddy Yankee will rock the stage on Dec. 21 & 22, plus the WWE Holiday Tour will be in town to bust a move on Dec. 29.

For more concerts and performances at the FTX, go here. 

Salute To Vienna New Year’s Concert at the Arsht: December 30

Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Arts & Entertainment District

Court the spirited romance of operetta at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall this December. Showcasing acclaimed European singers and dancers, this charming celebration is sure to melt your heart with the glamour of ballroom dance and the delicate beauty of ballet set to the tune of a full symphony orchestra.

For more information and concerts playing at the Arsht Center, go here.


A Christmas Carol, the Musical: December 1-24

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Specially adapted for young audiences, take along the kids to watch this timeless tale of yuletide spirit and find yourself a new holiday tradition. Encouraging the spirit of giving, every child who brings a new, unwrapped toy to donate will get 1 free flexible ticket, good for any remaining show in the Musical Theatre for Young Audiences 2022 – 2023 Season.

Movies Under the Stars - The Grinch: December 3

Surfside Park, 9572 Bay Dr, Surfside

Bring along lawn chairs and blankets to watch “The Grinch” try and take over Christmas in a magical setting under the stars at Surfside Park. A great way to get into that holiday spirit.

Movies on the Green – “elf”: December 9

Village Greens, Village of Key Biscayne

Make it a night to remember as you bring along snacks and blankets to enjoy a special screening of Will Ferrell’s “elf” on the Village Greens with friends or family. This Christmas comedy will ensure you get into the holiday spirit on a light-hearted note.

The NutcrackerShen Yun 2023 at The Arsht Center: December 16-24 + December 28, 2022 - January 1, 2023

Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Arts & Entertainment District

Two power-packed performances call for a visit to the Arsht Center this December:

Floating Films at PAMM featuring "The Holiday": December 22

Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Downtown Miami

Cozy up with a blanket on Pérez Art Museum Miami's beach to catch a special screening of “The Holiday.” This classic holiday rom-com starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet will be screened from the water by Ballyhoo Media! You can stop by the museum’s waterfront restaurant later for light bites and drinks.


Second Sunday HIIT with Tony T: December 11

Brickell City Centre, 799 Brickell Plaza, Brickell

Get your weekend sweat on as you join Tony T and Find Your Centre at BCC’s Level 2, Garden Deck. A brand-new series taking place every second Sunday of the month, you’ll need to RSVP to enjoy this HIIT class. 

Sunday Vinyasa Yoga: December 11, 18 & 25

Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Ctr Dr, South Beach

Take some time to center your mind and body this holiday season as you head to this weekend Vinyasa/Hatha style Yoga class. This morning session will be full of deep stretches, twists, balancing poses, and breathwork to reduce stress.

Twin Hearts Meditation at the Faena Hotel: Every Sunday in December

Tierra Santa Healing House, 3201 Collins Ave, Faena District, Mid-Beach

Step back from that holiday hustle and help activate your heart and crown chakras to achieve a heightened state of tranquility. This Twin Hearts Meditation is led by certified pranic healers using energy manipulation techniques developed by Master Choa Kok Sui.


Redland Heritage FestivalTropical Winter Adventure: December 4 & 17

Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Avenue, Homestead

Join the park’s Heritage Festival on the 4th to get your hands on one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, native plants, tropical fruit trees, and lots of delicious food and drink to keep the family happy.

On the 17th, the park turns into a Tropical Winter Wonderland, complete with scavenger hunts, fruits of the season, tram tours, and holiday-appropriate photo backdrops.

Holiday Sip & Stroll at Zoo Miami: December 8

Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St, South Miami

Spreading “Holiday Cheers” this December, the Zoo invites everyone 21 and over to enjoy this limited-edition series. Expect unlimited boat rides, encounters with ambassador animals, a photo booth, a live DJ, beverages, bites, and more.

Winterfest Boat Parade at Key Biscayne: December 10

Off-shore at Village of Key Biscayne

Kick off the holidays with this twinkling boat parade set on Key Biscayne’s calming night waters.

Vizcaya Late - Holiday Evening: December 14-15

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

Discover how the Vizcaya may have looked almost 100 years ago during holiday season! There will be historically-accurate holiday décor, a lantern-making workshop for all ages, live music, a gingerbread competition, plus an old-timey Christmas tree for a magical winter evening.

Holiday Events at the Deering: Throughout December

Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Palmetto Bay

The Deering Estate is going to be decked up and ready to welcome the holidays with this spectacular line-up:

  • Historic Holidays Evening Stroll, Dec. 2 & 14. Bring along the family to enjoy dazzling holiday décor curated by some of South Florida’s top interior designers at the museum. The kids also get to enjoy special story time with Mrs. Claus.
  • Mistletoe & Martinis, Dec. 9. This signature, costume holiday event will feature a 1920s theme along with live entertainment plus tasty food and drink from some of Miami’s best restaurants.
  • Holiday Bay Cruise, Dec. 11. This relaxing cruise sets off on the Pelican Skipper, a 45-foot Corinthian catamaran, with complimentary champagne.
  • Story-Time & Photos with Santa, Dec. 17. Catch Santa and his elves in this lush, tropical landscape with plenty of photo-ops, story-time, plus holiday arts and crafts.
  • Holiday Evening by the Bay, Dec. 21. Enjoy a cozy date night or build core memories with friends as you pack a picnic to enjoy in the festive, meticulously-decorated grounds of the estate.

For more outdoor and nature events at the Deering Estate, go here. 

Holiday Events at the Fairchild: Throughout December

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

With a rich lineup of holiday events, here’s a peek at what’s in store at the Fairchild this December:

For more photography, watercolor, art, or garden-related events at the Fairchild, go here. 


Yoga for Kids & Teens: December 2

Key Biscayne Community Center,10 Village Green Way, Key Biscayne

Help your little ones master the art of grounding and flexibility as they step in the world of yoga. Welcoming kids aged 8+ as well as their parents, this workshop takes place on the second floor of the Key Biscayne Community Center.

Gifts for the Animals at Zoo Miami: Weekends (3-25) in December

Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St, South Miami

With a different theme each weekend, get the kids to join the Zoo staff, as they shower their residents with holiday gifts this December.

Holiday Events at the Children’s Museum: Throughout December

Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island

Treat the kids to fun days at the museum these holidays. Here’s a peek at what to expect:

  • Musical Storytime, Dec. 10. This Winter Holiday Edition of Storytime takes place at the Shops at Midtown Miami.
  • Sensory Friendly - Tis the Season, Dec. 10. This sensory-friendly event will feature an interactive performance by The Fellows at New World Symphony followed by Santa time.
  • Hanukkah Celebration, Dec. 18. A great opportunity for the kids to learn about Hanukkah traditions; this all-day celebration will feature interactive story time, a game of dreidel, art-making for the holiday tree, plus tasty snacks.
  • Mini Merry Monday, Dec. 19. Dress up the kids in their festive best to enjoy this special event featuring Santa time, snowflake painting, animated storytelling of The Grinch, and cooking delicious latkes.
  • Countdown to Christmas, Dec. 23-24. Get into the holiday spirit with the museum’s Carolers, holiday arts and crafts, photos with Santa, plus cookie decorating.
  • Noon Year's Eve Celebration, Dec. 31. Head to the museum early to catch this special balloon drop at noon, surrounded by confetti and fun activities.

Winter Camp & More at the Frost Museum of Science: December 9, 11, 14 & 27-30

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Downtown Miami

Besides rocking to a 
Holiday Laser Evening under the Frost Planetarium’s 67-foot dome on the 9th, the kids will have a gala time creating their very own, one-of-a-kind snowflake at the Frosty Flurries session on the 11th.

There’s also a Drones Tech Lab on the 11thRespiratory Infections in Dinosaurs Live! session on the 14th, and a Space-themed Winter Camp from the 27th-30th to help spark your little one’s interest in science this holiday season.

Multiple Winter Workshops at The Bass: Throughout December

The Bass, 2100 Collins Ave, South Beach

The Bass has some great art workshops lined up for your little ones this December:


Pet Adoption & Free Microchipping - PAWS at The Underline: December 3

The Underline, 80 SW 8th Street, Suite 120, Brickell

Take home one of the most faithful friends you’ll ever find, and make the holidays brighter for both of you. This free event will feature adorable, adoptable pets in need of a forever home plus microchipping services to help keep a track of your furry friend.

Wynwoof Holiday Market: December 10

D.O.G. HOTELS, 28 Northeast 26th Street, Wynwood

Cross off gift-giving for your pup as you walk by this special holiday market. With a grand selection of local vendors, this weekend market will feature a variety of pet products and treats to choose from. There will also be music and drinks for a wholesome time.

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