This post lists things to do in Miami in December, updated for 2022. We include a top 10 list, family-friendly activities, free events, and things to do at night.
If you need more ideas, check out our comprehensive post on Things to Do in Miami.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN DECEMBER
This section features our top 10 activities to enjoy in Miami in December.
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Some of the items below are already included with a Miami tourist attraction discount pass. These passes can save you up to 50% off the retail prices of popular tours and attractions.
1. Take a Sightseeing Tour
Miami is so much more than the beach. The sights are more diverse than you might think.
You can see the famous street art of Wynwood, Miami's Cuban roots in Little Havana or the historic houses in the Art Deco District.
Here are just a few of the best Miami tours you can take in December are:
- Wynwood Art Walk Tours – See the cultural side of Miami.
- Little Havana Walking Tours – Learn about cultural Cuban influence in Miami.
- Self-Guided Miami Walking Tours – Pick from a wide range of walking tours in Miami.
- Jewish Food Walking Tour – Hear about the history of the Jewish community and nosh on snacks!
See our post on the many tours in Miami and find one that interests you!
2. Sporting Events
In December, you can catch an NBA basketball and NFL football games.
Seeing a game is a great way to spend the evening and is also fun for the entire family.
If you are here on December 30, 2022, you can see the Orange Bowl, the college football playoff semifinal game that's been held in Miami since 1935!
See more information on the Orange Bowl website. Buy tickets here.
College NCAA Football
Click here to find all the games available this month.
Going to a sports event is a great idea for the family. See our post on family-friendly activities for more ideas.
3. Go to a Concert
The diversity of the Miami area is reflected in the concerts lined up for December. From rap, to old school rock n' roll, to Latino classics, take your pick!
- Gloria Trevi | December 2nd, 3rd
- The Fab Four | December 8th (Fort Lauderdale)
- Herman's Hermits | December 9th (Fort Lauderdale)
- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons | December 10th (Hollywood)
- Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience | December 11th (Hollywood)
- Pentatonix | December 15th (Hollywood)
- Smokey Robinson | December 18th (Fort Laurderdale)
- Andrea Bocelli | December 18th
- Daddy Yankee | December 21st, 22nd
Click here to see all the concerts available in Miami this month.
4. Go to the Theater or Ballet
In December you will find plenty of holiday classics like The Nutcracker, but you can also find other performances in the Miami area.
Just some of the December shows in the Miami area are:
- Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida: The Nutcracker | December 8th, 10th (Aventura)
- Hadestown | December 8th
- Baby Shark Live!: The Christmas Show | December 15th (Fort Lauderdale)
- Miami City Ballet - The Nutcracker | December 16th - 24th
- Footloose | December 17th - 30th (Fort Laudersale)
- Cirque Dreams Holidaze - December 29th
- Cirque Dreams Holidaze - December 28th, 29th (Fort Lauderdale)
Find out about other performances in December in Miami and surrounds.
5. See a Stand-Up Comedy Performance
There are a lot of great stand-up comedians scheduled to perform in Miami this December, including a few famous names you might be familiar with.
Here are the best comedy shows to see this month:
- Friday Night Live | December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
- Joe Pera | December 10th
- Ron White | December 17th (Hollywood)
- Deon Cole | December 17th
- We Outside Comedy Tour | December 17th
If you're looking for other opportunities to enjoy a good laugh, check this list of stand-up comedy shows in Miami during December.
6. Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Tropical Park
This is the largest holiday theme park in the world! A visit here is the best way to experience 'a holiday winter' in Miami.
There are over 100 rides, shows, and activities, and of course the winter forest with more than three million Christmas lights a 92-foot tall Christmas tree.
The park is open every day (even Christmas!) from November 9th, 2022 - January 8th, 2023. See their website for details.
Hours are 5 pm - 10 pm, though the park remains open until 1:30 am on peak nights and weekends, making this a great late 'night out' for grown-ups.
Find more evening entertainment in our section below on things to do at night.
7. Art Basel Fair
Art Basel is known around the world for connecting local galleries, collectors and art lovers.
This year's exhibition will display artwork from over 4,000 artists, working in all mediums.
Works range from pieces by young artists to museum-quality masterpieces.
December 1st - 3rd, 2022.
See their website for more information.
8. Deering Historic Holidays Evening Stroll
Throughout the month of December you can take a tour of the historic and majestic Deering Estate, specially decorated for the holidays.
Special events are scheduled throughout the month.
Visit their website for more information.
9. New Year’s Eve in Miami
A popular way to spend New Year's Eve is to head over to watch the free fireworks at Miami Beach’s annual New Year's Eve celebration.
You can also join the free festivities at Bayfront Park and see the Big Orange rise!
Instead of dropping a ball, Miami rings in the New Year by hoisting a giant LED orange 400 feet up the side of the InterContinental Hotel next to the park.
Big Orange reaches the top of the building at exactly midnight accompanied by a fireworks display.
Get more information here.
10. Save Money with an Attraction Discount Pass
If there are multiple attractions you want to see, getting a tourist attraction discount pass is the way to go.
These passes work by bundling attraction tickets to give you the best prices possible, often saving up to 45% of retail costs.
Attractions Included in Various Passes:
- Fort Lauderdale Half-Day Tour
- Wynwood Art Walk Tour
- Gator & Wildlife Park Safari
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
Find our full comparison post on the Miami passes available here.
THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN DECEMBER
Miami is known for its vibrant nightlife.
Below are just a few of the best nighttime activities. You get the added bonus of festive holiday evening events as well.
Find even more nighttime activities from our post on things to do at night in Miami.
Take a Night Bus Tour
What better way to kick off a night in Miami, than by hopping on a 90-Minute Big Bus Night Tour all around the city?
You’ll get to see the Magic City all lit up with its colors and vibrancy on this tour.
Better yet, you can save money on this tour if you have the Go Miami Card, a discount tourist pass.
Deering Estate Events
Held at the elegant Deering Estate on December 2nd and again on December 14th, 2022, from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, the Historic Holidays Evening Stroll is a special way to spend an evening in Miami.
The grounds will be decorated by some of South Florida's top interior designers, there will be holiday films, and Mrs. Claus will read bedtime stories. For more information, visit the vent website.
Also at the Deering Estate, on December 9th, 2022, is the 5th Annual Mistletoe & Martinis event.
There will be festive music, sumptuous hors-d'oeuvres, and delicious desserts and of course, samplings of flavorful martinis.
Tickets are $175 per person. Click here for more information.
SoundScape Cinema Series
This free movie series takes place on Wednesdays at SoundScape Park at the New World Center. Movies begin at 8:00 pm.
Bring along a beach chair or blanket.
This series begins in November and typically runs for many months, so if you are in town another time, you can still take advantage of this free activity.
See their website for information on location, times and movie line-up.
Free Concert at MOCA
On the last Friday of each month, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) offers free entry from 7 to 10 pm and together with a free jazz concert.
The music starts at 8 pm. See MOCA's website for more details and who is playing in December.
For lots more ideas, be sure to take a look at our post on things to do in Miami at night.
FREE THINGS TO DO IN DECEMBER
There is no shortage of free entertainment in Miami.
For more ideas for any time of year, be sure to read our post, Free Things To Do In Miami.
Take the Free Wynwood Art Walk
The Wynwood Art Walk is one of the most popular events in Miami. Held every second Saturday of the month, it offers free evening tours of the murals, graffiti, and galleries that dot this area.
You can enjoy various live performances, music, food from vendors and a variety of food trucks.
King Mango Strut Parade
Every year on the last Sunday in December, local folks come out to watch or partake in this unique and wacky parade in Coconut Grove.
Floats and costumes parody current events and pop culture.
The parade starts at the corner of Main Highway and Commodore Plaza and winds its way through the streets of the eclectic Coconut Grove neighborhood.
In 2022, the parade is on December 25th, at 2:00 pm, but go early to get a good viewing spot. See here for more details.
Free Gospel Sundays at the Arsht Center
As part of this free performance series, you will find free gospel performances with folks such as Jonathan McReynolds, Jekalyn Carter, and more.
You can reserve First-Access passes to get early access to general admission seats.
Sign up here to join the Arsht Center email list to get notified when passes for this and other Free Gospel Sundays will be made available.
Go to the Beach
Kind of a no brainer, but with so many other activities you can enjoy, we wanted to make sure you save time for Miami's beautiful beaches!
Miami beaches are simply perfect and the nicest during winters. You will love the cool fresh breezes under the comfortable temperatures.
Visit the Wolfsonian
The Wolfsonian Museum is free to visit and free tours are given between 6 pm - 6:45 pm.
Sometimes there will be free music as well. Visit their website for details.
For more ideas for any time of year, be sure to read our post, Free Things To Do In Miami.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN DECEMBER
Your family may have come to Miami for the beach, but in December, you can find many ways to celebrate the holidays
For even more ideas, see our post on kid-friendly activities available in Miami.
In 2022, this seasonal light display and festival will take place every Friday and Saturday in December from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Your kids will love the animal shapes sparkling with Christmas lights, the Snowman’s Riverboat ride, a photo-op with Santa and hot chocolate and cookies.
Click the Miami Zoo's website for more information.
Nights of Lights at Pinecrest Gardens
From December 11th, 2022 - January 3rd, 2023, thousands of lights turn these gardens into a winter wonderland.
Your kids can take pictures with Santa, enjoy pony rides and mechanical rides every night.
Select nights offer Christmas music and storytelling. The hours are from 6 pm - 9 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children (under 18).
Visit their website for details.
Miami Children’s Museum
This is a fantastic museum for kids every month of the year!
The museum has hundreds of interactive exhibits where kids have access to hands-on learning materials related to art, culture, community, and communication.
Get more information on the museum's website. This museum is included for free for Go Miami Card holders.
TIP: Entry is free the third Friday of the month from 3 pm-9 pm.
Take a Picture with Santa
Head over to one of the best Miami shopping malls to have your child pose for a photo with Santa.
You can also squeeze in some shopping for yourself.
Here are some malls that usually have a Santa photo opportunity: Dolphin Mall, Aventura Mall, and Dadeland Mall.
See our post on things to do in Miami, which has a section dedicated to family-friendly activities.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
This 2.6-acre (10,522 sqm) lush botanical oasis has native Florida plants and trees, and even a Japanese garden.
Well, they do ask for contributions, and special events may require tickets. Still, take advantage of this free paradise.
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Note: They are closed Christmas Day.