Your holiday calendar is about to get busy with these weekly events and activities. Florida has one of the best beaches and cities to get all festive and merry. This season, discover the different cities in South Florida and attend an event you've never heard of.
Whether you're in Miami, Tampa or Orlando, each city has a unique activity going on during winter. You might encounter few snowflakes in the Sunshine State and a couple of Santa Clauses heading to your favorite bar.
Make some space on your social schedule and discover tradition with your family. These places will make you feel like you're in Christmas town minus the unbearable cold.
Go art hunting at Art Basel
The beginning of December means art and culture in South Florida. The holiday festivities start with Art Basel and a tour of the best murals in Miami. This is a world-leading event connecting artists, collectors, and galleries to support the growth of artists. If you're looking for a vibrant art piece for your dining room, this is the place to get inspired. Art Basel week is from December 6-9 and, is a great event to get free drinks and see live art painting.
Surf in Cocoa Beach with Santa
On Christmas eve ride a wave with hundreds of Santas and raise money for local charities. This event is held in Cocoa Beach, FL and is a fun way to start the celebration. All you need is a surfboard and a Santa costume. Just make sure your kids don't see you before you put the gifts under the tree.
Live a winter wonderland at the Now Snowing event
Live a white Christmas at the Now Snowing event in Celebration. The event will cover you in white snow flurries and take you on a carriage ride around town. Now is your time to live a magical Christmas around Charles Dickens carolers and the live performances. No need to travel up north to get a wonderful holiday experience.
Ice Slide at Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee
You can also slide on the ice at Gaylord Palms Resort. This 9-degree winter-themed wonderland is the perfect holiday event to explore Christmas around the world without leaving home. The place has life-sized sculptures and five two-story ice slides that make it a majestic crystal-clear event.
Ride the slingshot at Santa's Enchanted Forest
Enjoy an exhilarating ride at Santa's Enchanted Forest. The slingshot is one of the most popular rides during this holiday-themed park. Imagine yourself bungee jumping inside a globe. If you're brave enough ask your adventurous friend to do the ride with you. You have the option to record the ride and remember this experience.
Watch the lights at Pinecrest Gardens
Pinecrest Gardens turn into a holiday wonderland during December. Take your date on a night stroll and enjoy the light installations and exhibits happening from December 15th - January 1st. The sparkling holiday lights are magical and this is the perfect time to drink hot chocolate while holding hands with your S.O.
Watch The Nutcracker at Adrienne Arsht Center
This holiday classic never gets old and if you haven't seen the ballet performance, you better book tickets as soon as possible. The Nutcracker is one of the best holiday shows and is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. The live performance will take you back to your childhood memories and believe in miracles once again. The Adrienne Arsht Center will be showing George Balanchine's The Nutcracker December 14th through December 24th.
Holiday Concert at the New World Symphony
Celebrate the holidays with a free WALLCAST concert at SoundScape Park at the New World Center on Miami Beach. Each year the park turns into a holiday concert with the best symphony. Just bring lawn chairs and blankets. If you're on a budget and spent all your money on gifts, this activity is free and perfect for a romantic date.
Attend an Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
Time to bring your ugliest holiday sweater out of your armoire and go bar hopping. Instead of staying indoors bring your friends to this bar crawl. The event includes five drinks and venues with tons of holiday spirit. You'll be making new friends and visiting the best bars in Miami. Also, don't forget to snag a holiday goodie.
Capital One Orange Bowl
If you're into football this is a game you don't want to miss. On December 29th join the 2018 college football playoff game at the Capital One Orange Bowl. This is a historic game to put on your bucket list. The event will be held at the Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday 29th at 8:00 pm.
Dance at the Drum Circle Full Moon party
Dance under the moonlight at the Drum Circle in Miami Beach. This event is run by locals and is one of the best-kept secrets. The next full moon parties will be on November 23rd and December 22nd. You can bring drums and other instruments. The entrance to the full moon party is located on 79th street. Follow the link for further Drum Circle Etiquette.
Cheer at the King Mango Strut Parade
This parade in Coconut Grove has been called "The weirdest parade in the universe". The parade will be held on December 30th and starts at Berries in the Grove. You can join the parade and go early for happy hour. You never know what to expect at this parade. Locals build floats that parody current events and dress in crazy costumes. The parade echoes the headlines over the years, so get ready for a good laugh.
Dine under the stars at Giralda Plaza
Have a delightful dinner under the stars on Giralda Plaza. This is one of the best events in Coral Gables where restaurants and other vendors come alive with outdoor dining. The next event is on December 7th, 2018. You will enjoy music by local bands and the best ambiance. It's a gread idea for a romantic date.
Matzoball Miami Xmas Eve
Jewish and single? Join the Matzoball on December 24th on this Jewish single's event. This is the ultimate party experience you don't want to miss out. The Matzoball has been going on for three decades and USA Today dubs it "The Number 1 Holiday Party of the Year".
Go bar hopping at Ice Bar Miami
If you're over the sand and eternal sunshine, join the party at Drinkhouse Fire & Ice. The ice bar is the perfect place to have a craft cocktail and enjoy the 30-degree weather. This place is located a few steps from the beach but get ready to wear a furry coat. You'll feel like in Ireland.
Do a Vision Board at Space Called
Start the New Year with positive vibes at Space Called Tribe. This Vision Board Brunch event is the perfect way to end the old year and bring in the new you. Dream gold and big at this special life-altering gathering. You'll meet new ladies and dream together about your goals for 2019.
Holiday Evening at Vizcaya Museum
If you want to feel like a royal add this holiday evening event to your bucket list. The Vizcaya Museum decorates the main house and goes all festive on December 19th. This is a classic holiday event to bring your family or your date. Explore the village at night and enjoy
Holly Jolly Holiday Lights Tour
Take a trolley tour around Key West. The island goes all out with a glimmering festival of lights during the holidays. The trolley tour takes you around the neighborhood and the best-decorated houses by locals. This is a unique experience worth the visit. Also, bring your eggnog and make it the best date ever.
Enjoy the lights at Plantation Baptist Church
Celebrate the holidays with music, light, and hot chocolate. This place is located at Plantation Baptist Church and is one of most magical locations you'll ever see. Few locals know about this place and the best part is completely free. Come with the family and enjoy some smores while listening to holiday classics.
Winterfest Boat Parade
Get in your best holiday costume and join this one-of-a-kind holiday parade. All the boats are decorated with Christmas lights and this year's theme is "Best of the 80s".
Festival of Trees Exhibit
On December 13th, the Deering Estate turns into a fabulous exhibit. The historic house gets glamorous with holiday accents and decorations. Kick-off the festivities with The Festival of Trees and discover all the decorated historic homes. The exhibit will be displayed from November 30th to January 4th.
Life in Color festival at RC Cola Plant
Live your life in color at this paint experience at RC Cola Plant. The festival features music, art, and lots of paint. Become your own canvas and tell your friends to be the Picasso. You'll be full of paint by the end of the night.
Light it up at Miami Lantern Festival
The Lantern Light Festival is a six-week featuring Chinese culture, cuisine, and handmade lanterns. This event opens from November 30th until January 20th. You'll be looking at the best work from Chinese artisans and taking lots of Insta stories.
Watch the horses at Pegasus World Cup
Even if you're not into the horses, come and join the party at this annual event. Many celebrities and influencers come together to show off their best style and sip the best cocktails. The glamorous atmosphere makes it one of the best places to spend on a Saturday afternoon.