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There is no place like Miami for the holidays. The malls and shopping centers are beautifully decorated for the season and brimming with bargains. The weather is pleasantly warm and the sun shines virtually every day. From glorious days on palm-framed golf courses to enchanting evenings at waterfront restaurants, there are so many enjoyable things to do on land, at sea and in the water. Miami’s excellent offerings of artistic, Christmas, cultural and flashy special events are a holiday gift to all who attend.

December Weather Report:

The average December temperature range in Miami is 65ºF (low) to 75ºF (high). This month marks the peak of the dry season and has an average rainfall of 1.5 inches. Average wind speed is 9.2 mph. Atlantic water (sea surface) temperature averages 73ºF.

December is packed with special events in Miami -

Miami Art Month -

Special exhibitions, receptions and other art-related events take place each December. Among them is Art Week at the Art Miami Pavilion during the first week in December, which attracts thousands of dealers, curators, collectors and artists from around the world. In 2012, Art Week is set for December 5 - 9, with an Opening Night VIP Preview reception on December 4 that includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
Art Basel Miami Beach is scheduled to run at the Miami Beach Convention Center December 6 - 9, 2012 and is one of the most important contemporary art shows in the Americas. It features works at prestigious galleries and museums, and offers an interesting program of special exhibits and social gatherings with music, refreshments and visual presentations.
Miami July Event - Miami Americas Birthday Bash
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Santa’s Enchanted Forest-

From November through the first week in January, Miami’s Tropical Park becomes a winter wonderland full of rides, games, shows and attractions each evening. It has basic fair foods and fancier cuisine representing cultures from around the globe. It boasts South Florida’s tallest Christmas tree, millions of glistening holiday lights and some dazzling and daring live entertainment performed by people, sea lions, alligators and tigers. Some of the interesting things to do at this combo theme park - holiday village are scaling the climbing wall, watching the strange side shows, dunking the clown and testing your skill and fortitude on the bull ride and bungee jump.

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Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival -

Starting on the day after Christmas and running through January 1 each year, the Native Americans who call the Miami area home host a huge cultural festival at the Tamiami Trail Miccosukee Indian Village, about 40 miles west of Miami. The festival offers many interesting things to do such as take an airboat ride through the Everglades, watch daring alligator handling demonstrations and enjoy performances by Native American musicians, dancers and singers. Some additional features are a fashion show and art exhibits in various media. Lots of vendors will be on hand offering a variety of Native American foods and arts and crafts items.

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Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival -

The end of each year is celebrated with a three-day music festival in South Beach. Top pop solo artists and groups are featured at the beachside concerts each night, starting on December 30th. Of course, there is an extra special concert on New Year’s Eve. The unique amphitheater that can accommodate 15,000 music fans, the jumbo video screen and stage are all set up on the sand for this event, which takes place on Ocean Drive between 7th and 9th streets.

Miami July Event - Taste of the Nation Miami
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New Year's Eve at Bayfront Park-

While New York City is known for ringing in the new year with a cut crystal ball drop at Times Square, Miami’s claim to fame for this annual celebration is the slow raising of Mr. Neon, a different type of round object. Also known as Big Orange, the ascent takes place on the outside wall of the Intercontinental Hotel. Expect to find over 100,000 revelers in Bayfront Park near the banks of Biscayne Bay enjoying musical performances as they watch the ball climb 400 feet to its perch The block-party atmosphere extends into the nearby Downtown Miami streets and reaches its peak when a brilliant fireworks show lights up the bay and night sky at midnight.

Best bets for warm December weather activities in Miami -

Days are mild and the humidity is comfortable during December, perfect for everything from hiking through pristine nature preserves to teeing up at any one of the area’s dozens of impressive golf courses. Beach lovers can enjoy frolicking in the surf and then relaxing on wide stretches of sand while they work on getting a tan. Throughout December, many of South Florida’s prime attractions get all decked out for the holiday season and offer special programs. At the Deering Estate at Cutler, there is a tree lighting ceremony, story time and kids crafts with Santa, and a holiday bay cruise. There is also a month-long event, Deering Holiday Wonderland, when tours of the estate’s beautifully decorated historic houses and gardens would give any grinch a reason to rejoice. Jungle Island, the Miami Children's Museum and Zoo Miami schedule holiday events and fun things to do that are entertaining and educational. Fishing in Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic is good in December. In the bay’s flats, bonefish is a common catch. Other fish likely to be caught in shallow waters in December are snook and redfish, with tarpon making an appearance during a warm spell. Out in the deep, sailfish are sought and there’s a good chance of hooking one.

Vacation Planning Tips:

Since South Florida is a popular holiday vacation destination, it’s essential to plan a December getaway to Miami early in order to avoid disappointment. Book accommodations as soon as possible. No winter gear is needed for a December stay in Miami. Just be sure to have some sunscreen and sunglasses for daytime activities outdoors and a light jacket or sweater and a couple of fancier outfits for special nights out on the town.

Interested in visting Miami in January? See our January Miami weather report and our list of Miami activities and events in January

 


 


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