New Vizcaya farmers market, live culture, return of bowling and ice skating as nightlife, rent a movie theater, free Nicky Jam concert, a wonderful day, places to score a beach or pool day pass at a luxury hotel, and more this month in Things to Do in Miami in December.
Rent an entire movie theater for you and your friends and/or family. Gables Cinema in Coral Gables is offering this. You can have a maximum of 20 guests with members of different households having to sit 6 feet apart. Masks need to be worn in all public areas. The maximum film length is two hours.Cinema members receive discounts on rentals & priority booking! Cost is $200 for members and $275 for non members. Don’t forget the snacks! $5 flat fee for one candy, non-alcoholic beverage, and popcorn when purchased for every guest in the party. Otherwise, concessions can be purchased a la carte at regular price. Silverspot Cinema downtown also offers the rent a private screening promotion.
A new Sunday farmers market is a welcome addition for Brickell and Coconut Grove residents. Sponsored by the Urban Oasis Project, it’s held at Vizcaya Village, across the road from the Vizcaya museum. Coincidentally, the area used to be the site of farms and village for Vizcaya which you can visit. It runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. through April. If you’re a member of Vizcaya you get 10% off all purchases. Find everything from super fresh produce from 30 farms in Homestead and savory and sweet pastries (Baguette Plus), bone and Vegan broths (SoupToBones.com) to coconut yogurt and water, skin care products, orchids, a line of intriguing gourmet sauces (Saucy Lips) you can use with all matter of foods, a nutritional supplement of sea moss which is said to be a nutrient dense superfood (Sea Moss Gold), empanadas and more. On the launch day there were 17 vendors and expect the number to grow. One of my favorite items was an orchid care kit by E & B Orchid Exchange, a perfect gift item for orchid lovers.
Are you one of the many fans of the work of Manolo Valdes? Then head over to The Doral Contemporary Art Museum for ‘Manolo Valdés – The Legacy‘, largest to date outdoor exhibition of monumental sculptures by this world-renowned Contemporary Art Master. It will open on Saturday, December 5th at 11 am in Doral Central Park. This showcase, comprised of eighteen monumental sculptures installed throughout the city of Doral parks, will be on view until June 2021, where they can be enjoyed safely by everyone.
If you like Latin trap music and regaetton you must know NIcky Jam. And if you don’t know of him you should! Here’s a link to some of his greatest hits on You Tube. The Grammy award-winning superstar Nicky Jam will take the stage at Bardot Live in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood on Friday, Dec. 4 for a free virtual concert. Jam has earned countless nominations and awards, including most notably the Billboard Latin Music Awards Latin Rhythm Song of the Year, iHeartRadio Music Awards Latin Song of the Year, and Latin Grammys Best Urban Performance and Album of the Year. The show will stream worldwide exclusively on the GlobalStreamNow App. Nicky will perform his greatest chart-topping hits and songs from his latest album, Infinity. For more info, visit https://www.bardotlive.com. GlobalStreamNow App is Available on Apple Store and Google Play.
Bowl and Skate in style at The Miami Beach EDITION hotel’s BASEMENT. Adding a new layer to Miami Beach nightlife, the newly reopened BASEMENT features a bowling alley, and ice-skating rink—all outfitted with a state-of-the-art sound system! It’s open Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to Midnight. Reservations are required and masks are mandated.
A wonderful day (and easy, don’t we love easy now) is to visit the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Boca Raton Museum of Art and cap it with a visit to The Boys Market for food shopping. The Morikami museum isn’t open now, but the beautiful and extensive grounds are complete with themed Japanese gardens and a display of bonsai trees including some from local clubs with an informative description (did you know there isn’t a bonsai species, but rather, any trees can be made into a bonsai). Plus, for my tastes, it has one of the top two museum stores in South Florida with its variety of gift items, textiles, hand made cards and even Japanese sweets. A short drive away is The Boys Market which I wrote about earlier. On your way home stop at The Boca Museum in Mizner Park where you can grab a bite at any of the many restaurants there. The museum shop is very good as well.
Plus, More Things to Do in Miami in December
Miami City Ballet (MCB) is presenting George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® in the Park live outdoors in Downtown Doral Park. The innovative multimedia production uses animation, projection, video and live sequences. The production opens December 18th with a special free performance in salute of first responders and essential workers with thirteen general audience performances from December 19th through December 31st.
Guests will journey with Marie and her Prince through MCB’s original, Miami-inspired production that The Miami Herald called “jaw dropping,” “exceptional” and “a riot of colors,” through a combination of live performances alongside animated and video sequences projected on a giant screen – all while safely seated in socially distanced pods.
Performances are presented in the park, in the open air, with 153 socially distanced pods. Pods are sections of lawn that accommodate a maximum of four people and the wearing of masks by all attendees is mandatory. In addition, dancers, artistic staff and production crew will receive Covid-19 testing on a regular basis, as recommended by healthcare partners and provided by Baptist Health South Florida.
Opening performance on December 18th for essential workers is free, but tickets are required due to limited capacity. Tickets for the general public are on sale (click here) or by calling the Miami City Ballet Customer Relations at 305.929.7010, Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm.
All tickets are sold as pods and cost $120-$285, depending on section and date. Guests may select a Chair pod or a Blanket pod. In chair sections, chairs will be provided. In blanket sections, guests must bring their own blankets to sit on. All tickets include free parking. Downtown Doral Park is located at 8395 NW 53rd Street, Doral.
Speaking of live ballet, the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami will be performing Don Quixote Suite on December 5 at The Fillmore. Click here for more information.
JazzAid Live at the Banyan Bowl is an eight concert jazz series streamed live from the Pinecrest Gardens’ Banyan Bowl Amphitheater. In an effort to both save the famed series this year and help feed families across the nation, the Village of Pinecrest will make this iconic jazz series available to anyone with internet access.
A generous portion of the proceeds from JazzAid Live will go directly to World Central Kitchen founded by acclaimed international Chef José Andrés to help to feed families affected by the pandemic. Tickets are $15 per show, or you can purchase the new bundle subscription package of 6 for $75 for the remaining shows. To purchase, click here. Concerts will air only once at 8:00 p.m. ET the day of the concert on any internet based device including some smart TVs, computer monitors, tablets and smartphones. Next concert is December 12 at 8 p.m. ET with Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling.
Thinking about spending the day in style at the beach or a luxury hotel pool? Here’s one of my best read posts on day passes at leading hotels and resorts in Miami that I just updated.