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Things to do In Miami in Winter

Posted by admin on October 9, 2017

Miami is the perfect place to escape the cold chill of winter. During winter in Miami, the temperature steadily sits in the balmy 70s every day. There’s something special about experiencing Miami in the winter, when everyone else back home is turning up their central heating, and seeing daylight disappear by 5pm. As well as great weather, you can also enjoy some great activities – here are some of the best things to do in Miami in winter: 

1. Be captivated by Miami and its art during winter

Each December, Art Basel takes place in Miami (December 7-10, 2017). Miami has a thriving and cultural art scene year round, and when Art Basel comes to town, Miami’s art scene goes up a gear, because this is when leading galleries from the world over show work of world-class artists, as well as that of new and emerging talent. Sculpture, paintings, film, photography and installations by over 4,000 artists will be on display at the Miami Beach Convention Center for Art Basel. Miami’s cityscape, which is already beautifully enhanced by wonderful outdoor artworks year round, will have additional outdoor installations on display city-wide during Art Basel.

An outdoor installation from Art Basel, Miami – looking across the bay.
An outdoor installation from Art Basel, Miami – looking across the bay.

2. Celebrate Yuletide in the sunshine

In Miami, you can celebrate Christmas in the sunshine. Whilst many of your friends back home might be celebrating Christmas in the snow - you could be having Christmas on the beach in Miami. You can still do all the traditional Christmas activities – like singing carols, seeing Santa, checking out the Christmas markets, looking at the cheerful Christmas light displays at many of the city’s sights – but, you’ll also be celebrating Christmas in sunshine.

You can build a ‘Sandman’ instead of a ‘Snowman’ on Miami’s South Beach.
You can build a ‘Sandman’ instead of a ‘Snowman’ on Miami’s South Beach.

3. Go Mango strutting. 

On the last Sunday of December, you can take part in the King Mango Strut in Coconut Grove. This year’s event happens to be New Year’s Eve. It’s an annual parade that satirises and pokes fun at national and local figures and issues. It’s a fun ‘celebration’ of the year’s events and a memorable way to mark the year’s close.

King Mango Strut celebrations in Coconut Grove, Miami.
Photo by Mark Bonaparte / CC BY-SA 2.0

4. Ring in the New Year, Miami style. 

One of the best things to do in Miami during winter is to ring in the New Year, Miami style. Miami is renowned for its nightlife – so it’s a given that celebrating New Year in Miami will be an incredible bash. There’ll be parties throughout town – with a firework display over the bay, and the annual ‘the Big Orange’ at Bayfront Park – a challenger to the famous ball drop in New York City. The events all over town are a mix of family friendly occasions – like this one at Bayfront Park – or VIP affairs at the city’s best clubs and restaurants. There’s something for everyone during New Year in Miami.

The incredible New Year fireworks display over the skyline of downtown Miami.
The incredible New Year fireworks display over the skyline of downtown Miami.

5. Celebrate the Carnevale in Miami. 

Later in winter – during February and March – Miami is filled with celebrations and festivals to mark the Carnevale season, including the Calle Ocho Festival – the largest street festival in Miami. It usually features incredible food, dancing, music and art. Over at Coral Gables, the sister festival Carnavale on the Mile is a little quieter, but no less entertaining with food, stalls, and wonderful Caribbean sounds.  

There’s no shortage of things to do in Miami in winter. Visit Miami to swap your winter woollies for your shorts and shades. Enjoy the cultural celebrations the city will be hosting over winter, or just come and enjoy the weather and hit the beach – the gorgeous white sand and bright blue waves are as beautiful and appealing here in winter, as they are any other time of year. Hop over to our website at for information on our winter specials, like our Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise and details on how we can help you to explore Miami and help you make the best of your winter break.

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