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Written by Dinah McNichols, BT Contributor   
December 2017

North_Miami_Holiday_Light_SpectacularNorth Miami Holiday Light Spectacular

Each December, North Miami residents on a quiet cul-de-sac turn up the wattage with dazzling tree lights and front-yard tableaux during Holiday Lights at Enchanted Place. Illuminated nightly from 6:00 to 11:00 through Saturday, January 6, the twinkling extravaganza is located on Enchanted Place, off NE 16th Avenue and parallel to Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park. It’s the residents’ gift to the rest of us. On Facebook: Enchanted Place of North Miami.

Vizcaya_Village_Re-Creates_Olden_YuletideVizcaya Village Re-Creates Olden Yuletide

James Deering took possession of his winter residence on Christmas Day 1916, and Vizcaya re-creates that bygone holiday splendor this month during regular hours. On Saturday through Monday, December 2-4, and Sunday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., courtyard stations host ornament making for estate trees. Clear Wednesday, December 13, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., for the inaugural Holiday Evening at Vizcaya Village. The families that worked the estate had their residences and offices in the 12-acre “village” (3250 S. Miami Ave.) across the street, and this celebration highlights their winter traditions. Wander, enjoy tours, treats, and music; families who come for Holiday Evening get passes for Vizcaya.; 305-250-9133.


Cracking_the_NutCracking the Nut

Parents, time’s running out. If you want tickets for your little Claras and Mouse Kings, don’t delay. At the Arsht Center, two performances only, Saturday, December 2, don’t miss the very cool, touring Hip Hop Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky but in New York, with an onstage DJ, hip-hop choreography, and rapper Kurtis Blow. Also at the Arsht, Miami City Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with Balanchine’s choreography from Friday, December 16, through Sunday, September 24, evenings and some matinees. The touring Moscow Ballet presents The Great Russian Nutcracker on Saturday, December 30, at the Fillmore in Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave.) for a 3:00 p.m. matinee only.


Actual Art Week Freebies

Art Basel is a masterstroke of marketing, with its shows, satellite shows, and pay-per-parties. But there’s plenty in Miami Beach that’s free, including nightly arts films at Soundscape Park and the Colony Theatre; “Territorial,” an installation of 11 “site-transforming” works of public art at Collins Park; two walking tours (registration a must); and nearly 20 talks at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens featuring artists, social activists, collectors, patrons, critics, journalists, art dealers, and museum curators and directors, over three days. On Wednesday, December 6, at 8:00 p.m., at SoundScape Park, catch the first two movements of Jim Shaw’s rock opera The Rinse Cycle (snarky nod to Wagner’s Ring Cycle). See “Off the Basel Path” (page 58) for details. For many more events, go to


Miami Street Photography Festival

What does it take to be a documentary or street photographer? Irony? Empathy? The ability to see the world in a grain of sand? You’ll get a bit closer to understanding at the Miami Street Photography Festival from Thursday through Saturday, December 7-9, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 10, noon to 5:00 p.m., at HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St.). On view: works from 93 international finalists. All exhibits and events are free, though some classes and workshops are paid/private events. Acclaimed photogs on hand are expected to include Miami’s Maggie Steber, Vineet Vohra, Ibarionex Perello Alessandra Sanguinetti, Constantine Manos, Larry Fink, Richard Sandler, and Harvey Stein. For a schedule and to register for free tickets: More info:


They’ve Got Street Cred

Buskerfest returns with scores of local performers Friday, December 15, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. How to find them? Ride the free Metromover, and wherever you get off along the Inner Loop, listen for laughter and applause. Enjoy the show, then hop back on to your next busker-do. Bring your spare change -- the buskers will thank you. Related Bayfront Park fun: Children’s Corner activities each half hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and at 6:00 p.m., “Blast From 305’s Past,” video from the Wolfson’s Moving Image Archives. At 7:00 p.m., everyone convenes at Bayfront Park for the Buskextravaganza and a special performance.


MISO’s Pop-Up Series at the Palm Court

The Miami Symphony Orchestra continues its free performance series in the Design District on Friday, December 15, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Palm Court plaza (140 NE 39th St.). The event is presented by the Knight Foundation, produced by Emilio Estefan, and sponsored by Estefan Kitchen. No program or guest announcements yet, but judging from October’s program, look for a mix of Latin, pop, Broadway, and classics; and don’t be surprised if an Estefan takes the stage. or


Behind the Wynwood Murals

Too late for Basel, but you could be speaking like a true “gallerist” once you’ve taken HistoryMiami’s History of Street Art walking tour through Wynwood. Set for Saturday December 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., the tour includes the murals and installations; the history of graffiti in the world; and the backstory of the old Garment District’s makeover. Meet at Panther Coffee (2390 NW 2nd Ave.); the event ends at the Concrete Beach Brewery for a tour and tastings. Reservations,

Get Your Mango On

The 36th King Mango Strut on Sunday, December 31, brings the perfect touch of mania to cap this año bizarro. As usual, headlines from the past year are fodder for costumes and props, and faux and legit marching bands. No pomp, much parody. Bring a cooler, a folder chair, your best belly laughs, and you’ll fit right in. Everything is free. At noon kids 5 to 12 can take part in the pre-Strut Little Miss (and Little King) Mango Pageant and then ride in the parade’s opening float. The Strut gets officially under way at 2:00 p.m. in central Coconut Grove, but arrive early since the fun lasts all day. For details and map:


New Year’s Eve at Bayfront Park

Fireworks? Check. Big Orange? Check. Pitbull (Mr. 305 himself)? Okay, then. You’re covered for Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.). Billed as the largest NYE party in South Florida, it features a free concert (at the amphitheater) and family event featuring a food and wine festival (ticketed), food vendors, and the lightshow at midnight. The party starts at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, and lasts until 12:30 a.m. You know the routine: try the Metrorail and Metromover Inner Loop; and no bottles, cans, coolers, or fireworks.


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