December Newsletter
Vol. 5 No. 23

Welcome to December!

Season is upon us with all the holiday festivities. We hope you are enjoying our extensive event calendar tracking all the events until June of next year.
Ready for Basel?

Its finally arrived. The Super Bowl of art in South Florida.
If you have never been, get out and explore what Basel and all the satellite fairs have to offer. 

Warm Regards, 
Miguel Pena 
Southern Florida Concierge Association

Santa's Enchanted Forest

DEC 1-31
Tropical Park
7900 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33155
The largest holiday theme park in the world, Santa's Enchanted Forest is happening at Tropical Park. Enjoy carnival rides, shows, games, a 92-foot tall Christmas tree and more than three million Christmas lights. Ride the ferris wheel, race speedy cars, or risk it all on the "Mega Drop." Single day and season passes are available. The park is open until the beginning of January.
Deering Holiday Wonderland 
DEC 1-31 
Deering Estate 
16701 SW 72nd Ave
Miami, FL  33157
Tour the elegant and historic Deering Estate located on the edge of Biscayne Bay when it's festively decorated for the holidays and decked out in beautiful Christmas lights. Highlights include story time and photos with Santa Claus as well as the Holiday Bay Cruise. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 4 to 14. Special events like the Holiday Bay Cruise are $35 per person.

Art Basel 
DEC 7-10 
Various Locations 
Miami, FL 
Miami Art Week is a series of art fairs and events held throughout the city. The city is now home to more than 20 distinct pop-up art festivals during the coveted first week of December. The main event, Art Basel Miami Beach draws more than 73,000 art dealers, artists, collectors and aficionados to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Ticket prices vary.

Pinecrest Gardens Nights of Lights
DEC 15-31 
Pinecrest Gardens 
Pinecrest, FL 
Pinecrest Gardens
transforms into a holiday wonderland illuminated by thousands of spectacular and sparkling holiday lights. The event presented by Live Like Bella, a foundation for childhood cancer, features pictures with Santa, midway rides, Christmas music, pony rides and Banyan Bowl performances on select dates featuring story tellers, the Nutcracker ballet and more.

Miami Dolphins

vs. New England
DEC 11: 8:30PM

Hard Rock Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Miami Heat
vs. Portland
DEC 13: 7:30PM

vs. LA
DEC 16: 8:00PM

American Airlines Arena 
601 Biscayne Blvd 
Miami, FL 33132 
Winter Shorts 2017

DEC 7-23
Adrienne Arsht PAC
Miami, FL
Get in the spirit of the holidays with City Theatre's brand new Winter Shorts! This festive version of Summer Shorts: America's Short Play Festival features a jolly program of short plays and musicals!  Treat yourself, your friends and family to an evening of theater filled with hilarity, both naughty and nice.  Penned by the country's best playwrights and performed by a company of South Florida theater all-stars, City Theatre's Winter Shorts will sparkle this holiday season!

Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker

DEC 15-24
Adrienne Arsht PAC
Miami, FL
New Production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker! The holiday tradition you love will become even more magical, with an all-new production by Cuban-American artistic power couple, Isabel and Ruben Toledo.

Concerts in South Florida
1-800 LUCKY

Wynwood, Miami, FL
1-800-Lucky, an Asian-themed marketplace set to open this month, will offer seven food vendors from around the country, a karaoke bar, and a small theater in a 10,000 square-foot space - all disguised as a record shop and convenience store.


50 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL
Three will be helmed by esteemed James Beard award winning chef Norman Van Aken. A 100 seat restaurant focused on New World Cuisine.

Soul Tavern

1801 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
Nourishment takes many forms. We are fed through laughs, nurturing environments, human contact, passionate work, rest, art, community, and food. Traditionally, a tavern was a place we went for all these things. It was a community cornerstone for locals and visitors. Soul Tavern is resurrecting the tavern as it was a century ago-with soul-for the soul.
Wild Lime Adventures

Led by two former university professors, one of which a Florida Master Naturalist Instructor, Wild Lime Adventures is an eco-tour and cultural tour company, providing round-trip day-tours in South Florida.
Fly a Fighter Jet

A fantastic L-39, sun and fun - that's what's waiting for you in Tampa, Florida. Get ready to take a Florida Fighter Jet Instruction Flight in the L-39 Albatros military jet right above the gulf of Mexico. This L-39 jet is also used by the Russian cosmonauts and fighter pilots for training. It is a perfect trainer. Students will get the opportunity to fly this exciting and responsive jet under the close supervision of flight instructors. No flight experience is needed to take part in a fighter jet training flight.

Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing

Miami Wake Academy was born from a love of watersports and Miami's lack of quality watersports coaching. We have experience teaching five-year-olds to 65-year-olds and everyone in between. Our small owner operated company brings you the personal touch that makes a huge difference compared to waterpark style companies that treat their riders impersonally due to the corporations disconnect from riders.

Personal Speedboat Tour

Experience the adventure of a lifetime on our Speed Boat Adventure Tour. A guided and narrated Tour of Biscayne Bay with a twist. You are able to navigate and captain your own speedboat for the entirety of the tour while following our trained and knowledgeable guides to experience the best of both worlds - the THRILL of driving your own speedboat, and the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the beauty of Miami's Biscayne Bay.

Mountain Biking on beautiful Virginia Key

Located on the north end of Virginia Key, the mountain trail was built by hand through volunteers from the Virginia Key Bike Club (VKBC) with resources provided by the City of Miami. The trails have been built to allow all levels of bicyclists access to the opportunity to be surrounded by nature and water (Biscayne Bay) in the heart of Miami while getting the thrills of mountain biking.
A fun app that lets you act out scenes with friends. Each "actor" gets a line and time limit. They need to record their best reading with their phone and send out their scenes. When everyone is ready, the app stitches the clips together and makes all the takes play together in a coherent scene!  
Patch: Smart Portrait Editor
A way to mimic the iPhone 8 portrait mode, without an iPhone 8. Patch is great for automagically creating the background blur, no matter what the object is (it doesn't have to be a face). It pretty much never gets it exactly right, but you can mask out the parts that you do or don't want blurred after it automatically applies the effect.

A speech-to-text engine that transcribes spoken word fairly well and lets you edit the text afterwards. You can open the transcript on a mobile device or even on PC via a web version and navigating around it is easy, as the text is synced to the original audio.
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The Miami Beach EDITION 
Jessica, the concierge, was amazing at helping us choose the city's best Farm to Table restaurants who could handle some food allergies that I have.

Rosa, at the concierge desk, a total asset. She got us a reservation at a restaurant totally booked for days.  

1 Hotel
Keston, the concierge, saved our vacation last time. American airlines lost my bags and weren't being receptive and were very hard to get in touch with. He saw I had a dilemma and offered to help. I looked at him like " good luck ", not expecting him to get anywhere . within minutes he had them on the phone and the problem was resolved .

The Setai 
Ask everything to Ma├»te, the Clef d'Or Chef Concierge and she will find the hidden jewels of the City for you. 
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