December 2019 Newsletter
Vol. 7 No. 24

Online Holiday Menu Database
With the holidays approaching fast, there are still many guests that will be making last minute dining plans. We have compiled an online listing of area restaurants and their special menu offerings for Christmas and NYE. Please visit our website to utilize this resource.

Member News
December at Frost Science Museum
December 15: Winter Wonderland Explore how colder temperatures impact states of matter in our Let It Snow live show, when we use liquid nitrogen, at a frosty -321F°, to freeze everyday objects and explore what happens to them. Then explore snowflakes under a microscope as you discover the role math plays in nature before visiting our A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature exhibition.

On December 21st , we’ll be rocking out with a retro throwback to the classic laser light spectacles you know and love. From Pink Floyd to Daft Punk, we’re fusing music from some of the greatest artists of our time with old-school laser light visuals—all under the Planetarium’s 67-foot dome.

From December 27th - January 3rd : Calling all creators, explorers, artists and inventors! Spend winter break becoming the next maker by tinkering with gadgets and inventions of your own creation, including sewing circuits, paper bots and more.
NYE with Thriller
Join Thriller Miami Speedboats to toast the New Year-2020 beneath a spectacular fireworks celebration!

Receive an unobstructed view of the spectacular fireworks show from the best viewing spot aboard one of 
Thriller Miami Speedboats or Thriller Miami Hurricane.

December 31st 2019
Boarding starts at 10:45 pm (LIMITED SEATING)
Adults (12+) $50 & Children (3-11) $30
Book at our kiosk, online at or call (305) 373 7001 to make a reservation.
December Events
Night Garden
Now through January 11
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
Miami, FL

This Winter, Fairchild transforms into The NightGarden: an enchanted, illuminated experience full of fantasy and wonderment where things like the Wise Talking Tree and Flying Fairies come to life. Come experience this inaugural year event with us and marvel at unbelievable live effects such as holographic butterflies and floating orchids throughout multiple acres of dazzling magic. Topping the experience is a delightful selection from some of Miami’s best restaurants.
Holiday Concert at the New World Symphony
December 21: 7:30pm
Miami Beach, FL

It’s 100% cheer as the NWS Fellows perform the season’s favorites while decked out in their finest and funniest holiday costumes. This festive program celebrating the holiday season offers audience members an opportunity to gather and share music with friends and family. Enjoy selections from a variety of cultural heritages, certain to delight audiences of all ages.
Bayfront Holiday Village
Now through December 25
Miami, FL

Bayfront Holiday Village will transform Bayfront Park into a shopping and entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike. All accomplished while keeping high family values and a welcoming atmosphere. The Village will become one of Miami’s most iconic offerings during the holiday season. People will come for the weather, they’ll stay for great shopping and entertainment. The Village will host several unique elements such as “The Shops,” a collection of artisans in a retail setting; Bayskate, Miami’s answer to cold-weather ice skating; and “Bayfront Bites,” a food, beverage, and entertainment area to sit back, relax and enjoy the park and waterfront.
NYE 2020 Best Events Guide
December 31
South Florida

The search for the best New Year’s Eve events in Miami can be daunting. People put a lot of pressure on poor ol’ December 31. Where to go? Who to kiss? Will the feeling ever return to your toes after running around for seven hours in the world’s most uncomfortable shoes? Things can go very right or very wrong. Or maybe you’re just making things more complicated than they have to be.

Thank You
to our sponsors
Map Sponsors
Index Sponsors
Concierge Birthdays

12/04 Robert Greening, Hilton Bentley
12/09 Diego Dantas, W South Beach
12/12 Henry Norris, Ritz Carlton Coc. Grove
12/13 Joaquin Pastora, Hotel Colonnade
12/15 Miguel Fleites, Carillon Hotel & Spa
12/17 Marci Fermin, Boca Raton Resort

12/18 Maria Miller, Hyatt Regency
12/19 Carlos Ayala, Mandarin Oriental
12/21 Rosa Rosario, 1 Hotel
12/22 Mariana Malek, Cadillac Hotel
12/23 James McGlaughlin, Nobu Eden Roc
12/24 Claudine Benavides, Biltmore
12/31 Louis Lennis, 1 Hotel

Miami Heat (NBA)
vs. New York
12/20: 8:00pm

vs. Utah
12/23: 7:30pm

vs. Indiana
12/27: 8:00pm

vs. Philadelphia
12/28: 8:00pm

Miami Dolphins (NFL)
vs. Cincinatti
12/22: 1:00pm

Florida Panthers (NHL)
vs. Ottawa
12/16: 7:00pm

vs. Dallas
12/20: 7:00pm

vs. Detroit
12/28: 7:00pm

vs. Montreal
12/29: 7:00pm
Arts & Concerts

Adrienne Arsht
Performing Arts Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
South Florida Concert Venues
AmericanAirlines Arena
BB&T Center
Cruzan Amphitheatre
Bayfront Park
Fillmore Miami Beach
Hard Rock Stadium
South Florida's Newest Restaurants to Try

Gregory's Diner
7301 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

The team behind one of Miami’s most popular restaurants, Mandolin Aegean Bistro, has expanded their Miami restaurant footprint with Gregory’s, an all day diner inspired by their grandparents. On the menu is updates on classic diner fare like cheeseburgers, triple-level club sandwiches, alongside more refined dishes like grilled snapper, mole clams, a roving cheese cart and even a caviar service. 

5556 NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33137

Top Chef Masters alum Lorena Garcia has returned to Miami to debut her restaurant Chica’s second location. The extensive menu is focused around cuisines from Latin and South America, and boasts everything from ceviche to tacos to arepas and even a Argentine-style “parrillada” showcasing a variety of meats that can easily feed at least three people.

2808 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

Named after Miami’s “unofficial” langue of Spanglish, a hybrid of English and Spanish often heard in the Magic City, the chic bar and lounger boasts Instagram-worthy drinks like the Spanglish and Chill, a tequila-based cocktail with strawberry infused sweet vermouth, tangerine, lemon, and pink peppercorn, served in a “popcorn bag” topped with caramel popcorn and chicharrón dust; alongside creative bites by Giorgio Rapicavoli like croqueta ‘buns’ and churrasco tiradito.
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