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Holiday High Tea at The St. Regis Bal Harbour
Photograph: Courtesy St. Regis Bal Harbour

The best things to do in Miami this week

From holiday events and new exhibitions to outdoor happenings, these are the best things to do in Miami this week

By Virginia Gil and Time Out Miami contributors
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If you’re looking for the best things to do in Miami this week, you’re in luck: There are tons of options no matter your comfort level. Christmas in Miami is in full swing, which means holiday light displays and drive-through experiences abound. You’ll also find outdoor happenings at Miami parks, on the sand at one of Miami’s beaches and just about everywhere else that folks can safely enjoy themselves and social distance. (As always, whether you’re outside or indoors, wearing a mask is highly encouraged.) For more ideas, scroll down to see this week’s best things to do in Miami.

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Best things to do in Miami this week

Champagne on the lawn at the loews
Photograph: Courtesy Loews Miami Beach

1. Champagne on the Lawn at Loews Miami Beach

Hotels South Beach

December weather is best enjoyed outside, preferably with some kind of alcoholic beverage in hand. If that’s your winter vibe, head to the Loews Miami Beach this month. The oceanfront hotel launches a pop-up experience on the lawn that combines food, drink and shopping. Head to the outdoor setup for Veube Cliquot champagne specials (both by the glass and by the bottle), elevated bar bites (think wagyu and foie burgers and lobster rolls) and racks of goodies by Tom Ford and other designers. Daily through Jan 1, 11am–5pm

Freehold
Photograph: Courtesy Freehold

2. Oysters & Bubbles with G.H. Mumm at Freehold

Things to do Event spaces Wynwood

Pretty much everything pairs well with champagne, but oysters and bubbles are a timeless classic. And the duo is on sale every Thursday night at Freehold. Stop by from 8pm to close for $1 oysters and $6 flutes of G.H. Mumm Champagne, plus regularly priced pizzas—the second-best coupling for a glass of sparkling vino. A roster of female DJs bring the tunes all night long. Thu 8pm–midnight

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Nikki Beach
Photograph: Courtesy Nikki Beach

3. It’s Always Summer in Miami at Nikki Beach

Nightlife South of Fifth

Play hooky from work and head to Nikki Beach for its new weekday daycation deal, It’s Always Summer in Miami. For $100 per person, you’ll get access to your own daybed and a bottle of rosé, plus a beach tote full of goodies to keep you comfortable while you lounge.

Fairchild on Lincoln Road
Photograph: Courtesy Lincoln Road BID

4. Fairchild on Lincoln Road

Shopping Shopping centers Mid-Beach

The people-watching along Lincoln Road is great, but have you tried leaf-peeping? The outdoor pedestrian mall partners up with Fairchild Garden to make it easier for folks to spot and identify the promenade’s vibrant vegetation on a self-guided tour. More than 100 QR-coded signs are placed on trees, palms, orchids and plants that, once scanned, reveal a wealth of information—and it’s absolutely free to experience.

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Aqueous
Photograph: Courtesy Aqueous

5. Aqueous

Things to do Exhibitions Artechouse, South Beach

Aqueous, the latest immersive installation from ARTECHOUSE, examines the calming qualities of Pantone 2020’s Classic Blue and its connection to water. Step inside the South Beach museum and prepare to chill out staring at trippy ocean vistas, listening to the sounds of falling rain and experiencing other aquatic-themed moments. The piece is part of ARTECHOUSE’s newest series, Submerge, spanning other cities with different elemental installations relating to earth, water and air.

“The Body Electric,” Trisha Baga
Photograph: Courtesy Trisha Baga/Greene Naftali, New York

6. “The Body Electric”

Things to do Exhibitions Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College - Freedom Tower, Downtown

It’s been a topic that artists continuously grapple with and now the MOAD is giving it another whirl with “The Body Electric,” an expansive examination of the relationship between man and machine. Technology has made the whole thing fraught as the group of 55 international artists all relay through videos, installations, photography and visual media, which explore the digital world’s role in shaping gender, sexuality, class and race. Works span the last 50 years and are often provocative and subversive in their assessment of the ways screens have shaped our realities.

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Raúl de Nieves: Eternal Return and The Obsidian Heart at MOCA
Photograph: Courtesy MOCA/Michael R. Lopez

7. “Raúl de Nieves: Eternal Return and The Obsidian Heart”

Things to do Exhibitions Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

MOCA reopens its doors with a groundbreaking exhibition that examines the relationship between the artist's solo sculptural work and his collaborative performances. Risa Puleo curated Raúl de Nieves’ survey to be an immersive experience composed of sculptures, installations, and audio performances that together reinforce ideas of spirituality, family and self across planes and time. Expect some elements of idolatry, colorful installations and a mix of materials and mediums in Mexican-born de Nieves’ self-reflective showcase.

Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits at Frost Science
Photograph: Courtesy Frost Science/Denis Finnin

8. Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits

Things to do Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science | Miami, FL, Downtown

In a year that’s tested all of our limits, Frost Science puts our powers of survival and resilience on full display at its newest production, “Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits.” The American Museum of Natural History organized the exhibition where life-size models and larger-than-life displays the ways organisms persist in their respective environments. “Nature’s Superheroes” employs a number of hands-on experiences and scenarios to highlight the range in ways organisms—plant, animal, aquatic, terrestrial and beyond—have evolved and developed so-called superpowers that help them thrive in stressful conditions. 

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