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The best December Events in Miami

From holiday happenings to winter favorites, these are the best December events in Miami

Written by
Virginia Gil
Time Out Miami contributors
Mayrav Estrin

Welcome to the busiest month of the year in Miami. December sees the return of snowbirds and, this year, international tourists, who can finally make their way back to our shorelines, assuming their winter post on our sparkling Miami beaches. The holiday season makes it feel extra festive with its Christmas light displays spread across Miami while the drop in humidity makes the surge in traffic easier to bear. But it all kicks off with Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week—a whirlwind of festivals, events, parties and after-parties at many a South Beach club. Below, your guide to the best December events in Miami. If you’re staying in town, it’s bound to be eventful.

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The food-and-culture destination partners with digital art gallery Blackdove to present “Metaversal_Language,” an exploration of creative code as the language of the metaverse. Curated by Jess Conatser, it features original works by five multidisciplinary artists who poignantly articulate the ways in which we communicate in the metaverse. The exhibition opens on Wednesday, December 1, with an artist panel and artist reception beginning at 6pm. Dec 1–5.

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It's not the holidays until you show up wearing something hideously festive. Am I right? Here to make sure that happens is Athena Dion, who's calling the shots at Time Out Market Miami's fabulous drag bingo night. The city’s most in-demand diva keeps you entertained with a speedy round, featuring extended happy hour pricing on cocktails for players and a few $25 Time Out Market cards up for grabs. Games are free to join and groups of all ages and sizes are welcome to try their luck at filling up a card. 

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On this edition of Time Out Market’s ‘sip and learn’ series, Daniel Arellano of San Bartolo Mezcal Artesanal leads a tasting featuring the smokey Oaxacan spirit. Guests will learn how to discern the flavors of the agave-based liquor while sipping it neat and in a cocktail. Jennifer Tone joins Arellano to conduct a special mezcal ceremony in which attendees learn the art of kissing the spirit before tasting it. Set designer Ricardo Sotero keeps things on theme with a colorful display of Catrinas, the famous dolls you see displayed every year on Día de los Muertos.

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“Metaversal_Language” x Sasha Stiles at Time Out Market
The Market welcomes digital artist Sasha Stiles for live poetry reading as part of its Miami Art Week exhibition, “Metaversal_Language.” One of five artists on display and the only woman participating in the group exhibit, Stiles reads from her recently released A.I. poetry book, Technelegy. Brunch specials, DJ-spun tunes and bottomless mimosas round out the afternoon. Dec 4 at 1pm. 

Kenneth Alexander x Blackdove Lunch & Learn
Get up to speed on all things NFTs during this special lunch-and-learn session led by digital artist Kenneth Alexander and a representative from Blackdove Gallery—copresenter of the Market's "Metaversal Language" NFT exhibition. Witness Alexander's NFTs minted onto the Blockchain in real-time using Blackdove's technology, plus learn how to pair your crypto wallet over food and drinks. Dec 3 at 1pm.

Generative Art Performance with Ben Heim
Digital artist and "Metaversal Language" exhibitor Ben Heims takes his art from the Blockchain to in-person with a special performance at Time Out Market. Stop in for brunch and watch as Heim produces works set to music right before your eyes. Dec 5 at 1pm.

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