ART BASEL – This show presents premier artwork from across the globe. Leading international galleries show work from masters of Modern and contemporary art as well as pieces by newly emerging stars.
- Dates: December 5-8, 2013
- Location: Miami Beach Convention Center and Art Deco District in South Beach
- Learn More: Art Basel
CHRISTMAS ON LAS OLAS – Attend the 51st unofficial start to the winter season. Kids can ice skate and there will be Snow! Snow! Snow! Strolling carolers and choirs will also perform on three stages.
- Date: 5-10 p.m., December 3, 2013
- Location: Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
- Learn More: Christmas on Las Olas
FORT TAYLOR PYRATE INVASION – Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion – Step back in time as Fort Taylor state park is transformed to a British stronghold defending its shores against an invasion of pirates. Living history demonstrations, live battles, as well as live music by wandering musicians, the Brigands and entertainers from all across the United States.
- Dates: December 6-8, 2013
- Location: Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West
- Learn More: Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion
Gulfstream Park Art Festival – More than 100 artists from around the world will showcase their original works in the middle of this outdoor enclave that also features live music, great food from neighboring eateries and more.
When: Dec. 14-15
Where: Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, Hallandale Beach
Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade – Join the fun on the famous Broadwalk. The 58th annual event features marching bands, floats and more. This year’s theme: Destination Illumination.
When: 7 p.m., Dec. 7
Where: Hollywood Beach, Hollywood
King Mango Strut – The 32nd Strut parade will bring off beat, off-the-wall mango mania to a new generation of Mango Heads. Warning: No one and nothing is safe from parody and satire. Nutty characters welcome!
When: 2 p.m., Dec. 29
Where: Downtown Coconut Grove
Lauderdale Live – First annual bash will feature all kinds of music, as the lineup shows: Lyle Lovett, Huey Lewis & The News, Indigo Girls, Shovels & Rope, Jason Isbell and many, many more.
When: Dec. 7-8
Where: Huizenga Plaza on the New River, Fort Lauderdale
Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival – Close out the year with this annual event that is highlighted by vibrant, multi-colored paintings, arts and crafts and clothing, all done by Native American artisans.
When: Dec. 26-Jan. 1
Where: Mile Marker 70, U.S. Highway 41, Tamiami Trail, Miami
Santa’s Enchanted Forest – Theme park and carnival offers more than 100 rides, shows, displays games and food, not to mention three million lights and a 92-foot Christmas tree.
When: Nov. 1 to Jan. 5.
Where: Tropical Park, Miami
Seussical – Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in this musical caper. The Cat in the Hat is the host of this romp through the Seuss classics.
When: Dec. 6-13
Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale
West Palm Beach Antiques Festival – One of Florida’s biggest and best old-stuff shows, attracting dealers from all over the country who show and sell a vast array of antiques, collectibles and decorative accessories.
When: Dec. 6-8
Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach
Winterfest Boat Parade – This annual night time extravaganza always lives up to its “12 miles of the greatest show on H20” motto. This year’s theme: Passport to Paradise.
When: Dec. 14
Where: New River and the Intracoastal, from Fort Lauderdale to Pompano Beach.