Things to do in Miami

Create New Memories at Deering Estate Holiday Wonderland

Every year, the Deering Estate on Biscayne Bay presents an exciting lineup of events for the holiday season. Spending the holidays in Miami gets a whole lot more cheerful at the Deering Estate Holiday Wonderland.

Discover New Fun for Your Entire Family at Deering Estate

At the Deering Estate wildlife preserve, you will be surprised to find cocktails, Santa, and more this Holiday stockings hung by a fireplaceholiday season. Enjoy time with your children or take in an evening with your partner. You are sure to have a cheerful time!

The Festival of Trees

Now through January 5th, 2018, local garden clubs and community members decorate the Deering Estate for the holidays. Admission to The Festival of Trees is free with admission to the preserve.

You can also visit the holiday gift shop, get some holiday treats, and tour the historical houses.

 

Story Time & Photos with Santa

Bring your children to Deering Estate to meet Santa Claus from 10am-noon on Saturday, December 16th 2017. Santa’s elves will be putting on story time, and children can make memories with holiday-inspired arts & crafts.

Holiday photo packages are available as well.

Holiday Champagne Bay Cruise

Cruise along the Biscayne Bay this year on Sunday, December 17th, 2017. Boats depart from the Deering Estate at 11am and 2pm with champagne available throughout the cruise.

Enjoy the cheer this year, and give yourself a little break from the stresses of holidays.

At the Hilton Miami Downtown, our staff is waiting to help you take that break. Book with us today to secure your holiday getaway.


Watch Miami’s Own Hurricanes at the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl

The Miami Hurricanes will square up against the Wisconsin Badgers December 30, 2017, to battle over the Orange Bowl.

Capital One® Orange Bowl Brings Big 10 Teams to Miami

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On Sunday, December 3, 2017, the college bowl teams were announced amidst great excitement. The 2017 Orange Bowl will feature the Miami Hurricanes (10-2) against the Big 10’s Wisconsin Badgers (12-1).

This exciting match is pitting the 1st ranked team in the ACC Coastal conference against #1 Badgers from the Big 10 West conference. Who will become the reigning Orange Bowl champion? Watch the game live to find out!

About the 2017 Orange Bowl

Since 1935, the Orange Bowl has been played every year, but it wasn’t until 1939 that this game was declared a major bowl game for university teams. The game is played each year at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.

This year, the game will be played on December 30, 2017 at 8 pm Eastern time. Whether you’re sporting green and orange for Miami University or red and white for the University of Wisconsin, this game will be one for the history books.

Post-Orange Bowl Relaxation

After an exciting event, we bet you’ll be pretty worn out. College football means lots of partying – where better to celebrate than in Miami? Party all day at Hard Rock Stadium and then come back to the Hilton Miami Downtown hotel where you can relax and sleep until you’re ready to party again.


Have a Cheerful Holiday with Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The Miami City Ballet is excited to present a holiday tradition in their performance of The Nutcracker. Throughout this year’s performances, experience the ballet’s new sets and costumes mixed with traditional music and choreography.

Enjoy the Holidays in South Florida with Performances of The Nutcracker

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Follow a young girl’s journey through a surprising holiday party when a toymaker gives local children a nutcracker doll – and then breaks it. In this fantastical play, all is not as it seems concerning everyone from the nutcracker to the toymaker.

Dates and Location for The Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The Miami City Ballet’s run of The Nutcracker lasts from December 15th to December 30th, 2017. You can find this show at the Adrienne Arsht Center from December 15th to December 24th, Christmas Eve and from December 28th to December 30th, the show will continue at The Kravis Center.

How to Get Tickets to The Nutcracker

Tickets are available for each show starting at $30. Find tickets at the Miami City Ballet’s website. Simply choose the date, time, and venue you are interested in, and then pick your seats! You will quickly be on your way to a joyous holiday performance.

Following the performance, come back to a refreshing stay at the Hilton Miami Downtown. Find excellent holiday service with a smile to warm your spirits when you stay with us.


Fashion + Film = The 2017 Miami Fashion Film Festival

Fashion and film often go hand in hand. The 2017 Miami Fashion Film Festival celebrates this duo and recognizes the art of clothing in movies. Attend this vibrant event Saturday, December 16th, 2017.

The Miami Fashion Film Society Presents a Celebration of Fashion in Film Woman on brightly lit fashion runway

If you love clothes, movies, or both, this event is for you. It’s a great chance to check out what designers and filmmakers are creating on the local scene and abroad.

Festival Location

The festival will be held at Miami Dade College, including the Wolfson Campus.

Film Screenings

The event will showcase both local and international films with stories that are enhanced or underscored by fashion. Over 45 documentaries, short films, classics, and movies with iconic style will all be screened.

Workshops and Talks

Designers and filmmakers can learn about fashion filmmaking in interactive workshops. There will also be talks centered on trends, challenges, and opportunities in the industry.

Award Ceremonies and Parties

The best fashion films will receive the highest honors at the festival’s award ceremonies. You can also attend parties to mix and mingle with industry professionals and hopefuls alike.

Planning to check out this festival from the Miami Fashion Film Society? Book your stay in Miami with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown.


Step into Santa’s Enchanted Forest This Holiday Season

Delight in the magic of the holidays at Santa’s Enchanted Forest. This is the world’s largest holiday theme park and it’s the perfect fun escape for the whole family.

Spend The Holidays in South Florida at Family Fun Attractions

Santa standing next to a theme park rideThe theme park is open for the holiday season from November 2, 2017 to January 7, 2018. Experience everything from fun rides to festive lights, shows, holiday music, themed displays, food from around the world and visit the big man himself, Santa Claus!

Tickets and Passes

You can purchase Single Day passes, Season Passes, or Express Pass Add-Ons for your trip to this Christmas wonderland. A Season Pass gets you unlimited visits to the park for the entire season. This includes admission to rides, shows, and light displays.

Children 2 years old and under receive free admission.

Special Events

Come to the park to witness the Christmas Tree Light Show, a dazzling display of LED lights set to holiday music. The show lights up every hour – it's something you don't want to miss!

35th Anniversary

This year, the park is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Visit to experience a family holiday tradition that’s been going strong for nearly four decades.

While spending the 2017 holiday season in South Florida, book your stay with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown and be sure to visit Santa’s Enchanted Forest.


Watch History at NASCAR Weekend in Miami

The weekend of November 17, 2017 is a big one in Miami! At Homestead-Miami Speedway, you have the chance to watch history being made during the NASCAR® Championship 2017. This is a three-race weekend featuring the Ford EcoBoost® Championship series. Tickets are available for a single day or as a package for all three days of the NASCAR® Championship.

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Ford EcoBoost® 200

Watch four drivers compete for the title in the first race of the weekend on Friday, November 17, 2017. Tickets for this race start at $35, and they always promise a dramatic night. Bring your enthusiasm for NASCAR® to this race to enjoy this evening to the fullest.

Ford EcoBoost® 300

The second race of the weekend is on Saturday, bringing the NASCAR XFINITY® Series Cup race. Watch a year of racing come to a head during the Ford EcoBoost® 300. This race is full of up-and-comers making their name in racing and hoping to come out on top. Be the first to know the newest names in NASCAR® by catching this Championship race.

Ford EcoBoost® 400

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, Ford EcoBoost® 400 is bringing an end to an exciting weekend. Last year, this race sold out as crowds watched driver Jimmie Johnson win his 7th Championship title. Find out who will win the Monster Energy® NASCAR® Cup Series this year.

Are you going to be in Miami for NASCAR® Weekend? Book your stay at Hilton Miami Downtown to experience coastal Florida at its most exciting time.


A Fun November Is On Tap For Miami Live Arts Month

All November long, Miami comes alive to celebrate arts, entertainment, and music for Miami Live Arts Month. There’ll be performances galore, plus special deals to enjoy for a fantastic month.

Get Your Fill of Live Entertainment in Miami

Stage with red curtains -MiamiLiveArtsMonthThis event lasts from November 1 – 30, 2017. There will be concerts, shows, theater performances, and more at area venues and Miami dance clubs.

Live Events

Here are some featured live events happening around Miami this month.

Get a taste of Haitian culture at the Sounds of Little Haiti: Culture Walk. It will be held every third Friday of the month at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and will feature art, live music, and delicious Haitian cuisine.

Take the kids to see Miss Nelson Is Missing, a musical based on the popular children’s book, at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre.

You can also check out performances of classic musicals like Evita at Coral Gables and Into the Woods Jr. at Pinecrest Gardens.

Burgerliscious

The Burgerlicious event features 20 of the best restaurants from around Coral Gables. They will conjure up delicious burgers for the tasting and battle it out for coveted trophies, including Best in Bun and the People’s Choice Award.

Take in a month of live entertainment in Miami when you book your stay at our hotel, the Hilton Miami Downtown.


Nightmare on the Beach 2017: The Dark CarnEvil

If partying down for Halloween and supporting a good cause at the same time sounds like a good idea, you should attend Nightmare on the Beach 2017: The Dark CarnEvil Halloween party. Come in costume, sip a cocktail, and support South Florida families in need.

Do Good and Have Fun at This Top Miami Halloween Event Three women with face makeup on for Dia de Los Muertas

This Halloween gathering is happening on Friday, October 27 at Lummus Park. Here are all the details for attending:

Ticket Information

You'll need to purchase tickets to this Miami Halloween event to join the fun. A premium ticket gets you entrance to the party and you'll enjoy an open bar, food tastings, and entertainment from a DJ.

You can also reserve a VIP table, which includes 10 VIP tickets and unlimited bottle service during the event.

What to Expect

The event is all about tasting and sipping some of the best food and drink Miami has to offer. The open bar will include top-shelf liquor, and food tastings will be available from restaurants like Japanito, Cake Lounge Miami, Jack’s Miami, Delicious Catering, and more. All of the fun will be set to beats from DJ Louis Dee.

Charity Event

This is a charity event, so all proceeds will go to the Little Lighthouse Foundation, a nonprofit that gives relief to children who face educational, medical, or financial hardships.

If you’re ready to party, book your fall stay in Miami with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown.


Get in Your Costume: Screening of Rocky Horror at Pinecrest Gardens

Looking for some fun, free events to participate in this Halloween? Attend the audience participation viewing of Rocky Horror at Pinecrest Gardens at the end of October 2017.

Attend the Perfect Cult Movie Classic for October

Drawing of red lips biting bottom lipA cult classic perfect for Halloween, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a fun film with memorable songs, dancing, characters, and costumes.

About the Movie

The story follows two young, buttoned-up lovers, Brad and Janet, who get a flat tire amidst a storm and end up at the creepy mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. There they meet a cast of crazy characters – as well as Rocky, the Dr.’s newest creation – and they let their hair down amid a wild spectacle of dancing and rock music.

Costume Contest

This movie screening will also include a costume contest. Dress up as your favorite character from the movie, bring props to participate in memorable scenes, and get into the spirit of this raucous film.

Ticket Information

Admission for the event is totally free. All you need to do is show up in your costume and enjoy the show. Refreshments for munching and sipping during the movie will be available for sale at the concession stand.

Attend this cult movie showing while you enjoy your stay with us, here at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

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Dive Into the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival

October is National Seafood Month, and with it comes the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival. This fest is all about tasting the freshest seafood, enjoying live music, and having fun with family and friends.

A Beachy Scene Awaits at Miami Marine Stadium

Crab meal on a plate

The festival is set for October 21 and 22, 2017 at Miami Marine Stadium. Attend to get a taste of the sea and enjoy lots of fun things to do.

Live Music

Live music will entertain as you eat, browse, shop, and play. Expect Caribbean music and beach-themed tunes.

Eco Discovery Zone

Kids and adults alike will love learning about underwater life in the Eco Discovery Zone at this family friendly event.

Delicious Dining

Trawl the fresh fish market, taste some classic seafood dishes, or head to the Shipwreck Bar & Lounge to try a cocktail or two. Along with all the tasting opportunities, there will be a chef competition to see who can whip up the best seafood experience.

Family Activities

The family fun zone is the place to take the entire gang for fun activities. Surfing challenges and obstacle courses are just a few adventures for you to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

Book your stay in Miami with us at the Hilton Miami Downtown and get a taste of the sea life at this fun event.

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