Where to Celebrate Christmas in South Florida


Christmas is around the corner. Need plans? We’ve got you covered with our 2018 specials roundup. Below, you’ll find a list of what your favorite local spots are doing this year.

As always, details are subject to change. Contact the venue in advance for the latest details. Merry Christmas!

222 TACO

This holiday season, instead of sharing a kiss with your loved one under the mistletoe, get in the spirit with a Mistletoe Margarita at 222 Taco. Available for the month of December, guests can order this festive cocktail, made with fresh mint and a candy cane rim, while enjoying the restaurant’s signature tacos, burritos, nachos and more. With daily programming such as Taco Tuesday, and weekend DJ lineups, patrons are guaranteed a spirited time.

American Social Brickell and Las Olas

American Social Brickell’s 5th annual Ugly Sweater party is returning this year on December 21st. Enjoy $100 Bottles of Ketel One, Don Julio, and Captain Morgan, as well as $60 Bottles of Veuve and Moet all night. Taking place at the Brickell location, the ugliest sweater (one male & one female winner) will be awarded a $100 AmSo Gift Card and complimentary bottle service to be redeemed on a Friday Night of their choice! Blackout dates apply.

American Social Las Olas’ 7th annual Ugly Sweater party is returning this year on December 13th. Taking place at the Las Olas location, the ugliest sweater (one male & one female winner) will be awarded a $100 AmSo Gift Card and bottle of Ketel One to be redeemed on a Friday Night of their choice! Blackout dates apply.

AQ Chop House by Il Mulino

From noon to 4 p.m. at AQ Chop House by Il Mulino, brunch enthusiasts can feast on a beautifully presented spread for Christmas featuring carved meats and fish, fresh sushi, homemade pasta stations, seafood (lobster, shrimp, oysters and seafood salad), made-to-order omelets and a buffet of dessert. The all-you-can-eat brunch is $85 per person inclusive of unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Mojitos and Prosecco.

Children ages three through 13 can dine for $35 and get a chance to take a photo with Santa Claus. Guests can enjoy live music both in the main dining room and on the terrace, as well as a caricaturist for a memorable keepsake. For dinner, regular menus are available at both AQ Chop House by Il Mulino and Il Mulino New York.

Area 31

This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Area 31, the Downtown seafood destination, will offer a special holiday dinner menu, crafted by executive chef Alex Olivier. Perched on the sixteenth floor of Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Area 31 will showcase a three-course menu priced at $70 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) featuring a great assortment of land, sea and plant dishes, from light options such as parsnip and sunchoke soup with smoked mussels, herb-crusted lamb shank with chorizo sweet potato mash and escalope of seabass.

The Christmas menu will be available on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25 th from 5PM to 8PM. A complimentary glass of sommelier-recommended red or white wine will be included.


For those in search of a family-friendly dining experience, Ariete will be serving a family style meal on Christmas Day featuring Chef Michael Beltran’s inventive American cuisine with Cuban influences.

From 6PM to 11PM, diners can indulge in a specially curated menu priced at $60 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. The a la carte menu will be available as well as vegetarian options. For those looking to host, The Cave is available for private parties of up to 50 guests with the option of a customized menu.

AZABU Miami Beach

Enjoy the gift of an intimate and lavish meal (no cooking required) this Christmas at AZABU Miami Beach. The Michelin-starred concept is offering a $50 prix-fixe dinner menu for those wanting a unique holiday experience this season.

Enjoy Japanese-inspired offerings options such as Wagyu Beef Tataki, Branzino with Umami, Sakura Pork Shiokoji, and Yuzu Keylime Pie — just to name a few. Sake Flights inclusive of three seasonal selected sakes for $22 and Japanese Whisky Flights for $35 will also be available as add-ons to your dining experience.

Biscayne Bay Brewing Company

Join Biscayne Bay Brewing Company on Friday, December 21st for their second annual Ugly Sweater Party. The brewery invites everyone to come dressed wearing their ugliest Christmas sweater and prepared to eat, drink, and be ugly! The fiesta begins that Friday night at 8PM and the winner of the ugliest sweater competition will be announced at 11PM. Winner of the ugliest Christmas sweater contest will win a $50 gift card!

Boulud Sud Miami

Chef Daniel Boulud’s newest Mediterranean concept Boulud Sud Miami will offer a prix fixe three-course dining menu this Christmas Eve – highlighting the flavors of the Mediterranean for the ultimate dining experience. From 5 p.m.- 10 p.m., guests will enjoy the best of sun and sea, with highlights including Octopus A La Plancha, Pumpkin Agnolotti, Roasted Elk Loin, Miami Buche de Noel and much more. $85 per person.


James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina’s, modern, American steakhouse at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is offering a three-course prix fixe Christmas feast perfect for the whole family featuring Market Oysters, Ahi Tuna Sashimi, Filet Mignon, Glazed Beef Short Rib, Miso-Glazed Sea Bass, Truffle Mac & Cheese, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Dinner is priced at $105 for adults and $45 for children (ages 5 to 11) excluding tax and gratuity and will be available from 5PM – 11PM on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits invites guests to enjoy a very Merry Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the rustic seaside eatery located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. On Christmas Eve diners can wine and dine with an exclusive Prime Rib Dinner and Bottle of Champagne from 6PM – 10PM for $129 per couple (excluding tax and gratuity); a la carte menu will also be available.

On Christmas Day enjoy a buffet-style feast from Noon – 8PM. For $129 per adult and $49 for children (ages 5 through 12); excluding tax and gratuity, guests can choose from a stunning selection of delectable dishes including bottomless beverages.

ETARU Hallandale

ETARU Hallandale, the restaurant featuring contemporary Robatayaki cuisine, will offer their decadent brunch on Christmas Day from Noon – 4:30PM with a special addition of Suckling Pig and Roast Beef in celebration of the holiday.

Priced at $75 per person, brunch includes a welcome cocktail, bottomless pours of a selection of beverages or for an additional $20, Louis Roderer NV Champagne. Guests will also enjoy an array of hot and cold starters on the robata counter, choice of one main course and a decadent dessert presentation.


This holiday season, Macchialina, Miami Beach’s beloved brick-walled trattoria will be offering an exclusive Christmas Eve tasting menu hand-crafted by Chef Michael Pirolo in addition to the restaurant’s regular a la carte menu.

Chef’s five-course tasting menu is $59 per person plus tax and gratuity and will be offered Sunday thru Thursday 6PM – 11PM and Friday/Saturday from 6PM – 11:30PM with the exception of Christmas Day when the restaurant will be CLOSED. Miami’s most coveted Italian hotspot will also be offering a wine pairing priced at an additional $32 per person.

Minnow Bar

This Christmas Eve, if you forget Santa’s cookies and milk, Minnow Bar has got you covered. The newest Washington Avenue clear spirits bar will make sure that you don’t get a lump of coal on Christmas by offering freshly baked cookies and milk on Monday, December 24 th , along with a big serving of Christmas movie classics.

The gin joint will offer its regular refreshing menu, expertly crafted by lead bartender Chris Resnick. Minnow Bar can’t guarantee that the fat man who gets to enjoy the cookies and milk this Christmas Eve will in fact be Santa himself but will make sure to continue The Christmas movie marathon on Christmas Day. Minnow Bar is located adjacent to Kimpton Angler’s Miami at 660 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. For more information, call 305-534-9600.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Morton’s The Steakhouse is open from 4 – 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 2 – 9 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving families their signature steakhouse fare with unrivaled service. Select locations will be offering Côte de Boeuf and Filet & Lobster Oscar. Morton’s will also be open on New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. – midnight and New Year’s Day from 4 – 9 p.m.

Nautilus South Beach

Jingle all the way to Nautilus South Beach as they serve a $75pp Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffet. The sprawling options includes a salad station with Seafood Ceviche, Chicken and Duck Liver mouse jars with port jelly and brandy, Tomato and Mozzarella, Kale Salad, Roasted beets Salad, Orzo & Sundried Tomatoes Salad and Lentils Soup; a bread station with Pita Bread and Artisan Breads, Humus Dip, Eggplant Dip, Tzatziki, Pickles Vegetables and Roasted Sweet Peppers; and a Cold Cuts and Artisan Cheese station.

Guests can also expect a Seafood Raw Bar station; an Assortments Sushi Boat; a Carving Station with Roasted Whole Pig and onion mojo, Atlantic Salmon with brown butter sauce, and Prosciutto, Parmesan & Foie Gras Beef Wellingtons; a Kids Station; and a Desserts station with dishes like Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, Dark Chocolate Walnut Caramel Pie, Cranberry & Blueberry Tart, Tres Leches, Tiramisu, Assorted Mini Fruit Tarts and Keto Cheesecake.

Point Royal

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal at the gorgeous Diplomat Beach Resort is opening its doors with a lavish buffet this Christmas Day for brunch. The buffet will feature breakfast staples, such as Farm Egg Omelets and Malted Waffles, in addition to lunchtime favorites like Prime Rib Roast and Shrimp Cocktail.

For those with a sweet tooth, the dessert offerings include a Chocolate Yule Log, Roasted Pear Thyme Infused Creme Brulee, Holiday Cookies and much more. No matter what age, this brunch will have something for everyone to enjoy. $75 per person, including bottomless hard cider punch, la colombe drip coffee or juice; $25 per child under 12.

Sette Osteria

Celebrate Christmas Italian style at Wynwood’s Sette Osteria. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the authentic Italian restaurant will offer a special three-course, prix-fixe menu featuring house-made dishes including lobster ravioli, whole boneless roasted Mediterranean Sea Bass, Pappardelle with mushroom ragout, fresh burrata, butternut squash soup and more.

To top off the holiday feast, a selection of desserts including a Torta di Mele, Tiramisu, and Tartufo al Cioccolato. The menu is offered at $55 per person on Christmas Eve from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 12:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Strand

Join us this holiday season for a delicious four course menu on Christmas Eve specially prepared by Executive Chef, Simon Apollonio. This holiday menu will feature dishes like Asparagus Flan, Wild Porcini Mushroom Raviolo, Braised Short Ribs and more.

Brunch oceanfront with your family and friends on Christmas Day and feast with an array of offerings including a fresh Raw Bar, Prawn Cocktails, Vegetable Ceviche, a variety of salads, Roasted Brisket, Grilled Fish and much more.

Tamara’s Bistro

The National Hotel’s Holiday Temptation menu at Tamara’s Bistro is available on Christmas Eve and it includes four delectable courses for $49/person. Standout dishes include Lobster Bisque; NY Strip Au Poivre with mousse aux pommes, crispy onion strings and cognac pepper sauce; Yellowtail Snapper with lobster risotto, asparagus tips and saffron beurre blanc; and Key Lime and Raspberry Tart.

Dinner will be accompanied by live musical performances from Live! at the National, the hotel’s unique talent of South Florida singers and piano player at their iconic Blues Bar, while sipping refreshing handcrafted cocktails.

Terra Mare

Fort Lauderdale’s top destination for oceanfront land and sea dining is offering a prix fixe four-course menu for those eating out this Christmas Day from 5 p.m. – close. Accompanied by unobstructed ocean views, guests will enjoy a selection of seasonal favorites including carrot risotto, poached pear salad, roasted chicken and pumpkin cheesecake. $99 per person.


On Friday, December 21st thedeck will be throwing a holiday celebration to always remember. Throughout the night guests can get the chance to shop at the holiday market, listen to a live DJ set, take part in an ugly Christmas sweater competition, sip on the house drink of the night a Coquito, and more!

With the holiday season in full swing there is no better time to grab your family and friends and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Friday, December 21, 2018 from 8PM-3AM. Eventbrite.com/deckthehalls

ToroToro in the InterContinental Hotel

ToroToro will be serving up unlimited mimosas and sangria, and feature a special holiday dessert station with their lunch buffet and 4-course dinner prix fixe menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Prices are $45/person for lunch and $65/person for dinner, with seatings available from 12-3 PM for lunch and 6PM- close for dinner. *Note: kids menus are available!

And while guests are at it, they can also check out and a few other holiday installations in the hotel’s lobby, such as a 20- foot candy wall open daily from (12-6PM) and a winter wonderland holiday village perfect for photo opps.