‘Tis the season to get lit, and our city is serving up some serious festive vibes. From ritzy celebrations to hood happenings, here’s the lowdown on where to catch that Christmas spirit in the 305. Miami, a city known for its vibrant culture and lively atmosphere, takes on an extra layer of magic during the holiday season. As Christmas approaches, locals and visitors alike are treated to a plethora of festive events and celebrations. From dazzling light displays to mouthwatering culinary experiences, here’s a guide to the best places to celebrate Christmas in Miami.
“Not Your Standard Christmas” Dinner at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach | December 23rd to December 25th
The holidays at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach’s Lido Bayside Grill is “Not Your Standard Christmas.” From Saturday, December 23rd to Monday, December 25th, enjoy the festive atmosphere with a specially curated menu and breathtaking bayfront views from 5PM until close. Start your evening with the delicious Florida Stone Crab Bisque, adorned with black winter truffles and sorrel; or The Endive Wedge Salad, a blend of flavors with crispy pork belly, blistered heirloom tomatoes, walnuts, radishes, and valdeón dressing. For the main course, savor the Pan Seared Halibut with chanterelles, roasted garlic sunchoke puree, smoked soy beurre blanc, and chives; Whole Cornish Hen Confit featuring mushroom duxelles stuffing, snap peas, and lemon mustard cream; or Bone-in Ribeye Cowboy Steak, served with crab oscar, asparagus, roasted garlic, and whipped potatoes. Save room for dessert and indulge in the Baba au Rhum Cake, with coquito chantilly. Alternatively, enjoy The Chocolate Matcha Treehouse which offers a blend of chocolate mousse, pistachios, and berries. For a true holiday indulgence, ask about Lido Bayside Grill’s white and black truffle offerings (available upon request). Reservations here, full Christmas Dinner menu here,
Christmas Dinner at MILA Miami | December 24th and December 25th
Experience a glamorous Christmas dinner unlike any other at MILA, located in the heart of Miami Beach. MILA is a restaurant, rooftop lounge, and mixology bar that transports guests on a culinary journey through the shores of Japan and the Mediterranean through visionary MediterrAsiancuisine. This Christmas, indulge your senses and excite your taste buds with MILA’s exceptionally prepared Waygu Skirt Steak, served beautifully with pickled cabbage and basil crisp ($65). Healthy, vibrant, and joyful, the MediterrAsian dishes are served izakaya style, meant to be shared at the table among friends and family. The transportive venue brings elevated dining and pleasure together with a magical, glamourous, and vibrant atmosphere, perfect to celebrate this festive season. Full menu here, Reservations here.
Christmas Dinner at MATADOR ROOM | December 25th, 10AM – 11PM
A glamorous Christmas celebration awaits you at MATADOR ROOM, located at The Miami Beach EDITION.Inspired by its rich history and 1950s glamor, world-renowned chef Jean-George Vongerichten has reinvented the iconic Matador Room with reimagined menus that offer his interpretation of Caribbean, Spanish, and Latin and South American cuisines.
From the mind of renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, immerse yourself in an exquisite à la carte Christmas menu, enhanced by exclusive specials like the Faroe Island Salmon Carpaccio ($25), Spiced Ground Beef and Celery Root Empanadas ($22), or the Lobster rice, served with fresh basil, sourdough and lemon ($61). For a sweet finale, savor the decadent Chocolate & Marshmallow Yule log crafted by Chef and sweetened to perfection with meringue mushrooms ($13); or indulge in a holiday cookie plate featuring Iced Shortbread, Salted Chocolate Chip Gingerbread, Dulce de Leche Alfajor and Peppermint Meringue ($11)—an unforgettable Christmas Dinner in The Magic City. Christmas dinner will be offered 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Full menu HERE.
MARKET at EDITION at The Miami Beach EDITION
Celebrate this Christmas with renowned Chef Nyitre Rodger’s exquisite spread that redefines tradition at MARKET at EDITION, the part patisserie, part boulangerie and part salumeria, located at The Miami Beach EDITION. Indulge in a flavorful feast featuring savory seasonal delights, celebrating the festive season and togetherness at MARKET at EDITION. Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered Monday, December 25TH | 7:00 AM – 9:30 PM.
Chinese Takeout Dinner at Broken Shaker | December 25th 6PM -11PM
This Christmas Day, Broken Shaker, the cult-favorite bar located at the beloved Freehand Miami, will be hosting it’s annual Chinese Takeout Dinner. Exclusively on Christmas Day, guests can indulge in all of their Chinese take-out favorites including Krab rangoons, pork dumplings, shrimp shumai, mongolian beef, dan dan noodles and more, made fresh by award-winning Chef Jimmy Lebron.
Bellini at Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove | Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day
Set atop the iconic Mr. C Miami- Coconut Grove and enveloped by sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, Bellini fuses authentic Italian cuisine with an up-scale elevated ambience to immaculately marry the captivating beauty of Italy’s Coastal style and Miami’s Coconut Grove. This Christmas Eve, immerse your senses in a decadent, four-course seasonal menu; begin the exquisite culinary journey with a Ricciola Tartare ($42), followed by a decadent Risotto al burro acido e batutta di gamberi ($58) and Black cod all ‘acqua pazza’ ($60). For a sweet finale, treat your palate and indulge in Bellini’s signature panettone with warm vanilla sauce ($24).
An exquisite Christmas Day meal awaits, warming up the palate with a cauliflower Vellutate Bianco Natale soup ($24) and poltenta soffice, served with porcini mushroom and taleggio fondue ($28). For the main course, delight your taste buds in the sumptuous gnocchi with duck ($42) followed by a mouth-watering second course of Filet Mignon with potato’s anna, sunchoke puree and demi – glace ($65). End the extravagant meal on a sweet note with the iconic panettone with warm vanilla sauce ($24). Boasting an elegant, old-world atmosphere and exceptionally elevated cuisine, Bellini brings timeless old-world Italian glamor to the historic Coconut Grove neighborhood, presenting guests an unforgettable Christmas dinner. Images here, please credit Mr. C Miami- Coconut Grove. Full menu here
Baia Beach Club at Mondrian South Beach | Christmas Day Dinner from 5PM-10PM
Gift yourself the luxury of Christmas Dinner cooked for you at the dazzling Baia Beach Club, the tropical waterfront oasis located at the iconic Mondrian South Beach. This Christmas, choose from festive favorites like the Roasted Turkey, served with wholesome chestnut and apple stuffing, roasted vegetables, and complemented with cranberry sauce ($38); or the Smoked Pork Shank, glistening with a Clementine Glaze and paired with braised red cabbage, rich whipped potatoes, and sweet baby carrots ($42). For the cherry on top, see out Christmas Day on a sweet note with an irresistible selection of desserts including Red Velvet Cheesecake or Chocolate Panna Cotta with tangy blood orange and a pine nut crunch (both $15). With a front row seat to picture-perfect views of Downtown Miami & the glistening waters of Biscayne Bay, Baia Beach Club makes for an unforgettable Christmas Dinner in The Magic City. Full menu here,
LPM Miami Greetings For Our Friends | December 1st to December 31st
Celebrate the holiday season at LPM Miami with the new festive menu inspired by the lost tradition of sending postcards. Order a drink from the “Greetings For Our Friends” menu and receive a blank postcard to be sent to a friend courtesy of LPM Miami’s vintage French post box. Drawing inspiration from artists like Jean Cocteau, the menu pays tribute to connection, art, and giving.
The festive menu will feature drinks like Tribute ($19) with sour linden tea, elderflower, and gentian, or Maman ($19) with smoked pineapple, vanilla, and gentian flower. This holiday season, LPM Miami invites you to enjoy their merry creations inspired by the artistic spirit of Jean Cocteau and the heartfelt tradition of sending greetings to our nearest and dearest. Cheers to a season of unique and unforgettable moments at LPM Miami! Full menu here, Greetings For Our Friends menu here,
Elcielo at SLS South Beach | Aguinaldos Christmas menu, December 16th to 24th
Immerse yourself in the festive spirit of Colombian Christmas traditions at Elcielo, located at the iconic SLS South Beach. Join in on the celebrations as Elcielo presents the “Aguinaldos” Christmas Menu beginning on December 16th and being offered through Christmas Eve. Inspired by Novena de Aguinaldos, a tradition dating back over 300 years, this feast celebrates the holiday season with savory dishes like Roasted Quail with Mushroom Duxelle, Papa Criolla Puree, and Choclo & Chorizo Stuffing ($50). The sweet finale features Natilla & Buñuelo, a delicious blend of coconut natilla, cheese buñuelo, strawberry aguardiente sponge, and berries sauce ($22). Elcielo invites family, friends, and neighbors to come together to enjoy seasonal foods, sing villancicos (Christmas carols), and rejoice in the magic of the holidays. Aguinaldos Christmas menu here, full menu here,