28 Ideas On How To Celebrate The Holidays

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Photo courtesy of: Cantina Laredo Pictured: Three Wise Mules

Photo courtesy of: Cantina Laredo

Pictured: Three Wise Mules

This time of the year can be a bit overwhelming. Maybe you don’t want to cook at home with the entire family and you would rather just go out to a family dinner, or maybe just keep it low key. I have listed a few spots you can check out for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as some yummy seasonal cocktails you should also try!

The Trapiche Room
1109 Brickell Ave. | Miami, FL 33131

On Christmas Eve from 6-10:30pm they will be serving a special holiday menu prepared by Chef Alex Paz for $70/person. For the first course you can expect an amber jack crudo pickled pumpkin; second course you will have a beets and eggs cypress grove goat cheese salad; third course will be a goose and lamb roast with spiced pecan and yukon puree, ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers, and vegetables; and lastly, a Trapiche Christmas tree, which is a chocolate Christmas tree, with chocolate soil, evergreen essence, eggnog ice cream, and mint macaroon.

La Mar
500 Brickell Key Dr. | Miami, FL 33131

From 6pm-11pm on Christmas Eve parties of four or more can enjoy an incredible sharing-style Peruvian meal at La Mar, featuring treasured holiday recipes from our chefs’ families. Dishes include Cebiche Mixto, King Crab Causa, Whole Cornfish Hen, Arroz Arabe and Warm Chocolate Tart. The dinner is $70/person, $35/child 6-12, and complimentary under 6.
Then Christmas Day from 12pm–3:30pm you can enjoy a spectacular Peruvian brunch at La Mar by Gastón Acurio with gourmet brunch items including stations of cebiches, tiraditos and grilled anticucho skewers. Guests will enjoy Chaufa Aeropuerto for the table, as well as choice of specialty dish such as Egg-topped Lomo Saltado, served alongside refreshing beverages such as Chicha Morada. Decadent dessert towers will provide the perfect sweet ending to the meal. The meal is $85/person, which includes champagne and unlimited brunch cocktails; $120/person, which includes premium entrées, including unlimited Charles Heidsieck champagne, $35/per child ages 6–12, and complimentary under 6. 
Several locations

At the Aventura location on Christmas Eve, for $79/person you will get 1 glass of Chandon, and a three-course prix fixe dinner featuring items such as Carpaccio de lomo, Costillas de Cordero, and Bombon de Coco y Chocolate. The kids menu is $35/person and it features items such as Entranita or Ravioles Cuatro Quesos accompanied w/ ice cream, drinks and Christmas treats

On Christmas Day for $49/person you will get 1 glass of Chandon, and a three-course prix fixe dinner featuring items such as Tartar de Salmon, Sea bass with quinoa salad, and Bombon de Coco y Chocolate. The kids menu is $35/person featuring items such as Entranita or Ravioles Cuatro Quesos accompanied w/ ice cream, drinks and Christmas treats.

At the Brickell location on  Christmas Eve for $79/person you will get a 1/2 bottle of wine, and a three-course prix fixe dinner featuring items such as Camarones Tempura, Branzino, and Pavlova. The kids menu is $35/person featuring items such as Entranita or Ravioles Cuatro Quesos accompanied w/ ice cream, drinks and Christmas treats.

On Christmas Day they will be serving brunch and Parrillada Argentina to share 12pm-4pm.

At the Midtown location on Christmas Eve for $79/person you will get a 1/2 bottle of wine, and a three-course prix fixe dinner featuring items such as Mozzarella de Buffala, Grilled beef tenderloin, and Tartaleta de Fruta. The kids menu is $35/person featuring items such as Entranita or Ravioles Cuatro Quesos accompanied w/ ice cream, drinks and Christmas treats.
SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill
3252 NE 1st Ave. | Miami, FL 33137

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, SUGARCANE will celebrate with festive a la carte specials (priced between $10-$34) in addition to their signature all day menu. The a la carte specials will include Fire Roasted Oysters, Pan Roasted Duck Breast and Warm Chocolate Flourless Cake.  Reservations are encouraged.  
180 Aragon Ave. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables will feature fusion delights such as Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Seco de Carne and a Christmas Roll, as well as their Sesame Sour cocktail. Reservations are encouraged.  
600 Lincoln Rd. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Here you can get a whole roasted suckling pig carved and served tableside with yuzu-honey sweet potatoes, sake braised swiss chard and crispy bok choy with apple blossom.  Following your meal, enjoy your choice of two of our signature desserts served family style!  This menu is$169/group (5 person max). To complement your feast, add a Magnum bottle of Dewatsuru Kimoto Junmai Sake and unlimited Cusqueña beer at $150/group (tax and gratuity additional) for this special holiday celebration.  72 hour notice and reservations are required.

BULLA Gastrobar
2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

As part of their "Christmas Eve To Go" dinner menu, enjoy a Cochinillo Iberico Asado, a Whole Blackfoot Suckling Pig from Spain served with Patatas Panaderas y Ensalda.  10 lb. (serving 10 guests) $300/ Over 10 lb. (serving 10-16 guests) for $360.

La Feria Del Mercado De San Miguel
301 Biscayne Blvd. | Miami, FL 33131

For Christmas they will have a special menu for $55/person ($200 for a table of 4) that includes: an Iberian ham plate, traditional seafood and fish soup, roasted octopus with seasoned potatoes and a crispy pimenton, wood fire roasted cochinillo, and assorted Christmas sweets.

1418 20th St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

You are cordially invited to Chef Mendin’s Christmas Table! For $299 (4 people ) you can get a 100% milk-fed 6lb Berkshire Cochinillo, for $375 (6-8 people) you can get 100% milk-fed 11lb Berkshire Cochinillo, or for $450 (8-12 people) you can get a 100% milk-fed 15lb Berkshire Cochinillo. Orders come accompanied with mofongo, arroz mamposteao, yucca with mojo, heirloom tomato salad, brussels sprouts & sauces. You must order two days in advance; dine in or take out limited availability.
Jaya at The Setai
2001 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

On Christmas Eve, December 24 from 7pm-10pm, the newly opened Jaya at The Setai, Miami Beach will celebrate the holiday with a delicious four-course menu, with a vegetarian menu also available. Guests will indulge in Executive Chef Mathias Gervais’ conscious Southeast-Asian cuisine, beginning with a choice of Foie Gras, Tuna Tataki, or Kumomoto Oysters. For their second course, guests will enjoy a delicious Pekin Duck Consommé or Wagyu Short Rib Gyoza. For the entrée, there will be a choice of Maine Lobster, Roasted Turkey, or Wagyu Top Sirloin. To finish the Christmas Eve meal, dessert will include a choice of Tarte Tatin, Red Velvet Cake, Almond Bread Pudding, or Chef Mignardises. A four-course vegetarian menu will also be available for guests, and will include Green Papaya Salad, Tom Kha Veg, Tofu Claypot, and Almond Bread Pudding. The menu is $110 per adult and $55 for children. For reservations, please call 855.923.7899. For more information, visit thesetaihotel.com/jaya.

db Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way | Miami, FL 33131

Celebrate Christmas Eve with friends and family at db Bistro Moderne Miami from 6pm-11pm. Executive Chef Jason Pringle offers a four course pre-fixe menu featuring seasonal inspirations such as Nantucket Bay Scallops, Roasted Elk Loin and Suckling Pig. On the sweets side, Pastry Chef Saeko Nemoto will be offering up variations of the Classic Bûche de Noël in addition to other delicious holiday treats. Share and taste options including charcuterie, cheese and a raw bar are available as add-ons to the pre-fixe menu. Complimenting the dinner, Sommelier Alan Feldman will offer five bottles of champagne from different producers at  $99 each. On Christmas Eve the lounge will open at 5:30pm, and dinner service starts at 6:00pm with the last seating at 10:00pm. For reservations call 305-421-8800 or visit their website www.dbbistro.com. Four Course Pre-Fixe Menu $80, $35 for children 12 and under.

Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria
1032 E Las Olas Blvd. | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

For Christmas Eve they will be serving, roasted cauliflower garlic and truffle oil, wood grilled octopus salad, duck yolk raviolo en brood with shaved urbani white truffle, 16 oz wood grilled veal chop with wild mushroom sauce and taleggio crostini, house made parpadella, with duck ragu, and warm panettone bread pudding, stratatella  gelato.

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill
700 S. Rosemary Ave. | West Palm Beach, 33401

On Christmas Eve they will be serving a pan roasted king salmon, laura chenel goats' cheese risotto, grilled broccolini, ver jus butter ($32), grilled colorado rack of lamb, warm fingerling potato salad, hericut vert, maille mustard jus ($36), a roasted free range chicken lasagna, artisan ricotta, buffalo mozzarella, baby spinach, arugula, parmesan brodo ($27). 

City Oyster & Sushi Bar
213 E. Atlantic Ave. | Delray Beach, 33444

For the holiday they will be serving butternut squash hummus with Sicilian olive oil, zahtar, sambal and grilled pita ($13), conchilli bolognese baked al forno with fresh mozzarella ($28), and grilled swordfish cioppino pan roaster with peppers, tomatoes, red wine and fennel ($36).

Beauty & The Feast
601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Starting 5pm on Christmas Eve, Beauty & The Feast invites families to come together and share this Italian Christmas Eve tradition. Guests can celebrate the season with the special “Feast of the Seven Fishes” menu, which offers more than a dozen seafood dishes, from small plates to feast-style a la carte items or delight with their favorite dishes from Beauty & the Feast’s regular dinner menu. Then on Christmas Day from 1pm-8pm you can eat, drink and be merry with Beauty & the Feast’s special Christmas Day menu. The restaurant will be serving a feast-style meal featuring carving stations, amazing appetizers and decadent desserts for $55/person.

Big City Tavern
609 E. Las Olas Blvd. | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

For Christmas Eve you can order a seven seafood pasta fra diavlo with lobster, shrimp, mussels, salmon, grouper, tuna, scallop ($28), beef wellington with mushrooms and creamed spinach ($35), surf and turf burger, house burger topped with peppercorn sauce and buttered lobster ($22), and a Christmas Sunday with eggnog ice cream, chocolate bailey's sauce, candy canes, whipped cream, and a chocolate Santa ($8).

STEAK 954 at W Fort Lauderdale
401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

This holiday season, come to Stephen Starr’s Steak 954 for a special breakfast, brunch or dinner with your loved ones. With savory brunch dishes such as the Crab and Avocado Benedict with tomato hollandaise, the Short Rib Benedict on potato pancake, and the Vanilla French Toast with dulce de leche, it is sure to be a memorable experience. Steak 954 will also be offering 6oz filet and Maine lobster surf & turf, roasted royal trumpet mushrooms, sauce choron or the 32oz prime cote de boeuf, herb roasted bone marrow, caramelized fennel, horseradish chimichurrias as dinner specials. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve from 5:30pm - 10:30pm for $150/person.

J&G Grill
9703 Collins Ave. | Bal Harbour, FL 33154

From 12:30pm–3:30 pm you will be able to choose food from a raw bar, which includes east and west coast oysters, blue prawn cocktail, and snow crab claws. There will also be a charcuterie section with jamon Iberico, Benton’s Country Ham, Prosciutto Di Parma, and Spanish chorizo. As well as cheese plates, a fruit display, vegetable platters, a Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, and a pastry and dessert display. The meal is $120/person and $65 for children under 12.

Toscana Divino
900 S Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33130

It's the most wonderful time of the year! If you're like me, you might not want to spend the entire holiday cooking. If you're "snow-birding it" to the Magic City, and would love to find an inviting, delicious place to enjoy your Christmas feast, look no further. Toscana Divino is happy to announce they will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Along with their amazing regular menu, Toscana Divino will be offering a special 3-course Prix-Fixe menu for only $55. Some of the menu items include: tortellini in brodo, zuppa di cavolfiore, and hand-cut pasta with wild boar.

Now, if you are just looking to taste a seasonal cocktail then check out this list!

The River Seafood & Oyster Bar
650 S Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33130

The city may be undergoing many changes, but the River's impeccable food & inventive cocktail specials are here to stay. Get in the holiday spirit with their Green Mile cocktail, which is both seasonally festive and light and refreshing! It comes with Plymouth Gin, cucumber-chili juice, and lime.

Drunken Dragon
1424 Alton Rd. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Holidays don't always have to bring in the sugar and sweets. Put a modern spin on your holiday indulges and swing by the Drunken Dragon for some Korean BBQ and their Marlee's Big Apple Cocktail. With the dark wooden atmosphere, smoky tabletops and taste of fall apple tea, you may cozy up and forget you're in Miami. Marlee's Big Apple comes with Marlee's Green Tea Whiskey, apple juice, lime juice, and ginger beer.

The Setai Hotel
2001 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dreaming that Santa will drop off that holiday getaway you never had this Christmas? Sip on the Raising Cane at the Setai Hotel and taste the season with a European twist. Mixed with a unique Greek Mastiha hailing from the small island Chios, Greece, you can pretend you're lounging on the beach in Mykonos this year.  The Raising Cane comes with FOS Mastiha, Campari, Gifard, Menthe Pastille, a small candy cane garnish.

Cantina Laredo
501 Silks Run #1120 | Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Enjoy a fun twist on the traditional Moscow Mule with the Three Wise Mules. Perfect for sharing with friends, this drink trio offers something for everyone: Classic Mule: made with Absolut Vodka, fresh lime juice and topped with ginger beer; Mezcal Mule: features Los Amantes Joven Mezcal with prickly pear syrup, muddled jalapeño and lime juice topped with ginger beer; and, Mexi-Mule: made with Espolon Blanco Tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, agave nectar and lime juice and also finished off with ginger beer. Visit Cantina Laredo and taste all three anytime during the month of December or during Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4pm- 7pm and Saturday from noon to 5pm, at the bar.

Mijana Lebanese Cuisine
801 Silks Run #1585 | Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Bring a special someone and share these unique holiday cocktails at Mijana Lebanese Cuisine: Alhambra Margarita: features fresh cranberry purée, Maestro Dobel Tequila and fresh lime juice; Chocotini Blanca: made with Grey Goose vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur and Peppermint Schnapps; and Mistletoe Martini: blended with Grey Goose vodka, fresh cranberry purée and a touch of fresh mint. Available throughout the month of December, including Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4pm-7pm.

ROK:BRGR Burger Bar + Gastropub
600 Silks Run | Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Add some holiday cheer after work during Happy Hour with ROK:BRGR’s seasonal cocktail: Christmas Crush: made with Pinnacle vodka, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, pomegranate seeds, a splash of tonic, a dash of simple syrup and garnished with sugar on the rim, a candy cane and mint leaf. Happy Hour at ROK:BRGR Burger Bar + Gastropub is Monday through Friday from 3pm-7pm and from 10pm to close, at the bar.

III Fork
501 Silks Run #1130 | Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Unwind from the holiday shopping stress with a tasty wintertime cocktail from III Forks: Candy Cane Cocktail: blended with SKYY Berry vodka, Peppermint Schnapps, white crème de cacao, grenadine, half-and-half and finished off with crushed peppermint candy. Try it any day of the week at the bar during III Forks’ daily Happy Hour from 4pm-7pm.

Martini Bar
601 Silks Run | Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Indulge in the flavors of winter with the perfect seasonal cocktail by Martini Bar: Winter Bliss: made with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, cloves, allspice, cardamom and fresh oranges. Sip this during Happy Hour from 4pm-8pm Wednesday through Friday and 7pm-8pm on Saturdays.