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Winter Holiday Guide
December 26, 2017 — Miami-Dade County

Winter Guide

From school break camps, to consumer and safety tips, to fun things to do with the whole family – our Winter Holiday Guide will lighten your load and brighten your spirits.

Are you planning a getaway or expecting visitors? We've wrapped it all up for you and tied it in a little bow.

Department Services

Miami-Dade County offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1.

  • Miami-Dade Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1. Metrorail and Metromover services will be extended until 2 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1.
  • Solid Waste Management will not collect curbside garbage or recyclable materials for customers scheduled on Monday, Dec. 25. The next collection date for garbage will be Thursday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 30 for recyclable materials. The department will operate on normal schedule Monday, Jan. 1.
  • Miami-Dade Public Libraries will be closed Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.
  • Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center will be closed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 and all day on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. TNR services will be closed at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 27 and will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. For more information call 311.

Fun Activities

  • Pets are Priceless 
    Animal Services is waiving adoption fees until Dec. 31. Stop by the Pet Adoption and Protection Center or any of our mobile and off-site adoption events and connect with, adopt and fall in love with an adorable pet!
  • Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami 
    Enjoy the dazzling lights, carousel rides and photos with Santa Claus at the Zoo. Every Friday and Saturday in December plus the week of December 26 - 30 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Winter Break Camps 
    Programs will thrill and challenge youngsters, ages 6-14, with a variety of activities from fitness, sports and arts and crafts to games and exciting field trips. Register online.
  • Zoo Miami Winter Camps  
    Combining education with entertainment, kids ages 4-12 will enjoy learning about our animals, wildlife and environmental conservation. Register online
  • Worldwide New Year's Eve VIP Food & Wine Party featuring Pitbull
    Tickets start at $295 and include food, wine, spirits, a midnight champagne toast and views of a performance by Pitbull. Event begins at 8 p.m. Make sure to take Transit to the event.


Travel smart with these handy links to get you on your way with a little less angst. 


  • Baby Stroller Permits
    After a hectic day of holiday shopping with your sweet-but-tired munchkin, wouldn't it be nice to have a parking space nearby where you can unload? A Baby Stroller Permit costs only $35 and replacement permits will be $10. Permits are good until your child turns 3 years old.
  • Golden Passport
    If you are a senior citizens 65 years and over and a permanent Miami-Dade resident, you are eligible to ride transit free with a Golden Passport EASY Card.
  • Zoo Miami Membership
    Skip long lines, get discounts on food, drinks, gifts and other benefits at Zoo Miami.
  • HistoryMiami Membership
    A one-year membership entitles you to free year-round admission, discounts to special events and city tours, a 10 percent discount at the gift shop and more. For more information, visit the HistoryMiami Membership Benefits page.
  • PAMM Membership
    A membership at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) guarantees free museum admission, discount at the PAMM shop, and a great opportunity to enjoy events and amazing exhibitions for the whole family.
  • Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade
    When you make purchases on, use the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade link and 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases will go to the foundation.

Giving back

  • Support County programs or services
    Make a tax deductible donation to the services that matter most to you. Celebrate the spirit of the holiday by giving back to your community through a donation. There are many worthy organizations that can use your help.
  • Animal Services Foster Parent Program
    Have you ever considered fostering a dog or cat in need of a home? Fostering adoptable animals to live in a temporary home opens up more space at the shelter, giving more homeless pets a second chance at a new life!

Consumer and safety tips

Tips to make this holiday season safer and more enjoyable.