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.
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.
- 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.
- Airport Security - know before you go what's allowed and what's not
- Real-time Flight Tracker - check your flight status before jetting off to the airport
- Cruise Season - new ships, new lines at PortMiami
- Take the train to the plane - At only $2 each way and $4 a day for long-term parking, you'll be raving about the savings. Download the EASY Pay app to pay for your 1-day transit pass.
- 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 amazon.com, use the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade link and 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases will go to the foundation.
- 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.