November 20 – December 29
Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Brightline Stations
Odds are Chris Van Allsburg never envisioned a Christmas train with power outlets and high speed WiFi, but such is the Polar Express in 2019, where Brightline runs one-hour journeys to the North Pole from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Your golden tickets bring you aboard a train full of dancing chefs serving cocoa and cookies with a full reading of the book. Plus, each passenger gets a souvenir sleigh bell.
November 26 – January 1
Gramps/Java & Jam/Death or Glory
Not content to let Miami have all the Christmas pop-up bar fun, this year’s rendition of the Miracle's pop up heads up to Broward at Java & Jam, and Delray Beach at Death or Glory. There’s no guarantee they’ll all have a snow machine that covers the bar in white stuff every time “All I Want for Christmas” comes on like they did at Gramps. But they will all be having ugly sweater parties on December 2.
Cost: Drink prices vary
Perhaps the only downside of eating Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant is that you don’t have guaranteed turkey sandwiches for the next 65 days. Three solves this problem for at least one day, sending you home with a turkey sandwich after its family-style feast featuring calabaza squash soup, turkey breast and leg confit, yukon gold potato gnocchi, and pumpkin pie topped with toasted marshmallows.
Cost: $65 per person
The Gates Hotel
Yes, it’s always fun to take out a year of aggression on your brothers with a little Turkey Day football. But if your sibling rivalry doesn’t include targeting, head to The Gates in South Beach where they’ll be playing pin the feather on the turkey, pumpkin toss, turkey bowling, and other wholesome events with warm pie and apple cider.
While we don’t have details on what, exactly, the restaurant’s three-course menu including roasted acorn squash salad, turkey breast with cranberry walnut stuffing, brown butter candied yams, and spiced pumpkin mousse and salted bourbon caramel atop a brown butter blondie will be served in, we can promise it won’t look anything like a serving platter.
Cost: $85 per person