More than just a place to escape December’s cold weather, Miami is a destination with lots to offer during the last month of the year. For families anticipating the holiday season, there’s Zoo Lights Miami every Friday and Saturday from November 29 through December 29, with Snowman’s River Boat Rides, Santa photos, fun events, and performances. A holiday tradition for many, the Nutcracker will be presented by the Miami City Ballet from December 13-29. Kids will enjoy a visit to Santa’s Enchanted Forest at Tropical Park where they’ll find rides, shows, games, and dazzling decorations. Art lovers will want to join the crowd at the 18th annual Art Basel Miami Beach to be held December 5-8 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Large scale works, performances, and film screenings will take place at nearby Collins Park and SoundScape Park. A stay at luxurious beachfront The Betsy-South Beach continues the art experience with the hotel’s own exhibition featuring new and archival work by global photographers. Also along the ocean, the W South Beach offers a heated pool and rooftop tennis and basketball courts. For an elegant spot away from lively South Beach, stay at the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove, set in Miami’s historic neighborhood among art galleries, boutiques, and a variety of restaurants.