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2014-15 Winter Holiday Guide

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

  • Dec. 31 - Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 - Closed

Curbside waste, trash and recycling
For customers of Miami-Dade County’s Public Works and Waste Management Department, the following is the upcoming holiday service schedule.


  • Dec. 31
    • Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
    • After 8 p.m., Metrorail will continue regular weekday service with a 15-minute frequency between the Dadeland South and Earlington Heights stations; and every 30 minutes between the Palmetto and Earlington Heights stations. This service will be extended into January 1, 2015.
    • The last northbound and southbound trains will depart from the Government Center Station at approximately 2 a.m. 
    • Metromover service also will be extended until approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2015.
  • Jan. 1
    • Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover will operate on a Sunday schedule.
    • This means that weekday only routes, such as the I-95 Dade-Broward Express and the I-95 Express going to Golden Glades, will not be providing service on January 1, 2015.

3-1-1 Answer Center

  • Dec. 31 - 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (regular business hours)
  • Jan. 1 - closed

Animal Services shelter

  • Dec. 31 - the shelter is open at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 - the shelter will be closed.

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  • Let the countdown begin!Celebrate New Year's at Bayfront Park
    Ring in the New Year at Miami's largest free dance party at Bayfront Park on Dec. 31 starting at 8 p.m., and ending when Big Orange rises to the top at midnight.
  • Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
    The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts kicks off its 2014-2015 season with Broadway shows ''The Colors of Christmas,'' Free Gospel Sundays,'' ''The Nutcracker,'' and so much more, now through Jan. 2015.
  • Parks Winter Break Camps
    Keep your child active and connected to nature by enrolling them in one of the many fun and affordable Winter Break Camps offered by Miami-Dade County Parks. Situated at convenient locations all over Miami-Dade County, these camps run from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2 and are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Christmas and New Year's Day). Early drop-off and late pickup hours are also available. Sign up your kids today.
  • Celebrate the Holiday Season at Deering Estate
    Check out the exciting line-up at the historic Deering Estate at Cutler plenty of events for the entire family to enjoy!
  • Holiday Enrichment
    Our animals like to get in the holiday spirit too! Come and visit Zoo Miami this December to see them enjoy their special treats and presents.
  • Zoo Lights
    Zoo Miami will open at night for a special holiday event with bright animal shaped lights & thousands of dazzling tree lights starting Dec. 19 – Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24 & 25) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • A Home for Every Holiday
    Animal Services is offering 50 percent off pet adoption fees during our Home for Every Holiday promotion from Dec. 1-31. Stop by Animal Services or any of our mobile and off-site adoption events and connect with, adopt and fall in love with an adorable pet!

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  • vLocal food cookbook makes the perfect stocking stuffer
    Need a few fresh ideas for your holiday feast? Consuming foods harvested closer to home is better for your health, as well as better for the environment. A new cookbook, Local Flavor: Recipes Raised in the Florida Redland features a variety of recipes you can make with locally-grown ingredients.
  • 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 three 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.
  • Give the gift of a most unique experience
    The holiday season brings the finest weather of the year to Miami, so why not give your loved one a gift with a taste of the outdoors? Check out the Parkstore for experiences such as birding tours, recreational sports packages, kayaking and much more. Or make a more permanent gift: buy an Adopt-a-Park or Adopt-a-Tree package to make a lasting mark on our future. And if you purchase a Parks Foundation Family Membership before Dec. 31, you get $25 off the price.
  • 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 please see the HistoryMiami Membership Benefits page.

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

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Giving back

  • Give BackSupport 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!

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Consumer and safety tips

Tips to make this holiday season safer and more enjoyable.

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Page Last Edited: Fri Dec 26, 2014 4:04:05 PM

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