Downtown Doral LIVE Holiday Fest

By: CultureOwl
Downtown Doral LIVE Holiday Fest

October is almost over and the holidays are near! Downtown Doral Holiday Fest is Miami’s newest family-friendly arts experience this holiday season. It is Miami’s only outdoor digital lights exhibit. Experience a three-week concert series in the park under the stars.

“Holiday Fest will bring to life Miami’s family-friendly, outdoor music and dance performances as well as art experiences exclusive to Downtown Doral,” said Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, CEO of Codina Partners, master developer of Downtown Doral. “The Doral LIVE performance series captures the diversity of our community through music and dance, featuring Miami City Ballet’s RADIANCE and world-renown musical artists like Arturo Sandoval and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. We invite everyone in Miami this December to stop by our community, see the LUX Doral art exhibits, and enjoy a performance under the stars.”

Downtown Doral Holiday Fest is anchored by Doral LIVE, a three-week concert series in Downtown Doral Park. Doral LIVE includes a dozen performances featuring a diverse roster of national touring artists and beloved South Florida cultural organizations, starting with Miami City Ballet’s RADIANCE on December 3rd and 4th. The opening weekend of the performance series concludes on Sunday, December 5th with The Joey Alexander Trio. The second weekend features a recital by Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild And Swingin’ Holiday Party!, Jazz impresario Arturo Sandoval, and an evening with Cuban-American soprano Elizabeth Caballero and pianist Shelly Berg. The final weekend opens with a performance by beloved Miami instrumental ensemble Nu Deco followed by Flamenco Intimo, a Flamenco suite created by Siudy Garrido with original music by composer/guitarist Jose Luis de La Paz. The weekend continues with a performance by world renowned vocal play ensemble Naturally 7, A Creole Christmas with Etienne Charles, and a special evening of holiday music with bluegrass legend Chris Thile and Aoife O’Donovan.

Doral LIVE is curated and produced by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland.

Doral LIVE line up:

Miami City Ballet’s RADIANCE

Friday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 4th at 7:30 PM

Miami City Ballet’s extraordinary dancers shine in a dazzling program of five works featuring the sparkling show-stopper Rubies, the awe-inspiring pas de deux from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® starring the Sugarplum Fairy, and more. 

Joey Alexander Trio

Sunday, December 5th at 7:00 PM

The youngest jazz musician ever nominated for a Grammy Award. “There has never been anyone … who could play like that at his age.” – Wynton Marsalis

Ana María Martínez

Thursday, December 9th at 7:30 PM

One of the foremost sopranos of her time, with an international career that spans the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party

Friday, December 10th at 8:00 PM

For 28 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s unique take on American swing and jazz music has thrilled audiences around the world, while their unique and spirited “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” has become an eagerly anticipated annual family event.

Arturo Sandoval

Saturday, December 11th at 8:00 PM

A Cuban Jazz legend and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Sandoval has received 10 Grammy Awards, 6 Billboard Awards, and an Emmy Award for the original score he composed for the HBO movie about his life “For Love or Country.”

Elizabeth Caballero

Sunday, December 12th at 7:00 PM

The New York Times describes Elizabeth Caballero as a “plush-toned, expressive soprano” and The Wall Street Journal exclaims that “Ms. Caballero is a find: her opulent soprano rings freely and lyrically throughout her range.” An evening of Jazz with acclaimed pianist Shelly Berg.

Nu Deco Ensemble

Wednesday, December 15th at 7:30 PM

The New York Times has hailed Nu Deco Ensemble as a “Chamber orchestra for the 21st century”, Billboard has announced them as “Sonically Spellbinding” and Saratoga Living exclaimed them as “fiery, captivating and refreshingly original.”

Siudy Flamenco: Flamenco Intimo

Thursday, December 16th at 7:30 PM

Flamenco Intimo presents a journey through the diversity of colors, sensations, and emotions of a pure-rooted Flamenco, while at the same time remaining open to the present, a proper reading of the different styles of Flamenco dancing.

Naturally 7

Friday, December 17th at 8:00 PM

Naturally 7 is more than a tightly orchestrated collection of great singers. They transform their voices into actual human instruments, effortlessly producing music of any genre. Their vocal choreography is so perfectly interwoven that they compelled the musical maestro himself, Quincy Jones, to declare them “The best a cappella group in the world!”

Etienne Charles: Creole Christmas

Saturday, December 18th at 8:00 PM

Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” and by JazzTimes as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” NPR’s All Things Considered calls Etienne, “a great young trumpeter…his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean music into a modern jazz conception.”

Chris Thile and Aoife O’Donovan

Sunday, December 19th at 7:00 PM

Called “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by the New York Times, Aoife O’Donovan is one of the most sought-after vocalists and songwriters of her generation. Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile, a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist.

The festival is presented by the Downtown Doral Culture and Arts Foundation (DDCAF) and will run from Thursday, December 2nd through Thursday, December 23rd in Downtown Doral, located off NW 87th Ave and NW 53rd Street Doral, Fla. Multi-show packages for Doral LIVE are on sale now—3-show and 5-show packages are available, along with special pricing for families. Single tickets will be available to the public beginning September 27th. Prices start at $37. For more information on the Holiday Festival at Downtown Doral, visit

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