Brightline’s Art Week Events and Holiday Happenings

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Art Week 

November 29, 6 pm – 9 pm: Artist Reception and Live Painting from Emerging Artist Mayra Mateus 

*Open to the public on MiamiCentral’s Mezzanine Level*

  • Mayra Mateus: MiamiCentral will be home to a large-scale sculpture from emerging pop artist superstar Mayra Mateus’s Piggy Bank collection. Making her first debut at Art Basel this year, Mateus has gained fame with her piggy banks and colorful designs on canvas, sculptures and cartoons. She combines emblematic pop culture characters with daring scenarios that express the rebellion and freedom in today’s society. This collection represents her vision of “saving dreams” as a reminder that pursuing dreams is more important than pursuing money. 

December 1: Victor Gosa’s Artist Takeover 

*Experience open only to Brightline PREMIUM ticket holders*

  • Brightline is partnering with Victor Gosa for an artist takeover across all three stations. Victor, better known by his moniker “GOSA ” is one of Miami’s most sought-after contemporary artists. Drawing inspiration from pop culture, he is best known for his use of vibrant colors, striking imagery, and adaption of recognizable characters. His inspiring artwork will be on display in the MiamiCentral’s premium Lounge from November 27 – December 5. He will also give away 200 pieces of signed art to premium guests.
    • On December 1, he will live paint an art piece in both Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations.

·       4 pm – Live art by Gosa at the West Palm Beach station 

·       5:30 pm – Live art by Gosa at the Fort Lauderdale station 

December 1, 2, 3: Art Beat Miami 

*Open to the public on MiamiCentral’s Mezzanine Level*

  • Art Beat Miami, the annual satellite art fair presented by Little Haiti Optimist Club, Welcome to Little Haiti and Chefs of the Caribbean will host a series of events at MiamiCentral. ​​The events will showcase emerging and renowned artists from Haiti and around the world. Art Beat Miami features artists, painters, sculptors, art exhibits, murals, performers, and musicians. The organization brings together multidisciplinary artists working in collaboration to highlight the culturally rich and diverse creativity of local artists and the Caribbean Diaspora here and beyond.
    • December 1, 5 pm – 7 pm: Opening reception
    • December 2, 6 pm – 7 pm: Conversation with the artists
    • December 3, Noon – 3 pm: Artist Brunch

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Polar Express Returns

Kicking off with a South Florida favorite, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride returns on Brightline for its fourth year. Starting December 3, the beloved holiday experience runs until December 29 from MiamiCentral station. This holiday classic comes to life when the festive Brightline train departs on a journey led by a cast of talented actors. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers relive the magic of this story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a one-hour trip to meet and interact with Santa. 

Magic memories provided by Polar Express will also be available for guests to commemorate the season. 

Tickets are moving quickly and can be purchased at miamithepolarexpressride.com.

The Nutcracker at MiamiCentral

Starting the first week of December, Brightline guests will be welcomed to MiamiCentral station with live performances of the Nutcracker by Miami City Ballet. Ballerinas will perform mini vignettes around the station as guests explore the holiday market and check-in for Polar Express.

Brightline’s Holiday Marketplace

Each weekend in December, MiamiCentral will be home to a fun and festive holiday market. Guests, riders, and families ready to jump on the Polar Express can all enjoy a selection of local vendors offering holiday gifts, treats, chocolates, and even gift wrapping. The market will feature rotating activities, including an edible cookie decorating station, pictures and story time with Mrs. Claus, and a station for letters to Santa. 

The Holiday Market will be open December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 with Friday hours 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday hours 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and hours on December 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Holiday Gifting: Give the Gift of Brightline

Brightline Passes: Stalk up, save, and make the season bright starting now. Save big on annual Train Passes, group trips, and everyday SMART fares with Brightline’s Black Friday deals

Sip some joy with Coffee & Tea perks. Time to do away with the coffeehouse chain gift cards, and give your loved ones the gift of unlimited pick-me-ups with Brightline.The rail service now offers its popular Coffee & Tea Club membership as the perfect gift for those guests on-the-go.

Designed to help guests save more, waste less and start every day with a smile, the Coffee & Tea Club offers complimentary refills of Lavazza coffee with flavor shots, cream and milk to customize each cup of brew and tea beverages that include caffeinated and non-caffeinated options. Members also receive a limited-edition welcome tumbler, designed by local artists whose artwork align with building and highlighting South Florida’s vibrant and diverse communities.

Purchasers have the option to select monthly, quarterly, or annual memberships and can purchase at Mary Mary, located in each Brightline station. Monthly membership starts at $19 per month, quarterly memberships are $49 per quarter and annual memberships cost $99 per year.