Growing up in Florida, we sometimes forget the great fortune we have during the holiday season of almost daily perfect weather, attending outdoor events, visiting parks, shopping at outdoor outlets and markets, not to mention the plethora of holiday celebrations and events we have to choose from. We may not have snow to brighten up our holiday season, but for Floridians, this time of year is perfect!
From Charming Town & Local Celebrations to large attractions who really know how to bring out the holiday spirit, in Florida, you will never find a shortage of ways to enjoy the holidays.
As Celebrations are getting underway in Florida, Florida’s Famous Attractions, Towns and Communities are preparing to bring you the best holiday experience yet.
No one does Holiday Season like Disney! The Resorts, the Theme Parks, Disney Springs, all come alive with holiday cheer! Visiting Disney over the holiday season is a truly magical experience.
Disney Springs celebrates the holidays with Santa, Holiday Carolers, Kwanzaa Musical Group performances, Hanukkah celebrations, unbelievable shopping and live entertainment.
You feel the holiday spirit as soon as you enter the park.
And to catch the full celebration with live entertainment, parade and a spectacular fireworks show, be sure to purchase your tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party that brings the holiday spirit, Disney style, for children and adults alike.
November 09 - December 22, 2017
Enjoy enchanting holiday decorations and Disney Character interactions as you stroll Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
November 09 - December 31, 2017
Enjoy the Season at Epcot where the countries transform to an international celebration of Yuletide traditions with the Candlelight Processional topping off the experience.
November 19 - December 30, 2017
3 show times: 5pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm
This spectacular choir and orchestra show with a narrated story of Christmas told by a celebrity narrator fills the world showcase with holiday music and cheer. This enthralling show is a must see holiday tradition.
November 18, 2017 - January 6, 2018
Hang out with the Grinch this holiday as Seuss Landing is transformed to the world of Grinchmas.
Daily throughout the holiday season, this parade brings the legendary New York City parade to Florida. Many of the floats are the same as the ones in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Universal Studios offers more Holiday fun with A Barney Holiday, The Blues Brothers Holiday Show and Winter at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
November 24 - December 31, 2017
Seaworld Orlando, “Where the Season meets the Sea” with special shows, features, Sea of Trees, Winter Wonderland on Ice, and lots of seasonal spirit.
December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-25, 2017
Legoland Florida brings the holidays to life with a 30 foot tall Christmas tree made of thousands of LEGO and DUPLO bricks and tons of life-sized Holiday themed figures. The dates listed also include a firework spectacular set to classic Christmas melodies.
Experience Christmas in a traditional setting that brings to life the birth of Jesus.
November 21, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Christmas at Gaylord Palms is an experience in itself, and the ICE! Experience is an unforgettable experience that is worth visiting with the whole family. You’ll Journey through more than 2 million pounds of hand carved ice sculptures for a true walk in a winter wonderland. 2017’s theme is Christmas Around the World! It’s a celebration of winter holidays in cultures all around the world.
November 17 - December 31, 2017
You don’t have to attend the University of Central Florida to enjoy this community celebration. Enjoyed by families, friends and those seeking a fun holiday time every year, UCF features free holiday light shows, rides and a large ice-skating rink.
November 15, 2017 - January 15, 2018
An elegant designer decorated Christmas display.
More than a once a year celebration, this small town outside of Orlando boasts the name “Christmas”. It is the one place where you can send a postcard from “Christmas, FL”. The town was named from the original settlement where Soldiers arrived on December 25, 1837, and establish Fort Christmas. Located halfway between Orlando and Merritt Island, it is worth a stop to visit the park. You can’t miss the large Christmas Tree along SR50 that stand year round.
November 19 - December 31, 2017
Enjoy special holiday shows, Santa’s house, a snow-filled playground where Floridian Children can experience snow! Busch Gardens transforms into a Wintry Christmas Town!
December 22 - 23, 2017
All December Long, get into the holiday spirit at the Zoo with a “blizzard of activities”!
November 18, 2017 - January 31, 2018
St. Augustine's Nights of Lights begins on the Saturday before Thanksgiving with “Light Up Night” when the nation’s oldest city transforms to a beautifully illuminated Christmas town. Celebrating its 23rd Annual Nights of Lights, this 3 million + light display is one of the best in the world.
November 30th - December 23rd, 2017
If you love Gingerbread Houses, this is a must do event for the Holiday season. Featuring unique and creative gingerbread houses by artisans from all backgrounds. These are no ordinary gingerbread houses!
December 2, 2017
Celebrate St. Augustine’s history with events from 9am - 4pm at Castillo de San Marcos where the parade begins at 7pm. This spectacular Night Watch “Grand Illumination” Parade features a one-of-a-kind light display.
December 2, 2017
A charming home town Christmas Parade featuring floats, marching bands, and all of the things you’d expect from a town parade.
November 18 - December 24, 2017
Downtown Pensacola’s winterfest brings the season spirit to life with arts & crafts, plaza show, carriage rides, music and more.
November 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Celebrating 34 years, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a staple for families in South Florida as the place to go for holiday fun, rides, games, shows and more.
2017 Dates tbd
Lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights kicks off the holidays in Key West followed by Holiday events including:
Holiday Harmonies Concert
Key West Holiday Parade - December 3, 2016
Lighted Bike Parade - December 7, 2016
The Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade - December 10, 2016
2017 Dates tbd
Captiva Island knows how to celebrate the holiday season! Events include Fireworks and Tree Lighting show, Lighted Boat Parade, Golf Cart Parade, and more.