Holidays In Florida

What better place to celebrate the holidays than in Florida! With year-round warm, sunny weather, a happy holiday is almost guaranteed. If you’re looking for a white Christmas, Florida probably isn’t the place for you. But if you want to take a dip in the pool or hit up the beach after the presents are opened, you may be a Floridian at heart. Florida’s holidays (especially Christmas) are huge affairs. There’s even a town here called Christmas, and they prepare for it all year. Walt Disney World, Universal, and Busch Gardens have special holiday events for Christmas as well as other holidays like Halloween. Whether you’re looking for something small and low-key, or a celebration at the most magical place on Earth, there is something for everyone.

There are also parades year round for all kinds of holidays, fairs, and other celebrations. Besides the usual national holidays, there are many unique Florida traditions and events celebrated throughout the year.

Holiday Events & FestivalsHoliday ParadesFlorida Holiday Boat Parades

 

November 18 - December 30, 2018

Location: Hoffman's Chocolates Factory, Greenacres, Florida

Celebrate the holidays with everyone's favorite celebratory treat: Chocolate! Here you will find one of South Florida's only outdoor ice skating rinks, incredible light displays, live entertainment, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and of course lots of delicious holiday treats. Take a factory tour and holiday chocolate class to get up close and personal with the special treat Hoffman's is known for. 

November 21, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Location: Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, Florida

This drive through Christmas light display is one of the best places to get in the holiday spirit! Enjoy their giant animated holiday displays and illuminated trees from the comfort of your car!

November 23, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Location: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida

Come to one of Miami's most beautiful outdoor spaces for a holiday experience like no other. Starting in November, the garden is illuminated at night with spectacular special effects you won't find anywhere else. You will also find special activities like an illuminated maze, talking to trees, and a difficult scavenger hunt as well as food and drinks served by some of Miami's top eateries.

November 23 - December 29, 2018 (Friday and Saturday nights)

Location: Zoo Miami, Miami, Florida

Animal encounters, river boat rides, photos with Santa, and lots of other fun events are available for all at the Zoo on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the holiday season. Each weekend has a different theme kids can dress up for to participate in special events and entertainment.

November 29 - December 30, 2018

Location: Plantation Baptist Church, Plantation Acres, Florida

Celebrate the reason for the season at Plantation Baptist Church's christmas lights display. It's a beautiful place to celebrate the holidays with the local community.

December 14-16, 21-23, 28-30, 2018

Location: Flamingo Gardens, Davie, Florida

Check out the Garden of Lights on nights during this event to see the gardens lit up and enjoy special activities like their interactive life sized snow globe. Come earlier in the day on select dates for Santa's Little Helpers, where you can meet lots of animals and enjoy tons of family friendly activities.