One of the best things about celebrations in Florida is that they’re massive events with food, festivals, and more. Because of the gorgeous weather year-round, Florida has year-round events especially at holiday celebration times.
Get your holiday shopping done while you enjoy holiday shows, decorations, and entertainment when you visit Christmas Town. Every part of your trip to Busch Gardens will help you get in the Christmas spirit!
Both Universal parks feature fun ways to celebrate the holidays during your visit. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is transformed to bring the excitement of the holidays into the world of Harry Potter. Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular is always a fun part of the Universal celebrations and the Macy's parade is a holiday favorite.
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, a large ice-skating rink, and other fun winter attractions.
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. Each year features a different theme, so you can have a new experience every winter! 2019's theme is THE POLAR EXPRESS™ celebrating the movie classic.
Pick your perfect pumpkin from more than 5,000 pumpkins!, Full Carnival For All Ages, Pumpkin Decorating, Kids Corn Stalk & Hay Bale Maze, Scarecrow Dress Up Village, Shows & Activities, Pumpkin Food Court & Beer Bars.
Enjoy everything magical about the winter season at this holiday extravaganza! Here you will board a trolley that will take you through all kinds of holidays scenes while drinking hot chocolate and listening to Christmas music.
During this event, Christmas trees are like their own art form. Here you will find designer Christmas trees as well as other Christmas favorites like gingerbread houses, holiday wreathes, and table decor. All the trees are available for purchase and proceeds go to support the Orlando Museum of Art. Special events take place throughout the events.
Come to this drive through event every night during the season including holiday nights for a spirited experience like no other. Over 3 million lights turn the park into a winter wonderland. In addition to the main event you can also book a private hay ride.
See tons of beautiful decorated trees to get into the Christmas spirit. You will also find Santa's Village, an ice skating rink, a grand festival hall, and great Christmas shopping at holiday vendor booths. All proceeds go to benefit the theater's scholarship and youth programs.
Location: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Florida
Come to the Speedway for over a mile of top-of-the-line drive through lighting displays that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car. Multiple themes come to life with lights and animations you have to see to believe.
Location: Las Olas and A1A, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida
Kick off the holiday season with this lighted event right on the beach. When the sun goes down the beach and its giant snowman will be illuminated. You will also find live entertainment and activities for the whole family.
Location: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, Florida
This event is a great way to kick off the holiday season with the whole family. Come for the tree lighting, stay for the carnival games, ice rink, the world's largest snowman, and tons of great live entertainment.
Find great holiday events and activities at the gardens throughout the holiday season. This includes holiday home tours at the Pinewood Estate, Christmas concerts, walking tours, and lots of other great activities you don't want to miss.
Location: Canal Street Historic District, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Canal street has a lot going on over the holidays so you'll always find something to do. The event kicks off with Spark the Spirit, a tree lighting ceremony that is fun for the whole family. The season will also see a Coastal Christmas Market, a Christmas parade, a Boat Parade, and a Christmas Train.
November 29 - December 28, 2019 (Friday and Saturday)
Location: Heathcote Botanical Garden, Fort Pierce, Florida
During the holiday season Heathcote’s five acres of Gardens are decorated with thousands of lights to give you a festive walk through environment. Live music and delicious s'mores treats make it a night to remember.
Location: Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers, Florida
Visit the homes formally owned by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford during the holidays for a special, festive experience. You'll find holiday foods, live music, visits from Santa, and special events throughout the season. Don't miss the nightly liquid fireworks show at the fountain.
Take a 20 minute train ride to get a Christmas experience like no other. Here you will see thousands of Christmas lights, Visit with Santa and friends, and find so many other rides and activities for the whole family.
Visit the botanical gardens during the holidays for a special experience unlike any other. The natural beauty of the garden is enhanced by amazing lighting designs and live performances from Opera Naples and the Naples Ballet.
Every holiday season Pirate Water Taxi provides special holiday cruises that give you the perfect way to experience Tampa's festivities from the water. The cruise includes sing along christmas carols, a free hot chocolate and christmas cookie, beer and wine available for purchase, and whimsical narration.
Celebrate holidays in Lakewood Ranch with all kinds of great events, decorations, and activities. Every Thursday carriage rides, carolers, and visits from Santa come to the Ranch. You will also find periodic breakfast and lunch with Santa events throughout the season.
Location: Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
For one day during the holiday season, Las Olas Boulevard becomes a winter wonderland. Christmas music from live performers fill the air while tons of vendors and activities entertain the whole family.
Each year the Jacksonville Historical Society puts on the Gingerbread House Extravaganza. Here you will find displays of gingerbread houses designed by bakers, architects, engineers, culinary school students, and families.
Celebrate the holidays in the most Florida way possible at this event that lights a Christmas tree made of sand lovingly known as Sandi. The event will also feature lots of family friendly activities and entertainment.
Throughout the holiday season, Floridians and tourists alike can visit the tall tree that has been named one of the "10 Best Christmas Trees in America". Everyday you can come to see the tree and you will also find visits from Santa everyday before Christmas Eve, Ice Skating, a Carousel, and tons of other activities plus special events happening throughout the season. It is a great place to celebrate Christmas, but don't worry, everyone can celebrate together here with Hanukkah and Kwanzaa events as well!
Location: Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, Florida
You support both local creators and the arts as a whole when you buy your Christmas essentials at this Christmas Market. You'll find everything from gifts and decorations to delicious holiday treats, all made by local artists.
Location: Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida
Holmes Beach lights its tree each year with a celebration you don't want to miss. Shopping will remain open late to give a great chance to stroll the streets. You will also find carolers, food and drink, and a visit from Santa.
Location: Central Park at Lake Mary City Hall, Lake Mary, Florida
At this tree lighting event thousands of lights illuminate the park and the Christmas tree. You will also find Dancing light shows, snow, lots of entertainment, food vendors, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
This two day celebration is exactly what you need to get into the holiday spirit. The first day has a tree lighting ceremony, and on the second day, the holiday parade takes place. Throughout the event you will find live music and delicious food as well.
Location: Port Charlotte Beach Recreational Center, Port Charlotte, Florida
This event is created for the whole family to enjoy with games, beautiful decorations, holiday movies, and pictures with Santa available. The first night of the event is for children with disabilities and their families to enjoy in a quieter environment.
There's Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs is a Christmas tree lighting to kick off the holiday season, but it's also so much more than that. You will also find hay rides, a snow play area, live music, a visit with Santa, an illuminate boat parade, and so much more.
A Harbor Holiday is a unique event that allows you to take a trolly to 6 holiday themed attractions around the city. Enjoy vintage Christmas at the museum, check out Santa's workshop and a night time market at the gazebo, enjoy family friendly activities at the Waterfront Wonderland, Listen to holiday stories at the the library, visit a gingerbread house where you can meet Santa, and find even more holiday activities at the Holiday Acres.
A holiday parade that features performances from local schools and groups kicks off the season in Boynton Beach. Following the parade, the Banyan Trees in Dewey Park will be lit up spectacularly and entertainment, including a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, will be available.
Celebrate the holidays with a Blizzard at the Beach! Here you'll find Santa Claus available for pictures, A Christmas Train, and real snow in front of city hall in conjunction with the Christmas parade.
Spend time with family while you celebrate the holidays here at the Holiday Hoopla! Here you will find great Christmas shopping at local vendors, beautiful decorations, and live entertainment and Christmas music.
During the holiday season Largo Central Park comes alive with Christmas spirit with special events and beautiful decorations. In addition to Christmas lights, you will find crafts, concessions, a ferris wheel, and a carousel.
Presented by Macy's and Ruth Eckerd Hall, this event takes 400+ blocks of downtown Clearwater and turns it into a winter wonderland. Falling snow surrounds you here while you enjoy an ice skating rink, horse drawn carriage rides, a giant gingerbread house, pictures with Santa, and so much more!
Location: International Fishing Pier, Deerfield Beach, Florida
Celebrate the winter season right here on the beach at this fun family event. Stroll along the shore while you enjoy a lights display, snow flurries, live reindeer, an ice skating rink, a visit from Santa, and so much more.
Location: Palmetto Historical Park, Palmetto, Florida
Spend your time in a Christmas atmosphere unlike any other you'll find in the area. Decorations, activities, and food and drink make this an event you don't want to miss. Plus, your kids can write a letter to Santa and he will write them back!
Location: Port St. Lucie Civic Center, Port St. Lucie, Florida
Get your shopping done locally by browsing the vendors here while live holiday music is played. You will find great gifts, decoration, and also delicious food. The Snowflakes & Snowman parade takes place later in the day.
Downtown Sanford is taken over by holiday spirit during the Jingle Jam. Several streets of downtown join in the festivities with lots of holiday vendors, live music on three stages, carnival games, food truck, and a visit from Santa.
Location: McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach, Florida
Come to the gardens during the holidays to see them lit up with Christmas cheer. In addition to beautiful light displays you will also find live music, a large scale model train, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
During the holiday season, Pinecrest Gardens becomes an illuminated winter wonderland with thousands of lights. Entertainment for the whole family includes carnival rides, live entertainment on select evenings, and so much more.
Visit this free festival for a holiday celebration like no other. You'll find a 40-foot Christmas tree that hosts a Christmas pageant, gift giveaways, a visit from Santa, live entertainment, and lots more right here near the ocean.
Want to visit Santa this Christmas? The Flora-Bama Santa Drop brings Santa to you... after he skydives onto the beach that is! There will be activities and sweets for the kids and a bar for the adults.
Even the commute is fun at this holiday event! Costume characters entertain you on the ride there. The fun continues when the train arrives at the Miami Airport Station, which becomes a winter wonderland of exciting activities, food, and real snow.
Key West is a great place to take a trolley tour and explore the history and culture of the area. During the holiday season you can take a Christmas tour and see all the best of celebrating the holidays here on the island.
Enjoy Christmas island style this Christmas Eve on a dolphin cruise from Adventures in Paradise. See dolphins while you cruise out to visit with Santa where he will be waiting with gifts for all the children.
Visit Universal during the Mardi Gras celebration for an even more exciting theme park experience! Parades are put on each night with outrageous street performers, colorful costumes and countless beads. You will also find Cajun food and tons of authentic New Orleans bands for your entertainment.
Presented by Vegetarians of Central Florida, this is a great way to celebrate Earth Day with the whole family. Here you will find Speakers, Food Preparation Demonstrations, Environmental Education, Humane Education, Earth Kids Zone, Food, Artist Corner, Animal Haven, Music on hybrid and acoustic stages, Mind Body Spirit, lots of other Activities, and many Earth-friendly Sponsors and Vendors.
Location: Crane's Roost Park, Altamonte Springs, Florida
This is one of the best Independence Parties in Central Florida hosted by The City of Altamonte Springs and XL 106.7 FM. It features tons of amazing music by popular music artists, plus great food and fireworks you don't want to miss!
Head to Delray Beach for one of the best Independence Day celebrations in Florida! It features a sand castle contest, tons of great entertainment, local vendors to browse, and lots of other entertainment.
Universal famously throws one of the best Halloween parties in the world. This is a celebration for people who love the scary side of Halloween. Come ready for the scare of your life and an experience you won't soon forget!