Holiday Events in Florida

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. 

Select Dates in December

Location: Legoland, Florida

Visit Legoland during the weekends in December for special Christmas events and Holiday shows for kids of all ages to celebrate the season!

August 16 - November 1, 2019

Location: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida

During the Halloween season, Magic Kingdom shuts down to the regular public early to put on a festive party like no other! Disney characters help the whole family celebrate the holiday with special shows, candy, and tons of great decorations.

August 31 - September 2, 2019

Location: Lake Okeechobee, Florida

This community 2 day event includes local business owners, clubs and talent to say a fond farewell to summer with a parade, fun events, contests, vendors with great food, arts and crafts, and more. 

September 6 - November 2, 2019 (Select Nights)

Location: Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

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!

September 13 - November 2, 2019 (Select Days)

Location: Dade City, Florida

There is so much to do at SCREAM-A-GEDDON! From indoor attractions like Blackpool prison to Zombie Paintball Assault coming this year.

September 20 - November 2, 2019

Location: Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida

Home to lots of terrifying haunted houses, this event is the West Coast's best Halloween celebration. Enjoy the park's thrill rides while you enjoy their additional scares throughout the season!

October 4 - November 2, 2019 (Select Nights)

Location: Altamonte Springs, Florida

One of Central Florida's haunted areas that features scare trails, live music, and food trucks at the event starting in October.

October 4 - 27, 2019 (Weekends)

Location: Plant City, Florida

An outdoor haunted trail which features 3 trails, an escape game, and laser tag. 

October 10 - November 2, 2019 (Thursday - Saturday)

Location: South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, Florida

Every year there are different houses to experience, this year there are new haunts and scares that are awaiting for you to visit.

October 26 - 27, 2019

Location: Regatta Park, Coconut Grove, Florida

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.

October 31, 2019

Location: Wynwood, Miami, Florida

Celebrate Halloween in Miami's art district for an experience unlike any other. This is a party that you definitely don't want to miss!

November 16 - 24, 2019

Location: Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida

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.

November 18, 2019 - January 1, 2020

Location: Wickham Park, Melbourne, Florida

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.

November 22 - December 29, 2019

Location: WestShore Plaza, Tampa, Florida

Get all your Christmas shopping done while supporting local artists and craftsmen. Each weekend 50+ unique creators will be around to get your shopping done even at the last minute.

November 22 - 24, 2019

Location: Riverside Theater, Vero Beach, Florida

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.

November 22 - January 1, 2019

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.

November 27, 2019

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.

November 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Location: Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Florida

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.

November 29 - December 30, 2019

Location: Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo, Florida

Head to the botanical gardens nightly for one of the Tampa Bay area's best Christmas light attractions. You will also find refreshments, holiday themed gifts, entertainment, and visits from Santa.

November 29 - December 30, 2019 (Select Dates)

Location: Kirby Family Farm, Williston, Florida

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.

November 29 - December 23, 26 - 30, 2019, January 1 - 5, 2020

Location: Naples Botanical Garden, Naples, Florida

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.

November 29 - December 30, 2019 (Select Dates)

Locations: Hillsborough River, Tampa, Florida

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.

Holiday Season, 2019

Location: Lakewood Ranch, Florida

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.

December 3, 2019

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.

December 6, 14, 2019

Location: Orange City, Florida

Come to city hall to kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting event that takes place on November 30. On December 8 you can enjoy the Christmas Village and Parade from Dickinson Park.

December 6 - 8, 2019

Location: Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers, Florida

Come to the Festival of Trees to see all kinds of festive trees decorated by local businesses to raise money for Goodwill. Each day has its own individual events for you to enjoy.

December 6 - 8, 2019

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. 

December 6, 2019

Location: St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, Florida

This event kicks off the holiday season at St. Armands Circle Shopping center with a tree lighting ceremony, live performances, and Santa's arrival for the season.

December 6, 2019

Location: City Hall, Holly Hill, Florida

Listen to Christmas music from carolers while the Holly Hill tree is lit up. It also includes a holiday parade that cuts downtown.

December 6, 2019

Location: Founders Park Beach, Islamorada, Florida

Here you can have an Island feel and a play in the snow all at the same time. You can also shop at the Holiday Gift Bazaar, eat delicious treats, and participate in lots of other fun activities!

December 6, 2019

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.

December 6 - 7, 2019

Location: Waterfront Park, Clermont, Florida

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.

December 6, 2019

Location: Fifth Avenue South, Naples, Florida

Kick off the Christmas season with your local community here at Naples' tree lighting. Local choirs, bands, and other groups are there to provide entertainment.

December 6, 2019

Location: Gazebo at John Wilson Park, Safety Harbor, Florida

Kick off the holiday season in Safety Harbor with a tree lighting event. The event also features choirs singing Christmas carols and a visit from Santa Claus.

December 6, 2019

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, Florida

Get ready for December with this beautiful tree lighting ceremony. The event includes a free movie in the park for you to enjoy with your loved ones.

December 6, 2019

Location: Downtown Tarpon Springs, Florida

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.

December 7, 2019

Location: Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte, Florida

Watch the park and its 60-foot Christmas tree illuminate with 200,000 lights. You can also enjoy live music, an ice skating rink, fireworks, train rides, and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

December 7, 2019

Location: Founder's Square, Babcock Ranch, Florida

Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony that comes with live music and delicious food and drinks. You can also take advantage of photo opportunities with the Whispering Pines Clydesdale horses and Santa Claus!

December 7, 2019

Location: Boynton Beach, Florida

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.

December 7, 2019

Location: Cape Coral Parkway, Cape Coral, Florida

Kick off the holiday season at one of the biggest celebrations in the region! Come for family friendly rides, live music on 4 stages, 3 food courts of festival foods, and an official tree lighting.

December 7, 2019

Location: Lake Concord Park, Casselberry, Florida

Casselberry kicks off the holiday season with this tree lighting. Here you can listen to live music and watch a holiday movie while you enjoy the festive decorations.

December 7, 2019

Location: Golden Gate Community Center, Naples, Florida

One of the area's biggest events of the year, come for a day of family fun and festive activities. Featuring tons of real snow you can play in!

December 7, 2019

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.

December 7, 2019

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!

December 7, 2019

Location: Charles F Dodge City Center, Pembroke Pines, Florida

Enjoy some snow in South Florida at this fun event. Play in the snow, visit with Santa, and enjoy tons of entertainment and activities throughout the day.

December 7, 2019

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.

December 7, 2019

Location: Sanford, Florida

See some of Florida's history on this Sanford tour. On this self-guided walking tour you can see many of Florida's historic homes decorated for the holidays. 

December 7, 2019

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, Florida

Celebrate the holidays with a parade that starts at 11AM. Stick around for Santa Fest and fun for the whole family. The festival includes pictures with Santa, arts and crafts, and fun activities.

December 7, 2019

Location: Milander Park, Hialeah, Florida

50 tons of snow come to Hialeah to bring a winter wonderland to South Florida. You will also find carnival rides, games, food, live entertainment, and more.

December 10 - 22, 27 - 29, 2019

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.

December 13, 2019

Location: 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida

Celebrate a small town Christmas here in Inverness. You can visit Santa, get free train rides, and enjoy lots of entertainment and refreshments,

December 13, 2019

Location: Margate, Florida

Enjoy winter in Florida to celebrate the holiday season! Here you will find real snow to play in, kiddie rides, lots of activities, and pictures with Santa.

December 13 - 15, 2019

Location: Fort Cooper State Park, Inverness, Florida

Thousands of lights decorate the park for this great Christmas celebration. Live music and a visit from Santa provide the entertainment and s'mores will be available for a delicious snack.

December 13, 2019 - January 1, 2020

Location: Pinecrest Gardens, Pinecrest, Florida

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.

December 14, 2019

Location: Arts Park, Hollywood, Florida

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.

December 14, 2019

Location: Melbourne, Florida

You don't want to miss one of the Space Coast's biggest and best holiday parades. Local community groups, businesses, and schools join Santa to bring this lighted parade to the area.

February 1 - April 2, 2020

Location: Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

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.

April 25, 2020

Location: Lake Eola Park, Orlando, Florida

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.

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