Holiday Events in Florida

Listed below are holiday events throughout the state of Florida. To focus in on a specific Florida city select that city below. To view past events view our holiday events archive.


The holiday season in Florida is packed with unique events. For residents many events create a feeling of winter with artificial snow and ice carvings mixed with cooler temperatures.

Attend one of many holiday events listed here and consider visiting a Tree Farm to pick out your own made in Florida Christmas Tree.

Even in the winter months much of Florida is still relatively warm. A parade may be traditional with floats or it may be Boats decorated with lights cruising down the St Johns River in Jacksonville or the Intercoastal in Fort Lauderdale. And only in Florida can you going sailing and see Santa and Manatees.

Ice Carvings in Orlando

One of our favorite events is Ice at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando. Walk through life sized ice carvings of slides a candy house and more made with almost 2 million pounds of ice.

Big Parades and Fireworks

No holiday season is complete without a big parade and the Annual Gator Bowl Parade in Jacksonville is a big classic parade worth seeing. And right after the parade you can head down to Jacksonville Landing for an impressive fireworks display.

Ice Skating In St Augustine

St Augustine is known for great beaches, Flagler College, and Castillo De San Marcos but this holiday season the oldest city in America is transformed into a winter wonderland.

Holiday Events in Florida


Nov 2016

Ice at Gaylord

November 18 , 2016 to January 01, 2017

Orlando

Ice Sculptures at ICE Orlando

From November 18, 2016 through January 1, 2017 visit the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando for an incredible walk-through attraction featuring “A Charlie Brown Christmas”  hand-carved ice sculptures with nearly 2 million pounds of ice.

Holiday Hayride at Wickham Park

December 01 , 2016 to December 30, 2016

Melbourne

Enjoy an old fashioned hayride with Santa through lighted holiday displays at Wickham Park from 6 -8 pm every Thursday and Friday evening in December.

Space Coast Lightfest

November 21 , 2016 to January 01, 2017

Melbourne

Drive through Wickham Park and enjoy the hundreds of thousands of holiday lights displayed from November 21, 2016 through January 1, 2017. Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and save $2 on admission.

Holidays Around the World

November 25 , 2016 to December 30, 2016

Lake Buena Vista

Celebrate the holiday season around the globe at Epcot in Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando. 

Holidays Around the World takes place at The American Gardens Theatre Epcot from November 25 through December 30 and includes the nightly breathtaking Candlelight Processional and a special holiday themed finale to the dazzling IllumiNations - Reflections of Earth.

Seaworld’s Christmas Celebration

November 25 , 2016 to December 31, 2016

Orlando

Visit Orlando’s SeaWorld amusement park for their Christmas celebration!  New this year, meet Rudolph, the red nose reindeer along with live shows, winter wonderland, shopping, dining, and snow!  The celebration runs on select dates from November 25 through December 31, 2016.

Edison and Ford Holiday Nights

November 25 , 2016 to January 01, 2017

Fort Myers

Visit the seasonally decorated winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in Fort Myers in the evenings from 5:30 pm to 9pm, November 25 through January 1, 2017.

Christmas at Pinewood

November 25 , 2016 to January 08, 2017

Lake Wales

The Christmas at Pinewood Holiday Home Tour in Lake Wales, FL takes place November 25 - through January 8, 2017.

Dec 2016

Deering Holiday Wonderland

December 01 , 2016 to January 06, 2017

Miami

Holiday Tree at the Deering Estate

Throughout the month of December come by the Deering Estate at Cutler in Miami to enjoy holiday celebrations for families of all ages. 

Victorian Christmas Stroll

December 01 , 2016 to December 23, 2016

Tampa

Victorian Christmas Stroll in Tampa

Experience the holiday season with a Victorian Christmas Stroll in Tampa from December 1 through 23, 2016 between 10 am and 8 pm daily.

Hallstrom Planetarium - Star of Wonder

December 02 , 2016 to December 10, 2016

Fort Pierce

Christmas star gazing and study Friday, December 2 &9 at 6pm and 7:30pm and Saturday, December 3 & 10 at 1pm and 2:30pm at the Hallstrom Planetarium in Fort Pierce.

Christmas Festival of Lights

December 02 , 2016 to December 24, 2016

White Springs

More than 5 million lights are displayed at the annual Festival of Lights at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs Florida. 

Santa Fest at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

December 03 , 2016

Tampa

Grinch at Santa Fest, Ybor City

The 35th Annual Santa Fest and Holiday Parade takes place Saturday, December 3 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa.

Leesburg Main Street Christmas Parade

December 03 , 2016

Leesburg

Main Street Christmas Leesburg

The 49th Annual Leesburg Main Street Christmas Parade Festival takes place on Saturday, December 3 from 3 pm - 9pm.  Parade begins at 6pm.

Winter Celebration in Mandarin

December 03 , 2016

Jacksonville

Train Ride at Winter Celebration, Jacksonville

Bring the family on Saturday, December 3 from 11 am to 4pm to the annual Winter Celebration at the Walter Jones Historical Park in Jacksonville.

St. Augustine Christmas Parade

December 03 , 2016

St Augustine

Come out for St. Augustine’s 62nd annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3 beginning at 9 am.

Key West Holiday Historic Inn Tour

December 09 , 2016 to December 16, 2016

Key West

Tour the beautifully decorated historic inns of Key West during two holiday weekends from 6pm to 8pm:  Friday,December 9 and Friday, December 16, 2016.

Santa Fest - Fort Myers

December 16 , 2016

Join us for a fun filled evening of holiday cheer with Santa on Friday, December 16 at Wa-ke Hatchee Park in Fort Myers, FL.

Jacksonville Light Parade

December 30 , 2016

Jacksonville

Light Parade

The Annual Light Parade at Downtown Riverfront at the Landing on Friday, December 30 at 7 pm! Watch by land or sea as the sky is lit up with decorated boats and firework display!