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


Oct 2014

Santas Enchanted Forest

October 30 , 2014 to January 04, 2015

Miami

Miami is host to the world’s largest Christmas Theme Park and Carnival.  Come by October 30, 2014 - January 4, 2015 to enjoy the holiday festivities from 5 pm to 12 midnight.

Nov 2014

Ice at Gaylord

November 15 , 2014 to January 04, 2015

Orlando

Ice Sculptures at ICE Orlando

From November 15, 2014 through January 4, 2015 visit the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando for an incredible walk-through attraction featuring “The Nutcracker”  hand-carved ice sculptures with nearly 2 million pounds of ice.

Space Coast Lightfest

November 17 , 2014 to January 01, 2015

Melbourne

Drive through Wickham Park and enjoy the hundreds of thousands of holiday lights displayed from November 17, 2014 through January 1, 2015. Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and save $2 on admission.

Nick Hotel Holidays - Orlando

November 23 , 2014 to January 01, 2015

Orlando

Nick Hotel Holidays - Orlando

Deck the halls in green slime at Nickelodeon Family Lot’s of Holiday fun in Orlando as the Lagoon Pool becomes at kids’ winter playground.  Lights, entertainment, treats to eat, music, and SNOW!  Slide down the 55 ft. ice slide, enjoy hot chocolate and yummy s’mores while the snow is falling. 

Night of Lights Celebration

November 22 , 2014 to February 01, 2015

St Augustine

Nights of Lights Celebration - St Augustine

Over 2 million lights are displayed around historic downtown St. Augustine for the holidays from November 22, 2014 through February 1, 2015.

Polar Express at SeaWorld

November 22 , 2014 to December 31, 2014

Orlando

Climb aboard an amazing ride at Orlando’s SeaWorld amusement park for a fun and incredible holiday experience, The Polar Express Experience, runs on select dates from November 22 through December 31, 2014.

Edison and Ford Holiday Nights

November 28 , 2014 to January 02, 2015

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 28 through January 2, 2014.

Holidays Around the World

November 28 , 2014 to December 30, 2014

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 28 through December 30 and includes the nightly breathtaking Candlelight Processional and a special holiday themed finale to the dazzling IllumiNations - Reflections of Earth.

Christmas at Pinewood

November 28 , 2014 to January 04, 2015

Lake Wales

The Christmas at Pinewood Holiday Home Tour in Lake Wales, FL takes place November 28 - through January 4, 2015.

Dec 2014

Victorian Christmas Stroll

December 01 , 2014 to December 23, 2014

Tampa

Victorian Christmas Stroll in Tampa

Experience the holiday season with a Victorian Christmas Stroll in Tampa from December 1 through 23, 2014 between 10 am and 8 pm daily.

Deering Holiday Wonderland

December 03 , 2014 to December 31, 2014

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. 

Holiday Hayride at Wickham Park

December 04 , 2014 to December 19, 2014

Melbourne

Enjoy an old fashioned hayride with Santa through lighted holiday displays at Wickham Park on December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Christmas Festival of Lights

December 05 , 2014 to December 31, 2014

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. The White Springs Christmas Parade takes place on Friday, December 5, beginning in downtown at 6:00 pm, ending at the park. 

Light up Venetian Gardens

December 07 , 2014 to December 31, 2014

Leesburg

Drive or walk through Leesburg’s Holiday Season largest display featuring over 500,000 mini lights, the Annual Light Up of Venetian Gardens.

Santa Over the Rainbow - Dunnellon

December 12 , 2014 to December 27, 2014

Dunnellon

Greet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the dock as they arrive off the boat!  Children follow along with Santa and Mrs. Claus up the trail to Santa’s House in Dunnellon Florida.

Key West Holiday Historic Inn Tour

December 12 , 2014 to December 19, 2014

Key West

Tour the beautifully decorated historic inns of Key West during two holiday weekends from 6pm to 8pm:  Friday,December 12 and Friday,December 19, 2014.

Holiday Express Festival of Lights - Fort Myers

December 14 , 2014 to December 30, 2014

Fort Myers

Join us in celebrating the season with a festive ride through the train village in Fort Myers. Event runs nightly from December 14 - 30, 2014.  Closed Dec. 24, and Dec. 25. 

Holidays at McKee

December 20 , 2014 to December 30, 2014

Vero Beach

Celebrate the holiday season at the McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach.  “Holidays at McKee” will be held December 20 - 22 and Nights of Lights December 27 - 29, 2014

Keys Community Concert Band- Holiday Traditions

December 20 , 2014

Islamorada

Enjoy “Winter Wonders” on December 20 by Keys Community Concert Band as part of their 2014-2015 concert series in Founders Park, Islamorada FL.

Annual Slime Drop

December 31 , 2014

Orlando

Countdown to the New Year at the Annual Slime Drop on December 31 at the Nick Hotel in Orlando!

Gator Bowl Parade

December 31 , 2014

Jacksonville

The annual Gator Bowl Parade takes place in downtown Jacksonville on December 31 at 3:00 pm.