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 2017

Santas Enchanted Forest

November 02 , 2017 to January 07, 2018

Miami

Miami is host to the world’s largest Christmas Theme Park and Carnival.  Come by November 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018 to enjoy the holiday festivities from 5 pm to 12 midnight.

Night of Lights Celebration

November 18 , 2017 to January 31, 2018

St Augustine

Nights of Lights Celebration - St Augustine

Over 3 million lights are displayed around historic downtown St. Augustine for the holidays from November 18, 2017 through January 31, 2018.

Holiday Hayride at Wickham Park

November 20 , 2017 to January 01, 2018

Melbourne

Enjoy an old fashioned hayride with Santa through lighted holiday displays at Wickham Park Friday through Sunday evenings until Christmas.

Space Coast Lightfest

November 20 , 2017 to January 01, 2018

Melbourne

Drive through Wickham Park and enjoy the hundreds of thousands of holiday lights displayed from November 20, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and save $2 on admission.

Ice at Gaylord

November 21 , 2017 to January 07, 2018

Orlando

Ice Sculptures at ICE Orlando

From November 21, 2017 through January 7, 2018 visit the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando for an incredible walk-through attraction featuring “Christmas Around the World”  hand-carved ice sculptures with nearly 2 million pounds of ice.

Holidays Around the World

November 24 , 2017 to December 30, 2017

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

Edison and Ford Holiday Nights

November 24 , 2017 to December 31, 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 24 - December 31, 2017.

Seaworld’s Christmas Celebration

November 24 , 2017 to December 31, 2017

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 24 through December 31, 2017.

Christmas at Pinewood

November 24 , 2017 to January 07, 2018

Lake Wales

The Christmas at Pinewood Holiday Home Tour in Lake Wales, FL takes place November 24 - through January 7, 2018.

Dec 2017

Deering Holiday Wonderland

December 01 , 2017 to January 05, 2018

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. 

Christmas Festival of Lights

December 01 , 2017 to December 24, 2017

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. 

Victorian Christmas Stroll

December 01 , 2017 to December 23, 2017

Tampa

Victorian Christmas Stroll in Tampa

Experience the holiday season with a Victorian Christmas Stroll in Tampa from December 1 through 23, 2017 between 10 am and 8 pm daily.

Light Show at Ravines Gardens

December 16 , 2017 to December 23, 2017

Palatka

Visit the park after dark!  On Saturday, December 16 and Saturday, December 23 the Ravine Gardens Christmas Light Show synchronized to holiday music will be on display from 6:30pm - 7:00pm.

Holidays at McKee

December 21 , 2017 to December 30, 2017

Vero Beach

Celebrate the holiday season at the McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach.  “Holidays at McKee” will be held December 21 - 23 and Nights of Lights December 28 - 30, 2017

Tax Slayer Bowl

December 29 , 2017 to December 31, 2017

Jacksonville

Visit Jacksonville for the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl and enjoy three days of celebration!

Jacksonville Light Parade

December 30 , 2017

Jacksonville

Light Parade

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