The Holidays are just around the corner and South Florida has so much going on this December for your enjoyment! Take a look below at some of what’s going on in our area this month to get you in the holiday spirit.
Pensacala, November 29 – December 23
Through the magic of Pensacola Winterfest, the moment you enter Christmas Town at the Courthouse on Palafox Street, the snow begins to fall. A cup of hot chocolate and the sound of a trolley bell bring back memories of the Polar Express. The conductor calls your name: All aboard for the most wonderful journey you’ll take this Christmas season.
Christmas Celebration of Lights at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, December 19 – 24
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, along with the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, will host its annual Christmas Celebration of Lights, a nine-evening event, from Saturday, Dec. 17 through Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, and again on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2015. The park will open at 5:30 p.m. on these evenings and remain open until 9 p.m.
The Celebration of Lights will feature an all new synchronized light and sound display in the Garden of the Springs by Sebastian Hawes. Joe Dube will host and present special appearances by our nightly entertainment. Holiday lights, decorations, music and refreshments will create the perfect setting for this holiday wonderland. The Wildside Café will be offering a selection of refreshments. The Friends will also be selling popcorn in the Garden of the Springs. A variety of entertainment will be provided nightly in the Garden of the Springs.
21st Annual Holiday Tour of Bed and Breakfast Inns
St. Augustine, December 13 – 14
A self-guided tour of 24 historic inns, specially decorated just for the holiday season!
Light Up UCF
Orlando, November 14 – January 4
Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s most anticipated holiday attractions, provides Central Florida families and residents with an affordable family, winter wonderland featuring ice skating, rides, and holiday attractions. Back for its ninth season, Light Up UCF will open Friday, November 18th and run through Saturday, January 7th, and will feature cooler rides, snowier nights, and bigger and brighter lights!
ICE! At Gaylord Palms
Lake Buena Vista, November 23 – January 5
Don’t miss everything there is to see and do during Christmas at Gaylord Palms! You and your family will marvel at lavish holiday displays that include more than 2 million twinkling Christmas lights and acres of larger-than-life decorations.
26th Annual Holiday Festival and St. Pete Illuminated Boat Parade
St. Petersburg, December 14
This spectacular boating event features live entertainment on Vinoy Pier and beautiful twinkling Christmas lights, making this an essential event for those in the Tampa Bay area.
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
Miami, October 30-January 4
Brevard Zoo, December 20-22
Strap on your jingle bells and head to the Zoo for a flurry of festive fun! Join us on December 22 and 23 from 10 am to 3 pm for Jolly Days to enjoy animal encounters, games, crafts and a DJ! Best of all, our keepers will be presenting some of the animals with holiday “gifts” and other seasonal enrichment items. (Be sure to check the schedule posted at the entrance each day.)
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos from 11 am to 2 pm during Jolly Days.
60th Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade
St. Augustine, December 6
St. Augustine’s popular holiday season city-wide event, the famed Nights of Lights celebration, will glow with more than 3 million brilliant white lights again this year, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the oldest city in the nation.
Nights of Lights runs November 19, 2016, through January 31, 2017, in St. Augustine, Fla. The festival starts with a countdown in the Plaza de la Constitucion before the lights are officially lit at 6:30 p.m. on November 19. Holiday music and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree add to the splendor of one of the world’s greatest holiday light displays.