FLORIDA CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FOR 2018

Here’s our annual list of the best Christmas Lights in Florida for 2018!

The Sunshine State has hundreds of displays large and small but this list includes some of our favorites.

If you know of other community, commercial or residential displays that you think should be added to our list, please let us know!

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN FLORIDA, 2018

Apalachicola

Historic Downtown in Lights*
Downtown Apalachicola, Florida
Now through Christmas
The historic district is illuminated for the season. The Raney House and Orman House are decorated inside and out and tours are available during open hours and days. The city has bounced back from Hurricane Michael and is open for business!

Chattahoochee

Christmas in Heritage Park*
Heritage Park
Downtown Chattahoochee, Florida
December 8 (lights continue through Christmas)
Heritage Park will be in lights for the season thanks to the hard work of Chattahoochee Main Street. Even Hurricane Michael couldn’t stop Christmas from coming to this great North Florida community! Visit with Santa and have photos taken by C.B. McPhaul Photography. There will be Candy bags, Craft table so kids can take home ornaments, cookies and hot cocoa from Chattahoochee Woman’s Club, Caroling and more! The tree lighting will take place at dark!
Hours: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (then lights on nightly through Christmas)

Chipley

Chipley Christmas Fest *
Downtown Chipley, Florida
All December Beautifully lit downtown area in this charming railroad centered Northwest Florida city. Hours: 4pm – 8pm.
Special event: Christmas Fest on December 7 includes parade, holiday stroll, movie, music, free photos with Santa & more.
More information: www.visitwashingtoncountyfl.com

Coconut Creek

Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park *
Tradewinds Park
3600 W. Sample Rd
Coconut Creek, FL
November 21, 2018 – January 1, 2019
A spectacular drive-through event that features three miles of giant animated displays and illuminated trees. There’s also a 3-D experience
Hours: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly.
Cost: $17 per car or $40 per bus holding 15 people or more. See website for more information on tickets
More Information: www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com

DeFuniak Springs

Christmas Reflections*
Circle Drive
DeFuniak Springs, Florida
November 25 – December 31
More than 3 million lights reflect on Lake DeFuniak as part of this beloved family tradition.
Hours:    5 p.m. – 9 p.m.nightly
Cost:    $3 per person (kids under 6 admitted free). Season passes available for $35.
More Information: www.defuniaksprings.net/1097/Christmas-Reflections

DeLand

Stetson Mansion*
1031 Camphor Lane
DeLand, Florida
November 15, 2018 – January 15, 2019
Remarkable indoor decorations await at the Florida luxury home of famed hatmaker John B. Stetson.
Hours:    10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. (no morning tour on Sunday mornings)
Cost:    $25 + tax Adults, $15 + tax Ages 6-22, 5 and under free.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED*
More Information:     www.stetsonmansion.com/christmas-tours

Dunnellon

Santa Over the Rainbow *
Rainbow Springs State Park
U.S. 41
Dunnellon, Florida
December 7-9, 14-16, 26-27
Friends of Rainbow Springs present a wonderland of lights at the headsprings area of Rainbow Springs State Park.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:  $2 for entry (after gates reopen at 6 p.m.).
For more information: www.floridastateparks.org/events/santa-over-rainbow

Fort Lauderdale

Hyatt Extreme Christmas              (Cancelled as of 2018)*

Fort Myers

Edison Ford Holiday Nights*
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, Florida
November 23 – December 30
The vacation homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are in lights for the season. There are nightly tours, river cruises, entertainment, food and sometimes even visits with Santa himself!
Hours:      5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:       Varies, see website for more information.
More information:     www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/events/annual-events/holiday-nights/

Gulf Breeze

Zoo Lights*
The Zoo
5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Nov. 23-25,30/ Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-29(Closed Christmas night)
Thousands of sparkling lights turn the Zoo into a Christmas wonderland!
Hours:      5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:      $10 Adults & Children, Zoo members $5.
More Information:       gulfbreezezoo.org/Events/ZooLights.aspx

Havana

The Allison Christmas Spectacular!*
240 Sandy Creek Road
Havana, Florida
(Off US 27 between Havana and Tallahassee)
Thanksgiving – New Year’s
This remarkable residential display has been growing for 10 years and now features over 200,000 lights! Tune your radio to 102.5 FM as you approach to enjoy the choreographed display.
Hours:      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:        Free
More Information:  www.allisonchristmasspectacular.com

Homosassa Springs

Celebration of Lights *
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
U.S. 19
Homosassa Springs, Florida
December 19th – December 24th; December 26th
Transportation provided from US 19 Visitor Center
Spectacular synchronized light and sound display in the Garden of the Springs, special events,
music and more.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. through December 24th
Cost:  Suggestion Donation of $7 for Adults and $3 for Children.
More Information:  https://www.floridastateparks.org/events/celebration-lights
(352) 628-5343

Jacksonville

Jax Illuminations *
3800 St. John’s Bluff Rd. S.
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
November 16, 2018 – December 3, 2018
Time:        6:00 – 9:30 p.m. nightly
Cost:        See link below.
More Information www.JaxIlluminations.com

Kissimmee

Christmas at Gaylord Palms*
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, Florida
November 16, 2018– January 6, 2019
The resort is transformed into a remarkable winter wonderland with displays and millions of lights, and even snow tubing! There is even a walk-through journey to the North Pole made possible by more than 2,000,000 pounds of ice (ice sculptures, that is!).
Hours:     See website below.
Cost:        See website below.
More Information:     https://www.marriott.com/gaylord-hotels/christmas-at-gaylord-palms-combo-tickets-kissimmee-orlando.mi

Land O’Lakes

Land O’Lights will not be operating this year.

Largo

Holiday Lights in the Garden*
Florida Botanical Gardens
12520 Ulmerton Road
Largo, Florida
November 23 – December 30
Over 1 million lights create a tropical Christmas wonderland. Nightly entertainment and Santa Claus.
Hours:     5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Cost:     $5 donation suggested (13+)
More Information:     www.flbg.org/annual-events.htm

Live Oak

Suwannee Lights *
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3076 95th Drive
Live Oak, Florida
More than 6 million lights create one of the most beautiful displays in North Florida and South
Georgia.
December 1 – December 30
Time:   6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly
More Information:        www.musicliveshere.com

Madison

Hanson Christmas Lights*
6207 NE Colin Kelly Highway
Madison, Florida
Thanksgiving – New Year’s Eve
Over 200,000 lights create Madison’s most spectacular Christmas display!
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat. until 11 p.m.)
Bring a coat because you will need to get out to enjoy the lights!
More Information: Hanson Christmas Lights

Melbourne

Space Coast Lightfest*
Wickham Park
2785 Leisure Way
Melbourne, Florida
November 19, 2018 – January 1, 2019
An unbelievable drive-through experience for the Christmas Season, Lightfest features hundreds of thousands of lights!
Hours:      6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:         See website below.
More Information:     www.spacecoastlightfest.com

Miami

Santa’s Enchanted Forest*
Tropical Park
7900 SW 40th St
Miami, Florida
November 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Santa’s Enchanted Forest, which promotes itself as the World’s Largest Holiday Theme Park, is all in lights for the season and also features more than 100 rides plus shows, games and attractions.
Hours:       5 p.m. – Midnight
Cost:       Varies, see website below
More Information:     www.santasenchantedforest.com

Milton

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Light Display*
7650 Sowell Road
Milton, Florida
Nightly
Fantastic lighting display that is double the distance of last year, Christmas train and more.
December 1 – December 27
Hours:     5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:        See link below for more information.
More Information:        www.facebook.com/sowellsnorthpole

Mount Dora

Downtown Lights*
Downtown
Mount Dora, Florida
November 9 – December 30
Mount Dora is lit with more than 2,000,000 lights to create a remarkable winter (well, mostly warm) wonderland. Book now for The Polar Express train ride!
Hours:      Evenings
Cost:      Free
For more information: www.mountdorachristmas.com

Niceville

Geek Lights on the Corner*
Corner of Bluewater Blvd. & Antiqua Way
201 Antiqua Way
Niceville, Florida (in Bluewater)
December 3, 2018 – January 6, 2019.
Light and Music shows every half hour beginning at 6 p.m. nightly!
Hours:      6:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Cost:      Free
More information:        www.facebook.com/pg/GeekLightsontheCorner

Ocala

Light Up Ocala *
Downtown Ocala
November 17- December 31
The downtown area is light with exceptional displays of festive Christmas lights for you to drive through and enjoy. Let’s Skate Ocala! synthetic ice rink open in Tuscawilla Park Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 31 ($5 per person, see link below for schedule).
Hours:    Nightly
Cost:       Free (some events charge)
More Information: www.ocalafl.org

Orlando

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Magic Kingdom Park Walt Disney World® Resort
Orlando, Florida
November 8 – December 21, 2018
The Magic Kingdom is in lights for the season and there are parades, live entertainment and fireworks.
Hours:     7 p.m. to midnight
Cost:       See website below.
More Information:   https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-very-merry-christmas-party/

Pensacola

Pensacola Winterfest (and Santa Express)*
Plazas around the Old County Courthouse
223 S. Palafox Place
Pensacola, Florida 32502
25-minute trolley tour to see the lights and more! Santa rides every night!
Dec. 7-9, 14-24 (Santa visit)
Hours:        Nightly, see link below for reservations and more information.
Cost:           See link below.
RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED FOR SANTA’S EXPRESS!
For more information:  https://pensacolawinterfest.org/

First City Lights Festival*
Downtown
Palafox Street from Wright Street south to the Plaza de Luna
Pensacola, Florida 32501
December 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019
Downtown Pensacola is alive in light for the Christmas season! Millions of lights illuminate historic
buildings, parks and more. Walk or take a carriage, pedi-cab or free Downtown Trolley.
Hours:        Nightly beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Cost:        Free
More information:       https://www.visitpensacola.com/event/first-city-lights-festival/4129/

St. Augustine

St. Augustine Nights of Lights *
Historic District
St. Augustine, Florida
Dates:        November 17, 2018 – February 3, 2019
Hundreds of thousands of lights illuminate the nation’s oldest city in one of the top lighting events in the world!
Hours:        Nightly after dark.
Cost:          Free
Parking:     Park at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and explore the historic district on
foot or bike. Trolley tours are also available for a fee.
More Information:    https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/nights-lights

St. Petersburg

Oakdale Christmas House *
2719 Oakdale Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida
Friday day after Thanksgiving (Nov 23) – January 3, 2019
One of the nation’s top residential light displays, the Oakdale Christmas House features an amazing array of half a million lights, 18 train model railroad and more, all covering roughly one-half acre.
Time:  6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost:  Free
More Information:  www.christmasdisplay.org/

Tallahassee

Annual Camellia Christmas *
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Tallahassee, Florida
December 7
Candlelight walks through the gardens, holiday music & more.
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST
Admission:  Free (but donations accepted)

Dorothy B. Oven Park in Light*
Dorothy B. Oven Park
3205 Thomasville Rd.
Tallahassee, FL
Thanksgiving – New Year’s Day
250,000 lights twinkle in the gardens each Christmas season.
Hours:       5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost:      Free
Special Events:     Elf Night will be Thursday, Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Santa’s Line 5:30 pm – 8pm
Parking:       Free parking next door at Thomasville Road Baptist Church (3131 Thomasville
Rd.)
More Information:        Recorded Hotline: 850-891-3115.

Winter Festival*
Downtown Parks
Tallahassee, Florida
December
The downtown parks of Tallahassee are in lights for the season!
Hours:       3pm-10pm
Cost:         Free

For more information: www.talgov.com/parks/parks-winter.aspx

Two Egg

The Robinson Family Christmas Lights*
4425 Timberlane Road, 6 minutes northeast of “downtown” Two Egg (in the Lovedale Community)
Two Egg, Florida
Spectacular residential lighting display that continues despite massive damage suffered in the area from Hurricane Michael.
Nightly
Free

White Springs

Festival of Lights *
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs, Florida
November 30 – December 24
Four million lights nightly, plus carriage and wagon rides, craft square, gift shop, music and more. Named a Top 20 event in the Southeast.
Time:  Nightly 4 – 9 p.m. EST
Admission:  See website below.

More information: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/stephen-foster-folk-culture-center-state-park