The Best Holiday Light Displays in Florida

Holiday Lights in Florida

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Put a little sparkle in your season by visiting some of the best holiday light displays in Florida. Here are some of our favorites.

Note: Check with venues to confirm current hours and details before you head out to celebrate.

Central Florida

Light Up Mount Dora

Downtown Mount Dora

Go back in time to the charming town of Mount Dora for a picture-perfect holiday experience. Over three million lights make this historic community sparkle.

Enjoy the annual evening holiday street party. Shop local until 9:00 p.m. while musicians and entertainers perform along the downtown streets.  

The kiddos will enjoy the Children’s Snow in the Park event featuring real snow at Donnelly Park. Mount Dora also features one of Florida’s most spectacular holiday-themed boat parades. Prepare to be delighted here.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista

The Magic Kingdom gets more magical during the holidays! “Holly-Jolly Evenings” take place nightly during November and December.

Activities include holiday-themed events throughout the park. Keep an eye out for your favorite Disney characters in holiday finery. Seasonal snacks and beverages are available throughout the park. Get the details here.

Dazzling Nights at Leu Garden

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando

Journey through 50-acres of an outdoor holiday wonderland. Stroll through a forest of dancing lights. Dance with the holiday music and interactive elements throughout the garden.

Enjoy this enchanted botanical oasis with the whole family! Prepare to be dazzled here.

Light Up the Holidays

Cranes Roost Park, 150 Cranes Roost Blvd #2200, Altamonte Springs

Celebrate the tradition as Cranes Roost Park comes alive with spectacular holiday displays. There will be live music, entertainment, fireworks, train rides, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Join in on all the holiday cheer with a 60-foot Christmas tree, decorated with thousands of ornaments. Light up the night here.

Night of a Million Lights

Give Kids The World Village, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee

Wander through an 89-acre whimsical storybook Village. Watch a dancing lights show in a fairytale neighborhood while enjoying festive music and holiday treats.

Fully immersive yourself in this holiday light spectacular while taking a tram ride through this enchanted village. Create unforgettable memories here.

The Wonderland of Lights & Santa’s Village

The International Market World, 1052 US-92, Auburndale

Drive through or stop to shop. Enjoy one mile of a wonderland of lights and stop in to see Santa at Santa’s Village. Indulge in an evening filled with fun for the whole family.

Experience time together with games, interactive activities, rides and incredible talent filled shows. Check out their calendar here.

North Florida

Festival of Lights

Stephen Foster State Park Folk Culture Center, 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive, White Springs

For a holiday experience off-the-beaten-path head to the Stephen Foster State Park Folk Culture Center. You’ll be dazzled by the Festival of Lights. The park’s historic museum building and acres of majestic oaks sparkle in lights.

Weekends bring “Holiday Magic Nights” featuring exhibits with craftspeople, artisans, and sweet treats. Don’t miss out on the family-friendly marshmallow roasts. Plan your visit here.

St. Augustine

Historic Old Town

St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights has been a tradition for over 25 years. From mid-November to late January you can experience America’s oldest city sparkling under millions of shimmering lights. Over 20 blocks of the Old Town historic district are draped in holiday lights.

There is no charge to stroll the illuminated streets of St. Augustine. For a special treat you can reserve a horse drawn carriage, trolley tour, boat tour, or even a luxury golf cart excursion!

Get all the details here.

Christmas In The Quarry

Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens, 4990 NE 180th Ave, Williston

Gather your family and celebrate the holiday at Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens. Experience a botanical paradise transformed into the snow flake winter wonderland.

Walk through a one-of-a-kind holiday light spectacular lit from head to toe for you and your family. Nurture your love of nature and the holidays here.

Holiday Lights in the Thomas Center Gardens

Historic Thomas Center Gardens, 302 NE 6th Ave Gainesville, FL 32601

This annual tradition features an illumination of enchanted wonderland. Stroll through paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights adorn the trees. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride transporting you to another era exploring the neighborhood.

See this magical holiday treat here.

Historic Haile Homestead Holiday

Historic Haile Homestead, 8500 SW Archer Road, Gainesville

Visit the Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation decorated in Victorian finery every December. Learn about the history of the 1856 Homestead while strolling through this gem of history, frozen in time, decorated for the holiday.

Tour history & the holidays here.

Light Up Tioga

Tioga Town Center, 13085 SW 1st Lane, Newberry

Festive fun for the whole family at the annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Festival in Tioga Town Center. Enjoy the live entertainment, pony rides, train rides, arts and crafts, and so much more.

Stop by to visit Santa and join in the holiday fun here.

Florida’s Space Coast

Space Coast Lightfest

2785 Leisure Way, Melbourne

The Space Coast is home to one of the best holiday light displays in Florida. Over three million lights shine at Wickham Park from mid-November to early January – even on holiday evenings.

Lightfest’s “drive through” experience allows you to enjoy the 1.1-mile long festival from the comfort of your own vehicle. Check out the light tunnel and animated displays.

Book a private hayride tour for a more memorable adventure!  Learn more here.

Holiday Tour of Historic Homes

All around Brevard County

Travel back in time to the holiday celebrations of yesterday throughout Brevard County. Enjoy the unique architecture during Museums of Brevard’s annual Holiday Tour of Historic Homes.

Stroll through the historic homes to experience the spectacular decorations for the season. Get your tickets here.

Holidays in Space

Kennedy Space Center, Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953

Dance the night away in this galactic holiday celebrations for the whole family. Explore the holiday decorations while creating shareworthy memories with festive photo opportunities.

Engage in educational activities throughout the day. Rocket into the holiday here.

Stetson Mansion Christmas Spectacular

Stetson Mansion,

Explore through elaborately decorated rooms of the enchanting 1886 Stetson Mansion. Tour Florida’s most historic home embellished with designer Christmas charm.

Saunter through this grand Victorian mansion here.

South Florida

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

7900 SW 40th Street, Miami

Santa knows where to go to beat the North Pole chill — he has been setting-up shop in Miami’s Tropical Park for over 35 years!  Santa’s Enchanted Forest is considered the world’s largest holiday theme park!

Throughout December you too can join in the tradition and stroll multiple acres among the millions of lights. Choose from over 100 rides. Take-in musical performances, including “singing” Christmas trees. Plan your enchantment here.

Deering Estate

Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL

Tour the historic houses at the Deering Estate as it transports you to the elegance and glamor of the Gilded Age. Each room featuring glittering festive décor that create a nostalgic holiday experience.

Let your senses be stimulated with the melodies and spices of the season. Be surrounded by a time of grace that illustrates the Old and New World influences here.

Enchanted Place

1800 NE 137th Ter North Miami

Drive through the neighborhood of Enchanted Place as it lights up thousands of twinkling holiday lights for all to enjoy. This yearly tradition has been illuminating their community since 1988.

Shining bright every holiday season. Experience this holiday treat here.

Symphony in Lights

Gulfstream Park Village, 901 S Federal Highway, Miami

Experience holiday magic with the beautiful display of over 250,000 lights choreographed to the sounds of holiday favorites from yesterday and today. Enjoy shopping, dining and boundless entertainment while dazzled by the holiday celebration.

A 10-minute light show begins at the top of every hour. Enjoy this totally mesmerizing show here.

Pinecrest Gardens Nights of Lights

Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 S Red Rd, Pinecrest

Promenade through a winter wonderland of thousands of twinkling lights. Explore this whimsical botanical landscape while enjoying magical Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Attend the holiday concert performances in the historic Banyan Bowl.

Delve into the sparkling holiday lights holiday-themed maze in the gardens here.

Garden of Lights

Flamingo Gardens,3750 S Flamingo Rd, Davie

Walk through the beautiful botanical gardens adorned with thousands of lights and decorations. Participate in the narrated tram tour, animal exhibits and nightly musical performances.

Don’t forget to stop by and visit with Santa and his friends here.

Holiday Fantasy of Lights

Tradewinds Park North, 3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek

No need to get out of your car. This drive-thru spectacular light display will put you in the holiday spirit as Tradewinds Park transforms into a fantasy of lights.

You will enjoy three miles of illuminated trees and giant animated holiday displays. Appreciate the favorites of the past and present here.

Magic of Lights

Homestead-Miami Speedway, One Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd, Homestead

Celebrate your holiday with this unique and dazzling family-friendly drive-through experience. Over a mile of holiday lights, favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season to light you up.

Experience this magic while winding through the sparkling path while inside your car. Join in Homestead’s holiday tradition here.

Florida’s Panhandle


221 Palafox Place, Pensacola

Head to Downtown Pensacola for the holidays! You’ll be rewarded with lively evenings of lights, music, and crafts. There’s something for the whole family at this annual event.

Enjoy falling snow and hot cocoa Hop aboard a holiday-themed train or trolley ride. Reserve your visit and photo with Santa or the Grinch! Get the schedule of festivities here.

Christmas Reflections

Chipley Park, 1226 Circle Dr, DeFuniak Springs

Enjoy a holiday family tradition with 10 million lights reflecting off a majestic spring-fed lake glowing in the holiday splendor. Chipley Park lights up with a variety of Victorian cutouts, Santa’s workshop, and thousands of decorations.

Explore the historic grounds for free holiday events, markets and festival of trees! Join the festivities here.

Lantern Fest

Crooked River Lighthouse, 1975 Highway 98 West, Carrabelle Beach

Enjoy a delightful evening exploring an outdoor festival with hundreds of colorful uniquely made lanterns that light up the night. Soak in the holidays with live music, ancient craft demonstrations, and treats.

Climb your way up the tallest lighthouse on Forgotten Coast. Experience history come alive here.

Scenic Highway 30A

South Walton County

Cruise along historic highway 30A and check out the many charming towns all aglow, like gemstones sparkling along the Gulf.

Get into the holiday spirit with a stroll around the Seaside’s Ruskin Place. Head over to the Seaside Amphitheater to check out the town’s central tree.

Enjoy the tropical holiday vibe of Alys Beach’s massive tree. Even the palm trees are wrapped in lights. It’s the perfect backdrop for holiday photos!

Explore the winter wonderland of Rosemary Beach. The town’s fountain on Highway 30A is surrounded by majestic live oaks. The trees are draped with thousands of twinkling lights.

Map your scenic tour here.

Tampa Bay Region

Florida Botanical Gardens

12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo

Each December the Florida Botanical Gardens are transformed into a winter wonderland. Select evenings feature lights, music, and holiday craft vendors.

Get some sunshine and holiday spirit! Explore the decorated gardens during daylight, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Plan your visit here.

The Lights of Lake Park Estates

109th Avenue N Lake Park Dr., Largo

Every year the neighborhood of Lake Park Estates lights up 3 miles of holiday decorations. Dry through to view the generously decorated homes and yards that will illuminate the night for your enjoyment.

Started in 1933 to celebrate the life of their neighbor, donations will be collected and all proceeds go to Suncoast Hospice. Experience this joyful ride here.

Winter Village of Curtis Hixon Park

109th Avenue N Lake Park Dr., Largo

Walk along the riverway and experience Curtis Hixon Park transformed into a Winter Village for the whole family to enjoy. Go ice skating, take a ride on the train and taste delicious treats while viewing the holiday shows.

Enjoy a tour on the Winter Village Express around downtown Tampa and Ybor. Grab your tickets here.

Victorian Christmas Stroll

Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard Tampa

Glimpse into the magic of Christmas past for 23 days of extravagance and grandeur. Celebrates the warmth and spirit of an old fashioned holiday with a variety of delightful themes in each exhibit room.

Gaze in wonder at vintage Santas and all the antique decorations and ornaments filling the space. Enjoy the live entertainment and years past here.

Enchant Christmas

Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, Saint Petersburg

Immerse yourself in the wonder of Christmas. Wander through the spectacular light maze adventure and be dazzled by this enormous magical world.

Glide around the ice skating trail, savor in festive holiday treats, then meet Santa and Mrs. Clause. Experience this here.

Christmas Lane

2508 West Oak Ave; Plant City

Be entertained with this annual holiday extravaganza. Get into the holiday spirit with your friends and family with dazzling displays, rides, living nativities, entertainment, and a KidZone.

Make sure to stop by and visit the Elf Squad, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy this winter wonderland here.

Southwest Florida

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers

The historic estates of neighbors Thomas Edison and Henry Ford span 21-acres of waterfront property. The lush gardens sparkle with thousands of lights.  

Check out seasonal nightly activities. Join a tour. Catch a musical light show, strolling carolers, or performances. You might even spot Santa Claus coming for a visit!  Check out the full schedule here.

Johnsonville Night Lights in the Garden

Naples Botanical Garden,4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples

Take a leisurely stroll through thousands of lights illuminating the botanical garden. Expand your imagination while sitting around a make-believe campfire.

Slow down and take in all the beauty of this lush glowing splendor. Enjoy this brilliantly colorful display here.

Christmas at Historic Palm Cottage

Historic Palm Cottage, 137 12th Ave S, Naples

Celebrate this wonderful time of year at the Historic Palm Cottage. Learn about the history of Naples while observing a site filled with twinkling lights and the sounds of sleigh bells.

Warm your heart and take in all the elegant holiday décor here.

Christmas on Third Street South

1207 3rd St S, Naples

Head down to Third Street South Naples for a magical night full of twinkling lights and spectacular window displays. Enjoy live music and photos with Santa.

Make sure to get there early to experience Naples “snowfall” here.

Punta Gorda’s Festival of Lights

Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda

Celebrate the holidays at Fishermen’s Village while over one million lights and holiday decorations are on display. Join in the live entertainment and don’t forget to catch a picture with Santa.

Enjoy the festivities of the season here.

Don’t Miss the Boat!

Florida’s miles of coastline and inland lakes make for unique holiday traditions. There are over 45 annual holiday boat parades throughout the Sunshine State each year! Check out our list of best holiday boat parades in Florida.

The Brightest and Best of the Season

No matter where you celebrate the holiday season, bring a little light into your life! Create new memories with Florida’s best holiday light displays.

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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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