Here’s our annual list of the best Christmas Lights in Florida!
The Sunshine State has hundreds of displays large and small but this list includes some of our favorites. Be sure to watch Chipley’s Christmas Parade of Lights on www.twoegg.tv at 6 p.m. CDT/7 p.m. EDT on December 2nd to experience the fun and flavor of the Christmas season in one of Florida’s top small cities.
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, 2016
Florida Christmas Train Rides
Downtown & The Riverfront
Christmas lights illuminate historic downtown Apalachicola.
Lights & Christmas at Heritage Park *
U.S. 90 Downtown & Heritage Park
Lights – All through December
Event: Project Share on December 3, 2016, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Activities for kids, Christmas decorations, hot cocoa & more, Santa Claus at 4:30 p.m., music and tree lighting at dark).
Chipley Christmas Fest *
December 2 – December 31, 2016
Beautifully lit downtown area in this charming railroad centered Northwest Florida city.
Special event: Christmas Fest on December 2nd includes parade, holiday stroll, movie, music, free photos with Santa & more.
More information: www.visitwcfla.com
Watch the Lighted Parade online at www.twoegg.tv on 12/2/2016, 6 p.m. CDT/7 p.m. EDT.
Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park *
3600 W. Sample Rd
Coconut Creek, FL
November 18, 2016 – January 2, 2017
A spectacular drive-through event that features three miles of animated displays and illuminated
Hours: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly.
Cost: $15 per car or $40 per bus holding 15 people or more.
More Information: http://www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com
Thousands of lights turn downtown Crestview into a Christmas wonderland!
Christmas Reflections *
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: http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/christmas-reflections-lights-up-lake-defuniak-nov-
Santa Over the Rainbow *
Rainbow Springs State Park
December 11-13, 18-20, 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 p.m.
Cost: $1 for entry (after gates reopen at 6 p.m.), $2 for photos with Santa.
Hyatt Extreme Christmas*
11201 NW 14th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Thanksgiving – End of December
One of the most amazing residential Christmas lighting displays in the world.
Hours: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
More Information: www.hyattextremechristmas.com
5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze, Florida
December 10 – December 27 (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: https://www.visitpensacola.com/event/zoo-lights/1775/
Celebration of Lights *
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
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 $5 for Adults and $2 for Children.
More Information: http://www.floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/events.cfm?
Jax Illuminations *
3800 St. John’s Bluff Rd. S.
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. nightly
Cost: $20 per vehicle
More Information www.JaxIlluminations.com
Lake Padget Estates East subdivision
(Go North on Collier Parkway, turn right on Hale Road, right on Canterbury, Right on Mayfair, Left
on Victoria and right on Brighton)
Land O’Lakes, Florida
Through New Year’s.
Lights that dance, twinkle and sparkle to your favorite Holiday music!
The display will be smaller than normal this year.
More Information: http://www.landolights.com
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
December 3 – December 24
Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly
More Information: www.musicliveshere.com
Historic Russ House in Lights *
Historic Russ House & Visitor Center
4318 Lafayette Street
Magnificent Victorian mansion is decked out in lights for the holidays!
Time: Nightly until 10 p.m. (Interior can be toured M-F during business hours).
White Family Christmas Lights *
2956 Caledonia Street
Now through New Year’s.
Over 35,000 synchronized lights (tune to 89.7 FM)
Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Light Display*
7650 Sowell Road
Fantastic lighting display that is double the distance of last year, Christmas train and more.
December 1 – December 27
Hours: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: $10 per vehicle (train rides are an extra $2)
More Information: www.facebook.com/sowellsnorthpole
H.G. Harder’s Park
8110 John Pitts Road
Panama City, Florida
All December Long
The park is decorated with Christmas lights and displays!
Panama City Beach
Beach Christmas Activities
Various locations (see link below)
Panama City Beach, Florida
Thursdays – Saturdays, November 18 – December 23
A fantastic way to celebrate Christmas on the beach! There is a Christmas Tree Forest and Ice Skating Rink at the intersection of Alf Coleman Drive & Front Beach Road; Shipwreck Island Water Park is transformed into Santa’s Beach House Village with lighting displays and more!; the 1,500 foot M.B. Miller County Pier offers Christmas lights overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and World’s Most Beautiful Beaches for Christmas under the Sea!
Hours: See link below.
Cost: See link below.
Santa’s Holiday Express Tour*
Plazas around the Old County Courthouse
223 S. Palafox Place
25-minute trolley tour to see the lights and more! Santa rides every night!
December 19 – December 24
Hours: Nightly, see link below for reservations and more information.
Cost: $15 for adults, $7 for kids (2 and under ride free)
For more information: https://pensacolawinterfest.org/
Palafox Street from Wright Street south to the Plaza de Luna
Pensacola, Florida 32501
December 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017
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.
More information: https://www.visitpensacola.com/event/pensacola-lights/1777/
The Christmas Lady’s Animation in Motion Christmas Display!*
In the K-Mart Building (next to Ollie’s)
1140 E. John Sims Pkwy
November 25 – December 27
Christmas Displays, Lighted Trees, 700 Animated Dolls, Model Trains, Hundreds of Nutcrackers.
Hours: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: See link for more information.
More Information: http://thenicevillechristmaslady.com/
Geek Lights on the Corner*
Corner of Bluewater Blvd. & Antiqua Way
201 Antiqua Way
Niceville, Florida (in Bluewater)
November 28, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Light and Music shows every half hour beginning at 6 p.m. nightly!
Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday
More information: www.facebook.com/pg/GeekLightsontheCorner
Nights of Lights *
St. Augustine, Florida
Dates: November 19, 2016 – January 31, 2017
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.
Parking: Park at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and explore the historic district on
foot or bike.
More Information: St. Augustine Nights of Lights
Oakdale Christmas House *
2719 Oakdale Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida
Friday day after Thanksgiving (Nov 23) – January 3, 2016
One of the nation’s top residential light displays, the Oakdale Christmas House features an amazing
array of lights, 18 train model railroad and more, all covering roughly one-half acre.
Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
More Information: http://www.christmasdisplay.org/
Annual Camellia Christmas *
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
December 2, 2016
Candlelight walks through the gardens, holiday music & more.
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST
Admission: Free (but donations accepted)
Festival of Lights *
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs, Florida
December 2 – December 24, 2016
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 5:30- 9 p.m. EST
Admission: $2 per person (3 and under admitted free).
More Information: http://www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster/default.cfm