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, 2017
Florida Christmas Train Rides
Christmas Lights *
Downtown & The Riverfront
December 10-January 1, 2018
Christmas lights illuminate historic downtown Apalachicola.
Lights & Christmas at Heritage Park
U.S. 90 Downtown & Heritage Park
Lights – All through December
Special event: Project Share on December 3, 2017, 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 1 – December 31, 2017
Beautifully lit downtown area in this charming railroad centered Northwest Florida city.
Special event: Christmas Fest on December 1st includes parade, holiday stroll, movie, music, photos with Santa & more.
More information: www.visitwashingtoncountyfl.com
Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park *
3600 W. Sample Rd
Coconut Creek, FL
November 17, 2017 – January 1, 2017
A spectacular drive-through event that features three miles of animated displays and illuminated trees.
Hours: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly.
Cost: $16 per car or $40 per bus holding 15 people or more.
More Information: www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com
Christmas Lights *
Thousands of lights turn downtown Crestview into a Christmas wonderland!
Special event: Parade downtown on Main Street December 2 at 5:30pm
Christmas Reflections (Waiting on Information)
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: Christmas Reflections Committee of the City of DeFuniak Springs.
For information, call (850) 892-3950 or the City of DeFuniak Springs directly at (850) 892-8500
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: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST
Cost: Free with $2 park entry fee
More Information: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Rainbow-Springs
Hyatt Extreme Christmas *
11201 NW 14th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
November 24 – December 28
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
Zoo Lights *
5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze, Florida
November 25-27, December 2-4, December 9-27 (Closed Christmas)
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: http://gulfbreezezoo.org/Events/ZooLights.aspx
Celebration of Lights *
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Homosassa Springs, Florida
December 19th – December 24th; December 26 (Christmas after party)
Spectacular synchronized light and sound display in the Garden of the Springs, special events,
music, refreshments, 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: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Homosassa-Springs?viewevent=8219&page=1
Jax Illuminations *
3800 St. John’s Bluff Rd. S.
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
November 17, 2017 – December 31, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. nightly
Cost: $20 per vehicle
More Information www.JaxIlluminations.com
Lots of private displays in Jacksonville, FL http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403251/gary-mills/2011-12-11/interactive-map-jacksonvilles-best-holiday-lights-displays
Land O’Lights (Waiting on Info)
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
November 10- January 7
Lights that dance, twinkle and sparkle to your favorite Holiday music!
More Information: 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 Georgia.
December 1 – December 30
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!
Hours: Nightly until 10 p.m. (Interior can be toured M-F during business hours).
White Family Christmas Lights *
2956 Caledonia Street
December through New Year’s.
Over 35,000 synchronized lights (tune to 89.7 FM)
Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Light Display (Waiting on Information)
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
Geek Lights on the Corner (Waiting on Information)
Corner of Bluewater Blvd. & Antiqua Way
201 Antiqua Way
Niceville, Florida (in Bluewater)
November 28, 2017 – January 1, 2018
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
The Christmas Lady’s Animation in Motion Christmas Display! (Waiting on Info)
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/
Christmas Lights (Waiting on Information)
H.G. Harder’s Park
8110 John Pitts Road
Panama City, Florida
All December Long
The park is decorated with Christmas lights and displays!
Cost: See website below
More information: www.panamacity.org/Calendar_CommunityEvents.aspx
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!
Hours: Thurs, Fri and Sat 6pm-10pm
Cost: See link below.
Santa’s Holiday Express Tour *
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!
November 24 and 25, December 1, 2, 8, 10, 15, 16 and 17.
Hours: Nightly, see link below for reservations and more information.
Cost: $15 for adults, $7 for kids (2 and under ride free)
Special event: Pensacola Elf Parade & First City Lights November 24, 2017; 4pm Lineup and contests 4:45pm Parade Begins; 5pm Lights and Snow
More information: https://pensacolawinterfest.org/
Pensacola Lights (Waiting on Information)
Palafox Street from Wright Street south to the Plaza de Luna
Pensacola, Florida 32501
December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018
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: www.visitpensacola.com/event/pensacola-lights/1777/
Nights of Lights *
St. Augustine, Florida
November 18, 2017 – January 31, 2018
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. Trolley tours are also available for a fee.
More Information: https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/nights-lights
Oakdale Christmas House *
2719 Oakdale Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida
Friday day after Thanksgiving (Nov 24) – January 3, 2018
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.
Hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
More Information: www.christmasdisplay.org/
Annual Camellia Christmas *
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
December 1, 2017
Candlelight walks through the gardens, holiday music, silent auction and more.
Hours: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
Light UP Viera (Waiting on Information)
Fireworks kick off Parade at 6pm November 25th and Battle of the Bands follows
Festival of Lights *
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs, Florida
December 1 – December 23, 2017
Four million lights nightly, plus carriage and wagon rides, craft square, gift shop, music and more. Named a Top 20 event in the Southeast.
Hours: Nightly 5:30- 9 p.m. EST
Admission: $2 per person (3 and under admitted free).
More Information: www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster/default.cfm