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
Florida Christmas Trains
Click here for more information Christmas Train Rides.
Downtown & The Riverfront
December 10, 2018 – January 1, 2019
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 2, 2018, 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
Beautifully lit downtown area in this charming railroad centered Northwest Florida city.
Special event: Christmas Fest on December 1at includes parade, holiday stroll, movie, music, free
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, 2018 – January 1, 2019
A spectacular drive-through event that features three miles of animated displays and illuminated
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
Thousands of lights turn downtown Crestview into a Christmas wonderland!
Special Event: Parade downtown on Main Street, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Reflections (Not yet confirmed for 2018)
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.waltonoutdoors.com/christmas-reflections-lights-up-lake-defuniak-nov-
1031 Camphor Lane
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: $26.63 Adults, $15.98 Ages 6-22, 5 and under free.
More Information: www.stetsonmansion.com/christmas-tours
Santa Over the Rainbow
Rainbow Springs State Park
December 8-10, 15-17, 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: $2 for entry (after gates reopen at 6 p.m.).
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
Edison Ford Holiday Nights
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, Florida
November 24 – December 23; December 26 – 31.
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: http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/events/annual-events/holiday-nights/
5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-27 (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: http://gulfbreezezoo.org/Events/ZooLights.aspx
The Allison Christmas Spectacular!
240 Sandy Creek Road
(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.
More Information: www.allisonchristmasspectacular.com
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: www.floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/events.cfm?
3800 St. John’s Bluff Rd. S.
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
November 17, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. nightly
Cost: $20 per vehicle
More Information www.JaxIlluminations.com
To find great residential lights throughout the Jacksonville area, please visit:
Christmas at Gaylord Palms
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway
November 21, 2018 – January 7, 2019
The resort is transformed into a remarkable winter wonderland with displays and millions of lights. 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: Varies, see http://www.marriott.com/gaylord-hotels/christmas-at-gaylord-palms-combo-tickets-kissimmee-orlando.mi
More Information: http://www.marriott.com/hotel-info/mcogp-gaylord-palms-resort-and-convention-center/christmas-at-gaylord-palms/csyr9pd/home-page.mi
Land O’Lights (No information yet for 2018)
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
Lights that dance, twinkle and sparkle to your favorite Holiday music!
The display will be smaller than normal this year.
More Information: www.landolights.com
Holiday Lights in the Garden
Florida Botanical Gardens
12520 Ulmerton Road
November – December 31
Thousands of lights create a tropical Christmas wonderland.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $4 donation suggested (13+)
More Information: http://www.flbg.org/annual-events.htm
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 1 – December 30
Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly
More Information: www.musicliveshere.com
Hanson Christmas Lights
6207 NE Colin Kelly Highway
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
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)
A number of neighbors have caught the spirit and there are great lights all through the surrounding
Space Coast Lightfest
2785 Leisure Way
November 20, 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: $15 per carload (Up to 10 people per car).
More Information: http://www.spacecoastlightfest.com/
Santa’s Enchanted Forest
7900 SW 40th St
November 2, 2018 – January 7, 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
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: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: $10 per vehicle (train rides are an extra $2)
More Information: www.facebook.com/sowellsnorthpole
Mount Dora, Florida
Thanksgiving Weekend – New Year’s Eve
Mount Dora is lit with more than 2,000,000 lights to create a remarkable winter (well, mostly warm) wonderland!
Geek Lights on the Corner
Corner of Bluewater Blvd. & Antiqua Way
201 Antiqua Way
Niceville, Florida (in Bluewater)
December 2 – December 31,2018.
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! (Not yet confirmed for 2018)
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/
Light Up Ocala
November 18- December 31
The downtown area is light with exceptional displays of festive Christmas lights for you to drive through and enjoy.
Special Event: Santa on the Square Tuesdays and Thursdays December 5 – 21; Christmas Parade December 9 Silver Springs Blvd. from NE 25 Ave to NE 8 Ave
More Information: http://www.ocalafl.org
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Magic Kingdom Park Walt Disney World® Resort
November 9 – December 22, 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/
H.G. Harder’s Park
8110 John Pitts Road
Panama City, Florida
December 4- January 4
The park is decorated with Christmas lights and displays! Santa flies into the Christmas event December 16 courtesy of the sheriff’s office.
Special Event: Christmas at Harders Park event will be December 16th
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!
Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, 8, 10, 15-17.
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, Nov. 24,5 p.m.
For more information: https://pensacolawinterfest.org/
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.
More information: www.visitpensacola.com/event/pensacola-lights/1777/
Nights of Lights
St. Augustine, Florida
Dates: November 18, 2018 – January 31, 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.
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: St. Augustine Nights of Light 2018
Oakdale Christmas House
2719 Oakdale Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida
Friday day after Thanksgiving (Nov 24) – January 3, 2019
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: www.christmasdisplay.org/
There are a number of great residential lighting displays along U.S. Highway 90 between Sneads
and Grand Ridge.
Annual Camellia Christmas
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
(Over for 2018)
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.
Thanksgiving – New Year’s Day
250,000 lights twinkle in the gardens each Christmas season.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Special Events: Elf Night will be Thursday, Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Parking: Free parking next door at Thomasville Road Baptist Church (3131 Thomasville
More Information: Recorded Hotline: 850-891-3115.
North Point Christian Church
1506 Bannerman Rd.
December 11 – December 24
Thousands of lights dance to music that you can hear by dialing your radio to 89.5 FM.
Hours: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
More Information: www.northpointtally.com/
Tour of Lights
The Tallahassee Democrat has assembled a very nice Tour of Lights ™ map of some of the best
displays in Tallahassee. You can see the map and full list here: http://data.tallahassee.com/tour-of-
The downtown parks of Tallahassee are in lights for the season!
Light UP VIera
FIreworks launch this annual event of lights and more!
Special Event: Fireworks at 6 p.m., Parade at 6:20 p.m. on Nov. 25, followed by a Battle of the
More Information: http://vieracommunityinstitute.com/light-up-viera/
Festival of Lights
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs, Florida
December 1 – December 23
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).
To see lists of great Christmas lights from other states, please visit Christmas Lights of the South 2017