Although it’s unlikely you will have a White Christmas here in Florida, there are plenty of other ways to get into the holiday spirit this year. Many people actually spend their holidays in South Florida to get away from the harsh winter weather up north. Luckily for the locals and the snowbirds, many cities in South Florida put together holiday events and light displays for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few of our favorite places to get into the holiday spirit this year:
Just a short drive from Pompano Beach, the city of Coconut Creek hosts a beautiful holiday light show for almost six weeks. Situated in Tradewinds Park, you can drive through the park and experience the whole illuminated event. Each year they also hold the Fantasy of Lights 5K and a Family Bike Night for anyone to enjoy.
The Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale kicks off every holiday season with a ten-week display of twinkling lights and garland. The City of Fort Lauderdale hosts the entire holiday event at Esplanade Park for free every year. You’ll also find booths of local artists and businesses with available merchandise for purchase, perfect for getting your Christmas shopping done!
For the animal lovers in South Florida, we suggest visiting the Zoo Lights display at the Miami Zoo. Held from December 19th-30th, visitors enjoy the spectacular animal shaped lights and thousands of lights hanging from the trees. There are also an array of activities for families to enjoy like carousel rides, photos with Santa, and Yuletide carolers.
If you’re looking for a slightly different experience beyond the normal light festivals, check out the Holiday Boat Parade in Palm Beach and Jupiter. The boat parade, held on December 6th, begins in North Palm Beach and travels to the Jupiter Lighthouse. For over 20 years, the Palm Beach boating community decks out their boats in holiday lights and navigates up the Intracoastal Waterway for everyone to enjoy.