Top Towns to visit for Christmas in Florida 2022
Florida is home to one of the best Christmas towns in America – Fernandina Beach. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and to celebrate the season we have a list below of the best Christmas towns to visit the holidays.
We’re guessing you didn’t expect our list to open with a warm-weather locale. But St. Augustine won a spot here because it’s downright festive. Lights, candles, and Christmas decor are sprinkled throughout the town throughout the entire holiday season—and best of all, you don’t have to wear a coat to get out and enjoy it all.
Few places compare to Disney World during the holidays. Once Halloween passes, Disney World slowly starts to transform into a Christmas wonderland. Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas every year, which celebrates the season with countless lights, festive decor, (fake) snow, unparalleled holiday entertainment, and so much more.
Santa Rosa Beach
Head down to the beach for a mild-weather Christmas celebration of lights, festivals and holiday magic that spans the length of 30A and then further down both ways via Highway 98 to Destin and Panama City Beach. No need to do your shopping beforehand, because Santa Rosa Beach and its neighboring beach towns are filled with sweet shops and fantastic restaurants that will spark some December indulgence.
St. Peters burg
A family-friendly destination home to a variety of cultural attractions, St. Petersburg comes alive during Christmas. Visit Enchant Christmas at the Tampa Bay Rays stadium to enjoy a Christmas light maze and village. Shop at the Christmas market, try holiday-themed food and drink, and go for a skate on the Ice-Skating Trail. Alternatively, head to the Florida Botanical Gardens for their annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens or take a day trip to Busch Gardens to enjoy a dazzling ambiance at their annual Christmas Town.
Nicknamed the “Venice of America”, Fort Lauderdale likes to show off its waterways. A fun-in-the-sun city located on the Atlantic Coast, if you’re here in winter, you should visit the popular Winterfest Boat Parade and see the “Greatest Show on H20” for yourself. It’s here that private boats, giant showboats, and corporate mega yachts are adorned with lights, music, beauty queens and celebrities.
In winter, Tallahassee is covered in twinkling lights for the holiday season, where the entire family can enjoy the cheery ambiance at its annual Winter Festival. An annual holiday extravaganza, the downtown area transforms into a winter wonderland with live entertainment, a parade and arts and crafts vendors. If you’re looking for a tranquil way to enjoy the season, head to Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park to experience the camelias in full bloom while taking a candle-lit walk through the gardens and enjoying live holiday music.
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