Cruising for Christmas Lights in Jacksonville


One of my favorite holiday traditions is cruising around checking out the Christmas lights. We go with our good friends, wear our fun glasses that make the lights look like snowmen, Santa, and snowflakes, and rock out to a mix of our favorite Christmas songs. It is quite an event that my kids always look forward to!

Christmas Lights Around Jacksonville

If you know of additional light displays, please share the address and a description in the comment section.

Atlantic Beach Christmas Lights

Deck the Chairs

Deck the Chairs takes place in Jacksonville Beach and features lifeguard chairs decorated with various themes. This is a FREE event.

Jax Illuminations

Jax Illuminations, located at the Morocco Shrine Center, sends you driving through almost a mile of 500,000 lights twinkling to holiday music you tune into on your radio. See website for ticket prices.

Jacksonville ZOOLights

Join Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens for their Annual ZOOLights and watch as thousands of LED lights transform the zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. See website for pricing.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park hosts their annual Festival of Lights, a holiday celebration features more than five million lights. Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeastern United States, visitors can enjoy award-winning holiday sights and sounds throughout the park. See website for pricing.

Downtown Dazzle Synchronized Light Display

Downtown Dazzle Synchronized Light Display showcases the downtown offices of the Jax Children’s Chorus that will be illuminated with a holiday light display synchronized to recorded songs of the season. This is a FREE event.

Palencia Tour of Lights

The Palencia Tour of Lights has a spectacular view of over 8,000 holiday lights. 2016 dates to be announced. Date TBA.

Christmas Lights in Jacksonville

Blackhawk Bluff Subdivision

Located at Girvin Road off of Atlantic Blvd, the Blackhawk Bluff subdivision has become famous for some of the best lights in Jacksonville. Ride through the streets and enjoy the beautiful lights and displays throughout the neighborhood. This is a FREE neighborhood drive-thru.

Christmas on Crystal Springs

Christmas on Crystal Springs is a one house show with several hundred thousand choreographed lights set to music. This is a FREE viewing.

Atlantic Beach Christmas

Atlantic Beach Christmas

Atlantic Beach Christmas is located in the Ocean Walk neighborhood. Amazing show of two houses on a cul-de-sac. Over, 40,000 lights set to holiday music. Park at the top of the cul-de-sac and walk down. This is a FREE neighborhood drive-thru.

Arbor Glad Subdivision

Arbor Glade Subdivision off of Old St. Augustine Road between 95 and 295 is another great neighborhood you can drive through and see lots of houses with lights and decorations. This is a FREE neighborhood drive-thru.

WizLights in Orange Park

Check out WizLights! 1252 Tumbleweed Dr., [South] Orange Park, in the Tanglewood subdivision, off Blanding. Over 20,000 LEDs, Lasers, Disco Balls, and lots of other special effects all set to music. 6-10 PM Thanksgiving thru New Years.

Reader Submitted:

  • Loretto Rd between Old St Augustine and San Jose Blvd.
  • 4568 Royal Port Drive. Lights on 6:00pm -9:30pm Sunday through Thursday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm Friday and Saturday. Over 16,000 lights set to music!A 30 minute show featuring 11 songs!
  • Ocean Pond Ct (behind Baptist Beaches Hospital) Jax Beach.
  • 3 Bonita Drive Ponte Vedra in Dolphin Cove. Every night from 6pm-1030ish pm. Bring your Santa letters to put in our North Pole mailbox. My husband and I spend hours to make this magical.

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Vicky Lane is the co-owner and co-founder of Jacksonville Mom (formerly Jax Moms Blog). Since 2012, she has been overseeing the content and technical side of Jacksonville Mom. In this role, she manages over 30 writers and works closely with the managing editor to provide the most relevant content for the Jacksonville parenting community. In her previous career, Vicky obtained her Masters in Education and served as University Registrar at the University of North Florida. Wife to adoring husband John, her love for all things “Mom” began in 2010 when their son Brendan was born. Vicky chose to put her full-time career in higher education on hold to spend time with her new baby, giving her a new respect for motherhood and parenting. In June 2012, John and Vicky welcomed sweet Audrey to the family. Vicky has created an amazing circle of Moms who are continuously seeking new ways to enrich their children’s lives in and around Jacksonville. Being part of the creation of an online parenting resource and small business that serves the great Jacksonville area has allowed her to flourish in a successful career while remaining present for her family.


  1. Arbor Glade is off of Old St. Augustine Road in between 95 and 295 in Mandarin. Watch Tower drive takes you into the subdivision.

  2. Thank you Kristin for your sweet word about our neighborhood. My husband and I really appreciate people like you who are respectful and understanding of the hard work that went into making a wonderland in our yard with our neighborhood! People like you are the reason why we enjoy decorating year after year! (We live in the Blackhawk Bluff area). If you are planning to come through on Christmas Eve there will be a surprise for everyone!! It is a tradition that blesses my husband and I, although we did not do it last year..This surprise is located in Blackhawk Bluff West, East is where you will find all of the stars hanging down. Turn left into the neighborhood if coming from Atlantic, turn Right down the 1st cul-de-sac and your surprise will await you!

  3. Thank you Kristen for the nice blog post and mentioning Deck The Chairs. DTC was such a wonderful project for me and the response was awesome. It looks like we have a new tradition for the Beaches.
    Kurtis Loftus

  4. When do the Christmas lights for the neighborhood off of Girvin road typically start up? (Blackhawk BLuff)?
    Wanted to go this Saturday evening but maybe it is too early and decorations aren’t out yet?
    Thank you

  5. There’s a house right off San Jose on Beauclerc where the whole house and yard are covered. I’ve seen some people get out and walk it but that road is pretty busy. Not much else around but if you are in the area check it out!

  6. Will the stars lights in the tree be up this year? When does it begin? Can you please provide a 911 address that I can put in my GPS? coming from East Palatka. Thank you. Bet it is beautiful!

  7. Come visit our home at 3 Bonita Drive Ponte Vedra in Dolphin Cove. Every night from 6pm-1030ish pm. Bring your Santa letters to put in our North Pole mailbox. My husband and I spend hours to make this magical.

    • 4826 Rathbone Dr
      8 choreographed songs with one show for the front yard and a different show for the side yard.

  8. Here in Orange Park, Fl. 32073 Aspen Ct. We have a lighting display from Thanksgiving to New Years Eve. Time 6:00 to 11:00 pm

  9. Check out the lights on Aurora Blvd. In Orange Park the house and yard is decked out and tune in to the radio to get the full affect of the twinkling lights to the music.

  10. When do the lights off Girvin Rd start? The kids loved it last year and are already asking to go again. Thank you to everyone that helps with the beautiful displays all over town!!

  11. Hey Vicky so nice meeting you last night! I love your website and are going to take the babies to see the lights on Oceanwalk tonight! Thank you again for this awesome website an such wonderful recommendations xo!

  12. Hey Vicky! So nice meeting you last night! We are taking the babies to see the lights on Oceanwalk tonight! Thank you for this wonderful website and awesome recommendations! Xo!


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