Cruising for Christmas Lights In & Around Jacksonville

One of our 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 the kids always look forward to!


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.

St. Augustine Nights of Lights

The streets of St. Augustine’s historic district will be aglow with its annual Nights of Lights display November 14–January 31, 2020, featuring over three million sparkling lights.

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.

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 in the Cathedral District

For its second annual holiday event, Cathedral District Jacksonville is lighting up the district for Christmas in the Cathedral District: Let There Be Light!, which will be visible from I-95 and the Acosta, Main Street, Hart, and Mathews Bridges. This first-of-its-kind spectacular event is the Cathedral District’s gift to its beloved community after a long and challenging year. Every night, November 27 – December 30, 2020

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 (Cancelled for 2020)

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 Glade 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 through New Years’.

Southcreek Lights

Synchronized Christmas Lights using 64 channels of Light-o-Rama controllers. Approx. 5,000 lights, and 29 songs. Complete show runs about 1 1/2 hours. Synchronized Christmas Lights on Southcreek Drive in Jacksonville (St. Johns) Florida. Show runs from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Eve.

Mikayla’s Magical Christmas Light Show

This display is located at 4568 Royal Port Drive. There are 48,000 lights on 120 channels synchronized to music. There will be a 20 foot mega tree (12,500 lights) along with a 10-foot spiral tree, nine mini trees and two leaping arches. There are outdoor speakers to hear the music. You can also enjoy the music on FM channel 102.1 on cold nights. The show is on a continuous loop that takes about 30 minutes to see from start to finish and primarily focuses on the true meaning of Christmas. It runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, depending on visitors.

Gierlich Holiday Wonderland

A Gierlich Christmas Wonderland is a light display located in Interlachen, FL. We do displays for both Halloween and Christmas and a small one for Easter. The displays all consist of lights, blow molds and inflatables. Please stop by sometime and check out the lights. You won’t be disappointed.

Lights on Nochaway

This display, located at 1392 Nochaway Drive off Pacetti Road in the World Golf Village area, features thousands of lights synched to 28 songs. Lights are on from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the holidays. To hear the coordinated music, just turn your car radio to 94.7 FM.

Lights on Grand Parke

Located at 776 Grand Parke Drive in St. Johns. The show runs nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Nov. 28 through New Year’s Eve. Just tune your radio to 88.5 FM to hear the music that goes with the lights. This year, the organizers are trying to raise $1,000 for Mercy Land Orphanage to help them build a new fence.

Reader Submitted:

  • Loretto Rd – enjoy cruising through 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 – in Jax Beach behind Baptist Beaches Hospital
  • 3 Bonita Drive Ponte Vedra – Located in Dolphin Cove. Every night from 6pm-1030ish pm. Bring your Santa letters to put in our North Pole mailbox. Daily magic shared by a husband and wife team!
  • Smith Lights on Rue – free annual walk through for the community.
  • 2152 Forest Hollow Way – Decorated by a one man band for one last year before he moves to Hawaii. There’s also a boat load of individually wrapped free candy cane mints sitting at the end of the driveway for people to take that’s restocked every night.
  • Greenwood Subdivision – Lights on display 7 pm – 10 pm nightly as a gift to all in an effort to spread love and make people smile. All work is done by a cancer survivor as this is his way of giving back to the community.
  • 264 Arora Blvd – computer controlled with over 50,000 lights and many wireframes
  • 4826 Rathbone Drive – Animated Christmas Lights. Lights will be on daily from 6pm to 11pm. Tune into station 104.1 FM. There are 9 songs and the full show is approximately 30 minutes. There is also a smaller show on the side yard off Latimer. Children can place a note in the Santa’s Letter mailbox and we will ensure it is delivered to the North Pole. Remember to include a return address!

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


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Cassy Fiano-Chesser is a Jacksonville native and mom to six kids. Her husband is a Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient. She works from home as a blogger and a freelance writer, and they currently live in the Argyle area of Jacksonville. Benjamin is their oldest, born in 2011, and he loves being a big brother. Wyatt was born in 2012, and he has Down syndrome. Ivy came next, in 2013, followed by Clara, born in 2015, who is a diva-with-a-capital-D. Rounding out the brood is Felicity, born in 2017, and Lilly, born in 2007. They love discovering things to do on the First Coast and going on family adventures, as well as cheering on the Jumbo Shrimp and the Icemen.

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  1. 4826 Rathbone Drive
    Animated Christmas Lights. Please stop by during the Christmas season and enjoy the dancing lights at 4826 Rathbone Drive 32257.
    First house on the right off Craven.
    The lights will be on from 6pm to 11pm.
    Tune into station 104.1 FM.
    There are 9 songs and the full show is approximately 30 minutes. There is also a smaller show on the side yard off Latimer.

    Children can place a note in the Santa’s Letter mailbox and we will ensure it is delivered to the North Pole…remember to include a return address!

  2. 2693 Julie Lane Middleburg (Greenwood Subdivision)….Lots of blowups, lights…on Dec. 12th we will be showing the Charlie Brown Christmas outside on the garage…Hot cocoa , cookies and candy canes until we run out…..7-10 nightly….our gift to all we love to make people smile.. 🙂 my son does all the work he is a cancer survivor and this is way of giving back to the community…

  3. Orange Park Christian Church will have a large Christmas light event starting December 13-30th from 6-9pm. Walk through Christmas light displays, inflatables, trees, and more. On December 19th from 6-8:30, there will be a live nativity with live animals, a professional photographer offering free family photos that print instantly, hor chocolate, and more.

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