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Jacksonville’s BEST Holiday Events Guide

Jacksonville Holiday Events

Welcome to our guide to all of the family-friendly, fun, and festive events happening on the First Coast this holiday season. Your one-stop spot for all of the best tree lighting ceremonies, Santa visits, gingerbread house-making events, Christmas light displays, boat parades, and holiday shows. Be sure to check back throughout the season for updated holiday events.

 

Holiday Activities for Families in Jacksonville

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Where to See Santa

Check out our list of Santa events! From Breakfast with Santo to Storytime tea!

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Tree Lightings and Holiday Light Displays

Starting early in November and up until Christmas, there’s sure to be a tree lighting event to amaze the whole family.

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Holiday Shopping In & Around Jacksonville

We are so lucky that Jacksonville offers so many amazing shopping events during the holiday season!

Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Jacksonville

Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Jacksonville

Get ready to make some holiday-inspired crafts, celebrate with Santa, and check out some amazing gingerbread houses!

Cruising for Christmas Lights

Cruising for Christmas Lights

Pack the family n the car and drive around Jacksonville to hit the best-lighted homes and neighborhoods!

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Holiday Shows In & Around Jacksonville

We have an incredible list of holiday shows, including several Nutcracker options and theatre in Jacksonville!

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Holiday Parades In & Around Jacksonville

Jacksonville and the surrounding areas not only have a variety of parades, but also boat parades!

Christmas Tree Farms

Tree Farms In and Around Jax

It may be surprising, but even here in Florida, there are farms where you can not only get your very own Christmas tree but cut it down yourself, too!

More on the Holidays in Jacksonville

Let us help you make this holiday season the merriest yet with our exclusive access to all of Jacksonville’s best Christmas and holiday events. Check out the First Coast’s best Christmas lights displaystree lightings and all the best places to go see Santa. Plus, if you need childcare over the holiday break, we’ve created a guide to the best winter break camps in Jacksonville.

Upcoming Holiday Events

Holiday Lightings

Nov
19
Dazzling Nights | Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens
5:30 pm
Immerse Yourself In A Million Lights At “Dazzling Nights™” – An Interactive Holiday Event Coming To Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens November 19 – January 9 Orlando’s...
Nov
20
28th Annual Nights of Lights | Historic St. Augustine
Historic St. Augustine
The 28th Annual Nights of Lights dazzles with more than 3 million lights adorning every corner of the historic district for two months. This award-winning holiday lights display runs from November
Nov
24
Deck the Chairs | Seawalk Pavilion
Seawalk Pavilion
5:00 pm
There’s Magic in the Chair! Jacksonville Beach Deck The Chairs (JBDTC) is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit using lifeguard chairs. Marking its seventh year in community service, JBDTC gathers co...

Family-Friendly Events

Nov
26
Mailbox on Main | Beach Village, Jekyll Island
The Beach VIllage Jekyll Island
Need to send a letter to Santa? Our special mailbox on the corner of Main Street and Ocean Way in the Beach Village offers express delivery to the North Pole.
Nov
26
Christmas Carriage Light Tours | Jekyll Island Historic District
Jekyll Island Historic District
Enjoy a classic Christmas Carriage Tour of the beautiful Jekyll Island Historic District while listening to relaxing Christmas music. A perfect Christmas tradition for couples, families, friends, or g...
Nov
26
Santa’s Chairs | Jekyll Island – Various Locations
Jekyll Island – Various Locations
These handcrafted chairs are on display at Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum, in the Historic District, and on the Turtle Stage in Beach Village. Stop by either location, get comfy in

 

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