St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular
Come celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at St. Johns Town Center Mall. From 1 PM-8 PM, you can enjoy family-friendly activities, musical performances and a visit from Santa to light the tree.
Colors of the Wild: A Zoolights Lantern Experience
Starts November 19, 2023 and goes until February 18, 2024. Check the website for specific dates and times.
Experience One of the Largest Asian Lantern Events in the Country this Winter! See the Zoo in a whole new light with a fascinating fusion of lanterns, wildlife and wild places. Step into awe where Asian lanterns take on life as animals and plants in a striking showcase of beauty with more than 70 displays throughout the park.
Deck the Chairs
November 23-January 1, 2024 at Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach
December 6-January 9, 2024 at James Weldon Johnson Park in Downtown Jacksonville
Celebrating 10 years, more than 40 American Red Cross life guard chairs will be decorated in coastal-themed designs and lights for Deck the Chairs in Jacksonville Beach. Kickoff is Wednesday, November 22 and the nightly display continues through New Year's Day.
November 24-December 29
The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is transformed into Florida's version of a winter wonderland during Dazzling Nights! Embrace the holiday spirit with family and friends with thousands of lights and magic all around you.
Check out what our social media ambassador, Elle, had to say about last year's event.
Christmas Made in the South
Get started on your holiday shopping at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center at the annual Christmas Made in the South event.
Jacksonville Light Boat Parade
A Jacksonville holiday tradition is making its return to Thanksgiving weekend. The Jacksonville Light Boat Parade will be held Saturday, November 25, 2023 on the St. Johns River at 6:00 pm. Vessels of all shapes and sizes adorn their hulls with festive decorations as they float along the north and south banks of the St. Johns River.
Christmas in Avondale
The streets of Avondale will come alive with holiday spirit on December 2. Festivities include music, Santa, face-painting, cake walk, silent disco, popcorn, and much more!
21st Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza
Come view this extravagant gingerbread display and holiday gift shop at Old St. Andrew’s Church in Downtown Jacksonville.
Beaches North Pole Express
December 8 and 9
Take a ride on the Polar Express model train and enjoy hot cocoa, a visit from Santa and much more!
Oceanfront Brunch with Santa
Enjoy oceanfront views while dining with Santa at the Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront.
Merry Day at MOSH
Experience the magic of the holidays and indulge in winter festivities at the Museum of Science of History.
Historic Springfield Holiday Bicycle Ride and Parade
Enjoy a leisurely evening ride through the Historic Springfield District to enjoy the lights and spectacle of the holidays. Bike decorations and holiday costumes are encouraged!
Letters to Santa
Stop by Visit Jacksonville’s table at the St. Johns Town Center on December 16 to write a letter to Santa! Visit Jacksonville will provide the materials and make sure your letter gets delivered directly to Santa and his elves at the North Pole.
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
This annual football game is played at the EverBank Stadium in Downtown attracting thousands of visitors from out of town. Come experience the excitement as the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl treats thousands of fans to one of the most exciting bowl games in college football.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
The City of Jacksonville invites you to say goodbye to 2022 and welcome in the New Year at the annual New Year's Eve Fireworks. The waterfront and skyline will serve as a backdrop for this amazing display over the St. Johns River. Fireworks will begin at exactly midnight.