Winter on the Water

The holidays are coming and family-friendly fun events fill the calendar this season in Jacksonville.

Experience holiday extravaganzas, nightly snowfalls, dazzling boat parades, ZOOLights and much more. Find out why everyone wants to spend their “Winter On The Water” in Jacksonville!

Here are the Top WOW Events in Jacksonville that will surely get you in the holiday spirit:

WinterFEST at Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach- November 21 - January 3

Bringing snow to sunny Florida, you can enjoy a variety of winter activities and holiday family fun at WinterFEST. Adventure Landing is transforming our Shipwreck Island Water Park into a cozy Alpine experience complete with ice skating, Blizzard Bluff Village, Crystal Creek Lodge and Santa's Workshop. It is good family fun for everyone to enjoy!

Jax Illuminations Annual Drive Thru Holiday Light Show-November 19 - January 2

Socially distanced drive-thru holiday light show helps families continue holiday traditions. Load up the family and tune your car radio to our special radio station. Listen to your favorite holiday tunes as you drive through a Million lights that dance, twinkle, and sparkle to the music. The drive thru spectacular features two mega trees, a 300 ft tunnel of lights, custom Christmas scenes and much more. Follow us on Facebook for special discount nights and giveaways.

Sun – Thu, 6:00 - 9:30pm, $20 per car (up to 7 people)

Fri & Sat, 6:00 - 10:30pm, $25 per car (up to 7 people)

$35 for passenger vans.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate buses and have a 7ft height restriction on all other vehicles.

Located 5 min from St John's Town Center at the Morocco Shrine Center, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32224.

Christmas in the Cathedral District: Let There Be Light -November 27 - December 30

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.

Like many non-profits, the Cathedral District was in the middle of event planning when the pandemic up-ended public life. With COVID 19 making it impossible to repeat the district’s wildly successful holiday event of last year with the same up-close and personal church tours, Christmas market, and musical performances, the Cathedral District’s board of directors came up with the idea of hosting a safe, family-friendly, drive-through event to showcase its five historic churches instead.

Every evening for over one month, The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, First United Methodist Church, Historic Mount Zion AME Church and St. Johns Episcopal Cathedral will shine as part of a driving tour that includes more than 100 brightly lit trees. Other significant landmark buildings will be illuminated as well.

The Cathedral District’s green team will use energy-efficient LED lighting to provide more light with much less energy thanks to event partner JEA, who will provide the infrastructure for this amazing gift of light.

Deck the Chairs - November 21 – January 1

More than fourty American Red Cross life guard chairs will be decorated in coastal-themed designs and lights in Downtown Jacksonville Beach. Kickoff is Saturday, November 23rd with chair decorating, music, hot cocoa, judging and lighting ceremonies.

Go Tuk'n Holiday Tours - Various Dates

Experience JAX holiday lights with Go Tuk'n.

2nd Annual Riverside Avondale Luminaria Night (One Night Only. December 20th): 1-hour; various times. This tour begins and ends at the Garden Club of Jacksonville. Go Tuk’n is donating money back to the Garden Club of Jacksonville from each booking received. The Garden Club of Jacksonville is also having a socially distanced holiday event this same evening. See their website for additional information on the holiday festivities at the Garden Club!

Holly Jolly Brewery Tour (3-hours, 5-stops): the month of December and Go Tuk’n is donating money to the Jax Humane Society for every booking received on this tour. Wear your Ugly Sweater on the tour and get entered into our month long drawing for prizes too!

Nightly Holiday Light Tours (1 hour): This begins nightly starting November 27th. Multiple tours available each night. The Urban Core is coming alive with a variety of neighborhoods decorating for the holidays. This tour will include the Cathedral Districts: Light the Night spectacular light display.

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Jacksonville Light Boat Parade - November 28

The Jacksonville Light Boat Parade has been a holiday tradition for more than 30 years. 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. Residents and visitors alike gather along the north and south riverbanks in downtown Jacksonville to witness this magical event. The evening then culminates with one of the best fireworks show on the First Coast featuring “waterfalls” off of the Main Street and Acosta Bridges.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens ZOOLights- December 17 - 20 and December 26 - January 3

Thousands of lights will transform Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a luminous experience this holiday season. The paths through gardens and exhibits will be accented by moving sculptures, lighted trees, and animal silhouettes. Come to the zoo after the animals have fallen asleep and explore the themed light displays. You can even find Santa and Mrs. Claus here! Visit for tickets and more information.

Beaches Museum's Holidays in the Village - December 17

Step back to the early 1900’s and enjoy an evening under the twinkling lights as the sound of Christmas carols echo through the courtyard!

Holidays in the Village will be a walking tour through the History Park featuring the 1911 locomotive transformed with lights into the Beaches North Pole Express, a (socially distanced) photo with Santa, and on the porch of the 1873 cabin, a living history experience will feature a pioneer family preparing for Christmas. Music and dance performances will make the evening jolly and bright!

New Year’s Eve Celebration - December 31

The City of Jacksonville invites you to say goodbye to 2020 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.

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl - January 2

This annual football game is played at the TIAA Bank Field 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!

Music on Main: RAMONA & Tree Lighting Ceremony - November 27

Join us for "Music on Main" and as we ceremoniously turn on the holiday lights in Historic Springfield! Our 40 foot tree will be decked out and ready to shine! Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy some of our favorite local food vendors. Food and drink purchases and live music by RAMONA will start at 5:30 pm. Tree lighting Ceremony will be at 6pm.

**Social distance squares will be marked for safe viewing and enjoyment.

Riverside Avondale Luminaria - December 20

It is a holiday tradition for residents of Riverside Avondale to gather with neighbors and friends (socially distanced) or visit our parks and churches by walking the lighted sidewalks illuminated with candles.

Holiday Tour of Homes - December 12

The Holiday Tour of Homes is a fundraiser on behalf of the Junior League of Jacksonville with all profits going back to the Jacksonville community in need. On December 12, 2020 six local homes will open their outdoor spaces to the community to showcase their architecture and holiday decor. In addition, each home is paired with a local designer adding a unique flare. We will host a Festival at the Junior League of Jacksonville house at the conclusion.

18th Annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza - December 1 - 27

The Gingerbread Extravaganza Experience The Jacksonville Historical Society will host the 18th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza in a manner which will ensure the health safety of its visitors. The event will include the traditional exhibit at Old St. Andrew’s Church as well as a video on YouTube, plus an online silent auction, a quilt raffle, online contests to vote for your favorite display and tree, a holiday gift shop (with many items also available in our online bookstore) and a bake shop, including the ever-popular gingerbread cookies!

Very Shrimpy Christmas - December 5

Fans can enjoy free socially-distanced pictures with Santa Claus & Christmas crafts as our HD videoboard in left field screens Christmas movie & cartoon classics. Concessions, Christmas treats, and refreshments will be available for cashless purchase. Admission is only $5 per person. Entry will be at home plate gate. Simply provide our staff at the gates the name of the purchaser and we will mark the name off our list along with the amount of tickets associated with each purchaser. Free parking is available in Lot P behind our right field fence.

A Very Shrimpy Christmas is a stroller and wheelchair-accessible event with seating available both on the concourse and in the ballpark seating bowl. The field will not be open for the event. All Jumbo Shrimp employees will be wearing face coverings throughout the event and all guests will be required to wear face coverings upon entry and while they move about the ballpark.

Springfield Holiday Porch Decorating Contest - December 5 - 31

Explore Jacksonville's historic neighborhood just north of the urban core. Their holiday porch decoration showcases the spirit of the community and the gorgeous architecture of the area. Over 55 homes have adorned their homes with lights, inflatables, and shining decor. Take a Tuk Tuk, walk, bike or drive through the streets and take in the sparkling Springfield views. Explore the full tour on the Visit Jax App.