It’s that time of the year again! You can feel the holiday spirit in the air. Businesses are outdoing each other with the best decorations they can get, and schools are closing soon for the winter break. It’s the best time to enjoy the recreational activities and create memories!
There’s no better place to enjoy the winter holidays than in Jacksonville. Despite the appeal of a traditional holiday setting, many locals find that the warm and sunny destination offers a better alternative to the cold and snow. There's no shortage of traditional holiday activities, and it comes with the added comfort of this climate!
Want to know how to make the most of Jacksonville this winter? Here’s what you can do this holiday season!
Jacksonville’s weather is warm throughout the winter holiday season. Snow in Jacksonville is a rare occurrence that was last experienced some 3 decades ago. That’s why, to give the residents a taste of winter wonderland, Adventure Landing sets up this beautiful event!
This is an event that the whole family will enjoy. You can skate and try out the ice slide without the freezing temperatures. Afterward, you can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and roasted s’mores. Be sure to have fun with the scheduled snowfall, too.
Does the name of the destination sound familiar? This is because the name was inspired by the story “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. This event is a holiday festival that happens every December. As a bonus, it’s absolutely free!
If you have kids, you can introduce them to the historic beauty of Victorian culture and performances. Food and drinks are available from the numerous booths on site. For those who wait until the last minute to pick up a holiday gift, this is the best place to get one! We also recommend that you stay around for the special adults-only event at night, Dickens after Dark.
Dickens on Centre is located on Amelia Island, just on the outskirts of Jacksonville. By car, it’s about a one-hour drive.
What is the holiday season without film and theatre? Jacksonville gets its full share of live theater productions and performances from the Saint Augustine Ballet.
During the holidays, the Nutcracker performance is a Jacksonville favorite that often sells out fast. If you want to give kids a taste of culture and art, get your ticket early! You will appreciate how graceful and talented the Saint Augustine Ballet dancers are.
One of the biggest delights of the holidays is being able to decorate the Christmas tree. To get some ideas and/or enjoy several Christmas tree masterpieces, we recommend that you visit the Villa Zorayda Museum. The museum hosts the stunning and breathtaking Christmas Tree Lighting Tour every December.
The Museum goes above and beyond to decorate, ensuring that every room is peppered with candles. The centerpiece of the display is located in the Court of Lions. You will find a grand Christmas tree that will absolutely take your breath away!
If you’re looking for a casual and romantic option to take your partner or spouse this holiday season, then this is the place to be. It’s hard to go wrong with warm lighting, candles, and decorations.
Want to enjoy some seasonal drinks? The best place for this is at the Miracle Pop-up Bar on San Marco Boulevard. The venue is frequented by tons of people on a daily basis throughout the holiday season. This can be attributed to their exclusive drinks menu.
For the Miracle Pop-up Bar, adorning the walls with festive lights is not enough. They go out of their way with exclusive and special drinks and cocktails. One taste of any of the holiday cocktails and you’ll know why it’s so popular!
Another option on the outskirts of Jacksonville is the Kirby Family Farm. Have fun taking a Christmas-themed train through Kirby’s Farm. Apart from the train ride, you can also enjoy magic shows, acrobatic shows, and classic Christmas movies.
The event is open from the end of November and throughout the month of December.
To experience the best light show in Jacksonville, head over to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The zoo organizes an annual holiday event where they bring out LED lights, transforming the zoo into an ethereal wonderland.
We recommend that you book a ride on the special train that runs through the venue. And, if you get hungry, toasted marshmallows are always available!
Jacksonville is known for its community feel and fun activities. One such activity is Deck the Chairs. The locals come together to light up lifeguard chairs. It’s also a way of appreciating the good work that the lifeguards do all year long.
While the event is free, any donations to promote the event are highly appreciated. The event is organized by a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote Jacksonville art, culture, and education.
There’s always something to do in Jacksonville during the holiday season! Whether it’s enjoying a show, a themed drink, or Christmas lights, you’re sure to have a memorable time. You can’t go wrong with any of the above options!