The list of Florida small towns at Christmas below will have you feeling as if you stepped right into a Hallmark Movie.
The Sunshine State isn’t just about palm trees and beaches; it’s also a treasure trove of charming small towns. Even better? A Christmas Vacation dream come true.
If you’ve ever dreamed of stepping into a real-life Hallmark movie, the Florida towns to follow are your ticket to a festive experience:
St. Augustine: Ancient City Magic
Starting in St. Augustine, the historic streets are adorned with twinkling lights. Truly a magical experience. The annual “Nights of Lights” festival transforms the city with more than 3,000,000 lights!
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Enjoy walking and looking at the lights as they reflect off centuries-old buildings and casting a warm glow over the cobblestone streets. Take a trolley tour, horse carriage ride or stroll along the waterfront for a truly enchanting experience.
Amelia Island: Coastal Christmas Charms
Next stop, Amelia Island, just north of St. Augustine and Jacksonville. The little island’s holiday spirit blends with coastal island vibes.
The Victorian-era architecture dressed in wreaths and ribbons. Visit during the festival, where you can enjoy Dickens-inspired holiday events. The festival includes carolers in period costumes and horse-drawn carriage rides. Truly magical.
Delray Beach: Festive Coastal Chic
Delray Beach, known for its vibrant art scene and pristine beaches, transforms into a coastal winter wonderland during the holidays. Just north of Fort Lauderdale, it is a great beach town for a Christmas Vacation and one of my favorite beaches in South Florida.
Atlantic Avenue is a hive of holiday cheer with its twinkling lights and festive decor. Don’t miss the annual tree lighting ceremony and the Christmas boat parade that illuminates the Intracoastal Waterway.
Ocala: Quaint Countryside Elegance
Looking to step back in time away from the beach? Travel inland to Ocala, where the charming countryside and horse farms are dressed in holiday colors.
Historic downtown has a cozy, small-town charm with its quaint shops and festive decorations. Take a carriage ride through the streets adorned with lights, or visit the local farms for Christmas tree picking and holiday treats.
If you have time, be sure to venture over to Silver Springs and enjoy a glass bottom boat ride. On cooler days, you will find manatees in the spring warming up.
New Smyrna Beach: Coastal Holiday Bliss
New Smyrna Beach near Daytona Beach combines its laid-back coastal vibe with Christmas cheer. The Canal Street Historic District comes alive, and you can enjoy art walks, holiday markets, and live music.
Enjoy beachside bonfires or catch a Christmas parade along Flagler Avenue for a dose of seaside holiday spirit.
Winter Garden: Vintage Christmas Charm
Step back in time in Winter Garden, where the historic downtown transports you to a bygone era during the holidays. Also inland, about 25 minutes from Orlando, makes this a great stop if you plan to visit Walt Disney World or Universal Studios for Christmas.
The Plant Street Market twinkles with lights and hosts special holiday events, including visits from Santa and classic Christmas movies under the stars. Take a nostalgic train ride on the Tavares, Eustis & Gulf Railroad’s Polar Express. Another magical stop in the Sunshine State.
Celebration: Picture-Perfect Christmas Village
As the name suggests, Celebration is a town that truly reflects the essence of a perfect Christmas village in a Hallmark movie. Also near Orlando and Walt Disney World for those that would like to combine the towns.
The snow-like light blanket covering the streets, the picturesque lakefront, and the synchronized holiday music create a postcard-worthy scene.
Don’t miss the “Now Snowing” event, where nightly snowfalls and carriage rides add to the festive charm. This is a month-long event with horse-drawn carriage rides, train rides, ice skating, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. You will literally feel as if you have stepped back in time.
Pensacola: Historic Holiday Splendor
On the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola’s historic downtown becomes a beehive of all things holiday splendor during Christmas. The Winterfest Trolley Tour takes you through a dazzling display of lights, historic homes, and festive decorations.
Experience Victorian-era Christmas traditions at the Historic Pensacola Village, or enjoy the magical Pensacola Winterfest celebration.
Florida’s small towns might not have snow, but they know how to create a magical Christmas atmosphere. Each town has its own unique blend of history, charm, and holiday spirit, making them the perfect destinations to experience a Hallmark-worthy Christmas.
Whether you’re strolling through ancient streets or enjoying coastal delights, these towns will make your holiday season unforgettable.
The following will help you plan your Small Town Florida Christmas Vacation:
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