The 5 Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Florida

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When you think of the Sunshine State, you wouldn't initially think that some of the best Christmas light displays are in Florida. However, from holiday-lighted boat parades to the world's largest Christmas light maze, you'll be wanting to extend your vacation to visit all Christmas light displays in Florida. Here are five of the best places to see Christmas lights.

1. Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade

Florida has its fair share of holiday boat parades, but one of the top light displays is the annual Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade. Bradenton's largest holiday event of the year is just around the corner, and a fleet of holiday-themed boats will compete for cash prizes and the winning title. Boats are judged on their creativity, theme, lights, and music, so get there early to experience a magical night on the river.

  • Where: Shaw Point, Bradenton, FL
  • When: December 10th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Price: Free admission

2. Enander's Winter Wonderland

This family-run Christmas light display in Nokomis has become a holiday tradition for Floridians and visitors alike. Enander's is a wonderful place to bring the entire family to create memories of a lifetime. Featuring approximately 400,000 lights, this winter wonderland displays a wide range of different lights, such as Santa, Cinderella, and even dinosaurs. There's something for everyone in the family to enjoy!

  • Where: 2281 Mission Valley Blvd, Nokomis, FL, United States, Florida
  • When: December 10th to January 1st from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night
  • Price: Free admission

Pro tip: Parking can be difficult on Mission Valley Boulevard, so get there early to beat the crowd.

3. Enchant Christmas

Presented by Hallmark Channel, you won't want to miss the world's largest Christmas light maze and village. Bring your friends and family to experience an enchanting night of gazing at over 4 million sparkling lights, ice skating, exploring a story-themed maze, live entertainment, games, holiday shopping, meeting Santa, dining, and more! Be sure to visit their website to see current discounts and offers.

  • Where: 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705
  • When: November 25th to January 1st; Opening hours vary
  • Price: Starting at $35 for adults; $20 for children; Add-ons available

4. Treasure Island's Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

One of the largest boat parades in the Tampa Bay area, Treasure Island's Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is one of the best Christmas light displays in Florida. Get into the holiday spirit and celebrate the 37th annual event with your loved ones. There will be a beautiful display of lighted boats, a DJ, a guest appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus, interactive entertainers, and concession stands.

  • Where: Treasure Bay
  • When: December 17th from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Price: Free admission

5. Lights in Bloom at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby's is the perfect place for nature lovers to view Christmas lights in Sarasota, Florida. With over two million lights and 15 acres of land to explore, you'll quickly feel the magic of the holidays as you walk through glowing tunnels and under banyan trees. Bring the kids because there will be nightly visits from Santa, children's activities, and festive food and drinks.

  • Where: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
  • When: December 10th to January 5th from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Price: $30 for non-members, $25 for members, $15 for children 5–17, and free for children 4 and under.; Add-ons available

Christmas isn't complete without enjoying one, two, or all of these Christmas light displays. If you are looking for more activities to do in the area, bring the family mini golfing with live alligators at Smugglers Cove! All of our courses feature a unique, one-of-a-kind layout full of extraordinary obstacles amid a beautiful landscape. We have been voted the "Best Mini Golf in Florida!" 5 years in a row and take great pride in our unsurpassed adventure golf courses.

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