We may not have snow in Florida, but we have plenty of holiday cheer. We make our own winter wonderlands, with lots of lights, and maybe even a snowman made of sand. Floridians know the scene outside your window isn’t what matters, it’s the joy you share with family and friends. If you know anyone who still needs some convincing, these gorgeous parks and displays will get them in the holiday spirit right away.
1. Rainbow Springs State Park
If you love Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon the rest of they year, you have to see it all lit up for the holidays. It's truly enchanting.
2. The Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo
These gardens are always full of color and beauty, and their holiday lights are no exception. Bright lights cover this tropical paradise, making a stunning combination.
3. Disney's Hollywood Studios
This jaw-dropping display of more than five million lights is called The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. As we recently posted, this will be the last year for the event, which includes an amazing synchronized light and sound show.
4. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers
The magical display at this historic Florida landmark will really get you in the Christmas spirit. If you've never visited the estates, now is the perfect time.
5. Mount Dora
Many of you already know and love the town of Mount Dora, so you should definitely schedule your next visit soon. The town is covered in more than two million twinkling lights to celebrate the holiday season.
6. Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
This park is full of holiday cheer, with marshmallow roasting, singing, Santa's workshop, and millions of lights decorating the majestic oaks. The Festival of Lights will run through December 31st. On Christmas Eve, it is open for drive-through only, and on Christmas it will be closed.
7. The Oakdale Christmas House, St. Petersburg
This huge light display is famous for its quirky charm. It's sure to put a smile on the face of even the grumpiest Scrooge out there.
8. Homosassa Springs State Park
Folks rave about the Christmas display and visits from Santa at this state park. You might not think about going to a state park in the winter, but many of them actually transform into winter wonderlands the whole family will enjoy.
9. Wickham Park, Melbourne
The Space Coast Lightfest is a holiday light spectacular that takes place November 15th though January 1st in Melbourne. The next stroll through the lights (and last for the season) will be January 1st. In the holiday spirit, proceeds of the event will go to the Boy Scouts of America.
Have you been to any of these places during the holiday season? What are your favorite places to explore this time of year? Please share them with us in the comments below!