Florida may not have snow, but it can still be magical at Christmastime. Our main streets and bustling town squares are full of holiday cheer, shops compete with winter window displays, and lights cover entire towns. Be sure to soak up as much Christmas spirit as possible before the season is over. If you can’t make it before Christmas, many of these decorations stay up through the end of the month or longer. Here are 11 main streets in Florida that are pure magic during Christmastime. Let us know your favorites below.
1. St. George Street, St. Augustine
St. Augustine's main street, and all of its historic downtown streets are beautiful this time of year, sparkling with millions of white lights. The festival lasts through the end of January.
2. Celebration Town Center
This master-planned Central Florida community is charming this time of year, with "snow" falling every night through December 31st. There will also be ice skating, caroling, entertainment, photos with Santa, and more.
3. Centre Street, Fernandina Beach
This quaint, historic beach town has a lovingly decorated main street this time of year, with lights strewn on the trees and a window decorating contest for the local shops. These beautiful lights stay up through the New Year's Eve Shrimp Drop, so head down for a uniquely Floridian celebration.
4. Historic Downtown Pensacola
Pensacola gets all dressed up for its Winterfest celebration. The celebration including shows, songs, lights carriage rides, and photos with Santa takes place on the corner of Government Street and Palafox Place in downtown Pensacola. Many of the festivities are over for this year, but you can still catch Santa's Holiday Express on December 23rd and 24th.
5. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
This brilliant 100-foot Christmas tree proudly takes its place in Old School Square this time of year and remains all lit up until January 1st. Other activities include visits with Santa (last day is the 23rd), carousel rides, a kids train, ice skating, and mini golf.
6. Venice Avenue, Venice
This main street features some of our favorite Christmas trees in the state, the super-tall, super-festive palms that line Venice Avenue. We don't even want to imagine putting those lights up.
7. 5th Avenue South, Naples
Though most of the events here take place early in the month, it's still beautifully decorated. Though this main street is lovely, the Victoria Park neighborhood is a must-see, where hundreds of homes participate to make this the most decorated neighborhood in Southwest Florida.
8. Church Street Christmas, Dade City
This longrunning festival takes place on the evenings of December 21-23rd, featuring carolers, performers, brightly decorated streets, and visits from Santa.
9. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach's main street is enchanting this time of year, with a glowing canopy of lights hanging overhead. Visitors to the city should also check out snowfall in Cityplace on December nights (except Christmas) and Sandi, the famous 600-ton tree made of sand.
10. Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach
Canal Street is stunning this time of year, with beautifully decorated shops and trees decked out with lights. Several events are held earlier in the month, but you can still take a stroll and feel the Christmas spirit.
11. Duval Street, Key West
Key West is a city that loves to party and gladly takes any reason to celebrate, so it's a perfectly fun (if unexpected) place to spend Christmas. Here you'll be surrounded by buildings, restaurants shops, and even people decked out in lights.
Have you been to any of these Main Streets at Christmastime? What’s your favorite Florida town to visit during the holidays? Let us know!