We love spending the winter in Florida, where the weather is mild and we don’t have to worry about freezing temperatures. Although we don’t miss the cold, sometimes we wish we could have a little snow around Christmas time. That’s where these awesome events and festivals come in. Find one near you, and you can see snow this winter, without ever leaving Florida.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Sarasota Snow Fest
Come check out this fantastic festival with giant snow slides, pony rides, pictures with Santa, snowman building, giant snow globe, live shows, and much more. December 16th, 17th, & 18th.
2. St. Petersburg Snowfest, Straub Park
North Straub Park is beautiful this time of year, so save the date of November 25th, when the Christmas tree and park lights will turn on. Come back to the park on December 3rd at 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Snowfest, with lots of activities, cookie making, and 64 (!) tons of snow.
3. Now Snowing Nightly, Celebration
If you want to spend Christmas in Florida but you miss the snow, head to the Central Florida town of Celebration. Snow will fall on this adorable little town every night from November 28th through December 31st. There will also be ice skating, caroling, entertainment, photos with Santa, and more.
4. Festival of Lights, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs
This park has so much holiday spirit, with marshmallow roasting, carol singing, snow flurries, millions of lights twinkling in the majestic oaks. The Festival of Lights will run through December 2nd through 24th this year, with some nights open for drive-through viewing only.
5. Christmas in the Park with Snow, Mount Dora
Come enjoy ice skating, sledding, crafts, food, Santa, and more in Donnelly Park in Mount Dora.
6. Music and Magic at CityPlace, West Palm Beach
Get ready for a month of holiday fun in West Palm Beach, beginning with the tree lighting on December 3rd. Then, bring the kids out for snowfall in CityPlace every night (except Christmas) through the end of December. Don't miss the famous 600-ton tree made of sand, Sandi.
7. Pensacola Winterfest
Pensacola goes all out for Christmas with its annual Winterfest, beginning with an Elf Parade on November 25th. Get ready for trolley tours, performances, snow, visits from Santa and much more.
8. Enchanted Christmas Village, Jacksonville
November 25th through December, bring your family to the Enchanted Christmas Village for an unforgettable holiday experience with over one million lights, caroling, rides, entertainment, food, pictures with Santa, snowfall, and much more.
9. Wekiva Island, Longwood
Enjoy snow flurries every night and real-snow play areas every weekend in December. Snow flurries, movies, visits with Santa, gift wrapping and parking are free. Real-snow play area, real-snow sledding and train rides are $5/person. 1014 Miami Springs Dr, Longwood, FL 32779
Have you been to any of these festivals? Do you know of any other local events with “snow?”