In other parts of the country, the winter season is spent trapped indoors. Here in Florida, we never have to worry about being snowed in. While you’re out enjoying our mild winter weather, check out some of these fun festivals and events:
1. Dickens on Centre, Amelia Island
Go back in time with this festival, where folks dressed in Victorian era clothing take over historic downtown Fernandina Beach. When: December 8th - 11th.
2. Swamp Cabbage Festival
For over 50 years, this festival has been celebrating local food and culture in this small town east of Fort Myers. From the rodeo to armadillo racing, you'll love every minute of this Old Florida festival. When: Late February 25 - 26, 2017.
3. ICE at Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee
Every year, this magical show of interactive displays and hand-carved ice sculptures brings stories to life. This year's theme is A Charlie Brown Christmas. When: November 18th - January 1st.
4. Florida Manatee Festival, Crystal River
This festival celebrating our favorite sea mammals takes place in the best place to get close to these gentle giants, Crystal River. When: January 14th - 15th, 2017.
5. Ford & Edison Winter Estates
At the vacation homes for Thomas Edison and Henry Ford you can tour the homes and the 21-acre botanical garden. During December, the houses are lit up and hours are extended for Edison Ford Holiday Nights. This event begins November 25th, with the annual tree lighting ceremony. Nightly tours, river cruises, food service and entertainment (and on certain dates, visits from Santa), will run from November 25th through January 1st, 5:30 p.m - 9:00 p.m. Admission for adults (with tour) is $30.
6. Art Deco Weekend, Miami Beach
This festival held on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach welcomes more than 150,000 people each year. The Miami Design Preservation League puts on the festival every year in an effort to preserve and promote the historic Art Deco District. When: January 15th - 17th, 2017.
7. Pensacola Winterfest
Pensacola Winterfest: Falling snow, hot chocolate, holiday performances and magical train rides. November 25, 26, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 - 24 (with different events on different nights). Elf parade: November 25th. Santa's Express Tours: December 19th through 24th.
8. Annual Kumquat Festival, Dade City
This little citrus fruit is made into everything from cookies and pies to jellies and salsa at this historic festival in Dade City. When: January 28th, 2017.
9. Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
You'll jump for joy at this unique festival in Fellsmere. Frog legs, gator tail, games, rides, and music fill this festival that helps fund programs for local children. When: January 19th - 22nd, 2017.
10. Lake Worth Street Painting Festival
This festival showcases the amazing talents of local artists with incredible 3-D chalk paintings that seem to pop right out of the sidewalk. When: February 25th - 26th, 2017.
11. Sandi Land, West Palm Beach
This 35-foot, 600-ton tree made of sand is quite the sight to behold. Nightly entertainment and thousands of lights dazzle in this month-long event. When: December 1st - January 1st.
Have you been to any of these wonderful winter festivals? Do you have any favorites we might have left off our list?