Christmas attractions in Florida you will love attractions in Florida you will love

By Mandy Carter

It’s that time of year again; Florida might not experience the winter wonderland that some northern states enjoy during the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean the Sunshine State lacks Christmas spirit. From dazzling light displays to icy adventures, Florida offers a unique and unforgettable Christmas experience. Here are my family’s top four events that are worth the road trip.

Snowcat Ridge

If you’ve ever dreamed of snow tubing down a snowy hill in Florida, Snowcat Ridge in Dade City can make that dream come true. Florida’s first and only snow park offers a unique opportunity to experience winter activities in a tropical state. The main attraction at Snowcat Ridge is the Arctic Igloo, a massive snow tubing hill with real snow. You can grab a snow tube and slide down the hill, enjoying the exhilarating rush of the cold breeze as you descend.

In addition to snow tubing, Snowcat Ridge offers an Alpine Village with a Christmas market, where you can find a variety of holiday gifts, crafts, and delicious seasonal treats. They also have a snow play area for kids and a Christmas tree forest for the perfect holiday photo backdrop.

ICE at Gaylord Palms

For the most frigid attraction in Florida, take a drive to Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando for ICE!, the award-winning display of millions of pounds of ice hand-carved into amazing sculptures by artisans from China. This year, the theme is a fan favorite: “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The resort also offers indoor snow tubing, snowball toss, a Snoopy scavenger hunt, a Christmas Cirque show and more!

EXTRA SPOT TO VISIT: While you are in Orlando, drive 25 miles east to a town named “Christmas.” The city has an old spirit. It is worth the drive to send out a letter from its famous post office with the postmark of yes, “Christmas, Florida.”

Miami Zoo Lights

The Miami Zoo transforms into a magical winter wonderland during the holiday season with its annual “Zoo Lights” event. This attraction offers a delightful combination of wildlife and holiday-themed festivities. Stroll through the zoo’s beautifully illuminated pathways, and you’ll be greeted by thousands of twinkling lights and stunning animal-themed light displays. The ambiance is festive and inviting. You can enjoy photos with Santa, hot cocoa, and festive treats. The event usually features a colorful holiday tree, live entertainment, and a variety of food options, making it a great way to get into the Christmas spirit while appreciating the beauty of the animal kingdom.

Broadway Palm

For those seeking a more traditional holiday experience combined with fine dining and entertainment, the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre right here in Fort Myers is the perfect choice. This theater has been a local favorite of ours for years and offers a variety of Broadway-style shows throughout the year. During the Christmas season, they host special holiday-themed productions that are sure to get you in the festive spirit. We have made it a tradition to go enjoy their holiday dinner show the week of Christmas. This year’s holiday performance is Elf: A Musical.

Consider exploring one of these festive  attractions or one of the many others taking place throughout Florida this holiday season;  most importantly, go create cherished memories with your loved ones.

Mandy Michelle Carter … Just a SWFL mom living the dream. She loves to inspire parents to spend authentic time with your kids and to chase your own dreams unapologetically! Found on Instagram @mandymcarter and her family blog at

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