If you want to break away from the cold and snow this holiday season, or just enjoy a break on the coast over Christmas and New Year’s, consider planning a Florida holiday vacation on Florida’s Space Coast. From beachside attractions to holiday-themed events, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate the season and enjoy a memorable trip. Since Orlando is only about an hour’s drive away, you could even spend a part of your vacation enjoying the holiday magic at Disney or other Orlando attractions.

Here are some fun things to look forward to during your holiday getaway on the Florida Space Coast:

  • Holiday Shopping in Downtown Melbourne: Enjoy a delightful evening of window shopping and gift buying around the boutique shops in Downtown Melbourne. During the holiday season, the streets are lit up with holiday decorations and merchants place window candles around their storefront. You might run into some carolers as you make your way from store to store.
  • Holiday Feasting in Cocoa Beach: Many resorts, hotels, and some of the larger restaurants will be serving up a traditional holiday menu during the days leading up to Christmas. If you’re hungry for a traditional holiday feast during your trip, make reservations for dinner at one of the hotels, resorts, or restaurants in the area for a delicious meal. Popular destinations include the Mango Tree Restaurant, Gregory’s Steak and Seafood, and the Salt Restaurant & Lounge.
  • Christmas Boat Parades: Plan your trip around one of the boat parades along Florida’s Space Coast for an unforgettable evening of lights on the water. The Cocoa Beach Boat Parade takes place on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 6 p.m. and Cape Canaveral typically take place the third weekend of December. Plan on getting there early to watch the boats begin lining up and to secure a good viewing spot.
  • Holiday Magic at Walt Disney World: Walt Disney World Resort never spares any expense when it comes to celebrating the holidays so plan on spending at least one day or evening at the parks during your Florida Space Coast getaway. From the holiday-themed parades at the Magic Kingdom to the light show extravaganza at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate the joy of the season in grand style. Stay in the Melbourne Beach area so you can take Hwy 192 directly to Walt Disney World Resort.

Get more Florida holiday vacation planning ideas around the Florida Space Coast and Central Florida here.