2018 Holiday & Christmas Events on Florida’s Space Coast

Florida’s Space Coast has lots of festivals and special events that celebrate the holiday season. From tree lighting ceremonies and light displays to shows and Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach, it’s time you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year on the Space Coast.

November 19 - January 1

Space Coast Lightfest | Melbourne

6:30 p.m. Open everyday until the New Year, the Space Coast Lightfest is a spectacular display of more than 3-million twinkling lights. Wickham Park is transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland featuring light displays like Santa and his elves, a Nativity scene and much more. This 1.1 mile loop will take your breath away. Learn More…

November 24 

Shop Small Sip and Stroll | Cocoa Village

4 p.m. Head to Cocoa Village and shop small this holiday season. The Shop Small Sip and Stroll is a festive time, and this event includes wine and beer samples as well as snacks. You will receive a Sip & Stroll glass, shopping bag and map of vendors. $20 in advance, $25 night of event (after 3 p.m.) Learn More…

Light Up Viera Holiday Parade | Viera

6 p.m. Mark your calendars and kick off your holiday season at the Light Up Viera Holiday Parade. Featuring dozens of floats, marching bands and authentic fun, your whole family will have a great time ushering in the season. Learn More…

Light Up Viera

November 30

Lights, Wine and Cheese in the Garden | Rockledge

6 p.m. Join Rockledge Gardens for an evening of magically lit festive fun. They’ll be serving wine and cheese, roasting s’mores, and staying open two hours later. This is a great time to pick out your poinsettias and Christmas trees! Learn More…

December 1

“The Nutcracker” | Melbourne

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Join the Space Coast Ballet Company as they celebrate their 16th year of bringing The Nutcracker to the King Center Stage! The artistry of sets and costumes from St. Petersburg, Russia are truly spectacular. Learn More…

December 1 - 2

Cocoa Village Art Show | Cocoa Village

10 a.m. Check people off your Christmas list at the Cocoa Village Art Show. Featuring more than 50 vendors, you will find one-of-a-kind crafts, decor and gifts. Stop by Cocoa Village and kick off the month of December. Learn More…

Stroll Through the Lights | Melbourne 

6:30 p.m. Stroll through the Lights at Whickham Park for only two nights this season. No cars will be permitted in the park to view the light display. Besides walking you will be able to enjoy multiple vendors. There will be a children’s area with activities, music and tons of fun. Plus food trucks, pony rides for the kids, homemade crafts, and seasonal items. The cost is $5 a person, under 3 free! Tickets must be purchased at the gate. Learn More…

December 2

Chanukah Snow Festival | Viera

4:30 p.m. Celebrate Hanukkah with Chabad of the Space Coast at the Avenue Viera. This festival starts with a parade at 4 p.m. (departing from 1190 Hwy A1A, Satellite Beach), with the snow festival starting at 4:30 p.m. featuring The Gelt Drop and Sergio the Mime. Plus, concession stands and much more. Free admission. Learn More…

December 8 

Cocoa Beach Winterfest | Cocoa Beach

2 p.m. Taking place in downtown Cocoa Beach, the Cocoa Beach Winterfest is a family-friendly event that features holiday fun, activities and best of all, snow! This year’s theme is “Snowstorm in Downtown” so come prepared and dress warm! Learn More…

Rockledge/Cocoa Holiday Parade | Cocoa

3 p.m. Central Area Parks Operation, the City of Cocoa and the City of Rockledge invites you to this year’s Cocoa/Rockledge Holiday Parade. The Holiday Festival will begin at 3 p.m. and will end at Riverfront Park. Learn More…

Candlelight Shopping | Downtown Melbourne

4 p.m. Historic Downtown Melbourne invites you to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the Holiday Season! This event features a variety of holiday entertainment with musicians, choirs, carolers, carriage rides, and of course, Santa, strolling through Downtown. So bring your family, grab some friends, and do some Holiday Candlelight Shopping in Historic Downtown Melbourne! Learn More…

Melbourne Light Parade | Melbourne

6 p.m. A lighted street Christmas Parade, designed to collect food, new toys, and pet food from participants and spectators for the less fortunate families on Florida’s Space Coast. The parade has local community groups, church groups, businesses, schools, and more entering in floats, vehicular groups, bands, military, dancing, and more. Learn More…

Melbourne Mainstreet Candlelight Shopping Christmas event

December 14 - 16

Galmont Ballet - Nutcracker | Cocoa Village

Various Times. The Galmont Ballet presents the Holiday classic that has annually been delighting audiences, as the resident ballet company of the Cocoa Village Playhouse for over a decade. Learn More…

December 15

Santa Skydivers | Cocoa Beach

11 a.m. Pull up your beach chair and be amazed as professional sky divers dressed as Santa jump from a WWII “Tico Belle” C-47 Skytrain. This event goes until 4 p.m. and is free to attend. Learn More…

Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade | Merritt Island

6 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season the Floridian way with a boat parade! This annual holiday tradition showcases holiday themed boats and tons of fun. The best place to see the parade is on the Ulmay wooden bridge or on the sides of the Sykes Creek. Get there early as seats tend to fill up quickly! Learn More... 

Christmas at the Avenue | Viera

7 p.m. The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents a free holiday concert outside the AMC Theaters. This relaxed program will include holiday music favorites, as well as film scores of “Sound of Music,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Polar Express,” and many more. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Learn More…

Cocoa Beach Boat Parade

December 22 

Run Run Santa 1 Mile | Viera

7:30 a.m. Dress up like Santa and get ready to race in the Run Run Santa 1 Mile. Starting at Calvary Chapel Viera, this is a festive way to kick off the holiday weekend. Learn More…

“A Christmas Carol” | Melbourne

7 p.m. See Charles Dickens’ most beloved holiday story, “A Christmas Carol,” as you’ve never seen it before. This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from Nebraska Theatre Caravan is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Tickets start at $28.50. Learn More…

A Christmas Carol at the Cocoa Village Playhouse

December 24

Surfing Santas | Cocoa Beach

The Surfing Santas event is an annual Cocoa Beach tradition that brings hundreds of surfers dressed up as Santa. Watch them ride in on the waves and kick off your holiday weekend beachside at this FREE event. Learn More…

Surfin' Santas event in Cocoa beach


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