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10 Family-Friendly Holiday Activities on Florida's Space Coast

Have fun with family all holiday long

What’s better than having fun during the holidays? Family-friendly activities that make spending the holiday season here on the Space Coast one to remember! With all of the planning, shopping and the usual hustle and bustle this time of the year, having an event ready for you to attend without the hassle of figuring it out is part of the beauty of spending the holidays here. So whether you are visiting for Thanksgiving or Christmas is the plan, there is something for you and your family to help celebrate the holiday season together.

Space Coast Lightfest | November 18, 2019-January 1, 2020 | Melbourne

This twinkling light and animated display is a favorite this time of the year. Take a scenic drive through the lighted winter wonderland for a truly magical holiday treat.

Elf: The Musical | November 22-December 22, 2019 | Titusville

If smiling is your favorite and you like to spread Christmas cheer by singing loudly for all to hear, then make sure to catch a showing of “Elf: The Musical” in Downtown Titusville. Join in with Buddy the Elf as he gets you ready for the holidays and tells you why candy is an important part of his diet.


Festival of Trees | November 23, 2019 | Melbourne

Explore creativity and art as you walk the room full of Christmas trees all decked out for the holidays. And with Mrs. Clause in town and other fun for the kids, this is a great way to kick off the holiday season with something for everyone in the family to enjoy. 


Light Up Viera | November 30, 2019 | Viera

Kick off the holiday season with a fireworks show and the annual Light Up Viera holiday parade. Make sure to stop by the Santa letter writing station to get in those requests and get ready for an evening of bright lights and holiday entertainment.

Boat Parades | December 7 & 14, 2019 | Merritt Island & Cocoa Beach

There are two opportunities to see the Space Coast waters sparkle with festive lights: Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach. Have your own boat? Join in the fun and earn some prizes.


The Nutcracker Ballet | December 7 & 20-22, 2019 | Melbourne & Cocoa

The Nutcracker Ballet will be showing at both the King Center of the Arts and the Cocoa Village Playhouse this year. With several dates to choose from, you won’t want to miss out on this timeless holiday classic.


Winterfest | December 7, 2019 | Cocoa Beach

Ready to see something miraculous? Snow! Yes, snow falling in Cocoa Beach! And be sure to hang out with Santa and the rest of his crew, as well as some Space Coast locals at the parade down Minuteman Causeway for a day of Christmas festivities, music, shopping, and more.


Skydiving Santas | December 14, 2019 | Cocoa Beach

It’s a bird….it’s a plane….nope…it’s Sky Diving Santas! Head over to the Cocoa Beach Pier in the morning, soak up the beach and get ready to see over 100 Santas flying through the air. You’ll feel the excitement as everyone watches to see if the Santas hit the inflatable mark.

Jingle Bell 2-Miler | December 21, 2019 | Satellite Beach

Get in on the fun and jingle your way down the Parkway with detours through Candy Cane Lane. Dress up festive with your family for a morning of holiday fun!   


Surfing Santas | December 24, 2019 | Cocoa Beach

Start your Christmas Eve with a morning on the beach where hundreds of Surfing Santas shred and elves run around spreading holiday cheer. Dress up and get in on the holiday excitement for the 11th annual event.  

These are just a few of the family-friendly events that make it easy to have fun and play with your family all holiday long. For more ways to enjoy the holidays with your family, check out the Space Coast Vacation Planner to finish planning the rest of your trip or check out the links below for all your getaway needs.

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