Surfin Santas

The Legendary Surfin Santas on Cocoa Beach

Space Coast Holiday Event Preview

Getaway for the Holiday

The Holidays are a special time on the Space Coast. We’ve got Santa Surfing, The Indian River glittering with Festive Boat Parades, 3 million lights illuminating one of our favorite parks, out-of-this-world holiday displays, and plenty of markets to flip-flop around. No matter what kind of snow-free holiday experience you’re hoping for, you’ll find it here! Check out some of our most noteworthy holiday events and start planning your Holiday Getaway to Florida’s Space Coast.

Don’t Miss Space Coast 2022 Holiday Events 

Surfing Santa’s | December 24 

You'll never have more fun on Christmas Eve than you will in Cocoa Beach!  Surfing Santas is the Space Coast’s most anticipated holiday event. Surfers from all over congregate in the heart of Cocoa Beach for a surf event like no other. Enjoy live music, and festive competitions. Take to the waves with hundreds of other revelers for a Florida Christmas celebration you'll never forget. You’ve got to experience it to believe it and it’s only on the Space Coast. 

surfin santas

Holidays In Space | Dec 16 - Dec 30

Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland, "ice"-skating, snow, and holiday decor during Holidays in Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.  As always, Holidays in Space is included with admission and a memorable way to enjoy the park while celebrating the holiday. Before the front entrance, take a selfie with the NASA meatball, capped with an ornament top. Visit the Rocket Garden, decorated with lights and holiday displays. And don't miss the opportunity to take a photograph with Space Person, decked out in their holiday gear! * This year the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be closed on Christmas Day. 

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Space Coast Lightfest | November 25 - Jan 1

More than 3 million twinkling holiday lights will ignite the night sky in a new location this year at Fred Poppe Regional Park in Palm Bay. The Space Coast Lightfest is a holiday-themed drive-through event transforming one of our favorite parks into a merry & bright, and typically warm, winter wonderland. This family-oriented celebration features shimmering lights and animated displays and draws more than 15,000 vehicles annually. A journey through the 1.1 mile park will take your breath away as your family experiences the wonders of the holiday season. 

Space Coast Lightfest

Holiday Tour of Historic Homes | Weekends in December 

Travel back in time to the celebrations of yesterday at the Museums of Brevard's 3nd Annual Holiday Tour of Historic Homes. See unique architecture and gorgeous seasonal decorations of eight Space Coast historic homes including the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse! This opportunity should be a must on every list of things to do this holiday season! Visit eight historic homes in Brevard County over the course of three weekends. The tours begin Friday, December 2, 2022 and end Sunday, December 18, 2022. Tours run between 10 am and 2 pm, with many homes requiring appointments.

Purchase your tickets and pick up your PastPort at the first historic home you visit and use that as your ticket for the remaining houses. 

Participating Historical Homes:

Learn more and get tickets

Pritchard House at Christmas

Tacos 'n' Treats Throwdown | December 3 

Gather with your family in Wickham Park for the Tacos 'n' Treats Throwdown. Watch as 30 of the Space Coast's top food trucks go head to head to create the BEST taco on the Space Coast, then watch just as many dessert food trucks do the same with your sweet tooth in mind. Stop by the vendor market to find the perfect gift for your special someone, and enjoy the tastiest holiday tradition on the Space Coast. 

Bold Boards: Visions of Florida @ Brevard Zoo | Nov 19 - April 23 

See some amazing artwork when visiting the Zoo. This bold art exhibition showcases the work of over 25 artists who upcycled surfboards donated by the local surfing community to celebrate what makes Florida special; including the waterways and wildlife that we are compelled to protect, and our shared commitment to their preservation. As you venture through each loop of the Zoo, you’re invited to see what makes Florida a place like no other. The zoo is excited to take you along on this celebration of surfing, art, local waterways, and our shared commitment to conservation as we embark on building a world-class Aquarium and Conservation Center at Port Canaveral.

ocean eyes surfboard at brevard zoo

Boat Parades 

boat parade

Holiday Markets

Holiday Festivals

festival of trees
Image by the Junior League of South Brevard

Holiday Theater and Entertainment 

Catch a classic holiday show while you’re in town at every one of our historic playhouses and theaters. 

Space Coast Ballet Company and Brevard Symphony Orchestra : The Nutcracker | Maxwell C. King Center 

The only Nutcracker you must see this season! Celebrate the joy and wonder of the holiday with the Space Coast Ballet Company as they celebrate their 19th year of bringing The Nutcracker to the King Center Stage! We are pleased to announce that this year Tchaikovsky's best-loved melodies will be performed by The Brevard Symphony Orchestra! 

New and Noteworthy Holiday Productions

Who's Holiday | Titusville Playhouse - Shuler Stage 

Who’s Holiday! is a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy that tells the story of, a grownup, Cindy Lou Who as she recalls that Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch and the twisted turn of events her life has now taken.

Michael Law & Friends: Merry & Bright | Cocoa Village Playhouse 

As an early Christmas present, Michael Law packs the house for two dazzling performances filled with energetic comedy and mingled with the touching poignancy of Christmas that only this show can bring to the stage. Featuring special guests and a live band, you’ll be tapping your toes and humming along with this variety show reminiscent of the live TV classics like The Carol Burnett Show and The Andy Williams Show!

There are way too many amazing holiday shows to see this season. Check out our Theatre on the Space Coast page for each venue's schedule and ticket-purchasing options! 

December Sporting Events

Need more events? Head over to our event page for a list of what’s happening this holiday season on the Space Coast.  

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