Just because Daytona Beach has more surfboards than skis and more sand than snowflakes, that doesn’t mean the area can’t go all-in on holiday cheer. Soak in all the twinkling lights and Christmas magic with a self-guided tour of the area’s most magical holiday spots.
Most of these spots are most easily accessed by hopping in the car and driving there — and some don’t even require that you exit the car at all! Make a pit stop for a cup of hot cocoa to-go, and buckle up for a fun holiday tour. And with other Florida holiday experiences, such as Nights of Lights in St. Augustine and the fun spectacle of Surfing Santas in Cocoa Beach, so close (less than an hour drive) there’s even more reason to head to Daytona Beach for the holidays.
Happening November 22 through January 1, 2020 at Daytona International Speedway
Wind your way through a 1.5-mile-long LED and digital animation light display at Daytona International Speedway, and watch Santa's team of reindeer cross in flight above you, the 200-foot Candy Cane Lane, and the Snowflake Forest, all from your own vehicle. New to this year’s Magic of Lights is an out-of-car experience featuring a S’Elfie Tunnel, refreshments and snacks and an expanded route with new displays and an additional 100,000 lights.
Happening December 7, 6 p.m., along the Halifax River and near Halifax Harbor Marina
For a truly unique Daytona Beach holiday experience, you must incorporate our many bodies of water into the equation. Feel the magic of Christmas with a festive fleet of decorated, well-lit boats along the Halifax River — a favorite holiday tradition for vacationers of all ages!
Happening December 7, 14 and 21 at ONE DAYTONA, 6 to 9 p.m.
Head to Victory Circle at ONE DAYTONA for free holiday music performed live by a local jazz band. The magic happens on Saturday evenings in December from 6 to 9 p.m. Check the schedule for Family Fun Nights and Sunday Snow Days, too! You won’t want to miss the snow slide. And, it’s all the perfect setup for you to enjoy dinner with the family at one of the many restaurants at ONE DAYTONA, capped off with an evening of holiday musical inspiration.
Granada Boulevard Bridge, Ormond Beach
Each year, this landmark bridge in Ormond Beach is festively lit. Take a cheery drive over the water and enjoy the sparkling effect the lights have on the Halifax River. Or, consider parking on either side — at Bailey Riverbridge Gardens or Cassen Park on the mainland side, or at Fortunato Park on beach side — and stroll the promenade to view the lights from down below.
Happening November 15 through January 15,
Take a step back in time and experience a more traditional take on the holiday celebration at the former home of millionaire John D. Rockefeller. The halls will be decked — and so will the rooms, ceilings, and walls!
The mansion is a spectacular Victorian "Gilded Age" residence built in 1886 with all its original rich architectural details, and you have the chance to view it in all its immaculately decorated Christmas glory. Each room is themed with its holiday décor — this year includes room themes like Angels We Have Heard on High, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, Let There Be Peace on Earth (A Tribute to our Military,) We Three Kings, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Pretty as a Peacock, The Magic of Christmas and A Stetson Christmas.
Beach and Main Streets, Daytona Beach
For some classic holiday cheer, drive or walk along Beach Street in Daytona Beach and soak in the magic of the Riverfront Shops. These shops are known for festive, offbeat storefronts and the annual crèche art exhibit. Plus, it’s the ideal way to top off a fun day of shopping for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers at the shops! And, along Main Street from A1A to Peninsula Drive, palms will be twinkling, storefronts will be decorated with holiday cheer and, with help from Santa's elves, it will "snow" on Main Street every Saturday in December.
Come experience the sparkling sights in Daytona Beach this holiday season. Start planning your trip today! Enjoy a look at everything Daytona Beach has to offer! Download our free official visitors guide or sign up for our e-newsletter.