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  • Writer's pictureAngie Passafaro Clarke

Winter on the Water: Jacksonville Holiday Guide 2020 ๐ŸŽ„โ„๐ŸŽ…


Winter on the Water

The holidays are coming and family-friendly fun events fill the calendar this season in Jacksonville. Experience holiday extravaganzas, nightly snowfalls, dazzling boat parades, ZOOLights and much more. Find out why everyone wants to spend their โ€œWinter On The Waterโ€ in Jacksonville!

COVID-19 Notice: Because of the current situation, please check with the event organizer to see if there have been any modifications or cancellations to this year's program.

Deck the Chairs - November 21 โ€“ January 1

More than fourty American Red Cross life guard chairs will be decorated in coastal-themed designs and lights in Downtown Jacksonville Beach. Kickoff is Saturday, November 23rd with chair decorating, music, hot cocoa, judging and lighting ceremonies.

Jacksonville Light Boat Parade - November 28

The Jacksonville Light Boat Parade has been a holiday tradition for more than 30 years. Vessels of all shapes and sizes adorn their hulls with festive decorations as they float along the north and south banks of the St. Johns River. Residents and visitors alike gather along the north and south riverbanks in downtown Jacksonville to witness this magical event. The evening then culminates with one of the best fireworks show on the First Coast featuring โ€œwaterfallsโ€ off of the Main Street and Acosta Bridges.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens ZOOLights- December 17 - 20 and December 26 - January 3

Thousands of lights will transform Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a luminous experience this holiday season. The paths through gardens and exhibits will be accented by moving sculptures, lighted trees, and animal silhouettes. Visit for tickets and more information.

WinterFEST at Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach- November 21 - January 3

Bringing snow to sunny Florida, you can enjoy a variety of winter activities and holiday family fun at WinterFEST. Adventure Landing is transforming our Shipwreck Island Water Park into a cozy Alpine experience complete with ice skating, Blizzard Bluff Village, Crystal Creek Lodge and Santa's Workshop. It is good family fun for everyone to enjoy!


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