List🎄🎅: Here are the best Christmas light displays & events around Northeast Florida

‘Dazzling Nights’ at Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (News4JAX)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Are you ready to get into the Christmas spirit? News4Jax has compiled a list of the best light displays and events around our area.

So grab your family and friends and hit the road!

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Girvin Road in the Blackhawk Bluff Subdivision | JaxBest winner in 2021, 2020 & 2019

One of the largest Christmas light displays in the Jacksonville area is back. If you and the family are planning on driving around to view some holiday decorations, you’ll want to check out the Blackhawk Bluff neighborhood located West of Atlantic Beach. Click here for more details.

Night of Lights in St. Augustine | JaxBest winner in 2022

The award-winning display will run each night through Jan. 31. Thousands of people are guaranteed to check out the event that brightens 20 blocks of St. Augustine’s historic district. Click here for more information.

Nights of Lights 2022 (News4JAX)

Deck The Chairs in Jacksonville Beach | JaxBest winner in 2022

Deck The Chairs puts a unique twist on Christmas decorating! The free holiday light display at the Seawalk Pavilion is a must-see event that runs until Jan. 1. Click here for more information.

Photo: Deck The Chairs 2021

‘Dazzling Nights’ at Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens will transform once again into a stunning, winter wonderland for “Dazzling Nights.” The three-quarter-mile interactive holiday experience will feature a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays, music and beautiful sculptures. Click here for more information.

‘Dazzling Nights’ begins at Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens | Photo from Adam Sliger (Memoir Agency)

ZooLights at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

ZOOLights is the winter wonderland for this holiday season! The event features more than 2 million lights twinkling with vibrant hues of color, creative imagery and Instagram-worthy backdrops. Click here for tickets and more information. (Dates: Dec. 9 - 11| 15 - 18 | 22 - 24 | From 6 - 9 p.m.)

SnapJAX user Richard says the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens celebrates ZooLights for two more weekends.

Jax Illuminations Annual Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show

Load up the family and tune your car radio to our special radio station. Listen to your favorite holiday tunes as you drive through a Million lights that dance, twinkle, and sparkle to the music. The drive-thru spectacular features two mega trees, a 300 ft tunnel of lights, custom Christmas scenes and much more. Sun – Thur 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. | Mon – Thur $25 per vehicle Fri – Sun $30 per vehicle 12-15 Seat Passenger Vans and Limos $40

City of Jacksonville’s Christmas Tree

The City of Jacksonville’s Christmas Tree is lit! You can see it in all its glory at James Weldon Johnson Park. The energy-efficient, 56-foot Christmas tree boasts over 78,000 LED lights, 150 ornaments and has been a staple in Downtown Jacksonville’s holiday traditions for the last 34 years.

Nocatee-A-Glow events in December

Nocatee-A-Glow runs the entire month of December at Spray Waterpark and Nocatee Station Field. Family-friendly festivities included a Christmas village, various musical and dance performances, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, food trucks and much more. Address: 400 Nocatee Center Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081

Beaches Train Club Running Holiday Trains at Beaches Library

Choo! Choo! The trains are running at the Beaches Branch Library and will be up through New Year’s Eve! The library is located at 600 3rd St, Neptune Beach, FL. For library hours of operation or more information, visit the Locations page at or call 904 255-2665.

Beaches Train Club running holiday trains at Beaches Library (News4JAX)

Beauclerc Rd right off of San Jose

This local family goes above and beyond every year! Be sure to check out this walk-thru display in Mandarin. This display is free to look at. Parking is roadside, so be sure to be careful when getting in and out of the car!

Beauclerc Rd right off of San Jose

Beach Boulevard Christmas Display

This secret Christmas gem is on W Rd off of Beach Blvd. The mother and son duo put in 40 days of work and over 175,000 lights with numerous hand-painted wood displays. It features a free walk-through experience.

Beach Boulevard Christmas Display (News4Jax)

Smiths Lights on Rue

Walk-thru lights display at 4930 Rue Street Jacksonville, FL 32258

Lights On 14th

This event is a computer-controlled Christmas Lights Display in Starke! The lights run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Jan. 1, 2023. The event is free for all, but donations are accepted and 100% goes to Clay Humane. (from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Address: 15912 NE 14th AveStarke, FL 32091) Click here to read more.

Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville

As the countdown to the holidays continues, there is a tradition that many people love, which is the citywide Christmas party at the Prime Osborn. Thousands line up each year to ensure their children have toys, books, clothes, etc. ahead of Christmas. The Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville did not hold our in-person toy distribution event in December 2020 or 2021 in response to the risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-day, first come/first serve event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in downtown Jacksonville.

Date: Saturday, December 17th, 2022 | Click here for more information.

Santa poses with kids attending Jacksonville Children's Christmas Party

Budweiser Clydesdales to make 5 stops at Winn-Dixie stores across Northeast Florida

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Northeast Florida! The horses will visit five Jacksonville-area Winn-Dixie stores from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17. Click here for a full list of where the events will be located.

The Budweiser Clydesdales participate in the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images) (2017 Getty Images)

Jacksonville Walk-Thru Holiday Light Show on Losco Road

Eric Bumgarner and Johnny Dunning created an incredible lights display at 5084 Losco Road. “All the lights are synced to music, which can be heard when standing outside or by tuning into an FM station that we have transmitting out to the road,” Bumgarner said.

Lights on Apopka! Light Display, Letters to Santa & More

This neighborhood light display is hosting a community event on Dec.17 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with attractions, Christmas photo ops, photos with Santa, baked goods for sale, a petting zoo, food Trucks and so much more! The event is free to attend, but some things may cost. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted. Address: Apopka Drive in Middleburg, FL 32068

Carriage Crossing Light show!

This house is decked out in dancing lights that move to the beat of ten different songs. The songs are not programmed to a radio channel so attendees must roll down their windows. Check out the video below! Address: 4342 Carriage Crossing Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32258

The Greatest Show Lightshow on Doctors Lake Drive

Follow the dancing beams of light in the sky down Doctors Lake Drive to Doctor’s Lake Estates to experience our animated light show. It features over 30 songs, projection, 20 ft Mega tree, 4 spotlight beams and so many LED pixels we’ve lost count. Tune in to the show from your car on 97.5 FM on cold nights or roll down your window to listen live. Come experience the Christmas light show until Dec. 26 every Sunday through Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday to Saturday 7 to 11 p.m. weather permitting. Address: 3119 Pine Road Orange Park FL 32065

Jack’s Christmas Light Spectacular

Jack, a 16-year-old in Jacksonville, proudly presents the 5th annual Christmas light show. The show features more than 10,000 lights synchronized to 10 different songs. The lights will be lit from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly and people can tune in to 90.3 FM to watch them dance. Jack also collects donations for a charity called Debra of America to fight a rare connective tissue disorder that his cousin has. “So far I have raised over $11,000 this year!” Jack said. Address: 4204 Garibaldi Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32210.

St. Augustine Christmas display

This lights show features more than 300 character inflatables at 3629 fort Peyton circle in St. Augustine. Thanks for sharing, Nicole Benchoff! Address: 3629 fort Peyton circle St. Augustine 32086

Christmas in Coventry in Jacksonville

This computerized Christmas light display features more than 10,000 lights synchronized to music. Address: 14299 Hawksmore Lane in Mandarin

Christmas light show in St. Johns County

“Over 6000 Christmas Lights. The show runs from 5:30 to 10:30 every night. There are 10 Sequences to choose from at Cars can tune in to 88.9 to listen to the show. Address: 216 Johns Glen Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32259

Christmas light show in St. Johns County (News4JAX)

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Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.