2023 Volusia Holiday Events and Activities

Find everything you need to celebrate the holidays this year in Volusia County below, including details on local and community events, holiday parade schedule and routes, family holiday activities, ways to give back, holiday religious services, restaurants open on holidays and where to shop for the season!

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This information is evolving and will be updated as more info and events become available. Information has been provided by the city, county or by individual event pages. If you have any questions, please direct them to the organizers of the events.


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Postcards from Santa

Sign up by Dec. 8

Volusia County Parks, Recreation, and Culture’s merry team of temporary holiday elves are helping send Santa’s postcards! Parents and caregivers can send their child’s full name and address to elves@volusia.org to receive a postcard from Santa, directly from Santaland, USA. The postcard features a note from Santa confirming their spot on the nice list! Children 12 years and younger are invited to join in on the fun.

The elf workshop needs the info by Friday, Dec. 8, as Santa’s reindeer are ready to take off. For more information, contact the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Division at 386-736-5953. Let’s make this holiday season memorable and full of surprises for our little ones! 

2023 Schedule of Volusia County Parades


  • SAT, DEC 2 @ 10 AM 
  • Route: Flomich St. & US1 @ 15th St. to 10th St., ending behind City Hall 
  • Theme: unknown


  • SAT, DEC 2 @ 2 PM 
  • Route: The parade begins at 2:00pm and the route proceeds north along S. Peninsula Dr. from Davies Lighthouse Park to Harbour Village Blvd.
  • Theme:  An Old Fashioned Christmas


  • SAT, DEC 2 @ 4:30 PM 
  • Route: Waterfront Loop from Flagler Ave. to Canal St. 
  • Theme: A Christmas Back Home


  • SAT, DEC 2 @ 6 PM 
  • Route: DeLand High School, 800 North Hill Avenue 
  • Theme: A Winter Wonderland Down Mainstreet


  • SUN, DEC 3 @ 2 PM 
  • Route: Dunlawton Ave. from Jackson St. to Spruce Creek Rd. 
  • Theme: A Very Florida Christmas


  • SAT, DEC 9 @ 10 AM 
  • NEW Route: 30th St. from Hibiscus to Silver Palm
  • Theme: A Country Christmas back Home


  • SAT, DEC 9 @ 5 PM 
  • Route: Volusia Ave. from French to Ohio 
  • Theme:


  • SAT, DEC 9 @ 6 PM 
  • Route: Along Beach St. from Bethune Park to Bay St. 
  • Theme: Jingle All the Waves
  • Ring in the holidays on Beach Street with the City of Daytona Beach! The Jingle All the Waves Christmas Parade presented by Brown & Brown Insurance will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard and travel south on Beach Street to Jackie Robinson Parkway. 




  • SAT, DEC 9 @ 6:30 PM 
  • Route: City Hall to Granada Blvd. 
  • Theme: Home for the Holidays: A Groovy Christmas
  • The 32nd Annual HO HO Home for the Holidays Parade and Tree Lighting will be held December 9 at City Hall Plaza in Ormond Beach. Enjoy live music, festive floats and Santa 7 Mrs. Claus. This year’s theme is “A Groovy Christmas.”
  • The Parade route is on the mainland side of Ormond Beach and is approximately 1.5 miles long. Parade starts at Division Avenue and Ridgewood Ave. (US 1). From there is goes north to Granada Boulevard, turns east on Granada Boulevard to Beach Street, turns south on Beach Street, and ends in front of City Hall at the review area.


  • SAT, DEC 9 @ 6 – 8 PM
  • Route: Deltona Blvd.
  • Theme: Whoville


  • SAT, DEC 9 @ 6 PM 
  • Route: Indian River from marker 53 (Edgewater) north to Riverside Park (NSB) 
  • The 36th Annual Holiday Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 9th, 2023. The parade will begin in front of Menard May Park in Edgewater and proceed along its traditional route north to the North Causeway in New Smyrna Beach.
  • For information visit the Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/sevboatparade/ 
  • To enter e-mail: Nsbholidayboatparade@gmail.com 


  • SAT, DEC 9 @ 3 PM
  • Celebrate Christmas in true Florida style!
  • The DeLand Christmas Boat Parade hits the water on Saturday, December 9 at 6 p.m.
  • Route: The festive boats will start at the Whitehair Bridge (State Road 44) and travel south on the St. Johns River to Lake Beresford.


  • SUN, DEC 10 @ 3 PM 
  • Route:
  • The parade route will proceed left from Spring Vista Drive / onto North U.S. Hwy 17/92 and will end at Poinsettia Drive.
  • U.S. Hwy 17/92 will be CLOSED from Dirksen Drive to Highbanks Road from 2:30pm until the end of the  parade approximately 5:00pm
  • Detour route will be South Shell Road
  • The parade route is approx. 1.3 miles in length
  • Theme: Christmas Through the Decades


  • SAT, DEC 16 @ 6 PM 
  • Route: Along Halifax River, ending at Halifax River Yacht Club

Other Parade Events:

Santa Paws Pooch Parade

  • December 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dress up your furry friend and join the fun for the Fourth Annual Santa Paws Parade, Friday, December 1st at 6:15 pm! This evening Holiday Dog parade will take place during the 35th Annual Light Up Flagler as part of the Entertainment Series of the Event. Register your four-legged friend for $5 and compete for the “Best Dressed Dog Award”, as you walk down Flagler Avenue! The parade route will start at the corner of Buenos Aires Avenue and continue down Flagler Avenue west and end at Peninsula Avenue.

Christmas Crazy Cart Parade

  • December 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Break out those Christmas decorations and decorate your golf cart for the Fourth Annual Flagler Avenue Christmas Crazy Cart Parade, Friday, December 1st at 7:15pm! This evening Golf Cart parade will take place during the 33rd Annual Light Up Flagler as part of the Entertainment Series of the Event. Join the parade line-up for $10 and compete for the “Best Decorated Crazy Christmas Cart”, as you ride down Flagler Avenue! 

Boat Parade Watching Tour

Santa Visits DeLand

  • Dec. 3, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Santa Claus is taking some time away from his workshop up in the North Pole to visit DeLand on select nights in December!

Jolly Old St. Nick will be aboard DeLand Fire’s antique fire truck – The Sutherland – to make his rounds through DeLand. The maps for each nightly route can be found on our website – https://www.deland.org/642/Santa-Visits-DeLand – and we’ll be creating events on Facebook for each night so you and the kiddos don’t miss out on Santa’s tour through our city.

Each run is expected to be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each night. All routes will start and end at Station 81 on West Howry Avenue.

Like last year, Santa may also make some stops for photo opportunities along the way.

Santa Through Ponce Inlet


December 8 through 10, check back for route details

Santa Comes to DeBary

Dec 12 – 14 throughout DeBary

December 12th North Sector | December 14th South Sector

Santa will be driving through DeBary and waving at everyone outside. Route map will be posted on Facebook!

Holiday Light Contests and Displays

Family Activities

Looking for holiday day trips? 

All Month Events:

Light Up Port Orange

Port Orange Parks & Recreation’s popular holiday lighting competition is BACK and has released this year’s list of homes! Find the map and list here, and details on how to vote – houses will be lit beginning DECEMBER 2 and voting closes December 17! 🎄

Wreaths on Woodland

  • Friday, November 17, 2023 10:00 AM to Sunday, December 31, 2023 5:00 PM

Come view the beautifully decorated wreaths the Downtown DeLand businesses have created and vote for your favorite!

Gingerbread Fantasy Holiday Light Display

This holiday season, Rose Villa Southern Table and Bar will transform into a Gingerbread Fantasy decorative light display that evokes classic storybook memories in exquisite style. From November 17, 2023, through January 5, 2024, visitors can stop to take a family photo or a fun selfie outside of in this historic setting in downtown Ormond Beach.

During Gingerbread Fantasy, the restaurant will be decorated with larger-than-life Gingerbread men, towering lollipops, unique topiary snowmen, the “dogs of Rose Villa,” stain glass windows reflecting gingerbread men, gold bells, candy canes and candied fruit, and of course hundreds of colorful lights reaching from the ground to the top of the two and a half story rooftop.

For an extra special holiday activity, Rose Villa will offer a hands-on experience building your own gingerbread house. This confection-based activity is offered daily from 10 a.m. – noon. Cost starts at $99 and reservations are required.

While everyone is encouraged to enjoy Gingerbread Fantasy for an outdoor photo opportunity, entry inside the restaurant is for diners only with reservations.

Holiday Cocktail Tour on Flagler Avenue

November 24 – December 31 along Flagler Avenue

The Holiday Cocktail Tour has come to Flagler Avenue! The 2023 Holiday Cocktail Tour runs from November 24th-December 31st 2023 with multiple tasty takes on Holiday inspired Cocktails. 

Grab your Tour Map from any participating location, OR scroll below for the tour map, save, print your TOUR MAP from home.

Purchase your full-sized Cocktail during the tour dates, collect your stamps with each purchase, once all 10 stamps are collected from host locations, drop your Tour Map in the mailbox by 401 Flagler Avenue.
We expect 10 giveaways and swag items to tour finishers. 

21+, Celebrate responsibly, Restrictions apply.
Hosts: Clancys, Flagler Tavern, Traders, Crabbys, Avanu on Flagler, Ciao Bella, La Fiesta 

CoolCraft Christmas

  • Saturday, November 25, 2023 8:00 AM to Sunday, December 17, 2023 11:55 PM

Follow the CoolCraft Beverage Trail for some holiday-inspired beverages at local establishments.

‘Tis the season for CoolCraft Christmas! West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority Board (WVTAA) is kicking off its CoolCraft Christmas beverage trail for the second year.

Here’s how it works: pick up a CoolCraft Christmas card at the Athens Theatre, one of the CoolCraft locations or at the West Volusia Visitor Center and bring the card to any of the participating “CoolCrafters” listed within. After you purchase one of the CoolCraft Christmas beverages, have the “CoolCrafter” sign the card. Once you get five or more signatures, bring your card to the West Volusia Welcome Center or the Athens Theatre for a free Christmas ornament.

Mistletoe March

  • Monday, November 27, 2023 10:00 AM to Thursday, December 21, 2023 5:00 PM

Find toy soldiers hiding in shops around Downtown DeLand and enter to win prizes. Pick up a Passport at participating locations or download one here.

  • Collect store stamps or signatures when you spot a Toy Soldier at any one of the participating businesses listed within the passport.
  • Once you’ve collected at least 20 different store stamps/signatures, bring your Passport to The Muse Book Shop, where you will be entered into the drawing for prizes donated by all the participating businesses.
  • If you’re able to collect stamps/signatures from every participating store, you’ll get $2 in MainStreet Bucks when you drop off your passport, which can be used at any of the participating merchants.
  • Plan on attending the “Soldier Salute” Grand Celebration and Prize Drawing at 6:00 PM on December 21st at The Muse Book Shop, where winners will be announced.
  • Please ensure you’ve printed your name and phone number legibly. Winners who missed the salute will be notified by phone on December 22nd!

A Christmas Carol

Celebrate the holidays with the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge! This classic Dickens’ tale tells the story of the ghosts of Christmas, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge’s redemption. Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

Adapted by Peter DeLaurier

All shows times are 7:30 p.m. with exception of Sunday shows which are 2 p.m.

Find tickets here.

A December to Remember

  • Address: Magnolia Avenue & Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Dates: November 25, 2023 – January 1, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Riverfront Esplanade
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free

The tradition of A December to Remember at the Riverfront Esplanade continues in 2023. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 25th and running through Jan. 1st, enjoy the holiday lights at the Riverfront Esplanade. 

Photos with Santa will be available on Nov. 25th and every Friday leading up to Christmas Day (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.). 

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

  • Address: 124 North Florida Avenue, DeLand, FL 32721
  • Phone: (386) 736-1500
  • Presented By: Athens Theatre
  • Dates: 11/26/2023, 11/30/2023, 12/1/2023, 12/2/2023, 12/3/2023, 12/7/2023, 12/8/2023, 12/9/2023, 12/10/2023, 12/14/2023, 12/15/2023, 12/16/2023, 12/17/2023
  • Location: Athens Theatre
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:15 PM
  • Price: Preferred $35 Adult $30 Senior $28 Student $12 Group 8+ $25

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the Musical
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the . . . .” Few songs are as iconic as Irving Berlin’s classic, “White Christmas.” In fact, the song is so iconic that it’s been covered by everyone from Willie Nelson to Lady Gaga. Based on the classic 1954 film, this exuberant musical showcases many of Berlin’s other legendary songs including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Blue Skies,” and of course, the iconic “Sisters” song! With love on their minds, a pair of suave singing and dancing WWII veterans team up with a duo of lovely singing sisters on the way to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. When they arrive, they’re surprised to discover that the lodge is owned by their retired General and it is in danger of closing. When there’s no snow for the holidays and the lodge’s guest register remains empty, they pull out all the stops to save the business! And, although “Christmas” is in the title, the show’s underlying theme is also heavy on nostalgia and American pride. The Athens Theatre invites you to unlock the door to the magical holiday season with this spectacular performance which is overflowing with dancing, romance, and laughter! It’s time to get merry and bright and enjoy this delightful experience with the entire family!

Find tickets here.

The Fourth Annual Spirit of Christmas – Holiday Gallery of Gifts and The Giving Tree

Saturday, November 18 through Saturday, December 23 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal St, New Smyrna Beach

The Fourth Annual Spirit of Christmas arrives at The Hub on Canal: 

Holiday Gallery of Gifts, The Giving Tree and Christmas Music Special

Saturday, November 18 through Saturday, December 23

Hub Members Preview Night, Friday, November 17, 5:30-7pm

Add sparkle to your holidays and celebrate the holiday spirit at The Hub on Canal!

Members-only Preview Night, Friday, November 17, 5:30-7pm 

Hub Members will enjoy champagne and nibbles during the Members-only preview of the Holiday Gallery of Gifts. Live Christmas music by James Hall.

Holiday Gallery of Gifts 

Our Gallery of Gifts is back to help deck your halls with unique holiday décor and an array of gifts handcrafted and created by local artists: fine art, apparel, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass works, and home décor and ornaments. Gift certificates are available. Live Christmas music noon-2pm in the lobby by Northern Sounds Band Duo.

The Giving Tree 

Your donations, large or small, help us decorate the tree. Every dollar donated goes towards The Hub’s Summer or Winter Art Camp scholarships for students whose families wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend our award-winning Winter and Summer Art Camps.

Christmas Spectacular at Stetson Mansion

  • Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
  • Phone: (386) 873-0167
  • Presented By: Stetson Mansion
  • Dates: November 1, 2023 – January 20, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Stetson Mansion
  • Price: Reservations required; self-guided tours, group bookings and guided tours available

The Stetson Mansion “Christmas Spectacular!” Holiday Home Tour, the best Christmas decorations in Florida according to USA Today, takes place at “The House That Hats Built,” the famed Victorian Gilded Age residence built in 1886. Its original, rich architectural details make the perfect backdrop for elaborate holiday decorations, which are different each year. Named “Top 10 Attractions in the USA” by Tripadvisor or “10Best Historic Holiday Home Tours in the USA” by USA Today, this year’s theme is “Christmas . . . The Season For Believing.” Designer decorations from around the world will adorn the mansion and each of the 10 lavish themed rooms. Self-guided and guided tours are offered Nov. 1 through January 20. Reservations are required. Group guided tours are available. For more information and complete schedule of tours and pricing, visit their website. 

Winter Wonder DeLand

  • Friday, December 1, 2023 5:30 PM to Tuesday, January 2, 2024 6:30 PM

Winter Wonder DeLand presented by Duke Energy and Wharton Smith Inc. will include some exciting and new changes for 2023!

Winter Wonder DeLand is a month long celebration of the holidays, where residents can enjoy the holiday lighting displays and ambiance in Downtown DeLand while also supporting the city’s local businesses and restaurants. Since inception, tens of thousands of lights have been added to Downtown DeLand through the Winter Wonder DeLand program.

Downtown areas that will be adorned in lights this year include Woodland Boulevard, Indiana Avenue, Chess Park and Pioneer Park. Of course, our acclaimed toy soldiers will be back to guard their respective downtown street corners.

New additions and programming being added to this year’s lighting display include:

  • The city’s Christmas tree is moving to West Indiana Avenue in front of the historic Volusia County Courthouse. The tree itself is also new with more than 2,000 lights, ornaments and a star. The new location will lend itself as a more visible location spot for people to take photos.
  • The tree will be the centerpiece of Light Up DeLand on Friday, December 1. For quite some time, the city has had two lightings take place to kick off the holiday season. Instead, the City of DeLand and MainStreet DeLand Association will be joining forces to have one magnificent tree lighting. Light Up DeLand will have live music, an ice skating rink, and Santa Claus will make a dramatic entrance to help us light the city tree.
  • After the city’s Streetscape project on West Indiana Avenue, the trees, which were traditionally lit in years past, were replaced and needed to mature. They have now grown enough for us to light them.

Merry Hitmas Music Festival

December 1 – December 23

December 1s-23rd (Weekends only), 2023 along Flagler Avenue. The Holiday music festival celebrates all aspects of Holiday Music and classics from multiple decades and several music cross-over entertainment options. The festival includes over 30 free shows over three days at various locations along Flagler Avenue. Food and drink specials. Some locations are age 21 and up. All shows are free admission.

Butler Express – Train Rides

Dec 16 – 24, 2023 @ 9:00 pm

The Butler Express will take you on a tour of our beautiful town to view all of the Christmas lights while playing and singing Christmas music. The ride typically last for 20-25 min

We depart form the Lake Helen Equestrian Center located at 321 Pleasant St. Lake Helen, FL 32744


Tickets can not be purchased in advanced!!!

This is a CASH ONLY event!

Wait times might be longer than usual!

Tickets are only good the night of purchase. If you were unable to wait in the long line, you may return your ticket for a refund. It can not be used another night.

Last day to ride will be December 23rd 2023 from 6pm-9pm

Wednesday, November 29:

Daytona State College Music Department Presents A GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY

  • Address: 221 N. Beach S, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Presented By: News-Journal Center at Daytona State College
  • Dates: November 29, 2023 – November 30, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: News-Journal Center 
  • Time: 7:30 PM 
  • Price: Free- tickets are required

Join in for an evening of seasonal songs, symphony and surprises.

The event is free, but tickets are required.  Tickets will be available on November 1st at the Box Office and online.

In the spirit of the season, please bring a donation of non-expired canned food, toiletries or school supplies to support The Falcon Hope Center at Daytona State College.

Find tickets here.

Thursday, November 30:

Girls’ Night Out

November 30th 2023 – 5pm to 9pm along Canal Street, NSB

Ladies, if you haven’t attended a Girls’ Night Out in the Historic Canal Street District, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on. It is the ultimate girls’ holiday shopping event. Bring your Christmas list and knock it out in just a few hours, in a fun and festive atmosphere. The streets and shops are decked out for the holidays. Gather your girls and kick off the season with this exciting shopping experience complete with refreshments and holiday specials provided by Canal Street merchants. Treat yourself to a fun-filled evening of live music, delicious dining, gift basket drawings, and holiday browsing. Enjoy the holiday spirit as you stroll down Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach filling your shopping bags with presents for you and your loved ones.

The street will be closed for this event. Parking is available in the off street parking areas

Table Decoration Craft Class – Christmas in Italy

Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Adult Activity Center, 4790 S Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32127

Create a beautiful centerpiece with the help of instructor Diane Baker. We’ll display it on a table at our Christmas in Italy event, and it’s yours to keep afterwards! 

$25 per person. You will be contacted by email after you register with with payment information and more details. 

Register NOW

An Italian Christmas Night with Andrea Del Principe

  • Address: 101 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
  • Dates: November 30, 2023
  • Location: Ocean Center
  • Time: 6:00 PM 
  • Price: Prices range from $35 – $110

An Italian Christmas night – a tribute to Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti – will be performed by internationally acclaimed, platinum recording Tenor Andrea Del Principe.

After the success of his 2022 tour, this year’s new show will include some Queen Songs like Radio Gaga and Bohemian Rhapsody, giving a classy rock touch.

In this concert, attendees will also hear the best Italian and international Christmas songs performed with a voice that speaks to the heart, a tribute to Andrea Bocelli and all the Great Italian tenors of the world, from Enrico Caruso to Luciano Pavarotti.

Find tickets here.

Friday, December 1:

A Holly Jolly Christmas Gala at The Casements

  • Address: 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
  • Phone: (386) 252-6743
  • Presented By: The Casements
  • Dates: December 1, 2023 – December 3, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: The Casements
  • Price: Free

The 45th Annual Casements Guild Christmas Gala begins with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:00pm in Rockefeller Gardens. Fun for the whole family with train rides, cooking decorating, ice cream, live music and the arrival of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the Snow Queen! The Casements will be decorated in holiday splendor with a 15′ Christmas Tree in the Atrium and over 16 trees in the Tree Gallery. Visit the Gourmet Shop, The Gift Shoppe and Crafters. See all the rooms decked out in the “Holly Jolly” theme! 

Friday hours 5pm-9pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Free Entry all weekend.

Santa Paws Pooch Parade

Dec 1, 2023·Fri, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM along Flagler Avenue, NSB

Dress up your furry friend and join the fun for the Annual Santa Paws Parade, Friday, December 1st at 6pm! This evening Holiday Dog parade will take place during the 36th Annual Light Up Flagler as part of the Entertainment Series of the Event. Register your four-legged friend for $5 and compete for the “Best Dressed Dog Award”, as you walk down Flagler Avenue!


Check in and Parade line-up will begin at 5:00 pm, in The Beacon parking lot – 416 Flagler Avenue –


  • • All pets MUST be on a leash at all times. Parade entrants can use a dog walker (stroller) or wagon.
  • • All Dogs must be current on vaccinations.
  • • No animals in “heat”.
  • • No Flexi-leashes or retractable leashes are allowed during the parade.
  • • Pets and their owners are not allowed to walk on the sidewalk during the parade.
  • • Please do not allow any spectators to feed or give food to your pet while you are walking in the parade
  • • ONLY Positive Reinforcement Control is allowed.
  • • Pets must be escorted by someone at least 18 years old.
  • • Pets must be dressed up in Holiday costumes and/or attire to enter. No Dog will be allowed to walk in the parade who is not dressed, regardless of payment.
  • • The parade theme discourages candidates or publicity of such, social issues or targeted special interest groups. By making an application entry, please understand the parade committee has final decision authority.
  • • No solicitations and No sale of any product is allowed.
  • • Pet Owners and their dogs may only walk. NO vehicles, golf carts, scooters, or any other gas-powered or electric vessels will be allowed. Foot power only (Exceptions may be arranged for special needs, please contact the event coordinator via email).
  • • Pet owners must pick up their pet’s “refuse” before, during, and after the parade. Bring the necessary disposable bags and use them. Please respect this rule as a participant.
  • •This is a pop-up style parade and there is no affiliation with The City of New Smyrna Beach.

Crazy Cart Parade on Flagler Avenue

Dec 1, 2023·Fri, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM along Flagler Avenue

Break out those Christmas decorations and decorate your golf cart for the Annual Flagler Avenue Christmas Crazy Cart Pop up Parade, Friday, December 1st at 7pm! This nighttime Golf Cart parade will take place during the 35th Annual Light Up Flagler as part of the Entertainment Series of the Event. Join the parade line-up for $10 and compete for the “Best Decorated Crazy Christmas Cart”, as you ride down Flagler Avenue! The parade route will start at the corner of N. Atlantic Ave. and Flagler Avenue and continue west down Flagler Avenue and end at Peninsula Avenue.



Check in and Parade line-up will begin at 6:00 pm, on South Atlantic behind Crabby’s Bar and Grill. – 203 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach Florida –


  • • No fireworks, pyrotechnics, or silly string allowed on golf carts or confetti of any material.\
  • • PLEASE DO NOT THROW ANY ITEMS SUCH AS CANDY, BEADS, FLYERS, COUPONS, MAGAZINES, ETC. As this is a pop-up style parade, there is no affiliation with The City of New Smyrna Beach.
  • • Golf Carts must be STREET LEGAL and are to be driven by persons who have a valid state issued driver’s license. Golf carts MUST be covered by vehicle insurance.
  • • Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed in the parade staging area or in golf carts during the parade.
  • • Distribution of flyers, coupons, magazines, etc are NOT allowed in the parade staging area or parade route.
  • • Height restriction of 12 feet for decorated carts. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
  • • Understanding that a parade will have a multitude of spectators and that its primary purpose is to entertain, it is important that each participant keep this in mind when deciding on a Christmas based theme.
  • • Absolutely NO ENTRY will be allowed in the parade that is not decorated and lit in the “Christmas or the Holiday Season”.
  • • The parade theme discourages candidates or publicity of such, social issues or targeted special interest groups. By making an application entry, please understand the parade committee has final decision authority.
  • • Please keep in mind this is a community event, govern dress and actions accordingly.
  • • Admittance of entrants will be at the discretion of the parade coordinator on the day of the parade, regardless of payment.
  • • Parade will take place rain or shine. There will be no refunds and no reschedule of parade due to weather.

36th Annual Light up Flagler

Dec 1, 2023·Fri, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM along Flagler Avenue, NSB

The merchants of Flagler Avenue invite you to kick-off the Holidays and celebrate the 36th Annual Light Up Flagler Holiday Merchant Open House, on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, Friday, Dec 1st from 5pm -8pm! Flagler Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic during the event so you can enjoy all the festivities of this fun event! 

Here are the details for the event so you don’t miss a thing!

Merchants’ Open House’s – #PutNSBUnderYourTree and shop local for the holidays with your favorite merchants’ on Flagler Avenue! During the event, individual businesses will have their own unique open houses with shopping specials and/or festivities for you to visit! This is a great opportunity to come out and support your local, independently owned New Smyrna Beach businesses.

New Smyrna Beach Cookie Challenge – From 4 pm – 8pm, taste HOMEMADE cookies during the annual NSB Cookie Challenge! For $15, attendees will receive a cookie sample, a holiday cookie box, and a recipe card of each cookie they sampled. 

TICKETS:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-homemade-christmas-cookie-challenge-tickets-610350594057

Family Holiday Pictures – Come take FREE selfies with Santa and your family!

An Afternoon of Holiday Carols

Friday, December 1, 2023 from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Adult Activity Center, 4790 S Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32127

Join us at the Adult Activity Center for an afternoon of our favorite holiday tunes and good company! 

The Twisted Nutcracker: A Rock Opera Fantasy

December 1 – 3 @ Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach

Join us for a full length dance production following Clara through a magical rock & roll dream. Beer and wine included.

Find tickets here.

Great Homemade Christmas Cookie Challenge

December 1 from 4 – 8 PM along Flagler Avenue, NSB

HO HO HO Merry Cookies!! Start the Holiday Season right with Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach on Friday, December 1st, from 4 pm – 8 pm, for the Annual Great Homemade Christmas Cookie Challenge! During the event, you’ll sample Holiday cookie favorites along with new tasty creations from Flagler Avenue’s restaurants, bars, and merchants! For $15 you’ll sample different cookies, receive a recipe card for each cookie, a holiday cookie box, a map of host locations, make sure you vote for your favorite at the end!

Purchase your cookie passport on Eventbrite or the day of the event, CASH ONLY starting at 3:30 pm at the Welcome Tent, located at the Corner of S. Cooper St. and Flagler Ave. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to purchase your tickets in advance as only a limited quantity be able available day of the event!

Parking is plentiful throughout the Flagler Avenue arts-entertainment-shopping district on pocket parking lots, side streets, and lots behind many of the businesses.

We’ll see you on Flagler Avenue for the Annual Great Homemade Christmas Cookie Challenge

PS: Don’t forget, the 36th Annual Light Flagler Avenue event is the same day starting 5 pm, where you can visit the merchants of Flagler Avenue, shop local, take a holiday photo, watch the pop-up Crazy Cart and Paw parade and more!

Find passports here.

Jingle Jog 5k Fun Run – Walk

Fri Dec 01 2023 at 05:30 pm @ ONE DAYTONA, Daytona Beach

Run under Christmas lights at night in front of Daytona International Speedway with a festive finish line at One Daytona. Bring a friend! All abilities welcome. Family passes available.

You may also like the following events from CLASH Endurance:


Tickets for Jingle Jog 5k Fun Run – Walk can be booked here.

Frosty Fields

  • When: Friday, December 1, 2023,  5:00 pm –  9:00 pm
  • Location: 3000 N Spring Garden Ave, DeLand, FL 32724
  • Cost: $15/person

Celebrate the magic of the season at Frosty Fields! Secure your advanced tickets now for this enchanting Christmas extravaganza from December 1-17th, 2023, every Friday to Sunday, 5 PM – 9 PM, at 3000 N Spring Garden Ave, Deland FL

Join us for the joyous Christmas tree lighting every night at 6 PM! Explore festive wonders, including:

Fraser Fir Christmas Trees starting at $40
One Mile Long Lighted Hay Ride
“Shoot the Grouch” for some lighthearted fun
Meet Santa for a magical moment
Christmas Movies for enchanting cinematic experiences
Snow Flake Box for snowy delights
Frosty Hay Fort for family fun
Duck Races for exciting competitions
Model Trains for a miniature marvel
Post Pounders activity for festive fun

Downtown Daytona Nights

Friday, December 1 @ 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Join us in Downtown Daytona Beach for the popular Downtown Daytona Nights, and it’s better than ever! Experience the delight of food trucks, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and so much more. Join us for an evening of excitement and be enchanted by the festive lights that are all part of December to Remember at the Riverfront Esplanade. Don’t miss the chance to embark on an Art Walk tour through downtown galleries, showcasing local artists and their incredible works of art. You won’t want to miss this night of culture, entertainment, and community.

North Pole Drive- Thru

Dec 1, 2023 @ 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Drive through the North Pole at Reed Canal Park and see Santa. Treats will be given along the way! Enter at 919 Reed Canal Road.

Saturday, December 2:

The Nutcracker

  • Address: 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
  • Phone: (386) 671-3462
  • Presented By: MusicWorks Concerts
  • Dates: December 2, 2023 – December 3, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Peabody Auditorium
  • Price: Tickets prices range from $25 to $45 plus applicable surcharges. Children’s Sugar Plum Tea tickets are $25 per child as an add-on. Tickets purchased via Ticketmaster will incur Ticketmaster fees.  

Witness the Volusia Civic Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” in December at Peabody Auditorium. 

In addition to the full-length production, a condensed narrated Family Series show is offered Saturday, Dec. 2. It is suitable for audiences with special needs, all levels of mobility and young children. The Family Series is just under one hour and provides a memorable holiday experience with several vignettes from Act I and a full Act II. 

The always highly anticipated Children’s Sugar Plum Tea is offered Saturday and Sunday one hour prior to the show. Children ages 3-12 will enjoy sweet confections and other holiday treats in a fairytale atmosphere with beautifully decorated trees and tables. A few of the show characters will make an appearance to pose for photos to enhance the holiday experience. 

Performances include: 

• Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. (Family Series)
• Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. (Full show with guest artists)
• Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. (Full show with guest artists)

Children’s Sugar Plum Tea:

• Saturday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. (Show ticket and Tea ticket required)
• Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. (Show ticket and Tea ticket required)
• Sunday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. (Show ticket and Tea ticket required)

The cast of more than 70 performers in this magnificent production come from multiple participating dance studios across Central Florida, with performances produced by nine choreographers. This event is a collaborative community project with professional guest artists. 

Set to the classical music of the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the story comes alive when a young girl Clara, performed by Adelyn Childers, receives a magical Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve from her mysterious magician godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, played by Omar Brown. Drosselmeyer’s young Apprentice, played by Stillman Mahoney, befriends Clara and protects her from her naughty young brother, Fritz, played by Cyle Carson, and from his rowdy friends.

During the performances, the Peabody Auditorium lobby will be transformed into a quaint German village. Patrons can purchase unique Nutcracker gifts from Drosselmeyer’s Magical Toy Shop and indulge in sweet delights from the breathtaking Kingdom of Sweets Shoppe.

Find tickets here.

Christmas in the Park

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater, 2001 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL 32129

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Come to City Center Park to celebrate the holidays with the official tree lighting ceremony, a performance by the Navy Jazz Band, a live choir performing classic Christmas tunes, meet and greet with Santa, hayrides and MORE! Free to attend! Concessions proceeds benefit Foundation 37.

45th Annual Christmas Gala

  • Address: 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
  • Phone: 386-676-3216
  • Dates: December 2, 2023 – December 3, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: The Casements

Step back in time as The Casements Guild presents the 45th annual Christmas Gala, “Holly, Jolly Christmas.” The festivities begin on Saturday, December 2nd,  when the house will come alive with festive holiday decorations to memorable holiday music.

The doors will open and the public is invited to take in all the wonderful holiday decorations, see the tree gallery, visit vendors displaying homemade items for sale and of course take home a treat from the holiday gourmet shop. The Gala will also feature carriage rides up Riverside Drive, an outdoor café, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and of course a visit from Mr. Rockefeller.

To make reservations for the Holiday Tea, please call Arlene Halsey at 386-673-5312.

Lake Helen Christmas Home Tour

Saturday, December 2, 202312:30 PM – Sunday, December 3, 20235:30 PM

Hopkins Hall150 Connecticut Avenue, Lake Helen, FL

Come and experience all the holiday warmth, rich history, and hospitality that Lake Helen offers as The Lake Helen League for Better Living celebrates its 50th anniversary hosting the Christmas Home Tour.

The tradition continues by showcasing beautifully decorated homes, as well as, churches, historic City Hall, museums, the old bank building and the Gem Station – many featuring wonderful Christmas displays and music.

Self-guided tours are on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 pm until 5:30 pm. Architectural Styles Tour aboard the Butler Express Train at 11 am each day (with limited availability).

Purchase tickets online.

The Fourth Annual Spirit of Christmas arrives at The Hub on Canal: Holiday Gallery of Gifts, The G

Dec 2, 2023·Sat, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

The Hub on Canal, 132 Canal St, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Gallery Opening Reception from 4-7pm:

December Exhibition Opening in The Founders Gallery From Surreal Visions to Points of Color, a retrospective of the paintings of Robert Shirk. This exhibition tracks the artistic journey of Robert Shirk following the evolution of his paintings from surrealistic landscapes to neo-pointillist portraits. Learn why Shirk paints dots of color on acrylic sheets, while gaining insight into what motivates and influences his paintings. Each painting is a neo-pointillist three-dimensional kinetic image that moves and changes as the viewer’s perspective changes. Opening from 4-7pm. Artist Talk 6pm. Exhibition through December 31.

Art Connections 10am-7pm: an inside look at the work of more than 60 local artists. Talk to the artists and learn about the process of creating art. Explore two floors of art in one historic building in the heart of the New Smyrna Beach Arts District.

Live Music 11am-1pm: RhythmWorks outside The Hub. 5-7pm: Declan Killeen Toomey in the Lobby.

Talk Art! from 1-2pm: Patterns – In Life, As In Art, an informal demo and conversation with Hub artist Renee Lewis.

Emotions Dance 4-7pm: Emotions Dance dance company performs a holiday-themed living art demonstration in the lobby. Don’t miss this immersive audience experience! Sponsors: Diane and Fulton Williams.

Fee: All 1st Saturday events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, December 3:

Holiday Concert – Daytona Beach Choral Society

  • Address: 105 Amsden Rd., Ormond Beach, FL 32176
  • Phone: (323) 204-8018
  • Presented By: Daytona Beach Choral Society
  • Dates: December 3, 2023
  • Location: Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church
  • Time: 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Price: $10

Enjoy a fun choral assortment of Hanukkah, Christmas, and other holiday favorites, followed by a feel-good carol sing-along!

Find info here.

A Christmas Chaos

Dec 3, 10 & 17 2023, Sun, 5:30 PM

A world-renowned traveling theater company hasn’t arrived as promised to perform their stirring rendition of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ So our intrepid band of hapless actors and technicians must put together their own production in only seven hours! The story focuses on these poor but dedicated thespians doing their best while chaos is all around them. This fast-paced play is a hilarious backstage comedy that pokes fun at the classic novel and everything that can go wrong with a theatrical production.

Tuesday, December 5

Dec 5 – 7, 2023 @ 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Gather 2 Grow: Christmas Ornament Classes

Friday, December 8:

Daytona State College Presents HOLIDAZZLE, Country Edition

Enjoy a delicious seasonal buffet followed by a yuletide show featuring a host of holiday songs…..with a twist.

Tickets are $50 and include dinner and the show.

Tickets will go on sale November 8th.

Children’s Christmas Party

Bring the family to the Children’s Christmas Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Hosted by Zone 6 City Commissioner Paula R. Reed and the Daytona Tortugas, kids ages 3 to 12 can enjoy a variety of activities including photos with Santa, face painting, running the bases, music, games and refreshments. Guests encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for a community collection.

A Christmas in Italy

Friday, December 8, 2023 from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Adult Activity Center, 4790 S Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32127

Be transported this holiday season to A Christmas in Italy. Bring your friends with you to this evening, where you will dance and be serenaded by A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, and savor traditional Italian cuisine. Buon appetito!   

RSVPs are not required but are appreciated: RSVP here or 386-506-5867 lmeyers@port-orange.org.  

RSVPs are not required but are appreciated!

Thank you to our Super Star Gold Sponsor Murray Insurance Agency! 

Holiday Candlelight Tours

Begins: December 8, 2023 6:00 pm
Ends: December 8, 2023 7:00 pm

Explore DeBary Hall Historic Site during holiday evenings when candlelight will fill the 19th century mansion with a warm glow, accentuating its historic treasures and Christmas decorations. Refreshments will be served. Advance tickets must be purchased; admission is $10. Tickets are non-refundable. Call 386-668-3840 or email lperez@volusia.org to reserve your tickets.

There will be two tours on Friday, Dec. 8, and two on Saturday, Dec. 9, each at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Prophecy Show – The music of Trans Siberian Orchestra

Fri Dec 08 2023 at 07:30 pm to 09:30 pm @ Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach

Event Information:
Warning production includes: Haze, Smoke, Strobe Lights & Lasers. No refunds or exchanges

Popular in Daytona Beach

  • The Prophecy Show which is specially known for Music, Rock.

Ticket Limit:
There is an overall 8 ticket limit for this event. Prices are subject to change.

Tickets range from $49 to $85. Purchase tickets here.

Venue Details:
Peabody Auditorium,
600 Auditorium Blvd., Peabody Auditorium,
Daytona Beach, United States

Lake Helen Winter Dance 2023

Dec 8, 2023·Fri, 7:00 PM

Hopkins Hall, 150 Connecticut Ave, Lake Helen, FL

Join your neighbors for a festive holiday celebration at historic Hopkins Hall! Gather around the outdoor firepit and share the season’s cheer with friends; old and new while enjoying complimentary hors-d’œuvres, beer and wine. Ages 21 and older only.

The Daytona Christmas Experience

December 8 & 9 at 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors this year with the Daytona Christmas Experience. This fun family event is free for everyone. The whole family will enjoy the hayride plus pony rides for the kids. We’ll be serving free food and Christmas treats too. Come rejoice with the live nativity! Don’t miss the choir performances at 6:15 and 7:45 both evenings. You’ll have fun with cookie decorating and ornament making. You’ll meet Christmas characters, visit the petting zoo, and enjoy jazz and swing bands. Bring the family and join in the Daytona Christmas Experience! 

Saturday, December 9:

Holiday Arts On the Halifax River

December 9th – 10th, 2023 @ Sunrise Park, 1135 Riverside Dr. Holly Hill

For the past four years Pat and Pam, from Helping Hands Thru Arts, have been honored to present the Holly Hill Arts Festival. This year, we have decided to change things up. Instead of a spring festival for 2023, we have decided to host the HOLIDAY ARTS ON THE HALIFAX RIVER Festival the first weekend of December. This festival will be held at Sunrise Park with 90 juried fine artists and juried creative crafters with $3,000 cash awards in Fine Arts. Sunrise Park is a beautiful, open, flat, and spacious waterfront park allowing for drive up access allowing plenty of room for artists and shoppers. More Festival Information: www.HollyHillArtsFestival.com

Our mission is to increase community awareness of the arts while providing quality fund-raising to improve the lives of children. We are very excited to be hosting art festivals which provide the opportunity to support the fundraising efforts of schools and nonprofits. This event is specifically designed to raise money to enhance the arts programs at both the Holly Hill K-8 &The UBIC Academy schools. Each year, we are proud to say we have fulfilled our mission. With your help, this year, we plan to raise even more money for these talented children!

The City of Holly Hill, a historic community nestled between Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach, is a short drive from I-95 to the festival location at the intersection of LPGA Blvd. and Riverside Drive. The surrounding market has a wealth of artful shoppers who have enthusiastically supported many events and festivals on Daytona’s downtown Beach Street as well as the festivals in New Smyrna Beach, DeLand and distant Winter Park.

Holiday Cookie & Wine Walk

Join in for the sweetest event of the season – a Holiday Cookie & Wine Walk! Get ready to indulge in a delightful stroll through Downtown Daytona Beach’s historic Beach Street, visiting participating merchants and tasting a delectable assortment of holiday cookies perfectly paired with a selection of fine red and white wines.

Whether you’re a cookie connoisseur or a wine enthusiast, this is a must-attend event! Treat your taste buds to a variety of flavors while enjoying the festive atmosphere of the holiday season. With each step, you’ll discover new flavors, meet fellow cookie and wine lovers, get some holiday shopping done, and experience the magic of downtown Daytona Beach and the beautifully renovated and holiday decorated Riverfront Esplanade Park.

The Holiday Cookie & Wine Walk will have two check-in points (one on North Beach Street and one on South Beach Street), where attendees will receive their Holiday Cookie & Wine Walk Passport, wine glass, and beverage tickets. Plenty of free parking is available behind the Riverfront Shops.

Christmas with Mrs. Flagler

The elegant Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, wife of empire builder Henry Morrison Flagler, invites you to a lighthearted Christmas performance packed with historical facts. Mary Lily sparkles in the midst of her sumptuous Christmas decor as she recounts the fascinating origins of our beloved Christmas decorations, traditions and celebrations taking us on a Christmas adventure throughout time from the first Winter Solstice celebrations, to the wild frolics of Medieval 12th Night feasts, and finally to the Florida’s glittering Victorian Christmas Celebrations at Henry Flagler’s Grand Hotels.

Naughty Elf Bar Crawl

Saturday Dec 9 @ 4 PM along Main Street, Daytona Beach

Unleash your inner mischievous ELF at the Naughty Elf Pub Crawl in sunny Daytona Beach on Dec. 9nd, 2023! This event marks the elves’ final day of freedom before they dive into overtime, working tirelessly to fulfill children’s magical toy wishes from around the globe. What many don’t realize is that each of us harbors a playful elf spirit within, just waiting to revel in some holiday merriment. So, we extend a warm invitation to you and your festive crew to join us, along with your fellow elves, for one grand celebration before their busiest season begins!

The Naughty Elf Pub Crawl kicks off at our registration point, affectionately known as ‘Santa’s Workshop’ (location TBA, 4-9pm). Upon arrival, all elves will gather here first. You and your fellow revelers will receive your event’s collectible pin, a wristband or name badge, and Santa’s latest Workshop Task List/Map, guiding you through the evening’s festivities. Be prepared for exclusive drink specials and more surprises.

As the evening unfolds, you and your fellow elves will meander from one enchanting venue to another, enjoying each other’s delightful company while indulging in a variety of holiday-themed drinks, all at specially discounted prices. Savor delectable food specials and relish in the joy of completing your delightful ‘elf tasks,’ for, as we all know, elves adore a good challenge! After completing all the tasks mentioned in Santa’s Workshop Newsletter, you’ll reunite with your fellow elves for a final toast at the ‘After-Party’ before reluctantly returning to the workshop, where you’ll transform into diligent little elves, busily crafting toys until the Christmas holiday arrives.

🎁 Free Elf Workshop Apron and Hat (included with all “Early Elf” adv. tickets)
🎁 Admission to the Daytona Beach NAUGHTY ELF BAR CRAWL which also includes no cover at participating pubs (till 9pm)
🎁 Commemorative 1.25″ NAUGHTY ELF BAR CRAWL Pin.
🎁 Exclusive holiday-themed drink/shot specials at participating pubs (NOTE: event badge required to get specials)
🎁 Free Admission to the NAUGHTY ELF After-Party
🎁 Holiday-themed photo opps




Go ahead and get Dec. 9th on your holiday event calendar and join your fellow festive elves for one last HURRAH at the World’s Most Famous Beach!

A Florida Christmas Remembered

  • Saturday, December 9, 2023 @ 9:00 AM  4:00 PM
  • Barberville Pioneer Settlement1776 Lightfoot LaneBarberville, FL

Experience a festive day at the Barberville Pioneer Settlement with Santa, art vendors, Christmas crafts, and live music from folk artists, in A Florida Christmas Remembered.

Gate Admission:
Adults: $10
Seniors and Veterans: $9
Children 12 and under FREE

Holiday 5K, 10K & Half at Gemini Springs Park

Dec 9, 2023·Sat, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Gemini Springs Park, Spring to Spg Trl, DeBary, FL

This is a US Road Running Club Race and part of the US Road Running Race Series. It is not required to be a club member to run with us. Club members receive 50% off club races and a US Road Running shirt. To join go to https://usroadrunning.com 

Race Information:

All finishers will receive a themed medal.

The race starts at 8:00 AM.

Packet pickup starts 30 minutes before the race and ends 10 minutes before the race starts.

All runners must register on RunSignup.

No on-site registration.

The 5K and 10K are limited to 2:00 hours. 

The Half Marathon is limited to 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Additional Information:

Enter Gemini Springs Park from Dirksen Drive. 

Turn right at the first stop sign and park in the West Parking loop. 

You can find US Road Running check-in/bib pick-up and start/finish at O.K. Corral shelter.  

Follow park signs for East Parking if West Parking is full.

Restrooms are located on the opposite side of West Parking than O.K. Corral – beyond the playground. (View Map)

5K & 10K Course

The course is an out and back.

The 5K does the course one time.

The 10K does the course twice.

Course Half Marathon

The course is an out and back.

The Half Marathon does the course four times.


1st Place Overall Male

2nd Place Overall Male

3rd Place Overall Male

1st Place Overall Female

2nd Place Overall Female

3rd Place Overall Female

Age group awards are based on series points and awarded at the end of each calendar year. 

Race Rules

Entry fees are non-refundable, with no exceptions. 

We reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances. 

No dogs on the course.

Walkers are always welcome.

Breakfast with Santa

Dec 9, 2023·Sat, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

De Leon Springs State Park, DeLeon Springs, FL

Ho ho ho! Who’s hungry? Join us for Breakfast with Santa at De Leon Springs State Park!

Date: Saturday, December 9th, 2023

Choose between two seating options at 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.

Price: $12.50 for children aged 3-12 (ages 2 and under are free) and $19.85 for adults (tax not included). Note that park admission is not included in the ticket price.

Enjoy crafts, write a letter to Santa, savor delicious pancakes for breakfast, and capture priceless memories with Santa himself.

Holiday Craft Fair – DeLand

Dec 9 – 10, 2023·Sat, 10:00 AM – Sun, 4:00 PM

Buckler Shows, Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3100 E New York Ave, DeLand, FL

Holiday Craft Fair December 09 & 10, 2023—at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in Deland, FL – Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10-4.

Pinterest Inspired Crafts and Handmade Creations by Local and National Artists & Crafters.

Custom Home & Holiday Décor ~ Unique Gifts ~ Dazzling Jewelry ~ Baby Items ~ Tumblers ~ Homemade Fudge & Gourmet Delights ~ Purses ~ Country & Primitive ~ Embroidery ~ Shell Art ~ Painted Glass ~ Birdhouses & Feeders ~ Macramé ~ Hairbows ~ Pet Items ~ Wood Carvings ~ Polymer Clay Miniatures ~ Candles & Melts ~ Floral ~ Farmhouse Décor ~ Honey ~ Suncatchers ~ Wreaths ~ Personalized Items ~ Crochet ~ Decorated Clothing ~ Homemade Soaps, Lotion & Scrubs ~ Car Fresheners ~ Quilts ~ Americana ~ Yard Art ~ Ornaments ~ Rustic ~ Artwork ~ Pottery ~ Gourmet Dips ~ Aprons ~ American Girl Doll Clothes ~ Decoupage ~ Needlecraft ~ Gnomes ~ Stained Glass ~ Greeting Cards ~ Pillows ~ Air Plants ~ Gourd Lamps & Much More!


Adults $6, Kids 12 & Under Free. One paid admission good all weekend with a hand stamp. $1 OFF ADMISSION! Print this information or bring a canned good for this offer. Benefits the local food bank.

Volusia County Fairgrounds – Front Bldg. 3100 E. New York Ave, Deland, FL 32724. S.R. 44 & I-4. From I-4 Exit 118, East on S.R. 44 one block. From I-95 Exit 249 New Smyrna, West on S.R. 44.

Buckler Shows 386-860-0092. www.BucklerShows.com

Sunday, December 10:


Sun Dec 10th 10:00am – 3:00pm beginning @ Anderson-Price Memorial Building, 42 North Beach Street, Ormond Beach

The Ormond Beach Historical Society presents Holiday Tour of Homes 2023. Join us Sunday, December 10th to tour beautiful homes and structures of Ormond Beach. For more information and to register visit www.ormondhistory.org.

Wednesday, December 13:

Annual Senior Holiday Luncheon

Wednesday, December 13 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Alonzo Babe James Community Center, 201 N Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach

Friday, December 15:

An Afternoon at the Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life

Friday, December 15, 2023 from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Adult Activity Center, 4790 S Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32127

Enjoy an afternoon showing of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Adult Activity Center. Complete with popcorn and holiday cheer! We will be providing our regular plastic classroom chairs; feel free to bring something more comfortable such as a folding lawn or camping chair.

Holiday Tea

Event Date(s)

Begins: December 15, 2023 11:00 am
Ends: December 15, 2023 1:00 pm

Experience the elegance of a traditional Victorian tea with samplings, etiquette lessons, and house tour. Guests may sample two teas as hostesses dressed in Victorian clothing describe the history of tea and offer instruction on tea etiquette. All of this while enjoying holiday décor at DeBary Hall. Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased by Saturday, Dec. 8. The cost is $20 per person. Tickets are non-refundable. Call 386-668-3840 or email lperez@volusia.org to reserve your tickets.

Saturday, December 16:

Wreaths Across America

Saturday, December 16, 2023 – 12:00pm

Each December, wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 2,500 additional, honor  veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.  Join your local Wreaths Across America ceremony, Saturday, December 16, 2023 beginning at 12:00 pm at the Edgewater – New Smyrna Cemetery, located at 700 S Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater, FL 32132.

To sponsor a wreath or sign up to volunteer, Click Here to visit https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/flense

Local Coordinator:  Maj. Powers: GPowers@flwg.gov

Taste of the Holidays

Dec 16, 2023·Sat, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM @ Crimson House, 219 N Orange St, New Smyrna Beach

Get ready to indulge in the festive spirit at Taste of the Holidays, where you can sample over 50 wines, beers and sangria with small bites

Crimson House NSB presents the third annual Taste of the Holidays. Sample over 50 wines and beers from around the world. Plus Free Food samples & live music.

Only 100 tickets are available for $49 each + tax & fees. Get yours now!

Purchase online here or in person at Crimson House

The Sound – Big Band Holiday Concert

Join in for an evening of holiday music in the big band style with The Sound, including an audience sing-along and fabulous raffle prizes! 

The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach was formed in 1947 by the Small Group of Citizens to Promote the Arts. Performances were originally held at the Chamber of Commerce building on Canal Street and then at the converted barn at the old Connor Ranch (Indian River Plantation) off Wayne Avenue.

Find tickets here.

Christmas Story Time & Dance Party

Saturday, December 16th at 10:30 AM

The REC Port Orange

Join on Saturday, December 16th at 10:30 AM for a magical Christmas Story Time & Dance Party! Renowned author Pat Goldys will enchant children aged 2-8 with a special reading of her original book “Tooth Elf.” The festivities continue with a felt ornament crafting station, allowing little ones to create their own holiday decorations.

Sign-up fast for this FREE activity because there is limited space!! https://popr.recdesk.com/Community/Program

Sunday, December 17:

Candlelight: Holiday Special Featuring “The Nutcracker” and More

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations such as the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. The Listeso String Quartet will perform music inspired by the winter and holiday spirit under the gentle glow of candlelight.

For ages 8 years and older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Two shows on Sunday, Dec. 17 are scheduled at 6:15 pm and 8:30 pm. Find tickets here .

Sanford Jazz Orchestra Christmas Show

Sunday Dec 17 from 3 – 5 PM @ The Brannon Center, NSB

Get into the holiday spirit with the Sanford Jazz Orchestra’s Christmas Show: Let’s Celebrate Christmas. This is a fun and delightful way to enjoy the holiday season and we are sure a special guest will stop by! 

The show is general admission and is scheduled for 3:00p – 5:00p. Doors will open at 2:30p. 

This event always sells out, so get your tickets early by going to www.brannoncenter.com/tickets or by calling 386/410-2880.

Tuesday, December 19:

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Symphony

Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multiplatinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman with a full orchestra. Featuring music from the all-female ensemble’s most favorite yuletide songs performed by them over the years. Prepare for an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music, performance and holiday cheer.

Christmas Swing with the Orlando Big Band

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2023 @ 3:00 PM  7:00 PM
  • Athens Theatre124 North Florida Avenue, DeLand, FL

The Orlando Big Band is returning to the historic Athens Theater to perform their classic holiday favorites. They will play the greatest holiday hits of all time, including cherished songs from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, which are guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. This spectacular tribute is sure to bring some holiday cheer and keep things merry and bright!

Showings at 3 pm and 7 pm
Purchase tickets at

Thursday, December 21:

Cookies with Santa

Date: December 21, 2023

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Lakeside Community Center

Address: 1999 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL

Cost: FREE

Join the Parks and Recreation Department as we spend the evening decorating cookies, competing in a snow ball fight, and listening to stories by the one and only Santa Claus! More details to come so stay tuned!

Friday, December 22:

Phantasmagoria Presents: A Most Haunted Victorian Christmas

Dec 22 and 23 @ Athens Theatre DeLand

Hold high a mug of cider and gather around the Hearth” this holiday season, as you join critically acclaimed Victorian Performance Troupe PHANTASMAGORIA for a festive journey through whimsical and haunted tales of the holidays!

Follow these evocative storytellers, dancers, and performers as they celebrate the rich centuries-old tradition of telling Ghost Stories on Christmas Eve – A wonderfully “Spirited” way to celebrate the year-end festivities – all in Phantasmagoria’s unique performance style!

Tales of holiday haunts, ghostly mysteries, whimsical spirits – and terrifying mythic creatures who somehow always know if you’ve been “Bad or Good”…

Coming to DeLand’s Athens Theatre for TWO SHOWS ONLY December 22nd and 23rd

Find tickets here.

Sunday, December 24:

Holiday Stress Buster 5k & Fun Run

  • Sunday, December 24, 2023 @ 8:00 AM  10:00 AM
  • Blake Park126 Washington Avenue EastLake Helen, FL

Run your holiday stresses away! Join the Annual Holiday Stress Buster 5K, a Christmas Eve morning run through Lake Helen – the gem of Florida.

Register HERE.

Tuesday, December 26

Flagler Avenue Countdown Jam

December 26 – December 31

Countdown to 2023 with FREE LIVE MUSIC on Flagler Avenue! Check out the schedule below and plan to watch great local musicians! December 26th-31st.

Schedule of bands with times and locations will be posted December 20th!

Wednesday, December 27:

Coming soon!

Saturday, December 30:

African American Museum of the Arts Kwanzaa Celebration

Saturday, December 30, 2023 @ 12:00 PM  4:00 PM

African American Museum of Arts322 South Clara Avenue, DeLand, FL

Don’t miss out on this free, public Kwanzaa event that offers traditional libation and candle-lighting ceremonies, delicious food, lively music, energetic dancers, and more! It’s a wonderful opportunity to gather your family and experience a joyful celebration of African-American cultural heritage and traditions.

Sunday, December 31:

Coming soon!

Monday, January 1:

Coming soon!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Religious Services

Looking for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, plus other religious services for the holidays? There’s a huge listing right here:

Ways to Give Back: Holiday Toy and Donation Drives

Holiday Shopping

East Coast Current’s 2023 Shop Local Holiday Guide is here!

There’s still time to be included in the December Gift Guide – sign up here!

Find a complete listing of restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day here!

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