JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Celebrate the holidays by planning trips to the best Christmas light displays in the greater Jacksonville area and all of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
Jax Illuminations Located at the Morocco Shrine Center, spectators are treated to a drive-thru holiday light display that features over half a million LED lights that are synchronized to holiday music. Jax Illuminations is open Sunday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. now through Jan. 4. Ticket prices are: $20 for cars/trucks/mini vans Sunday through Thursday and $25 for cars/trucks/mini vans Friday and Saturday (7 passenger maximum) and $35 for passenger vans.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens ZOOLights Illumination Thousands of LED lights throughout the zoo will be featured in moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. ZOOLights runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for zoo members.
Downtown Dazzle: An Illumination Celebration The offices of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus at 225 E. Duval Street will be illuminated with a holiday light display synchronized to recorded songs of the season broadcast on 94.5 FM. The lights will be on display nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1.
Christmas lights at Blackhawk Bluff The Blackhawk Bluff neighborhood off Girvin Road is considered one of the best places to see Christmas lights in Jacksonville. They've been lighting up the trees for at least 15 years. The neighborhood is located off Girvin Road and Blackhawk Trail South.
Jacksonville Beach Deck the Chairs The annual lighted sculptural exhibit decorates the iconic chairs of The American Red Cross Life Saving Corps at the Seawalk Pavilion and Latham Plaza. The display has previously featured a one-of-a-kind display of a giant jellyfish with tentacles full of single-use plastics. The displays are lit up every night from Nov. 23 through Jan. 1.
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park The park's Festival of Lights has grown over the years and has been previously named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast United States for almost a decade. For more information on times, dates and ticket prices, click here.
St. Augustine's Nights of Lights The 26th Annual Nights of Lights dazzles the city as some three million lights adorn every corner of the historic district for two months. This award-winning holiday lights display runs from Nov. 23 through Feb. 3 in historic St. Augustine. Click here for more information about parking and Nights of Lights events.
Christmas on Crystal Springs This award-winning display located on Crystal Springs Drive is a favorite around Jacksonville and does its display in a big way. For more information about show times, visit the Christmas on Crystal Springs Facebook page.
Southcreek Lights It’s a light show synchronized to Christmas music located at 1749 Southcreek Drive in St. Johns. Sixty-four channels, 29 songs, approx 5,000 lights and you can listen to the music on 103.1 FM. The show runs from 5:30 p.m. – midnight, 7 days a week from Thanksgiving weekend through December 31. You can find more info at SouthcreekLights.com.
Glynn County wants neighbors to enjoy the Christmas season by visiting different light displays across the area. The county has launched a Christmas decoration location map. Here is a link to the map where families can not only find locations to visit, but also add their own location to the map.
Gierlich Holiday Wonderland A Gierlich Christmas Wonderland is a light display located in Interlachen. In addition to Christmas, Gierlich displays lights for both Halloween and Christmas and a small one for Easter. The displays all consist of lights, blow molds and inflatables. The display is located at 1400 Fowler Street in Interlachen.
Santa's Lights, St. Marys, Ga. Tom Chapman said he and his family and have setting up their display for years and they collect donations to help Camden House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Chapman said every one of their nearly-100,000 bulbs is LED and it will only take about 900 watts to run the entire display. Santa's Lights is located on East Dillingham Street in St. Marys.
Nocatee-A-Glow The Nocatee Light Show is going on at the Splash Waterpark the entire month of December. Shows open to the public on Dec. 8. Shows begin at 6 p.m. and run on the half hour. Various shows will rotate throughout the evening and the last show will begin at 10 p.m. The Splash Bar will also be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in December from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Arbor Glade Christmas Town Neighbors in the Arbor Glade subdivision, on Backwind Drive located off Old St. Augustine Road, will have their lights on through the end of December. Johnathan Perry said multiple houses are decorated and each one has a different theme. There is also a radio station with music to accompany the lights.
"Holiday Road" in Macclenny This light display is located at 331 South 6th Street Macclenny, just south of U.S. 90. Kirk Gravelle shared a video of the display with us (watch it above) and it's a real treat -- the lights are synchronized to Lindsey Buckingham's "Holiday Road" and other songs. Kirk said the music to the show is broadcast on station 92.7, and the church provides parking across the street so that you can sit in your car to watch the show and listen to it on the radio. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes till 1 a.m. every night through New Year's.
Timber Creek Plantation, Yulee On Deerwood Drive, you can watch a light display that's synchronized to Christmas music on 98.1. Tabby Strauder told us about the display, which she said takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. every night. You can even see some of the songs being sung to you by a quartet of Christmas trees.
Jones Road, Jacksonville Melissa Fedler tells us this "beautiful" display at 4419 Jones Road, just north of Pritchard Road, is on every night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The lights and inflatables are set up along a quarter-mile loop driveway.
Crystal Branch Court, Jacksonville On your way to the Blackhawk Bluff subdivision, Scott Johnson said you can check out this light display that's set to music. It's in the first subdivision on the right after you turn onto Girvin Road from Atlantic Boulevard.
Nochaway Drive, St. Augustine This display, located at 1392 Nochaway Drive off Pacetti Road in the World Golf Village area, features thousands of lights synched to 21 songs. Jonathan Landingham told us about this display and he said to hear the music, just turn your car radio to 94.7 FM.
Aspen Court, Orange Park Diane Toney tells us, “There is a beautiful display of Christmas lights on Aspen Court in Orange Park. The whole street is covered in lights. A wonderful sight to behold.” The display runs every night until about 11 p.m.
Lights on Lariat Lane This display is located at 10774 Lariat Lane in Jacksonville. About 9,000 lights are on and dancing to music from around 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night until the New Year.
Willow Wood in Winter April Farence let us know about this display of lights on Loretto Road between Aladdin Road and San Jose Boulevard. Spectators can turn on their radio to listen to music as they drive through the display.
Kennerly Road, Jacksonville Chris Hollo tells us that the display at 6505 Kennerly Road in Jacksonville is a neighborhood fixture. It’s the 36th year the yard has been decorated with painted, glitter cutouts and lights. Hollo said the items are handmade by Verlyn Hollo.
Saddlewood in Oceanway James and Shana Johnson told us you’ve just got to check out their display, located at 1001 Arcaro Court West in Jacksonville:
My husband and I spent a few days on our outside display. We used to live off of Girvin near Blackhawk, so when we moved here and saw the front yard trees, we had just the right idea for them. In addition to the lights hanging from our trees, there is a MULTITUDE of other decorations covering our yard and house. We are tucked away in the neighborhood and since we do this for others to see, we’d love to draw in more people to enjoy it the way we do. We assure you, it is worth the drive from wherever anyone is coming from. Thank you so much for taking this into consideration.— Shana Johnson
Willesdon Drive, Sandalwood Brandy Williams told us about the display located at 1904 Willesdon Drive West, which has “music and a light show with arches over the sidewalk.”
Lights on Grand Parke Taylor Mitchell said this light show is located at 776 Grand Parke Drive in St. Johns. The show runs nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. now through New Year’s Eve. Just tune your radio to 88.5 FM to hear the music that goes with the lights. For more information, visit the Facebook page.
Doctor Wizard’s Giant Musical Holiday Light Show in Orange Park This display is located at 1252 Tumbleweed Drive and runs from 6 to 10 PM until January 6. Dr. Wizard said the display features over 20,000 LEDs + Lasers, strobes, disco balls, projectors and more all set to holiday music. The show celebrates not only Christmas, but all the holidays in December and welcomes visitors of all faiths and beliefs. The show includes a Nativity scene and Star of Bethlehem, a giant Menorah and Star of David, a Wheel of Dharma, Yule Log, Festivus pole and more! They are also collecting donations for the SAFE Animal Shelter. Visit wizlights.com for more information.
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