The sunshine state may not be a winter wonderland during Christmas time, but between shoveling snow or enjoying near perfect weather the choice is easy. If you're looking to celebrate the holidays festively, look no further! This list of where to find Christmas lights in Fort Lauderdale includes dazzling displays sure to keep you in the holiday spirit. 

Holiday Fantasy of Lights 

For a larger than life holiday light display in Fort. Lauderdale, head to Tradewinds Park. Transformed into a fantasy world for the holiday season it's always a treat! This year's 24th edition of the Holiday Fantasy of Lights boasts 3 miles of animated and static holiday light displays and illuminated trees. This Christmas light extravaganza runs from November 21 through January first. Cost is $17 per car or upgrade to a 3D experience, three pairs for $3!

Symphony of Lights 

Symphony of Lights returns to light up the holidays every night at Gulfstream Park from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. This family-friendly event in Ft. Lauderdale features thousands of lights; a decorated 50-foot tree, holiday music, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, juggling acts, stilt walkers, face painting, train rides, and a DJ. spectacular light show, set to the music of the trans-Siberian orchestra, shines in Champions plaza. The spectacular light show, set to the music of the trans-Siberian orchestra,  shines in Champions plaza, at the top of each hour.

Victorian Christmas at the Historic Stranahan House Museum 

Experience a Victorian Christmas at the Historic Stranahan House Museum. The tour includes costumed docents, live music, decoration, and opportunities for photos. The tour is followed by a ride down the New River to see the holiday lights on impressive Fort Lauderdale homes. Cost for the River Ride is $30 per person December 16-23. Call for availability - (954) 524-4736.


The Winterfest boat parade will be December 15 at 6:30 p.m. and will stage on the New River in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale on the docks west of the Stranahan house. The parade will travel east to the Intracoastal Waterway as it moves north to Lake Santa Barbra. Each boat will be a floating float, with lights and Christmas decorations, music and entertainment. Boat entries are now being accepted and the cost to enter a private boat is only $35. Plan on spending about two and a half hours watching the 12-mile parade. Enjoy South Florida’s kick-off to the holiday season and keep your eyes peeled for celebrities.

Sample-McDougald Christmas

The historic Sample-McDougald House is the house of Christmas this yuletide season. From November 24 to December 29, each Saturday morning will find Mrs. Claus paying a visit to read Twas the Night Before Christmas to the children and provide them with activities and gifts. This event is free, so be sure to visit Mrs. Claus this holiday season. November 4 through January 5 the house will be hosting daily tours of the fully decorated house. Each room recreates a different aspect of a family holiday at home. Hot apple cider and sugar cookies will be available on the porch. Tours are Tuesday–Saturday from 12–4 p.m. on the hour, with the last tour at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5–12. Finally, there will be evening holiday family tours on December 4 and 22, there will be evening holiday tours from 6–9 p.m. when Santa arrives by firetruck for a last-minute visit to check his naughty or nice list. There will be musical entertainment, live actors and Miss Christmas Joy with activities and gifts for the children. There will be hot cider and sugar cookies with open house tours included, $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

We hope this list of where to find Christmas lights in Fort Lauderdale comes in handy when planning things to do in Ft. Lauderdale this holiday season.  Stay Connected to all things Fort Lauderdale by registering at 954area - it's free!