Top Things to Do in Jacksonville Beach During Christmas

A Snowman With A Hat And Glasses

There’s a lot to celebrate during the holidays in Jacksonville Beach. From tropical snowfalls to twinkling boat parades, the festivities here make winter unique. When you stay at Margaritaville, you’ll enjoy the best parts of the season in island-style luxury. Experience Christmas with exciting activities and events down the shoreline, and when you’re ready to call it a night, our little piece of paradise will be waiting to greet you. 

Explore the Deck the Chairs Exhibit 

Tree decorating takes a tropical spin during Deck the Chairs in Jacksonville Beach. For six weeks each winter, American Red Cross Life Guard chairs are adorned with coastal-themed designs and lights to support local art programs for children. Enjoy festive performances with holiday concessions available as you stroll through the exhibit. And be sure to keep your eye out for Margaritaville Beach Hotel’s sponsored chairs! 

View Dazzling Light Shows 

From twinkling boat parades to colorful drive-thru displays, Jacksonville Beach Christmas lights shine throughout the season. Gather the family, and trek through a winter wonderland during Dazzling Nights, an interactive holiday experience that leads you through shining forests to beautiful sculptures. Or fuel up and tune into Jax Illuminations' festive radio station while you watch a sparkling display that dances to the beat of the music during a drive-through experience. If you need an energy boost, pick up a café mocha at Joe Merchant’s Coffee and Provisions before you hit the road. 

Watch Festive Performances 

If classic stories put you in the holiday spirit, plan your visit for the last week of December. The Alhambra Theatre features a live performance of Miracle on 34th Street through Dec 24. Sets and costumes are hand-made, resulting in a truly unique experience. And the festivities don't stop there with the Florida Theatre’s Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet just a few days later, you can enjoy Christmas even longer. With on-site dining options at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, you can reserve a table at LandShark Bar & Grill and head to the theatre with plenty of time to spare. 

Stay For A New Year’s Eve Celebration

Don’t end your vacation without welcoming in the New Year! The city displays dazzling fireworks at midnight annually. Dance the night away, and recover in a comfortable lounge chair at our seaside pool. With Margaritaville’s amenities and daily activities leading up to the holiday, there’s no better place to reset, recharge and celebrate.