During the holiday season, dazzling light displays and parades throughout Brevard light up the county and bring it to life. There are lighting ceremonies, festive decorations, parades and holiday traditions that make this season everyone’s favorite time of year. These are some of our favorite holiday events in Brevard.
Light Up Cape Canaveral
Light Up Cape Canaveral will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and will be a festive evening filled with holiday music and magic for the whole family at Xeriscape Park in Cape Canaveral. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to come out and enjoy holiday refreshments, children’s craft activities and the lighting of Xeriscape Park.
The park gets lit up with thousands of beautiful lights and decorations. The event will feature performances by the Cocoa Beach High School String Orchestra, Cape View Elementary Chorus and the Dickens Carolers. Santa Claus will be taking a break from the North Pole and making an appearance at the park. This event is free and open to the public.
Cocoa Beach Christmas Street Parade
The Cocoa Beach Christmas Street Parade has become a beloved tradition for locals and visitors alike. The festive parade attracts huge crowds in the streets of Downtown Cocoa Beach, as well as local choirs, marching bands, and of course – Santa Claus. The parade will feature designer and hand-crafted floats that will be passing out Christmas goodies. This year’s Cocoa Beach Christmas Street Parade will be on Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. The parade starts at the glass bank and will head south. For more information please call (321) 783-4147.
The 22nd Annual Cocoa Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting
On Saturday, Dec. 12 the City of Cocoa invites you to begin this festive time of year with the official lighting of the Cocoa Christmas tree in Cocoa’s Riverfront Park. The “Bright Lights, Holiday Delights” Parade will begin at 6 p.m. and travel through the historic streets of Cocoa Village. At the end of the parade, Santa Claus will be dropped off in Cocoa’s Riverfront Park to light the giant Christmas tree, along with a spectacular fireworks display over the Indian River.
Enjoy the holiday classics performed by the Viera 7th Hour Jazz Ensemble and the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble’s Dickens Carolers. Other fun activities include a giant snow slide, bounce houses, a holiday train and much more. The event finale will be a showing of the classic holiday movie, “Jack Frost” shown on the outdoor movie screen starting at 8:45 p.m. Stay warm and enjoy the fun Christmas activities for the whole family! For more information please call (321) 639-3500.
The Annual Melbourne Light Parade
For years, Melbourne has been hosting their lighted night street parade and on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. the tradition continues. The parade is filled with local made and designed floats from Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups, churches, and other local community groups. The event will also feature live bands, dance teams and the one and only Santa Claus with his reindeer and Mrs. Claus.
It is encouraged that spectators join in on the spirit of giving this holiday season. Volunteers for the Melbourne Light Parade are asking guests to bring an unwrapped toy, non-perishable food item or a bag of dog or cat food. Helpers at the event will be walking alongside the first float and will gladly take any gifts or food brought by guests. The parade starts at the intersection of Nasa Boulevard and Airport Boulevard and will head south to Hibiscus Boulevard.
If you would like to participate in the parade or have any more questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 544-1777.
Holiday Happening at the Brevard Zoo
The Brevard Zoo offers visitors a unique holiday experience and sets a new standard for Christmas magic and decorations. Every year the Brevard Zoo outdoes themselves and returns bigger, better and even more spectacular than before with a flurry of festive fun. At the beginning of winter break, from Dec. 19-22, guests will have the chance to enjoy a wide array of activities including games, crafts and a DJ. You better not pout and you better not cry because Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be at the zoo from 9 to 11 a.m. on the 19 and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the 20 and 21.
The zoo keepers will be presenting some of the animals with holiday gifts and other surprises. If parents need some alone time to prep for the holidays, you can treat your little ones to a three-day winter camp on Dec. 21-23 and 28-30, and family night hike on Dec. 5 and a kids-only New Year’s Eve overnight on Dec. 31. For more information please call (321) 254-9453.
Merritt Island Christmas Tree Lighting
On Dec. 4 and 5 the City of Merritt Island will have their 3rd Annual Merritt Island Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. The city will be displaying a festively decorated 25 foot Christmas tree for the Merritt Island community. This two-night event will take place at the north end of the Home Depot shopping center. There will be live entertainment by local school groups and churches and free face paintings for the kids. It is encouraged to bring any new unwrapped toys, which will be donated to military families in Brevard County. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and get cozy at this festive community event.
Space Coast Lightfest at Wickham Park
Every year in Wickham Park more than 2.7 million twinkling holiday lights ignite the night sky in Melbourne. On Nov. 16 through Jan. 1 the Space Coast Lightfest will be open to the public. This holiday themed drive-through event transforms Wickham Park into a virtual winter wonderland. This family oriented celebration features shimmering lights and animated displays, which draws in more than 15,000 vehicles a year. A journey through the 1.1 mile park will take your breath away as your family experiences the wonders of the holiday season. The climax of your journey will begin as you enter and pass through a 200 foot “Light Tunnel” exploding with a pulse of color, illuminated by 30,000 dazzling holiday lights. For more information please visit SpaceCoastLightfest.com