Holiday Boat Parade, Lightfest and Two Nutcrackers Make The Weekend Merry on Florida’s Space Coast

The Space Coast will light up with a plethora of things to do to get you into the holiday mood! And we definitely need it since our temperatures will be anything but summer-like. But I’m not complaining since I’ll take 70 degree weather over snow any day!

The Space Coast Lightfest continues this weekend in Wickham Park in Melbourne, FL. Marking its 11th year, the Space Coast Lightfest is a holiday themed drive-through event featuring more than one million lights strung from end to end.  Opened nightly, the Space Coast Lightfest will run until December 30.   

Want to get in on a traditional tree lighting, then bring the whole family down on Friday, December 2, to Eau Gallie Arts District annual Holiday Tree Lighting & First Friday Art Walk.  Enjoy refreshments and live music featuring the St. Paul’s Methodist Church Choir and The Way Church Youth band  performing in the Eau Gallie Square band shell. Santa will arrive at 5:45pm.

photo credit: Brevard Night Life

What holiday in Florida would be complete without taking in one of our traditional holiday boat parades.  On Saturday, December 3, Port Canaveral will kick-off a total of seven holiday parades, that’s right seven scheduled on Florida’s Space Coast.  The “A Creative Christmas” Boat Parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and the best seats can be found from any of the Port’s restaurants. If you want to stay closer to the mainland, the city of Merritt Island will host their annual holiday parade on Saturday morning beginning at 10am.

If you’re looking for a unique gift this holiday season, then you should grab a friend or two and head on down to Cocoa Village’s Craft Fair  in downtown historical Cocoa Village this weekend.  Parking and admission are free for this popular event that draws thousands and more than 150 crafters and artisans selling everything from ornaments to paintings.  The Cocoa Village Craft Fair fair opens bright and early at 8am on December 3rd.

If you’re looking for something more theatrical you should buy a ticket for one of two shows of the Space Coast Ballet’s Nutcracker at the King Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday December 3.  Hailed as “the greatest thing to hit the Space Coast” by Florida Today newspaper, the Space Coast’s Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition you won’t want to miss! 

The Space Coast Symphony will also present their version of the Nutcracker with  A Leroy Anderson Christmas & The Nutcracker concert.  Joined by the Galmont Ballet, the Space Coast Symphony will provide an enchanting selection of holiday favorites from Sleigh Ride, Bugler’s Holiday, The Typewriter, Syncopated Clock, A Christmas Festival, and more.  Two concerts are scheduled on December 3 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Auditorium in Melbourne.

Now through Jan. 1, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will celebrate the holidays as they present  its first-ever Holidays in Space. This month-long event will feature holiday carolers, a skating rink and several “control center”  that will give guests the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus, create a Christmas Cookie, and hear a space-themed story by Mrs. Claus!

Whatever you decide to get into this weekend on the Space Coast, there’s tons of holiday fun to be had and much of its absolutely free! For an actual calendar of events visit


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