From boat parades and light shows to concerts and carnivals, Florida’s Treasure Coast hosts an abundance of events year-round to entertain residents of all lifestyles. The holiday season, however, is the most special, with events that have become traditions residents enjoy year after year. Discover all the exciting holiday events and happenings surrounding the Treasure Coast.
December 1-31: Winter Wonderland Light Show
The Port St. Lucie Community Center is taking the lights to the streets for this year’s Winter Wonderland Light Show. Synchronized to holiday music, six leaping arches provide a kaleidoscope of color, while trees are adorned with festive lights.
December 1-30: Heathcote Garden of Lights
Explore Fort Pierce’s Heathcote Botanical Gardens in a whole new light this holiday season at their Garden of Lights event. For the entire month of December, Heathcote’s five acres of gardens will be illuminated with thousands of lights handcrafted into colorful seasonal and whimsical garden displays.
December 2: Stuart Christmas Parade
A treasured local tradition, the Stuart Christmas Parade has been surprising and delighting visitors and locals alike for over 50 years. Head downtown on December 2 to soak in the holiday spirit, with floats designed around this year’s theme, “A Storybook Christmas.”
December 2-18: Martin County Carnival of Lights
A holiday tradition for the whole family, over 50 local non-profits have created lighted Christmas displays for this year’s Carnival of Lights. Taking place at the Martin County Fair, guests can enjoy Christmas crafts, food trucks, carnival rides, and festive holiday music provided by local schools and musicians.
December 3: St. Lucie County Holiday Boat Parade
Mariners are invited to decorate their boats both big and small with fun holiday decorations to show off in the St. Lucie County Holiday Boat Parade. The parade begins just north of the South Causeway Bridge, travels through the Fort Pierce Inlet, and ends at the Fort Pierce City Marina. Guests can enjoy viewing the boat parade from waterfront restaurants, parks, and other locations along the St. Lucie River route.
December 3: Festival of Lights
Start the holiday season in style at the Mid Florida Credit Union Event Center with their annual Festival of Lights. The event includes a holiday parade, a tree lighting ceremony, live holiday music, fireworks, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, and much more.
December 4: Sights & Sounds on Second Parade
While Downtown Fort Pierce is already recognized as one of the most beautiful Main Streets in America, the holiday season brings a new type of beauty to the region. The annual Sights & Sounds on Second Parade kicks off a night of holiday celebrations, with floats from local vendors under the theme “Country Christmas.” After the parade, stay downtown to witness the official lighting of Main Street.
December 4- January 3: Holiday Lights Spectacular
Downtown Fort Pierce is also home to the Holiday Lights Spectacular, a dazzling light show that sparkles in the night sky during the holiday season. Over 100,000 lights are synchronized to holiday music, creating a must-see spectacle for both locals and out-of-town guests.
December 9: Family Movie Night
Grab a comfy blanket, a lawn chair, and bring the whole family together to watch the holiday classic The Polar Express at the Mid Florida Event Center. Taking place on the expansive outdoor lawn, guests can enjoy the Florida weather while enjoying free popcorn. Kona Ice will also be at the event with shaved ice cups.
December 16: Noche Buena
Celebrate Hispanic culture at Veterans Park’s annual Noche Buena festivities. Celebrating the Hispanic version of Christmas Eve, residents are invited to enjoy a night filled with live music by four-time Grammy award-winning musician Tomasito Cruz, dancing, and delicious food.
Make the Treasure Coast Your Home Next Year
Located near Midway Road in the heart of St. Lucie County, Wylder by GreenPointe Developers is current under construction and preparing to begin sales of new homes from the $300s. The first neighborhood and its premier home builders will be announced December 7th. Future residents of Wylder will be near all the conveniences, entertainment and excitement of St. Lucie West, PGA Village, Tradition, Fort Pierce, and the surrounding Treasure Coast area. This new master-planned community will fully embrace its beautiful natural surroundings and enhance the lifestyle experience with its own private amenities. Multiple neighborhoods are being offered with home styles and options for families at all stages of life. Future plans include additional single-family homes and apartments, as well as separate active-adult and golf lifestyle neighborhoods.
To stay updated on the latest news about Wylder’s progress, be sure to register your interest at LiveWylder.com. You can also follow along on Facebook or Instagram to ensure you don’t miss out on any fun.