Top 9 Must-Attend Christmas Activities for Kids

Christmas is a magical time, especially for the little ones. As twinkling lights adorn the streets and the air fills with festive cheer, Vero Beach comes alive with a myriad of activities perfect for kids. From enchanting light displays to meetings with Santa himself, the holiday season here is a wonderland of joy and excitement. We’ve put together a list of the Top 9 Christmas Activities that are sure to delight every child and bring the magic of the holidays to life. Whether you’re a local or visiting, these family-friendly activities promise to create unforgettable memories and spread the joy of Christmas to all.

In no particular order:

Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach hosts the annual event. On Ocean Dr. Line up is on Cardinal and organized in Riverside Park. The parade is over at about 7 pm and is somewhere around 100 entries.

Christmas Park & Walk. December 21st, 22nd, 23rd
28th, 29th & 30th. 7pm to 9pm at LaPorte Farms.
Enjoy fresh hot apple cider, hot chocolate,
s’mores, Christmas punch and Santa’s cookies by
the warm fireplace. Stroll through the Winter Wonderland to see the magical Christmas displays.

Back by popular demand! WinterGreen Night Lights will once again guide participants in canoes through the mangrove forest draped with holiday lights! Attendees will also have opportunities to make and take lanterns, shop our Earth-Friendly Market, roast marshmallows by the campfire, eat smores, and enjoy live entertainment. This is a six-night event with different magical experiences each night. Don’t miss the most lit event of the season! Tip: Canoe ride slots are limited. ELC members are receiving early access right now! Click below to become an ELC member and book before they fill up. On November 1st, tickets for admission and canoe rides will be available to the general public.

We invite you to come spend a day with us at our Christmas on the Farm Festival! Join us for Vendors, Music, A Chef’s Showcase, Mechanical Reindeer, Ice Cream, Hot Drinks, Raffles, Photo Area & More!

Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Free Admission!

Get ready for a magical morning at our Breakfast with Santa event! Join us for a delicious breakfast spread, festive music, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself. Kids can share their holiday wishes, take memorable photos, and enjoy fun activities. It is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and create cherished memories with your family. Don’t miss out on this jolly event!

To ensure that everyone gets a seat at our Breakfast with Santa event, we kindly ask that all attendees be registered in advance. This way, we can make sure there is enough space for everyone to enjoy the festivities. Don’t forget to register early to secure your spot and have a holly, jolly time with Santa.

9th Annual “Garden of Lights” Kicks Off Thanksgiving Weekend through the end of December.

Experience Heathcote Botanical Gardens in a whole new light at the 9th Annual Heathcote “Garden of Lights,” a holiday experience to delight visitors of all ages. The Illumination festival returns on November 24th, brighter and better than ever. Over 11,000 visitors last year enjoyed whimsical, colorful light displays throughout the five-acre gardens. Refreshments, food, entertainment, Heathcote the Bear, and special appearances with Santa are part of the holiday fun.

St.Lucie County Boat Parade
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023 Info Below
Registration is free to all boaters who would like to participate. Captains (or a crew member) are required to attend the captain’s meeting prior to each of the parades where all participants will be briefed on boater safety, parade route and collect their boat numbers.

Boats are divided into three categories (Small, Medium and Large), with winners in each category receiving prizes based on scores determined by a panel of judges. The judges are well-qualified individuals. All are briefed and understand the challenge of decorating a vessel, and each brings an appreciation for design, imagination, and implementation of your ideas.

We are excited to host you at our free holiday festival! Bring your family and friends for a wonderful day meeting and writing letters to Santa, enjoying some lunch or a treat from our food trucks, as well as in the market, picking your own citrus in our grove, getting your face painted, the petting zoo, bounces houses, and so much more! It’ll be a fantastic day getting into the holiday spirit! 🎅🎄

Winterfest is the rebranded, signature fundraising event for Riverside Theatre’s educational programs, formally known as Festival of Trees.

Considered Vero Beach’s premier holiday event, this festival transforms Riverside’s campus into a holiday wonderland filled with beautifully decorated trees, centerpieces, wreaths, vendor booths, arts and crafts, live performances, Santa’s Village, and even an “ice” skating rink!


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