Top 9 Must-Attend Events in December You Can’t Miss

December in Vero Beach brings more than just mild winters; it ushers in a series of events that capture the essence of holiday cheer and community spirit. As we say goodbye to another year, our town lights up with a variety of events that are sure to add joy and excitement to your holiday season. In this guide, we’ve handpicked the Top 9 December events that you simply can’t miss. From cozy family gatherings to lively celebrations under the Florida sky, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, grab your sunglasses, maybe a light sweater, and join in the festive fun that only Vero Beach can offer!

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.

Join us this Christmas Eve for a musical story told about the night that was not so silent as the King of all Kings was born!!

Join us at Oceans Cafe with delicious Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, a beautiful Christmas photo booth and a time of fellowship before the service starts.

We look forward to seeing you and your family on December 24th to celebrate this Holy Night with us.

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.

Join us for the 3rd annual Punk Rock Flea Market to hit Fort Pierce, sponsored by 561 Music. Don’t miss the event that’s packed with a variety of independent vendors and artists, unique small businesses, romp to live music from some killer local bands, and enjoy some awesome food and drink at this family-friendly event!

A Beachin’ Christmas

Join us for a Beachin’ Christmas Party saluting the music of the Beach Boys AND Jimmy Buffett, and sure to include some of their Holiday classics, as well as a set of dance tunes, so bring those shoes! Set 1: Beach Boys. Set 2: Buffett. Set 3: Dance Dance Dance! PLUS an ugly sweater contest at 3pm, so get that nasty thing out of the mothballs!

Introducing Bow Wow Meow Luau! Join H.A.L.O. and our furry friends on Saturday, December 9th for a magical night at Magnolia Manor supporting no-kill rescue!

Entertainment will be provided by Aloha Productions Luau! Hula dancers, Hawaiian musicians, and a Samoan fire-knife dance will take you on an enchanting tour of the islands.

Your taste buds will delight in a Hawaiian-inspired menu prepared by the talented chef of Wild Thyme Catering. Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available.

Guests will enjoy the smooth sounds of the Islands while perusing the silent auction and a live auction will be hosted by Master Auctioneer, Wesley Davis!

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!

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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