September 17, 2020 | By Chuck

The holidays are Here! And while we are all rushing around to find the perfect holiday gift, don’t forget to stop and spend time with your family. Here is a list of some great family holiday activities happening around Volusia County.

Magic of Lights at Daytona International Speedway
November 22 – January 1        Dusk to 10:00 PM
Magic of Lights is a dazzling 1.5-mile drive-through holiday lights show featuring more than 300 spectacular displays using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Central Florida’s favorite holiday tradition. One carload,one price.

DeLand City Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 6                   5:30-9:30 PM
Bring the kids to see Santa light the beautiful Christmas tree in front of City Hall

Light Up DeLand Mainstreet
Friday, December 6, 2019           6:00 PM
At 6 pm Santa will ride in on a fire engine to officially light the Downtown DeLand Christmas tree at Pioneer Park (corner of E. Rich Ave. & N. Woodland Blvd.). He’ll stick around until 8 pm for pictures and to hear what the children of DeLand want for Christmas. Enjoy the festive sounds of carolers and a coloring activity for the kids. Get some holiday shopping taken care of and support our local economy. Give the gift of ‘Local’ this year.

Journey thru Christmas
December 6-7 & 13-14
Journey thru Christmas engages its audience with live animals and over 100 cast members. Guests will be taken on a walk thru the life of Christ from the prophecy of His coming, to His birth, life, death, and glorious resurrection. Each child who attends will receive a candy filled Christmas stocking.  Everyone can enjoy homemade cookies and hot chocolate after their journey has ended. Doors open at 6:00 each night, and we will stop taking names for tours at 8:30.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in South Daytona
Friday, December 6                   6:30 PM
The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in South Daytona will be held on December 6,2019. Entertainment will begin at 6:30 pm. Free admission, parking will be at South Daytona City Hall.

A Northern Lights Christmas in Ormond Beach
December 6 -8
There will be a Northern Lights Christmas at The Casements in Ormond Beach on December 6, 2019, starting at 6 pm. This is a free event and open to all. Stop by for holiday fun, including train rides, entertainment, crafts and more.

How the Grinch Stole Breakfast in Ormond Beach
Saturday, December 7            10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join our Whobiliation! Reading of the Book, Crafts & Activities, Grinch Meet &Greet & a Whoville Breakfast!

A Polar Bear Tea Party at The Casements in Ormond Beach
Saturday, December 7               1:30 PM
There will be a Polar Bear Tea Party at The Casements in Ormond Beach on December 7,2019. The Casements is located at 25 Riverside Drive. The fee is $12 per person. Call for tickets.

The Butler Express
Weekends Beginning December 7
The Butler Express will embark and disembark at the Lake Helen Equestrian Center. Average ride 20 – 25 mins. Weekends only. Final run is Sunday 12/23/18

Daytona Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Saturday, December 7             6:00 PM
The annual Daytona Christmas Boat Parade as usual will be Presented and Hosted by The Historic Halifax River Yacht Club.

Kids Holiday Party at the DeLand Elks Lodge
Saturday, December 7            11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stop byfor some free family fun at the Kids Holiday Party at the DeLand Elks Lodge!

DeLand Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7             Lineup starts at 4:15 PM Parade starts at 5:30 PM
Come to Downtown DeLand for the 71st Annual DeLand Christmas Parade.

2019 Port Orange Christmas in the Park and Parade
Christmas in the Park – December 7, 2019
Holiday Parade – December 8, 2019

New Smyrna Beach Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7
Sponsored by The City of New Smyrna Beach, the Annual Christmas Parade will begin at the intersection of Flagler Ave. and South Atlantic. It will travel west along Flagler Avenue and the North Causeway, south Riverside Dr. and will turn west on Canal Street and will end at Orange Street.

Winter Festival in DeLand
Saturday, December 7             10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Enjoy time with the community while also having the opportunity to take a photo with Santa and much more at our Winter Festival!

Teddy Bear Brunch at the Museum of Art in DeLand
Saturday, December 7               10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Start the holiday season with a special brunch with Santa.

DeBary Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade
December 7 & 8
The DeBary Christmas Parade will take place on December 8, 2019 at 3 pm.
The DeBary Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on December 7, 2019 from 2-6 pm at the Gateway Center for the Arts, located at 880 N. Highway 17-92 in DeBary. Free family activities, including a picture with Santa. Food and Drink for purchase provided by DeBary Babe Ruth. $1 to sample all the Chili a  he Chili Cook Off. All activities end by 5:45 pm for the lighting ceremony.All activities end by 5:45 pm for the lighting ceremony.

Santa’s North Pole in Deltona
December 7 & 8
Visit Santa’s North Pole on December 7-8, 2019 from 2-6 pm. This will be held at Deltona City Hall, located at 2345 Providence Blvd. There will be pictures with Santa, face painting, candy, and food.
Families can bring their camera and take their own picture with Santa or have a Walgreen’s photographer take a family photo. Each family will be given a free 4-inch by 6-inch print at the event and receive information about purchasing other prints.

Sunday Snow Day at One Daytona
One Daytona will be hosting Sunday Snow Day events in December 2019.
These are free family friendly events that will be held on December 1, 8, 15,and 22. There will be special guests at each event.
Tis’ the season! Come out to ONE DAYTONA in Daytona Beach for Sunday Snow Day.
Enjoy the Polar Express Train, Real Snow Play Area, and giant snow slides for all ages!

Walk Through Bethlehem in Daytona Beach
December 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, & 22   6:00 –9:00 PM
Walk Through Bethlehem will take place at Cross Roads Ministries at 1851 S Clyde Morris in Daytona Beach. The 2019 dates for it will be December 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, & 22. Each of those nights it is held from 6-9 pm. This is an outdoor event, and due to large crowd there may be await time of 45-60 minutes to go on the tour. This is free and suitable for all ages.

Drive Through Bethlehem in Daytona Beach Shores
December 13-15        6:00– 8:30 PM
Load up the car and come experience the sights and sounds of the village of Bethlehem! Witness the nativity where Jesus was born! See the animals in the manger scene. Make sure you visit the baker in the marketplace for a homemade treat! This event is FREE for our friends in the community and runs nightly 12/13-15/2019 from 6-8:30 pm.

Breakfast with Santa in Orange City
Saturday, December 14          8:00 –10:00 AM
Breakfast with Santa in Orange City at Applebee’s! Come out and enjoy a pancake breakfast and get your picture taken with Santa and tell him your Christmas wishes!
Welcoming Hearts is having a Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser, on Saturday,December 14, 2019 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. Tickets are only $7.00 for adults and children 3+, children under 3 are free. Tickets includes 3 pancakes, 2 sausages, beverage (choice of coffee, tea, soda, water or juice) and have your picture taken with Santa. A souvenir 4×6 picture will be printed on site.
Make sure to PRE-REGISTER by December 8th at http://buytickets.at/welcominghearts/311091

Gingerbread Christmas in DeLand
Saturday, December 14            8:30 AM
A Gingerbread Christmas will take place at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, at 319 W. Wisconsin Center in DeLand. The event will take place on December 14,2019 at 8:30 am. To register for the event, click here.

Christmas Under the Palms in Edgewater
Saturday, December 14             9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Our 26th Annual Craft Show with all hand made creations. 80+ Vendors, UMM BBQ lunch available, UMW Bake Sale, UMW Crafters, Christmas Shop.

Edgewater Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 14               10:00 AM
The parade starts on Air Park Road going north, and proceeds east on Indian River Blvd, ending at Banyan Drive.

Family Fun Day in DeBary
Saturday, December 14                10:00 AM
There will be a family fun day at the DeBary Library on December 14, 2019. This is a free event and is for all ages. Your family can make a graham cracker gingerbread house to take home.

Lunch with Santa in Orange City
Saturday, December 14                 12:00– 2:00 PM
Join us for holiday cheer and celebration as Santa and Mrs. Claus make their annual trip to the Orange City Sorosis Club to visit children for a special luncheon. Santa and his elves have scheduled their visit for Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 12-2:00 PM.
Enjoy a special kid friendly lunch, individual visit and photo with Santa.Santa’s Elves will share a special gift with each child so come out and visit while supplies last. After lunch you can find a place watch Orange City’s Christmas Parade which begins at 5 pm.

2019 Orange City Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 14                5:00 PM
The parade’s theme is “Candyland Christmas” and will be led by the University High School JROTC and will feature Parade Grand Marshal River Springs Middle School Principal Stacy Gotlib, Orange City Council Members, local businesses and organizations, local schools and of course FLOATS, CANDY & FUN! The parade will be along Volusia Ave, starting at French Ave, ending at Ohio Ave.

Mistletoe and Music
Saturday, December 14               5:00– 8:00 PM
Mistletoe & Music is set to become a signature holiday event in DeLand. The 3rd annual event is scheduled for December 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The Amphitheater lawn in Earl Brown Park will be surrounded by local vendors selling holiday gifts and delicious food trucks. The DeLand High’s Choir will open the show for our headliner The Buzzcatz. The event is FREE to attend and all are welcome.

Deltona Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 14                  6:00 PM
The City of Deltona is excited to announce our Annual Christmas Parade beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, on Deltona Boulevard.  We are so thrilled at the success of last year’s parade and look forward to an even bigger and better parade this year! We hope that you will take the opportunity to participate and join us as we celebrate this holiday season!

Ormond Beach Home for the Holidays Parade
Saturday, December 14                    6:00 PM
The Ormond Beach Home for the Holidays Parade will take place on December 14,2019. The tree lighting ceremony starts at 6 pm. There will be Bands,Outstanding Performances, Floats, Santa & Mrs Claus, and the Ormond MainStreet Tree Lighting at 6 pm.

Daytona Beach’s Holly Jolly Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 14                        6:00 PM
Ring in the holidays with the City of Daytona Beach! The Holly Jolly Christmas Parade will begin at Bethune Point Park and travel north on Beach Street to Bay Street. Enjoy local bands, festive floats and performances by community organizations.

Holiday Open House at Canaveral National Seashore
Sunday, December 15                           1:00– 4:00 PM
You are invited to join us at our Holiday Open House at the Eldora House in Canaveral National Seashore. Enjoy holiday spirit, refreshments and the”swimming” of the turtles at 3 pm. Canaveral National Seashore is located at 7611 S Atlantic Ave in New Smyrna Beach. While there, take a short family hike. Park entrance fees may apply.

Big Red’s Holiday Extravaganza in Osteen
Sunday, December 15                           2:00– 6:00 PM
Save the date! Santa called and he is coming to the farm!
There will be music, food and shopping! Save your Christmas list and buy from local vendors!
The activity wrist bands $10 pony rides, train rides, petting farm, bounce house, visit with Santa and more $15 includes the brand-new inflatable zip line Up to 175 lbs (under 18 please). Adults are free. This is a fundraiser for Big Red Ranch and Rescue, a 501c3, and donations are appreciated.

Santa’s Workshop in Deltona
Thursday, December 19                       5:00– 7:0 PM
There will be a Santa’s Workshop at the Deltona Library on December 19, 2019 from 5-7 pm. Stop by for some family fun!

Holiday Hangout in Daytona Beach

Thursday, December 19                       10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Need to get some extra holiday shopping done? Drop your child off at the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum at MOAS for a little magical holiday fun! This year’s theme will focus on the Wizarding World of Christmas. Children ages 4-10 years old are welcome. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Please call the Museum at 386-255-0285 to reserve your child’s spot.

Breakfast with Santa in Ormond Beach
Saturday, December 21                         8:00– 10:30 AM
There will be a breakfast with Santa at The Casements in Ormond Beach on December 21, 2019. Call 386-676-3216 to purchase your tickets!

Christmas Express in DeLand
Sunday, December 22                            12:00 PM
Join us for a fun-filled Christmas event your family won’t want to miss! This event includes FREE: Snow, Cookie Decorating, Hayrides, Crafts, Photo Ops, and so much more. Lunch will also be available at a small cost.

Noon Year’s Eve Event in Port Orange
Saturday, December 28                         11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Celebrate the start of 2020 as we count down to NOON?Bring the whole family to this fun time of games, crafts, and of course, a fun count down.

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