Chad’s Blog: Home For the Holidays

There’s always something special about being home for the holidays, but what is it like when you live here in Florida? Well, we don’t get to bundle up in our warm, cozy parkas or sled down steep hills covered in white, fluffy snow. But, the weather outside is far from frightful this time of year and…well, I’ve never had to experience shoveling snow, which I hear is grueling.

That doesn’t mean we Floridians can’t enjoy everything this wonderful time of year has to offer. The great thing about living in Florida is that you’re never too far to drive to the coast and visit places along the beach that have a real sense of “small town” holiday spirit.

One of our favorite places to visit is The Canal Street Historic District in New Smyrna Beach. This area really lights up this time of year and is a great place to walk outdoors and find local mom-and-pop shops for unique gifts. The restaurants are also pretty awesome.

So, get out, Florida, and get your fill of holiday cheer — even if it’s in your flip flops!

 

New Smyrna Beach Annual Parade: A Riverfront Christmas

Saturday, December 2

Nothing says Christmas like a parade! This parade has been a local tradition for many years and starts at 4pm at the intersection of Flagler Avenue and South Atlantic Avenue.

 

IMAGES Holiday Tour of Homes

Saturday, December 2

Take a tour through five of the most charming coastal retreats — beautifully decorated to showcase New Smyrna Beach’s holiday charm!! All proceeds go to IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts. To see the list of homes, click here.

 

Light Up Flagler

Saturday, December 2

Flagler Avenue will be aglow as part of this free holiday kick-off event that takes place immediately following the NSB Annual Parade. Enjoy entertainers, carolers, and more as local businesses light their facades and offer tastings. Donate a new, unwrapped toy and receive a commemorative holiday photo at Santa’s Workshop located at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Cooper Street. Toys will be donated to Toys for Tots.

 

Holiday Cocktail Sip and Shop

Thursday, December 7

Shop along Canal Street from 5pm – 9pm and sample food and cocktails at the following locations: Bikini Company, Canal Street Chic, Caribbean Memories, Coastal Interiors, Florida Galleria, Halos and Dreams, Julies Downtown, Kountry Klutter, Nature in Beauty, New Smyrna Antique Mall, Pink Flamingo at Petals, The Galley, The Hub on Canal, The Posh Pineapple, and The Toy Station.

 

Holiday Boat Parade

Saturday, December 16

Stop by at dusk and check out the holiday boat parade on the Intercoastal Waterway in New Smyrna Beach.

 

Visit Santa in Christmas Park

Friday, November 24 – Saturday, December 16

Jolly old St. Nick will begin greeting children in Christmas Park on the corner of Canal and Live Oak streets in New Smyrna Beach. For a complete list of his schedule, click here.

 

Marine Discovery Center Ornament Decorating Party

Wednesday, December 20th

Stop by Marine Discovery Center from 11am – 4pm and decorate Florida holiday ornaments with oyster shells, recycled pop tops, make salt dough sea stars, and more!

 

So, get out, celebrate the holidays Florida-style, and DO florida!

Chad Crawford
 

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