Best places to see Christmas lights in the Jacksonville area

With Christmas soon approaching it's a must to go and enjoy the lights that our city has to offer.  The following are the best places in Jacksonville area to see the festive lights.  


1. Jax Illuminations


Located at the Morocco Shrine Center, spectators are treated to a drive-thru holiday light display that features over half a million LED lights that are synchronized to holiday music. Jax Illuminations is open Sunday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. now through Dec. 30. Ticket prices are: $20 for cars/trucks/mini vans Sunday through Thursday and $25 for cars/trucks/mini vans Friday and Saturday (7 passenger maximum) and $35 for passenger vans.


2. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens ZOOLights

Thousands of LED lights throughout the zoo will be featured in moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. ZOOLights runs from 6 pm. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Dec. 7-9 & Dec. 14 - Jan. 5 (Closed Christmas Day). Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for zoo members.


3. Downtown Dazzle: An Illumination Celebration

The offices of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus at 225 E. Duval Street will be illuminated with a holiday light display synchronized to recorded songs of the season broadcast on 94.5 FM. The lights will be on display nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. through Jan. 1.


4. Christmas lights at Blackhawk Bluff

 The Blackhawk Bluff neighborhood off Girvin Road is considered one of the best places to see Christmas lights in Jacksonville. They've been lighting up the trees for at least 15 years. The neighborhood is located off Girvin Road and Blackhawk Trail South.


5. Jacksonville Beach Deck the Chairs

The annual lighted sculptural exhibit decorates the iconic chairs of The American Red Cross Life Saving Corps at the Seawalk Pavilion and Latham Plaza. This year, it features a one-of-a-kind display -- giant jellyfish with tentacles full of single-use plastics. The displays are up now through Jan. 1.


6. Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

The park's Festival of Lights has grown over the years and has been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast United States for almost a decade.


7. St. Augustine's Nights of Lights

The 25th Annual Nights of Lights dazzles the city as some three million lights adorn every corner of the historic district for two months. This award-winning holiday lights display runs from now until Feb. 3 in historic St. Augustine.


8. Christmas on Crystal Springs

This award-winning display located on Crystal Springs Drive is a favorite around Jacksonville and does its display in a big way.


9. Southcreek Lights

It’s a light show synchronized to Christmas music. 64 channels, 29 songs, approx 5,000 lights, listen to the music on 94.7FM. The show runs from 5:30 p.m. – midnight, 7 days a week through December 31. You can find more info at SouthcreekLights.com.




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