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Spending your Holidays in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is always a wonderful place to be, but it takes on a special magic as the holiday season approaches. If you have never experienced Daytona Beach during the holidays, why not make this the year; trading in your snowman for a sandcastle. Spend Christmas on the beach and get your Christmas shopping done at funky seaside shops instead of at the mall.

Christmas at the beaches are just as festive without the cold and snow. You do not have to fight your way through a blizzard to enjoy the beauty of the holidays. Just make your plans to be in Daytona Beach this holiday season. There is a reason Daytona Beach is ranked #1 in the TRAVEL CHANNEL’s 2017 “Top 10 Attractions in Florida.”

Daytona Beach offers its visitors a wide range of sightseeing opportunities, attractions, and tours. From fun-filled family activities to a wealth of cultural attractions, there are endless scheduled events going on in Daytona Beach. When it comes to making more quality time and lifelong memories with your family, there is no place like Daytona for the holidays.


The Festival Capital of Florida

Daytona Beach is the festival capital of Florida and a standout in the state for its many planned activities. At the heart of these is Bike Week on Main Street; just one reason Daytona lays claim to the title of Festival Capital of Florida. These events take place throughout the year, so there is always something going on in Daytona Beach. There will be fun activities every day in December, so feel free to drop in anytime.


A Wealth of Historical Sites

Daytona Beach is home to several historical sites, and the holiday season always brings a touch of nostalgia. Give in to the pull of the past as you visit the many historical sites scattered throughout the region. Start with our ancient ancestors by visiting the Timucuan Sugarmill Botanical Garden Indians, then check out the many Spanish and French settlements, the sugar mill plantations and the man who literally put Florida on the map as a tourist destination; the fascinating Henry Flagler.

When you visit, you can learn about the humble beginnings of our state, visit its parks and plantations, see its preserves and historic sites. Take a walk through history as you tour Rockefeller’s Ormond Beach home, known as the Casements. Visit the ruins of the old sugar mill plantations at Bulow Creek State Park, Sugarmill Botanical Gardens, Sugarmill Ruins and DeLeon Springs State Park. No matter where you go, you will find history at every turn.


The Boardwalk and Pier

The boardwalk and pier at Daytona is focused on the two most critical parts of any vacation: fun and food. The holiday season is a time for tasty treats, and you will find plenty of those delicious delights as you stroll down the boardwalk and explore the pier at Daytona Beach.

Take your snacking to the next level as you browse the Main Street Pier. Enjoy lunch with your family at Joe’s Crab Shack, located near the end of the pier right over the Atlantic Ocean. Not in the mood for seafood? No problem. Enjoy a slice of cheesy pizza, a delicious ice cream cone, and even a rooftop bar; aptly dubbed The Roof. There you can indulge in your favorite tropical drinks as you watch the world go by.


Daytona Beach knows how to party, and its residents know how to keep the party going into the cold days of December. So this year, trade in your snowsuit for a swimsuit and see all the great things Daytona Beach has to offer at Marina Grande on the Halifax.



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Holidays In Daytona Beach

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You’re sure to hear those lyrics as well as those of many Christmas songs in the Daytona Beach area during November and December. Celebrating the holidays in Daytona Beach is magical and it’s easy to get in the spirit. Even without the snow, you’ll find plenty of fun holiday activities and shopping to help you spread the yuletide cheer. You might even get to meet the big guy from the North Pole!

Holiday Festivities

There’s always a ton to do in Daytona, but this is most true during the holidays. From Christmas lights decorating the city to holiday shows, it’s a (warm) winter wonderland. One of the biggest events is “Light Up Volusia” is a free event where the highlight is the lighting of the 50 foot holiday tree and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. If you have children, no event will get them more excited for Christmas morning than this.

Another great event is the “Christmas Boat Parade” sponsored by the Halifax River Yacht Club. Every year, hundreds of boats deck their decks with Christmas lights and decorations and “parade” down the Halifax River. If you’ve never been, this is quite the site to see.

Shopping For Presents

One of the biggest parts of the holidays is the exchanging of gifts. Remember when your parents told you “it’s better to give than receive”? Well, if you’re going to give, you have to find something to give! There’s no better place than at the Volusia Mall. Not only are there over 125 stores to get your shop on, but the entire mall is expertly decorated with a holiday theme. Bring your kids and they will be able to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him their wishes. You’ll even be able to take home a professional photo of this special moment.

The holidays in Daytona Beach are special, so make the most of this time by enjoying some of these great activities.