When it comes to holiday cheer, we’ve got you covered. The Sebring area, reaching to Avon Park and Lake Placid, Florida, wants to be your home(town) for the holidays with countless events and celebrations taking place starting in early November. So, make your list of festivals, parades and shows to check out this season, and check it twice to make sure you’re not missing any of the festive fun. Here’s your guide to a special Sebring holiday.

Christmas at the Jacaranda Hotel

November 10 – January 22
Jacaranda Hotel

It doesn’t feel like the holidays until the Jacaranda Hotel’s grand 15-foot Christmas tree goes up. The legendary property — graced by celebrities through the decades — is kicking off the holiday season on November 10 with ornate décor around every corner. Nutcrackers, antique sleighs, candy canes, vibrant poinsettias and twinkling lights come together to create a truly magical experience. During your visit, be sure to grab lunch or dinner at the hotel’s fine dining rooms or make it an overnight celebration by booking a room. 

Carousel of Lights

November 27 – December 25
Downtown Sebring

Fancy a stroll through Downtown Sebring? During the holiday season, this charming city center transforms into a Christmas celebration with a striking display at the Carousel of Lights. Each evening from 6pm to 9pm, Circle Park lights up with dazzling string lights and festive features, accompanied by appearances by Santa, kids games, mini golf, and more.  

Holiday Events and Celebrations

29th Annual Turkey Trot 5k

November 25, 2021
Highlands Hammocks State Park

Be part of a nearly three-decade-long tradition and get your blood pumping before feasting on Thanksgiving dinner. Walk, jog or run the Turkey Trot 5k at Highlands Hammock State Park, a lush natural backdrop for your early-morning exercise. Be sure to register early to secure your race shirt!

Jacaranda Jubilee

November 29, 2021
Jacaranda Hotel

Looking for the best spot in town to catch the Avon Park Christmas Parade? The Jacaranda Hotel’s got you covered. For $50 per person, you’ll be able to watch the parade stroll by from the hotel’s veranda while enjoying appetizers, music and cocktails. Claim your spot in advance by calling 863-453-3133. 

Holiday Events and Celebrations

Gatlin Brothers: A Country Christmas

December 2, 2021
Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts

A Grammy-award winning trio, the Gatlin Brothers are coming to town this holiday season. Performing at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts, this group has earned its standing as American music royalty and this is your chance to see Larry, Steve and Rudy give their renditions of Christmas classics.  

Holiday Events and Celebrations

Sebring Christmas Parade 

December 3, 2021
Downtown Sebring

Get an early start to your holiday celebrations with the annual Sebring Christmas parade, taking place in downtown Sebring. Catch the Carousel of Lights, live music, floats and, of course, a special appearance by Santa Claus himself! The parade kicks off on the corner of North Ridgewood Drive and Sebring Parkway, then heads down to Circle Park, wrapping up at South Commerce Avenue and McLane Lane. Find your perfect spot along the route and let the magic of the season take over.

Holiday Home and Garden Tour 

December 5, 2021

Discover some of Lake Placid’s most beautiful (and festive!) homes on the 11th Annual Holiday Home & Garden Tour. These residences have been decorated to the nines and are ready to wow those in attendance. A $15 donation gets you a ticket to the tour, with the holiday café at the Masonic Lodge open for complimentary refreshments. Spread a little holiday cheer yourself by bringing an ornament to add to the club’s “Giving Tree.”

Jacaranda Hotel Annual Christmas Luncheon

December 9, 2021
Jacaranda Hotel

Treat your appetite and your love for festive celebrations at the Jacaranda Hotel’s annual Christmas luncheon. This fundraising event benefits the South Florida State College Foundation and $50 per person gets you a mouthwatering feast, including dessert! Seating is limited so please register in advance by calling 863-453-3133.

Jingle Bell Run

December 10, 2021
Union Church in Avon Park  

Christmas spirit with a side of sweat – all benefiting a good cause! Lace up your running shoes for the Jingle Bell Run and loop through downtown Avon Park’s holiday light display for a breezy 5k or kids’ fun run. Race proceeds will go towards the development of the Advent Health Sebring Wellness Center. Children’s Fun Run starts at 6:00 pm and 5k Race starts at 6:20 pm.  

Holiday Events and Celebrations

Florida Flywheelers’ Christmas in the Village

December 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2021
Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club

Drive through a winter wonderland with a Florida twist. The Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club invites you and your family to their splendidly decorated Christmas Village for a community-focused event giving back to those in need. The price of admission? Canned goods, unwrapped toys or cash donations. 

Holiday Events and Celebrations

Lake Placid Christmas Parade

December 11, 2021
Downtown Lake Placid

An annual holiday tradition for Lake Placid residents and those in surrounding communities, the Lake Placid Christmas Parade features floats, live bands, cheerleading performances, fire truck parade and so much more! Keep your eyes peeled for Santa himself coming down the street to spread holiday cheer to all in attendance. Stake out your spot along the route and enjoy the festivities with the whole family in tow.

Kaleidoscope Series: Holiday Traditions Around the World

December 12, 2021
Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts

Joy to the world, literally! Experience a musical celebrating the magic of the season with dances, songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays from around the world. This free family event shines a light on traditions and folklore across diverse cultures and countries, making it a heart-warming way to learn more about those around us near and far. 

Michael W. Smith Christmas Concert

December 13, 2021
Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts

Don’t miss a Christmas concert by Grammy-award-winning musician Michael W. Smith, taking place at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts. This chart-topping artist has earned dozens of awards and sold over 18 million records during his career, continuing to produce new music and performing to sold-out crowds of fans across the world. Get your tickets today!

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Avon Park Chamber of Commerce Christmas in the Park 

December 13, 2021
Donaldson Park in Avon Park

Show your Avon Park community your support at the annual Avon Park Chamber of Commerce Christmas in the Park event. This free, family-friendly celebration hosts hometown choirs from local schools and music groups, showcasing their talents for the residents of this charming city. Grab a hot cocoa and get ready for an evening of musical delights!

There’s More to Celebrate in Sebring

With no shortage of holiday festivities happening this year, there’s always more to see and do in Sebring, Avon Park and Lake Placid. Check out our events calendar for the full line-up of happenings for the season and beyond!