(Sebring, FL) – Warm fires, festive lights, and a visit from Saint Nick himself can only mean one thing—the holidays are here. The Sebring area is celebrating this special season with events big and small for guests of all ages. Whether you live in the area or you’re visiting friends and family nearby, we invite you to explore some of the best holiday events and celebrations in Sebring, Lake Placid, and Avon Park.
Central Florida’s Sebring area is celebrating this special holiday season with events big and small for guests of all ages. Whether you live in the area or you’re visiting friends and family nearby, come experience some of the best holiday events and celebrations in Sebring, Lake Placid, and Avon Park.
Christmas at the Jacaranda Hotel
November 28 – January 8
Visit the hotel and halls where Babe Ruth, Clark Gable and Al Capone once stayed. Step back in time and embrace the magical holiday season at this 1920s historic hotel. Full of traditional and festive holiday décor, the Grand Lobby showcases a 15-foot Christmas tree, nutcrackers, fireplace and ornate holiday splendor. Stroll the Arcade decorated with poinsettias, an antique sleigh and lavish decorations or enjoy a buffet lunch or dinner in the Palm and Citrus Dining Rooms. Make sure to stop and say hello to Santa and Mrs. Claus from December 3-23 (Saturdays and Sundays from noon-2:00 PM/Thursdays and Fridays, 5-7 PM). There’s also a special Christmas brunch buffet on December 18th.
Carousel of Lights
November 26 – December 25
Join us for the annual Downtown Sebring Carousel of Lights as historic Circle Park illuminates again with an amazing display of festive holiday lights displayed each night from 6-9 PM. In addition to the lights, this 4-week long event will feature Santa Claus every night, kid games and miniature golf. Free to attend; fee to participate in the activities.
Avon Park Christmas Parade
November 28, 2022
Main Street, Avon Park & the Jacaranda Hotel
Join Avon Park for their annual Christmas parade with floats, cheerleaders, bands, fire trucks and, of course, Santa Claus. Parade starts at 7:00 PM. One of the best ways to experience the parade is from the Jacaranda Hotel’s veranda. Enjoy appetizers, music and cocktails starting at 6:30 pm. $50/person; must register in advance. Call (863) 453-3133.
Sebring Christmas Parade
December 2, 2022
Here’s another chance to see Santa! Just four days after his Avon Park parade, St. Nick heads over to Sebring. Starting on the corner of North Ridgewood Drive and Sebring Parkway, the parade then travels south to Circle Park, which will be illuminated by the Carousel of Lights, and ends at South Commerce Avenue at the corner of McLane Lane. Enjoy the music, floats and festivities. The parade starts at 7:00 PM.
Christmas on the Circle
December 3, 2022
A new holiday event for the Sebring area, Christmas on the Circle event will include a Merry Market (2-9 pm), with vendors set up as a one-stop-shop for finding the perfect unique gift for the holiday season! Apparel, home décor, sweet treats and more will be on display. To end the day there will be an outdoor festival (5-9 pm). Attendees will enjoy “Florida” snow showers every 30 minutes, festive picture opportunities, entertainment throughout the evening and other surprises along the way. There will be armbands available to purchase (limited number) to enjoy ice skating, a snow maze, cookie decorating and getting your picture taken in a giant snow globe.
The Nutcracker – South Carolina Ballet
December 4, 2022
Alan Jay Wildstein Center for Performing Arts
A worldwide holiday favorite for young and old will delight audiences with gorgeous costumes, beautiful scenery, comedy, and sumptuous music! With a charming Prince, dancing gumdrops, a Sugar Plum Fairy, enchantments and snow!
Jingle Bell Run 5K + Children’s Fun Run
December 9, 2022
Union Church in Avon Park
Grab your sneakers and show your holiday spirit. Join The Jarrett Family for their annual Jingle Bell Run along Avon Park’s Main Street. Enjoy the festive Main Street lighting and help raise funds for the development of the Advent Health Sebring Wellness Center.
Florida Flywheelers’ Christmas in the Village
December 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2022
Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club
The Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club promotes interest in restoring, preserving and exhibiting antique internal combustion engines, steam engines, antique tractors and autos and other labor-saving devices from the by-gone years. Join them at their season kick-off event that salutes our veterans.
Lake Placid Christmas Parade
December 10, 2022
Downtown Lake Placid
Join Lake Place for their annual Christmas Parade with floats, cheerleaders, bands, fire trucks and, of course, Santa Claus. Parade starts at 7:00 PM.
Kaleidoscope Series: Holiday Traditions Around the World
December 11, 2022
Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts
This fast-paced, rollicking musical takes a joyous around the world tour of the dances, songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and many more holidays. Audiences young and old will sing, clap and tap along as they learn new and old traditions, customs and folklore that instill the magic of the season. This is a free family event, but tickets are required for admission.
Darlene Love – Love for the Holidays
December 13, 2022
Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts
Get into the Christmas spirit with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Grammy Award winner: Darlene Love! Since the early sixties, Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs and on Broadway.. Her Billboard hits include: He’s A Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home, He’s Sure the Boy I Love and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home. Darlene performs a number of special Christmas shows every year and continues to enchant her fans with Christmas spirit.
Breakfast with Santa at Island View at the Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club
December 18, 2022
Island View at Sun ‘N Lake
Come say hello to Father Christmas at this all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast favorites, crafts, and photos with Santa! Reservations are required.
Christmas Eve Dinner at Chicanes Restaurant
December 24, 2022
Located in Inn on the Lakes Hotel, the Chicanes dining room will be specially decorated for the holidays. Enjoy all your favorite holiday treats!
Christmas Brunch at Seven Sebring Raceway Hotel
December 25, 2022
Seven Sebring Raceway Hotel
If you’re looking for turkey on Christmas day but don’t want to cook it yourself, Seven Sebring Raceway Hotel has you covered! Their holiday buffet brunch is served from 11AM – 1PM and reservations are suggested.
There’s More to Celebrate in Sebring
Visit Sebring is the destination marketing organization managed by the Highlands County Tourist Development Council (TDC). The mission of the TDC is to contribute to a positive quality of life for the residents of Highlands County through destination promotion, tourism development, advocacy, and resource management – which are foundation pieces for future economic growth. For more information, visit http://www.VisitSebring.com or find us on social media @VisitSebring.