Florida is a wonderful destination all year round. But for the holiday season, it’s extra special and completely magical, whether you’re traveling as a couple or as a family. Here are three reasons why you should spend Christmas in Florida.
It’s cool and luxurious if you need it to be
If you’re after an understated Christmas time where you’ll feel pampered and indulged over the festive period, my top tip would be to head to Miami. It’s home of some of the most beautiful and super cool hotels in America where you’ll be attended to by friendly hotel staff and get to switch off for a few days. The choice of luxury hotels in Miami is excellent, whether you want super chic minimalist or a beautiful art deco style abode. Miami has some terrific restaurants and high-end shopping to treat yourself to some designer goodies. And although it’s a great place to have a break any time of year, there’s a wonderful holiday atmosphere in Miami in December that makes it extra special.
It’s magical if you want it to be
If you’re travelling with children, one of the most magical places they can be at Christmas time is Walt Disney World. Disney don’t do things by halves, so expect beautiful décor, infectious yuletide music and festive fare alongside your little ones favourite Disney characters. Some of the Disney hotels are particularly luxurious and opulently decorated during the holidays to make them truly spectacular. But if you want to swerve Disney overload, there are plenty of other places to have a magical family Christmas in Florida. Try the Pensacola Winterfest or the Annual Key West Holiday Fest for a good dose of holiday merriment, twinkly lights and delicious eggnog. One of my favourite celebrations is the Night of Lights that’s part of the Annual St Augustine Christmas Parade. It’s magical and delightful.
The weather is perfect
Florida’s lovely year-round temperature means that even in December it’s not too chilly. Sure, some people just love snowy landscapes during the holidays, but at least in Florida you know you don’t have to layer up and brave the cold. Instead, you can still get out and about to enjoy Florida’s attractions and the beautiful holiday events that take place up and down the state. For snow bunnies, there’s plenty of faux-snow to enjoy at most of Florida’s Christmas attractions. But for the real deal, don’t miss a visit to ICE! at Gaylord Palms. It’s an award-winning display of millions of pounds of ice hand-carved sculptures.