The beauty of eternal summer in New Smyrna Beach means you get to enjoy the fun part of the season—the events, the festivals, the celebrations—without having to deal with the inconveniences of snow, cold, sleet, or frost. No need to don your winter coats and rubber boots; you can participate in the fun of the season wearing flip-flops and t-shirts as you listen to live entertainment, take your children to meet Santa, or enjoy the food or fun found at many places in the area! This guide to the top winter New Smyrna Beach events ensures that every minute of your winter escape will be ones you cherish forever.
Merry and Bright Christmas Festival
December – Events at the Grand Old Barn
You can’t think about winter without thinking about Christmas, so it is only natural that our first event in New Smyrna Beach is all about the holiday! The Merry and Bright Christmas Festival, held at the Grand Old Barn, is destined to be something your children will never want to forget. Offering a chance to meet the Clauses, (Yes, Mrs. Claus will be there too!) sip hot cocoa, and kick off the Christmas season the right way, the Merry and Bright festival is one of our favorites!
Holiday Craft and Vendor Show
December – Brannon Center
One stressor you cannot avoid, even during your vacation in paradise, is the need to purchase the perfect gifts for your friends and family. When your early winter journey brings you to our hometown on December 5, the Holiday Craft and Vendor Show can be the solution to all your problems! As one of the best things to do around New Smyrna Beach in winter, it offers a collection of unique gifts and art pieces that are handmade by talented artists as well as fun and fascinating wares featured by local vendors that you will suddenly discover you absolutely can’t live without. Open from 10 AM until 4 PM, this show has become our favorite holiday tradition, and once the gates open, we believe it will become yours as well!
The Spirit of Christmas
The Hub on Canal, Varying Dates throughout December
Christmas is in the air, and this reoccurring event that takes place throughout November and December will really give you the holiday excitement you crave! Offering a giving tree and a gallery of gifts as well as the opportunity to purchase handmade wreaths that will give a touch of festive to your Ocean Properties vacation escape, this unique event adds shine to the season and makes you feel good about yourself for participating, as proceeds will go to charity!
Images: A Festival of the Arts
January 28-30, 214 S Riverside Drive
January can be a month that makes you feel a little gloomy, making it the perfect time to go on a trip to New Smyrna Beach, and when you add a visit to the Images Festival to your itinerary, it will be impossible to stay down! This festival is THE New Smyrna Beach event of the year, even as it is held in January, and offers the opportunity to explore the works of local, national, and even international artists and perhaps bring home something a little artsy just for yourself. The works shown here are seriously amongst some of the best in the nation, and every time we go, we can’t help but add to our own collections, so after 46 years, you can imagine that our homes and offices are starting to look like art galleries themselves!
Band on the Run 5K
February – New Smyrna Beach City Gym
The deeper we get into the winter months, the tighter our clothing seems to get, but for the serious runners, (and even those that dabble) that never seems to be a problem! We keep promising that next year will be the year we participate in the Band on the Run 5K, held in the middle of the winter season, but as of yet, we have not. If you are of the more determined sort than we are and are planning on being in the area on February 26, sign up for the 5K (which offers live music along the route to make it easier) and make us look bad! Maybe next year we will feel sufficiently shamed to participate in the run ourselves.
Enjoy These Amazing New Smyrna Beach Events
Coming home after each event to the comforts found in our Ocean Properties seasonal sanctuaries promises to offer the memories you will treasure the most. Slip into your comfy clothes and watch Christmas movies on state-of-the-art televisions, sit on the balcony and discover the peace that comes along with the ebb and flow of the ocean tides, and when night falls, drift off into happy oblivion, waking the next day feeling refreshed and revigorated, and ready for the best things to do around New Smyrna Beach. Reserve your favorite Ocean Properties winter escape today!