Lighting ceremonies, craft fairs, a chili cookoff, parades and even a movie in the park highlight holiday activities in West Volusia.
The festivities in Orange City begin with Light Up Orange City on the steps of City Hall at 205 E. Graves Ave. at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.
The program includes Christmas carols, food trucks, a snow slide, bounce house, train rides and more, with a movie in the park, too. "A Christmas Story" will be featured at Dickenson Park, and residents are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
The following week, on Saturday Dec. 8, the Christmas Village Craft Fair kicks off at 11 a.m. in Dickenson Park. The craft fair lasts all day until 5:30 p.m., giving residents plenty of time to shop for special gifts.
Photos with Santa at the park's gazebo start at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., leaving plenty of time to find a great spot to view the annual Christmas parade, which begins on Volusia Avenue and travels from French Avenue to Ohio Avenue starting at 5 p.m. with the theme of "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree."
The city's annual Holiday Lighting Contest already is underway. For more information visit ourorangecity.com.
In DeBary, the holiday events begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, with the Chili Cook Off at DeBary Community park next to the post office. The event will feature photos with Santa, live entertainment, synthetic ice skating and free family activities. All activities will end at 5:45 p.m. as attention turns to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa.
DeBary's 25th annual Christmas Parade, themed "Silver Bells," begins on Spring Vista Drive at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The parade will travel north to U.S. 17/92 and will end, appropriately, at Poinsettia Drive and will feature the DeBary Babe Ruth 10u and 18u World Series Champion softball teams as grand marshals.
The holiday season is already abuzz with City of Deltona staff who are busy decorating City Hall, according to information provided by the city.
The annual Light Up City Hall starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, with a display that incorporates 1,000 strands of blue and white lights as well as a giant sleigh and reindeer. Santa's favorite, hot chocolate and cookies, will be served.
Santa arrives at City Hall Saturday, Dec. 8, and his Deltona version of the North Pole opens to families at 2 p.m. with visits with Santa from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8-9. Walk through the Winter Wonderland for holiday entertainment from local artists, food vendors and a free caricature artist and face painter. Admission is free, and Santa will have sweet treats for all the good boys and girls.
Deltona’s Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
The holiday spirit begins to shine in DeLand Friday, Nov. 30 with Light Up DeLand as Santa rides into town on a fire engine to light up the Christmas tree at DeLand City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Following the ceremony, the Jolly Old Elf will travel to Pioneer Park at 6 p.m. for photos.
The seasonal celebration continues at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, with the 70th annual Downtown DeLand Christmas Parade, which rolls north to south on Woodland Boulevard. The parade is presented by the Rotary Club of DeLand, the Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand and the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club.
Although the City of Lake Helen's annual Christmas Parade and Santa's Village were Nov. 24, there are still holiday events in the Gem of Florida.
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Blake Park, 437 S. Lakeview Drive, with Christmas carols by the students of Ivy Hawn Charter School, Volusia Pines Elementary School and the local Boys and Girls Club, with special guest St. Nick.
The weekly Market in the Park, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturdays, provides area residents with unique gift-shopping opportunities.
Area children of all ages can enjoy breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Hopkins Hall, followed that evening at 7 p.m. with the annual Christmas Dance, also at Hopkins Hall, 192 Connecticut Ave., Lake Helen.