Holiday Events in Citrus County, FL | Discover Crystal River

Holiday Events, the More the Merrier!

Escape the cold this winter and come enjoy all the the festivities with us here in the Sunshine State! With plenty to keep you in the holiday spirits, its sure to be the most wonderful time of the year.

If you need a quick getaway this winter, before or after the holiday festivities hit your home, look no further than Florida’s Crystal River region. In Citrus County, we know how to celebrate and bring people together for a bit of old-fashioned fun. Consider planning a trip around one of our signature events and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of the holiday season in Crystal River and its surrounding cities of Homosassa, Inverness and Floral City. Here’s our “must-do” winter event list to start planning your visit.

Crystal River Christmas Tree Lighting Festival at First Friday – Dec. 2, Crystal River

Come on down to Crystal River on the first Friday of every month to enjoy live music, food and drinks along main street, and local crafters/makers. This First Friday will be extra cheerful as we kick off the holiday season in a twinkling winter wonderland with food, drinks, falling snow and Santa Claus. Learn more at

Floral City Heritage Event, Candles & Carols – Dec. 2, Floral City

This fun and educational event showcases Floral City’s early days. Town Center Park and downtown Floral City come alive with lights; volunteers dressed in period attire lead tours of historic homes and the museum; and you can expect good company, food and music. Demonstrations, horse cart rides and more make this event fun for all ages.

Light Up Inverness – Dec. 3, Inverness

Kids will love this Christmas celebration in Inverness, featuring train rides, live music and light displays at Liberty Park, a boat parade, and a visit from Santa himself. Visitors can enjoy the local competition for Lamp Post Decorations, too.

Fort Cooper Nights of Lights – Dec. 9-10, Inverness

This holiday event is a must-see. Stroll through this beautiful state park under a canopy of sparkling lights, make your own s’mores, and enjoy holiday music and refreshments. Instead of an entrance fee, guests are asked to bring a food item or toy for the Citrus United Basket of Inverness or pet feed for Citrus County Animal Services.

Inverness Olde Fashioned Christmas – Dec. 13, Inverness

Head to downtown Inverness for a fun, festive night full of holiday magic. Featuring live music, carolers, holiday activities, food, a Santa sighting and so much more. There is also a VIP ticket option for an extra festive event at the Old Courthouse and the Valerie Theatre.

Celebration of Light – Dec. 17-23, Homosassa

The community can expect to see different entertainment and refreshments nightly. Enjoy Sebastian’s Winter Wonderland, a synchronized light, sound show and more! Donations will benefit the Friends of Homosassa Springs.

Florida Manatee Festival – Jan. 14-15, Crystal River

The 36th Annual Florida Manatee Festival kicks off the New Year in Crystal River with manatee boat and kayak tours, live entertainment on three stages, kids’ activities, the “Hippie Village” at Heritage House, and more. For the Manatee Capital of the World, this event is a staple!


Britney Guertin
Hayworth PR Contributor

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