The magic of Christmas is not dependent upon blankets of snow and colorful mittens, especially as winters tend to feel as if they go on and on and on. Perhaps your idea of the perfect holiday involves sunny skies, palm trees swaying in sea breezes, and afternoons spent on beautiful beaches while your nights are filled with the happiest of holiday dreams. The latter isn’t just a dream that helps you get through the coldest days of winter; it can be a Christmas reality when you choose to visit Cocoa Beach and our beautiful Stay In Cocoa Beach holiday hideaways for your Noel celebrations. This guide to the top reasons to spend Christmas in Cocoa Beach, Florida will help you see that dreams really do come true in paradise!
Holiday traditions are important, and if seeing The Nutcracker live is one of your traditions, and you are planning on arriving in Cocoa Beach a little earlier in the month, planning a night out at our historic Cocoa Beach Playhouse will let you keep this very important tradition. Offering four nights of fun and magic, the Galmont Ballet’s rendition of this holiday favorite will bring you to tears and as you and your family watch young Clara dance her heart out, your Christmas spirit will be renewed.
With temperatures hovering in the 70s and the turquoise waters matching the air temps, you too can enjoy a Merry “Beachmas” with all the trimmings—and by trimmings we mean golden sands, turquoise waters, and fire in the sky every evening at sunset. Swimming, snorkeling, or simply laying back on your beach towel, your new earbuds that were under the tree just that morning, playing your favorite tunes. Leave the snow shoveling to your family and friends back home and shovel sunshine in Florida, knowing the only salt you will come across is the salt on the rim of your margarita glass.
You have options. You can lug wrapped presents with you cross country, hoping that TSA doesn’t think your gifts look suspicious, or you can spend the days leading up to the holiday shopping in local stores. We think the answer to that dilemma is quite clear, and when you shop till you drop in Cocoa Beach you will always find the gifts that will make recipients cheer, especially when you choose the shops we have listed below.
• Banana River Square, 2005 N Atlantic Ave – Offering an assortment of shops and restaurants in historic storefronts. You’ll find something for everyone to enjoy in these small businesses.
• Cocoa Beach Harley Davidson, 3670 N Atlantic Avenue – The Biker in your life will be thrilled to receive a Cocoa Beach tee shirt (or poker chips, hats, even watches and earrings) from the Harley Davidson Store.
• The Avenue Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave – Visit some of the classic stores like Bath & Body Works, Kohls, and Lululemon to get the crowd-pleasing shopping experience. Then try some lesser-known stores such as Talbots, Thrive Local, and Belk.
• The Florida Key Lime Pie Company, 102 Dixie Lane – Ok, this last store is more of a gift for everyone, offering the best tasting pies in the state. In our humble opinion, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas in Cocoa Beach, Florida without this delicacy ending the meal.
Of course, we all know that for our kids, it’s a visit to Santa that helps keep the magic of the holiday alive, and while you are doing some more holiday shopping at the Merritt Square Mall, why not set aside some time for a visit with the jolly old elf himself? Appearing at the mall every day from November 30th through Christmas Eve, the bearded wonder can get a little busy so reservations are recommended and can be made here. Offering a guaranteed spot on Santa’s lap, those who make reservations can also expect a phone call from the North Pole and enjoy free access to My Photo (where your special pic will be uploaded to) the entire season.
The spirit of Christmas is in all of us and can be strengthened by the traditions you keep, many of which will take place without leaving the comfort of our Stay In Cocoa Beach holiday hideaways. Binge-watch all the new Hallmark Christmas movies on televisions offering pictures so clear, you may feel like you are a part of the story playing out on the screen. Sip eggnog on the balconies of your beachfront escape, watching the sun sink into the sea as your children practically vibrate with excitement in anticipation of the late-night visitor you will welcome after all have gone to sleep on Christmas Eve. And dream happy dreams in cozy bedrooms, anchored by soft beds topped with even softer linens. Every Christmas dream can come true when you choose Stay In Cocoa Beach. Reserve your favorite property with us today!
Taking time to enjoy a journey to Cocoa Beach is always a captivating vacation experience. Those who head here for the Christmas holiday have even more to look forward to! The following are just a few of the many exciting Cocoa Beach Christmas activities and events to check out when travel plans bring you this way in 2022. Whether you add one or all of them to your Christmas itinerary, a holiday away in Cocoa Beach is one that promises to thrill from start to finish.
One of the most highly anticipated holiday events that Christmas travelers to Cocoa Beach can look forward to is the arrival of the annual Holiday Boat Parade. In its 3rd year in 2022, this exciting moment is shaping up to be unforgettable! The Holiday Boat Parade will be held on Friday, December 9th between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm with prime seating options available at Riverfront Park. The Holiday Boat Parade launches at Barton Avenue and ends at Intercoastal Waterway Park. This illuminating and whimsical on-the-water event is made up of vessels of all sizes decked out in their holiday best. Spectators can watch everything from charter party boats and speed boats to sailboats drift by lit up with lights from stem to stern. Some vessels have even been known to decorate their decks with everything from holiday lawn ornaments and Christmas trees to inflatable reindeer, Santas, and snowmen too. Passengers themselves typically dress up in holiday attire and some boats blast holiday music to make the festive scene even more fun for those watching.
Enjoy a fun Cocoa Beach Christmas event this year that’s truly one-of-a-kind when you choose to watch the Cocoa Beach Surfing Santas hit the waves in holiday style! This event is typically hosted on December 24th and sees a variety of surfers wearing their best Santa apparel get out on the water on their surfboards, much to the delight of spectators! Hundreds of Santas participate in this annual event with raises money for the Florida Surf Museum. Once you’ve had your fill of surfing fun, head over to Hunkerdown Hideaway on S. Atlantic Avenue to enjoy performances by Cheery Down and a delicious Bloody Mary bar until 2:00 pm.
On December 17th head to the Cocoa Beach Pier and watch Santas fall from the sky at this free event! Come watch professional skydivers dressed as Santa demonstrate a variety of skydiving techniques. Some of those techniques include flying canopies, high-speed landings, and more, all while swerving around an inflatable Christmas tree, carrying flags, and making attempts to land on a giant inflatable Santa chair. The first skydivers will land at 11:00 am and it will continue until 3:00 pm. If you want to book a vacation rental with a great view of the event so you can enjoy it without having to leave your cozy rental, our Chateau by the Sea condo rentals fit the bill! The rooftop deck of these rentals will have a fantastic view of this festive event!
Those who make their way to Cocoa Beach, Florida around Christmas will find themselves just in time to enjoy the fun at Winterfest. This annual event will be held on December 3, 2022, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm along Minutemen Causeway. This is a family-friendly gathering that celebrates the season all day long with Santa showing up from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm to take pictures with little ones and receive gift requests! Organizers of Winterfest even bring in faux snow machines to set a wintery scene for visitors up until noon. The event is brimming over with savory food trucks for guests to enjoy as well as a variety of craft vendors on site and a beer tent as well. There will be live music playing throughout the day to bring even more festive cheer into the experience. At 2:00 pm, guests can enjoy watching a Christmas Parade complete with costumes, floats, and music. This is a fun-for-all experience you won’t want to miss when you’re in Cocoa Beach for Christmas this year!
If you’re looking forward to some holiday retail therapy during your Cocoa Beach getaway, or you simply have some last-minute Christmas gifts to check off the list, heading to a holiday fair is sure to inspire. The 2022 Art & Craft Holiday Bazaar will be in full swing on December 3rd and December 4th between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm and 10:00 am and 4:00 pm respectively. This fun holiday experience is hosted in Cocoa Village and welcomes over 250 vendors showcasing one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment, and savory street food to enjoy during their visit. Admission is free and this is a kid and pet-friendly event that welcomes everyone to come and get in on the holiday fun.
There’s never been a better time to start planning your next incredible Christmas adventure in Cocoa Beach, Florida. When you know you’ll be needing incredible accommodations to top off your getaway in holiday style, the team at Stay in Cocoa Beach has you covered. Reach out today to learn more about our luxurious holiday rental options available and how we can help you turn all of your holiday travel plans into a reality. We’ll make sure you’re set up in a property option that keeps you close to the Christmas fun while infusing style, luxury, and comfort into the experience too. We can’t wait to see you in Cocoa Beach!