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Old 10-20-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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I ask because I was in a small town during Christmas in north Florida on business one year and had nothing to do so I wandered around the town a little. IT WAS GREAT, like something out of a TV movie or Norman Rockwell painting. I live in Fort Lauderdale and it has lousy Christmas stuff. If they aren't trying to get in your pocket, it is some contrived, crowded thing that is superficial. They used to have Christmas in Las Olas but it is awful now. A bunch bad entertainment of over priced restaurants trying to lure you in. I would like to take a few weekends around Christmas and go to some family friendly places and enjoy a Christmas that doesn't hit you over the head with commercialism. I am kind of sick of it.
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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I live in St. Augustine and we have a very pretty,small town Christmas. We have a "night of lights" where they light the entire downtown with little white lights. You can buy tickets for the scenic cruise and view the event from the water. There are horse carriages and trains that you can ride through downtown, along with lots of cool shops and good (non-chain) restaurants. There is also a Christmas tour of the historic bed and breakfasts.
St Augustine Florida has some more information
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:46 PM
 
Location: NYC/Orlando
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Orlando always has fun Christmas things to do- especially at the theme parks (mostly Disney)... they go all-out for the holidays. The small town of Mount Dora (an hour north), has a charming downtown that gets decked out with lights/decorations every year. That may be more along the lines of what you're looking for.
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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As the last poster said, Lake County has some great small towns - Mount Dora, Tavares and Eustis all have lakefront holiday decorations. Google Any of them for the city website - Mount Dora has some simple, free evetns in December as do the others. check out b&b recommendations on tripadvisor if that's your thing. Take the turnpike to 429 north to 441 north- an easy drive!
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:44 AM
 
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St. Augustine
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Disney at Christmas time is gorgeous. We went in early December one year and it so got us in the holiday spirit.
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:53 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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Our little town, Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, is pretty and fun.
I like it because we have a festive atmosphere, but it is definitely small-town.
Of course, on the south end of the island, the Ritz-Carlton and the Plantation shops are there for people who want the fancier stuff.

During November-December, our historic downtown (north end of the island) is all lit up, all the Victorian bed and breakfast homes are decorated.
From around Thanksgiving on, there is a series of special events.
A couple of the more fun ones: The day after Thanksgiving is Pajama Day: customers roam downtown wearing pajamas for discounts.
The first weekend in December is the Pet Parade, which benefits the local humane society. Pets 'dress up' for the holiday and parade around downtown.
An especially fun event was the lighted Christmas boat parade. Viewers gather at the marina downtown and watch beautiful boats glide by, all lit up for the holidays.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I would have to say Orlando. Don't stay on a Disney Property though.... they are rip offs. Stay at the Gaylord Palms hotel is Kissimmee <hysi> and go to ICE! Their huge indoor Ice Sculpture/activities attraction. When renting a room at the Gaylord Palms be sure to have an atrium view room, request one where you can see the stage. They have free live shows throughout the day at its great being able to watch them from your balcony if you choose to. The atrium is also lit up with X-mas lights and decorations.

In fact, we had such a good time there last year, we're going to do it again.

And of course, Epcot is great as well since the World Showcase displays the different ways different cultures celebrate their holiday season along with their unique foods.
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:08 AM
 
Location: FL
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Disney at Christmas time is gorgeous. We went in early December one year and it so got us in the holiday spirit.
I agree and if the parks aren't your thing they do the resorts up real pretty.
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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I second Mt Dora. Celebration , FL is another option.


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