Looking for things to do this winter in Brevard County? From a snowy winter wonderland-themed village in Viera that includes skydiving and surfing Santas on Christmas Eve in Cocoa Beach and an ice rink, this year’s choices for holiday amusement on the Space Coast will be huge and fun.
Viera’s Winter Festival and Holiday Village will open this weekend on grounds of Calvary Chapel off Stadium Parkway. Backed by sponsorships to the Viera Foundation, it will likely attract over 50,000 visitors during the next 30+ days.
The village features a 60-by-110-foot ice rink where the skaters will have the prospect to enjoy what event organizer Joane Dowd refers to as “little Rockefeller Center in Central Brevard.” The village will also contain a 90 foot long snow slide, a snowman-shaped bounce house, and an enormous snow globe where visitors can shoot holiday pictures.
Plus food vendors, holiday movies, animals from the Brevard Zoo, caroling by community organizations and schools, a live nativity show brought to you by members of the Calvary Chapel Theatre group, and more.
You will also get an chance to enjoy holiday-themed sand sculptures created by creators Jill Harris and Thomas Koet of Brevard’s Sandsational throughout the first week in December. Santa will make his visit 8 December.
“I am sure this will be Brevard’s greatest holiday destination,” stated Dowd. “We’re hoping to start a tradition here. We have the support of around 600 volunteers who are fully committed to making this event unforgettable for all.”
On 29 November, the Light up Viera parade will start at 18:00. It will feature marching bands and 24 lit up floats. For more info, please visit the website lightupviera.com.
Listed below are a few other holiday activities organized all around Brevard during the coming weeks. Please also visit TgIF and floridatoday.com for even more special occasions:
For the people who wish to get into the spirit of the season through giving, a charity benefit concert, will be organized by Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic on 4 December. It will feature holiday favorites and well known hits from the sixties and seventies by the popular Lettermen and previous member of The 5th Dimension, Florence La Rue. Proceeds will be given to homeless people through the Catholic Charities of Central Florida Foundation.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to help raise funds for urgent programs that will go to homeless and hungry men, women, and children here in Brevard,” noted Angela Romano, ticket sales chairperson. There will be two concerts: a matineé at 14:30 and a performance at 19:00. Tickets cost $25 for general admission or $45 for reserved seating. They can be purchased at homelessheart.org. For more info, please call Romano at 321-773-2783.
The city of Cocoa will hold its 21st annual Holiday Festival on 6 December at Riverfront Park. Attractions include a snow slide, bounce house, and other games. A holiday movie on the large screen will be shown at 19:15. There will be fun on the main stage combined with the official Christmas tree lighting. For more info, please visit cocoafl.org or call 321-639-3500.
Palm Bay’s light parade will begin at 18:30, 6 December. It will showcase 100 floats, marching bands and people dressed in holiday outfit. The yearly event, a practice since 1987, will be backed by Palm Bay Hospital and Health First. It starts on San Filippo Drive, follows a westward route onto Malabar Road, and ends at Eldron Boulevard.
The Space Coast Flute Orchestra and Central Florida Winds, will stage their holiday concerts next month. “A Joyful Winds Jubilee” will be conducted by Richard Sabino at the Scott Center for Performing Arts at Holy Trinity’s Upper School campus at 17:00, 6 December. This concert is free.
On 13 December, the Cocoa-Rockledge holiday parade will begin at 18:00 at Rockledge High School and end at Lee Wenner Park. Due date for entries is 8 December. For more info, please call 321-633-1874.
At 15:00, 14 December, Suntree United Methodist Church will hold the Space Coast Flute Orchestra’s “Spirit of the Season” concert. This concert, with performances by the Brevard Ballet Academy Dancers and the Glorina Singers, is free. For more info, please visit scfo.org or cfwinds.org.
On 12-14 December, during three evening shows and a Sunday matinée, Rockledge’s Space Coast Iceplex Skating Club will hold its 18th annual Christmas show, “Annie’s Christmas Dream.” The participants, their age ranges from 3 to adult, will ignite the ice as they present the magical holiday story. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance. For more info, please visit spacecoasticeplex.com or call 321-504-7500.
A number of annual holiday boat parades will illuminate the Indian and Banana rivers. On 13 December, the Cocoa Beach parade can be enjoyed along the Banana River south to the Pineda Causeway. All ships, from sailboats to skiffs to larger yachts, are welcome. They will start the procession at the State Road 520 bridge.
This year’s “Let It Snow” Titusville downtown street party, a fundraising event for the Smile Angel Foundation and Brevard County Toys for Tots, will be 17:00 to 22:00, 12 December. Santa Claus will join Frosty the Snowman under the magic winter wonderland of falling snow and holiday lights in the streets of traditional downtown Titusville. Food and craft merchants will join dance, live theater, and martial arts groups together with bands at the event. For more info, please visit titusville.com.
On Christmas Eve morning, the waves in Cocoa Beach east of Minutemen Causeway will be dealt with by an estimated record-breaking crowd of paddle boarders, body boarders, and surfers dressed in Santa suits and similar holiday-inspired, festive outfit. This will be the fifth season for Surfing Santas, established by George Trosset. The event is free to participants and viewers.
The vibrant gathering traces its roots to a 2009 spot that Trosset copied that season by going surfing dressed as Santa with his son and daughter-in-law. Since then, it has spread like wildfire. This year, a team of Skydiving Santas plans to land on the beach among the viewers.
Mayor Dave Netteerstrom said he is excited about the event. “I want to challenge any city on the eastern seaboard to pull together more Surfing Santas on Christmas Eve. This family-friendly holiday event has become a tradition for the area, and it will likely continue to grow.”
This year’s event will start around 9:00. The skydivers are planning to land on the beach before noon.