Light Up Ocala

Embrace the holiday season with twinkling lights, scrumptious food, vibrant performances, engaging activities, and more.

Horse Statue with holiday decorations in Ocala, Marion County, FL

Every year, downtown Ocala transforms into a festive wonderland with breathtaking string lights and holiday decorations. Celebrating the start of the holiday season, Light Up Ocala features many things to do with a wide range of local businesses and an assortment of mouthwatering eats. Whether you’re shopping for Christmas gifts or planning a family-friendly outing, Light Up Ocala features merry fun for all ages.

Event Details:

  • Activities & Attractions - Watch the flipping of a switch and marvel at thousands of lights across the downtown area, revealing a dazzling array of colorful hues and holiday displays. Bring your little ones and participate in an interactive kids zone. Cheer with the crowd at the Junior Sunshine Parade with a guest appearance from Santa and dive into the ultimate holiday extravaganza.
  • Food & Drinks - Explore a burgeoning culinary scene with an array of local eats and drinks. With rows of savory and sweet delights, visitors will enjoy an outdoor snack or dinner experience at Light Up Ocala. Looking for more? Head to a nearby restaurant or bar in Ocala and embark on a foodie’s adventure.
  • Live Entertainment - Don’t miss listening to live performances that will have you grooving to upbeat holiday tunes. Stroll through the event while tapping your feet to infectious beats and be immersed in a lively atmosphere.
  • Shopping - Light Up Ocala will feature more than 100 vendors, ranging from handcrafted goods and keepsakes to breathtaking decorations and artworks.
downtown square christmas lights

When & Where:

This event will be held November 18, running from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Make your way to this event in Ocala Historic Downtown Square, which is located at 1 SE Broadway Street, Ocala, FL 34471. Check back for more information on parking near Light Up Ocala. The switch happens at 6:30 p.m., so make your way to the square before for the view!

Nearby Activities

Expand your festive outing with thrilling things to do in the downtown area. Film aficionados will enjoy catching a classic movie at the Marion Theatre before or after enjoying Light Up Ocala. For a kid-friendly adventure before this event, wander to Tuscawilla Park and explore fascinating exhibits at the Discovery Center, an interactive science-focused institution.

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