When Santa Season comes around a sprinkle of enchantment comes with it, singing to our ever romantic hearts. If you're looking for magical date ideas for the 2019 Holiday season, look no further than this list.
From sweet shops & locks of love to trolly's, trains, & large light displays, you'll find a little bit of everything on this list. Without further ado, grab your boo and make it a magical night to remember.
Sweet Pete's Candy
Address: 400 N Hogan St, Jacksonville, FL
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Closed Mondays; dessert bar opens daily at 11 a.m.
Why You Need To Go: This whimsical little candy shop has walls & walls of sweets, as well as a dessert bar, social room, and cute gift options including chocolates, gift baskets, plushies and more. They're known to deck out their spaces for holidays too, making it a magical candy shop visit any time of year.
Price: Admission tickets start at $20 per vehicle and depend on when you visit & what vehicle you drive. Check all the details here.
When: Nov. 20, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2020
Address: Morocco Shrine Center, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Jacksonville, Florida
Why You Need To Go: Drive through a mile-long wonderland of enchanting light displays. Grab a hot cocoa or some holiday treats & cruise along the trails listening to Christmas tunes. A cute & casual, yet magical little date night.
Jacksonville Ice & SportsPlex
Price: $12 per person; $10 if you're a college student with a valid ID on Friday nights.
Address: 3605 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL
Hours: Vary with the season, and depending on if hockey games will take place. You can check for hours here.
Why You Need To Go: Take to the ice for a magical night skating together. They light up the ice with multicolored lights at night, and during the holidays they hang Christmas lights & put up a tree.
Light Up Nights & The Christmas Light Trolly
Price: Lights are free to admire throughout the town, while the trolly will come at a small cost, depending on which trolly tour you choose. Old Towne Trolley & Ripley's Red Train are both great options.
When: Every Night from Nov. 23, 2019, to Feb 2, 2020
Address: Plaza de la Constitucion — 170 St George St, St. Augustine, FL
Why You Need To Go: A short 1-hour road trip to St. Augustine out of Jax that will take you on a magical holiday trolly ride that will take you through one of the largest light displays in Florida with over a million lights.
Address: Located on the fence around a stretch of the Northbank Riverwalk near the Editorial Library — beneath the Acosta Bridge, looking over the train tracks.
Why You Need To Go: Walk the bridge with your love and lock in the romance. Similar to the Love Lock bridge in Paris, Jax has its own bridge where you can bring along a lock with your initials and date, lock to the bridge, and toss the key into the water. It's especially beautiful here at sunset.
Zoo Lights Jacksonville
Price: $15 per person for non-members, $8 for zoo members.
When: Dec. 7th through the 9th & Dec. 14th through Jan 5th, 2020. Sunday–Thursday 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Friday & Saturday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: 370 Zoo Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL
Why You Need To Go: Walk the zoo's multiple trails of lights, enjoying holiday cheer with music and snacks. You can even ride a lit-up holiday train, like a Florida Polar Express.
Deck The Chairs Light Display
When: Nov. 23, 2019–Jan. 1, 2020
Address: 1st St N & 1st Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Why You Need To Go: A huge interactive light display with music, holiday activities, and all those romantic & magical Christmasy vibes.
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