As the Sunshine State, you wouldn’t think of Florida as the ideal spot to get into the winter spirit. If anything, it would be an escape from the cold white north. But surprisingly, Florida goes hard when it comes to celebrating the holidays — maybe to make up for the fact that we don’t get snow. Light displays in Florida are particularly grand experiences, and you can take a Christmas light cruise in Punta Gorda for cheap this season.

On the King Fisher Fleet tour, you’ll cruise the residential canals of Punta Gorda, getting into the holiday mood with hot beverages and wine while enjoying the view of thousands of beautiful Christmas lights on the water.

While these cruises run daily, they’re very popular and tend to sell out quickly, so you should definitely make a reservation in advance.

The residents of Punta Gorda take the holidays very seriously, getting creative with their colorful displays; and while this isn’t a commercial display, the effect is certainly not lost. 

For the one-hour cruise, you’ll coast along the waterways viewing dreamy displays and decorations on homes, boats, seawalls, and even the docks. The residents really give everything the Christmas cheer treatment.

The Christmas Light Canal Cruise has been a holiday tradition in Punta Gorda for 30 years now, and residents love showing off their decorating skills, so you’re certainly in for a treat.

Other on-board treats include beer, wine, cocktails, hot beverages, and snacks for purchase while you enjoy the illuminated views.

The cruise runs through all of December, but reservations are open now, so you can book yours today and get ready to float the night away under the lights.

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday season in Florida, like this very Floridian sand Christmas tree, or an adventure on the ultimate Christmas tree farm.

King Fisher Fleet Christmas Light Cruise

Price: $20

When: December 1 – 31, 2019

Address: 1190 West Marion Ave. Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Why You Need To Go: This enchanting cruise will take you through the magically illuminated canals of Punta Gorda! Wine, hot chocolate and snacks create that cozy holiday feel.


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