The best things in life are free, especially when it can be equal parts fun and beautiful. Most events with tons to do will cost you a pretty penny, but not this free Christmas event in Florida — and it just might be the most wonderful experience of the year.

The Christmas Trail in Plant City has a winding 1/4 of a mile labyrinth of twinkling lights for you to stroll through with tons of spots to stop for a cute photo opp, but they also added some awesome experiences that sprinkle a little extra fun on top of your Christmas cheer.

They have a little something for every type of visitor, from video games, movies, and mystery lovers to fans of theatrics and holiday happiness.

Fans of video games can pop their friends with a game of laser tag. Those who are self-proclaimed movie buffs can curl up cozy on the lawn and watch Christmas movies under the Florida sky.

They even have a Snowball Corral where you can have snowball fights! Further adding to that holiday feel, a sprinkle of live snowfall will dust your shoulders as you listen to Christmas carolers or stop to see Santa.

New this year they've added a Christmas Light Up Escape Game — calling all lovers of puzzles, mystery, and lights!

A VIP experience is also available that includes a Jack Frost themed ice show, hot cocoa with marshmallows, autographed Jack Frost photos and a meet and greet with the performers.

Those who love to include their furbabies in holiday happiness are encouraged to bring them as long as they're on a leash and you're prepared to pick up after them.

While wandering the whimsical trails is completely free, parking is $5 on-site. Each additional experience, such as laser tag and the escape room, vary in price between $3 and $5.

Whether you're coming for the Christmas Cheer or the fun little holiday experiences, this is one free event with add-on fun that gives you a ton of bang for your buck!

An overview of the event can be found below. 

If you're looking for more enchantment this holiday season, you'll definitely want to check out the world's largest Christmas light maze that has taken over St. Pete — they even have a lit-up ice skating trail!

The Christmas Trail: Plant City

Price: FREE; parking is $5, additional experiences at the trail available for purchase. They ask that you register your free ticket online here.

When: Open Select Nights 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; you can see the open dates they're open on their website.

Address: 2837 South Frontage Road Plant City, FL.

Why You Need To Go: Walk through a free trail of enchanting Christmas lights, as well as enjoy holiday treats. Additional experiences are available for purchase for super cheap including laser tag, a Jack Frost Ice Show, movies under the stars and much more!


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