tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

Fun Tropical Christmas Decorations to Inspire a Florida Holiday Getaway

These tropical Christmas decorations will bring a smile to even the grinchiest soul, with beachy snowmen, sparkly lights, and quirky decorations that will make you want to plan a Florida holiday getaway. This could be the time to take a break from the snow and join Santa by the pool.

Visiting Florida in early December, I saw the enthusiasm of the people showing their Christmas spirit. I grew up in South Florida, and I fondly recall nearly every palm tree wrapped with white lights. Many houses were absolutely overloaded with Christmas decorations (like the movie Deck The Halls). In fact, Florida people are a little obsessed with creating tropical Christmas decorations that may be over the top, but are always fun.

Tropical Christmas Decorations: Florida Edition

Florida folk make the most of ocean views, palm trees, and sunshine during the holiday season. Take some classic and quirky ornaments, add a little color, and let beaches and pools provide the perfect backdrop. Here are some fun Christmas trees decorated to capture the Florida vibe.

Put your toes in the sand next to this lovely tree at 5 O’Clock Somewhere at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. Sand buckets and flip-flops make perfect Florida Christmas ornaments.

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition. Margaritaville

Bright colors and a tiki bar backdrop brighten this tropical tree in Bradenton Beach.

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

Bradenton Beach Christmas tree at Gulf Drive Cafe and The Kokonut Hut

Bok Tower Gardens gets in the spirit with a tree made from beautiful bromeliads in Lake Wales (via Visit Central Florida).

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

A Bromeliad Tree at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida

These lights are more traditional, but you have to be impressed with the scale of this 100 foot tree in Delray Beach, Palm Beach County. Wow!

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

Delray Beach 100 foot tree

Tropical Christmas Decorations: Fun Activities

You know that saying, “Give experiences, not things.”? These fun activities nicely deliver fabulous memories with some holiday fun. Christmas card photo opp!

Zip-line over the gators, watch a show, and get up close to Florida’s famous amphibians with a holiday visit to Gatorland. Wouldn’t these jaws make a great spot for a family Christmas pic?

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

Gatorland Christmas

Everyone loves a parade, and Florida’s canals make ideal parade routes. Dennis Littley of Ask Chef Dennis sent this collage of lighted boats festooned with fun tropical Christmas decorations.

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

tropical Christmas decorations: Winterfest in Ft. Lauderdale. Photo by Dennis Littley.

How cool is this scene? You can ice skate under gently falling snow in downtown Celebration, Florida. Thanks for the tip, Experience Kissimmee.

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

tropical Christmas decorations: downtown Celebration, Florida

Beach-loving Florida Snowmen

Every kid (young and old) loves to make a snowman during the holiday season. Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t always deliver the needed snow. No worries in Florida. Beach sand and the sea provide the perfect material for a festive sandman.

Seaweed and shells decorate this cute surf-side snowman sent to us by Cheryl MacDonald of What Boundaries. This is how Florida snowmen melt.

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

melting snowman – Florida stye

Naples, Florida (Paradise Coast) chimes in with this lovely scene from their powder white, sugar sand beach. Nice hat, Frosty!

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

Paradise Coast: tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

No snow? No problem. This sandman is just as festive and makes a fun family project, as it did for my friend Kelly Stilwell from Food, Fun, and Faraway Places.

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida sandman. Photo by Kelly Stilwell.

Carmen Edelson from Carmen’s Luxury Travel Blog sent this great big snowman at Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Frosty is ready for the surf and showing good judgement with that giant life vest.

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

tropical christmas decorations at Fort Lauderdale Beach. Photo credit: Carmen Edelson

I love this scene! Sand-ta Claus has to feel welcome with these candy canes and little snowmen pointing the way. Photo credit: Charles McCool of McCool Travel (that’s me!).

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

Tropical Christmas decorations to inspire a Florida holiday getaway

More Quirky Tropical Christmas Decorations

Hotels love to display holiday gingerbread houses. On Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton gets in the spirit, creating a gingerbread pirate ship for the lobby every year. Here’s the 2017 ship, the SS Ginger Amelia.

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

tropical Christmas decorations: Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

And here is the prior year’s version. Yo ho ho ho!

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

tropical Christmas decorations: Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

How cool is this? The town of Punta Gorda has a yarn bomb event for the holidays, wrapping palm trees with festive tropical Christmas decorations made of yarn.

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

tropical Christmas decorations: Punta Gorda Yard Bomb. Photo credit: PureFlorida.com

Santa Loves Tropical Florida Decorations

When Santa finishes his hard work you know he’s ready to kick back at the beach. This funky surfboard tree looks great with Santa’s tropical outfit.

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

Santa Claus at Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach, Florida

Growing up in South Florida, I knew that Santa Claus came to the Sunshine State on December 26th every year. Were the Clauses the original snow birds?

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at fun and quirky tropical Christmas decorations in the sunshine state. Florida makes a great winter getaway, and December is an especially festive time to visit. Beginning in 2017, visitors can enjoy new holiday fun in Orlando. Harry Potter fans will love Christmas in the Wizarding World at Universal Studios Resort.

Hogwarts Castle, Harry Potter Christmas, Universal Orlando Florida

Hogwarts Castle, Harry Potter Christmas, Universal Orlando Florida

Whether you make your Florida holiday escape this year, or bookmark this article for future travel inspiration, we wish you all a very beachy Christmas!

tropical Christmas decorations: Florida edition

Florida Christmas decorations: beachy Christmas

This article was a collaboration by Florida native, Charles McCool, his wife Julie, and many friends and Florida destinations who contributed fun holiday pictures. Thank you all and Happy Holidays!

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14 Responses to “Fun Tropical Christmas Decorations to Inspire a Florida Holiday Getaway”

  1. Rose Palmer January 2, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

    What a fun post. I am getting to the age where sand men are getting much more appealing than snow men, especially with the cold weather we’ve been having in the north east. I say bah humbug to cold and snow and yippee to warm sand and warm turquoise waters

  2. Karen Warren December 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    Living in a cold climate, I always think it must be rather strange to celebrate Christmas in a hot place. But those colourful decorations make it seem very Christmassy, and I love the snowman made from sand!

  3. The Vicki Winters Show December 28, 2017 at 10:37 am #

    This post is TORTURE to read. As I sit here in 6 degree weather, I’m dreaming of a BLUE OCEAN Xmas. I love the Delray Beach tree!

  4. Cathy Sweeney December 26, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    Happy Holidays! Now that I live in Arizona, I love seeing the lights on the palm trees, too. Looks like they know how to celebrate the season in Florida. I especially like the Margaritaville tree. Perfectly fun for the place

  5. Suzanne Fluhr December 25, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    These are great. My favorite is the Bromeliad Tree. As those of us in the northeastern United States bundle up to enjoy Christmas outdoors, it’s hard to imagine Christmas without Jack Frost nipping at one’s nose. But, then there’s Florida and southern California—-not to mention the Southern Hemisphere. Merry Christmas.

  6. loisaltermark December 25, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    Ha ha! These are awesome! I especially love the Florida sand snowmen. Maybe I should try to do the same thing here in San Diego!

  7. Rhonda Albom December 11, 2017 at 2:42 am #

    What an adorable post. My favourite tree is definitely the flower tree in Lake Wales. I would love to see those light-wrapped palm trees in person, thank you for sharing that lovely memory with us.

  8. cnseetravel December 11, 2017 at 1:49 am #

    Wow tropical Christmas is so interesting! The decorations make the mood very festive too. However nothing beats white Xmas!

  9. Sandy N Vyjay December 10, 2017 at 11:35 pm #

    These are all lovely and highly creative Christmas Decorations. Each of these seem to be vieing with each other in terms of originality and innovation. It would be a real pleasure to head to Florida for a Christmas holiday.

  10. Megan Claire (@mappingmegan) December 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm #

    Ah Forida! I spent one Christmas here and it was magical, I miss it! Definitely the best weather in the United States over winter – I have fond memories of making a couple of those sand snowmen you photographed!!

    Happy holidays!

  11. Isabel Leong December 9, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    These are so cool! I’ve never been to the USA, and I hope I can next summer 🙂 Thanks!

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