5 Can’t Miss Christmas Celebrations in Gilchrist County

No matter where you’re celebrating from, experiencing shared traditions is always what makes the holidays special. From choosing just the right tree to taking in light displays, these timeless rituals are sure to add some joy to your Christmas season.

Down Home Christmas

This beloved annual event is a family favorite for locals. Formerly known as Christmas on Main Street, this celebration takes place at the old train depot in downtown Trenton. You’ll find live entertainment from local performers, food trucks, vendors, and a chance to visit with Santa too! Down Home Christmas is small-town charm at its finest; be sure to add it to your calendar this December.

Bell Christmas Parade

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a parade to kick off the season, and the town of Bell knows how to throw one. For over forty years, local businesses, clubs, civic leaders, and proud residents have worked together to create a memorable celebration of the season. For a town of less than 600 residents, it’s a pretty impressive feat. Grab your chair and come enjoy the celebration!

Christmas Comes From the Hart

Remember riding around to look at Christmas lights when you were a kid? Hart Springs Park and Campground is here to bring that magic back with their Christmas light display. Pickup something cozy to drink, turn on your favorite holiday playlist, and head out to the park for all the nostalgic Christmas vibes. 

Fanning Springs Boat Parade

The Suwannee River is the main waterway through Gilchrist County and the heart of much of this region’s recreation. It just makes sense to include a boat parade in the festivities here. For the best viewing, snag a spot at Fort Fanning Park.

Aimee’s Acres Tree Farm 

At Aimee’s Acres, you can cut down your very own Christmas tree – Florida-style. If you’re not in the market for a live tree, you can choose a wreath instead (a sure way to make the RV feel festive!). You can also enjoy a small petting zoo, make an ornament, and snag a picture with Santa himself. This is the place to make some sweet memories with the fam while you’re in town! 


Looking for a place to stay this holiday season? Choose from one of our local campgrounds for an unforgettable nature experience this winter!