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Yule never tide of Christmas in Florida

Ho, ho, ho, nothing says Christmas like a vacation in... Florida. This small festive town between Orlando and the Space Coast makes an ideal getaway at any time of the year. With Florida's mega theme parks and the Atlantic coast beaches both under a 45-minute drive away, a Christmas vacation rental makes an ideal base for your next Orange County adventure. Take an airboat tour of the central Everglades, embark on the woodland trails at Fort Christmas Historical Park, or meet the scaly residents at Jungle Adventures, a Real Florida Animal Park, and you'll wish it could be Christmas every day.

Things to do

I wish it could be Christmas every day

The town's festive name dates back to December 25th 1837 when more than 2,000 US soldiers built a fort and named it Fort Christmas. While the original wooden fort is long gone, Fort Christmas Historical Park has a full-size replica, as well as a museum, and 7 restored homes from the area's pioneer times. Another big draw to Christmas is its proximity to some proper Floridian wildlife. A few minutes' drive east of town is Jungle Adventures, a wildlife park home to black bears, rare Floridian panthers, and of course, native alligators. It's a snappy day out for all the family.


A Christmas vacation brings joy to the world

Book a Christmas vacation rental and have Orange County's many outdoor pursuits right on your doorstep. Enjoy a hair-raising airboat ride through the Central Everglades, or head north to Charles H. Bronson State Forest for hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. If it's beach life you want, the wide sandy beaches and surf towns of the Space Coast are a 20-minute drive east. Christmas is also within easy reach of Orlando's main theme parks, most of which are a 45-minute drive away. After an action-packed day, pick up a festive decoration in 1 of the town's quirky Christmas stores.


So long Mr Frosty, Christmas is a scorcher

Unlike the North Pole, there's no such thing as a white Christmas in Florida. A state famed for its balmy subtropical temperatures, the small town of Christmas generally sees hot, humid summers, frequent tropical showers, and highs of around 95 degrees and above. The summer months are also subject to storms and hurricanes. However, the hottest season still draws a wealth of visitors, and Christmas vacation rentals can get booked up quickly. Winter is the dry season in central Florida, but you can forget Mr Frosty. It brings bright blue skies and warm days with temperatures a comfortable 70 degrees.

Natural features

Florida - A Christmas cracker or a Christmas snapper?

Running along Highway 50, Christmas is a popular stop off between Orlando and the Space Coast. Orlando Wetlands Park is just 4 miles north of the town and offers a wealth of hiking trails and picnic areas, plus plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with Florida's famous wildlife. Covering an area of 1,600 acres of St. Johns River floodplains, it's also a popular spot for birdwatchers. If you're lucky, you'll see alligators, bears, otters, and sometimes the elusive Florida panther. It also follows the route of the Florida National Scenic Trail.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Christmas

The nearest airport is in Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.), located 20.5 mi (33.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Orlando, FL (SFB-Orlando Sanford Intl.), which is 26.8 mi (43.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Christmas?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 127 vacation rentals near Christmas. From 86 Houses to 17 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Christmas for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Christmas?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Christmas:

  • Orlando Beach: 23 vacation rentals
  • Avon By The Sea: 192 vacation rentals
  • Southeast Orlando: 45,897 vacation rentals
  • Central Business District: 28 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 45 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Christmas?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Christmas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fort Christmas Historical Park: 265 vacation rentals
  • Jungle Adventures: 150 vacation rentals
  • Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area: 247 vacation rentals
  • Port Canaveral: 822 vacation rentals
  • Cocoa Beach Pier: 1,150 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Christmas listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Christmas?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 86 Houses in Christmas. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Christmas include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 17 rentals available
  • Villas: 3 rentals available
  • Cabins: 5 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Christmas?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 50 vacation rentals with pool available in Christmas. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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