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Visit Florida’s Largest Christmas Market On Amelia Island

Spend Christmas on Amelia Island in Florida
Spend Christmas on Amelia Island in Florida [Image Amelia Island on Facebook]
What better place to celebrate Christmas than on a beautiful island in Florida? You have the warm sunshine, beautiful beaches and gorgeous views, but you also have one of the largest Christmas markets in the US to browse. Meanwhile, the historic homes of the island are all dressed for the occasion. Read on to learn more about Dickens on Centre, the massive Christmas market on Amelia Island.

Amelia Island, Florida at Christmas

The folk on Amelia Island have already been busy getting ready for a special annual event dubbed Dickens on Centre. Set to run from December 7 to 10, this is officially the largest Christmas market in Florida and a wonder to browse.

Christmas tree on Amelia Island, Florida
Christmas on Amelia Island [Image @visitameliaisland/Instagram]
Meanwhile, as can be seen from the images on this page, Amelia Island certainly dresses for the occasion with its shops, streets and historic homes draped in festive décor. On top of this, the sunny Florida weather also doesn’t hurt!

Victorian Christmas market in Florida

Historic homes
Historic homes [Image @visitameliaisland/Instagram]
Over the four-day event, the downtown area of Amelia Island’s Fernandina Beach turns its clocks back. The market celebrates a Victorian holiday vibe, right down to the costumes. This largest Christmas market in Florida offers plenty of attractions. Here, there are shopping booths to purchase the perfect gifts for the family and friends.

Christmas shopping
Christmas shopping [Image @visitameliaisland/Instagram]
Meanwhile, plenty of food and drink is available while browsing the market. Besides these standard market items, the festival also features Santa visits, holiday movies, and costumed characters for effect. It also offers two entertainment stages, 3-D drone shows and kids’ zones—literally, something for everyone.

Program of festivities

Retail therapy
Retail therapy [Image @visitameliaisland/Instagram]
According to Travel + Leisure, the event starts on December 7 with the Dickens Illuminated Procession. Anyone can join this Front Street parade, especially if they bring something festive, like illuminated lanterns. The event runs on December 7 from 5 pm to 7 pm, on December 8 from 5 pm to 9 pm, on December 9 from 10 am to 9 pm, and on December 10 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Other activities include a one-mile fun run race dubbed cleverly “Run Like The Dickens” at 8:30 am on December 9 on the Main Beach of Amelia Island. Moreover, a Dickens After Dark costume party is set to be held on December 9 at 5 pm at Lesesne House for folks aged 21 and up. The party will feature jugglers, stilt walkers, a Kristen Sparrow Circus Fire & Ice show and music from Mama Blue.

Christmas decor
Christmas decorations [Image @visitameliaisland/Instagram]
Moreover, from December 8 to 10, the Dickens Enchanted Village will open where people can book one of eight holiday-decorated domes for an hour for up to six people. Here, visitors can enjoy a charcuterie box from Luxe Picnics by Les. Moreover, wine, beer and sparkling wine can be enjoyed at the on-site tavern.

From Friday through Sunday, visitors can catch a trolley from the parking lot between South 11th and 13th Streets on Centre to South 4th Street where the Christmas market runs.

Historic homes on Amelia Island, Florida
Historic homes [Image @visitameliaisland/Instagram]
Readers can find more information about Dickens on Centre on the island’s official website here.


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