With Christmas fast approaching, we have found all sorts of Christmas themed events that we plan on attending, but it’s going to be really difficult to top the Space Coast Light Fest. Last year we drive around town looking at Christmas lights as a family and when we discovered the Space Coast Light Fest, it really upped the ante!
Presented by the Brevard Boy Scots of America, this drive through annual event features hundreds of thousand lights! Think the Griswold house but amplified. Located in Wickham park in Melbourne, you’ll get to drive through over a mile of animated displays, lights, and much more. Upon exiting the park, you’ll get to drive through an amazing tunnel of lights. More than just random light displays, you’ll get to see familiar stories such as the Night Before Christmas, and experience the 12 days of Christmas in shimmering lights. Once you’re in the park, you can drive through the Space Coast Light Fest as many times as you want. We did the loop three times and kept finding more and more displays to check out!
In addition to the spectacular light shows, the Space Coast Light Fest features live music at the Wickham park amphitheatre as well as nightly visits from Mr. S. Clause himself! Remember this entire event is put on by the Boy Scouts of America and the Brevard County Parks & Recreation Department so they really do a good job of being hospitable to their guests. Refreshments in the form of Hot Cocoa, popcorn, and toasted marshmallows are available at reasonable prices. I didn’t quite understand the marshmallow toasting at first. I thought they were for the cocoa. Leave it to my 7 year old nephew to point out that I didn’t quite get it until I saw the fire place that was perfect for toasting! They also host special events including a 5k run, hay rides, special nights where you can walk through the lights, and special themed nights.
Admission is reasonable starting at just $10 per car during the week and $15 during the weekends. Prices increase based on the size of the vehicle. If you drive a passenger van or a bus, it will cost a bit extra. Still a great value though! Discounted tickets are available at local Walgreens or you can save $2 on a regular car admission by donating an unwrapped toy to Toys For Tots at the gate. If you would like to pay via credit card, you can also purchase your tickets online in advance.
One thing that really struck us when we attended, was that all the staff members and volunteers were very helpful! The adults and Boy Scouts alike seemed very excited to share the lights and experiences with their guests. Despite a mile long loop, there always seemed to be someone available for assistance if needed. I can tell you without question that the Space Coast Light Fest has earned a permanent spot on our holiday calendars! That speaks volumes about the event and their hospitality, as we drove about an hour and a half with three kids in the car. Not only the adults thought it was worth the drive, but so did the kiddos!
Because we were a bit early (I tend to over plan to get to events on time or before), so we went to get some frozen yogurt at the local Chilly Spoons! They are a family run establishment that offers great frozen yogurt options with all sorts of toppings. You’ll want to be sure to check them out if you’re in the area either before or after your visit to the Space Coast Light Fest!
If you want to see a preview of the Space Coast Light Fest, be sure to check out the video below of us going through the festivities. I’ll warn you, the video doesn’t do this event justice. The GoPro camera works best in daylight, but you’ll get an idea of what you will get to see. You go at your own pace throughout the loop and can even pull over to take pictures if you would like. These were only a few clips of what you’ll get to experience!
Space Coast Light Fest Details:
Dates: November 17th 2014 to January 1st 2015
Hours of Operation: 6:30pm to 10pm Nightly
In the event of inclement weather be sure to checkout the Space Coast Light Fest Facebook page to make sure they are operating. Standing water and electrical displays don’t mix.
Be sure to use this address if you are using navigation: 2785 Leisure Way, Melbourne