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Best Christmas lights displays in Stuart, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie

Best Christmas lights displays in Stuart, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Christmas light displays start popping up in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties right after Thanksgiving — and some even sooner.

The longest-running holiday events includes Christmas at Tara in Vero Beach, the Magic of McKee Festivspanl of Lights in Vero Beach, the Holiday Lights Spectacular in Fort Pierce, the Garden of Lights in Fort Pierce, the Winter Wonderland Light Show in Port St. Lucie and the Jensen Beach mansion.

Here’s a list of the biggest and brightest public displays across the Treasure Coast.

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Christmas at Tara

Where: Grall Law Group, 7555 20th St., west of Vero Beach

When: Sunset to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, sunset to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through New Year’s Eve

Details: The drive-thru experience features about 500,000 miniature lights and 90 figures across the lawn. The drive is about a quarter-mile around the lake in front of the building. The time it takes depends on the number of vehicles in line. Stay in your vehicles.

Cost: Free

Website: grspanlllspanwgroup.com

Magic of McKee Festival of Lights

Where: McKee Botanical Garden, 350 U.S. 1, Vero Beach

When: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 15-17, 20-23, 28-30

Details: The garden is illuminated with thousands of LED lights, lighted holiday displays and festive decorations. The event includes Santa visits, a large-scale train display, music from a 1924 Wurlitzer Band Organ, outdoor holiday movies, intermittent snow flurries, performances by local entertainers and special holiday treats for sale.

Cost: $15 for adults, $13 for ages 13-17 and 65 and older, $10 for ages 2-12 and military members, free for McKee members and kids younger than 2

Website: mckeegspanrden.org

Holiday Lights Spectacular

Where: Marina Square on Melody Lane near the City Marina at 1 Avenue A, Fort Pierce

When: 6-9 p.m. nightly after Sights & Sounds on Second Christmas Parade until first week of January

Details: Over 100,000 lights are synchronized to holiday music. Lights are wrapped around palm trees throughout Marina Square.

Cost: Free

Website: fspancebook.com/mspanin.pierce

Garden of Lights

Where: Heathcote Botanical Gardens, 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce

When: 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 25-26; Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 22-23, 29-30

Details: Colorful light displays are featured throughout 5-acre gardens. Take a photo with Heathcote the Bear.

Cost: 10 for non-members, $5 for members, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for kids younger than 6

Website: hespanthcotebotspannicspanlgspanrdens.org

Golden Ponds Christmas Drive-Thru

Where: Golden Ponds Community, 1800 Golden Ponds Drive, Fort Pierce

When: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 17

Details: Residents decorate their homes each year for this public drive-thru. Arrive early to get in line.

Winter Wonderland Light Show

Where: Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd.

When: 7-9 p.m. nightly Dec. 1-31

Details: Over 40,000 brightly colored holiday lights are synchronized to holiday music with six leaping arches to provide a kaleidoscope of color, plus 10 oak trees and 10 palm trees adorned with lights and two 6-foot-tall deer displays for photo opportunities.

Cost: Free

Website: cityofpsl.com/pslinlights

Holiday Lights at The Gardens

Where: Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 2410 S.E. Westmoreland Blvd.

When: 5-9 p.m. Nov. 25-27; Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23, 30

Details: The event features over 2,500 LEDs lights, music, performers and food trucks. Carpooling is recommended because of limited parking.

Cost: Free

Website: cityofpsl.com/pslinlights

Jensen Beach mansion

Where: 4545 N.E. Ocean Blvd., about a half-mile north of Jensen Beach Causeway, on South Hutchinson Island

When: Sunset until about 11 p.m. nightly through first week of January

Cost: Free

Details: Drive by or walk around outside of 50,000-square-foot home; cars park on grass along both sides of State Road A1A

Carnival of Lights

Where: Martin County Fairgrounds, 2616 S.E. Dixie Highway, Stuart

When: 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 25-27; Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18

Details: The event includes over 50 holiday light displays, carnival rides and games, free activities for kids, food trucks, craft vendors, live Nativity scene by Redeemer Lutheran Church, festive music and a petting zoo.

Cost: $10 admission, free for ages 10 and younger (pay at the gate)

Website: mspanrtincountyfspanir.com


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