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The holiday season is here, and that means fun and excitement in beautiful Marion County!

There's a plethora of enjoyable holiday events near Ocala homes for sale. With events practically every weekend until the new year, the young and the young at heart are sure to find something captivating to do. Our real estate agents will be glad to help you make the most of this magical time of year.

Santa is making his list and checking it twice, so let's not lose any time! Here are just a few of the many amazing holiday programs provided by businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities across Marion County:

  • Santa on the Square – 828 Northeast 8th Avenue, Ocala, FL, 34470
    Santa on the Square is back for another exciting year of fun for the whole family. Taking place on the Downtown Square gazebo on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it launches for another year this December 6. Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus until December 15. The program is completely free and will follow social distancing protocols for your safety.

  • Ocala Christmas Light Spectacular – 11851 Southwest 16th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34473
    Hosted by Florida Horse Park, Ocala Christmas Light Spectacular is a beloved annual tradition that begins on November 25 and welcomes guests throughout December. Starting at 6:00 p.m., come see the region's only drive-through holiday light spectacular. Dozens of huge displays have been built by the local community of Florida artists and artisans. For your convenience, tickets are available online.

  • Winter Wonderland at WEC – 1750 Northwest 80th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34482
    Visit the World Equestrian Center this December for Winter Wonderland at WEC. Beginning on Friday, November 25, through Saturday, December 24, you can visit the Grand Plaza to see one of the biggest holiday light displays in Florida, totaling millions of lights in all. At the center of it all is the nationally famous 45-foot Christmas tree. There will be plenty of live holiday entertainment on hand, too!

  • The Orange Blossom Opry – 16439 Southeast 138th Terrace, Weirsdale, FL 23195
    The Orange Blossom Opry is the place to go for a traditional "country Christmas." On Friday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m., join country music artists anchored by the Orange Blossom Opry Band, special surprise guests, and local favorites "Vern and Zeke." The night will be filled with classic holiday music and cheer. 

  • Pancakes with Santa – 4650 Marion County Road, Weirsdale, FL 32195
    Come to Cottom Farm's Christmas Village for Pancakes with Santa, a beloved event to make memories that will last a lifetime. Taking place on December 10, three different times are available throughout the day. It costs just $15 per participant. In addition to the food, fun, and photos with Santa, there will also be craft time with the elves. Cottom Farms maintains a light display from Thanksgiving to New Year's.

  • A Dickens Christmas – 4333 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, FL 34470
    Visit the Appleton Museum of Art for A Dickens Christmas, running from November 8 through to January 8. Billed as "The Urban Family's Holiday Exhibition," this display is based around gorgeous themed trees from the collection of local cardiologist Dr. Paul Urban and his family. An elaborately constructed village miniature showcases Victorian Christmas traditions. The display changes each and every year!

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