There are several events happening this year at local farms from single day special events to family-friendly holiday events on the farms on weekends. There is so much to explore and experience! Check out our list of the best picks to celebrate a festive country-style Christmas!
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Select dates December 2, 2022 – December 30, 2022
Head to HarvestMoon Fun Farm for their very first dazzling Christmas light display! You can also take a stroll down Christmas Tree Lane, visit with the animals in the petting farm, sip on some Hot Chocolate, munch on some Kettle Corn and more! Tickets are $11.95 per person for ages 3 and up. Kids ages 2 and under are free. Activities included with admission: Jumping Pillow, Petting Farm, Cow Train, Ball Zone, Hill Slide, Swings, Arts & Crafts, Photo Ops, and a NEW ATTRACTION, an enchanted hay ride.
Select dates November 25, 2022 – December 23, 2022
Raprager Family Farm is exploding with Christmas cheer! Lights and decorations blanket the farm. Go on a holiday hayride and take a picture inside a giant inflatable snow globe. Check out the lighted gingerbread village, hear stories from Mrs. Claus and pay a visit to Santa and take pictures with him at his workshop. In addition to holiday-themed attractions, there will be a petting zoo, corn pit, bounce pillow, and crop maze. While you are there, be sure to stop by the Sweet Shop for some warm cinnamon roasted nuts, hot cocoa, and Christmas fudge.
Select days December 3, 2022 – December 25, 2022 from 12pm-8pm
Enjoy the farm in a whole new perspective! There will be tons of entertainment designed for all ages. Activities include a petting zoo, games and activities, photo ops with Santa (weekends only), campfires, hayrides, bounce house, snow machine, and more. Do some holiday shopping at the Holiday Market, sip on fresh lemonade and hot chocolate and roast up some s’mores. $13.95 per guest over 30″ tall. Bundle packages are available online only.
Select Nights: December 9, 10, 17, and 17, 2022 from 5:30 pm-9:00 pm
Head over to Folly Farm to enjoy holiday lights, a campfire, children’s activities, a trolley light tour, shopping, crafts, and more! Harbor Holiday Nights is a free event. The Trolley Light Tour has a ticket fee of $5 per person.
Christmas in the Country at Cracker Country at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa
December 10, 2022 from 10 am-4 pm.
This is an event where you and the kids can experience an old-fashioned Christmas through holiday traditions from the 19th century. There will be carols, historical interpretations, and more. You’ll also be able to churn butter and make salt dough ornaments. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $12 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-11. Kids 5 and younger get in for free.
Select nights December 10, 2022 – December 23, 2022 from from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Enjoy an old-fashioned country Christmas as the farm lights up in a dazzling display of over 300,000 lights. Enjoy activities such as hayrides, train rides, campfires, Christmas music, snow tubing, and a display Christmas village. Watch Christmas movies on the big screen, say hello to Santa, and warm up with hot chocolate and s’mores. Parking is free and tickets are $15 per person. Kids 5 and younger are free.
December 17, 2022 from 11am-5pm
Scars Farm in Bartow has a fun day planned for you! Your $15 pre-purchased ticket comes with a ton of festivities like a Grinchmas Hayride Experience, Horse & Cinderella Carriage Photo Op, photo opps with Santa, Elsea and the Grinch, farm animals, an obstacle course and more! They are also hosting a Breakfast with Santa from 8am-10:30am for $25 per person.
Christmas On The Farm Fundraiser at HorsePower for Kids
Waiting for 2022 info
Celebrate a country style Christmas with a horse-drawn hayride, pony rides, petting zoo, and bonfire. Visit the animals on the facility, from farm animals to unique species like the Zorse (a zebra/horse!). Proceeds go toward the rescue and rehab of all the animals on the farm. Santa may even make an appearance! horsepowerforkids.com
Last year, Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine writer, Tara Payor and her kiddos made the drive to central Florida to check out Mount Dora’s Lil’ Bit of Life Farm. She’s sharing her experience:
Farms nourish the soul. Since COVID-19 hit, it’s been a welcome activity with the kids. We are in wide open spaces, distanced, and connected with each other (and with lots of cute animals, too).
After doing the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (a must do for gator enthusiasts), we visited Mount Dora’s Lil’ Bit of Life Farm. It was nostalgic and what Christmas-on-the- farm-dreams are made of.
We interacted with horses, goats, pigs, bunnies, chickens, and more. There was a hayride, small train ride, and a craft station. The farm has adorable photo opportunities—primarily, an amazing Santa! My kids commented several times on his authenticity.
I bought 15 tickets (think old fashioned carnival style tickets) for $20. After all we did, including roasting s’mores and hot dogs for two tickets each, we left with two still in my purse. A totally budget friendly experience. While I didn’t make an online reservation ahead of our visit, that’s not a bad idea these days.
Stations were run by 4-H members (adult supervision, of course), and it was a treat to see such leadership and work ethic in kids.
Farm adventures are fantastic escapes from life’s hustle and bustle.