Holiday Activities

Holiday Lighting Contest

Orange City’s Holiday Lighting Contest is open to all incorporated Orange City residents and businesses. Registration is open through December 13. Each entry MUST designate ONE category that the home is completing for. 


  • Clark W Griswold – The display you can see from outer space!
  • Frosty’s Recognition: Best use of holiday characters (Frosty, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Buddy the Elf, etc.)
  • Traditional – Light display that captures the classic Christmas motif
  • Rookie – First year entering the contest
  • Commercial – for commercial businesses

Previous Winner Eligibility: New categories have been established for 2021. Winners from 2020 are eligible to select and compete in one category of their choosing (excluding rookie).  Going forward, any resident who wins a category in 2021 will not be eligible to win that same category in 2022.

  • Holiday Lighting Contest Guidelines
  • Decorations must be visible from the roadway.  Only properties within the city limits are eligible for judging.
  • Last day to submit an online entry form is Monday, December 13, 2021.
  • Decorations for the contest must be available and lit up December 15-21 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. for judging.
  • Contest winners will be notified on December 22, 2021.
  • A Holiday Lighting Contest awards presentation will take place at the City Council meeting on January 11, 2022 at 6:30 pm.

Holiday Lighting Contest Entry Form

Christmas Tree Sponsorship Program

Would you like to sponsor a tree that will be featured in Dickinson Park? Businesses and organizations can provide the city a decorated tree which will be featured in Dickinson Park for the month of December. The City will provide signage for the tree that features your business name. This is limited to 20 businesses.

Christmas Tree Sponsorship Application

Light Up Orange City – Friday, December 3, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Location: block of City Hall, 205 E Graves Ave, Orange City
Join us at City Hall as we kick off the holiday season in our historic corridor.  Watch the Mayor flip the switch and light the area up! There will be ice skating and other children’s activities for all to enjoy (free admission).  Food trucks will have food available for purchase.  The city will provide free hot cocoa and cookies.

Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Christmas Parade Rules and Guidelines (PDF)
We invite your organization or club to participate in this year’s Christmas Parade.

Float Registration


Road Closure: Volusia Avenue will be closed from Wisconsin Avenue, south to Rhode Island Avenue, starting at 4:30 PM on Saturday, December 11th. Roads will re-open at the conclusion of the parade at approximately 6:30 PM.
Parade Route: South on Volusia Ave, beginning at French Ave and ending at Ohio Ave.

Santa Through the Neighborhood – December 17-19
In a partnership with the North Pole, the Orange City Fire Department has made arrangements for Santa to make an appearance in Orange City neighborhoods. Due to his hectic schedule, Santa will not stop but will drive by waving and wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas. Santa will begin his journey each night at 5:30 pm and end at approximately 8:00 pm. He will be visiting NE Orange City on Dec. 17, NW Orange City on Dec. 18 and South Orange City on Dec. 19.  A complete list of street will be available here the week of the event. 

Times: Approximately 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Santa will begin and end his route each night at Station 67.

Northeast Side (Dec 17th)
E Wisconsin Ave N Thorpe Ave
Columbus AveE Oakwood Ave
N Leavitt Ave E Lansdowne Ave
Sumner AvePineapple Ave
N Pine AveE French Ave
S Holly Ave E University Ave
Trafford Ave E Graves Ave
Edwards AveE Blue Springs Ave
Clements AveE Ohio Ave
S Ada AveE Rose Ave
S Leavitt AveOakhurst
Northwest Side (Dec 18th)
W. New York Hamilton Ave
W. French AveW Wisconsin Ave
Harrison AveW Lansdowne Ave
W Blue Springs AveHoward Ave
Lynn Ave Plum Dr
W Central AveW Ohio Ave
W Graves AveS Sparkman Ave
Dixson StS Carpenter Ave
Patlin AveS Park Ave
Brighthwood AveW Virginia Ave
Brooklyn Ave Heather Ln
Montclair AveGarden Lane
Tappan Circle Lantern Lane
Park Dr Compass Landing
South Orange City (Dec19)
Aspen AveBirch Ave
Cedar AveDogwood Ave
S Carpenter Ave W Elm Dr
W Fern DrW Gardenia
W Holly AveE Holly Dr
E Iris Dr Glazebrook Loop
Laurel LeafIris Ct
Willow Crest White Birch
Parc Hill BlvdBig Bend Ave
Veterans Memorial PkyHarley Strickland
Enterprise Rd Parc Hill
Fawn Ridge

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