Holiday Activities

Holiday Lighting Contest
Orange City’s Holiday Lighting Contest is open to all Orange City residents and businesses.  Registration opens in November.  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

Light Up Orange City
Friday, December 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: block of City Hall, 205 E Graves Ave, Orange City
Join us at 5:00 pm as we kick off the holiday season in our historic corridor. At 5:30 pm, the Mayor will flip the switch and the city glimmer with lights! Enjoy the tree lighting, food trucks, kid zone, train ride, Santa photos, and a holiday movie. The city will provide free hot cocoa and cookies. Food trucks will have food available for purchase.

 Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 5:00 pm on Volusia Ave.

Christmas Parade Road Closure: Volusia Avenue will be closed from Wisconsin Avenue, south to Rhode Island Avenue, starting at 4:00 PM on Saturday, December 9th. 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 Visits Orange City
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. Dates TBD.

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