It doesn’t get much better than winter in Florida. But being a Cleveland native, I do like to get my cold weather fix.
So it’s ideal that Florida has places where we can all catch a few flakes on our tongue and then return to sunny skies. Here’s where to get your snow fix during the 2013 holiday season. It’s certainly cheaper than buying a plane ticket up North.
Lakeland: On Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Snowfest transforms Lake Mirror Complex and Amphitheater into a winter wonderland with a snow mountain, snow slide, inflatables, photos with Santa, live entertainment and more. Admission is $1 or a canned good to benefit Polk County Senior Orphans.
Haines City: Bundle up for Glitter, Glisten and Snow on Dec. 13 at Lake Eva Park. Frolick in the snow area, rub elbows with Santa and Mrs. Claus, free roasted chestnuts and more. The event happens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Winter Haven: On Dec. 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown will be a sight to behold. The aptly named Snow Central event brings a snow slide and snow pile for playing, appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, kiddie train rides, a bounce house and more.
Islamorada: Snow in the Keys? On Dec. 6, head to Founders’ Park to see for yourself. Subtropical Snow brings a snow mountain, a 35-foot-tall tree with “magical” snow on its branches, a Santa Paws pet parade and more. The fun starts at 6 p.m.
Tampa: I thought I’d seen it all in the Ybor City Historic District--until now. On Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., the Snow on 7th Holiday Parade brings the white stuff, plus carolers, Santa and other family-friendly entertainment, to the district’s main thoroughfare.