A short drive or boat ride off Florida’s panhandle, you’ll find a tropical oasis. St. George Island offers many natural wonders like Cape St. George State Reserve, Apalachicola Bay Aquatic Preserve, and the Apalachicola National Forest. The island’s natural allure coaxes locals and tourists to celebrate its breathtaking beauty at unique local events. Throughout your stay, family-friendly events on St. George Island are an excellent way to enjoy the island, and mingle with locals! To discover all the Forgotten Coast fun, visit our Things to Do page. As you browse through all the St. George Island family activities, you’ll find that this destination has everything you need to alternate leisure with captivating island adventures!
Our Favorite Recurring Family-Friendly Events on St. George Island
Let the Moonlight be Your Guide As You Climb Up a Stupendous Lighthouse
Although you can visit Cape St. George Light during the day, seeing the lighthouse at night is even more mesmerizing. Once a month, the lighthouse association hosts a Full Moon Climb. This is a one-of-a-kind experience you don’t want to miss. As the sun sets, you’ll ascend more than nine stories to the lighthouse’s highest lookout point. Once you reach the top, you’ll witness a spectacular sunset, the rise of the full moon, and you’ll see the island and all its surroundings illuminated by the moon’s soft glow.
Local tip: Sign-up early and reserve your spot. Space for this highly anticipated event is limited and fills up quickly.
Find Fresh Ingredients for Your Favorite Meal at Apalachicola Farmers Market
Fresh seafood, live music, and handmade crafts are just some of the things to experience at the Apalachicola Farmers Market on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Let the kids dance and sing, while you sample the delicious local fare, pick fresh vegetables, and choose seafood to prepare for your next meal.
The Best Holiday Events on St. George Island
Celebrate the Season With a Holly Jolly Tree Lighting
Of course, the holiday season isn’t complete without a tree lighting! SGI jumpstarts the holiday with the Lighting of the Palms at Lighthouse Park on the first weekend of December. Santa’s lighted golf cart parade then delights spectators all over the park. Throughout the event, attendees can play games, get a picture with St. Nick, and even enjoy some Christmas carols. The highlight of the celebration comes at dusk when the palms are illuminated with hundreds of sparkling lights.
Spread Christmas Cheer at the Holiday Fresh Market
During the holiday season, our barrier island defines the coastal Christmas spirit with the annual Holiday Fresh Market. The holiday market is set up in early December to showcase local businesses, and it’s an excellent spot for last-minute shopping. At the market, you’ll find a fantastic array of handcrafted treasures and local culture. Be sure to stop by for a dose of SGIs contagious holiday cheer, to finish your holiday shopping, or to treat yourself to a unique island souvenir.
Witness a Spectacular Show at Holiday Lights on the Harbor
If you’re spending the holidays in St. George Island, be sure to attend the Holiday Lights on the Harbor and Boat Parade of Lights in early December. Boats decorated for the season cascade down Carrabelle River and spark the Christmas spirit in the hearts of all who see the lights. This spectacular holiday show is undoubtedly one you won’t forget!
Start Planning Your Visit to St. George Island
Ready to attend all of the delightful events on SGI? Collins Vacation Rentals are located in the best areas on the island so you can be close to all the fun, and retreat to a magical island vacation home at the end of the day. Wake up refreshed and relaxed with access to everything you need for the perfect vacation on the Florida Coast. Browse our properties to find the ideal rental for you. Whether you’re planning a family reunion, a getaway with friends, or a romantic trip for two, Collins Vacation Rentals promises an excellent, worry-free adventure on St. George Island.
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