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FREE Events & Things To Do in Orlando this Weekend, Dec. 1 - 3, 2023

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

It's the weekend and with no shortage of things to do here in Orlando, we've chosen all the fun and FREE EVENTS that are taking place throughout the weekend here in the city beautiful.


FREE Events & Things To Do in Orlando this Weekend


Best FREE Things To Do In Orlando This Weekend



FRIDAY, DEC. 1, 2023


City of Orlando Tree Lighting

City of Orlando Tree Lighting
December 1, 2023

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites Central Florida residents and visitors to ring in the holiday season and help countdown to the lighting of the City of Orlando’s Christmas Tree at Lake Eola Park’s Washington Plaza. The event will include holiday performances at the Walt Disney Amphitheater, food trucks and a holiday market.


Winter on the Avenue, Winter Park's annual tree-lighting event

Winter on the Avenue
December 1, 2023

Come out for Winter on the Avenue, Winter Park's annual tree-lighting event, with strolling carolers, Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony, s'mores, snow slides, children's choirs, popcorn flicks in the park, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus!


I-Drive District Holiday Tree Lighting

I-Drive District Holiday Tree Lighting
December 1, 2023

Kick of the Holiday Season with the I-Drive District at ICON Park!


Check out how I-Drive Dazzles with a glittering lighting ceremony of the 50-ft Holiday Tree. Special performances by the I-Ride Trolley Chords, Dr. Phillips High School Dance In Motion Company & Orlando Ballet.


Make a reservation at The Santa Workshop Experience to meet and take holiday photos with Santa and the Jolly old elf!


Mount Dora Christmas Walk

Mount Dora Christmas Walk
December 1, 2023

This fun, annual tradition features entertainment sprinkled around Mount Dora’s historic downtown while shop’s are open late for a unique holiday shopping experience.


The many downtown bars and restaurants are also open to enjoy plenty of holiday cheer to enjoy on your Christmas Walk



Light Up Sanford – Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1, 2023

Join us for a magical night at Light Up Sanford, a Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 1st at 6:30 PM. Experience the enchantment of the Magnolia Square Christmas Tree and downtown as we illuminate the night. Get ready for holiday entertainment, a visit from ‘Ole Saint Nick and his helpers, and more!


Lake Mary Holiday in the Park

Lake Mary Holiday in the Park
December 1, 2023

The City of Lake Mary’s “Holiday in the Park” event is one for the books! Our largest event of the year highlights over 1 MILLION holiday lights in Central Park, a visit from Santa Claus, a synthetic ice rink (admission fee), and lots of food trucks!! Kick off the holiday season with your family and friends in one of the best light shows in Central Florida!


Popcorn Flicks in the Park

Popcorn Flicks in the Park
December 1, 2023

The Popcorn Flicks in the Park series features classic films for the whole family to enjoy in Central Park, Winter Park.


Popcorn Flicks in the Park is a free event, and open to the public! Bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and some family and friends and join enjoy The Muppets Christmas Carol at Enzian's Popcorn Flicks in the Park series this December.



Crescent Cinema featuring Elf
December 1, 2023

Spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear!


Join Lake Nona at Crescent Cinema featuring Elf on Friday, December 1 at 6 pm at Crescent Park. This is event is non-ticketed and open to the public.



Movie In The Park
December 1, 2023

Kissimmee Utility Authority continues its 2023-2024 Movie in the Park series on Friday, December 1, 2023, at Kissimmee Lakefront Park with The Santa Clause.


Attendees will enjoy free inflatables, free crafts, a photo booth, free popcorn, and prize giveaways.


As part of the holiday-themed event, the utility will also offer a free snow slide; those wishing to participate in the snow slide activity should bring a canned food item or toy that will be donated to a local non-profit.


The movie series is a partnership between KUA and the City of Kissimmee.


Promenade at Sunset Walk in Kissimmee, HOLINIGHTS

Holinights Celebrations
Select Nights, Now - December 25, 2023

The holidays are coming, and at the popular Promenade at Sunset Walk in Kissimmee, the Holinights are on the way too, bringing non stop holiday fun and entertainment.


The popular entertainment, shopping and dining destination, is hosting several holiday events throughout the festive season including Holinights on select nights from 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm


Holinights Celebration features Santa Claus, Mischievous Elves, Towering Toy Soldiers, Live Music & Tree Lighting Nightly, Snow Ball Fights with the Mischievous Elves, Holiday Craft & Street Markets, Car Shows & More!


Holidays At Disney Springs November 11, 2022 through December 30, 2022

Holidays At Disney Springs
Now - December 30, 2022

Enjoy a host of holiday-themed activities and savor the comforting flavors of the season while shopping for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list!

Highlights Include:

Meet Santa and enjoy festive holiday tunes with live musical performances and DJs. Plus, encounter Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers and Snowflake Skaters.


Discover Christmas around every corner, as you come across a collection of elaborately decorated Disney Christmas trees throughout the neighborhoods of Disney Springs.


Flurries are in the forecast for Disney Springs Town Center. In the evenings, delight in a magical snowfall, adding an extra touch of wonder to your holiday shopping.


Light Up Eustis

Now Snowing In Celebration
Now - December 31, 2023

Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier Snowing event is celebrating 25 years this year, offering one of the area’s only synthetic ice rinks, special community performances by some of the area’s top young talent, and special concert events throughout the season.


Now Snowing is a month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, train rides, ice skating, and nightly snowfall at 6, 7, 8, 9pm. It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday.


Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays

Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays
Now – January 1, 2024

The City of Altamonte Springs and Duke Energy celebrate the tradition of lighting up Cranes Roost Park with live music, entertainment, fireworks, train rides, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Watch as the park comes alive with spectacular holiday displays featuring 200,000 lights and a 60-foot tree decorated with thousands of ornaments and garland.


Holiday Events in Winter Garden

Tis the Season in Winter Garden
December 1, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Downtown Winter Garden transforms into a winter wonderland for 38 days of Tis the Season, outdoor holiday movies, light shows, carriage tours, boutique stroll, farmer’s market, and holiday music on the plaza are here to enjoy.


Friday Muscle Car Show & Cruise Old Town Kissimmee

Friday Muscle Car Show & Cruise
Every Friday

Join the heart pounding excitement of high-performance engines and true horse power for our Muscle Car Show every Friday night at Old Town in Kissimmee. The Friday Muscle Car Show will begin at 3:00pm and the qualifications are show-quality muscle and factory-performance cars from 1964 and newer and classics from 1985 and older. Cars will cruise at 8:30pm and all cars registered can participate.


Winter Garden Friday on the Plaza

Winter Garden Friday on the Plaza
Every Friday

Come enjoy live music every Friday night on the Plaza in Winter Garden.


Art After Dark at Lake Nona

Art After Dark at Lake Nona
Every Friday

Every Friday night, Art After Dark takes over Lake Nona Town Center from 6 pm, and it's a perfect free night out for the whole family.


Enjoy a stroll through the Town Center as you explore hand crafted artisan products, and tasty cuisine. Be sure to grab a glass a wine, stay a while to enjoy the art displayed on the six story art installation, The Beacon.


Sunset Walk’s Fired-up Fridays

Sunset Walk Fired-up Fridays

Every Friday

Friday nights, the Promenade at Sunset Walk presents Fired-Up Fridays, a free Car & Truck Show event with all makes, models, and years welcome of show car quality.


Featuring music by DJ Scotty B and Company, plus the very best regional live bands.


The Promenade is home to over 2 dozen restaurants, retail shops, movie theaters, and entertainment options, located just ½ mile from the intersection of State Road 429 and U.S. 192, at 3251 Margaritaville Blvd. FREE admission and parking.



Little Listeners at Altamonte Library
Every Friday

Experience stories brought to life at Altamonte Library with fun books, interactive rhymes and craft activities during Little Listeners Storytime every Friday at 11 a.m. Sessions are tailored for ages 3 to 5 to help foster a love of reading.


Sessions run for 30 minutes. Parents must stay with child. Reservations are required.


Free Bingo Night at District Eat and Play Oviedo

Free Bingo Night at District Eat and Play Oviedo
Every Friday

Free Bingo each Friday night at District Eat and Play Oviedo Mall, Oviedo at 6pm.



Live At The Lawn at ICON Park
Every Friday & Saturday

Join ICON Park every weekend from 8 pm - 12 am for live DJ entertainment and live music from local artists and musicians!


Grab a drink from the Lawn Bar and find a spot on The Lawn to kick off your weekend with great music and ICONic vibes!



 


SATURDAY, DEC. 2, 2023


Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays

Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays
December 2, 2023

The City of Altamonte Springs and Duke Energy celebrate the tradition of Lighting up Cranes Roost Park with live music, entertainment, fireworks, train rides, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Watch as the park comes alive with spectacular holiday displays featuring 200,000 lights and a 60-foot tree decorated with thousands of ornaments and garland.


Annual Winter Park Christmas Parade

71st Annual Winter Park Christmas Parade
December 2, 2023

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 71st annual Winter Park Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade. The event has been held each December for more than 65 years, making it the oldest continuous holiday parade in Central Florida.


Over 80 organizations that participate, including marching bands, local police and fire departments, scouting groups, local dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus.



Della Phillips Pavilion Celebration Concert
December 2, 2023

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Della Phillip Pavilion and enjoy seasonal holiday favorites performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Assistant Conductor Mauricio Céspedes Rivero.


The program will include favorites from A Christmas Festival, Music of Frozen, The Night Before Christmas, Chanukah Overture, a festival holiday singalong, and more!


Tavares Christmas Parade and Celebration

Tavares Christmas Parade and Celebration
December 2, 2023

This free, annual happening takes place in downtown Tavares with a parade that begins around 5 p.m on Main Street, followed by a celebration in Wooton Park & Tavares Square. Enjoy live music, Santa’s visit, and more!


St. Cloud Holiday Festival

St. Cloud Holiday Festival
December 2 - 3, 2023

The St Cloud Holiday Festival is a non-profit event presented by the Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay supporting the annual holiday event and the community. The Festival features over 100 crafters, carnival-type fare, entertainment, a classic car show and a Kids’ Holiday Fun Zone with Santa. Plus, don't miss the parade!


The Festival runs for two days, always the first Saturday and Sunday in December. The 2023 Festival will be held December 2 - 3.


Cracker Christmas 2023

Cracker Christmas
December 2 - 3, 2023

Why Cracker Christmas? The origin of the term “Florida Cracker” refers to the cracking sound made by the whips used by early settlers to herd their cattle, hence the Floridians were called “Crackers”


Cracker Christmas features live historical demonstrators, vendors, various foods for sale.


This event celebrates the Florida Pioneer and the rich history of the Christmas community. It also showcases local history through a craft fair with handmade items, pioneer demonstrations, and community organizations displays. The event began approximately in 1977 as a small celebration. It has gradually grown into the largest Fort Christmas Historical Society event held at Fort Christmas Historical Park.



Winter Springs Winter Wonderland & Parade
December 2, 2023

Tis’ the season for joy and celebration! Stop by the city of Winter Springs and enjoy the festivities this holiday season at Winter Wonderland! Experience an evening with one of the longest-running traditions in our city, the 41st annual Holiday Parade featuring local talent and businesses and the annual Christmas tree Lighting!


Enjoy local entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus!


Winter Garden Christmas Parade

Winter Garden Christmas Parade
December 2, 2023

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and head to your favorite spot for the Winter Garden Holiday Parade. A long-standing Winter Garden holiday tradition will delight spectators and bring in holiday cheer! Do not forget to look for the Big Guy himself at the end of the parade!


Then enjoy the Holiday Market, wander freely through the pedestrian-only streets of historic downtown aligned with vendor booths of holiday décor, crafts, jewelry, apparel and accessories, sweet treats (including Gingerbread), variety of gift items, and more including FREE CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!


Ovideo Christmas Parade

Ovideo Christmas Parade

December 2, 2023

Enjoy an unforgettable Christmas Parade with the City of Oviedo! The parade will be held on December 2rd from 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Attendees can line up along Center Lake Lane and Oviedo Blvd. The parade leaves the Oviedo Gym & Aquatics Center approximately at 7:00 pm. Vendors, food, drinks, and alcohol will be available for purchase starting at 5:00 pm at Center Lake Park.


Snow In The O Holiday Festival Toy Drive

Snow In The O Holiday Festival Toy Drive
December 2, 2023

Mark your calendar and join us in spreading the holiday spirit! "Snow in the O" is where families and friends of all backgrounds come together to celebrate the magic of giving.

Share the Joy! We invite you to step into a Winter Wonderland of warmth, laughter, and giving. This festive Christmas Holiday Event is an invitation to embrace the magic of the season while spreading holiday cheer to every corner of our diverse community. Entry is free with the donation of a new toy, ensuring that the spirit of giving shines bright for all.

Orlando's Largest Snowstorm Ever. Prepare for an extraordinary snowfall like Orlando has never seen before. On December 2nd, we're transforming our city into a Winter Wonderland, uniting us in the enchantment of the season. You won’t want to miss it!



Avalon Aglow
December 2, 2023

Start off your holiday festivities with us at Avalon Park’s annual Avalon Aglow event on December 2nd! Starting at 3 p.m., enjoy the food and festivities while also catching live performances and a parade around Downtown Avalon. Make sure to stay for the fireworks later on to end your night. Every year, Avalon Aglow brings the whole community together to celebrate the upcoming holidays. This event is free for everyone to enjoy.

Watch as Avalon Park transforms into a winter wonderland with real snow, train rides and even an appearance by Santa Claus. After enjoying the festivities, make sure to grab a bite to eat from one of the many vendors and watch the holiday parade or even one of the local live performances.


Finish off the night at Avalon Lake to enjoy Orlando’s premier fireworks show! Grab some chairs and blankets to sit back with your family and friends to finish off the night with a bang.


Promenade at Sunset Walk in Kissimmee, HOLINIGHTS

Holinights Celebrations
Select Nights, Now - December 25, 2023

The holidays are coming, and at the popular Promenade at Sunset Walk in Kissimmee, the Holinights are on the way too, bringing non stop holiday fun and entertainment.


The popular entertainment, shopping and dining destination, is hosting several holiday events throughout the festive season including Holinights on select nights from 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm


Holinights Celebration features Santa Claus, Mischievous Elves, Towering Toy Soldiers, Live Music & Tree Lighting Nightly, Snow Ball Fights with the Mischievous Elves, Holiday Craft & Street Markets, Car Shows & More!


Holidays At Disney Springs November 11, 2022 through December 30, 2022

Holidays At Disney Springs
Now - December 30, 2022

Enjoy a host of holiday-themed activities and savor the comforting flavors of the season while shopping for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list!

Highlights Include:

Meet Santa and enjoy festive holiday tunes with live musical performances and DJs. Plus, encounter Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers and Snowflake Skaters.


Discover Christmas around every corner, as you come across a collection of elaborately decorated Disney Christmas trees throughout the neighborhoods of Disney Springs.


Flurries are in the forecast for Disney Springs Town Center. In the evenings, delight in a magical snowfall, adding an extra touch of wonder to your holiday shopping.


Light Up Eustis

Now Snowing In Celebration
Now - December 31, 2023

Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier Snowing event is celebrating 25 years this year, offering one of the area’s only synthetic ice rinks, special community performances by some of the area’s top young talent, and special concert events throughout the season.


Now Snowing is a month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, train rides, ice skating, and nightly snowfall at 6, 7, 8, 9pm. It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday.


Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays

Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays
Now – January 1, 2024

The City of Altamonte Springs and Duke Energy celebrate the tradition of lighting up Cranes Roost Park with live music, entertainment, fireworks, train rides, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Watch as the park comes alive with spectacular holiday displays featuring 200,000 lights and a 60-foot tree decorated with thousands of ornaments and garland.


Holiday Events in Winter Garden

Tis the Season in Winter Garden
December 1, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Downtown Winter Garden transforms into a winter wonderland for 38 days of Tis the Season, outdoor holiday movies, light shows, carriage tours, boutique stroll, farmer’s market, and holiday music on the plaza are here to enjoy.


Bank of America's Museums on Us Weekend Orlando

Bank of America's Museums on Us Weekend

December 2 - 3, 2023

During the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Bank offer cardholders free general admission on both Saturday and Sunday to more than 225 cultural institutions in dozens of cities across the US. Click here for details.


Valid cardholders can access free admission the first full weekend every month to the following museums:


• Orlando Science Center: 407-514-2000, 777 E. Princeton St. Orlando, FL 32803

• History Center: 407-836-8500, 65 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801

• Polasek Museum & Garden: 407-647-6294, 633 Osceola Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789

• Orlando Museum of Art: 407-896-4231, 2416 North Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803

• Mennello Museum of Art: 407-246-4278, 900 E. Princeton St. Orlando, FL 32803

• Museum of Arts & Sciences: 386-255-0285, 352 S. Nova Rd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114

• Florida Aquarium: 813-273-4000, 701 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602


Orlando Pottery Festival & Holiday Arts Market
December 2 - 3, 2023

The Orlando Pottery Festival presents the Orlando Pottery Festival & Holiday Arts Market, Central Florida’s largest winter celebration and market of ceramic art—featuring unique handmade items perfect for the home, garden, and gift giving!


The event returns this year on Saturday December 2, 2023, from 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, December 3, 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Florida Army National Guard Armory, 2809 South Ferncreek Ave., Orlando,


Meet 50+ talented local artists, including highly regarded professional potters who exhibit in galleries and juried art festivals throughout the South; mid-career artists whose distinctive designs and signature items are fast becoming contemporary collectibles; longtime “hobby potters” who are channeling their creativity while mastering their craft in local pottery studios; and younger and emerging ceramic artists, some of whom are selling to the public for the first time.


Saturday Special at Pioneer Village

Saturday Special at Pioneer Village
Every Saturday

Visit Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek 2491 Babb Road, Kissimmee every Saturday morning and enjoy a special activity. All materials will be provided with admission and is great for all ages.



Disney Springs Kids Club
Every Saturday

Dance, play and be entertained at engaging shows for kids of all ages at the Disney Springs Kids Club, taking place every Saturday. Free Entertainment and Free Parking.



Live Music on the Lawn in Lake Nona

Every Saturday

Live on the Lawn is your Saturday oasis to relax and recharge while listening to live music and playing lawn games with family and friends. Join Lake Nona from 11am – 3pm every Saturday!


Saturday Nite Classic Car Show & Cruise

Saturday Nite Classic Car Show & Cruise
Every Saturday

Join Old Town in Kissimmee every Saturday and take a trip down memory lane. The Old Town Classic Car Show has been a local tradition for over 30 years, it is one of the premier weekly car shows in Central Florida. The Saturday Classic Car Show begins at 1:00pm and welcomes show-quality 1985 and older hot rods, street rods, and antiques. Cars will cruise at 8:30pm and all cars registered can participate.


The Classic Car Show is free for participants and free for the public to attend. It’s the perfect outing for families of every generation, young and old, to enjoy.


Show Car Saturday Nights at Promenade at Sunset Walk

Show Car Saturday Night at Promenade at Sunset Walk
Every Saturday

The Promenade at Sunset Walk is home to the free Show Car Saturday Nights. All makes and models are welcome and displayed along Margaritaville Boulevard.


Car enthusiasts will enjoy the music of DJ Scotty B while admiring an amazing collection of classic to modern automobiles, with live bands performing on the Promenade Plaza Stage nightly.


Throughout the evening, find your favorite restaurants and shops at the Promenade at Sunset Walk.


Lake Nona Farmers Market

Orlando Area Saturday Farmers Markets
Every Saturday

The Winter Garden Farmers Market is your hometown market open every Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. in beautiful Historic Winter Garden.


The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is one of the best produce and plant markets in Central Florida which takes place every Saturday morning from 8 am - 1 pm in Central Park.


The Lake Mary Farmers Market features local vendors of produce, plants, baked goods, and arts and crafts. The market is open every Saturday, from 9 am - 1:30 pm at Lake Mary City Hall.


Visit every Saturday at the City of Longwood Farmers Market at Reiter Park from 9 am - 2 pm, with locally sourced seafood and produce to handmade crafts and more.


Join in every Saturday morning in Lake Nona, the Lake Nona Farmers Market takes place in the beautiful Town Center from 11 am - 3 pm, shop local with the freshest produce and more.



 


SUNDAY, DEC. 3, 2023


Bank of America's Museums on Us Weekend Orlando

Bank of America's Museums on Us Weekend

December 2 - 3, 2023

During the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Bank offer cardholders free general admission on both Saturday and Sunday to more than 225 cultural institutions in dozens of cities across the US. Click here for details.


Valid cardholders can access free admission the first full weekend every month to the following museums:


• Orlando Science Center: 407-514-2000, 777 E. Princeton St. Orlando, FL 32803

• History Center: 407-836-8500, 65 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801

• Polasek Museum & Garden: 407-647-6294, 633 Osceola Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789

• Orlando Museum of Art: 407-896-4231, 2416 North Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803

• Mennello Museum of Art: 407-246-4278, 900 E. Princeton St. Orlando, FL 32803

• Museum of Arts & Sciences: 386-255-0285, 352 S. Nova Rd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114

• Florida Aquarium: 813-273-4000, 701 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602


Orlando Pottery Festival & Holiday Arts Market
December 2 - 3, 2023

The Orlando Pottery Festival presents the Orlando Pottery Festival & Holiday Arts Market, Central Florida’s largest winter celebration and market of ceramic art—featuring unique handmade items perfect for the home, garden, and gift giving!


The event returns this year on Saturday December 2, 2023, from 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, December 3, 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Florida Army National Guard Armory, 2809 South Ferncreek Ave., Orlando,


Meet 50+ talented local artists, including highly regarded professional potters who exhibit in galleries and juried art festivals throughout the South; mid-career artists whose distinctive designs and signature items are fast becoming contemporary collectibles; longtime “hobby potters” who are channeling their creativity while mastering their craft in local pottery studios; and younger and emerging ceramic artists, some of whom are selling to the public for the first time.


Krampusfest in the Milk District Orlando

Krampusfest
December 3, 2023

In some eastern European cultures, Santa Claus is accompanied by Krampus — a horrible monster who snatches bad children instead of giving them presents. And this holiday season, he is again headed to Orlando for Krampusfest!


One of the most famous Krampus celebrations in the country, this annual tradition brings the alpine spirit to The Milk District near downtown Orlando.


Light Up SoDo

Light Up SoDo
December 3, 2023

Light Up SoDo is back, so grab the kids and your furry friends and head on down for an afternoon full of holiday fun!

This year there is tons of fun activities for everyone. Get ready to experience Santa and Mrs. Claus, a maker’s market, food trucks, appearances from local SoDo businesses, the Bubble Bus, bounce houses, face painting, stilt walkers, beer and wine garden, live performances and so much more.


St. Cloud Holiday Festival

St. Cloud Holiday Festival
December 2 - 3, 2023

The St Cloud Holiday Festival is a non-profit event presented by the Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay supporting the annual holiday event and the community. The Festival features over 100 crafters, carnival-type fare, entertainment, a classic car show and a Kids’ Holiday Fun Zone with Santa. Plus, don't miss the parade!


The Festival runs for two days, always the first Saturday and Sunday in December. The 2023 Festival will be held December 2 - 3.


Cracker Christmas 2023

Cracker Christmas
December 2 - 3, 2023

Why Cracker Christmas? The origin of the term “Florida Cracker” refers to the cracking sound made by the whips used by early settlers to herd their cattle, hence the Floridians were called “Crackers”


Cracker Christmas features live historical demonstrators, vendors, various foods for sale.


This event celebrates the Florida Pioneer and the rich history of the Christmas community. It also showcases local history through a craft fair with handmade items, pioneer demonstrations, and community organizations displays. The event began approximately in 1977 as a small celebration. It has gradually grown into the largest Fort Christmas Historical Society event held at Fort Christmas Historical Park.


Promenade at Sunset Walk in Kissimmee, HOLINIGHTS

Holinights Celebrations
Select Nights, Now - December 25, 2023

The holidays are coming, and at the popular Promenade at Sunset Walk in Kissimmee, the Holinights are on the way too, bringing non stop holiday fun and entertainment.


The popular entertainment, shopping and dining destination, is hosting several holiday events throughout the festive season including Holinights on select nights from 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm


Holinights Celebration features Santa Claus, Mischievous Elves, Towering Toy Soldiers, Live Music & Tree Lighting Nightly, Snow Ball Fights with the Mischievous Elves, Holiday Craft & Street Markets, Car Shows & More!


Holidays At Disney Springs November 11, 2022 through December 30, 2022

Holidays At Disney Springs
Now - December 30, 2022

Enjoy a host of holiday-themed activities and savor the comforting flavors of the season while shopping for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list!

Highlights Include:

Meet Santa and enjoy festive holiday tunes with live musical performances and DJs. Plus, encounter Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers and Snowflake Skaters.


Discover Christmas around every corner, as you come across a collection of elaborately decorated Disney Christmas trees throughout the neighborhoods of Disney Springs.


Flurries are in the forecast for Disney Springs Town Center. In the evenings, delight in a magical snowfall, adding an extra touch of wonder to your holiday shopping.


Light Up Eustis

Now Snowing In Celebration
Now - December 31, 2023

Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier Snowing event is celebrating 25 years this year, offering one of the area’s only synthetic ice rinks, special community performances by some of the area’s top young talent, and special concert events throughout the season.


Now Snowing is a month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, train rides, ice skating, and nightly snowfall at 6, 7, 8, 9pm. It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday.


Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays

Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays
Now – January 1, 2024

The City of Altamonte Springs and Duke Energy celebrate the tradition of lighting up Cranes Roost Park with live music, entertainment, fireworks, train rides, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Watch as the park comes alive with spectacular holiday displays featuring 200,000 lights and a 60-foot tree decorated with thousands of ornaments and garland.


Holiday Events in Winter Garden

Tis the Season in Winter Garden
December 1, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Downtown Winter Garden transforms into a winter wonderland for 38 days of Tis the Season, outdoor holiday movies, light shows, carriage tours, boutique stroll, farmer’s market, and holiday music on the plaza are here to enjoy.


Orlando Farmers Market at Lake Eola Park

Orlando Area Sunday Farmers Markets
Weekly, Every Sunday

One of the most popular farmers markets in Central Florida, Orlando Farmer’s Market is located in the heart of Orlando at Lake Eola park, and takes place Sundays 10 am - 4 pm.


Every week at Celebration Farmers Market there are multiple vendors here selling everything from fresh food and produce, to local crafted jewelry, and much more, with a beautiful backdrop of Lakeside Park, this is a must go to farmers market on Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm.


The popular East Orlando Farmers Market offers hand selected produce, creative local small business owners, along with botanical varieties to chose from. Every Sunday 11 am - 4 pm.


Clermont Farmer's Market features over 60 vendors selling seafood, organic produce, and other household items, this popular market is the place to go on Sundays 9 am - 2 pm.


Mount Dora’s open-air Mount Dora Village Market in Sunset Park is open Sundays from 9 am – 2 pm offering fresh products from over 50 market vendors.


Central Florida Farmers Markets

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