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The Best Holly, Jolly Christmas & Holiday Events in Orlando 2023

Updated: Dec 26, 2023

Welcome to the Gotta Go Orlando Guide to all the Christmas and Holiday Season Events taking place in Orlando, including theme park events, light shows, where to meet Santa, concerts, and more!



Orlando Christmas and Holiday Season Events

Orlando is a truly magical place to be for Christmas and the Holidays, and whether you're a local looking for inspiration, or a visitor looking forward experiencing the holidays in the sunshine, there is nowhere else with so much to do, and nowhere else we would rather be, so join us as we unwrap everything to experience this holiday season in the city beautiful.


From the magic of the theme parks, to small town holiday parades, we've got you covered with the biggest and best things do do in Orlando and throughout Central Florida.







As we get ever closer to the holiday season we will be frequently updated this Christmas and Holiday Season Guide, so check back often!



 


Theme Park Holiday Season Events


Christmas On Main Street USA MAGIC KINGDOM Walt Disney World

The Holidays At Magic Kingdom
Now - December 31, 2023

Get wrapped up in all things merry and bright, with sensational sights and holiday delights. The Magic Kingdom, truly is extra magical during the holidays, with beautiful decor, festive entertainment, and extra jolly eats and treats.


Highlights this holiday season includes:

NEW! Frozen Holiday Surprise – Gather ‘round Cinderella Castle for a dazzling new experience that will illuminate the castle like never before—featuring Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and the Snowgies!


Seasonal Décor – Discover oh-so-jolly holiday trimmings and touches along Main Street, U.S.A. and throughout the park.


Jingle Cruise – During the holiday season, the beloved Jungle Cruise undergoes a yuletide transformation. It’s a festive-yet-familiar adventure from stem to stern!


Meet Santa - During the Holiday Week and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party you can meet Santa at the Liberty Square Gazebo.


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Select Nights, Now - December 22, 2023

One of Walt Disney World's favorite holiday tradition, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is returning to Magic Kingdom Park this year.


On 25 select nights, Nov. 9 - Dec. 22, this separately ticketed event will welcome guests to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Magic Kingdom.


Holiday magic is unwrapped with the return of festive favorites like the Christmas extravaganza stage show, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration,” the sparkling spectacular “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” and the merry must-see “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”


Guests can also look forward to enjoying some of their favorite classic and thrill attractions, including TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise, which will use a virtual queue* during the event.


EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

The Holidays At EPCOT
Now through December 30, 2023

Embrace holiday traditions from around the world and delight in the telling of the Christmas story.


Highlights include:

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth – Be immersed in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season from November 24 through December 30, 2023! Savor treasured recipes from around the globe at Holiday Kitchens. And embark on a journey with Holiday Storytellers sharing holiday traditions from around the world.


Candlelight Processional – Hear the stirring story of Christmas presented by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by an orchestra and massed choir.


More Holiday Entertainment – Watch as Holiday Storytellers bring beloved traditions such as Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Lunar New Year and more to life! Witness stories told through music and dance, with performers in traditional costumes—November 24 to December 30, 2023.


The Holidays At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Holidays At Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Now - December 31, 2023

Embark on yuletide adventures in a park full of entertainment and thrills.


Decor at Hollywood Studios includes SANTA GERTIE! There are also oversized Christmas ornaments in Echo Lake, as well as a giant Christmas tree, and other decor.


You will also discover vintage inspired decor on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards, with snow falling along Sunset Boulevard.


Highlights include:

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration – Enjoy an unforgettable holiday finale featuring everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf.


Minnie's Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine – See Minnie Mouse and her pals during an oh-so-merry meal. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.


Toy Story Land Characters in Holiday Attire – See some Pixar pals decked out for the season.


Disney Jollywood Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney Jollywood Nights
Select Nights, Now - December 20, 2023

Disney Jollywood Nights is a new, separately ticketed event taking place at Disney's Hollywood Studios, from 8:30 pm - 12:30 am on 10 select nights November 11 - December 20, 2023.


Get ready to dress in your holiday glam best or festive flair, dance the night away to merry mashups, indulge in divine treats and bubbling spirits, and snap selfies with iconic characters during this new festive event.


For an extra dose of cheer, the party wraps with the return of the nighttime spectacular, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!”


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

Holidays At Disney Springs
Now - December 30, 2023

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.


SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration Select Dates, November 11, 2022 through January 3, 2023

SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration
Select Dates, Now - December 31, 2023

SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning Christmas Celebration returns with the sights, sounds and flavors of the holiday season.


Included with theme park admission, the event transforms SeaWorld Orlando into a winter wonderland with more than 3 million sparkling lights.


Enjoy all the family-friendly holiday entertainment, from the iconic Sea of Trees that dance to music as they light up the central lagoon, to delicious holiday treats.


Experience fan-favorite holiday shows and seasonal entertainment throughout the park. And be sure to stay late to finish your evening with an impressive holiday firework show.



Holidays At Universal Orlando Resort
Now, 2023 to January 4, 2024

Anyone can “Ho-ho-ho” and “Fa-la-la” for the holidays. But if you want to scream, laugh and shout your jingle bells off, you’ve got to awesome up your season with Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort.

Join the celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as Hogwarts castle lights up for the holidays and festive decor brightens up the streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.


Enjoy a hot Butterbeer while both the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees put a holiday spin on their performances.

Larger-than-life balloons float through the streets of Universal Studios Florida in Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, along with appearances by the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and some of your favorite characters from DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar films.


Get together with the resident Whos in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where you can enjoy the music and fun of The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular starring the Grinch.

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, Part of Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

There are even more festivities in store around every corner of Universal Orlando Resort.

You’ll find tasty holiday food and drinks, character encounters and more. And to top it all off, you’ll want to stay at one of Universal’s spectacular hotels, where you’ll find even more themed food, decorations and festivities.

From breathtaking hotels to Universal CityWalk to thrill-packed theme parks, it’s the biggest, loudest, awesomest celebration of the season.


And it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort, with all festivities included with park admission.


Christmas Town At Busch Gardens Tampa

Christmas Town At Busch Gardens Tampa
November 13, 2023 to January 4, 2024

Celebrate the year with holiday cheer & gather with family and friends to create merry memories. Experience the joy of the season up close with animal encounters, thrilling rides, holiday inspired culinary delights and festive shows like Christmas on Ice.


Keep the holiday spirit shining bright from day to night with millions of twinkling lights and dazzling fireworks, plus heartwarming moments with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.


Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando Legoland Florida

Holidays At LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Select Days, Now - December 31, 2023

At LEGOLAND Florida Resort, this jolly time of year features a giant LEGO Christmas tree, unforgettable seasonal shows, holiday characters, special treats, LEGO activities, twinkling lights and more during Holidays at LEGOLAND!


Oh and as extra special gift, this festive event is included in general admission!


Highlights include:

Visit the Holiday Village Postal Service to send your letters to LEGO Santa,

Rock around the giant LEGO tree to holiday tunes,

Take “elfies” with your favorite holiday LEGO Characters,

And don't miss ringing in the new year with colorful bursts of LEGO bricks fireworks over Lake Eloise at an earlier, kid-friendly, celebration time.



 


Christmas & Holiday Season Events


Ice! At Gaylord Palms returning for the Holidays featuring Charlie Brown

Ice at Gaylord Palms Resort
Now - January 3, 2024

There's no better way to celebrate the holidays than by gathering your family for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.


Step into a wonderland carved by expert artisans out of 2 million pounds of colorful ice with a dazzling display of larger-than-life sculptures, thrilling ice slides, and awe-inspiring tunnels.


This must do holiday event in Central Florida will feature Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang, who will be the stars of this year's holiday celebration as ICE! returns for 2023.


In addition to the ICE! attraction, a sleigh-full of events and activities will be featured across the 64-acre resort. Christmas shows and activities are presented in the atrium, while parts of the convention center transform into Alpine Village, a bustling, holiday hamlet with Bavarian-style storefronts, immersive activities and one of Florida’s largest Christmas shops.



Holiday Nights at ICON Park
Now - December 25, 2023

The 20-acre ICON Park has transformed into a holiday wonderland with the arrival of the I-Drive District’s 50-foot decorated tree, nightly snowfall, Santa Workshop Experience, The Wheel’s holiday light and music show, carolers – and, of course, Santa himself.

Guests are invited to bring a blanket, gather on ICON Park’s center lawn to enjoy the free nightly snowfall and magical light show, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and entertainment venues.

Snow & Carolers on The Lawn Guests can enjoy the magic and wonder of a snowy holiday season, right on I-Drive. Every night from 7 to 8 p.m., eight snow machines will create flurries that blanket ICON Park’s central gathering place, The Lawn. Snowfall is nightly, with carolers every Saturday evening.

Holiday Light Show on The Wheel The Wheel at ICON Park is getting into the holiday spirit with the return of the popular holiday light show. Gather on The Lawn and watch as The Wheel’s 64,000 LED lights dance to a seasonal soundtrack during a 10-minute production.


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!


Colorful Christmas at Crayola Experience

Colorful Christmas at Crayola Experience
Now - January 7, 2024

Experience the holidays Crayola-style at Colorful Christmas, hosted by Crayola Experience at The Florida Mall.


Can you help Santa and his friends save the holiday? Enjoy some SNOWtastic adventures as you go! Meet animatronic Christmas characters and listen to them tell stories as you solve their riddles. Step inside a life-sized snowglobe, watch a light show starring Scarlet and her singing reindeer friends. All while crafting unique gifts from the heart! Enjoy holiday fun the Crayola way! All included in general admission.


Pirates Dinner Adventure Christmas Show

Pirates Dinner Adventure Christmas Show
Now to December 25, 2023

Ho! Ho! Ho! If you’re looking for a new tradition the whole family will love, get ready for a jolly good time and a swashbuckling adventure right here in Orlando, Santa’s even made his way from the North Pole to Central Florida to celebrate the holidays at Pirates Dinner Adventure!


Guests can experience the action, romance and excitement of the classic dinner show with a holiday overlay featuring Christmas music and a ship-side visit from a special guest at the end of the show!


During the post-show Buccaneer Bash, guests can party with pirates and take pictures with the Jolly Old Elf himself!


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.


Christmas in the Park Winter Park Florida

Christmas in the Park
November 30, 2023

Each year, the Morse Museum helps launch the holiday season in Winter Park when it lights up Tiffany windows in Central Park and presents the Bach Festival Choir and Brass Ensemble in concert.


This November is the 45th annual celebration of Christmas in the Park. Christmas in the Park was started by Hugh and Jeannette McKean, the Morse Museum’s benefactors, in 1979 as a way to share a part of their rare Tiffany collection with the public in an informal setting.


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.



Eola Winter Wonderland
Select Nights, December 1 - December 23, 2023

The most wonderful time of the year is here in Orlando, and the city invites Central Florida residents and guests to celebrate the holidays with family-friendly holiday events and activities for all ages to enjoy at Lake Eola including:

Eola Wonderland Snowfall: Experience a Florida snowfall in downtown Orlando near the Eola House. Snow will fall for 15 minutes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Downtown Orlando Merry Market: Enjoy downtown’s Merry Market where shoppers will find the best in arts and crafts and more. The market will be located on the east side of Lake Eola Park on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Santa Claus at the Eola House: Santa Claus is coming to the City of Orlando and he’s not camera shy. Parents have festive picture-taking opportunities for their children with Santa at the Eola House every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.


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


Deck The Seas At SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando

Deck The Seas At SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando
December 1 - January 1

Celebrate the holiday SEAson in an underwater wonderland at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.


Just in time for the holiday season, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium at ICON Park is once again hosting the popular Deck the Seas event.


The Orlando aquarium has been transformed into an underwater winter wonderland, featuring creatures that love living in the cold, ready for guests to embark on a wintery cold-water scavenger hunt.


Plus on weekends, you can meet SEA LIFe's Sharky dressed up in his holiday best!


On Wednesdays at 1 pm before Christmas, you can see Scuba Claus and his elf diving with stingrays, sharks, sea turtles and more, plus hear the story of FISHmas!



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!


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 for you.


Wekiva Island's Winter Wonderland

Wekiva Island's Winter Wonderland
December 1 - 25, 2023

At Wekiva Island enjoy nightly snow flurries plus extra entertainment and activities which are offered on select days and evenings, including outdoor movies and visits from Santa Claus.


Winter Wonderland is back, and features the sparkling Christmas Tree Forest with a 30-foot Christmas tree! Plus nightly “snow” flurries, sparkling holiday décor, and special events for the whole family.


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.


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.


Gatorland Christmas Events Kissimmee

Gatorland Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17

The Alligator Capital of the World. Gatorland is hosting a Ho Ho Ho-Down this holiday season and everyone is invited to join the party! Enjoy madcap festive fun for all the family at Gatorland’s Fourth Annual Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down Christmas Event, where else can you meet Gator Claus, Krampus Croc and more. All the fun and games are included with the regular price of admission.



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.


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.


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.


Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando OH WHAT FUN LAKE NONA

Oh, What Fun! Lake Nona
December 7 - 23, 2023

With nightly snowfalls, live entertainment, photo ops and memorable encounters that will amaze and enchant, Oh, What Fun! makes the holidays magical for everyone.


Enjoy all your favorite chilly-weather foods as sweet-treats stations and pop-up stands offer specialty snacks and beverages made especially for the season. Enjoy classic Christmas tales with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Cottage. Stroll through Lake Nona’s very own Holiday Market for some Christmas shopping or explore the Evergreen Christmas Tree Trail.


Snap memories in front of the picture-perfect photo walls and Peppermint Square’s 24-foot Christmas tree centerpiece with family and friends. Ready to trim the tree together at home? Pick out your perfect blue spruce or Douglas fir at the Peppermint Forest Christmas tree lot. Join us on the first night of Hanukkah to kickoff the festival of lights with a menorah blessing.


Holiday Movie Nights at Cranes Roost Park

Holiday Movie Nights at Cranes Roost Park
December 7, 14, and 21, 2023

Bring your chair and blankets to enjoy free holiday movies at Holiday Movie Nights in the Cranes Roost Park Plaza in Altamonte Spring.


December 7 – “Yogi's First Christmas”

December 15 – “Unaccompanied Minors”

December 21 – “Fred Claus”


Celebrate the Season in Longwood

Celebrate the Season in Longwood
December 8, 2023

Join the festivities at the City of Longwood’s Annual Celebrate the Season Event. This holiday street party will feature an array of activities including photo opportunities with Santa, music by DJ Dennis, performances by One School of the Arts, an inflatable snow maze, giant fun slides, a petting zoo, a trackless train, 10+ food trucks and a major laser light show throughout the event.



Mount Dora Snow in the Park

December 9, 2023

Mount Dora Snow in the Park is an afternoon filled with sledding, ice skating, and festive activities in Donnelly Park — and don’t miss a visit with Santa.


To sweeten the deal: donations of non-perishables at Lake Cares Food Pantry earn you fast pass tickets – so make sure to bring something your donations as part of spreading some cheer! The best Christmas event around is no…snow joke; don’t miss out on all the fun right here in town.



Winter Park Boat Parade
December 9, 2023

Organized by the Winter Park Rotary Club, head to Dinky Dock Park to see the Winter Park Boat Parade, featuring sparkling boat and dock holiday decorations created by residents and local business sponsors.



Oviedo Winter Fest
December 9, 2023

Fresh from the North Pole, tons of fun at Oviedo Winter Fest at Center Lake Park! With the purchase of an all inclusive wristband, you will have unlimited access to all the different activities, rides, and attractions. IF YOU GO ON OR IN any activity you need a wristband.


Kissimmee Main Street presents “Light up Kissimmee”.

Light Up Kissimmee
December 9, 2023

Kissimmee Main Street presents “Light up Kissimmee”. Our Christmas season kick-off begins by lighting up the entire Kissimmee’s Historic Downtown with wonderful holiday decor and lights! We will have parranda, the Broadway Welcome Station tree lighting and the City of Kissimmee tree lighting as well it’s going to be a Jolly Jolly Holiday!


Sanford Annual Parade of Lights

Sanford Annual Parade of Lights
December 9, 2023

The annual “Parade of Lights” on Saturday, December 9th from 6–8 PM offers residents and visitors a dazzling evening of exciting parade floats, lights and music with over 75 entrants parading downtown on 1st Street to celebrate the holidays.


Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando HOLIDAY IN SPACE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

Holidays In Space
December 15 - December 30, 2023

Starflake's Holiday Voyage returns this year for Holidays in Space! From December 15 – 30, 2023, watch a nightly projected show on the massive exterior of Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex. Embark on a breathtaking journey with Starflake as she travels through the stars, Earth, and beyond. You will recognize familiar places along the way, like the Vehicle Assembly Building, International Space Station, James Webb Space Telescope and more.


Festive holiday décor takes over the visitor complex throughout the entire month of December. The new favorite 50-foot tree with more than 61,000 pixels of light returns this year, as well as six-foot-tall astronaut nutcrackers, the NASA meatball-turned-holiday ornament and so much more


Sanford Jingle Jam

Sanford Jingle Jam

December 16, 2023

Join us in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford for the 6th Annual Jingle Jam Community Holiday Party presented by Wayne Densch! Sanford Jingle Jam has become one of the largest family events in downtown and draws thousands from all over Central Florida! Featuring multiple stages of live music, award-winning food trucks, carnival games, holiday artisanal vendors, drink specials and more! See Santa himself and create lifelong memories and take some family pictures!! Plenty of free parking, pet and family friendly!



2023 Holiday Drone Show
December 23, 2023

Back by popular demand, residents and visitors can enjoy a 12-minute, high-tech holiday drone light show to celebrate the season at Lake Eola Park. This one-night only show is not to be missed and will feature a dazzling display of synchronized drones flying in formation to create beautiful holiday-themed designs in the night sky.


Morse Museum Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Celebration
December 24, 2023

A Christmas Eve tradition is a visit to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

Enjoy free admission to the Morse Museum galleries with live music from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.




 


Holiday Season Light Shows


 Holiday Lights at Island H20 Water Park

Holiday Lights at Island H20 Water Park
Now - December 31, 2023

Island H20 Water Park has revealed that Holiday Nights, an exciting new island-themed holiday light spectacular will take place select nights at the Kissimmee water park from November 8 to December 31.


This sparkling new event will feature countless twinkling lights, enchanting displays, live entertainment, and delightful treats, all while supporting a charitable cause.

Visitors can look forward to hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, themed displays, unique photo spots, live entertainment, and tantalizingly themed treats and gifts, all which will transform Island H2O Water Park into an extravaganza for the whole family.


Tickets are available for purchase from Nov. 1 at Islando H2O Water Par for $34.99 per adult / $29.99 per child with a portion of proceeds supporting Kissimmee's Give Kids The World Village.


Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando DAZZLING LIGHTS AT LEU GARDENS

Dazzling Lights at Leu Gardens
Now - January 6, 2024

Produced by Creative City Project, Dazzling Nights is back for its third year — and this time, it will be bigger and even more interactive.


The all-ages holiday event transforms the 50-acre Harry P. Leu Gardens into a stunning winter wonderland featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays, music and beautiful sculptures.


Highlights include a 70' long candy cane path, giant neon flowers, a brand new laser light show with live singers, meet and greet characters in an icy world, a giant, inflatable play area with a chimney slide, and so much more!



Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild
Now - January 14, 2024

Experience Central Florida Zoo like you’ve never seen it before! See different, hand-constructed, larger-than-life illuminated lantern displays around the Zoo on a 3/4 mile path. Celebrate the art, beauty and wonder of traditional Asian lantern festivals.


Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando MAGIC OF LIGHTS DAYTONA

Magic of Lights Daytona
Now - December 31, 2023

This holiday season, Daytona International Speedway will transform into a winter wonderland during the Magic of Lights. Featuring more than 1 million lights, the holiday drive-thru tradition takes place in Daytona Beach on Florida’s east coast.


St. Augustine Nights of Lights

St. Augustine Nights of Lights
Now - January 31, 2024

The Nights of Lights Festival turns the city of St. Augustine into a dazzling holiday display, shining bright with more than 3 million lights adorning every corner of the historic district for two months.


During the seasonal display, businesses downtown stay open later, letting you dine in view of the lights and browse the shops of the decorated buildings.


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.


Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS

Wonderland of Lights and Santa’s Village
December 1 - December 30, 2023

Make this holiday magical with a visit to The Wonderland of Lights & America’s Christmas Village at International Market World in Auburndale.

The Wonderland of Lights features hundreds of displays to delight the entire family! Santa’s helpers, with patriotic spirit, have been working hard decking the halls for you and your family. There are so many enchanting experiences to choose from for a jolly good time.


The DeLand Christmas Light Show

The DeLand Christmas Light Show
December 3 through December 31, 2023

Presented by Stetson Baptist Church. With almost 10,000 LED lights and over 2,100 individual lighting channels, The DeLand Christmas Light Show is an event you won’t want to miss!


Winter Wonderland Of Lights Winter Springs
Winter Wonderland Of Lights
December 3, 8, 9, 10, 2023

The holiday celebration continues with one of Winter Springs newest holiday traditions.

Drive through Central Winds Park and view holiday lights for free by the City and local businesses and organizations.



 


Where To Meet Santa



Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Workshop
Now – December 24, 2023

Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops on International Drive.


Santa at Wall Crawl Orlando

Wall Crawl Orlando
Select Days, November 5 - December 22, 2023

Enjoy a one-hour semi-private experience with Santa, complete with songs, stories and professional photo packages.


Wall Crawl has 20-plus holiday-themed backdrops, cheerful props and optional professional photo packages to make your Christmas photos pop.


Pups, props and outfit changes are welcome, and fully private experiences are available for a truly personalized Santa session.


Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando ICON PARK SANTA WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE

Santa's Workshop At ICON Park
Now – Dec. 26, 2023

The entire family can enjoy The Santa Workshop Experience at I-Drive's entertainment destination ICON Park, which has been magically transformed into a winter wonderland, where families can partake in the annual tradition of taking holiday pictures together and the kiddos can meet the main man in person, Santa Claus!.


Each child that participates in The Santa Workshop Experience will even receive a free ride on the new Carousel on The Promenade, and they’ll also be provided a complimentary ride on The Wheel in a holiday-decorated capsule and access to the VIP no-wait line.


Santa Photo Experience at The Mall At Millenia

Santa Photo Experience at The Mall At Millenia
Now - December 14, 2023

The Magic of Santa is Back! Celebrate the holiday season with The Mall At Millenia once again as they present their classic Santa Photo Experience.


Make new holiday memories and share moments with Santa.


Meet Santa at The Florida Mall

Meet Santa at The Florida Mall
Now - December 24, 2023

Bring your family, friends and even pets to meet Santa at The Florida Mall.


Sensory-friendly sessions are also available on select dates with Caring Santa, created exclusively for children with special needs.


Reservations are highly recommended for all Santa experiences, and you can even receive a free phone call from Santa when you book online.


Pictures with Santa at Altamonte Mall

Pictures with Santa at Altamonte Mall
Now - December 24, 2023

Taking photos with Santa is the perfect way to create lasting memories for the holidays. Get into the festive spirit by making a trip to visit the big guy at Altamonte Mall!


Pictures with Santa at The Oviedo Mall

Oviedo Mall Santa Photos
Now - December 24, 2023

The magic of the holidays is at the Oviedo Mall, and Santa Claus is closer than you think. Bring your family for professional photos with Santa. Make a reservation now!


Enjoy a one-hour semi-private experience with Santa, complete with songs, stories and professional photo packages. Get details here.



 


Holiday Season Music & Shows


A Swingin' Christmas: The Holiday Music of Tony Bennett Winter Park Playhouse

A Swingin' Christmas: The Holiday Music of Tony Bennett
Select Dates, Now - December 16, 2023

Southeastern Regional Premiere at The Winter Park Playhouse! Ring in the holidays with this unforgettable evening of quintessential Tony Bennett! Featuring eighteen holiday classic holiday tunes plus the standards that made Bennett famous like "I Wanna Be Around," "The Good Life," "Rags to Riches" and of course Tony's signature song, "I Left Heart in San Francisco." Grab your friends and family and celebrate the season Tony Bennett style!


Ring in the holiday season at Orlando Family Stage with Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
Select Dates, Now - December 23, 2023

Ring in the holiday season at Orlando Family Stage with Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!


Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. So, when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves?


A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park and written by Allison Gregory.


 Moonshine & Mistletoe at the Winter Garden Theater

Moonshine & Mistletoe: An Appalachian Christmas Tale
Seelct Dates, Now - December 23, 202

The Ballards, Lessy Boy and Curleen, welcome family and friends into their Appalachian mountain home to celebrate Christmas Day. In the midst of the Great Depression, they have no gifts to exchange, but instead, they share their love of Appalachian hymns and carols.

Unexpectedly, the Ballard’s son who’d left the fold to escape a certain fate in the coal mines returns to make amends with his parents. With him is his very-soon-to-be-a-mother wife. Though Curleen seems incapable of negotiating a peaceful reconciliation with her son, a Christmas miracle opens up a new possibility of forgiveness.


Moonshine & Mistletoe at the Winter Garden Theater is a musical valentine to a bygone era and is a wholesome holiday theatrical event for the entire family.


Holiday Friday Nights at Morse Museum
Friday Nights, Now – December 29, 2023

Receive free admission every Friday night at Holiday Friday Nights at the Morse Museum through December, and enjoy special holiday performances during the holiday season with live music enhancing the gallery experience.



Holiday Gala Concert
November 28, 2023

Enjoy the Holiday Gala Concert, an evening of holiday classics at Lake Mary Events Center! Presented by the Center for Fine and Performing Arts of Seminole State College in partnership with Lake Mary Events Center.


Dr. James Smisek & Professor Dianna Campbell join forces for a festive night of new and classic holiday tunes. Featuring Symphonic/Community Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Concert Chorale, SSC Community Choir, SeminoleSound, the Vienna Choir and lots more!


A Christmas Carol. Live on-stage at Orlando Shakes

A Christmas Carol
November 30 - December 24, 2023

Back by popular demand, the story of the ghosts of Christmas, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge’s redemption graces the Margeson Theater again at Orlando Shakes! Enjoy fresh hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies at intermission and hear gorgeous carols. It’s fun for the whole family!


Order your tickets today for A Christmas Carol. Live on-stage at Orlando Shakes.


CFCArts presents A Christmas Carol the Musical

CFCArts presents A Christmas Carol the Musical
December 1 - 2, 2023

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future.


Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him. Taking place at Dr Phillips Center. Get tickets now.



The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
December 1 - 17, 2023

Osceola Arts presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical. It’s everyone’s favorite time of year and the annual Christmas pageant! This year the town’s most mischievous kids, the Herdmans, all want starring roles…but not without a few script changes first. In this jolly and heart-warming musical, witness the spirit of Christmas truly come to life in their small town!


nd holiday music on the plaza are here for you.



Fridays on the Plaza Holiday Music
December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2023

Enjoy Fridays on the Plaza Holiday Music, featuring the classic sounds of holidays of old as live music serenades shoppers at the plaza of downtown Winter Garden.


December 1- Light Up Winter Garden

December 8- Roots & Rosin (Christmas/Holidays)

December 15- Paint it Black Quartet (Christmas/Holidays)

December 22- Safia Valines Trio (Christmas/Holidays)

December 29- Gilly and the Girl (Christmas/Holidays)


Russian Ballet Orlando, The Nutcracker