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The Ultimate Guide To Holiday & Christmas Events In Orlando

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

Welcome to our Orlando Holiday & Christmas Events Guide, we have compiled a bumper list of all the magical things to see and do throughout Central Florida for Christmas and the Holidays.

Don't worry, we've check the list twice and all the holiday happenings here's are nice!

Orlando really is a truly magical place to be for the holidays, there really is nowhere else with so much to do, and nowhere else we would rather be, so join us as we unwrap everything to do, from the magic of the theme parks, to small town holiday parades, and all the wonderful winter wonderland happening in between.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

Orlando Christmas and Holiday Events Guide 2022

Orlando Holiday & Christmas Events Guide for 2022

Theme Park Holiday Events

Magic Kingdom Park

November 11, 2022 through December 31, 2022

Get wrapped up in all things merry and bright with sensational sights and dazzling delights at Magic Kingdom Park.

Prepare to be enchanted this holiday season during the 50th Anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World Resort.

Highlights include:

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

A beloved holiday event is returning in 2022! Join Mickey for a festive celebration with live entertainment, spectacular fireworks, an oh-so-jolly parade and more—select nights in November and December. Separate admission is required for this special event.

Castle Projections

Watch in awe as Cinderella Castle is transformed with cheerful holiday projections—which rotate with the Beacon of Magic projections (presented on nights when Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is not offered).

Seasonal Décor

Explore holly, jolly trimmings and theming throughout Main Street, U.S.A.

Limited-Time Treats

Indulge in holiday-inspired food and beverages available for purchase at select locations.

Christmas On Main Street USA MAGIC KINGDOM Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Select Nights, November 8 through December 22, 2022

Get ready for a magical holiday gathering with your loved ones and all your Disney Pals as you celebrate the Holidays at the most magical place on earth.

During the specially ticketed Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Mickey celebrates the season with excitement for guests of all ages.

Joyful music fills the air. Disney Characters don their most festive attire, and enchanting entertainment lies around almost every turn.

Throughout the evening, you can enjoy:

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show high in the sky above Cinderella's Castle.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmasade featuring Santa and snow falling on Main Street USA.

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, a festive stage show featuring Mickey of course.

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, a rocking dance party in Tomorrowland for everyone.

Plus, get the perfect picture with Mickey and the gang dressed in their Christmas best, discover holiday overlays for iconic attractions including Space Mountain and Jungle Cruise, plus, make your night extra sweet with complimentary cookies and cocoa and so much more!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Magic Kingdom Orlando

EPCOT International Festival Of The Holidays

November 25, 2022 through December 30, 2022

Surround yourself with seasonal sights, sounds and the flavors of the holidaysduring the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, a beloved extravaganza boasting themed Holiday Kitchens and a scrumptious Holiday Cookie Stroll. Hear the stirring story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator at the much loved Candlelight Processional, all accompanied by an orchestra and massed choir.

This years celebrities include Whoopie Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Marie Osmond, and Josh GadIt’s part of the famous Candlelight Processional, held nightly from November 25 to December 30.

Even the Guardians of the Galaxy are getting in on the fun by trading their classic-hits playlist for a mash-up of seasonal jams at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

Then, behold heartwarming performances around World Showcase, including Canadian Holiday Voyageurs, Las Posadas with Mariachi Cobre, the Chinese Lion Dance, and holiday storytellers.

This joyous celebration is included with admission to EPCOT, with food and beverages being available for purchase.

Candlelight Processional EPCOT Walt Disney World

Holidays At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

November 11, 2022 through December 31, 2022

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, experience the magic of nature with a holiday twist. Be sure to swing by Discovery River to wave hello to some of your favorite Disney Characters aboard decked-out flotillas.

Included with park admission, highlights ay Animal Kingdom include:

Merry Menagerie:

Delight in winter wonders as Discovery Island® springs to life with artisan-sculpted puppets of arctic animals — like penguins, reindeer, foxes and polar bears.

Santa Claus Festive Flotilla:

See Santa Claus as he sails down the Discovery River to a jolly, world-beat holiday soundtrack.

Discovery Island Drummers Festive Flotilla:

Feel the beat as a colorful group of percussionists cruise along the Discovery River.

Plus, be sure to check out holiday-themed decor and Tree of Life Awakenings - Holiday Edition, where the beloved tree shimmers and sparkles each evening, accompanied by a heartwarming musical score.

Holidays At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park November 11, 2022 until January 1, 2023

Holidays At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

November 11, 2022 through December 31, 2022

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, embark on yuletide adventures and create memories you’ll cherish all season long, all including with park admission.

Highlights this year include:

Sunset Seasons Greetings:

Gaze in wonder as the Hollywood Tower Hotel is transformed nightly by holiday projections, alternating with the Beacon of Magic.

Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine:

Don’t miss Minnie’s merry mealtime at this popular restaurant. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Santa Claus Motorcade:

Catch the Santa Claus Merry Motorcade, where old St. Nick will travel up Hollywood Blvd. in his candy-apple red convertible, packed with a sack of presents.

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration:

Look forward to an unforgettable holiday finale featuring everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf.

Dazzling Holiday Decor:

Discover seasonal style at every turn — including special holiday touches in Toy Story Land.

Holidays At Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 11, 2022 until January 1, 2023

Holidays At Disney Springs November 11, 2022 through 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:

Special Entertainment:

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

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll presented by AdventHealth:

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

Let It Snow!:

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.

Jock Lindsey's Holiday Bar:

Decked out for the season, this restaurant-meets-lounge offers a fun holiday take on its menu, eye-catching décor and more.

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

Holidays At Universal Orlando Resort

November 12, 2022 through January 1, 2023

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.

Holidays At Universal Orlando Resort November 12, 2022  through January 1, 2023

SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration

Select Dates, November 11, 2022 through January 3, 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.

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

Holidays At LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Select Days, November 25, 2022 through December 31, 2022

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 Events Happening In Orlando Legoland Florida

Christmas Town At Busch Gardens Tampa

November 14, 2022 to January 9, 2023

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 BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN

Holiday Events Happening All Season Long

Santa Workshop At ICON Park

Now through December 24, 2022

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.

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

Night of a Million Lights

Now through January 1, 2023

It's beginning to look a lot like…Night of a Million Lights at Island H2O Live in Kissimmee!

Central Florida’s favorite holiday events will illuminate the skyline with a shimmering, sparkling lights display. At Night of a Million Lights, immerse yourself in a dazzling winter wonderland illuminated with millions of lights and filled with festive family activities and live entertainment for a one-of-a-kind, fully interactive holiday experience.

Originally hosted by and still benefiting Give Kids the World Village, the event is moving to Island H2O Live! at Margaritaville Resort Orlando for the first time in 2022.

Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando NIGHT OF A MILLION LIGHTS ISLAND H20 KISSIMMEE

Now through January 1, 2023

Hosted by Dezerland Park in the International Drive Entertainment District, Christmas Nights in Lights is a dazzling drive-thru light show fully synchronized to popular holiday classics tuned directly to your vehicle’s car stereo on a private radio frequency. Tour a showcase of holiday displays and more than 1.5 million “dancing” lights without exiting your car: simply sit back, relax and take in the spectacle of the synchronized light show.

Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando NIGHT IN LIGHTS DEZERLAND

Festival of the Trees at Orlando Museum of Art

Now through November 20, 2022

Don’t miss Council of 101’s 36th annual Festival of Trees, with presenting sponsor, Orlando Health! Gifts of the Season are what you’ll find at the Orlando Museum of Art, during the festival. Strolling through the museum, guests will be transported to a time of old-fashion holiday gatherings and elegance will be on full display while guest embrace the reason for the season.

Festival of the Trees at Orlando Museum of Art

Now through December 24, 2022

Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at your local Bass Pro Shops here in Orlando in international Drive including FREE photos with Santa.

Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando BASS PRO SHOPS SANTA'S WORKSHOP

Orlando REP Presents True North

November 14 to December 22, 2022

Be a part of something very special at Orlando REP this holiday season as they produce a show that is setting its sights on a Broadway engagement!

Orlando audiences will be the first to see this magical new holiday musical, TRUE NORTH is a magical and insightful story about being authentic, accepting change, and holding an unwavering hope in the magic of Christmas.

true north Orlando rep

Holidays In Space

December 17 through 24 & December 26 through 31, 2022

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Holidays in Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex features a Holiday Village full of galactic celebrations, live street performances, games, and plenty of holiday decor, all included with admission.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is on Florida’s east coast, about an hour from Orlando.

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

Gaylord Palms ICE!

November 18, 2022 through January 1, 2023

One of Central Florida's premier holiday offerings and a much loved tradition, there is no better way to celebrate the holidays than gathering your family for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee for ICE!

Step into a wonderland carved by expert artisans out of two million pounds of colorful ice, you’ll see the story of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! in larger-than-life sculptures and even plunge down slides made entirely of ice in this Gaylord Hotels original experience.

Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando GAYLORD PALMS ICE

Magic of Lights Daytona

November 18, 2022 through January 1, 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.

Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando MAGIC OF LIGHTS DAYTONA

Dasher's Lightshow, A Christmas Drive-Thru

November 18, through December 31, 2022.

A brand new drive through holiday light show is coming to Orlando this holiday season.

Dasher's Lightshow, A Christmas Drive-Thru is located at the Florida Mall on Orange Blossom Trail, and will be lighting up Orlando from Friday, November 18, through Saturday, December 31, 2022.

Dasher's Lightshow, A Christmas Drive-Thru Florida Mall Orlando

St. Augustine Nights of Lights

November 19, 2022 though January 31, 2023

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.


Colorful Christmas at Crayola Experience

November 19, 2022 through January 3, 2023

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

Included with admission, it’s your chance to help Santa save the holiday season while enjoying snow-tastic adventures. You can also meet animatronic characters, step inside a life-sized snowglobe, watch a light show, craft unique gifts and more.

Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando COLORFUL CHRISTMAS AT CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE

Pirates Dinner Adventure Christmas Show

November 25 through December 31

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!

Pirates Dinner Adventure Christmas Show

Dazzling Lights at Leu Gardens

November 25, 2022 through January 1, 2023

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.

New additions for 2022 include character meet-and-greets, a giant inflatable yeti playground, a snow storm in a 40-foot snowglobe, a curated VIP experience, and more lights than ever.

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

Wonderland of Lights and Santa’s Village

November 25 through December 25, 2022

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

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.

Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS

Holinights Celebrations

November 25 through December 24, 2022

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.

From November 25 through December 24, Christmas Eve the 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!

Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando

November 26 through December 31, 2022

Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier Snowing event, offers 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 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm.

It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday.

Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando NOW SNOWING IN CELEBRATION

A Christmas Carol

November 30 through December 24, 2022

Back by popular demand, A Christmas Carol is the story of the ghosts of Christmas, Tiny Tim and Scrooge’s redemption graces the Margeson Theater again at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, performed by the Orlando Shakes, in Loch Haven Park north of downtown.

Between gorgeous carols plus fresh hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies at intermission, it’s fun for the whole family.

Orlando Shakes A Christmas Carol

Deck The Seas At SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando

December 2, 2022 through January 1, 2023

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 1.00 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!

Deck The Seas At SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando

Wekiva Island's Winter Wonderland

December 2 – December 25, 2022

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

Christmas & Holiday Events Happening In Orlando

December 2 through December 18, 2022

Bring the entire family for the adventures of young Clara as she explores the fantasy world of the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Mother Ginger.

The enchantment of Orlando Ballet’s annual favorite makes The Nutcracker a not-to-be-missed holiday tradition at downtown's Dr. Phillips Center.

Orlando Ballet Nutcracker

Gatorland Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down

December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18, 2022.

The Alligator Capital of the World 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 Third 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.

Gatorland Christmas Events Kissimmee

Oh, What Fun! Lake Nona

December 7 through 24, 2022

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.

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

The DeLand Christmas Light Show

December 4 through December 31, 2022

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!

The DeLand Christmas Light Show

Holiday Events in Winter Garden

December 2, 2022 through January 8, 2023

Winter Garden knows how to do the holidays for Central Florida families! Outdoor holiday movies, light shows, carriage tours, boutique stroll, farmer’s market, and holiday music on the plaza are here for you.

Holiday Events in Winter Garden

Single Day, & Multiple Day Holiday Events

St. Cloud Holiday Festival

December 3 – 4, 2022

The St Cloud Holiday Festival features over 100 crafters, carnival-type fare, entertainment, a classic car show and a Kids’ Holiday Fun Zone with Santa.

Russian Ballet Nutcracker

December 16-17, 2022

Experience the timeless story of Clara and the Prince as they battle the Rat King and dance into the Land of Sweets.

This production is beautifully performed by pre-professional students and professional dancers of The Russian Ballet Orlando professional ballet school, the Nutcracker is an 1892 two-act ballet choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s score.

The music is widely recognized today in popular culture and can be heard throughout the holiday season. Audiences of all ages will marvel at the magic and wonderment of this stunning Christmas event.

Jingle Eve

November 19, 2022

Kick off the holiday season with no shortage of yuletide festivities at Jingle Eve, taking place in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village Main Street district near downtown.

From beer gardens to live music, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, a children’s holiday village, and special event promotions by Ivanhoe Village retailers, restaurants and bars, the evening culminates with fireworks displayed high above the shores of Lake Ivanhoe.

Breakfast with Santa at Orlando Museum of Art

November 19, 2022

A morning of making memories enjoying Breakfast with Santa Claus with exclusive access to the 36th Annual Festival of Trees before it opens to the public during the day. Hot breakfast, face painters, crafts and more.

Light Up Eustis

November 25, 2022

This free party to celebrate the holiday lights of Eustis brings Santa and Mrs. Claus to downtown for Light Up Eustis, along with real reindeer, live music, food vendors and more. 5 to 9 p.m. This year there will also be snow and a 75′ snow slide for the kids.

Santa in Sunset Park

November 26, 2022

Bring the kids to see Santa as he visits Sunset Park in the heart of downtown Mount Dora. 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Light Up Mount Dora

November 26, 2022

This year's Light Up Mount Dora brings a new spin to this annual event. The festivities will now be on the downtown lakefront in Evans Park from 3:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m. Watch for Santa to arrive via boat. After dark a fireworks display will take place in Simpson Cove near the lighthouse.

Home For The Holidays

November 26, 2022

Experience the joyful sounds of the season for the first time ever in Steinmetz Hall at downtown Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays.

Toys for Tots Night Of Lights

November 26, 2022

Bring your new unwrapped toy and kick off the holiday season with a beautiful light display and helping Florida children in need at Mount Dora's Toys for Tots Night of Lights

On this night the marina on downtown Mount Dora lakefront opens its gates from 6 to 9 p.m. for families to walk the grounds for a better view of the lights. Admission is one new unwrapped toy.

Light Up Kissimmee

November 27, 2022

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!

Lindsey Stirling: Snow Waltz Tour

November 30, 2022

Just in time for the holidays, award-winning electronic violinist, dancer and artist Lindsey Stirling brings her Snow Waltz Tour to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.

I-Drive District Holiday Tree Lighting

December 1, 2022

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!

Oviedo Tree Lighting Celebration

December 1, 2022

An ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS themed Tree Lighting Experience at Center Lake Park in Oviedo, including a special show after the tree lighting!

Christmas in the Park

December 1, 2022

Each year, on the first Thursday of December, 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 December is the 44th annual celebration of Christmas in the Park.

Popcorn Flicks In The Park

December 2, 2022

Bring a blanket or some chairs to enjoy It’s A Wonderful Life at Popcorn Flicks In The Park, in Central Park, Winter Park.

Christmas Walk

December 2, 2022

his 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.

Winter On The Avenue

December 2, 2022

Winter On The Avenue is from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Dec. 2. Come out for our annual tree-lighting, strolling carolers, Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony, s’mores, snow slides, the announcement of holiday art contest winners, children’s choirs, The Bubble Bus, Popcorn Flicks in the park, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

City of Orlando Tree Lighting

December 2, 2022

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.

Apopka Tree Lighting

December 2, 2022

The Apopka annual Tree Lighting ceremony takes place on December 2, as Apopka lights up Kit Land Nelson Park for the holidays, enjoy holiday music, entertainment and more.

Light the Christmas Tree

December 2, 2022

Join the fun at Wekiva Island as Santa and Mrs. Claus officially kick off the holiday season by lighting the HUGE 30-foot-tall Christmas tree at 7 p.m. The snow flurries will be flying, and they will have live music and plenty of holiday cheer. Don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. The holiday fun is waiting for you!

Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays

December 3, 2022

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 Parade and Celebration

December 3, 2022

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!

Light Up Clermont

December 3, 2022

This annual holiday tradition includes a community tree-lighting ceremony being led by the City of Clermont's own Mayor Tim Murry and a street festival which will showcase a variety of food and craft vendors. The theme this year is Gnome for the Holidays so you can look forward to many creative costumes and decorations.

Leesburg Christmas Parade

December 3, 2022

Enjoy an evening of Holiday entertainment and fun for the whole family in Historic Downtown Leesburg with dazzling Christmas light displays and festive food!

Mount Dora Christmas Parade

December 3, 2022

Typically the first Saturday in Deember, this traditional small town parade starts at 10 a.m. on Donnelly Street and continues through downtown Mount Dora. This is a free event.

Lighted Boat Parade

December 3, 2022

Pull up a piece of Lake Dora’s eastern or northern shoreline in Mount Dora as this festive parade of small boats departs Simpson Cove and heads toward Tavares near the lakefront.

Winter Park Chamber’s Ye Olde Christmas Parade

December 3, 2022

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 70th 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.

Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes

Saturday, December 3

On this self-guided walking tour, step into the past as you are welcomed into some of the Sanford Historic District’s most charming private residences in the Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes.

Longwood Christmas Parade

December 3, 2022

The Longwood Christmas Parade is held annually on the 1st Saturday in December.

Spend a wonderful day in Longwood with your family and friends. Mark your calendar. You will not want to miss this parade. Previous parades have featured over 100 entries in the community parade organized by the Longwood Citizens on Patrol with the assistance of the Longwood Police Department, the City of Longwood, the Longwood Fire Department, and many volunteers.

St. Cloud Holiday Parade

December 3, 2022

This Year’s Christmas Parade Theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

The St. Cloud Christmas Parade is a family- friendly event, with festivities for all ages. This is a locally televised event and will be live streamed on the Chamber’s social media pages.

Winter Springs Winter Wonderland & Parade

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Tis’ the season for joy and celebration! Stop by and enjoy the festivities this holiday season at Winter Wonderland! Experience an evening with one of the longest-running traditions in our city, the 40th annual Holiday Parade featuring local talent and businesses and the annual Christmas tree Lighting! Enjoy local entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus!

Oviedo Christmas Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Come join Oviedo for an unforgettable Christmas Parade with the City of Oviedo!

Parade will be held on December 3rd from 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Attendees can line up along Center Lake Lane and Oviedo Blvd. 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

St. Cloud Holiday Festival December 3 & 4, 2022

The Festival features over 100 crafters, carnival, entertainment, a classic car show and a Kids’ Holiday Fun Zone with Santa.

St Cloud Holiday Festival runs for two days, always the first Saturday and Sunday in December.

Cracker Christmas

December 3 - 4, 2022

The Fort Christmas Historical Society is planning to put on Cracker Christmas this December.

Entrance is free, free parking across the road from the park. BBQ pork sandwiches, chicken filets, community groups have baked goods, drinks, hotdogs, gator, sweet pickles, etc. Pioneer demonstrations – broom making, blacksmiths, basket weaving, rope making, spinning, quilting, lace making, wood carving, and many more.

Large craft fair with over 150 crafters with handmade items, the Christmas Post Office will have a booth so you can get your Christmas cards hand stamped, antique engine and tractor display, and much more.

Light Up SoDo

December 4, 2022, 2-6pm

The Light Up SoDo event is Family-Friendly and Pet-friendly so grab the kids and your furry friends and head on down to the SoDo Shopping Center for a night 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!

Celebrate the Season

December 9, 2022

On Friday, December 9, from 6 pm to 9 pm 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 the annual tree lighting ceremony, live music, dance performances, an inflatable snow maze, giant fun slides, a North Pole Climbing Wall, a trackless train, food, shopping opportunities at Santa’s workshop, and a major laser light show throughout the event.

Snow In The Park

December 10, 2022

Snow falls at Snow In The Park and children can enjoy free sledding and ice skating in downtown Mount Dora’s Donnelly Park, the event is free.

Greg Warmoth Reindeer Run

December 10, 2022

Bring the family out for the best Holiday Fun Run in the area. Run or walk the festive 3 mile route through SeaWorld to the sound of holiday bells and finish in a runner wonderland with holiday treats for all finishers! Celebrating 25 years of holiday cheers!

Oviedo Winter Fest

December 10, 2022

Winter Fest will take place at Center Lake Park, the whole family can enjoy Giant Snow Bounce House, Gingerbread Trampoline, Christmas Tree Bounce House, Mt. Everest Slide, Alpine Slide, Face Painting, Cookie Decorating, Polar Express Holiday Train, Coloring Station, Entertainment, Pictures with Santa and more!

Winter Festival in DeLand

December 10, 2022

Bring Your Family & Friends. Enjoy time with the community while also having the opportunity to take a photo with Santa and much more at Deland Winter Festival!

Sanford Parade of Lights

December 10, 2022

A favorite annual tradition in historic downtown Sanford returns! The Sanford Parade Of Lights is special since it is held at night and most parade floats are illuminated.

Grab an early dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants or head to one of the breweries for a cup of Christmas cheer after the parade.

Cookies & Cocoa Walk

December 9, 2022

Cookies and Cocoa provided at participating local downtown businesses.

Stop by the stores for treats and visit some of the great locations Clermont has to offer, and there will also be Community Acts performing at City Hall Park.

Winter Park Boat Parade

December 10, 2022

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

Parking is extremely limited, we recommend using a ride share service.

Promenade Car & Truck Show

Sunday, December 11

FREE admission and FREE parking to the Promenade Toy Drive Car & Truck Show, showing all makes, models, and years in this fun and festive afternoon.

You’re invited to give back this holiday season on Sunday, December 11, between 11 am and 2 pm.

Join the Promenade at Sunset Walk, Marine Corps Reserve, and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in support of Toys for Tots.

A 2 Toy Donation is suggested for all car & truck owners and spectators for the children of Central Florida.

Music by DJ Scotty B. and Team, with special appearances by Santa throughout the day!

Russian Ballet Nutcracker

December 16 - 17, 2022

Experience the timeless story of Clara and the Prince as they battle the Rat King and dance into the Land of Sweets.

This production is beautifully performed by pre-professional students and professional dancers of The Russian Ballet Orlando professional ballet school, the Nutcracker is an 1892 two-act ballet choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s score. The music is widely recognized today in popular culture and can be heard throughout the holiday season. Audiences of all ages will marvel at the magic and wonderment of this stunning Christmas event.

Oviedo Mall Holiday Market

December 17, 2022

A fun family-friendly holiday event this year at the Oviedo Mall Community Room. Bring the kids dressed and ready for a free family mini photo session, cookie decorating, dancing and even a visit from a special Christmas guest!

Santa’s Twilight 5K

December 17, 2022

Join the fun at this holiday themed Santa's Twilight 5K night run in Historic Downtown Clermont . All participants will receive a really cool shirt, holiday themed finisher medal, glow sticks for the run, jingle bells for your shoes, and holiday cookies and hot chocolate at the finish.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

December 17, 2022

Rock into the holiday season with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, where they’ll present The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.

A Voctave Christmas

December 20, 2022

Taking place at the brand-new, acoustically remarkable Steinmetz Hall at downtown Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center, A Voctave Christmas is the holiday tour of the vocal ensemble, Voctave. Hailing from Central Florida, the group comprises 11 members who have appeared all over the world and appeared on countless recordings.

They’ll be performing with Winter Park’s Bach Festival Orchestra as conducted by John V. Sinclair.

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 23 – 24, 2022

Opera Orlando shares a message of camaraderie, hope and peace this holiday season as it remounts its acclaimed 2019 production of All is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914. You can witness it exclusively at Steinmetz Hall at downtown’s Dr. Phillips Center.

The Complete Guide To Holiday & Christmas Events In Orlando 2022