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The Top Things To Do In Orlando This Weekend: November 18 - 20!

Updated: Nov 19, 2022

The weekend is finally here, and our weekly Top Things To Do In Orlando for the weekend is starting to be taken over by the holidays!

Orlando is an amazing place to celebrate the holidays, with so many wonderful and unique happenings across the area, and best of all you don't need to wrap up warm to enjoy everything as it's warm enough down here to enjoy them.

That is, except the must see ICE! at Gaylord Palms, where you will definitely need to wrap up warm to enjoy, but don't worry the ice cold attraction provides warm jackets especially for the occasion!

Another holiday must do is Night of a Million Lights at Island H2O Live! which is a one-of-a-kind, fully interactive holiday experience, that as well as being a great night out, benefits Give Kids The World Village, the local resort that provides critically ill children and their families with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost.

Of course, much of this weekends list is holiday related, but not all, don't miss your last chance to see Hamilton which ends it's near month long run at Dr Phillips Center on Sunday, and the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival ends this Saturday at Walt Disney World.

Whatever your plans for the weekend here in Central Florida, enjoy, and have a good one!

Top Things To Do In Orlando This Weekend


Top Things To Do In Orlando This Weekend

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.

ICE! at Gaylords Palms Resort Orlando


Night of a Million Lights at Island H2O Live!

Daily until January 1, 2023

From November 11, 2022, through January 1, 2023, 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.

Named by USA Today the “Number One Thing To Do In December In Orlando” when it debuted in 2020, Night of a Million Lights is a lightscape of spectacular sparkle and mesmerizing dancing lights, where guests of all ages can create priceless holiday memories – all for a wonderful cause.

This event benefits Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families from around the world with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost.

Night of a Million Lights has quickly become one of the most popular holiday events in Central Florida. Many nights will sell out, so don't delay - get your tickets today.

Night of a Million Lights at Island H2O Live


Disney Junior Live on Tour

November 18, 2022

Disney Junior tour is back with an ALL-NEW show, Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza! at Dr Phillips Center. This show brings beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes together live on stage for a jam-packed, concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more.

It will feature favorite songs from hit Disney Junior series, as well as new original music. Mickey, Minnie, and their pals are getting ready to throw a huge costume party but mysterious green rain, wind, and smoke keep interrupting the fun. Can Spidey and his Amazing Friends help save the Costume Palooza? Come join the party!

Disney Junior Live on Tour


Cole Swindell: Back Down to the Bar Tour

November 18, 2022

Cole Swindell comes to Hard Rock Live Orlando. Get your tickets now!

Cole Swindell Live Orlando


Orlando Festival Of Trees

Now Through November 20, 2022

Don’t miss Council of 101’s 36th annual Festival of Trees, Gifts Of The Season, at the Orlando Museum of Art.

Gifts of the Season celebrates the gifts of time, talent, and heart from the Central Florida community.

Visitors will view over 40 designer-inspired decorated trees, stylish holiday wreaths, exceptional gingerbread houses, entertaining and design concepts and more, all available for purchase.

Enjoy holiday shopping experiences, holiday pop-up shops, daily entertainmentand have lunch in the on-site café.

Orlando Festival Of Trees


The Florida Blue Florida Classic

November 19, 2022

The Florida Blue Florida Classic takes place at Camping World Stadium here in Orlando.

The nation’s premier HBCU football rivalry will celebrate its 25th game in Orlando when the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats meet the Florida A&M University Rattlers in the Florida Blue Florida Classic on November 19.

Admission includes the world-famous McDonald’s Halftime Show featuring the Marching Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman and the Marching “100” from FAMU.

The Florida Blue Florida Classic


Jingle Eve

November 19, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… it’s Jingle Eve! Get ready for the BEST party of the year for more than 20 years running. Jingle Eve is the annual kickoff of the Orlando holiday season.

Spanning stretches of Orange Avenue and Virginia Drive, as well as Gaston Edwards Park, families and adults alike, find no shortage of yuletide festivities. 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

Jingle Eve


Universal Orlando Holiday Celebrations

Now 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 holiday at Universal Orlando Resort, where we do the holidays big time. It’s the biggest, loudest, awesomest holiday celebration of the season.

Universal Orlando go all in on the holidays with Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, where you can see larger-than-life balloons plus appearances by Illumination’s Minions and characters from DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar films.

Get together with the resident Whos and enjoy the music and fun of The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular starring the Grinch.

And experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with seasonal shows and decorations in both Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Universal Orlando Holiday Celebrations


SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration

Now through January 3, 2023

Gather your family and join all your festive friends at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.

See the park transformed into a winter wonderland sparkling with millions of beautiful lights. With plenty of holiday cheer, this event is sure to create unforgettable memories at a wondrous Christmas celebration you’ll only find at SeaWorld.

The highlight being the beautiful “Sea of Trees,” where more than 100 trees shine bright, and a centerpiece that towers 70 feet above the water.

This years Christmas Celebration includes meet and greets with Rudolph and his friends, the return of SeaWorld’s award winning Celebration on Ice, SeaWorld’s Sesame Street Christmas Celebration, and the much loved Ice Skating at Bayside Stadium.

Oh, and of course, not forgetting the delicious holiday treats and shopping of every kind.

Seaworld Orlando Christmas Celebration



Now through November 20

Hamilton, the world-renowned musical has made a welcome return to downtown Orlando's Dr Phillips Center For the Performing Arts this week, where it has taken up residency through November 20 with matinee and evening performances six days per week.

Tickets are still available, book your tickets now on the Dr Phillips Center website to see this remarkable production this weekend.

Hamilton Dr Phillips Center Orlando


Steppin' Out With Irving Berlin

Now through November 20 & Dec. 1 – 17, 2022

The Winter Park Playhouse presents Steppin' Out!

Celebrate the life and career of this iconic American composer with this outstanding sond and dance tribute! Featuring an assortment of well-loved hits including "Blue Skies," "Puttin' on the Ritz," Steppin' Out with My Baby" and more.


EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Now through November 19, 2022

The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival seems to have been on forever, but it ends November 19, so plan to visit this weekend!

Enjoy this iconic festival that serves up flavors from across six continents at more than 25 Global Marketplaces.

There are tons of activities for the entire family to enjoy, from Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt throughout the park.

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival


Orange County Animal Services Barktoberfest

November 20, 2022

Orange County Animal Services are celebrating its ninth annual Barktoberfest event this Sunday, November 20, at Lake Eola from noon to 4 pm.

Barktoberfest is the shelter’s rescue appreciation event that serves to celebrate the partnership between OCAS and the rescue community.

Animal Services currently works with more than 80 rescue groups across the state that aid in the recovery and adoption of homeless animals, and nearly two dozen local rescue groups will attend the event, including Pet Rescue by Judy, Husky Haven of Florida, Florida Boxer Rescue, and Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida, among many others.

Dozens of available animals will be onsite, in the care of the shelter’s rescue groups. This includes puppies, adult dogs, specific breeds and mixed breeds. With a wide variety of options, there will be a pet for each interested adopter available!

Barktoberfest will feature local pet-related businesses and groups, plus food trucks, and the Orange County Animal Services Mobile Clinic, will be offering free onsite rabies vaccines and microchipping to pets attending with their families.

Orange County Animal Services Barktoberfest


Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild

Now through January 15, 2023

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has transform at night into the Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild!

Experience the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before! Discover over 30 different, hand-constructed illuminated lantern displays around the Zoo on a 3/4 mile path where you will celebrate the art, beauty and wonder of traditional Asian lantern festivals

Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild


The Santa Workshop Experience

Now through December 24, 2022.

Once again, ICON Park 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.

The Santa Workshop Experience Icon Park Orlando


Island H2O Foam Party

Every Saturday & Sunday until November 27, 2022

Every Saturdays and Sundays in November, Island H2O Water Park are cranking up the tunes and adding lots and lots of FOAM, think adding a full packet of laundry powder to your washer machine and then some!

From 12.00 pm until 5.00 pm, the kids will love dancing in an endless mountain of foam and bubbles while grooving to their favorite music. all included in admission!

Island H2O Foam Party Kissimmee


Orlando REP Presents True North

November 14 to December 22, 2022

TRUE NORTH is a magical and insightful story about being authentic, accepting change, and holding an unwavering hope in the magic of Christmas.

Orlando REP Presents True North


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