Holiday Happenings in Central Florida

The holiday season is here and there is no shortage of events in Central Florida to help you get into the holiday spirit. Here is a rundown of what is happening in Central Florida. If we missed an event in your neighborhood, please leave a note in the comments so we can add it to the list!

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Events by date

Cypress Grove Park’s Festival of Lights
Where: Cypress Grove Park, 290 W. Holden Avenue, Orlando 32839
Dates: November 30th through December 4th – 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $3 per drive-thru vehicle, per night

37th Annual Christmas in the Park
Where: Central Park, Winter Park
Date: Thursday, December 3rd – 6:15-8:00pm
Cost: Free

Christmas Village – Joy!
Where: CrossLife Church, 45. W. Broadway St., Oviedo 32765
Dates: December 4th – December 6th – 6:00-10:00pm nightly
Cost: Free

Downtown for the Holidays Tree Lighting Celebration
Where: Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
Date: Friday, December 4th – 5:00-10:00pm
Cost: Free

Winter on the Avenue
Where: Park Avenue, Winter Park
Date: Friday, December 4th – 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Price: Most activities are free


28th Annual Light Up Winter Garden
Where: Plant Street, Winter Garden
Date: Friday, December 4th – 6:00-9:00pm
Cost: Free

Popcorn Flicks in the Park presented by the Enzian
Where: Central Park, Winter Park
Date: Friday, December 4th – 7:00pm
Cost: Free (Bring a blanket!)

Winter Park Christmas Parade
Where: Park Avenue, Winter Park
Date: Saturday, December 5th – 9:00am
Price: Free

Fort Christmas Historical Park’s Cracker Christmas
Where: 1300 N. Fort Christmas Road, Christmas 32709
Date: December 5th through December 6th – 10:00am-4:00pm daily
Price: Free admission; bring a toy to donate to Holiday Heroes Toy Drive

Winter Garden Christmas Parade
Where: South Dillard Street and Plant Street, Winter Garden
Date: Saturday, December 5th – 1:00pm
Price: Free

Avalon Aglow
Where: Avalon Park Town Center, Orlando
Date: Saturday, December 5th – 3:00-9:00pm
Price: Free

Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes
Where: Tour begins at 801 Palmetto Avenue, Sanford
Date: Saturday, December 5th – 4:00-9:00pm
Price: $25 in advance; $30 on Saturday

Winter Springs Winter Wonderland
Where: Winter Springs Town Center
Date: Saturday, December 5th – 5:00-9:00pm
Cost: Free

Casselberry Tree Lighting Ceremony
Where: Lake Concord Park, Casselberry
Date: Saturday, December 5th – 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: Free

23rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade
Where: Marina at Gilbert Park, Mt. Dora
Date: Saturday, December 5th – 7:00pm
Price: Free

Meet the Grinch! Story Time
Where: Pottery Barn Kids, Mall of Millenia
Date: Tuesday, December 8th – 11:00am
Price: Free

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Where: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dates: December 8th through December 13th – Show times vary
Price: Tickets start at $33.75

Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream Holiday Party
An evening of crafts, games, and photos with Santa!
Where: Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream – 3114 Corrine Drive, Orlando 32803
Date: Thursday, December 10th – 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Price: Bring a non perishable food item for the local food pantry!

Christmas Village – Joy!
Where: CrossLife Church, 45. W. Broadway St., Oviedo 32765
Dates: December 11th – December 13th – 6:00-10:00pm nightly
Cost: Free

Reindeer Run

Reindeer Run 5K
Where: SeaWorld Orlando
Date: Saturday, December 12th – 7:15am
Price: $27 – $35

Candy Cane 5K
Where: Central Winds Park, Winter Springs
Date: Saturday, December 12th – 8:00am
Price: $20 – $35

Breakfast (or Brunch) with Santa! – Registration is required.
Where: Central Florida Zoo
Date: Saturday, December 12th – 9:00-10:30am; 11:00am-12:30pm
Price: Ticket prices vary

An Afternoon with Santa at Magnolia Park
Where: 2929 S Binion Rd, Apopka 32703
Date: Saturday, December 12th – 2:00-5:00pm
Price: $4 per child

City of Oviedo Snow Mountain and Holiday Parade
Where: Oviedo Mall
Date: Saturday, December 12th – 4:00-9:00pm
Price: Ticket prices vary

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Where: Amway Center
Date: Saturday, December 12th – 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Price: Ticket prices vary

Moss Park’s Light Up The Wild!
Where: 12901 Moss Park Road, Orlando 32832
Date: December 13th through December 19th, 6:00-9:00pm nightly
Price: $5 per car

Movie Under the Stars – The Polar Express
Where: Avalon Park Town Park, Orlando
Date: Saturday, December 18th – 7:00pm
Price: Free

Moss Park 5K Santa Run
Where: Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando 32808
Date: Sunday, December 20th – 5:30pm
Price: $10 (ages 5-14); $20 (ages 15 and up)

Millions and millions of Christmas lights cover every building for blocks, lighting up the night sky

Ongoing Events

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – This is your last chance to see it!
Where: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Dates: November 6th, 2015 through January 3rd, 2016
Price: Admission to the park

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Where: Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Dates: Select nights November 8th through December 18th
Price: Admission to the park

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical
Where: Orlando Repertory Theatre
Dates: November 9th through December 27th – Show times vary
Price: Tickets start at $14

Light Up UCF
Where: CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida
Dates: November 13th, 2015 through January 3rd, 2016
Price: Varies by activity

Winter in the Park Ice Skating
Where: Central Park West Meadow, Winter Park
Dates: November 20th, 2015 through January 10th, 2016
Price: $12

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Where: SeaWorld Orlando
Dates: Select dates November 21st through December 31st
Price: Admission to the park

ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Where: Gaylord Palms
Dates: November 24th, 2015 through January 3rd, 2016
Price: $29.99 (Adult), $16.99 (Ages 4-12), Free (Children 3 and under)

Disney’s Candlelight Processional
Where: Disney’s Epcot
Dates: November 27th through December 30th
Price: Admission to the park

Orange Blossom Cannonball Christmas Express
Where: Tavares, Florida
Dates: Select dates November 27th through December 23rd
Price: $28 (Adult), $20 (Ages 3-12), Free (Under 3)

Peter and the Starcatcher
Where: Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Dates: Select dates December 2nd, 2015 through January 3rd, 2016
Price: Ticket prices vary

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort
Where: Universal Orlando
Dates: December 5th, 2015 through January 2nd, 2016
Price: Admission to the park

Happy Holidays!

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2 Responses to Holiday Happenings in Central Florida

  1. Aimee December 1, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    Just a note… The Sanford Toirnof Homes is NOT kid friendly. They specifically request no kids on the website, and also no babies in carriers.

  2. HFUW December 1, 2015 at 9:06 am #

    This is great, so much to do during this season!

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