Orlando Holiday Events Guide 2021

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Orlando Holiday Events Guide 2021

Orlando Holiday Events Guide 2021 – We will be looking for general holiday events happening throughout Central Florida for families and kids. We have separate Family Events Guides for specific events, but find an overview of some of our favorite events here.

Orlando Holiday Events Guide 2021

If you’re looking for fun family events for winter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any holiday events, we will continue to comb the internet and more to find the best family events for you.

As always, our list of events will be updated throughout the season, so be sure to check back often. And, if you’ve found we missed anything, be sure to send the event our way by emailing Newsletter@MyCentralFloridaFamily.com or click here to submit the event.


If you’re looking for additional holiday guides, you can find them below.

Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids the World Village

Kissimmee
November 12, 2021 through January 2, 2022 | 5-10 PM
More Info: A dancing lights show, tram tours and unique behind-the-scenes experiences highlight an array of exciting additions guaranteed to make this year’s second annual Night of a Million Lights holiday lights spectacular another dazzling success.  Scheduled to illuminate the Central Florida skyline from Friday, November 12, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022, Night of a Million Lights will once again provide the public with a rare glimpse inside Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families with magical weeklong wish vacations at no cost.

Events Happening All Season Long

Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas

Your Home
December 1 – 25, 2021
More Info: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season means only one thing – Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas! Don’t miss holiday favorites including Home AloneDr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer December 1-25 on Freeform. So pour yourself an eggnog and grab a plate of cookies, Christmas is practically here.

Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Workshop

Orlando
November 7 – December 24, 2021
More Info:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season means only one thing – Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas! Don’t miss holiday favorites including Home AloneDr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer December 1-25 on Freeform. So pour yourself an eggnog and grab a plate of cookies, Christmas is practically here.

Oh, What Fun! Lake Nona

Orlando/Lake Nona
November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022
More Info: Step into a spectacular winter wonderland with holiday magic around every corner during Central Florida’s favorite holiday festival, Oh, What Fun! Join us in Lake Nona Town Center, or as it’s known for the holidays, Peppermint Square, for a season filled with celebrations.

Gaylord Palms Mission: Saving Christmas Featuring Elf

Orlando
November 12, 2021 through January 2, 2022
More Info: A holly, jolly sleigh-full of holiday cheer is set for Gaylord Palms Resort with a host of special events and activities set to be unwrapped this Christmas season. Featuring a brand-new, multi-sensory marquee Christmas experience, Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™– Christmas at Gaylord Palms will delight guests of all ages with original shows, musical performances, 100 Christmas trees, amazing acrobatics, delicious dining, interactive experiences and more. Christmas at Gaylord Palms begins Nov. 19, 2021 and continues through Jan. 2, 2022.

Santa Workshop at ICON Park

Orlando
November 5 through December 24, 2021
More Info: From Nov. 5 to Dec. 24, ICON Park will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland and become home once again to The Santa Workshop Experience. Families will be able to partake in the classic tradition of taking beautiful holiday photos and kids will be able to meet the jolly old elf. Click here to book your session today. 

Disney Very Merriest After Hours

Lake Buena Vista
Varying Dates from November 8, 2021 through December 21, 2021 | 9 PM
More Info: This holiday season, join loved ones and friends at an oh-so-jolly occasion during The World’s Most Magical Celebration. Ticket holders will be admitted to Magic Kingdom park as early as 7:00 PM on the valid date of their ticket, giving them even more time to enjoy park favorites before the event begins—including the new Disney Enchantment nighttime spectacular! These dated tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.

Magic of Lights

Daytona Speedway
November 19, 2021 through January 1, 2022 | 6-10 PM
More Info: Tickets purchased now can be used ANY DAY Magic of Lights is open! Tickets are per vehicle, not per person so grab as many friends and family to join! Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount with tickets starting at just $17 per carload.

Dazzling Lights at Leu Gardens

Orlando
November 19, 2021 through January 9, 2022 | 5:30 -9:00 PM
More Info: Dazzling Nights will feature lights, music, and interactive elements to complete the transformation of the 50-acre, Harry P. Leu Gardens into a stunning holiday wonderland. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

St. Augustine Nights of Lights

St. Augustine
November 20, 2021 through January 31, 2022 | 6 PM
More Info: Nights of Lights has been listed among the top ten holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic. During this festival of lights, downtown St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops. St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights features millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s Oldest City, and it’s free of charge.

Wonderland of Lights and Santa’s Village

Auburndale
November 25, 2021 through January 2, 2022 | 6-9 PM Sun-Thurs and 6-10 PM Fri & Sat
More Info: This holiday drive-through, no-touch, Covid-19 safe light show is returning November 25 through January 2, 2021.  Due to the enormous success of last year’s event, we have moved to International Market World in Auburndale conveniently located between Tampa and Orlando off of I-4, giving us more space to have MORE DAYS, MORE ENTERTAINMENT, MORE VENDORS, MORE VISITORS, and MORE ROOM TO ROAM.

Cranes Roost Park Holiday Fountain Show

Altamonte Springs
November 25, 2021 through January 2, 2022 | 6-9 PM
More Info: A crowd favorite, the Plaza fountain features special shows with dancing water and dazzling lights choreographed to classic holiday tunes. Note: The show does not run during the holiday movies on December 9 and 16.

Holidays at LEGOLAND

Winter Haven
November 26-28 and December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 24-31 2021
More Info: LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is bringing back the spooky, kooky fun of Brick or Treat in October, followed by the jolliest event of all with Holidays at LEGOLAND in November and December. These can’t-miss annual events are included with theme park admission and select annual passes.

Winter Wonderland at Wekiva Island

Longwood
December 3-25, 2021 | Varying Times
More Info: Santa Claus is coming to Wekiva Island and he’s bringing the daily snow flurries and gorgeous holiday decor! Starting with Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the Christmas Tree Forest on December 3, Winter Wonderland events take over Wekiva Island through Christmas Day. Each week is jam-packed with activities for the whole family. Each Sunday will feature a different Christmas movie to celebrate the season. Special guests from classics like “The Grinch” and “Whoville Whos” will make appearances throughout the month, and and stilt walkers will wow. There will also be special events, including a Breakfast with Santa, VIP Party, Stories with Mrs. Claus and Letters to Santa on the calendar. Admission into Wekiva Island is $2.

The DeLand Christmas Light Show

DeLand
December 5-30, 2021 | 5:30 – 8 PM
More Info: 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!

Ice Skating at SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

Orlando
November 12, 2021 to January 2, 2022 | Times Vary
More Info: Guests can experience outdoor ice skating as they skate alongside the water of SeaWorld’s central lagoon throughout the day in a beautiful winter wonderland.

Holiday Events in Winter Garden

Winter Garden
Through December 30, 2021 | Times Vary
More Info: If you’re looking for holiday events in the Winter Garden area, we have them below for you. 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 Altamonte Springs

Altamonte Springs
Through January 2, 2021 | Times Vary
More Info: Are you looking for community holiday events? Cranes Roost Park and the City of Altamonte Springs never disappoints. Check out what’s available for your family to enjoy. Check out the Holiday Fountain Show, light displays, concerts, light up event, Santa Tuesdays, holiday characters, movie nights and Telescope Thursday!

Holidays at Disney Springs

Orlando
November 5-December 30, 2021 | Times Vary
More Info: This holiday season, discover festive fun, dazzling décor and gift ideas galore at Disney Springs—from November 5 through December 30, 2021.

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

Orlando
November 12, 2021 to January 2, 2022 | Times Vary
More Info: Guests are invited to gather their family and meet their festive friends at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, taking place from November 12 through January 2.  Experience SeaWorld as the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 3 million sparkling lights. 

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Central Florida
Dates and Times Vary
More Info: The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to present a lineup of special holiday performances from the end of November throughout December in multiple venues across Central Florida. This includes both free and ticketed performances for the whole family, celebrating all the magic the holiday season has to offer. The holiday lineup starts on Saturday, November 27 at Festival Park with Home for the Holidays– also the first performance in the 2021-2022 Pops Series.

Multiple Day Events

Festival of the Trees at Orlando Museum of Art

Orlando
November 13 – 21, 2021 | 10 AM to 5 PM
More Info: Celebrate “Sparkling Holiday Traditions” with Festival of Trees, at the Orlando Museum of Art. For the 35th year the Festival of Trees, put on by Council of 101, will be benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art. This year’s platinum premier sponsor is Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Orlando Ballet Nutcracker

Orlando
Certain Dates December 3-19, 2021 | Time Vary
More Info: Orlando Ballet continues the tradition of celebrating the holiday season with multiple performances of The Nutcracker. With its iconic musical score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikiovsky, Orlando Ballet will tell the story of Clara and her special nutcracker turned handsome prince and their journey to a world of fantasy and fun complete with the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Mother Ginger. This season’s performances in the Dr. Phillips Center are sure to sparkle under the creative eye of Guest Artistic Director Jorden Morris.

Cracker Christmas

Christmas
December 4-5, 2021 | 10 – 4 PM
More Info: Cracker Christmas happens at Fort Christmas Historical Park.

Lake Mary Museum Festival of Trees

Lake Mary
November 17 to December 5, 2021 | 2 – 4 PM
More Info: Christmas trees decorated and donated by our community will be sold through silent auction. Proceeds benefit Lake Mary Museum programs.

Russian Ballet Nutcracker

Sanford
December 4, 2021 | 2 and 7 PM
More Info: 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. 

Orlando Museum of Art Breakfast with Santa

Orlando
December 13 and 20, 2021 | 8:30 – 10 AM
More Info: A morning of making memories with Santa Claus with exclusive access to the 35th Annual Festival of Trees before it opens to the public during the day.

Single Day Events

Breakfast with Santa at Orlando Museum of Art

Orlando
November 13, 2021 | 8:30 AM to 10 PM
More Info: A morning of making memories with Santa Claus with exclusive access to the 35th Annual Festival of Trees before it opens to the public during the day.

Oviedo Mall Tree Lighting Celebration

Oviedo
November 18, 2021 | 5-7 PM
More Info: On Friday, November 26, 2021 the City of Eustis will host the 34th Annual Light-Up Eustis Celebration in historic downtown from 5 – 9 p.m. with a specular light-up ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m at the Bandshell in Ferran Park (250 Ferran Park Drive). This free, family-friendly event will include live entertainment, food trucks, and vendors. Also, expect a special visit by Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Dancer the live reindeer.

Light Up Eustis

Eustis
November 26, 2021 | 5-9 PM
More Info: On Friday, November 26, 2021 the City of Eustis will host the 34th Annual Light-Up Eustis Celebration in historic downtown from 5 – 9 p.m. with a specular light-up ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m at the Bandshell in Ferran Park (250 Ferran Park Drive). This free, family-friendly event will include live entertainment, food trucks, and vendors. Also, expect a special visit by Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Dancer the live reindeer.

Oviedo Mall Holiday Market

Oviedo
November 26, 2021 | 3-8 PM
More Info: Looking to get your holiday shopping done in record time while supporting small businesses? The Oviedo Mall Holiday Market is the place for you! On select Fridays and Saturdays beginning November 26th, come see all that the Oviedo Mall has to offer. Grab a wine slushie and explore dozens of locally owned shops where you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list!

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Daytona Beach
November 26, 2021 | 7:30 PM
More Info: Do you remember the first time you heard the Christmas sounds of Mannheim Steamroller? You can again celebrate the holiday magic of Mannheim Steamroller in 2021 when they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country. 2021 will reunite the #1 Christmas music artist in history with its legion of long-time fans. Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for multi-generational families!

Light Up Kissimmee

Kissimmee
November 27, 2021 | 7:30 PM
More Info: 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! Jolly Holidays!

ICON Park Tree Lighting

Orlando
December 1, 2021 | 6:00 PM
More Info: Kick off the merriest month of the year at ICON Park! At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, a tree lighting ceremony will take place for the entertainment complex’s latest addition – a 50-foot holiday tree decorated from top to bottom. 

43rd Annual Christmas in the Park

Winter Park
December 2, 2021 | 6:15 PM
More Info: On Thursday, December 2, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and the City of Winter Park will present the 43rd Annual Christmas in the Park in downtown Winter Park. The free outdoor event begins at 6:15 p.m. when nine century-old Tiffany leaded-glass windows are lighted. Central Park is then transformed into a luminous concert hall for the 160-voice Bach Festival Society Choir. The choral performance concludes about 8 p.m., and the windows remain lighted for viewing until 8:30 p.m

Winter on the Avenue in Winter Park

Winter Park
December 3, 2021 | 5-9 PM
More Info: Kick off the holidays in Winter Park’s Central park. Annual tree lighting, musicians and lighting of the menorah celebrating the sixth night of Chanukah. Enjoy a festive street party and visit with Santa starting at 6:30 p.m until 8pm.

Winter Park Chamber’s Ye Olde Christmas Parade

Winter Park
December 4, 2021 | 9-10:30 AM
More Info: The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 69th 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. Scott MaxwellOrlando Sentinel columnist, will once again be the emcee for this year’s parade. Join him and the over 80 organizations that participate, including marching bands, local police and fire departments, scouting groups, local dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus. 

A Frozen Tree Lighting Experience-Oviedo

Oviedo
December 2, 2021 | 5-9 PM
More Info: We’re starting the Christmas season off with a BANG on December 2nd, with the FROZEN Tree Lighting Experience, our annual tree lighting event at Center Lake Park! Join us for this FROZEN themed tree lighting, which will include a special FROZEN themed show after the tree lighting! There will be FREE photos with Santa, live reindeer, carolers, food trucks and more, including HUGE holiday surprises that will happen on the Oviedo Amphitheatre lawn. So, make sure you wear your Elsa or Anna costume if you have one!

City of Orlando Tree Lighting Celebration

Lake Eola Downtown Orlando
December 3, 2021 | 5-9 PM
More Info:

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. 

Light the Christmas Tree at Wekiva Island

Longwood
December 3, 2021 | 7:00 PM
More Info: In its sixth year, Winter Wonderland delights guests with nightly “snow” flurries, sparkling holiday décor, visits from Santa and other holiday characters and special events. In fact, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit Wekiva Island to officially kick off the event and light the giant Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots that evening.

Winter Springs Winter Wonderland

Winter Springs
December 4, 2021 | 4:30 – 8 PM
More Info: Tis’ the season for joy and celebration! Stop by the Winter Springs Town Center and enjoy the festivities this holiday season at Winter Wonderland presented by AdventHealth! It all kicks off with one of the longest-running traditions in our city, the 39th annual Holiday Parade featuring local talent and business. Gather around the Christmas Tree for the 17th annual Christmas tree Lighting! The Winter Wonderland event will follow with Entertainment by local youth and our Winter Springs Dancers with Class. Santa will visit with the local children by the tree, and a fun-filled kids playland will keep your little ones merry all evening long!

Mount Dora Christmas Parade

Mount Dora
December 4, 2021 | 10-11 AM
More Info: Join us in celebrating the parade with a purpose!

Apopka Christmas Parade and Free Holiday Concert

Apopka
December 11, 2021 | 10-noon
More Info: “Rejoice! It’s Christmas in Apopka!” Enjoy the parade from 10-noon and then enjoy a holiday POPS free concert at the Apopka Amphitheater from 5-7pm.

Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes

Sanford
December 4, 2021 | 12-9 PM
More Info: Celebrate the warmth and spirit of the season at the 32nd Annual Holiday Tour of Homes on December 4th, 12 to 9 pm. 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. The tour route encircles George Touhy Park, where an old-fashioned holiday marketplace showcases a treasure trove of unique gifts.

Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes

Longwood
December 4, 2021 | 3 PM
More Info: The City of Longwood will host the 7th annual Christmas Parade through Longwood by way of Ronald Reagan Blvd., north of SR 434. The parade will feature stunning cars, seasonal characters, bands and much more. The parade will kick off at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 4th.

Longwood Christmas Parade

Longwood
December 4, 2021 | 3 PM
More Info: The City of Longwood will host the 7th annual Christmas Parade through Longwood by way of Ronald Reagan Blvd., north of SR 434. The parade will feature stunning cars, seasonal characters, bands and much more. The parade will kick off at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 4th.

Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays

Altamonte Springs
December 4, 2021 | 5-9 PM
More Info: Let’s celebrate the season! The City of Altamonte Springs and Duke Energy are bringing back the tradition of lighting up Cranes Roost Park. 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 over a mile of garland.

Greg Warmoth Reindeer Run

Orlando
December 11, 2021 | 7:15 AM
More Info: 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 23 years of holiday cheers!Together with WFTV – 9 Family Connection, Track Shack supports Toys for Tots.

Christmas in the Cloud

St. Cloud
December 11, 2021 | 11 AM – 4 PM
More Info: Come celebrate Christmas with the critters at the third annual Christmas in the Cloud hosted at Amazing Animals INC’s wildlife preserve!$10 per person at the door

Santa’s Twilight 5K

Clermont
December 18, 2021 | 6-10 PM
More Info: Join the fun at this holiday themed 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.

Milk and Cookies with Santa

Green Acres Farm of Oviedo
December 20, 2021 | 3-6 PM
More Info: Santa will be stopping at Green Acres Farm Oviedo to see which animals have been naughty or nice! While he’s here, he’d love for you to join him for some milk and cookies. Maybe even tell him what you want for Christmas this year

Rosen Plaza Hotel Christmas Dinner

Orlando
December 25, 2021 | 12-5 PM
More Info: Celebrate a special Christmas dinner in the safety of your home away from home at Rosen Plaza. On Christmas Day, we treat you and your family to a gourmet affair of gastronomic proportions in our Grand Ballroom. Our spread of exquisite cuisine is guaranteed to serve the most unique dining experience this holiday season.

For a complete list of events by day or month, head to our Daily Events Calendar page. We will continue to update with more of our favorite events as they become published!

We will list any events that we know have been cancelled right here.


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