Orlando Holiday Events Guide

Orlando Holiday Events Guide 2023

Orlando Holiday Events Guide 2023 – 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. Also be sure to check out our daily calendar for events.

Orlando Holiday Events Guide 2023

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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.

Christmas Dinner at Rosen Plaza Hotel

Rosen Plaza Hotel
December 25, 2023 | 11:30 AM to 3:30 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.

Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down at Gatorland

December 23, 3. 9, 10, 16, 17 | 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
More Info: Our signature holiday extravaganza unfolds with a delightful mix of music, festive displays, interactive characters, and an array of tempting seasonal treats available for purchase. Capture the essence of a distinctively Floridian holiday by snapping a photo with Gator Claus aboard his swamp-worthy sleigh. Meet the mischievous Krampus Croc, and sing along with the Florida Skunk Ape as he performs his favorite “Cryptid carols.” Discover an array of unique arts and craft vendors strategically placed throughout, providing a treasure trove of holiday shopping options to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

New Hope for Kids Bicycle Ride

South Seminole Academy
December 9, 2023
More Info: As the holiday season approaches and you search for ways to spread cheer, consider the families of New Hope for Kids. Families already taxed with astronomical medical bills or the death of a loved one find it difficult to provide gifts for their families. Join us in helping make this holiday season a happy one for these deserving families by donating an unwrapped gift when you come to the bike ride!

Winter Fest

U-Pick at Amber Brooke Farms
Saturdays and Sundays December 9-17, 2023
More Info:
Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit on the farm. Enjoy the sweetness of the season with strawberry u-Pick, Santa, and more! Open 10am-5pm Saturdays & Sundays from December 9-17th!

Dinos in Lights

Orlando Science Center
through January 3, 2024
More Info:
Dinos In Lights Holiday Show is BACK! See the holidays in a whole new light with STAN the T-Rex and his fossil friends in DinoDigs as they show off their twinkling talent in a festive display of music and light.
This dazzling light show is included in general admission for a limited time so don’t miss out! Be sure to see it multiple times on your visit as the experience is different from every angle. Shows begin every 30 minutes between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Presented by Orlando Health.

Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Workshop

November 4 – December 24, 2023
More Info:
Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at your local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s!

Events Happening All Season Long

Holiday Nights at Island H2O Water Park

Island H2O Water Park
Nov. 8 – Dec. 31, 2023
More Info: Each evening, Island H2O Water Park will transform into a holiday wonderland, adorned with twinkling island-themed lights that’ll rival the brightest North Star. Check out island-festive immersive light displays and snap some holiday-card worthy photos with friends and family. You can get your holiday shopping done as you surf through the holiday market featuring local vendors with a showcase of unique gifts and handcrafted ornaments. Sip steaming mugs of cider and hot cocoa, enjoy holiday themed bites, and toast s’mores big enough to share all while enjoying unique live entertainment each night. Holiday Nights will light up every Wednesday through Sunday from Nov. 8 – Dec. 10 and every day Dec. 13 – 31.

Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays

Altamonte Springs
November 23 – January 1, 2024
More Info: 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.

Gaylord Palms ICE! Returns

Gaylord Palms | Orlando
Nov. 17, 2023 –Jan. 3, 2024
More Info: There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than gathering your family for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee. ICE! returns this holiday season. 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.

Magic of Lights

Daytona Speedway
Nov. 17, 2023 – Dec. 31, 2023
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.

St. Augustine Nights of Lights

St. Augustine
Nov. 18, 2023 to Jan. 31, 2024
More Info: The 2023-2024 Nights of Lights festival turns the city of St. Augustine into a dazzling holiday display.

Dazzling Lights at Leu Gardens

Leu Gardens | Orlando
November 24, 2023 – January 6, 2024
More Info: Dazzling Nights at Leu Gardens will transform into a stunning winter wonderland featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays, music, and beautiful sculptures! 

Wonderland of Lights and Santa’s Village

December 1-30, 2023
More Info: Make this holiday magical with a visit to The Wonderland of Lights & America’s Christmas Village!  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. 

Now Snowing in Celebration

November 25 – December 31, 2023
More Info: 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.

Santa Workshop at ICON Park

ICON Park | Orlando
through December 24, 2023
More Info: The jingle bells are ringing at ICON Park – Santa is officially back in town! Now through Dec. 24, guests can enjoy The Santa Workshop Experience at the entertainment destination. 

Winter Wonderland at Wekiva Island

Wekiva Island
December 1 – 25, 2023
More Info: This year’s event will feature a 30-foot centerpiece for its sparkling Christmas tree forest, up from 20 feet last year. The month-long celebration of the season packs in holiday cheer and special events from Dec. 1 through Christmas Day.

The DeLand Christmas Light Show

December 1 -31, 2023
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!

Holiday Events in Winter Garden

Winter Garden
December 1, 2023 through January 7, 2024 | 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.

Seminole County Library Events

Seminole County Libraries
Throughout December 2023
More Info: Check out all the holiday events in Seminole County.

Holiday Events at Waterford Lakes

Waterford Lakes
Throughout December 2023
More Info: Check out the events coming to Waterford Lakes for you to enjoy with your family

Multiple Day Events

Festival of Trees

Orlando Museum of Art
November 11-19, 2023
More Info:  One of Central Florida’s most beloved traditions, Festival of Trees, signals the arrival of the holiday season and returns to spread joy and cheer from November 11-19, 2023.

Orlando Museum of Art Breakfast with Santa

Orlando Museum of Art
November 11, 12, 19, 2023
More Info: A morning of making memories with Santa Claus with exclusive access to the 37th Annual Festival of Trees before it opens to the public during the day. Breakfast with Santa […]

Photos with Santa

Sunsational Farms
November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 2023
More Info: Join us on the farm for our annual photo opportunity with Santa .There is no cost to see Santa, or to take your own photos in our beautiful setting.

Cracker Christmas

December 2-3, 2023
More Info: 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”

St. Cloud Holiday Festival

St. Cloud
December 2-3, 2023
More Info: 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 we serve. The Festival features over 100 crafters, carnival-type fare, entertainment, a classic car show and a Kids’ Holiday Fun Zone with Santa. The Festival runs for two days, always the first Saturday and Sunday in December.

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Winter Park Village

Winter Park Village
December 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2023
More Info: Ho Ho Ho! Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Winter Park Village! Don’t miss your chance to meet the jolly couple and get a keepsake picture taken with them. Bring your camera or phone. Pets are welcome!

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Winter Park Village

Winter Park Village
December 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2023
More Info: Ho Ho Ho! Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Winter Park Village! Don’t miss your chance to meet the jolly couple and get a keepsake picture taken with them. Bring your camera or phone. Pets are welcome!

Colorful Christmas

Crayola Experience
through December 7, 2023
More Info: Our Colorful Christmas Crew is back! Can you help Santa and his friends save the holiday? Plus enjoy some SNOWtastic adventures as you go! Meet our 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, enjoy live entertainment and more. All while crafting unique gifts from the heart! Enjoy holiday fun the Crayola way!

Symphony Serenade: Holiday Strings

Bok Tower
December 7-8, 2023
More Info:
Enjoy an intimate holiday concert experience with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. This program is specially curated by the musicians performing them. This evening of beautiful holiday music will feature outstanding OPO Principal Musicians plus a few special surprise guests.

Orlando Ballet Nutcracker

Dr. Phillips Center
December 8-24, 2023
More Info: In honor of our 50th Anniversary, Orlando Ballet is thrilled to present the World Premiere of a ground-breaking production of The Nutcracker. This from-scratch, Broadway-caliber production will be the largest ever created by an Orlando-based performing arts organization, featuring enchanting new choreography, stunning costumes, fantastical sets, and magical stage elements.

Russian Ballet Nutcracker

Sanford – Orlando Family Stage – Lake Eola
December 2, 8, 10, and 16, 2023
More Info: Get ready for a whirlwind of holiday magic with The Nutcracker! An eagerly awaited annual tradition, this enchanting tale is the perfect treat for the whole family. Join Clara on her extraordinary journey as she breaks the spell, turning the Nutcracker doll into a dashing prince. Together, they venture into a mesmerizing world of snowflakes and waltz their way into the enchanting realm of sweets. It’s a heartwarming adventure that’s brimming with wonder and joy, making this holiday season truly unforgettable for everyone who joins in the spectacle.

Fezziwig Festival in Hunter’s Creek

Village Park, Orlando
December 2, 9, and 16, 2023
More Info: The 2023 Fezziwig Festival kicks off on December 2nd at 5p with a Tree Lighting ceremony after the Hunter’s Creek Holiday Parade. The fun continues for the next two Saturdays (December 9th & 16th). Each night will have food, music, SNOW! and events for the whole family. You won’t want to miss it!

Oh What Fun! Holiday Festival

Lake Nona
December 7 – 23, 2023
More Info: Watch as Lake Nona Town Center transforms into a winter wonderland, known as Peppermint Square, with a calendar full of celebrations and events for our 6th annual Oh, What Fun! Holiday Festival.

Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
December 8-10, 2023
More Info: St. Luke’s UMC is excited to present Sounds of the Season, our annual Christmas Concert event in the Sanctuary on December 8-10! This year’s event features a massive Community Choir, spirited dancers, and the lush sounds of a live orchestra as we celebrate all the sounds and exuberant joy of this season!

Altamonte Springs Holiday Concerts & Santa

Cranes Roost Park
December 8, 15, 22, 2023
More Info: Enjoy live music from artists performing holiday hits and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Plaza. Food and beverages available for purchase. Admission is free

Holiday Craft Fair

December 9-10, 2023
More Info: Holiday Craft Fair December 09 & 10, 2023—at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in Deland, FL – Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10-4. Pinterest Inspired Crafts and Handmade Creations by Local and […]

St. Luke’s 42nd Annual Holiday Marketplace

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Apopka
December 11-13, 2023
More Info: The St. Luke’s United Women in Faith and the Blessed Treasures Gift Shop present: their 42nd Annual Holiday Marketplace Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. […]

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.

Trinity Prep School
December 15-16, 2023
More Info: Filled with holiday hits like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr. features all of your favorite characters, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Because of his shiny nose, Rudolph doesn’t feel like he belongs in Christmastown and sets off to find a place that accepts him. Along his journey, he encounters fellow misfits, only to realize that home is where he has belonged the whole time. When a storm threatens to keep Santa’s sleigh from taking flight, it’s up to Rudolph to save Christmas!

Single Day Events

Downtown Clermont Hometown Holidays

November 11, 2023
More Info: Get ready for the holidays at Downtown Clermont’s Hometown Holidays event on Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 2 pm – 7 pm. Shop our seasonal vendors, grab a holiday drink […]

Jingle Eve

Gaston Edwards Park, Orlando
November 18, 2023
More Info: 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 […]

Festival of Trees Reindeer Romp

Orlando Museum of Art
November 17, 2023
More Info: The holiday season is here! To celebrate, join us for Festival of Tree’s Reindeer Romp, a family-friendly event filled with holiday fun.

Light Up Eustis

November 24, 2023
More Info: This year’s 36th Annual Light-Up Eustis will be held in Ferran Park on Friday, November 24th, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A ceremonial tree lighting will be at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy food and craft vendors in the park, pictures with Santa, and more!

Light Up Mount Dora

Mount Dora
November 25, 2023
More Info: This year 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.   Guests wishing to donate a new and unwrapped toy for the Mount Dora Community Toy Drive benefitting local children in need can drop it off at the City’s tent leading to the event  (at the top of the hill leading down to Evans Park). 

Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker

Dr. Phillips Center
November 25, 2023
More Info: Take a journey with Clare through her enchanted dream where she travels with the Chocolate Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Together they tour the world, visiting Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, India, Spain and other lands on their way to the Kingdom of Toys. Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker is described as Soulful, Bold, Colorful, Exciting, Lively and Delightful! A holiday treat for the entire family! 

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Home for the Holidays

Central Florida
November 25, 2023
More Info: By purchasing a ticket you are authorizing the Dr. Phillips Center to share your info with show producer. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice. The views and opinions expressed within this show are those of the artist(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Dr. Phillips Center.

Oviedo Tree Lighting Celebration

November 30, 2023
More Info: A Frosty themed Tree Lighting Experience at Center Lake Park in Oviedo!

Christmas in the Park

Winter Park
November 30, 2023
More Info: 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. 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. Today, the Morse and the City of Winter Park co-sponsor the event.

Longwood Holiday Jazz Performance and Tree Lighting

November 30, 2023
More Info: Longwood City Commissioners will light the new 22 ft Christmas tree at Reiter Park followed by a concert by Lyman High School Jazz Band! Enjoy music and food trucks with family a friends!

Winter on the Avenue in Winter Park

Winter Park
December 1, 2023
More Info: Winter On The Avenue is from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Dec. 1. 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

Lake Eola Park | Orlando
December 1, 2023
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 Up Sanford – Tree Lighting Ceremony

Magnolia Square
December 1, 2023
More Info: 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!

Apopka Tree Lighting

Kit Nelson Park | Apopka
December 1, 2023
More Info – We welcome you to our annual Tree Lighting, as we light up Kit Land Nelson Park for the holidays. Enjoy holiday music, photos with Santa, kids activities and more!

Light the Christmas Tree at Wekiva Island

Wekiva Island
December 1, 2023
More Info: This is the eighth year for the event, which will kick off with the lighting of the Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec.1.

St. Cloud Tree Lighting

St. Cloud
December 1, 2023
More Info

Ocoee Evening with Santa

Ocoee Lakeshore Center
December 1, 2023
More Info: The City of Ocoee Parks and Recreation Department will host Evening with Santa on Friday, December 1st, 2023. The event will be held from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the Ocoee Lakeshore center.  Visit Santa and his special guest, share Christmas wishes and take pictures. All kids will be able to interact with Santa and his special guest. Space is limited (Registration is now open). Follow the link to register https://secure.rec1.com/FL/ocoee-parks-recreation-fl/catalog. Cost is $10 per person, for more information contact Tracy Wise-Donahey or call 407-905-3180.

Lake Mary Holiday in the Park

Downtown Lake Mary
December 1, 2023
More Info: 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!

Edgewood Santa Fly In

Edgewood City Hall
December 1, 2023
More Info: Join us on Friday, December 1st from 6:00-8:30PM for our 8th Annual Santa Fly-In Event! Watch as Santa arrives via helicopter (around 6:30PM) to meet his friends in the City of Edgewood! Event to include a free Santa meet & greet, food/dessert trucks, beer & wine bar, face painting, bounce houses, holiday light & music, and more!

Holiday Jamboree

Seminole Towne Center
December 2, 2023
More Info: *Live Entertainment
*Local Vendors
*Food Trucks
*Santa & Mrs. Claus
**Kids Zone With bounce House & More
**Petting Zoo & More….
*** Be sure to stroll inside Seminole Towne Center mall for our 1st Annual “Parade of Trees” as well as our Indoor Marketplace(Lower Level/Across from JC Penney).

Mount Dora Christmas Parade

Downtown Mount Dora
December 2, 2023
More Info: Small town America at its best! Join us for the 63rd Annual Mount Dora Christmas Parade sponsored by the Mount Dora Lions Club. The lineup is at 9:00 a.m. Step off is at 10:00 a.m.

Snow in the O Holiday Festival Toy Drive

777 East Princeton Street, Orlando
December 2, 2023
More Info: Join us at Snow in the O in sunny Florida, enjoy festive activities, and spread holiday cheer by bringing toys for local children.

Avalon Aglow

Avalon Park Orlando
December 2, 2023
More Info: This free community event is open to the public and will begin at 3 PM with East Orlando’s premier Holiday Parade. It will conclude with a Firework Show over Avalon […] 

Seminole County Paws & Claus

Greenwood Lakes Park
December 2, 2023
More Info: Join Seminole County Animal Services for our first ever Paws & Claus event! Animal Services will have several available animals to adopt, along with local rescue groups featuring pets of all breeds and sizes. There will also be food trucks, animal demonstrations and pet-themed vendors selling gifts for the holiday season. Best part is…Santa Claus is comin’ to the park for pics with your pets! Don’t miss out on that perfect holiday photo op.

DeLand Christmas Parade

Winter Springs
December 2, 2023
More Info: Friends of the DELAND Christmas parade, the West Volusia Rotary and Rotaract clubs are excited to announce that registration for this years parade is open! 5 Rotaries 1 amazing parade.
Please visit www.DelandChristmasParade.org for info and to register for this year’s parade

Christmas Fest at Oviedo Mall

December 2, 2023 | 12PM – 5PM
More Info: Entry to the event is free! There will be a vendor market with lots of local goods available, live performances, silent auction, and food trucks. Santa will arrive on the firetruck at 1:00pm! Wristbands will be available for $20 and includes bounce houses, maze, train ride, and petting zoo. Activities available for additional cost include: Rock Wall, Pictures with Santa, and Cake Walk.

City of Maitland’s Season of Lights

December 2, 2023 | 5PM – 8:30PM
More Info: Maitland’s annual Season of Light celebration will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Lake Lily Park. Bring the family for snow sledding, carnival games, fireworks, vendors, live music, a tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa. Admission is free.

Baldwin Park’s Winter Wonderland

New Broad Street, Baldwin Park
December 2, 2023 | 4-8 PM
More Info: This year’s Winter Wonderland Extravaganza will take place on December 2 right on New Broad Street!  The Winter Wonderland Extravaganza will feature a tree lighting ceremony, parade, food vendors, live music, photos with Santa and tons of fun right on New Broad Street! This free, family friendly event will take place Saturday, December 2 from 4-8pm. The parade will begin between 6:45pm – 7pm.

One Heart for Women and Children’s Snow in the O

Loch Haven Park
December 2, 2023 | 4PM – 8PM
More Info: Join us at Snow in the O in sunny Florida, enjoy festive activities, tons of snow, live entertainment, ice skating, food trucks, bounce houses, rock climbing, college football, and spread holiday cheer by bringing toys for local children. 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! Carnival Rides: Spin, twist, and giggle on classic carnival rides, Ice Skating Rink: Glide gracefully on our enchanting ice-skating rink, Meet Santa: Share your wishes with Santa Claus himself, Snowfall Spectacular: Be mesmerized by Orlando’s Largest snow event ever, and more!

Winter Park Chamber’s Ye Olde Christmas Parade

Winter Park
December 2, 2023
More Info: The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 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

December 2, 2023
More Info: 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. 

Longwood Christmas Parade

December 2, 2023
More Info: The City of Longwood will host the 9th annual Christmas Parade through Longwood by way of Ronald Reagan Blvd., north of SR 434. The parade will kick off at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 2nd, and will feature stunning cars, seasonal characters, bands, and much more. Sign up to participate in the parade!

St. Cloud Holiday Parade

St. Cloud
December 2, 2023
More Info:
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/Tree Lighting/Santa Claus

Winter Springs
December 2, 2023
More Info: 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 and Holiday Parade

December 2, 2023
More Info: 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. 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

8th Annual Light Up SoDo

SoDo, Orlando
December 3, 2023
More Info: Let’s get lit! Light Up SoDo returns for our 8th year and we can’t wait to tell Santa if you’ve been naughty or nice! We have a new presenting sponsor this year, Orlando Credit Union, and so many surprises in store.

Winter Walk of Lights

Gateway Park, DeBary
December 3, 2023
More Info: Grab the family and enjoy a night out walking through Gateway Park all decked out in Christmas Lights! Motion light displays, thousands of lights, holiday decorations and more! Patrons can arrive to see the lights anytime during the designated times. Parking is limited so make sure to get there early.

1st Night of Hanukkah

Green Acres Farm
December 7, 2023
More Info: Come on out to the farm and join us for candle lighting on the first night of Hanukkah! Feel free to bring your own Hanukkah menorah (hanukkiah) and candles if you’d like. And, if you’d like to bring some latkes or food to share, you are welcome to do so (although it’s not necessary)..

Celebrate the Season

December 8, 2023
More Info: 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 live music, dance performances, snow maze, giant slides, train rides, food available for purchase, a laser light show for the finale and more. For more information, please call 407-260-3497 or email rrinaldo@longwoodfl.org.

Light Up Kissimmee

Kissimmee Lakefront Park
December 9, 2023
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! 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!

Whoville Parade

1200 Deltona Blvd., Deltona
December 9, 2023
More Info: The City of Deltona is excited to announce the ‘Whoville Parade’ as City of Deltona’s 2023 Holiday Parade. Join us on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 6 PM on 1200 Deltona Boulevard.

Ocoee Holiday Tree Lighting & Jolly Jamboree

Downtown Ocoee
December 9, 2023
More Info: The City of Ocoee Parks and Recreation Department will host it’s annual Jolly Jamboree & Tree Lighting Event on December 9th, 2023 from 3-8pm.  The event features the countdown to the tree lighting, Santa’s Village, a kids zone, special guest, and much more. This is a free event. For more information contact Adrian Dorsey or call 407-905-3180.  

Snow in the Park

Mount Dora
December 9, 2023
More Info: Get ready to escape the warmth of Mount Dora this holiday season and explore a winter wonderland! Bring your family along for 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.

Leesburg Christmas Parade

Historic Downtown Leesburg
December 9, 2023
More Info: On the second Saturday of December, the holiday spirit will be in full swing as Leesburg Glitters & Glows with the Annual Christmas and Holiday Parade. The parade will usher Santa and his friends down King Street, through Historic Downtown Leesburg. The parade is FREE for participation and will begin at Ida Lee Park and end at Fairfax Street.  Parade participation is open to the public.

11th Annual Violectric® Holiday Show

Lake Eola
December 9, 2023
More Info: Performing together LIVE on stage, renowned “Vinylinist” and Founder of Violectric® Michelle Jones and the talented musicians of the Central Florida strings super-group announce the exciting 11th Annual Violectric® Holiday Show rocking into the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park on Saturday, December 9, 2023 starting at 7pm.  FREE and open to the public, the 90-minute live concert presented by the City of Orlando Department of Families, Parks and Recreation will feature traditional holiday songs like O Christmas Tree, The First Noel and Hanukkah, O Hanukkah mashed up with classic rock tunes and modern hits like Born to Run, Heroes and Sweet Dreams, delivering a fun-filled, energetic and highly unique holiday show unlike anything seen and heard before and simulcast all around Lake Eola. 

Christmas Winter Festival

Historic Downtown Leesburg
December 9, 2023
More Info:
Join us for a day full of holiday cheer at our annual event that includes a free photo with Santa, where fond memories are created.
-Free Photo with Santa*
-Electronic Device Raffles
-Star 94.5 Broadcasting Live on Campus
-Carnival Games
-Games, and Giveaways*
-Community Partners
-Program Demonstrations
-Campus Tours Available

Greg Warmoth Reindeer Run

SeaWorld Orlando
December 9, 2023
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 25 years of holiday cheers!

12th Annual Christmas Light Ride

Ivanhoe Village, Orlando
December 9, 2023
More Info: SAVE THE DATE! Please join us for our 12th Annual Christmas Light Ride! Saturday, December 9, at 7 pm!

Kissimmee Festival of Lights and Parade

Kissimmee Lakefront Park
December 9, 2023
More Info: Experience one of Central Florida’s premier nighttime parades in Historic Downtown Kissimmee. The Kissimmee Festival of Lights Parade is an annual tradition that is perfect for the whole family. Join thousands of residents and visitors for a holiday event full of music, dancing, and thousands of holiday lights.

Oviedo Winter Fest

December 9, 2023
More Info: Fresh from the North Pole, tons of fun 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.

Holiday (Nighttime) Bike Ride with New Hope for Kids

From South Seminole Academy
December 9, 2023
More Info: Each year hundreds of bicycle riders join us as we tour the Casselberry neighborhoods to view the magic of the season and witness decorated homes with sparkling holiday lights. Thanks […]

Milk and Cookies with Santa

December 9, 2023
More Info: December 9, 3-6pm Avalon Arts & Culture Center (13013 Founder’s Square Drive) TICKETS: https://www.eventeny.com/events/milk-cookies-with-santa-7860/ Pick up your coloring book at Avalon General or the Arts and Culture Center & Santa […]

Parade of Lights

Historic Downtown Sanford
December 9, 2023
More Info: Enjoy the sights and the sounds of the season and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at the City of Sanford’s Annual Parade of Lights at 6 PM on Saturday, December 9th.

Breakfast with Santa at Wekiva Island

Wekiva Island
December 10, 2023
More Info: Families can get some quality time with the big man himself, while enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet. 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 10. $18.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 10 and under.

Pentatonix The Most Wonderful Tour Of The Year

Amway Center
December 13, 2023
More Info: Enjoy Pentatonix: The Most Wonderful Tour of the Year at Amway Center!

Movie in the Park – How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Reiter Park – Longwood
December 15, 2023
More Info: Watch a free movie with us at Reiter Park on Friday, December 17 at 7:00 pm. Bring your family and friends, and don’t forget to pack a blanket, chair, and/or snacks. The featured movie is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Christmas in Kissimmee

December 15, 2023
More Info: Celebrate the holiday magic at “Christmas In Kissimmee,” a special event by Kissimmee Main Street, where the enchanting “Polar Express” comes alive in a Christmas movie screening under the stars. This festive gathering is not just about the film; it offers a range of holiday delights. Capture moments in a twinkling, decorated Christmas Photo Area, and browse through a marketplace brimming with unique gifts and treats from local vendors. Children can write their wishes to Santa at the Santa Letters station, sending their dreams to the North Pole. The event also features face painting for that extra touch of holiday spirit, and various food snack options. Along with exciting raffles and surprises, “Christmas In Kissimmee” promises a joyous and memorable celebration for the community. Bring your lawn chairs (NO GROUND SEATING PERMITTED). Free Promotional Item Giveaways for the first 200 children.

The Nutcracker

December 15, 2023
More Info: University Performing Arts Centre presents The Nutcracker sponsored by Massey services! Join us this year on Friday December 15th at Center Lake Park in Oviedo, FL. The first show will start at 5pm and the second at 7:30pm.

Breakfast With Santa

Longwood Community Building
December 16, 2023
More Info: Enjoy Breakfast with Santa sponsored by Advent Health! Santa will be available for photos in addition to kid activities, holiday music, and more!

Santa’s Twilight 5K

December 16, 2023
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.

2nd Annual Apopka Holiday Grinch Fest

Kit Land Nelson Park
December 16, 2023
More Info: Join us for our 2nd Annual Holiday Grinch Fest at Kit Land Nelson Park on Saturday, December 16th 11-4pm Meet THE GRINCH, Santa and enjoy Holiday Music as you shop […]

Jingle Jam

Historic Downtown Sanford
December 16, 2023
More Info: 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!

Milk Mart Holiday Market

Kit Land Nelson Park
December 17, 2023
More Info: It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays! Eat, shop, and be merry with us in for a day of last-minute holiday shopping together at Milk Mart! Join us […]

Orlando Big Band: A White Christmas

Ritz Theater Sanford
December 17, 2023
More Info: The Orlando Big Band returns to present a spirited celebration of Christmas with a sing along of all your holiday favorites. The Andrews Sisters will ring in Christmas for you with “Jingle Bells.” There will be a “Sleigh Ride” to enjoy, of course. Buglers will fill the air. Erin will ask “Santa Baby” for a few small things, and rings. It’s time to Keep Calm and Carry On as we usher in Christmas like only the OBB can do. Bring your family and holiday guests to this extraordinary Big Band performance.

Dinner with Santa (and his Elves!)

Lake Mary Chick-fil-A
December 19, 2023
More Info: Santa and his trusty Elves are popping by to dish out scrumptious candy canes and share an intriguing Christmas Story! It’s a night your kiddos will never forget.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Amway Center
December 22, 2023
More Info: Enjoy the concert at Amway Center!

Surfing Santas

Coconuts on the Beach
December 24, 2023
More Info: You’re invited to join in on this Cocoa Beach tradition that brings hundreds of surfers to the beach… dressed up as Santa, Surfing Santas 2023! We’re looking forward to this event being our best one yet.

Theme Park Events

Disney Jollywood Nights

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Select Dates through December 18, 2023
More Info:
  Disney Jollywood Nights debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Nov. 11 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Guests will head down Commissary Lane and discover a […]

Holidays at LEGOLAND

November 24 – December 31, 2023
More Info:  Reindeer, prep for landing! HOLIDAYS at LEGOLAND® presented by Hallmark Channel is flying into LEGOLAND® Florida Resort select dates Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, carrying a sleigh-load of festive fun. […]

EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

Select Dates November 24 through December 30, 2023
More Info:  Holiday Cookie Stroll Enjoy an array of sweet treats during the Holiday Cookie Stroll! Purchase 5 cookies from any of the official cookie stroll locations featured in your Festival Passport—and be […]

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Magic Kingdom
Select Dates November 9 through December 22, 2023
More Info:  Yuletide Joy Very Merry Entertainment Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration Club Tinsel A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Disney Junior Jingle Jam […]

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

Nov. 10, 2023 – Jan. 2, 2024
More Info: Gather your family and join all your festive friends at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, select dates, Nov. 10, 2023 – Jan. 2, 2024. 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.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Busch Gardens Tampa
Nov. 11,2023 through Jan. 7, 2024
More Info: Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Busch Gardens Christmas Town returns as the longest holiday celebration in the Tampa Bay area offering brand new experiences to celebrate the holidays and create memories to cherish for a lifetime. Christmas Town joyfully bundles millions of twinkling lights, uplifting shows, iconic holiday light displays, culinary delights and award-winning attractions such Iron Gwazi every day from Nov. 11 through Jan. 7. The beloved event is included with park admission.

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