Holiday Activities, Attractions, + Christmas Lights in Orlando

Christmas in Orlando Florida

Are you looking for Christmas lights and holiday activities in Orlando? We can help you plan a day trip {or night time trip} to the Orlando area to see a Christmas light display, visit a Christmas attraction, or enjoy a holiday lights show in Central Florida this holiday season.

Some of these activities in Orlando are FREE – including the outdoor Christmas displays at Disney Springs and Celebration. Others have a reasonable admission charge, and we’ve also included special activities and theme park Christmas events for a Christmas splurge and new holiday traditions.

We’ve also got details on Christmas Events in the Tampa Bay area, and plenty of information on Christmas in Lakeland, Florida.

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities for a full list of things to do this holiday season in Lakeland and Polk County including Christmas Light Displays, Santa Photos, Christmas Tree Lots, Christmas Parades, Holidays Concerts, Live Performances, Holiday Markets, Ice Skating, Toy Donation Needs, and more.

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Christmas Lights in Orlando

Please check directly with event organizers or local businesses for safety protocols, mask requirements, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. All information on our website is for informational purposes only – we are not qualified to provide health or safety recommendations. Be informed, wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, have fun, and make good choices!

Night of a Million Lights at Give the Kids the World Village

For the first time ever, Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee will be hosting a dazzling holiday light celebration under the stars – offering the public a rare glimpse into the whimsical non-profit resort that provides magical wish vacations to critically ill children and their families from around the world.

For 52 nights the Village will come alive with Night of a Million Lights, a walk-through holiday light spectacular taking place in a socially distant manner. Guests can stroll amidst more than three million lights and larger-than-life holiday displays; ride the accessible attractions; enjoy complimentary treats; and create priceless holiday memories together.

  • Tickets range from $25-40 for adults and $15-20 for kids
  • Friday, November 13, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021
  • Entry times are staggered; guests select an entry time of 5-7 pm, 6-8 pm, 7-9 pm or 8-10 pm at the time of purchase, and will only be admitted during the selected time. Masks are required for all guests age 2 and older.
  • 210 S Bass Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • Event Website

The Lights on Jeater Bend in Celebration

The Lights on Jeater Bend is a spectacular synchronized Christmas light display among 11 houses in Celebration, Florida. Park your car and walk along the street for a dazzling light show. TIP – Make a night of it with a dinner reservation at the Columbia, walk around Celebration Town Center, and then drive over to Jeater Bend. It is just over 1 mile from Town Center to the Jeater Bend Lights.

  • Christmas Light Show runs nightly from Thanksgiving night until December 31st 6pm-9:30pm
  • FREE
  • Jeater Bend Drive + Celebration Ave, Celebration, FL

Now Snowing at Celebration, FL

Celebration Town Center introduces “Now Snowing – Celebration’s Winter Wonderland”, a family-friendly holiday experience featuring many of the holiday elements you’ve come to expect with enhanced safety and sanitation protocols.

To avoid crowds and maximize the opportunity for social distancing, surprise “snowfalls” will occur throughout the night at unadvertised and rotating times. Click here to see a full list of activities. TIP – Make a dinner reservation at a local favorite, the Columbia.

  • FREE to visit and walk around. Some activities may require an additional cost.
  • Nightly from November 28 – December 31, 2020.
  • Celebration Town Center – 701 Front St, Celebration, FL 34747
  • Website

Dazzling Nights at Harry P. Leu Gardens

Orlando’s Harry P. Leu Gardens will transform into a magical wonderland featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays and beautiful sculptures during “Dazzling Nights,” a new family-friendly adventure that gives guests the opportunity to embark on a three-quarter-mile interactive holiday experience.

Masks will be required to enter the grounds and social distancing between groups is mandated.

  • Admission is $22/person for ages 3+. On-site parking is $12.
  • December 1, 2020 – January 3, 2021. Timed Entry Between 5:30-9 p.m. Nightly.
  • 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, 32803
  • Website

Holidays at Disney Springs

Catch the spirit of the season with an incredible mix of entertainment, shops, cuisine and family fun. You’ll find nightly activities such as a tree lighting ceremony, carolers, snow flurries, live music and a holiday dance party. Don’t miss the Holiday Scavenger Hunt and the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail – wander through an enchanted wonderland and marvel at a stunning collection of 25 custom-decorated displays featuring trees with a popular Disney theme.

  • FREE
  • Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) – 1652 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32836
  • Website

Christmas Activities in Orlando

Gaylord Palms Orlando Christmas

I Love Christmas Movies™ at Gaylord Palms –  Walk-thru your favorite Christmas movies in this all-new, multi-sensory experience. See the characters, sets and moments you know-and-love, with over 13 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips, and more. Featuring THE POLAR EXPRESS™, A CHRISTMAS STORY™, ELF™, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION™, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS™. (This replaces ICE! at Gaylord Palms. ICE! will return in 2021). The experience takes approximately 20-25 minutes.
GROUPON DEAL – $22 for adults, $12 for ages 4 – 11. {Children under 3 get free admission for I Love Christmas Movies}

Ice Tubing at Snow Flow Mountain – Slide down Snow Flow Mountain, where the factory conveyor belts have frozen solid! With six REAL ice slides, you can race to the bottom on the speed slide or brave the unique “ice coaster” plummet Double riding tubes are available for parents with small children. Infants, children, or guests unable to walk up the steps may not ride. Persons under 42″ may not ride on 16′ slide. Persons under 40″ may not ride solo on 12′ slide. Persons between 36″-40″ must be accompanied by an adult on 12’ slide in a double tube.
GROUPON DEAL – $19.99 per person.

More Christmas at Gaylord Palms Orlando:

Snow Factory • Cirque Dreams Unwrapped • #LIT Light Show • Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions • Build-A-Bear Workshop • Gingerbread Decorating Corner • Feast with the Grinch • Photos with Santa • AND SO MUCH MORE! (Costs may apply for other attractions)

Cirque Dreams Unwrapped Stage Show – The entire family can enjoy this uniquely inspired 25-minute Christmas dream presented with the Broadway style and inventive theatrics for which Cirque Dreams is renowned. Located on the Emerald Bay Plaza Stage, St. Augustine Atrium. Show is free, reserved seating available to purchase.

Parking not included in Gaylord Palms Christmas events – it is $26. Face coverings must be worn by all guests two and older in all indoor/outdoor public areas, including all Christmas attractions and Photos with Santa. 

  • Gaylord Palms Resort Orlando – 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • November 13, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Theme Park Christmas Events

Holidays at Universal Studios

Experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ as Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™ are transformed with wondrous spirit. Treat yourself to the NEW  Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons. And watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch™ in the Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular. Universal Orlando Christmas events included with park admission. The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast is also available on select dates at an additional cost. Park ticket required.

  • November 14, 2020 – January 3, 2021
  • Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort festivities are included with park admission. Groupon is currently running a deal on ticketsWe don’t know if these are a discount or not since there are SO MANY OPTIONS, but definitely worth a look.
  • Universal Orlando Resort – 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
  • Website

Sea World’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld®’s Christmas Celebration™ transforms the park into a winter wonderland sparkling with holiday cheer, excitement, and over 3 million beautiful lights. Experience award-winning entertainment like the show-stopping ice-skating extravaganza Winter Wonderland on Ice. Meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or head to Wild Arctic® and visit with Santa himself.

Orlando Christmas Events Canceled / Not Happening in 2020 due to COVID Pandemic:

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom
  • Candlelight Processional at Epcot
  • Light Up UCF
  • Singing Christmas Tree at First Baptist Orlando