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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. Whatever your budget, Christmas in Orlando is a magical season!

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

Please keep in mind most of these activities are outdoors and weather dependent. Links are provided so you can check directly with event organizers for any last minute changes or closures.

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

Holiday Lights at Island H2O Water Park

Experience the magic of the season at Island H2O Water Park’s new Holiday event! Immerse yourself in a dazzling wonderland of holiday lights after dark {no water park activities}. Live performances, Train Ride Through Holiday Nights, Kids Inflatable Dry Slides, Letters to Santa, Blizzard Bash Foam Party – all included in the admission price. Celebrate the holidays island-style!

  • Select nights 6-10pm from November 15 – December 31, 2023
  • Prices Start at $24.99
  • 3230 Inspiration Dr., Kissimmee, FL 34747
  • Website

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

Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee is a 89-acre, whimsical non-profit resort that provides critically ill children and their families from around the world with magical weeklong wish vacations at no cost. They hosted Night of a Million Lights – a popular Christmas light event in 2020-2021. Now that the village is back at capacity serving families, it is not feasible to open the property up to thousands of guests each night. Instead the Night of a Million Lights event has been transformed in 2023 into a smaller Holiday VIP Tour that provides exclusive access to this whimsical Village filled with the sights and sounds of the season.

  • 3230 Inspiration Dr., Kissimmee, FL 34747
  • $60 per person
  • Website

Now Snowing at Celebration, FL

Celebration Town Center introduces “Now Snowing – Celebration’s Winter Wonderland”, a family-friendly holiday experience with holiday activities around the Celebration Town Center. There will be a free Nightly Snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM, plus train rides, Santa photos, ice skating, horse and carriage rides, and more. TIP – Make a dinner reservation at a local favorite, the Columbia.

  • Snowing Nightly from November 25 – December 31, 2023 (some activity dates vary)
  • FREE to visit and walk around. Some activities may require an additional cost.
  • Celebration Town Center – 701 Front St, Celebration, FL 34747
  • 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.

  • The last year for the Lights on Jeater Bend was in 2022. No light show in 2023 {some houses in the are may still be decorated}
  • FREE
  • Jeater Bend Drive + Celebration Ave, Celebration, FL
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Dazzling Nights at Harry P. Leu Gardens + Orlando Christmas Light Maze

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 plus a Christmas Light Maze in Orlando.

  • November 24, 2023 – January 6, 2024. Timed entry between 5:30-9pm nightly.
  • Admission starts at $22/person for ages 14+, $19 for children (3-13). On-site parking is $15, free off-site parking is available.
  • 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, 32803
  • Website

Lake Nona Lights

This neighborhood light display includes thousands of lights that dance to synchronized music. Check out the videos on the website – it is impressive!

  • Thanksgiving night – December 31
  • FREE
  • East Park Subdivison in Lake Nona (Search 9800 Old Patina Way)
  • 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 Stroll – pick up a complimentary map to help you find 19 Christmas tree displays featuring Disney themes. Use the included stickers to match the correct icon to each tree. Once your map is complete, bring it to one of the redemption locations for a special surprise! Plus you can also get Pictures with Santa at Disney Springs.

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

Christmas Activities in Orlando

Gaylord Palms Orlando Christmas

Celebrate the holiday season in Central Florida with holiday fun during Christmas at Gaylord Palms. Explore acres of twinkling lights, Christmas decorations, holiday activities, shows, and events. Bundle and save with ALL these activities:

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 A Charlie Brown Christmas in larger-than-life sculptures and even plunge down slides made entirely of ice in this Gaylord Hotels original experience.

Ice Tubing at Snow Flow Mountain • Snowball Build + Blast • Cirque Christmas Show • Light Show • Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions • Build-A-Bear Workshop • Gingerbread Decorating Corner • Christmas Tree Trail • Photos with Santa • AND SO MUCH MORE! (TIP – Bundle and Save)

  • November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
  • Prices vary by attraction. Click here to bundle and save – use code TREE23. Parking not included in Gaylord Palms Christmas events – it is $26.
  • Gaylord Palms Resort Orlando – 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • ICE! at Gaylord Palms Tickets

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. Plus live performances from Mannheim Steamroller on select nights. Universal Orlando Christmas events included with park admission. 

  • November 17 – December 31, 2023
  • 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.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom returned in 2022! This holiday spectacular includes character meet and greets, holiday treats throughout the park, stage shows, and fireworks.

  • Select nights from November 9 through December 22, 2023
  • Prices start at $169 per person depending on date
  • Website

EPCOT Candlelight Processional + International Festival of the Holidays

Celebrate Holidays Around the World at Epcot from November 25 to December 30, 2022. Includes the Candlelight Processional – each night, a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas, recounting the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem. Woven into the production are stirring songs of hope and joy performed by the orchestra and massed choir.

Disney Jollywood Nights at Hollywood Studios

Celebrate the holidays in style at a brand-new nighttime party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s a separate-ticket event you won’t want to miss! Live bands, a musical variety show, lower wait times for attractions, and the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! nighttime spectacular.

  • Select nights November 11 – December 20, 2023
  • Separate Admission – $159 to $179 per ticket
  • Website

Map – Orlando Christmas Lights Near You

Christmas Events + Holiday Activities

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities to find more things to do including Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays, FREE Christmas Events, Santa Photos, Christmas Parades, and more.