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!

Many attraction closures and event postponements have been announced beginning September 27 due to Hurricane Ian. We are editing our calendar and articles if we receive notice of event changes, but please be sure to check directly with organizers to confirm any events or activities from September 27 - October 2. A link is provided at the bottom of every event on our calendar and in all articles.

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

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

Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee is a one-of-a-kind, fully immersive holiday lights spectacular that debuted in 2020 and is returning for a second year in 2021.

Visitors can stroll amidst millions of lights, watch a dancing lights show in a fairytale neighborhood, take a tram ride through the storybook Village, enjoy festive music and holiday treats, visit a holiday marketplace, and create unforgettable memories this Christmas season. Give Kids The World Village is an 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. Private events, dessert parties, and behind the scenes tours are also available.

  • Tickets for Nights of a Million Lights range from $25-40 for adults and $15-20 for kids, price varies by date
  • Friday, November 12, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022
  • 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.
  • 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 with snowfalls and other holiday activities around the Celebration Town Center.

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 27 – December 31, 2021.
  • Celebration Town Center – 701 Front St, Celebration, FL 34747
  • Website

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.

  • Admission is $25/person for ages 3+. On-site parking is $12.
  • November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022. Timed Entry Between 5:30-9 p.m. Nightly.
  • 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!

  • FREE
  • November 25 – December 31, 2021
  • East Park Subdivison in Lake Nona (Search 9800 Old Patina Way)
  • Website

Christmas in Color at Island H20 Water Park

Drive through millions of lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. Take your time enjoying this lighting extravaganza from your car!

  • $35-45 per vehicle. Advance ticket purchase required.
  • Open nightly from 6-10pm through January 2, 2022. Closed Christmas.
  • Island H20 Water Park – 3230 Inspiration Dr, Kissimmee, FL 34747
  • 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

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:

Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™ is an all-new, multisensory experience where you’ll journey into Buddy the Elf’s world to save Christmas. Join Mr. Narwhal and friends, stay ahead of the toy quota in the North Pole, prepare for Santa’s arrival at the department store, and take part in an epic, Central Park snowball fight. These are just some of the challenges you’ll need to complete to muster enough Christmas cheer to power Santa’s sleigh! (This replaces ICE! at Gaylord Palms)

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)

  • Gaylord Palms Resort Orlando – 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • November 12, 2021 – January 2, 2022
  • Prices vary by attraction. Use the link below to bundle and save. Parking not included in Gaylord Palms Christmas events – it is $26.

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. 

  • November 13, 2021 – January 2, 2022
  • 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.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours at Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Very Merriest After Hours replaces Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom. This 4-hour event, held at Magic Kingdom park, begins at 9:00 PM on select nights in November and December. Ticket holders will be admitted to Magic Kingdom park as early as 7:00 PM on the valid date of their ticket.

  • Select nights from November 8 through December 21, 2021
  • Prices range from $169 to $249 per person depending on date
  • Website

EPCOT Candlelight Processional + International Festival of the Holidays

Celebrate Holidays Around the World at Epcot from November 26 to December 30, 2021. 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.

Map – Orlando Christmas Lights Near Me

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.