Where to Find Orlando’s Best Holiday Lights

Where to Find the Best Orlando Holiday Lights 2020

It’s the holiday season in Orlando, which means break out the eggnog, Christmas movies and festive tunes. It’s also a great time of year to be outside enjoying the area’s holiday lights and decor. Here’s a guide to finding some of the best of Orlando’s holiday lights displays. Best of all, it won’t cost you a penny to enjoy most of them!

UPDATED December 2020

ORLANDO HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Winter Wonderland of Lights
December 4, 5, 11, and 12, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Central Winds Park, Winter Springs
Drive through Central Winds Park and view holiday lights by the City and local businesses and organizations. In the middle of the route, wave to Santa at his workshop.
FREE

A Merry Winter Garden Light Show
December 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19, 2020, 6-9pm
300 W. Plant St.
Spectacular animated holiday light show synchronized to music projected onto the front façade of Winter Garden’s City Hall. 
FREE

Image credit: City of Winter Garden

Light Up Sanford 2020 Holiday Tour of Homes 
December 11 -20, 2020
Downtown Sanford Neighborhoods
Residents of Sanford will decorate the exterior of their homes for a chance to win a $500 prize! The city will be glowing with extravagant and spectacular holiday displays for all to enjoy. Hop in your car, jump on a bike, grab the golf cart or stroll the neighborhoods for this self-guided tour.
FREE

Casselberry Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Through December 26, 2020 beginning at dusk
Lake Concord Park, Casselberry
Stroll through Lake Concord Park to enjoy charming vignettes of holiday displays and brilliant lights. This small community park is perfect for a simple evening of enjoying light displays and a lakeside park.
FREE

The Lights on Jeater Bend
Through December 31, 2020, 6-9:30pm
Jeater Bend Drive, Celebration (park on Celebration Avenue and walk over)
Now in its 11th year, Jeater Bend features 11 homes synchronized to lights, music, projection, water & fire.
FREE

Orlando holiday lights in Celebration - Lights on Jeater Bend
The Lights on Jeater Bend | Photo by Editor Stephanie Patterson

Bivona Christmas Light Show
Through December 31, 2020, 6-11pm
Starts at dusk
1601 N Wind Ct, Winter Springs, FL
The Bivona family decks the halls allover the house with this fantastic display of Christmas lights that dance to the music! Please stay in your car while enjoying this year’s display.
FREE

Lake Nona Lights
Through January 1, 2021
Sunday to Thursday from 6-10pm; Friday to Saturday 6-11pm
East Park Subdivison of Lake Nona (Look for 9800 Old Patina Way)
FREE

Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show
Through January 1, 2021
Nightly at 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 8:45, and 9:45pm
Lake Eola Park
Catch the synchronized light and music Christmas Tree Show each night at Lake Eola Park starting at 5:45 p.m. The show runs each hour until 9:45 p.m.
FREE

Night of a Million Lights
Through January 3, 2021
Give Kids the World Village
Stroll the 84-acre nonprofit resort, aglow with more than three million lights. Guests will experience a 150-foot lighted tunnel, the entire Avenue aglow, 45 decorated resort villas, 150 larger-than-life holiday-themed wireframe displays; an enchanting, illuminated gingerbread arch and more.
$25 – $40

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Night of a Million Lights | Image credit: Give Kids the World

Dazzling Nights
Through January 3, 2021
Leu Gardens
A 3/4 mile journey of awe-inspiring light experiences.You’ll journey through a forest of light and fog, as if walking through the aurora borealis. Food and beverages are available for purchase. 
$22

Holiday Lights & Fountain Show
Through January 3, 2021
Nightly at dusk; Fountain show at 6, 7, 8 and 9pm
Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs
The Plaza fountain features special shows with dancing water and dazzling lights choreographed to classic holiday tunes, and the park comes alive with spectacular holiday displays featuring over 200,000 lights and a 60-foot tree decorated with 8,000 lights, 2,600 ornaments and over one mile of garland.
FREE

Orlando holiday lights at Cranes Roost Park
Image credit: City of Altamonte

Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village
Select nights through January 3, 2021
Hours vary
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Enjoy Santa’s Workshop, holiday foods, unique European amusement rides decorated for the Christmas season, thousands of Christmas lights and holiday displays.
FREE

#LIT Light Show
Through January 3, 2021
Nightly at 8:45pm and 9:15pm
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
This high energy, celebratory spectacle brings the fun of decorating the tree to life through thousands of dancing lights! Complimentary Show.
FREE; additional Christmas at Gaylord Palms activities and parking prices vary

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Image credit: City of Winter Garden

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SEE SNOW

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Oh, What Fun! Holiday Festival
Select nights through December 27, 2020
Thursdays & Sundays 5-9pm, Fridays & Saturdays 5-10pm, Special Hours from December 21-24 from 12-8pm
Lake Nona Town Center
This year’s winter wonderland features outdoor skating, snow, twinkling lights and dazzling decorations, festive treats, and one-of-a-kind performances that are guaranteed to spread some much-needed holiday cheer. Snow fall happens hourly.
FREE Admission

Snow Falling Nightly in Celebration
Through December 31, 2020
Nightly snowfall hourly from 6- 9pm
Celebration Town Center
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. Be sure to take a walk or drive through the residential neighborhoods in Celebration to see how many residents go over the top with their outdoor lights and decor.

Celebration becomes a winter wonderland with nightly snow falls. (©Whitney Bilodeau)

Wekiva Island Winter Wonderland
Through January 1, 2021
Wekiva Island
Nightly snow flurries plus extra entertainment and activities offered on select days and evenings, including outdoor movies and visits from Santa Claus. Be sure to check out Wekiva Island’s website for more details.
$2 admission fee

Jolly Creek Holiday Festival
Select dates through January 2, 2021, 6-10pm
Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures
Experience the outdoor Holiday Festival created by furloughed Disney and Universal entertainers. Enjoy live Christmas concerts including by the Society Orchestra, holiday food & beverage, meet Santa, see it snow, and more!
$15 and up

Snowcat Ridge Alpine Adventure Park
Through March 31, 2021
Snowcat Ridge – Dade City
Snowcat Ridge is an alpine snow park featuring a 60-foot-tall and 400-foot-long real snow-covered tubing hill with a magic carpet lift, an Alpine Village, and a ten thousand square foot snow dome.
$24.95 and up

The following holiday lights displays have been canceled for 2020:

Feature image credit: Give Kids the World


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