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!
ORLANDO HOLIDAY LIGHTS
November 12, 20221 – January 2, 2022, 5-10pm
Give Kids the World Village
Stroll the 84-acre nonprofit resort, aglow with more than three million lights. Guests will experience a 360-degree dancing lights show, sparkling tree trail, 100 decorated villas, larger-than-life holiday-themed displays and more. (Pictured in feature image.)
$25 – $40
Nightly November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
This free show dazzles with thousands of dancing lights, synchronized to a high-energy, seasonal soundtrack. Animated light curtains glow with Christmas imagery around a centerpiece tree that magically transforms into a gleaming and glowing holiday spectacle.
FREE; additional Christmas at Gaylord Palms activities and parking prices vary
Through January 2, 2022 (closed Christmas Day)
Island H20 Water Park – Kissimmee
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.
November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022
A 3/4 mile journey of awe-inspiring light experiences. Highlights include a forest lit with the flickering of hundreds of hand-made Moroccan lanterns, a 7,000 square foot light maze, the Leu Gardens Rose Garden comes to life with 150 colored balls of light, a forest of neon trees, a 65’ long tunnel of 12’ tall stars, enhanced finale show, new entertainment and food offerings, and so much more.
$22 – $25
November 25, 2021 – January 2, 2021
Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs
Enjoy over 200,000 lights on more than 100 holiday displays powered by Duke Energy. The lights are turned on each night at dusk. Be sure to check the City of Altamonte's calendar as some nights have appearances of Santa Claus, snow fairies, and more.
November 25 – December 31, 2021, 6-9:30pm
Jeater Bend Drive, Celebration (park on Celebration Avenue and walk over)
Now in its 12th year, Jeater Bend features 11 homes synchronized to lights, music, projection, water & fire.
November 25 – December 31, 2021
East Park Subdivison of Lake Nona (Look for 9800 Old Patina Way)
Now celebrating its 10th consecutive year, this neighborhood lights display dazzles with lights synchronized to music in an impressive ongoing nightly show. Opening night is Thanksgiving night at 6pm. The show runs nightly from 6-10pm (Sunday through Thursday) and 6-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Tree lighting: December 1, 2021, 6pm
Holiday tree on display through January 1, 2022
ICON Park on International Drive
Kick of the Holiday Season with the I-Drive District at ICON Park! Check out how I-Drive Dazzles with a glittering lighting ceremony of the 50-ft Holiday Tree. Special performances by the I-Ride Trolley Chords, Dr. Phillips High School Dance In Motion Company & Orlando Ballet. Make a reservation at The Santa Workshop Experience to meet and take holiday photos with Santa and the Jolly old elf! Children participating in The Santa Workshop Experience will receive a FREE ticket to ride the the Wheel at ICON Park. The Holiday Tree will be present for viewing at ICON Park through New Year’s Day.
December 3, 4, 10 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 and 23, 2021, 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.
For more holiday fun, Check out our guide to Orlando's best FREE holiday events!
December 3, 2021, 5-9pm
Ring in the holiday season with Mayor Buddy Dyer at the City of Orlando’s Tree Lighting Celebration. The event will include holiday performances at the Walt Disney Amphitheater, food trucks and a holiday market, and an opportunity to meet Santa until 9pm at the Eola House.
Tree lighting December 4, 2021
Lights and decorations through December 26, 2021, 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.
Here are a few more neighborhoods worth driving/strolling through…
- Winter Garden
- Baldwin Park
- Winter Park – especially Park Avenue
- Downtown Sanford
- Disney Springs
- Mount Dora
We're miles from real snow but a few creative locals have crafted a suitable substitute.
Oh, What Fun! Holiday Festival
Select nights November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Lake Nona Town Center
This year's winter wonderland features photos with Santa, holiday movies, a Christmas tree lot, live entertainment, special holiday events and more. See real snow and race down a snow slide at the North Pole Party December 18 – 19, 2021.
Snow Falling Nightly in Celebration
November 27, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Nightly snowfall hourly from 6- 9pm
Celebration Town Center
Celebration Town Center offers “Now Snowing-Celebration’s Winter Wonderland”, a family-friendly holiday experience with some of the best “snow” you can find in Central Florida. Festive music, decorations, and adorable shops make this a great holiday tradition.
Wekiva Island's Winter Wonderland
December 3 – 25, 2021
Nightly snow flurries plus extra entertainment and activities are offered on select days and evenings, including outdoor movies and visits from Santa Claus. New for 2021 is a 20 feet tall Christmas tree that has been added to the Christmas Tree Forest.
*Note: a $2 admission fee applies
Snowcat Ridge Alpine Adventure Park
Through March 27, 2022
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 more.
$26.95 and up
The following holiday lights displays are canceled or TBD for 2021:
Bivona Christmas Light Show
Show planned to open December 1, 2021; check Facebook for updates
1601 N Wind Ct, Winter Springs, FL
Santa's Winter Wonderland Village
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Holiday Light Show at Light Up UCF
Feature image credit: Give Kids the World