50 Free & Festive Holiday Events in Orlando

50 Free & Festive Holiday Events in Orlando

Plenty of free and fun holiday events abound in Orlando in the coming weeks. Enjoy a festive date night by selecting a few events from our list of more than 50 ways to have quality time together without breaking the bank!

LIGHTS, PARADES AND HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Holiday Light Show at Light Up UCF
November 18, 2016-January 7, 2017
Starts at 6pm and continues hourly until closing
CFE Arena

Snow Falling Nightly in Celebration
November 26, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Snowfalls occur at 6, 7, 8 and 9pm
Celebration Town Center

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

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

35th Annual Light Up Mount Dora
November 26, 2016
Pre-show starts at 4:30pm
Donnelly Park and Downtown Mount Dora

Celebration Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 26, 2016
From 5:30-9pm
Celebration Town Center

Light Up Viera
November 26, 2016
Parade starts at 6:30pm
Route takes place near Viera High School

2016 City of Orlando Tree Lighting Celebration
December 2, 2016
Lake Eola Park

24th Annual Mount Dora Christmas Walk
December 2, 2016
Starts at 6pm
Downtown Mount Dora

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Winter on the Avenue
December 2, 2016
From 5-10pm
Central Park

2016 Let It Snow Downtown Street Party
December 2, 2016
From 5-10pm
Historic Downtown Titusville

Christmas in the Square
December 2, 2016
From 6-8pm
Downtown Sanford

Check out our guide to Orlando’s best holiday light displays. 

Celebrate the Season & Tree Lighting
December 2, 2016
Downtown Historic Longwood
From 6-9pm

64th Annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade
December 3, 2016
Starts at 9am
Central Park

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56th Annual Christmas Parade
December 3, 2016
Starts at 10am
Streets of Mount Dora

Avalon Aglow
December 3, 2016
From 3-9pm
Downtown Avalon Park

Casselberry Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 3, 2016
From 6-8pm
Lake Concord Park

24th Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
December 3, 2016
Starts at 7pm
Lake Dora; the parade begins at Lighthouse on Grantham Point

Mount Dora Christmas Tour of Homes
December 3-4, 2016
Self-driving tour of various homes
Call 352-729-6394 for more information

39th Annual Cracker Christmas
December 3-4, 2016
Fort Christmas Historical Park

Light Up SoDo 2016
December 4, 2016
From 2-6pm
Main Street SoDo Plaza

Children’s Christmas in the Park with Snow
December 10, 2016
5-9pm
Donnelly Park

9th Annual Holiday Lights Ride
December 10, 2016
From 6-9pm
Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux Cafe

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Credit: Robert Couse-Baker

Sanford’s Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade
December 10, 2016
From 6-8pm
Downtown Sanford

City of Kissimmee Festival of Lights Parade
December 10, 2016
Starts at 7pm
Historic Downtown Kissimmee

The Third Annual Great Latke Cook-off
December 15, 2016
From 1-2pm
Rosen JCC

5th Annual Christmas Light Ride!
December 17, 2016
From 7-8pm
Retro City Cycles

Holiday Indie Art, Crafts & Vintage Bazaar
Hosted by Big Bang Bazaar
December 17, 2016
From 11am-5pm
Sanford Civic Center

Chanukah on the Park
December 25, 2016
Starts at 5:30pm
Central Park

FREE HOLIDAY MOVIES

Light Up UCF Movie Night: Nightmare Before Christmas
November 18, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Light Up UCF Movie Night: Miracle on 34th Street (1974)
November 19, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Holiday Events in Orlando

Light Up UCF

Light Up UCF Movie Night: How The Santa Clause
November 25, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Light Up UCF Movie Night: The Muppet Christmas Carol
November 26, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Pajama Jam – Movie on the Lawn: Elf
December 1, 2016
From 6:30-8:30pm
Valencia College East Campus Mall

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Light Up UCF Movie Night: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
December 2, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Popcorn Flicks in the Park: How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The Santa Clause
December 2, 2016
Central Park
Movie starts at 7pm; “The Santa Clause” is preceded by “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”

Movie Night at Leu Gardens: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
December 2, 2016
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Gardens open at 6pm and the movie starts at 7:30pm.
Free for Leu members ($6 for non-members)

Light Up UCF Movie Night: National Lampoon’s Christmas
December 3, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Light Up UCF Movie Night: Elf
December 9, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

2nd Friday Movie Night: Happy Feet Two
December 9, 2016
Mount Dora Community Building
Starts at dusk

Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – Elf
December 9, 2016
7pm
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

Light Up UCF Movie Night: The Polar Express
December 10, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Windermere Holiday Movie Night
December 10, 2016
Starts at 6pm
Movie: TBD

Light Up UCF Movie Night: Home Alone
December 16, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
December 16, 2016
7pm
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

Light Up UCF Movie Night: Home Alone 2
December 17, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Free Holiday Movie: Elf
December 19 at 4:3pm – 9pm 
Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves
Light Up UCF Movie Night: A Christmas Story
December 23, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – A Christmas Story
December 23, 2016
7pm
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

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Light Up UCF Movie Night: It’s A Wonderful Life
December 30, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Light Up UCF Movie Night: Arthur Christmas
December 31, 2016
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

Light Up UCF Movie Night: Frozen
January 6-7, 2017
Shows at 7 and 9:30pm
CFE Arena

FREE CONCERTS, PLAYS AND SHOWS

Free Fridays at Morse
From November through April, the Museum provides free admission every Friday from 4pm to 8pm. For consecutive Friday evenings during the holidays and in the spring, the Museum provides live music from 5pm to 8pm to enhance the experience in the galleries.

A MARVELOUS PARTY!: A Noel Coward Celebration
November 11-20 and December 1-11
Start times vary
The Winter Park Playhouse

Valencia Singers Concert at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church
November 27, 2016
From 4-5:30pm
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church

Valencia College Winter Choral Concert
November 30, 2016
From 7:30-9:30pm
East Campus Performing Arts Center

38th Annual Christmas in the Park
December 1, 2016
From 6:15-8pm
Central Park, Winter Park

Valencia College Music Department Holiday Show
December 2, 2016
From 7:30-9:30pm
East Campus Performing Arts Center

7th Annual Holiday Concert at Lake Eola
Presented by News 6 and featuring the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra
December 3, 2016
Starts at 6pm
Walt Disney Amphitheater in Lake Eola Park

Holiday Events in Orlando

Lake Eola Bandshell painted with rainbow theme in honor of Pulse victims. Photo credit: Orlando Weekly

Marc With a C’s Annual Holiday Marathon Show 2016!
December 10, 2016
From 7:30-11:59pm
The Geek Easy

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2 comments

  1. This is awesome! Thank you for preparing this list of events.

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