Where to Find Orlando’s Best Holiday Lights
By Matthew Paulson Photography

Where to Find Orlando’s Best Holiday Lights

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 lit spots. Best of all, it won’t cost you a penny to enjoy them!

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Lake Nona Lights
Through January 1, 2017
Sunday to Thursday from 6-10pm; Friday to Saturday 6-11pm
East Park Subdivison of Lake Nona (Look for 9800 Old Patina Way)

Bivona Christmas Light Show
Through New Year’s night
Starts at dusk
1601 N Wind Ct, Winter Springs, FL

River Grass Lights
Six houses make up this light display set to music on River Grass Lane
Sunday to Thursday from 5:40-10pm; Friday and Saturday from 5:40pm-12am
River Grass Ln, Winter Garden, FL 34787

18th Annual Now Snowing
Through December 31, 2016
Snowfalls occur at 6, 7, 8 and 9pm
Celebration Town Center
(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)

Christmas Wonders
Home of Ron Lister (it’s been featured in Reader’s Digest)
1642 Sunburst Way, Kissimmee, FL

Holiday Lights & Fountain Show
December 3, 2016 to January 1, 2017
6-11pm; Fountain show at 6, 7, 8 and 9pm
Cranes Roost Park

Image credit: City of Altamonte

Image credit: City of Altamonte

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

Lake Mary’s Holiday in the Park
December 2, 2016 – to January 1, 2017
Central Park at Lake Mary City Hal

Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show
Nightly from December 2, 2016 to January 6, 2017
5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm and 9:45pm
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village
December 2, 2016 to January 1, 2017
Hours vary
Waterford Lakes Town Center

Here are a few neighborhoods worth driving/strolling through…

  • Baldwin Park
  • Winter Park
  • Park Avenue
  • Downtown Sanford
  • Disney Springs
  • Mount Dora

WORTH THE DRIVE

Night of Lights 2016-2017
Through January 31, 2017
Historic Downtown St. Augustine

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SEE SNOW

We’re miles from real snow but a few creative locals have crafted a suitable subsitite. 

Wekiva Island’s Winter Wonderland
Nightly snowfall every night at 6pm from Dec 1-31st (open Christmas Day)
Weekend snow play areas

18th Annual Now Snowing
Through December 31, 2016
Snowfalls occur at 6, 7, 8 and 9pm
Celebration Town Center
(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, FL

Celebration, FL

EVENTS

Holiday on the Drive
December 1, 2016
Starts at 5pm
Edgewater Drive between Smith and Clayton streets

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

Light Up Flagler
Friday, December 2, 5:30pm
New Smyrna Beach

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

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

Holiday in the Park Kick-off Celebration
December 2, 2016
6-8pm
Central Park at Lake Mary City Hall

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

Celebrate the Season & Tree Lighting
December 2, 60=-9pm
Downtown Historic Longwood

Sanford’s 28th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes
Saturday, December 3, 11am – 4pm
Tickets are $25 in advance/ $30 same day

Light Up the Holidays
December 3, 2016
5-9pm
Cranes Roost Park

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

Annual New Smyrna Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, December 10
New Smyrna Beach

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NSB Boat Parade

Tiny House Road Show: Festival of Lights
December 9-11, 2016
Hours vary
Osceola Heritage Park

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

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

Winter Spark Festival and Parade
December 10, 2016, 4-9pm
Baldwin Park

2nd Annual Christmas Boat Parade
Saturday, December 17, 5-10pm
Wekiva Island
Free (Show proof of your UBER receipt and get $3 off your bar tab)

Photo courtesy of Wekiva Island

Photo courtesy of Wekiva Island

Moss Park’s Light of the Wild
Thursday, December 19, 6-9pm
201 S Rosalind Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801

Check out our guide to Orlando’s best FREE holiday events!

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