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

Where to Find Orlando’s Best Holiday Lights

UPDATED for 2017

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, 2018
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
Ten houses make up this light display set to music (tune into 99.5FM) 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

Johnson Family Holiday Light Extravaganza
100,000 lights set to 20 Christmas songs raising money for Nemours Children’s Hospital
Sunday-Thursday from 7-10pm, Friday-Saturday from 7-11pm
5119 Moore Street, St Cloud

Christmas Wonders
Through January 1, 2018
Sunday to Thursday from 6-9pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30-11pm
Home of Ron Lister (it’s been featured in Reader’s Digest)
1642 Sunburst Way, Kissimmee, FL

Holiday Lights & Fountain Show
Through December 31, 2017
Sunday-Thursday 6-10pm, Friday & Saturday 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 December 31, 2017
Starts at 7pm and continues hourly until closing
CFE Arena

Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show
Nightly from December 1, 2017 to January 6, 2018
5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm and 9:45pm
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village
December 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018
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 2017-2018
Through January 31, 2018
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 substitute. 

Wekiva Island’s Winter Wonderland
Nightly snowfall every night at 6pm from Dec 1-30th (closed Christmas Day)
Weekend snow play areas

19th Annual Now Snowing
Through December 31, 2017
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 7, 2017
5:30-9pm
Edgewater Drive between Smith and Clayton streets

Winter Spark Festival and Parade
December 9, 2017, 3-9pm
Baldwin Park

Sanford’s Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade
December 9, 2017
From 6-8pm
Downtown Sanford

10th Annual Holiday Lights Ride
December 9, 2017
From 6-9pm
Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux Cafe

City of Kissimmee Festival of Lights Parade
December 9, 2017
Starts at 7pm
Historic Downtown Kissimmee

30th Annual New Smyrna Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, December 16
New Smyrna Beach

6th Annual Christmas Light Ride!
December 16, 2017
From 7-8pm
Retro City Cycles

Annual Christmas Boat Parade
Saturday, December 16, 7-10pm
Wekiva Island
Free

Photo courtesy of Wekiva Island

Photo courtesy of Wekiva Island

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

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