Where to Find Orlando’s Best Holiday Lights

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UPDATED for 2018

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
November 22, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Sunday to Thursday from 6-10pm; Friday to Saturday 6-11pm
East Park Subdivison of Lake Nona (Look for 9800 Old Patina Way)

The Lights on Jeater Bend
November 22, 2018 – January 1, 2019
11 homes synchronized to lights, music, projection, water & fire.
Jeater Bend Drive, Celebration (park on Celebration Avenue and walk over)

Bivona Christmas Light Show
Through January 1, 2019
Starts at dusk
1601 N Wind Ct, Winter Springs, FL

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, 2019
Sunday to Thursday from 6:30-9:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30-11pm
Home of Ron Lister (it’s been featured in Reader’s Digest)
1642 Sunburst Way, Kissimmee, FL

Check out this Orlando Sentinel post for more neighborhood lights displays. The Orange County Property Appraiser’s office also put together this fun map featuring homes lit for the season.

Holiday Lights & Fountain Show
Through January 1, 2019
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, 2018
Starts at 7pm and continues hourly until closing
CFE Arena

Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show
November 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019
5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm and 9:45pm
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village
December 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Hours vary
Waterford Lakes Town Center

Here are a few neighborhoods worth driving/strolling through…

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

WORTH THE DRIVE

Night of Lights 2018-2019
Through February 3, 2019
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
December 1 – 30, 2018
Nightly snowfall every night at 6pm from Dec 1-30th (closed Christmas Day)
Daily snow slide
Wekiva Island

20th Annual Now Snowing
Through December 31, 2018
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

31st Annual Light Up Winter Garden
November 30, 2018
From 6-9pm
Downtown Winter Garden – Plant Street

28th Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
December 1, 2018
Starts at 7:30pm
Lake Dora; the parade begins at Lighthouse on Grantham Point

College Park Main Street Holiday on the Drive
December 6, 2018
5-9pm
Edgewater Drive

Holiday in the Park Lake Mary
December 7, 2018
6-8pm
Central Park Lake Mary City Hall
Filled with thousands of colorful lights, a Holiday Tree lighting, dancing light show, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Holiday lights will continue to be on display throughout the rest of the holiday season.

Winter Spark Baldwin Park
December 8, 2018
4-8pm
Holiday festival from 4-8pm and lighted parade beginning at 7pm
New Broad Street, Baldwin Park

Sanford’s Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade
December 8, 2018
From 6-8pm
Downtown Sanford

City of Kissimmee Festival of Lights Parade
December 8, 2018
Starts at 7pm
Historic Downtown Kissimmee

11th Annual Holiday Lights Ride
December 15, 2018
From 6-9pm
Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux Cafe

31st Annual New Smyrna Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, December 15
From 6-9pm
New Smyrna Beach

7th Annual Christmas Light Ride!
December 22, 2018
From 7-8pm
Retro City Cycles

Image credit: City of New Smyrna Beach

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

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