The forecast calls for snow every night in Celebration now through December 31, 2014. “Now Snowing” is a month long winter wonderland spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens Carolers, community performers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, an ice rink and the Celebration Express train. Florida-style snow (also called “snoap” = snow soap) will fall every night at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. It’s the closest to the real thing you’ll get in Central Florida and pretty magical when accompanied by holiday music and tons of lights. Entry and parking are free.
Every week in December, Downtown Orlando is showing holiday favorites on an outdoor screen at the Walt Disney Amphitheater. The movies begin at 7 p.m., but arrive earlier to take in the sights and sounds around Lake Eola. The fountain’s lights dance to holiday music every hour beginning at 5:45 p.m. through 9:45 p.m. Bring a blanket and picnic for a festive evening with the family. Make sure to check the Downtown Orlando website before going for any time or date changes.
Free holiday movie schedule:
December 4: Fred Clause
December 12: Elf
December 19: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
December 26: A Christmas Story
When the weather is nice and the stars are out, there is nothing more romantic than snuggling up with your date at an outdoor movie. Date Night at Leu Gardens screens a film in its beautiful garden setting the first Friday of every month. The feature on December 5 is the holiday classic, ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.’ Bring a picnic, a bottle of wine, chairs and blanket. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for kids and Leu Members are free. Check the weather before you go. The gardens open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N. Forest Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803
Leu Gardens is decking the halls. November 24 – January 5, Holidays at Leu Gardens will have many activities for your family to enjoy the season.
The Leu House Museum, a fully restored 19th century home, will be adorned with holiday decorations. Entry to Leu’s Holiday House is included with garden admission ($10 for adults and $3 for kids) or you can experience it for free on the first Monday of the month.
Drop off presents for the Toy Drive, pick up unique gifts at the Christmas Shop, watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Dec. 5 and enjoy extended garden hours Dec. 7 – Dec. 12.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Avenue
Back for its seventh season, Light Up UCF “50 Nights of Music, Lights and Ice”, provides Central Florida families and residents with an affordable place to celebrate the holidays. Running from November 14 through January 4 outside CFE Arena, Light Up UCF has become a holiday tradition, offering an 8,000 square foot outdoor ice-skating rink, rides, and holiday attractions. And back again this year — it will “snow” every evening! Don’t miss the free Holiday Film Festival and Light Show.
Celebrate the holiday season in Orlando at the world-famous theme parks. From feel-good parades, thousands of lights, and festive shows, the holidays are more magical in Central Florida. Check out these things to do during the holidays at the Orlando theme parks.
Holidays Around the World at Epcot
Celebrate the unique traditions of the season from around the globe as Epcot hosts another year of Holidays Around the World from Nov. 28 to Dec. 30, 2014.
Taking place three times each day, the Candlelight Processional features a stirring retelling of the story of Christmas by a celebrity narrator, set against the inspirational backdrop of a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park plays host to a holiday party like no other with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, held select nights from Nov. 7 to Dec. 19, 2014.
Enjoy live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and a jolly holiday parade with Mickey, Santa and other familiar Disney friends. See Cinderella’s Castle sparkle white lights, as well as a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Marvel at millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Nov. 7, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015. Enjoy dazzling displays, delightful music and sheer magical magnitude at this extravaganza included with standard admission.
Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
This holiday season, Universal’s Islands of Adventure transforms Seuss Landing into the world of Grinchmas, from Dec. 6, 2014 to Jan. 3, 2015.
Included with park admission, Grinchmas will be sure to delight Dr. Seuss fans of all ages with festive storybook décor, a heartwarming live show featuring recorded music by Mannheim Steamroller, and meet-and-greet- opportunities with the Grinch himself!
Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida
Watch the streets of Universal Studios Florida come alive as they fill with floats and balloons straight from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in Universal’s very own Macy’s Holiday Parade, from Dec. 6, 2014 to Jan. 3, 2015. Event admission is included with regular park admission.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration
On select nights Nov. 22 to Dec. 31, 2014, family and friends can create yuletide memories as SeaWorld Orlando celebrates the holidays with SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.
Included with regular park admission, guests can experience the fun-filled holidays with special shows and attractions, including Shamu Christmas Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice and The Polar Express Experience.
Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida welcomes the holidays with their Christmas Bricktacular event, held weekends in December.
Kids will enjoy a 270,000 brick Christmas tree and festive decorations, as well as daily appearances by Santa Claus. Event admission is included with regular park admission.
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We usually don’t get much of a winter in Central Florida, but you can pretend it’s cold outside at “Winter in the Park.” The city has created a tradition with an annual holiday ice skating rink, November 14, 2014 – January 11, 2015. Holiday music, games, carolers and so much more will flurry around you as you enjoy “Winter in the Park.”
The cost is $12 and includes skates. The rink is located in Central Park West Meadow at 150 N. New York Ave., on the corner of New York Avenue and Morse Boulevard, in downtown Winter Park.
Hours of operation:
- Monday thru Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m.
- Friday, 3 to 10 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m.
Check before you go: Winter Park website for holiday hours of operation.
The world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany is housed right here in Winter Park, Florida—and you can experience it for free. Morse Museum is providing free admission every Friday night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. November through April. The museum opens it doors and provides live music, art demonstrations, curator tours and family tours. It is the perfect way to kick off a weekend with the family.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
445 North Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Stop by Lake Mary Farmers Market for farm fresh produce, blooming orchids, local honey, organic pet treats, fruits and vegetables. Enjoy a day in the shade, music and then grab lunch with options like hot dogs, Italian ice, cupcakes and other baked goods. The market runs every Saturday at Lake Mary City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There are also plenty of restaurants and shops in downtown Lake Mary if you want to stay for awhile.
Lake Mary WineArt Wednesday features local artists, the Daily City Food Truck Bazaar and a beer and wine garden on the first Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stroll along the sidewalk lined with displays by local artists, sip on wine and listen to live music in Central Park next to Lake Mary City Hall. Entry is free but bring cash for unique finds, food and drinks.
Downtown Lake Mary
Lake Mary Boulevard and 4th Street next to Lake Mary City Hall
If you are looking for a cheap family activity, head to Casselberry for a free movie in the park at Lake Concord. The popular Family Fun Nights: Movie in the Park is held on the first Friday of each month. Lake Concord Park is a beautiful and quiet escape right off of 17-92. Bring the family, blankets, chairs and enjoy an inexpensive night out. The movies begin at dusk and food vendors are on site.
Upcoming free movies in Casselberry:
Nov. 7: Free Birds
Dec. 12: Arthur Christmas
Call (407) 262-7700 x1507 for weather updates after 4 p.m. the day of the movie.