Laura

Dec 122014
 

Bass Pro OrlandoYou don’t have to spend a fortune to savor the season. Get in the holiday spirit with free or cheap holiday events in Orlando. Here are our top picks.

Winter Park Boat Parade
December 13 starting at 3:30 p.m.
A true Florida Christmas celebration involves warm water and boats decorated in lights. Don’t miss the 10th Annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights.

Lakeridge Winery Wine & Chocolate Festival
December 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy live music on the outdoor stage, arts and crafts vendors and chocolate paired with award-winning Lakeridge wines. Entry costs $2.

Now Snowing in Celebration
Snow falls every night through December 31. 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.

Light Up UCF
Outdoor ice-skating rink, rides, holiday attractions and a free movie line up.

Friday Night Live
December 12 and 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Free live music at Cranes Roost with beautiful Christmas lights as a backdrop.

Lake Mary Holiday in the Park
Thousands of lights dance to music in downtown Lake Mary.
Shows every hour from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cranes Roost Cinema
December 18: Frozen
Cozy up with your family for holiday movies under the stars in Altamonte Springs.

Holidays at Leu Gardens
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).

Mount Dora Movie in the Park
December 12: Frozen
Free movie starts at dusk at Donnelly Park – 5th and Donnelly St.

Free Holiday Movies at Lake Eola Park
December 12: Elf
December 19: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
December 26: A Christmas Story
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.

Ice Skating at Winter Park
Skate at the park through January 11. Cost is $12 and includes skates.

Friday Nights at Morse
Morse Museum is providing free admission every Friday night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Holiday Lights Bike Tour
December 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Take a tour of lights from the comfort of your bicycle.

Mount Dora Christmas in the Park
December 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kids (and kids at heart) can sled down a hill of real snow!

Holiday Lights Drive Through in Moss Park
December 18 – 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Costs $5 per vehicle.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro
Now through December 24, 2014, you can take a free 4×6 studio-quality photo with Santa, play games, fun activities, create crafts and more.

If you have more to spend this season, check out the theme park holiday events.

Dec 112014
 

Bass Pro OrlandoBass Pro Shops transforms into Santa’s Wonderland for the holiday season. Now through December 24, 2014, you can take a free 4×6 studio-quality photo with Santa, play games, fun activities, create crafts and more.  The best part is all of it is free. Check out Bass Pro Orlando’s schedule of holiday events here.  

Bass Pro Shops
5156 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

 

Dec 062014
 

Free movies Altamonte SpringsCozy up with your family for holiday movies under the stars in Altamonte Springs. Pack a blanket and bring the entire family for free outdoor holiday movies at the Cranes Roost Sunset Cinema. The wildly popular Disney film, ‘Frozen,’ is one of the films and Elsa will be there for photo ops starting at 6 p.m. Both movies start at 7 p.m.

These special screenings are brought to you by St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 

Holiday Movie Schedule:
December 11: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
December 18: Frozen

274 Cranes Roost Blvd.
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
For questions, call: (407) 571-8863

Dec 032014
 

Kids free at SeaWorld OrlandoSeaWorld Orlando is offering free kids’ tickets to adults who purchase one-day admission. The offer is for advance purchases only. There is a limit of two free children’s tickets. The offer runs through December 31, 2014.

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.

Dec 012014
 

Yoga in Lake Eola ParkClear your mind with a free yoga session at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. End your weekend on a good note at ‘Yoga in Lake Eola Park’ every Sunday at 11 a.m. near Panera or near the Ampitheater. Don’t be intimidated — this is a class designed for everyone. The 60-minute yoga session is free but donations are encouraged.

Follow the Facebook page to find the location each week and for additional donation-based classes throughout Central Florida.

Nov 292014
 

When the weather is nice, it’s the perfect time to watch movies under the stars in Orlando. Pack a blanket and bring along family and friends for free popcorn and a free outdoor film screening in Winter Park. Popcorn Flicks in the Park, presented by Winter Park and Enzian Theater, features classic movies on a giant screen and held every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

Popcorn Flicks schedule:

December 5: Jingle All the Way
January 8: To Have and Have Not
February 12: The Philadelphia Story
March 12: The Poseidon Adventure

If the weather is questionable, call Enzian’s Box Office at 407-629-1088 x230 to confirm.

 

Nov 272014
 

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.

Nov 252014
 

ElfEvery 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

Nov 152014
 

Holidays at Leu GardensLeu 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
407-246-2620

Nov 132014
 

Light Up UCFBack 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.

Nov 092014
 

Grinch at UORCelebrate 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.

Nov 082014
 

garage-sale-signLooking for a yard or garage sale in the Orlando area? We have you covered! Orlando on the Cheap has partnered with the website GSalR.com to bring our readers an interactive map of Orange County and surrounding area garage sales, Orlando yard sales, Orlando moving sales and Orlando estate sales. You can click on the map and move it north, south east or west.

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