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.

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