You don’t have to spend a fortune to savor the Christmas season in Orlando. In fact, the best holiday events and things to do are absolutely FREE. From boat parades to snow falls in Florida, get in the spirit with these free holiday happenings near Orlando.
FREE HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS
Snow in Celebration
Now – Dec. 31, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Photos with Santa, Carolers, ice rink and entertainment
Wekiva Island’s Winter Wonderland
Select days in December
Free activities include movie screenings, Santa visits and a nightly “snow” fall
Light Up UCF
Now – Dec. 31
Free holiday film festival and light shows
Holidays at Disney Springs
Now – Jan. 7
Catch the spirit of the season without a theme park admission. Follow the Christmas Tree trail to discover 25 trees decorated with a different Disney character or theme.
Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village
Fridays – Sundays, Dec. 1 – Jan. 1
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Christmas lights, holiday displays, a Santa’s Workshop and unique European amusement rides
Winter Park’s Christmas in the Park
Thursday, Dec. 7 at 6:15 p.m.
The Morse Museum illuminates its Tiffany windows accompanied by the Bach Festival Choir and Brass
College Park – Holiday on the Drive
Thursday, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Edgewater Drive, between Smith Street & Clayton Street
City of Sanford Parade of Lights
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.
DeLand’s Mistletoe & Music
Saturday, Dec. 9, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Earl Brown Park
Winter Spark Baldwin Park
Saturday Dec. 9, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Festival in Harbor Park
German Christmas Market
Saturday, Dec. 9, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Rollins College, between Interlachen Gate and Mills Lawn
Activities for kids, traditional German food and live music
Kissimmee Festival of Lights Parade
Saturday, Dec. 9, 7PM – 10PM
Broadway Avenue, Kissimmee
Snow in Mount Dora
Saturday, Dec. 9, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fire Truck Rides with Santa
Friday, Dec. 15, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Centennial Park, St. Cloud
Sanford Jingle Jam 2017
Saturday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. – 10 pm.
Christmas in the Park
Saturday, Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Earl Brown Park, DeLand
Carnival games, Elf costume contest and free outdoor movie featuring “Elf”
Friday Nights at Morse
Morse Museum is providing free admission every Friday night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Holidays on the “I”
Now – Dec. 30
International Drive, Orlando
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro
Now through Dec. 24
FREE 4×6 studio-quality photo with Santa, play games and fun activities
Mall at Millenia Santa Experience
Now through Dec. 24
Meet Santa and take a photo using your own device with a $10 donation to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital
Select evenings in Dec.
Visit Santa at the Eola House in downtown Orlando
Dec. 12 & 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cranes Roost Park
Santa in the Park
Saturday, Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ward Park, Winter Park
Santa & his Elf
Saturday, Dec. 9 & 16, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Winter Park Village
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COMMUNITY LIGHT DISPLAYS
Close to a million lights dance to music in the park every evening in downtown Lake Mary. Shows every half hour, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. starting Dec. 1.
Downtown Orlando for the Holidays
Evenings through Jan. 6
The Eola Wonderland 72–foot Christmas tree will come alive with a synchronized light and music show while the Lake Eola fountain displays red, green and gold lights to celebrate the holiday season.
Cranes Roost Lights
Now – Jan. 1
Cranes Roost park comes alive with over 100 spectacular holiday displays featuring over 200,000 lights and a 60-foot tree decorated with 8,000 lights, 2,600 ornaments and over one mile of garland. Lights go on nightly at dusk.
The quaint downtown and Donnelly Park are perfectly decorated in 2 million sparkling lights for the season.
Jeater Bend Drive
Nightly now – Jan. 1, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
11 homes on Jeater Bend Drive, Celebration
2nd Annual Holiday Train Lights
Dec. 17 – Dec. 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
RC&G Railroad, Osceola
Free but donations excepted for Osceola Council on Aging
6th Annual Christmas Lights Ride
Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Retro City Cycles
Free but donations encouraged
3rd Annual Wekiva Island Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sanford’s Annual Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.
FREE OUTDOOR HOLIDAY MOVIES
Lake Eola Park Holiday Movies
Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8: Elf
Dec. 15: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Dec. 22: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Altamonte Springs Cranes Roost Sunset Cinema
Cranes Roost Plaza in Altamonte Springs, 7 p.m.
December 7: Elf
December 14: Miracle on 34th Street
December 21: Mickey’s Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Wekiva Island Winter Wonderland
Wekiva Island at 7 p.m.
December 8 & 9: The Grinch
December 15: The Elf
December 22 & 23: The Polar Express
December 29 & 30: Frozen
Family Movie Night Old Town
Old Town in Kissimmee
Every Sunday night beginning at dusk
Dec. 10: A Christmas Story
Dec. 17: Elf
Movies in the Park – Brevard County
Wickham Park Pavillion Melbourne, 5 p.m.
December 15: Elf
Oviedo Movie in the Park
Center Lake Park, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 15: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lego Batman
Movie Event Under the Stars
Southern Hill Farms, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
December 8 & 9: The Polar Express