Best Holiday and Christmas Lights Around Orlando and Central Florida
For many families, a treasured holiday tradition involves visiting local Christmas light displays. It’s a great way to get in the Christmas spirit, and Orlando has no shortage of options! From dazzling displays at the theme parks to lighted boat parades and spectacular private home light shows, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to see lights here in Central Florida.
Make a trip to Mount Dora for a breathtaking view of millions of sparkling lights and, on December 7, their lighted boat parade. Stroll through the lighted trees and watch dancing light displays at Central Park at Lake Mary City Hall. Or marvel at elaborate displays on private homes around the area. Read on for the very best holiday lights displays around Orlando and Central Florida.
Looking for other fun Christmas events in the area? Be sure to read our guide to the 23 Must-Do Orlando Christmas and Holiday Events for Kids and check out our Events Calendar for all the latest goings-on around Orlando.
Holiday Lights at Orlando Area Theme Parks
Walt Disney World Resort—Lake Buena Vista
Christmas at Walt Disney World Resort is completely magical! At Magic Kingdom, Cinderella's Castle has been turned into an ice palace with over 200,000 white lights. Epcot offers a Merry & Bright Nights tour, complete with twinking lights throughout their Living with the Land greenhouses. Hollywood Studios has a laser projection show and snow fall on Sunset Boulevard. At Disney Springs, you can stroll through the Christmas Tree Trail with 22 beautifully decorated Disney themed trees. Not to mention the resorts, which are each uniquely and meticulously decorated, from the rustic Christmas charm at Wilderness Lodge to a life-size gingerbread house at Grand Floridian Resort.
Universal Orlando Resort—Orlando
Experience the magic of Christmas Harry Potter style at Universal Orlando! Both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are transformed with thousands of lights and holiday decorations. Plus, visit a real life Whoville at Seuss Landing for Grinchmas, complete with whimsical holiday lights and decor, and a Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular show. CityWalk and the surrounding resorts are also beautifully decorated for the holidays; take a trip on the complimentary water taxi to check them out.
SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration has more than 3 million lights twinkling for the holidays. Guests can watch a Sesame Street Christmas Parade, enjoy seasonal shows, visit Santa in the Wild Arctic and more. Cap off the visit by walking through a holiday wonderland in the Sea of Trees, where over 100 trees light up the water and dance to holiday music.
Legoland Florida Resort—Winter Haven
Legoland's holiday celebration includes a Holly Jolly Jubilee Spectacular complete with interactive lights, a 30 ft Lego Chrismas tree, music and snow. Kids can visit with LEGO Santa and take photos with a life-size LEGO Snowman and reindeer-led sleigh built with thousands of bricks.
Light Up UCF will thrill young and old. Photo courtesy of Light Up UCF
Holiday Lights In and Around Orlando
Light Up UCF—Orlando
November 22, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Light Up UCF features a free Holiday Light Show, which begins at 7:00pm daily and continues hourly until closing time. In addition, they offer an ice skating rink, rides, film festival and holiday market.
Dinos in Lights at Orlando Science Center—Orlando
November 23, 2019 - January 7, 2020
Families with little dinosaur fanatics will want to add this to the holiday to-do list. Every 30 minutes between 11:00am and 3:30pm, the DinoDigs area transforms into a festive light display choreographed to music. Each show lasts 4 minutes with a surprise ending.
Central Park Holiday Lights—Lake Mary
November 25, 2019-January 5, 2020
Walk through a winter wonderland of lighted trees throughout Central Park at Lake Mary City Hall. Starting December 6th, there will be dancing light shows every 30 minutes between 6pm and 11:30pm. See the lights and the tree lighting ceremony at the annual Holiday in the Park event.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms—Kissimmee
November 25, 2019 - January 5, 2020
If you haven't experienced Christmas at Gaylord Palms, add it to your calendar now! Guests can enjoy many holiday festivities, including the famous ICE! attraction featuring The Polar Express, a free #LIT Light Show, Christmas Tree Trail, over 2 million holiday lights and acres of property-wide holiday decor. It's a must see during the holiday season.
Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show—Downtown Orlando
December 6, 2019-January 5, 2020
The City of Orlando's Christmas Tree comes alive to a synchronized light and music show nightly at Lake Eola Park. Shows take place every hour at 45 minutes past the hour, from 5:45pm - 9:45pm. Kick off the season at the Tree Lighting Celebration and enjoy outdoor Holiday Movies on select Friday nights.
Cranes Roost Park Holiday Lights—Altamonte Springs
December 7, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Cranes Roost Park is transformed into a water fantastical with some impressive stats: It boasts more than 100 holiday displays with over 200,000 lights sparkling. Plus there's a 60 foot Christmas tree with more than 8,000 lights, 2,000 ornaments and a mile of garland. There is a nightly fountain show complete with dancing water and lights choreographed to holiday music. Enjoy special events throughout the holiday season as well, including Light Up the Holidays kick off event, Santa Tuesdays, and Holiday Movie Nights.
Holidays at Old Town - Kissimmee
Nightly through December 25, 2019
Get in the holiday spirit strolling through the streets of Old Town, where there are thousands of colorful twinking lights and an iconic Christmas tree. On the weekends, enjoy snow and live music as well.
Mount Dora Christmas Lights—Mount Dora
Nightly throughout the holiday season
Mount Dora is simply breathtaking at Christmas time, with over 2 million sparkling lights in Donnelly Park and throughout the downtown area. Take a short walk down to the Mount Dora Boating Center and Marina to view their beautiful light display overlooking the lake. Mount Dora also offers several holiday events, including Light Up Mount Dora, Mount Dora Christmas Walk and Snow in the Park.
Lighted Parades in the Orlando Area
Mount Dora Lighted Boat Parade—Mount Dora
December 7, 2019
Families can marvel at boats decked out in holiday lights at the annual lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Dora. Afterwards, stroll along the paths of the Mount Dora Boating Center and Marina, which is covered in an ornate light display.
Kissimmee Festival of Lights Parade—Kissimmee
December 14, 2019
Bring the family to enjoy this annual nighttime holiday parade featuring music, dancing and thousands of lights. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot as this is a popular event.
Winter Park Christmas Boat Parade—Winter Park
December 14, 2019
This annual boat parade on beautiful Lake Virginia includes impressive displays of holiday lights by local boatowners.
Lake Monroe Lighted Boat Parade—Sanford
December 21, 2019
Families can set up a spot on the riverwalk and enjoy this annual event with over 30 lighted sailboats and powerboats parading along Lake Monroe.
The illuminated oak tree is a signature of the Cross Christmas home. Photo courtesy of Cross Christmas
Holiday Lights Displays at Homes in the Orlando Area
The Fye's Crazy Christmas House—Casselberry
Open nightly starting November 9, 2019 through the holiday season
This beautiful display contains over 50,000 lights, a music light show, Santa's sleigh that can be used for photo opps and a mailbox where kids can send letters to Santa (and get a response from the jolly old man himself!). There will also be cookies and hot cocoa for sale on Saturday nights, with proceeds going to purchase gifts for children in need.
The Lights on Jeater Bend—Celebration
November 23, 2019-December 31, 2019
This street-wide display was featured on The Great Christmas Light Fight in 2015 and is comprised of 11 decorated homes synchronized to music, fun projections, Florida snow flurries and Santa. While you can drive through to view the display, it is best to park and walk to get the full experience.
Lake Nona Lights—Orlando
November 28, 2019-January 1, 2020
This annual light show started in 2012 and has grown each year, with over 25,000 lights choreographed to music.
December 1, 2019 through the holiday season
This display features a large oak tree wrapped with over 85,000 lights and coordinated music. It also has snow flurries every half hour between 6:30pm-10pm.
Johanessen Lights—Winter Park
December 7, 2019-January 1, 2020
This display of over 250,000 lights was featured on The Great Christmas Light Fight in 2016. The family also offers tours of the backyard and Santa's Retreat.
Johnson Family Holiday Light Extravaganza—St. Cloud
December 7, 2019-December 28, 2019
This amazing display has 80,000 lights synchronized to over 20 holiday songs. Donations are appreciated and are going to Nemours Children's Hospital.
Bivona Christmas Light Show—Winter Springs
The Bivona Christmas lights have been shining each year at Christmastime since 1983, with more lights added each year as well as a fantastic light show.