Thrill to the holiday light displays at Dazzling Nights at Leu Gardens. Photo by Dreamtime Photography
Thrill to the holiday light displays at Dazzling Nights at Leu Gardens. Photo by Dreamtime Photography

Best Things to Do in Orlando in December with Kids: Christmas, Winter Festivals, New Year's Events

As the calendar inches toward Christmas, Central Florida is shining with seasonal celebrations to enjoy with your family this December.

The theme parks are in full force with lights and festive decor, from SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration to Epcot's International Festival of the Holidays. Christmas parades are taking place in cities all around Central Florida, including Apopka, St. Cloud and Winter Park, just to name a few. Cozy up to a holiday concert in Winter Park, or enjoy an outdoor Christmas flick in Longwood or Altamonte.  Lastly, celebrate the New Year with fun theme park events or enjoying holiday lights one last time for the season.

Whatever you do, have a Merry Christmas and happy new year from your friends at Mommy Poppins.

Visit our holiday guide for the best seasonal entertainment options in Orlando as they emerge, including our must-do list of holiday events and our look at the best holiday lights in the area.

For Orlando families who prefer to stay closer to home, there is a variety of virtual events on the December calendar.  In the meantime, sign up for our FREE Mommy Poppins Orlando newsletter to get all the latest news and events delivered straight to your inbox.

While we try to promote safe activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do. Also, due to the fluid nature of the coronavirus pandemic, events could be canceled on short notice. Call or check websites before heading out.   

Places featured in this article:


St. Cloud Civic Center

Apopka Christmas Parade Route

Celebration Town Center

Walt Disney World - Epcot

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf

Pirate's Cove - Lake Buena Vista

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Black Point Wildlife Drive

Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area

Ocala National Forest

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands

Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area

Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area

Bill Frederick Park At Turkey Lake

Dr. P. Phillips Community Park

Tucker Ranch Nature Preserve

Kissimmee Lakefront Park
Little Leapers at Sky Zone Clermont
Sky Zone Clermont - 9:00 AM Pick
Club Lake Plantation Fall Festival
Club Lake Plantation - 10:00 AM Pick
Owloween Skeleton Extravaganza
Audubon Center for Birds of Prey - 10:00 AM Pick
L.O.L. Surprise! Live at Dr. Phillips Center
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - 6:00 PM Pick
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