Ultimate holiday event guide: Parades, Christmas tree lighting, concerts, more

Don't miss these events around Central Florida

By Stacy Shanks - Social Media Producer

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ORLANDO, Fla. - There's no lack of holiday spirit in Central Florida. From now until the holidays are over, there are plenty of events to fill your calendar and to keep you in the holiday spirit. From light up events to Christmas parades, there's something for everyone to enjoy. 
 

Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs

Now through Jan. 6, 2019

Disney Springs

Check out 27 holiday trees throughout Disney Springs.
 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Display

Now through Jan. 1, 2019

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Lobby

See gingerbread houses like you’ve never seen them before.

 

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Space Coast Lightfest

Now through Jan. 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m. 

Wickham Park

The park is transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland with light displays and more. 
 

Cranes Roost Park Holiday Fountain Show

Nov. 24 through Dec. 31

Cranes Roost Park
Altamonte Springs

The Plaza fountain features special shows with dancing water and dazzling lights to choreographed classic holiday music.


Holidays at Old Town

Nov. 23 through Dec. 25

5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
Kissimmee
 

Nightly Snow in Celebration

Nov. 24 through Dec. 31

Celebration Town Center

Snow falls nightly at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.
 

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Wekiva Island Winter Wonderland

Nov. 30 to Dec. 30, 6 to 9 p.m. nightly

Wekiva Island

Enjoy movies on the river, holiday parties, real snow as well as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Click the link above for the full event schedule. 
 

Lake Nona Holiday Festival

Thursday to Sunday from Dec. 8 to Dec. 30, 3 to 10 p.m. 

Lake Nona Town Center

The festival will feature holiday movies, occasional snowfall, live performances, visits from Santa and more.
 

Christmas in Bunnell

Dec. 14, 5 to 8:30 p.m. 

200 S. Church St.
Bunnell

 

Violectric Holiday Show

Dec. 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

Walt Disney Amphitheatre at Lake Eola Park

This live concert features holiday songs mashed up with classic rock tunes and modern hits.  Bring a pet product or make a donation and your pet will get its photo with Santa. 
 

2nd Annual Sanford Jingle Jam

Dec. 15, 4 to 10 p.m.

Downtown Sanford


Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade

Dec. 15, 6 p.m. 

The best place to see the parade is on the Ulmay wooden bridge or on the sides of the Sykes Creek. 


Holiday Boat Parade

Dec. 15, dusk

New Smyrna Beach Intercoastal Waterway
 

Winter Garden Christmas Golf Cart Parade

Dec. 16, 4 to 7 p.m. 

Bradford Park
Winter Garden
 

The Nutcracker, performed by the Russian Ballet Orlando

Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. 

Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

Watch the Nutcracker come alive with the Russian Ballet Orlando.
 

Surfing Santas

Dec. 24, 8 a.m. to noon

Minutemen Causeway
Cocoa Beach

 

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