Most dazzling light displays you can see this Christmas in Central Florida

Take your family to see holiday lights in Orlando area

ORLANDO, Fla. – 'Tis the season for carols, Christmas trees and holiday lights.

News 6 compiled a list of places around Central Florida where you can go enjoy Christmas lights and displays that will surely get you in the holiday spirit!

1. Lake Nona Lights 

East Park Subdivision off Narcoosee Road at 9800 Old Patina Way, Orlando.

  • Runs nightly through the New Year.  
  • Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

According to the Lake Nona Lights website, the festive display opened in 2012. It features synchronized lights, music and lighting effects. Each year, the founders said their goal is to keep the show "fun, bright and tasteful."
2. The Lights on Jeater Bend 

Jeater Bend Drive, Celebration.

  • Runs nightly through New Year's Day.
  • Every day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy holiday lights synced to music along a street of 11 homes in Celebration. The display features water and fire elements, as well as snow machines and projections. Attendees are encouraged to park on Celebration Avenue and walk to Jeater Bend Drive to fully walk or sit and enjoy the full display. The display is free to attend, and the organizers are accepting donations for St. Vincent de Paul. Organizers hope families will come out and enjoy the festive lights!

3. Bivona Christmas Lights Show 

1601 N Wind Ct., Winter Springs.

  • Runs nightly from Dec. 1  through Jan. 1.
  • Monday through Sunday from dusk to 11 p.m.

The Bivona Christmas Lights Show is an annual tradition that started in 1983 with the original founder, Charlie Bivona. According to the event's Facebook page, the Bivonas spend their free time and effort making the show spectacular because "it is about reminding everyone what the Christmas spirit is all about." This year, organizers added more than 2,000 lights to the display and plan to add an additional song. There is no cost to enjoy the lights. Organizers just ask you bring your holiday spirit and respect the neighbors!
4. Christmas Wonders

1642 Sunburst Way, Kissimmee.

  • Runs nightly through Jan. 1.
  • Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday through Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 5. Light Up UCF

Located outside CFE Arena on the University of Central Florida campus.

  • Open daily through Jan. 1.
  • Check the website for times

Take in more than 200,000 lights pulsing and strobing during the Holiday Light Show. The display is in perfect synchronization to holiday songs and features snow. The light show, the Holiday Film Festival, Light Up Lane and parking are free. There is a cost if you want to ice skate or take a photo with Santa. Check out the website for ticket price information.

6. Holiday Fountain Show at Cranes Roost

274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs.

  • Runs daily through Jan. 1.
  • Performances are at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

City officials call this a crowd favorite. The plaza fountain features special shows with dancing water and lights synchronized to holiday music.

7. Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show

Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St., Orlando.

  • Runs daily through Jan. 5.
  • Show takes place at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Take a stroll through Eola Wonderland to see the beautiful six-story Eola Wonderland tree light up to synchronized light and music. It is free to enjoy this festive display. You can also visit Santa Claus at the Eola House through Dec. 23 on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

8. Now Snowing

Celebration Town Center, Celebration is located between Highway 192 and I-4 near Walt Disney World.

  • Runs daily through Dec. 31.
  • Nightly snowfall at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Walk through this winter wonderland spectacular featuring Charles Dickens-style carolers, photos with Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating and train rides. Organizers call it a throwback to the traditional family-style holiday. Parking and admission into Now Snowing is free. It is also free to enjoy the nightly snowfall. Check the website for price information for other activities. 

9. Space Coast Lightfest

Wickham Park, 2785 Leisure Way, Melbourne.

The Space Station as seen above the Space Coast Lightfest at Wickham Park. (Photo: Michael Seeley/
  • Open nightly through Jan. 1.
  • Monday through Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Take a drive through more than 3 million twinkling holiday lights at Wickham Park. According to the event's website, the park is transformed into a virtual winter wonderland. More than 15,000 vehicles drive through the 1.1-mile display annually. It costs $15 per vehicle to drive through the display. You can save $2 by bringing an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Kids. Check the website for different vehicle costs and other attraction pricing.

10. Magic of Lights Daytona

Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach.

  • Runs daily through Dec. 31.
  • Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy festive holiday lights from the comfort of your own car. Magic of Lights features more than a mile of lights using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Among the new light displays for this year is Reindeer Crossing, where Santa's sled jumps over your vehicle; the 200-foot Candy Cane Lane; and the Snowflake Forest. Tickets cost $20 per car in advance, $25 per car at the gate Monday through Thursday or $30 Friday through Sunday. You can purchase tickets online or call 1-800-PITSHOP. 

11. Light Up Mount Dora

Donnelly Park, 530 N Donnelly St, Mount Dora.

  • Runs daily through Feb. 4.

City officials say the 37th annual Light Up Mount Dora may be the biggest Light Up event in 16 years! Stroll through Donnelly Park and enjoy the festive display at no charge. Visitors can enjoy the displays in and around Mount Dora through Feb. 4.

12. Johnson Family Holiday Light Extravaganza 

5119 Moore St., Saint Cloud.

  • Open Dec. 10 - Dec. 31
  • Weekdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Weekends from 6 p.m to 11 p.m.

This marks the sixth year of the Johnson Family Holiday Light Extravaganza. Come out to enjoy 80,000 lights synced to music, featuring 20 different holiday carols. Take a stroll down the holiday trail and enjoy activities for the kids, including a s'mores pit, movie theater and Santa on scheduled nights. 

About the Author:

Amanda Castro, a proud UCF alum, joined the News 6 team in November 2015 and was promoted to weekend morning anchor in April 2016. Go Knights!