It’s the most wonderful time of the year! While our city has festive activities happening year-round, the holidays in Orlando, Florida are a special time that brings people together from all over. From parades to light displays, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit—not just at the theme parks. Take a look at some of the beloved holiday activities that locals attend to get into the spirit of the season!
Orlando Ballet’s Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition that has enchanted audiences across the nation for generations, and Orlando is no exception! The Orlando Ballet‘s annual performance of this classic story never fails to delight viewers with its spectacular sets and stunning costumes. Enjoy the story of Clara and her magical nutcracker doll who come alive on Christmas Eve. It’s a perfect experience for the whole family.
Dazzling Nights is a relatively new experience at the Harry P. Leu Gardens, featuring a million lights that bring the garden to life. Enjoy highlights such as a 70-foot-long candy cane path, a forest of giant neon flowers, a laser light show, and musical performances.
Gaylord Palms Resort
From mid-November to early January, Gaylord Palms Resort puts on an incredible production of ICE! Visitors can visit a winter wonderland carved by expert artisans out of two million pounds of colorful ice. Guests will also enjoy racing their families on snow tubes down a hill made with artificial snow. This year, experience Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Holiday Lights at Lake Eola Park
Every year, Lake Eola Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights. This beautiful display kicks off with a tree-lighting ceremony with Mayor Buddy Dyer in early December. But don’t worry, the fun doesn’t stop with the ceremony! New this year is a downtown holiday market, available each weekend through December 23. Enjoy snowfall in Florida, shop local from over 30 vendors, and get a photo with Santa!
Whether you’re looking for a family outing or just some fun with friends during the holidays, there’s something for everyone this season. Come out and celebrate the holidays in Orlando, Florida!