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Christmas Light Displays

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Nothing brings about the Holiday Spirit than looking at Christmas light displays!  Ever since I was a little girl, taking a ride to look at lights has been one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. Now, my family and I all load up in the car, the dog too, pack a thermos of hot cocoa and blankets and take a ride.  We even have 3D glasses for the kiddos for more fun and giggles!  

Orlando Christmas Light Displays

If you are looking for the Orlando Christmas light displays to take the kiddos to, then check out the options below.

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Cranes Roost Park

Enjoy the beautiful Holiday Fountain show and Light Display at Cranes Roost in Altamonte Springs, running November 26th- January 3rd. The Plaza fountain will showcase dancing water shows and dazzling lights choreographed to classic holiday tunes.  Shows will run nightly at 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, and 9:00pm.  

The Holiday Light Display is put together by Duke Energy and showcases over 200,000 lights on more than 100 holiday displays.  The highlight is the 60 foot Christmas tree that holds over 8,000 lights, 2,600 ornaments, and over a mile worth of garland.  You can choose to drive by or take a walk along the 1 mile boardwalk surrounding the lake for a more immersive experience. Lights are turned on at dusk each night.

Location: 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs, FL, 32701
Hours: Sunday – Thursday dusk – 10:00pm Friday and Saturday Dusk – 11:00pm
Cost: FREE

Cruise Through Christmas

Drive through thousands of lights at Lake Mary’s Holy Cross Cruise Through Christmas.  Twinkling lights and dancing trees await you and your family. Enjoy the beautiful displays while social distancing without worry, from your own vehicle.  

Be sure to register here to RSVP.    

Location: 780 N. Sun Dr. Lake Mary, Fl. 32746
Hours: Friday December 11th & Saturday December 12th ONLY 6pm-8pm
Cost: FREE

These LED stars are a great way to light up your home for the holidays or year round.

Dazzling Nights

Harry P. Leu Gardens turns into a magical wonderland during its “Dazzling Nights” holiday light display.  This family friendly event brings about magic and beauty during this interactive holiday light experience.  You’ll love dancing along the lights on the ground that sound like bells when they’re stepped on, or taking a journey through the lights and fog.  Immerse yourself in a million lights, snow, and holiday tunes at Harry P. Leu Gardens Dazzling Nights.  Don’t forget to grab a family picture in front of their unique 30 foot Christmas tree.

Location:  Harry P. Leu Gardens 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32803
Hours: December 1st, 2020 – January 3rd, 2021 5:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: $22 per person, $12 Parking

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Give Kids the World Village

Give Kids the World Village is a nonprofit organization located on 89 acres that provides critically ill children and their families with a week long magical vacation.  Families stay in one of their villas on their property and are treated to tickets to theme parks and attractions in Central Florida.

Starting November 13 and running through January 3rd, Night of a Million Lights Display will change Give Kids the World Village into its very own Winter Wonderland.  Guests can enjoy over 3 million lights on display including a 150-foot glimmering tunnel, 45 beautifully decorated villas, 50 larger than life holiday displays, an incandescent gingerbread arch, a space themed centerpiece to it all, and so much more!  

Admission for guests include ice cream, hot cocoa, and access to the wheelchair accessible rides.  Additional food and beverage, as well as holiday merchandise will be available for purchase.  Proceeds will go toward the wishes of critically ill children once the village reopens. 

Location: 210 South Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL
Hours: Nightly 5:00pm-10:00pm
Cost: Standard Night tickets: $25/Adult $15/Kid, Peak Night tickets: $35/Adult 18/Kid, Holiday Night tickets: $40/Adult $20/Kid

Jeater Bend 

Visit the town of Celebration on Jeater Bend where 11 houses join together for an amazing light and music show.  Beginning November 26, 2020 you can experience a 360 view of holiday music synchronization.  Shows will run nightly from 6:00pm – 9:30pm until December 31,2020.  Enjoy the show from your car or walk Jeter Bend for an immersive experience.  (NOW CLOSED)

Location: 1027-1036 Jeater Bend Drive, Celebration, Florida 34747
Hours: 6:00pm-9:00pm nightly
Cost: FREE

Lake Mary

Starting November 23, Lake Mary’s light display will be up downtown.  Take a walk through the lights and enjoy the Christmas light display and a synchronized music and light show that plays every half hour.  With close to one million lights dancing it’s sure to  get you into the Christmas spirit.

Location: Lake Mary City Hall, 152 N. 4th St. Lake Mary, Fl. 32746
Shows: 6pm-11pm nightly
Cost: FREE

Light Up Asbury Music Festival

Enjoy local music groups, food trucks, hay rides and so much more as you light up Asbury United Methodist Church in Maitland.  

Location: 220 W Horatio Ave, Maitland, FL, 32751
Hours: Saturday December 12th 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: FREE

If you are doing holiday shopping online, you will definitely want to sign up for Rakuten. You get a $20 rebate on your first purchase and then rebates for shopping you would normally do at participating stores, such as Gap, Old Navy, Sephora, Target and more.

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Winter on the Avenue

Join Winter Park for their Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring the city’s holiday tree in Central Park.  Continue the celebration with them as they transform Park Avenue to a Winter Wonderland.  The street party will consist of Popcorn Flicks in the park, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, live music, globes of light, and more.

Location: Central Park, 150 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL, 32789
Hours: Friday December 4th, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: FREE

Winter Wonderland of Lights

Take in the beauty of Winter Wonderland of Lights, presented by AdventHealth.  Drive through the beautiful lights inside Central Winds Park in Winter Springs.

The city of Winter Springs, local businesses, groups, and organizations come together to create a holiday celebration for all.  Don’t forget to wave to Santa, who will be perched and waiting half way through the display. 

Location: Central Winds Park 1000 Central Winds Pkwy. Winter Springs, FL 32708
Hours: Friday December 4th- Saturday December 5th 7:00pm-9:00pm & Friday December 11th – Saturday December 12th 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost:  FREE

Holiday Discounts: Get great discounts on holiday activities at Groupon.

Virtual Light Displays

A couple of tree lightings have gone virtual this year, so you can see them from the comfort of your home.

Lake Eola Virtual Tree Lighting

Ring in the holiday season with Mayor Buddy Dyer during the City of Orlando’s Tree Lighting Celebration.  88,000 lights adorn the beautiful 65-foot tree at Lake Eola Park. 

Stream live at clickorlando.com on Saturday December 5th, at 8:00pm or catch an encore presentation on News 6 WKMG at 11:00pm.  The celebration will be held in the Lake Eola Park bandshell and music will be performed by The Orlando Concert Band.  After the official tree lighting, you can watch the synchronized light and music show nightly from 5:45pm-9:45pm.

Location: Stream from home for the tree lighting. Dec. 5, 8:00pm
Lake Eola Park 195 North Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL, 32801
Hours: Nightly 5:45 – 9:45
Cost:  FREE

Light Up Clermont

To ensure safety of their community the city of Clermont has decided to have a virtual event for this holiday celebration.  Join the mayor of Clermont Gail L. Ash, as she and the community enjoy the countdown to Light up Clermont!

Location: www.ClermontFL.gov
Hours: Friday December 4, 2020 6:00pm
Cost: FREE

Light up Sanford (formerly Light up Sanford Holiday Homes Tours)

Sanford has made a change to this annual holiday favorite this year.  For 2020, it’s called Light Up Sanford,  a small name change is just the beginning.  Due to Covid-19 participants can decorate their homes and submit a photo.  The photos will be uploaded onto their facebook page, where you the public can vote on your favorite.  The winner will receive a $500 prize.  

Sanford invites you to visit the neighborhoods of Sanford on foot, by golf cart, or by car on a self guided tour. 

Holiday Homes Tour in all its glory will be back December 2021.

Location: https://www.facebook.com/sanfordholidaytourofhomes
Hours: Voting will begin on December 11th and will end December 20th at 11:59PM
Cost: FREE

Amazon Echo Dot is a great gift this holiday season. We use them to play music, play games and as an intercom system in our house.

Residential Homes with Christmas Light Displays

Here are some residential homes with light displays.

Bivona Christmas Light Show

The Bivona family is excited to ring in the Holiday season with their annual Christmas light show.  Enjoy the view from your car as you listen and watch the synchronized music and light show.  

Location: 1601 N. Wind Ct. Winter Springs, Fl. 32708
Hours: Nightly 6:00pm-11:00pm
Cost: FREE

Corley Holiday House

Tune into the radio station they provide and listen in to your favorite holiday music while watching the lights twinkle and dance at the Corley Holiday House.  Lighted arches, wreaths, and reindeer all designed to bring joy and get you into the holiday spirit.

Location: 300 Magnolia Oak Dr. Longwood, Fl. 32779
Hours: Nightly 6:00pm-10:00pm
Cost: FREE

Cross Christmas

Cross Christmas has over 125,000 lights. Enjoy nightly shows that showcase their large oak tree wrapped in 80,000 white lights synchronized to holiday music, nutcrackers, palm trees, Nativity Scene, and more, starting December 5th. 

Location: 4241 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, Fl. 32817
Hours: Nightly 6:00pm-11:00pm
Cost: FREE

The Fye’s Crazy Christmas House

Bringing the joy of Christmas, The Fye’s Crazy Christmas House is up and running.  Enjoy nightly shows that include music, 50,000 dancing lights, blow ups, Christmas trees and more!

Location: 407 Eagle Cir. Casselberry, Fl. 32707
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-9:00pm Friday & Saturday 5:30-10:00pm
Cost: FREE

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Home of David Nubar and Frank Boyce

Everyone wants to bring a little more joy to the season this year, David Nubar and Frank Boyce added 100,000 new lights this year bringing the total to a 220,000 light display to memorialize the victims of Covid-19. Their lights went up early to bring smiles and joy to the community. 

Location: 2811 Clemwood St. Orlando, Fl 32803
Hours: Nightly 6:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: FREE

Lake Nona Lights

Starting on Thanksgiving night take a ride to see Lake Nona Lights in action. This is their ninth year decorating and it gets bigger and better every year. They’ve even been Selected as one of Central Florida’s best light displays by the Orlando Sentinel.   Take a ride and wonder at thousands of lights choreographed to music to bring even more holiday cheer.

Location: 9800 Patina Way, Orlando, Fl. 32832
Hours: Thanksgiving night thru New Years Eve, Sunday – Thursday 6:00pm-10:00pm
Cost: FREE

Laprada Lights

Drive by to enjoy the dancing light show at Laprada Lights. This year it’s showcasing a giant snowflake and a 16-foot tree of lights.  This year also marks the largest growth to their show.  Tune into the FM station they have posted and listen along as the lights dance with the music.

Location: 2121 White Feather Loop, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Hours: Grand opening December 1, then runs nightly 6:30pm-10:30pm
Cost: FREE

Swathwood’s Spectacle of Lights

A house covered in lights, dancing arches, a lighted ferris wheel, and blowups oh my!  Swathwood’s Spectacle of Lights has everything for the holiday light lover in you.  Their display grows each year bringing more joy and holiday spirit to those who visit it. Enjoy the show beginning December 1 through December 29 

Location: 12001 Florida Hills Street, Winter Garden, Florida. 34787
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm Friday & Saturday 6:00pm-10:00pm
Cost: FREE

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Christmas Light Displays Worth a Drive

These light displays are outside of Orlando, but might be worth a drive to see.

Magic of Lights Daytona International Speedway

The annual Magic of Lights display returns. Enjoy over one million lights on display as you drive under the stands and through the motorsports facility at Daytona International Speedway and you can drive through twice on Wednesdays! See displays such as the Twelve Days of Christmas, 200 foot Candy Cane Lane, and more. 

Location: Daytona International Speedway 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach Fl.
Hours: Nightly 6:00pm-10:00pm Closed, Dec 6-8 and Dec 14-15
Cost: Advance ticket: $25 per car/$30 with photo,  Gate Price: $30 Mon-Thurs/$35 Fri-Sun

Space Coast Lightfest 

Enjoy a holiday drive thru event at Space Coast Lightfest through January 3, 2021.   Over 3 million lights will light your way through this 1.1 mile virtual winter wonderland at Wickham Park. Take in the twinkling lights, animated displays, and the 200-ft light tunnel.  December 4th, 5th, and 6th Space Coast Lightfest is open to pedestrian traffic only for a more immersive experience. 

For the 3rd year they are partnering with Toys for Kids, bring an unwrapped gift for a discount at the gate

Location: Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Dr, Melbourne, FL 32935
Hours: Nightly through January 3, 2021 6:30pm-10:00pm
Cost: $15.00 per car 10 people max.

St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights

For 27 years, beautiful lights have adorned the historic district of St. Augustine for the holiday season.  St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights has been listed among the top 10 holiday display events of the world by National Geographic.  The nation’s oldest city is adorned with three million lights for this fantastic event.  Enjoy a self guided walking tour, or take advantage of trolley tours, water tours, and air tours offered during this magical time in St. Augustine.  

Location:  St. Augustine’s Historic District Near the Bridge of Lions
Hours: Dusk till Dawn
Cost: A self guided tour is free, other tour options such as trolley, boat, or air vary in price.

There are a lot of Christmas light displays in and around Orlando that the entire family will love. You just need to pick the one (or multiple ones) that are right for your family.

by Abby O’Connor

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