The holiday season is in full swing in Orlando. This is one of my favorite times of the year with beautiful displays and wonderful smells. Make sure to get out this weekend in Orlando and enjoy some of the amazing holiday activities, including the Singing Christmas Trees, Holiday Train Lights and Santa’s Enchanted Forest. The Christmas Tree Forest at Disney is definitely a must see. Just make sure to get there right before the sun goes down to skip the line.

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Multiple Dates

Annual Holiday Train Lights

3rd Annual Holiday Train Lights Fundraiser to benefit the Osceola Council on Aging. Ride on a real train (inch and a half scale) through 150,000+ holiday lights and 85+ inflatables and arrangements. Parking is $10 per car (Cash Only at Gate) and additional donations are encouraged. (All Weekend)

Lake Catherine Blueberries Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Join us at the farm for Santa’s Enchanted Forest and Holiday Scavenger Hunt. The Enchanted Forest will open on Saturday, December 8th. We will be open from 6pm until 10pm on the following dates: December 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd. (Friday and Saturday)

Singing Christmas Trees

From its beginning over three decades ago, the Trees have become one of Central Florida’s most loved and spectacular traditions. The Singing Christmas Trees is an exciting presentation of Christmas classics featuring a huge choir, full orchestra, dance, powerful drama and a beautiful display of 250,000 lights on our two 45-foot-tall Christmas Trees. (All Weekend)

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Chocolate House Making Party

Join us for a Chocolate House Making Party this weekend in Orlando! It’s great for date night or small families. Cost is $75/house, and up to three people can attend for this fee. Party is from 7-8:30pm and we’ll be scheduling them on 12/7, 12/8, 12/14 and 12/15.

Family Volunteer Night for Friends and Family with Special Needs

Since 2013 United Against Poverty Orlando has hosted Family Volunteer Night (FVN) on the second Friday of every month from 5pm to 8pm at our downtown campus. Projects for all ages, pizza and hard work.

Junior Nature Explorers

Junior Nature Explorers at Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park. Children 3 – 6 years old and their grown-up are invited to join in on new fun! Guided by Ms. Linda Jakubisin, Jr. explorers will experience a fun hike through the Garden and a nature activity and/or craft.

Kids Nights at Plaster Cottage of Clermont

Bring your kids over any Friday at 6:00 PM for plaster painting, pizza and fun! Each child may choose two plaster pieces to paint. Also included is pizza and juice or water to drink.

Mad Science Kids Night Out

Every Friday- Held at the Mad Science Lab inside of the Oviedo Mall. Includes dinner, science class, crafts, games, movie time, and more! $25/child! For kids 4-12 years old. No need to pre-register- just show up at the door at 6pm!

Princess and Princes Holiday Party

Children and adults alike will have fun while we do a holiday craft, dance to holiday music, play in the playground and enjoy light holiday refreshments. AND, Saint Nick will pay us a visit to read a holiday story to the kiddos and take pictures for the ages (a real bearded Santa!).

Pint-Size Science Drop-off Program at Orlando Science Center

Pint-Sized Science is a drop-off program designed for children ages 3-5 to explore science with their friends. During this three-hour program, they will discover and learn about a range of science topics, from bubbles to physics to machines and gears!

St.Luke’s presents Christmas Movie Night

Celebrate this Christmas season with St. Luke’s at our Family Christmas Movie Night. Make handmade Christmas Ornaments for years of enjoyment. Grab a hot dog or two, chips, and drink as you enjoy a Christmas Sing Along with the fantastic and lovable Mickey and Friends.

The Art Room Preschool Class

4 and 5 year olds can join us at The Art Room this Friday for a fun painting class! You will be amazed at what your child can do!

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art Holiday Friday Nights

Free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on six consecutive holiday Friday nights, November 23 through December 28.

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

A Classic Christmas

The holiday tradition continues this weekend in Orlando—hear Christmas classics performed by the incomparable Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Orchestra in beautiful Knowles Memorial Chapel.

Breakfast with Santa Cow

Join us for a fun holiday breakfast and activities. Bring the kids and get your picture taken with Santa Cow!

Christmas Cookie Run Orlando

Cookies, Santa, & “Snow” 5k & 1 mile Fun Run or do the Christmas Cookie Challenge & run BOTH! 5K Family Fun Run with clock timing • 1 mile Fun Run • Photos with Santa • Cookies with Santa’s elves • Costume contest • “Snow” • Awesome medals & race shirts

Family Night Skate

Go to family night at Astro Skate for 3 hours of skating fun for the entire family.$20 for a family of 5 with one adult/$7 for an individual. Prices do not include skate rental.

Holiday Cookie Decorating at American Girl

Celebrate the season with a sweet treat! Your girl can get creative by decorating three holiday cookies with festive frosting and sprinkles. Enjoy the cookies while shopping or take them home in a “to go” box that she can embellish with stickers.

Horse & Carriage Rides

Enjoy a leisurely ride through the Historic Area by horse-drawn carriage. Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of our unique city, far removed from the bustle of modern-day streets.

International Holiday Cookie Clinic

In this festive clinic, The Kids Cooking Connection will introduce holiday cookies from around the world. Pastry chefs in training will explore 4 recipes and will also learn to make a fun cookie in a jar to enjoy at home or give away as a gift.

Lake Catherine Blueberries Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Join us at the farm for Santa’s Enchanted Forest and Holiday Scavenger Hunt. The Enchanted Forest will open on Saturday, December 8th. We will be open from 6pm until 10pm on the following dates: December 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd.

Magnolia Park’s An Afternoon With Santa

See Santa arrive by airboat at Magnolia Park’s annual An Afternoon With Santa! Cost is $4 per child (ages 2 – 12), and free for adults. Bring your camera for photo opportunities, and enjoy games, crafts and other festivities!

Snowfest at RDV Ice Den

Enjoy Central Florida’s favorite winter family event! During SNOW FEST, attendees can ice skate, play in REAL snow, learn to Curl, enjoy a snow slide for kids, bounce houses, live DJs, and get their faces painted.

The Art Room: Between the Brushes

Leave your kids with us on Saturday mornings from 10:00am-noon. When you pick them up, they will be excited to show you their new 12 X 16 canvas masterpiece! A fun morning for children 5 years and up.

The Nutcracker Family Show

Orlando Ballet’s favorite holiday classic, The Nutcracker, returns in a one-hour performance for families! A Christmas Eve gift of a toy nutcracker from her godfather transports Clara on a magical journey to a world of fantasy and fun complete with the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Mother Ginger.

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

American Girl Welcomes Santa

Share a holiday experience that includes a jolly “ho-ho-ho!” Santa is coming to the store, and he can’t wait to meet you and your girl. Whispering her wishes is an exciting holiday tradition, and a special pose with St. Nick is the perfect photo opportunity—bring your camera to capture the moment!

Breakfast with Santa at The Alfond Inn

Breakfast with Santa at The Alfond Inn 9am-11am | Park Ave Ballroom Full breakfast with open seating

Country Christmas & Car Show

pony rides train rides hay rides face painter arts n crafts clydesdales wagon rides through the woods petting zoo rock climbing Bounce houses Music Campfires Vendors Food & Drinks S’mores Roast Marshmallows Purchase tickets for all activities at 1.00 per ticket DJ Don Musica with Cruisin Orlando

Christmas Recreated

Experience the back-story of Christmas through an illuminating dance of light and shadow in this incredible show for the whole family. From the first days of Creation to the brokenness of relationship, a glimmer of hope appears.

Enzian Theater Peanut Butter Matinee

Peanut Butter Matinee Family Film Series usually occurs on the fourth Sunday of the month. It is always family friendly and only $8 (General Public) and FREE for kids 12 & under.

Family Movie Night and Game Night at Old Town

Bring the entire family to watch free movies on a big screen. Old Town will play family-friendly movies and classics every Sunday night. Bring a chair, grab some snacks at your favorite Old Town store, and spend the night watching a movie underneath the stars.

FREE Dog Show Scavenger Hunt

We will be hosting the AKC Patch Program at the biggest dog show of the year! The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin is considered one of the world’s premiere dog events, which showcases more than 5,000 of the top national and international canine athletes.

Holiday Tea with American Girl

Start the holiday season with a special teatime together and a couple of crafty projects! Our Holiday Tea events include a deliciously different menu of teatime treats, a craft, and fun conversation and laughter at every table—and dolls, of course, are always welcome.

Which of these activities do you plan to do in Orlando this weekend?