Christmas in Orlando: What to Do This Weekend


Even if our temperature doesn’t dip below 50 degrees, even if we don’t have pure white snow making our front lawns a winter wonderland, even if we put our Christmas lights on palm trees and make snowmen out of coconuts, even if Santa has to make it through the open window instead of down the chimney we don’t have… Central Florida is still a pretty impressive place for the holidays, with plenty of great things to do! This weekend (12/18-12/20) hosts several amazing events that will fulfill the Floridian heart with more than its fair share of Christmas spirit. And even if you can’t make it out this weekend, don’t fret – many of these events last through the month of December!


bok tower 2Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens
through Jan 03, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
$20 adult, $9 children
Your ticket admits you to the most magnificent Christmas-themed events at Bok Tower, including the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, poinsettia displays, carillon concerts, winter walking tours, holiday decor workshops, live choir, complimentary happy hour toast, and plenty of holiday shopping.
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Orlando Ballet: Nutcracker at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dec 18, 2015 8:00 pm
Dec 19, 2015 2:00 pm, 8:00 pm
Dec 20, 2015 1:00 pm, 6:30 pm
$41.50 starting
Celebrate with this traditional holiday performance of The Nutcracker that is sure to bring Christmas to life. “When Clara receives a toy nutcracker from her godfather on Christmas Eve, she is transported on a magical journey complete with the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Mother Ginger.” The Orlando Ballet production will be accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

through Jan 02, 2016
included in regular admission
See Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure transformed into the colorful and whimsical world of Grinchmas! Enjoy special events such as a live musical performance of The Grinch, a special meet-and-greet with the Grinch in his lair, and the character breakfast with special Grinch and Seuss character appearances.
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Holidays Around the World at Epcot Disney

through Dec 30, 2015
included in regular admission
Epcot’s World Showcase comes alive with the spirit of the holidays as they are celebrated around the world. Each country shows off its special traditions, with additional park features like the celebrity Candlelight Processional, a tree-lighting ceremony, live music, and spectacular lights displays. Don’t miss Epcot’s signature IllumiNations fireworks show with a special Christmas finale featuring the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth!”
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Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland

through Dec 20, 2015
included in regular admission
See how LEGO does Christmas, “…with a 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree made of 270,000 LEGO bricks, life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh, festive decorations, LEGO build activity, a LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt and holiday entertainment.” See appearances by LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier daily at this family-friendly Christmas celebration!
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Light Up UCF: 50 Nights of Music, Lights, and Ice at the CFE Arena

through Jan 03, 2016
6:00 pm
$12 general ice skating, +individually priced attractions, or
$19.95 Unlimited Ice Skating and Rides
FREE Holiday Film Festival, Light Show, Parking
If you are looking for an affordable event for the whole family, then Light Up UCF is the place to go. Back for its eight season, Light Up UCF offers an 8,000 square-foot outdoor ice skating rink, ferris wheel, Blizzard ride, Arctic Glide Ice Slide, Santa’s Workshop, and more! Light Up UCF will also provide fluffy, falling SNOW every evening. Now that’s the true spirit of Christmas.
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Annual Johns Lake Boat Parade at Clermont/Winter Garden

Dec 20, 2015
6:00 pm
This hour-long parade will go along the northern shore of Johns Lake, showcasing the people of Central Florida’s best decorations and holiday lights. Come early to get a spot with the best view (at the public boat ramp!), and if you are a boat parade participant, come early too!
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Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade at Sanford

Dec 19, 2015
6:30 pm
Join the town of Sanford for their annual Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade! Sanford goes all out with their parades, celebrating with a street float parade downtown, a open-door stroll through Sanford’s historic homes decked in Christmas decor, and the annual holiday boat parade! This weekend, choose from a host of great boat-viewing locations, including the north side of Marina Island, the Veterans Memorial Park, from Wolfy’s Bar & Grill or St. Johns Steak & Seafood Restaurant, or anywhere along Sanford’s Riverwalk between Park Avenue and US 17-92. Official line-up time is 6:00 pm, so make sure to claim your place early to see or be the greatest boat!
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street 2Make it out to these great local events and see all that Central Florida has to offer for the holidays! Don’t forget that the best experience of all could be you driving around luxury or small, historic neighborhoods of Celebration, Windermere, Winter Park, Mount Dora, and many others with your family, viewing all of the inspiring Christmas lights and spending quality time together.

The Mike Rance Team wishes you a very Merry Christmas from the heart of Florida!


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