Orlando’s Top 10 Christmas Events

Posted by Unlock Orlando November 28, 2011

If you’re looking for events to do this Christmas and holiday season these activities will definitely get you off to a great start. Prepared by Orlando locals and natives, these activities will be great for the holidays and will help add to your overall holiday fun.

What: Harry P. Leu Gardens Holiday House
Where: Harry P. Leu Gardens 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Winter Park, FL
When: Now through January 4th, 2012
If you want to feel like you’re in a traditional Christmas setting, take yourself out to visit the Leu House at Harry P. Leu Gardens. You’ll not only be able to tour Leu Gardens with Orlando’s terrific Winter weather, but you’ll be able to check out the Leu Garden house all decked out in full Christmas attire. See how folks celebrated Christmas decades ago. Located at 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Winter Park, FL 407-246-2620. House tours begin every hour and at every half hour. This event goes through January 4th.
For more information on Leu Gardens click here –> Harry P. Leu Gardens

What: Baldwin Park Festival of Lights
When: December 10th, 2011
Where: Baldwin Park, New Broad Street, Orlando, FL
Admission: FREE!
On December 10th Baldwin Park Orlando is hosting its very own holiday celebration including a parade, music, face painting, and even carriage rides. Its a great time to hang out with friends and family along with the cozy atmosphere of Baldwin Park. You will find the event toward the Village Center off of New Broad Street, Orlando, FL. The event is FREE and takes place December 10, 2011 from 6pm-9pm. Call 407-740-5838 for more information.

What: Light Up UCF
Where: Knight’s Plaza UCF, building 50 on North Gemini Blvd., Orlando, FL
When: Now until January 1, 2012
Admission: Cost depends on activities
Light Up UCF is the University of Central Florida’s way of recreating the Winter Holidays, Florida southern style. Because Orlando is the city of magic, if we don’t have enough snow for ice skating……………..we build an ice skating rink anyways! Not only will you be able to enjoy outdoor ice skating at UCF, but there will be light shows every night along with rides and other attractions near the Knight Plaza. There will even be an arctic slide that you can ride down 100 feet! The event will be located at Knight’s Plaza UCF, building 50 on North Gemini Blvd. For more information check out www.lightupucf.com

What: Morse Museum of Art Holiday Celebrations
When: December 1, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Central Park, on Park Ave. Winter Park, FL
Admission: FREE
The Morse Museum of Art is bringing out its Tiffany Collection of Windows for display. Nine Windows from the Morse Museum will come out from the collection to kick off this outdoor lighting event in Central Park, Winter Park.

ICE at Gaylord Palms Resort Orlando
What: ICE at Gaylord Palms Resort Orlando
When: Now through January 2, 2011
Where: Gaylord Palms Resort
6000 West Osceola Parkway Kissimmee, FL 34746-4414
Admission: Adult Tickets $20.99-$29.99
Child Tickets $13.99 to $15.99
Check out ICE at the Gaylord Palms Resort where you’ll find almost 2 million pounds of ICE constructed to produce a Christmas and Icy Wonderland. There will be igloos, a slide, and plenty of ice-shaped sculptors to check out. Best of all, ICE will be featuring DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls exhibit based on the story Shrek.

What: Third Thursday Gallery Hop
When: December 15, 2011 from 6pm-9pm
Where: City Arts Factory, 29 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL
Admission: FREE!
The third Thursday Gallery Art Walk is a monthly activity but there’s no doubt that this one will have a holiday feel to it, so get out there and enjoy this month of December and celebrate. Call 407-648-7060 for more information or check out www.orlandoslice.com

What: Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney
When: Now through January 8th, 2012
Where: Downtown Disney Marketplace, 1478 E. Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL
Admission: FREE!
Downtown Disney is one of the best places to check out during the December holiday season. Whether you’re a local Orlando resident or a visitor from out of town, Downtown Disney Marketplace never disappoints. There will be Christmas and holiday decor all over the place including carolers, music performances, dances parties and more. The festivities have already begun and will continue daily through January 8th, 2012. Call 407-934-7639 or visit www.disneyworld.disney.go.com for more information.

What: The 12 bars of Christmas Pub Crawl 2011
When: Friday, December 16th 2011
Where: Downtown Orlando
Admission: $20
Come out and party Downtown with the Orlando Pub Crawl’s “The 12 bars of Christmas Pub Crawl 2011.” Its a holiday party downtown like non-other. Bring a toy worth $20 at the door to donate or bring $20 and a portion will be donated The Hope Foundation. Enjoy free drinks with your ticket price along with additional drink specials at some of the best bars downtown.
Visit www.orlandopubcrawl.com for more information.

What: Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade and Festival of Lights
When: December 10, 2011 at 3:30pm
Where: Albin Polasek Museum and Sculptor Gardens
Admission: FREE!
Check out the holiday boat parade something that we can always do with the warm December weather in Orlando. There will be boats, a water ski show, along with food, wine, music, and even Santa may make an appearance. Call 407-647-6492 or visit www.wpboatparade.com for more information.

What: Mills50 Jingle ‘n Mingle
Where: corner of Mills Avenue and Lake Highland High School
When: December 11, 2011 from 6pm-9pm
Admission: FREE!
Come out for an Orlando holiday festival downtown style. Enjoy music, entertainment, shopping and much more.

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