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Fun in Orlando: 2021's Holiday Season

Added: Nov 23, 2021
Category: Things to Do

There are many fun things to do in Orlando for Christmas! We put together a list of events for the whole family!

The Nutcracker – Family & Sensory Friendly Show
During this one-hour version of the annual favorite, journey to a world of fantasy and fun complete with the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy and Mother Ginger. This performance is specially designed for families of all ages. Expect a welcoming, supportive environment for people of all abilities. Adjustments to sound and lighting effects, including keeping the house lights dimly on, will be made. For families with individuals with special needs, find out more about Dr. Phillips Center's designation as a Certified Autism Center. Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash
From classic Sinatra tunes to seasonal favorites Rat Pack Style, catch 40 popular hits including "The Christmas Song," "Silver Bells," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and more. At Winter Park Playhouse.

Dazzling Nights
Experience an immersive holiday light experience. Harry P. Leu Gardens.

Breakfast With Santa
A morning of making memories with Santa Claus with exclusive access to the 35th Annual Festival of Trees before it opens to the public during the day. Breakfast with Santa will feature hot breakfast served to everyone, face-painters, crafts, balloon artists and more. 

Festival of Trees
Orlando Museum of Art.

Holly Jolly Market
Shop from more than 20 vendors. Be sure to shop local and small this holiday season! At Orlando Brewing.

Jingle Eve
This event includes a children's Holiday Village in Gaston Edwards Park along with a stage and unique vendors, 12 Wines of Christmas wine walk, music throughout the district, food trucks, vendors lining Orange Avenue and Virginia Drive, and a highly festive atmosphere. Gaston Edwards Park.

Home for the Holidays
With the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Orlando Festival Park.

2nd Annual Lake Nona Chanukah Celebration
Join us as we light the menorah and celebrate the festival of Chanukah among friends and family. Grand menorah lighting, sufganiyot, face painting, Jewish music, activities for kids and much more! Lake Nona Town Center.

A Christmas Carol
The miserly and miserable Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a "bah humbug," until he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Margeson Theater.

Christmas in the Park
The Morse Museum helps launch the holiday season in Winter Park when it lights up Tiffany windows in Central Park and presents the Bach Festival Choir and Brass Ensemble in concert. Held in the northern section of Central Park near the intersection of Garfield and Park avenues. Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park, free.

Annual Tree Lighting Celebration
The city of Orlando celebrates the first official lighting of the 64-foot Wonderland Christmas tree located at Lake Eola's Park Washington Plaza. The event will include holiday performances at the Walt Disney Amphitheater, food trucks, a holiday market and an opportunity to meet Santa until 9 p.m. at the Eola House. 5 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street.

Phantasmagoria's "A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas"
Dickens' tale of the Past, Present and Future — with the glory of redemption. The Victorian performance troupe will bring its signature tapestry of movement, dance, puppetry, projections and storytelling to the stage. Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Songs of the Season
The community is invited to share in an evening of song, dance and entertainment, including a chance to sing along with holiday favorites like "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night." 7 p.m. Frontyard Festival.

69th Annual Winter Park "Ye Olde Hometown" Christmas Parade
The parade will travel south along Park Avenue, turn west on New England Avenue and end at the Winter Park Community Center. 9 a.m. Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park.

Christmas Vespers
This beautiful, candlelit service is a Rollins tradition with a rich history that stretches back to 1933. An elegant candlelit procession is followed by student-performed Christmas carols as well as scripture readings that reflect on the season. Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College.

DeLand Christmas Parade
Downtown DeLand, Indiana Avenue and South Woodland Boulevard.

Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show
Every night at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., the 64-foot tree will come alive with a synchronized light and music show while the Lake Eola fountain displays red, green and gold lights. Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street.

Holiday Market at Back to Nature
Shop unique gifts and enjoy delicious food from our local craft and food vendors. Take your own photos with Santa Claus and the Grinch inside Santa's Enchanted Forest and enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus and her woodland friends. Kids activities include crafts, face painting and wildlife encounters. Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge.

Longwood Christmas Parade
3 p.m. Historic Downtown Longwood, West State Road 434 and South County Road 427.

The Nutcracker
With Russian Ballet Orlando and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. 2 & 7 p.m. Ritz Theater Sanford at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center.

Sanford Parade of Lights
6 p.m. Downtown Sanford, Sanford Avenue and First Street.

Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade
Live viewing at Dinky Dock Park on Lake Virginia. Dinky Dock Park, Ollie Avenue, Winter Park.

We hope you enjoy the most beautiful season of the year in Orlando!

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