Join the City of Orlando for the Holidays

There is no more festive time of the year to experience the City of Orlando than the holiday season. Throughout November and December, the City is offering a variety of family-friendly holiday events and activities for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy, furthering the City’s continued commitment to provide a wide variety of amenities and entertainment for everyone.

The City of Orlando invites Central Florida residents and guests to celebrate the holiday season at several local events in Orlando, including:
Thursday, November 17, 2016 –  January 2, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Christmas at the Leu House
Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Avenue
Local interior designers have decorated the 11-room estate with holiday trimmings, Christmas trees and decorations to create an enchanting Christmas for all to enjoy. The Leu House is included with regular admission to Harry P. Leu Gardens.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
5:00 p.m.
Jingle Eve
Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 North Orange Avenue
Annually organized by the Ivanhoe Village Main Streets District, Jingle Eve is a family-friendly holiday celebration featuring a Santa’s Village, a wine stroll, beer garden, Christmas tree lighting, food trucks, local artists, boat parade, vendors and live musical performances.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
7:00 a.m.
*Work on the star will begin at 7:45 a.m. with the raising of the star to take place between 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.*
Jack Kazanzas Star Installation
Downtown Orlando, Intersection of Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard
The tradition of raising the 600-pound golden star began when two competing department stores, Ivey’s on the east of Orange Avenue and Dickson & Ives on the west, joined together in 1955 to hang the historic Christmas star between the two stores. The raising of the star marks the start of the holiday season in the City of Orlando.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
All Day
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday provides a unique holiday shopping experience and allows residents to support many of the independent, family-owned retailers and restaurants throughout the City of Orlando, including Downtown and in Orlando’s 10 Main Street districts.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
12:00 p.m.
What’s Up Downtown for the Holidays
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
The annual holiday edition of What’s Up Downtown will feature song and dance performances by the Russian Ballet Orlando, Mad Cow Theatre, Howard Middle School Jazz Band and Howard Middle School Show Choir.
5:00 p.m.
Holiday on the Drive
Edgewater Drive, Between Smith Street and Clayton Street
The College Park Partnership Main Streets District invites families and friends to Holiday on the Drive featuring a Christmas tree lighting, live music, Santa Claus and other holiday festivities.
Friday, December 2, 2016
5:00 p.m. – Festivities Begin 
7:00 p.m. – Tree Lighting Ceremony
City of Orlando Annual Tree Lighting Celebration
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
The City of Orlando’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration will feature the official lighting of the City’s 72-foot Christmas tree. This event will include live music by Trinity Lutheran School students and Encore! Cast Performing Arts, a holiday gift shop and food trucks.
Friday, December 2, 2016 to Sunday, December 18, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Santa Claus at the Eola House
Lake Eola Park, 512 East Washington Street
Santa Claus is coming to the City of Orlando, and he’s not camera shy. Parents have festive picture-taking opportunities for their children with Santa at the Eola House during the weekends before Christmas, on December  2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18.
Friday, December 2, 2016 to Friday, January 6, 2017
Nightly Starting at 5:45 p.m.
Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
Every night starting on Friday, December 2 through Friday, January 6 at 5:45 p.m.; 6:45 p.m.; 7:45 p.m.; 8:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., the Eola Wonderland 72-foot Christmas tree will come alive with a synchronized light and music show while the Lake Eola fountain displays red, green and gold lights.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Holiday Concert at Lake Eola 
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
In support of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Network, the award-winning Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will hold its seventh annual holiday benefit concert performing holiday favorites.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Light Up Downtown South
Downtown South, 918 South Orange Avenue
City of Orlando Main Street Downtown South’s annual holiday event will feature a number of activities including an appearance from Santa Claus, face painting, train rides, holiday market, live wreath making, beer garden and the lighting of the 20-foot Christmas tree.
4:00 p.m.
District 2 Holiday Event
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
District 2 City Commissioner Tony Ortiz will host a holiday celebration featuring a live mariachi band and family entertainment.
Friday, December 9, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Holiday Movie in the Park
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
The free holiday movie featured will be “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Thornton Park District, Begins at World of Beer, 431 East Central Boulevard
Sponsored by the Thornton Park Orlando Main Streets District, “SantaCon” will start at World of Beer and allow participants dressed up as Santa Claus to take advantage of drink specials at participating Thornton Park District restaurants and bars.
7:00 p.m.
Violectric Holiday Show
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
This free concert features local electric string quintet band Violetric, playing a mash-up of rock, pop and holiday favorites.
Friday, December 16, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Holiday Movie in the Park
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
The free holiday movie featured will be “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring Jim Carrey.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
7:30 p.m.
“The Nutcracker” Performance by the Russian Ballet of Orlando
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
The Russian Ballet of Orlando will present a gift to the Orlando community with a free performance of the traditional ballet “The Nutcracker.”
Friday, December 23, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Holiday Movie in the Park
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
The free holiday movie featured will be “A Christmas Story.”
Thursday, December 29, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Florida Citrus Parade
Downtown Orlando
The Florida Citrus Parade brings together over 3,000 participants in one of Central Florida’s longest running traditions. The parade will feature signature citrus floats, marching bands from across the country and family fun in Downtown Orlando.

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