We know – it isn’t even Thanksgiving…but there are lots of people out there that are planning their winter bucket list, and we want to make sure that some of our favorite Christmas light spots (as well as some new finds) make it on there. So keep reading to find out where to see Christmas lights near Orlando.
lake eola: tree lighting celebration
Each winter, the beautiful (and super huge) tree is put up in Lake Eola park. We’ve been to the tree lighting but didn’t get to go last year. While the event can get crowded, it’s beautiful, watching the tree light up and witnessing the dancing lights flash in time to the music. It’s the perfect start to the season!
Now, when we first went, this was a small event; but it’s definitely grown. There will be vendors, live music, and much more.
Save the date for the event: December 6 beginning at 5 pm.
Unsure of whether you want to be there during the initial lighting? Don’t worry, you can pop by for additional light shows at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
celebration: now snowing
Near Disney, the sweet town of Celebration always puts on a spectacular Christmas event. With snow falling nightly at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m., this is one magical place to witness a Christmas light show.
While here, you will also witness caroling and other live performances, and can purchase tickets to ice skate, ride the train, or visit Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Interested in going? You can head over to Celebration from November 30th to December 31st.
winter park: johanessen lights
Head over to this cute Orlando neighborhood to check out this home. Their lights display earned them a spot on the show “The Great Christmas Light Fight” so be sure to be blown away by the attention to detail this family spends on their magical display.
Please remember that this is a residential neighborhood. Parking might be limited and keep in mind that there might be some walking involved. Obvi, you can opt to just drive through as well.
st. augustine: nights of lights
Want to plan a day trip with friends or family to check out some lights? Head over for a fun-filled day in St. Augustine, a stunning city that’s just an hour and a half from Orlando.
The Nights of Lights runs from right before Thanksgiving to the end of January. You can plan to take a trolley, train, golf cart, or boat. Or, for those that are like Jamie, the horse drawn carriage ride (complete with wine!) through the historic streets sounds like an amazing option.
You can also meander along the streets on your own. Oh, and while there, check out all the St. Augustine has to offer, including Castillo de San Marcos, the Fountain of Youth and other fun, historical sights.
st. petersburg: enchant christmas
Um, want to make another trip somewhere? This brand new event in St. Petersburg features a Christmas tree light maze – a maze! Featuring larger than life sculptures, an ice skating trail, a market, and some sweet treats, this event is going to be on lots of winter bucket lists.
We plan on heading over there this year and can’t wait to share our experience with you. Make sure you come back for more info on this new experience!
While we don’t begin celebrating Christmas until after Thanksgiving, this list of where to see Christmas lights near Orlando has us super excited for what’s to come! Will you be checking out the lights?