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Where to Watch the Most Amazing Holiday Lights in Central Florida

It’s time to deck the halls in Kissimmee, and we’ve found the merriest and brightest places for you and your family to experience the holiday lights. There are so many chances to watch the glow of these magnificent bulbs, and you’ll find the area’s best below.

Fantastic Flurries on Main Street

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in Celebration Town Center. Now through Dec. 31, 2021, Celebration is transforming into a full-fledged winter wonderland that can’t be missed. You can visit the downtown area for Now Snowing — a vintage throwback to traditional holiday celebrations and incredible light displays — complete with hourly snowfalls between 6-9 p.m. Yes, you read that right, snow in Central Florida! And there’s even more, including Charles Dickens-style Carolers, ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides, and even photos with the big guy himself, Santa.

The homes on Jeater Bend are also getting ready to show off their jingle jangle. Stroll the streets of this festive neighborhood through Dec. 31, 2021, from 6-9:30 p.m. to see homes decked out in incredible wintery lights. Of course, the flashy lights also synchronize to music and movies projected on large screens! Oh, and while you’re here, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for plenty of holiday characters making special guest appearances.

 

Celebration Town Center
Now Snowing in Celebration

Nights of a Million Lights

For 52 nights between Nov. 12, 2021 and Jan. 2, 2022, Give Kids the World Village transforms into a fully-immersive holiday spectacular —Night of a Million Lights! And that’s not just a name. When you visit this fairytale neighborhood, you’ll enjoy a dancing light show put on by millions of twinkling holiday lights along the sparkling tree trail. There’s festive music and holiday treats, a storybook village, and a special market to pick up something for everybody on your nice list. Best of all, Night of a Million Lights supports a good cause — providing weeklong wish vacations to critically ill children and their families at no cost.

A woman visits the Night of a Thousand Lights
Give Kids the World Village (Photo: @superenthused)

If you’re looking for a parade of lights, Downtown Kissimmee is hosting another year of the popular Festival of Lights Parade. On Dec. 9, 2021, you can watch beloved characters dressed in their holiday best trail through Downtown Kissimmee. Even the shops will be decorated for the holidays! This year, the parade theme is Jingle Bell Rock, and there will be prizes for plenty of categories — including best lights and effects!

(photo: @kenpozek)

Holiday Glee at the Theme Parks

Harry Potter™ fireworks shows. Whoville scattered with colorful lights. Buildings dressed in festive decorations. It sounds like a perfect Universal Orlando Resort holiday to us! So grab your Minions and a hot Butterbeer™ for a stroll around this jolly theme park to see all the lands decorated in magnificent colors. Over in Seuss Landing, they’re celebrating the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular in spirited fashion — with a bit of classic Grinch snark and sarcasm to boot! And the Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™, Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™ are decked out in their seasonal best. Plus, you can enjoy the holiday looks while taking in the sounds of Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees in Universal Studios Florida and the Frog Choir in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Hogwarts lit up during the Holidays
Universal Orlando Resort
A family hugs at Universal Orlando Resort

From enormous lit trees and sparkling garland to gigantic ornaments and bright parades, Walt Disney World Resort is decorated to the brim in festive colors. At Magic Kingdom Park, watch as Cinderella Castle lights up with a rotating kaleidoscope of colors and holiday designs. Or, at Epcot take a boat ride through Living With the Land Merry & Bright Nights and enjoy seeing the greenhouses completely illuminated (and be sure to check out the special sandmen!). And at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, catch Tree of Life Awakenings – Holiday Edition, where the iconic Tree of Life shimmers and shines to the sounds of a memorable holiday score every evening. Each park is decorated with lights from the floor to the sky, and you won’t want to miss any of it. Put on your favorite festive outfit and experience all four Disney parks for holiday music, entertaining characters, and firework shows full of delight.

Cinderella Castle illuminated during the holiday season
Magic Kingdom Park
Epcot illuminated during the holiday season
Epcot

Dive into the SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Christmas Celebration. This exciting event sparkles with over three million lights and is truly something to see. Watch as SeaWorld Orlando transforms into a stunning utopia of holiday treats, cheery characters, and magical moments with your family. Wave to all your favorite characters during the Sesame Street Christmas Parade, take a walk through a wintery, watery wonderland at the Sea of Trees, or visit the man with the bag — Santa Claus himself. Wherever you look, glorious sparkle and holiday delight surround the park.

 

Elmo in the SeaWorld Parade
SeaWorld Orlando
A family looks at the Sea of Trees at SeaWorld Orlando

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is proud to present another year of its holiday-themed wonderland! Along with beautiful lights decked around the park, the 30-foot LEGO Christmas tree is ready and very, VERY bright. You can sing and dance along to iconic holiday music and rock around the Christmas tree during the LEGO Christmas Tree Spectacular. This interactive show features music, lights, and even snow – Florida snow that is. 

 

LEGOLAND Florida Resort
A family points at the Christmas lights in LEGOLAND Florida

Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center Goes Big... Really Big

Surround yourself with more than two million lights and festive decorations for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. This spectacular event will get you into the holiday spirit and leave you with lasting family memories for a lifetime. From a 60-foot towering Christmas tree to sheets of sparkling bulbs, this wonderland is full of holiday cheer.

 

Gaylord Palms atrium lit up with lights for the holiday season
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
Family in front of atrium Christmas tree at Gaylord Palms

When you’re out basking in the glow of Central Florida’s holiday lights, be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram using #MyKissimmee. For even more info on holiday happenings here in Kissimmee, subscribe to our newsletter.

 

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