Central Florida may not traditionally look like a winter wonderland, but that’s not stopping the holiday season from hitting the area at full speed this year. You’ll find plenty of seasonal events happening in and around Kissimmee and Celebration.
Tree Lighting Celebration- December 1
The holiday season officially kicks off in Orlando with the city’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Live holiday entertainment and food trucks will be on hand as the six-story tree is lit at Lake Eola Park on December 1st. Be sure to come back for a synchronized music and light show each evening at the Walt Disney Amphitheater.
Scrooge The Musical- December 1-17
Fun for the entire family, Scrooge The Musical hits the stage at Osceola Arts, also starting December 1st. The holiday favorite will have showings all three weekends, with both evening and matinee performances planned.
Festival of Lights Parade- December 9
December 9th is the day on the calendar for the annual Festival of Lights Parade in Downtown Kissimmee. This traditional holiday treat helps usher in the winter season with a parade full of floats, youth groups, plus community and city leaders on hand.
That same night is a chance to experience The Great Christmas Light Adventure and Jingle Bell Express Train at Green Meadows Petting Farm, also in Kissimmee. Guests are sure to be inspired by the thousands of holiday lights strung throughout the farm. The event includes a ride on the Jingle Bell Express train, crafts with the elves and a photo with Santa Claus.
Countdown to Christmas Concert- December 16
The next weekend brings the Countdown to Christmas Concert to Celebration Town Center. The special event is just one part of the location’s seasonal event calendar, also featuring an ice rink, carolers, carriage rides and nightly snowfall through New Year’s Eve.
Breakfast with Santa- December 17
In mid month, Santa Claus himself will also be at Celebration Golf Club for a special breakfast. The event is fun for both kids and grownups, with plenty of favorites on the menu that morning. Reservations are required to attend.
Cirque Musica Holiday ‘Believe’- December 23
Just before the big day, spend the evening of December 23 at Osceola Heritage Park with Cirque Musica Holiday’s presentation of ‘Believe’. This concert experience promises to bring in a live orchestra, accompanied by the cast from Cirque Musica, together leading visitors through an adventurous tribute to the holiday season.
You’ll also find a number of other Orlando-area events planned at some of the major attractions in the area. From Grinchmas at Universal to Holidays Around the World at Epcot, there’s plenty of holiday fun to be found through the month of December in the region.