Things to do this weekend in Orlando: December 10- December 12

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We’re kicking off the second weekend into one of my favorite holiday months. Between the decorations, the music, and the eggnog, I just can’t get enough! There is a wide variety of events happening throughout the month so be sure to check out what there is to do this weekend in Orlando below. 

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Things To Do This Weekend in Orlando

Here are some fun activities to take the kids to this weekend.

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Cranes Roost Park Holiday Light Displays

Enjoy over 200,000 lights on more than 100 holiday displays powered by Duke Energy. The highlight in the park is the 60-foot tall Christmas tree with more than 8,000 energy-efficient LED lights, 2,600 ornaments and over one mile of garland. Displays can be viewed nightly until January 2, 2022.

Family Fun Night at The Sharing Center

Spend a family night together completing volunteer projects for The Sharing Center, which offers programs to prevent hunger and homelessness in the community. Pizza and drinks are provided. This is a recurring monthly event open to parents, grandparents and children ages 5 and up.

Gatorland’s Ho Ho Ho Down

Come out to the “Alligator Capital of the World” and enjoy holiday festivities at Gatorland’s Holiday Ho, Ho Ho-Down event weekends starting December 4th through the 19th. Enjoy Family Friendly Holiday Fun, included in the regular price of admission.

Leu Gardens Dazzling Nights

Experience Dazzling Nights, a 3/4 mile walk-through, immersive, holiday light experience. You can arrive at Leu Gardens up to 30 minutes before your timed entry. Children ages 2 and under can enter for free.

Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf

Journey into Buddy the Elf’s world to help save the holiday, in this all-new Gaylord Hotels original experience inspired by the hit Christmas film, Elf™. Complete fun-filled activities to muster enough Christmas cheer to power the Kringle 3000 and Santa’s sleigh.

Oh, What Fun at Lake Nona Town Center

Join us in Lake Nona Town Center, or as it’s known for the holidays, Peppermint Square. This year, we’re spreading the holiday cheer with more snow, more shows, more photo spots, and more magical encounters than ever before!

Orlando Ballet Nutcracker

During this one-hour version of the enchanting annual favorite, Patrons are carried along on a magical 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.

Oviedo Mall Holiday Market

The Oviedo Mall Holiday Market returns for 2021! Looking to get your holiday shopping done in record time while supporting small businesses? The Oviedo Mall Holiday Market is the place for you!

Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest

Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest November 20 through December 19. Tickets must be purchased in advance to guarantee entry. Tree Sales only.  Purchase a northern pre-cut Christmas tree, or cut your own Florida Christmas tree.

Santa Photo Experience at The Mall At Millenia

The Magic of Santa is Back!  Celebrate the holiday season with us once again as we present our classic Santa Photo Experience.  Make new holiday memories and share moments with Santa starting Wednesday, November 10th through Friday, December 24th.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Breakthrough Theatre Company presents the Barbara Robinson play, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, from December 3-13, 2021. In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history.

The Light The World with Love Christmas Concert at ICON Park

From December 6 to 11, local high school, church, and community choirs will perform at ICON Park nightly from 5 through 8 p.m. Each night, four choirs will perform traditional Christmas songs in front of ICON Park’s holiday tree.

2021 Fezziwig Festival

The 2021 Fezziwig Festival kicks off on December 4 with a Tree Lighting ceremony after the Hunter’s Creek Holiday Parade. The fun continues for the next two Fridays & Saturdays (10 & 11, 17 & 18). Each night will have food, music, and events for the whole family. You won’t want to miss it!

Winter Springs Winter Wonderland of Lights

Tis’ the season for joy and celebration at Winter Wonderland of Lights presented by AdventHealth! Drive through Central Winds Park and view holiday lights for FREE by the City and local businesses and organizations.

Friday, December 10, 2021

A Holiday Homecoming

This December, the Central Florida Community Choir, members of the CFCArts Symphony Orchestra, as well as the CFCArts Dance Company return to their holiday roots as they present A Holiday Homecoming: The Annual CFCArts Holiday Extravaganza!

Food Truck Friday in Celebration

Make plans to join us at Lakeside Park from 5 – 9 p.m. for our monthly culinary event, as we feature many of the region’s top food trucks.  As always, admission is free for all. Seating is limited, so we do recommend everyone to bring a folding chair or a blanket to sit on.

Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park

Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – Polar Express | December 10 at 7 pm | East Lawn at Lake Eola Park. Pack your blankets, chairs, and snacks for the whole family to enjoy The Polar Express. This free, family-friendly event is a fun way to enjoy the holidays.   December 17th: The Santa Clause.

Light Up Hannibal Square Heritage Center

Ring in the holiday season with free cocoa and live music while you watch Hannibal Square Heritage Center light up at 6:30 pm. Bring your own outdoor seating, or enjoy from the comfort of your car in the parking lot. This will be a free, family friendly event.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the Grinch in Avalon Park

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus plus the Grinch! Join us in the Ballroom at the Pavilion for photos with Santa, the Grinch, craft making, snacks, and holiday music!

Very Merry Movies: A Christmas Story at Waterford Lakes

Nothing says holiday more than our favorite holiday movies!  Join us for Very Merry Movies, presented by AdventHealth, featuring A Christmas Story at Waterford Lakes Town Center.  Bring your blankets and your favorite snacks for a fun family night out.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Christmas Spectacular by Gymnastics USA in Winter Garden

Food Trucks, Santa Visit, WHOLE Family Open Gym, Winter Garden Vendors, Rock Climbing, DJ Music, Raffles & Prizes, Winter Garden Swag, Snow Fall, and CHRISTMAS!

CrocFest 2021

Gatorland®, The Alligator Capital of the World, will proudly host for the first time on Dec. 11, 2021, CrocFest, the annual fundraising event for crocodiles in peril, which has raised more than $600,000 in the last 11 years.

Saturdays at Avian Reconditioning Center

The Avian Reconditioning Center is open to the public on Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, weather permitting. Our resident raptors are on display under the education pavilion and volunteers are always eager to share their knowledge of these fascinating birds with visitors.

Maitland’s Movies in the Park

Maitland Movie in the Park will present the holiday favorite “The Santa Clause” at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 11, at Independence Square next to City Hall. Bring a blanket and chairs to watch the movie under the stars with holiday trivia and free popcorn.

The Vegan Outlet

Free monthly event on the 2nd Saturday every month. Family and pet-friendly! An all VEGAN Event with over 20 vendors including food, crafts, art, desserts, and drinks Live music plus indoor and outdoor seating available Outdoor Event with Indoor space


Tinkergarten, the innovator in outdoor education, is hosting their annual Lantern Walks in Ocoee’s Freedom Park, Altamonte Springs’ Langford Park, and Lake Mary’s Greenwood Lakes Park with participation in hundreds of similar events nationwide.

Violectric Holiday Show

Rock in the holidays with the popular strings super-group “Violectric” at the annual Violectric Holiday Show presented by the City of Orlando Department of Families, Parks and Recreation.  Free and open to the public, the concert features traditional holiday songs mashed up with classic rock tunes and modern hits.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Free Family FunDay at Mennello Museum

Every second Sunday of the month is Free Family Funday! Join us at the museum for free admission all day, plus a take-home art project for the first 30 children.

Funspot Orlando’s Huge Christmas

Fun Spot’s HUGE Christmas is back for a second year! You better watch out — Fun Spot’s HUGE Christmas is coming to town! Now through January 2nd, we’re bringing some festive fun to our Orlando and Kissimmee parks — some of which are at no extra cost to you. Enjoy our Merry & Bright Christmas Lights, “Deck the Walls” Foto Spots, tasty Christmas Delights and more! We’ve been busy decking the halls — and everything else!

Holiday Market at Hamlin

Shop a wide variety of unique small businesses at the Apartment 20 Events, LLC Holiday Market. Enjoy FREE ADMISSION, over 100 artisan and craft vendors, kids zone with bounce houses, holiday craft area, meet Santa and mail letters, music, raffles, food, and fun at this pet-friendly event! This event is also a Baby DJ Toy Drop-Off Location!

Old Town Family Movie Night

Bring the entire family to watch free movies on a big screen. Old Town will play family-friendly movies and classics every Sunday night. Bring a chair, grab some snacks at your favorite Old Town store, and spend the night watching a movie underneath the stars.

Santa’s Sunday Funday

Santa’s Sunday Funday is taking over Pour Choice Taphouse Parking Lot! Bring the kids to meet Santa & play some reindeer games, listen to live blues music by Shreddie King, shop from local vendors & enjoy some Christmas spirits!

Wekiva Island’s Winter Wonderland Sleigh Ride

Visit Weikva Island’s Winter Wonderland for a holiday experience like no other, Santa Sleigh Rides on the water! This experience takes place every Saturday and Sunday but is limited to 6 guests per ride. Winter Wonderland is back, and it’s bigger than ever!

Winter Garden Golf Cart Parade 2021

On December 12, 2021, the West Orange Junior Service League will host the 9th Annual WG Christmas Golf Cart Parade by gathering at Bradford Park before heading out for our Downtown Winter Garden parade!

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