Things to do this weekend in Orlando: November 26- November 28

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Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re celebrating, enjoy getting together with the family and the delicious meals. When that’s over, be sure to come back and check out what there is to do this weekend in Orlando.

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Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild at the Central Florida Zoo

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will transform at night into the Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild! Experience the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before! See over 30 different, hand-constructed illuminated lantern displays around the Zoo on a 3/4 mile path.

Eagle Lake Carnival

Enjoy family fun over Thanksgiving break with midway rides and games for all ages and deep-fried treats, sweets and other tasty carnival eats. Event parking and admission are free.

Fusionfest at Dr.Phillips Center

A free two-day celebration in Downtown Orlando featuring a kaleidoscopic fusion of aromas, sights, sounds, tastes, textures, and fascinating short films that represent the diverse origins and heritages of our community

Gingerbread houses at Publix Aprons Cooking School

This class allows you and your children (up to three kids) to decorate your own gingerbread house. One adult is required for each family group; children should be at least 4 years old. We’ll provide the materials, you bring your creativity and holiday spirit!

Holiday Fountain Show at Cranes Roost Park

A crowd favorite, the Plaza fountain features special shows with dancing water and dazzling lights choreographed to classic holiday tunes. Show runs nightly at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. except during the holiday movie nights on December 9 and 16.

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.

House of Mouse Expo

The first-ever House of Mouse Expo kicks off November 27th and 28th 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (9 a.m. VIP) at Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South.

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. More than a dozen interactive experiences await in this multi-sensory, immersive Orlando attraction.

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!

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 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. Reservations are required.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Black Friday Workshop for Kids at The Art Room Orlando

Parents bring your kids to create their very own Countdown to Christmas Rudolph the Red  nosed Reindeer! Get a jump on your Christmas shopping while the kids get creative and have fun!

Brew & View Family Fridays at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co

Tis the Season for Christmas Movies at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co! Enjoy Family Friday all December long with fun for the whole family. Watch Christmas classics on our 20ft Screen, Get some shopping done and stop by our vendors and grab some food from our food trucks & vendors!

Light Up Eustis

On Friday, November 26, 2021 the City of Eustis will host the 34th Annual Light-Up Eustis Celebration in historic downtown from 5 – 9 p.m. with a specular light-up ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m at the Bandshell in Ferran Park (250 Ferran Park Drive).

Night of Destruction at Orlando Speedworld


Saturday, November 27, 2021

Clare and The Chocolate Nutcracker

Orlando Community Arts, Inc., proudly presents, Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker, a holiday favorite and urban adaption of the classical Nutcracker story written by E.T.A. Hoffman. This holiday production captures the rich pageantry of traditions and flair that highlights cultural diversity in Central Florida.

Home for the Holidays at Festival Park featuring Orlando Philharmonic

Experience Home for the Holidays in the beauty of the outdoors with the wonderful sounds of the season! With the Holiday Singers, children’s choir, and other favorite guests, it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season with your Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Light Up Kissimmee

Kissimmee Main Street presents “Light up Kissimmee”. Our Christmas season kick-off begins by lighting up the entire Kissimmee’s Historic Downtown with wonderful holiday decor and lights! Jolly Holidays!

Nailed It November Kids Build It

One of the best parts of Nailed It® is the smile on a child’s face when they’ve built a project that has a purpose! This light up drop spot is perfect for any number of uses – treats for Santa, candy at Halloween or a landing spot for your child’s important things.

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.

Winter Garden Holiday Movie at the Pavilion

Grab blankets and chairs (holiday pajamas welcome too) and get cozy to watch a Holiday Moonlight Movie under the stars! The City is presenting The Polar Express (G, 100 minutes) on Saturday, November 27.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Chanukah at Crayola

Join us for an amazing morning out at your favorite coloring place! Gear up for the joyus Jewish holiday of Chanukah. Experience the Crayola effect and Chanukah at the same time!

1st Night of Hanukkah at Green Acres Farm of Oviedo

Come on out to the farm and join us for candle lighting on the first night of Hanukkah! Feel free to bring your own Hanukkah menorah (hanukkiah) and candles if you’d like.

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.

Peanut Butter Family Matinee at Enzian Theater

Our Peanut Butter Matinee Family Film Series usually occurs on the fourth Sunday of the month. It is always family friendly and FREE for kids 12 & under. A special Kid’s Menu is also offered!

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