Things to do this weekend in Orlando: December 3- December 5

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It’s the first weekend of the holiday season. With cooler weather and so much to do, you’ll want to make sure that you get out there and have some fun.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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Oh, What Fun at Lake Nona Town Center

Visit 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!

Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest

Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest is open from 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.  There will be thousands to choose from!

Santa Photo Experience at The Mall At Millenia

The Magic of Santa is Back!  Celebrate the holiday season at Mall of Millenia as they present their classic Santa Photo Experience.  Make new holiday memories and share moments with Santa starting Wednesday, November 10th through Friday, December 24th. Reservations are required.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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Friday, December 3, 2021

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 their food trucks & vendors

City of Ocoee’s Evening with Santa

Join the City of Ocoee for a Light Dinner with Santa (free), letter writing stations, arts/crafts, & more! Space is limited and you must register via email!

Enzian Theater 12 Days of Christmas Movies

This holiday season, let’s celebrate what’s truly important in our lives, the reason for the season: holiday movies! Snuggling up and watching one of these feel-good films is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.

Light the Christmas Tree at Wekiva Island

In its sixth year, Winter Wonderland delights guests with nightly “snow” flurries, sparkling holiday décor, visits from Santa and other holiday characters and special events. In fact, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit Wekiva Island to officially kick off the event and light the giant Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Dec. 3.

Light Up Winter Garden

Visit Winter Garden to welcome the holiday season with this annual event to kick off our 38 days of Tis the Season. The lighting will take place at 6:15 pm at City Hall followed by various activities for all to enjoy. Sponsored by Duke Energy and the City of Winter Garden.

Songs of the Season at Dr. Phillips Frontyard

To celebrate the spirit of the season, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Full Sail University and Rollins College come together to present the fourth annual Songs of the Season. The community is invited to share in an evening of song, dance, and entertainment, including a chance to sing along with holiday favorites like Jingle Bells and Silent Night.

2021 Tree Lighting Celebration

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites Central Florida residents and visitors to ring in the holiday season and help countdown to the lighting of the City of Orlando’s Christmas tree at Lake Eola Park’s Washington Plaza. The event will include holiday performances at the Walt Disney Amphitheater, food trucks and a holiday market.

Winter on the Ave at Central Park

Begin the evening at the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Central Park just east of the Winter Park train station. Local musicians will perform beginning at 5 p.m. Winners of the Holiday Art Competition will be recognized, Rabbi Dovid Dubov of Chabad Orlando will light the menorah to celebrate the sixth night of Chanukah

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Avalon Aglow

Avalon’s Christmas parade at 3pm, fireworks at 9pm. Bounce Park, Food Trucks, Community Performances.

Casselberry Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Casselberry is hosting the annual tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 4, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lake Concord Park, behind City Hall. It’s going to be a night of great singing and holiday festivities.

Jingle Jam Community Holiday Party in Historic Downtown Sanford

Join us in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford for the 4th Annual Jingle Jam Community Holiday Party! Jingle Jam in Sanford has become one of the largest family events in downtown and draws thousands from all over Central Florida!

Lawton House Oviedo Tree Lighting

This much anticipated annual event is back this year. Enjoy hotdogs, drinks, and cookies as you delight in holiday songs from local youth and talented singer and carolers. Stay for the arrival of Santa as he lights the Christmas trees.

Leesburg Christmas Parade

Enjoy an evening of Holiday entertainment and fun for the whole family in Historic Downtown Leesburg with dazzling Christmas light displays and festive food!

Reindeer Games

This Holiday Season, The Orlando Vibe Dealer and State Representative Travaris McCurdy are bringing your family a new level of fun. REINDEER GAMES, a holiday experience for all to enjoy, with field day games such as red light, green light, tons of vendors, food trucks and a live Dj!

Santa at Winter Park Village

He’s making a list and checking it twice! Santa and his elf will be making appearances around Winter Park Village on December 4, 11 & 18 from 2-5 pm! Be sure to get all your Christmas wishes to Old St. Nick. Bring your camera for a keepsake photo!

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.

32nd Annual Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes

Celebrate the warmth and spirit of the season at the 32nd Annual Holiday Tour of Homes on December 4th, 12 to 9 pm. On this self-guided walking tour, step into the past as you are welcomed into some of the Sanford Historic District’s most charming private residences.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Community Chanukah Celebration at Reiter Park

Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando Presents Sunday, December 5, 2021 4:30-6:30 PM At Reiter Park in Longwood 311 W Warren Ave Featuring Musical Artist & Singer Yoel Sharabi Street Breakz – Break Dance Show Gelt Drop from SCFD Firetruck Chanukah Crafts, Bounce House, Donuts, Dreidels, Music, Dreidel on Stilts, Grand Menorah Lighting, Face Painting, Balloons & more!

Getdown Downtown Street Party

Maitland’s next Getdown Downtown street party will feature music from Blue Stone Circle – one of Central Florida’s most established special event bands – along with great food, vendors and family fun from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, on Independence Lane next to City Hall.

Holiday Pops in WInter Park

Bring your blanket and a picnic for a concert program of holiday favorites that will be sure to put everyone in the spirit of the season! This free concert is made possible by the Charlotte Julia Hollander Trust. The concert begins at 5 PM Parking is free for this event.

Interactive Movie: Muppet Christmas Carol

Bah humbug! This Dickens classic comes to life on the big screen as Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzie, and the rest of the Muppets attempt to change the fate of grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge.

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.

The DeLand Christmas Light Show

Presented by Stetson Baptist Church. With almost 10,000 LED lights and over 2,100 individual lighting channels, The DeLand Christmas Light Show is an event you won’t want to miss! Watch from your car and listen over the radio on station (TBA).


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