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Experience the sights and sounds of the season when visiting Downtown for the Holidays. Throughout the entire month of December, downtown Orlando is offering free holiday events for all to enjoy! Stroll around Eola Wonderland. See the beautifully illuminated six-story Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree and watch in wonder as the lights dance to popular holiday music. Grab a blanket and enjoy a holiday movie by the lake. And many more festive events!

Be sure to visit Santa Claus at the Eola House. Santa will be available Friday – Sunday from December 6 – December 22 at the below times:

  • Friday and Saturday: 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please see below for holiday events. We look forward to seeing you Downtown for the Holidays!

Holiday Events Taking Place All Month Long

Deck the Downtown  

Downtown Orlando will be “decked-out” in festive lights and window decorations. A map will guide residents and guests as they walk the streets of downtown, enjoying the creativity and holiday spirit of each of the participating business locations. For more information, click here.

Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show

Every day from December 6 through December 22 at Lake Eola Park. During the show, the Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree comes alive with synchronized light and music. The show will take place at the following times: 5:45 p.m.; 6:45 p.m.; 7:45 p.m.; 8:45 p.m., and 9:45 p.m.

Santa Claus at the Eola House (512 E. Washington St.)

December 6 – December 22, 2019
Friday and Saturday: 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Calendar Events

December 1

Event Handel’s Messiah
Time 3:00 p.m.
Location Bob Carr Theater
Description Admission is free. The concert features many familiar masterworks such as the “Hallelujah Chorus,” performed by a 120+ member choir and professional soloists.

December 5

Event What’s Up Downtown for the Holidays
Time 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Location Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
Description The Downtown Development Board invites you to attend the annual holiday edition of What’s Up Downtown.  Pack up your lunch and head to the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park where you’ll experience song and dance performances by:

  • Mad Cow Theatre
  • The Russian Ballet Orlando
  • Howard Middle School Jazz Band, Howard Middle School Show Choir, and Howard Middle School Elective Orchestra
  • Wesley CDC’s 4-year-old class of First United Methodist Church of Orlando
  • The Nyce Guys

December 6

Event Tree Lighting Celebration
Time 5:00 p.m. festivities begin
Location Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
Description Kickoff the holiday season on at the City of Orlando’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration at Lake Eola Park. The highlight of the event is the lighting of the six-story Christmas tree featuring 88,000 animated lights. The event also includes live entertainment, holiday music, and TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar. If you’re unable to make it to the tree lighting, you can catch the synchronized light and music Christmas Tree Show each night starting at 5:45 p.m. The show will run each hour until 9:45 p.m.

December 7

Event Commissioner Sheehan’s Christmas in the Park
Time 5:00 p.m.
Location Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
Description Kids can visit Santa and tell him their Christmas wishes and place a letter in the mailbox to be mailed to the North Pole for Santa to read later. There will also be a performance by kids of all ages.

December 8

Event Mananitas a Guadalupe
Time 4:00 p.m.
Location Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
Description Annual Puerto Rican event celebrating our Lady of Guadalupe. Live music and family entertainment.

December 13

Event Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – Elf
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park with partner Mix 105.1
Description Free holiday movie.

December 14

Event Downtown Orlando Christmas Parade
Time 4:00 p.m.
Location Robinson Street and Orange Avenue
Description

The Rotary Club of Orlando is proud to announce plans for

their 2019 Downtown Orlando Christmas Parade, in

partnership with WKMG Channel 6 and the Salvation

Army’s Angel Tree program, collecting toys for

underprivileged children. Join the Rotary Club of Orlando for

the 2019 Downtown Orlando Christmas Parade and Family

Fun Fair! Festivities will take place from 2 pm – 6 pm.

Event Violectric Holiday Show
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
Description 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 in partnership with Mix 105.1.  Free and open to the public, the LIVE concert features traditional holiday songs mashed up with classic rock tunes and modern hits.

December 20

Event Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park with partner Mix 105.1
Description Free holiday movie.

December 21

Event The Nutcracker by the Russian Ballet of Orlando
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
Description The Russian Academy of Ballet presents a gift to the Orlando Community with a free performance of the traditional “The Nutcracker”.

December 27

Event Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Time 7:00 pm
Location Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park with partner Mix 105.1
Description Free holiday movie.

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