Experience Downtown for the Holidays

Throughout the holiday season, downtown Orlando offers free holiday events for all to enjoy! Stroll around Eola Wonderland to see the dazzling holiday décor and lights. See the beautifully illuminated Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree and watch in wonder as the lights dance to popular holiday music. From the Star on Orange Avenue to movie nights at Lake Eola Park, downtown Orlando offers many festive events to enjoy.   


Snap a Selfie in Front of the Star on Orange Avenue

The rising of the Jack Kazanza Star is a holiday tradition in downtown Orlando that has been around for more than 50 years. Since the 1950’s, the lighting of the 600-pound golden star has become a symbol of the start of the holiday season. Make sure to not let the holiday season pass without viewing this wonder on the corner of Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard! 


Check out the DĂ©cor Around Lake Eola Park

The captivating décor around Lake Eola Park is a must-see!  Walk around the area and witness a whole new feel to Lake Eola Park in the evening. Here you will come across beautiful holiday decorations including an oversized snowflake, reindeer, and the Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree.


Watch the Christmas Tree Show

The Christmas Tree Light Show is put on multiple times each evening throughout the holiday season. Located by the Walt Disney Amphitheater, the show includes the 64-foot wonderland Christmas tree coming alive with synchronized lights and music. To maximize the special moment, we suggest watching the Christmas Tree Show from one of the Lake Eola swan boats.


Catch a Movie at Lake Eola Park

Come down to the East Lawn at Lake Eola Park and enjoy a free holiday movie. Don’t forget your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks! Information on holiday movies will be listed on our event page as the holidays approach.


Attend a Free Event

Lake Eola Park serves as a host to several exciting holiday events.

Each year, the Russian Academy of Ballet presents a gift to the Orlando Community with a free performance of the traditional ballet The Nutcracker.

The Vioelectric holiday show is also another must-see event. Vioelectric is a strings supergroup that puts on an annual holiday show at Walt-Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola.  Free and open to the public, the concert features traditional holiday songs mashed up with classic rock tunes and modern hits.

We look forward to welcome you downtown for the holidays!