15 Ways to Enjoy the 2016 Holidays in Central Florida

15 Ways to Enjoy the 2016 Holidays in Central Florida - Santa

Sunshine, sandy beaches, and temps in the 80s don’t invoke Christmas, but Orlando has a lot of ways to get into the holiday spirit. From theme parks to resort spectaculars to winter carnivals, Central Florida has plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays.

Here are our picks for the ten best ways to celebrate Christmas week in Central Florida:

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Light Up UCF Returns For 2016 Holiday Season Nov 18 – Jan 7

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s best annual holiday traditions, takes place at the CFE Arena at UCF

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s best annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 18, 2016, and runs through January 7, 2017.

During the event, the area in and around the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, holiday music and rides.

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Enter to Win Tickets to the Winter Science Spectacular at the Orlando Science Center Dec 19 – Jan 3

Holidays in Florida are not known for white winters, but the Orlando Science Center is changing that with their Winter Science Spectacular running December 19 through January 3, 2016.

Winter Science Spectacular at the Orlando Science Center

Learn while you have fun, with exhibits like “Animals in Winter” which shows how different animals adapt to cold weather changes where they live, including hibernating, migrating, and more.

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Light Up UCF Returns For 2015 Holiday Season Starting November 13

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 13, 2015, and runs through January 3, 2016.

Light Up UCF 2015

During the event, the area in and around the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, holiday music and rides.

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Enter to Win Family 4-Pack of Tickets to Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at Amway Center September 4, 2015

As we mentioned earlier this summer, Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic will be at the Amway Center September 4-6, and we have a family four-pack of tickets to giveaway to one of the performances.

Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, and will be in Orlando for six performances.

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Light Up UCF Returns For 2014 Holiday Season Starting November 14

Light Up UCF 2014Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 14, 2014, and runs through January 4, 2015.

During the event, the area in and around the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, holiday music and rides.

In addition to the fan favorite Ice Rink Pavilion, the CFE Federal Credit Union Ferris Wheel, Blizzard ride, the Arctic Glide Ice Slide presented by Race Trac and Santa’s Workshop presented by Coca-Cola, there are several free opportunities for all to enjoy, including the Holiday Light Show presented by Orlando Sanford International Airport with thousands of lights choreographed to seasonal musical selections and snow, spun by a live DJ.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Offer Ice Skating as Part of its Frozen Summer Fun Event #FrozenSummer

Disney's Frozen Olaf

This summer, as part of the park’s massive Frozen promotion, guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to ice skate at the park.

You read that right…ice skate.

We mentioned it in our earlier article on the Frozen Summer at Disney, but we had so many questions about it, we thought we’d fill you in on what details we know.

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Light Up UCF Opens for 2012 Holiday Season of Fun on November 16

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 16, 2012, and runs through January 6, 2013.

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During the event, the area in and around the University of Central Florida arena is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, holiday music and rides.

Opening weekend will have a concert by country artist Dustin Lynch at the UCF arena building. It starts at 5pm on November 18, and is free to attend.

Several times throughout the event, they’re also showing free movies outdoors on a two-story screen. According to their schedule, here are the movies they have lined up (start times are at 7pm, with a repeat at 9:30pm):

  • Friday, November 16 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Wednesday, November 21 — It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Friday, November 23 — The Santa Claus 2
  • Wednesday, November 28 — Fred Claus
  • Saturday, December 1 — Polar Express
  • Wednesday, December 5 — The Santa Claus
  • Friday, December 7 — How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Saturday, December 8 — Veggie Tales
  • Thursday, December 13 — The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Friday, December 14 — Arthur Christmas
  • Saturday, December 15 — Mickey’s Magical Christmas
  • Wednesday, December 19 — A Christmas Story
  • Friday, December 21 — Elf
  • Saturday, December 22 — Home Alone
  • Wednesday, December 26 — A Christmas Carol
  • Sunday, December 30 — A Miracle on 34th Street
  • Friday, January 4 — Home Alone 2

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Light Up UCF Opens for 2011 Holiday Season of Fun

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 11, 2011, and runs through January 1, 2012.

During the event, the area in and around the University of Central Florida arena is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, holiday music and rides.

Several times throughout the event, they’re also showing free movies outdoors on a two-story screen. According to their schedule, here are the movies they have lined up (start times are at 7pm, with a repeat at 9:30pm):

  • Friday, November 11 – Home Alone
  • Friday, November 18 – Elf
  • Saturday, November 19 – It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Wednesday, November 23 – The Santa Claus
  • Saturday, November 26 – Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Tuesday, November 29 – Fred Claus
  • Friday, December 09 – A Christmas Story
  • Saturday, December 10 – Home Alone 2
  • Friday, December 16 – Polar Express
  • Tuesday, December 20 – Miracle on 34th Street
  • Friday, December 23 – A Christmas Carol
  • Friday, December 30 – Santa Claus 2

Santa will also be making appearances at the neighboring Barnes & Noble for photo ops on the weekends and every day from December 16-23. Price for the photo is $12.50.

It’s free to wander around but there is a charge for the rides. There is also a charge for using the ice skating rink ($12 nightly skating/$19.75 nightly unlimited skate and rides pass/$75 seasonal skate pass).

Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster. Light up UCF has several group packages, including discounts on skating for groups of 10 or more.

Hours are Monday through Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Fridays 5pm to midnight , Saturday 11am to midnight, and Sundays 11am to 10pm.

For more info on the event, visit the Light Up UCF website.

Light Up UCF Opens for 2010 Holiday Season

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s annual holiday traditions starts up today (November 12, 2010) and runs through January 2, 2011.

During the event, the area in and around the University of Central Florida arena is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, holiday music and rides.

Several times throughout the event, they’re also showing free movies outdoors on a two-story screen. Check their schedule for what’s playing when.

Santa will also be making appearances for photo ops on the weekends.

It’s free to wander around but there is a charge for the rides. There is also a charge for using the ice skating rink ($12 nightly/$75 seasonal pass).

Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster. Light up UCF has several group packages, including discounts on skating for groups of 10 or more.

For more info on the event, visit the Light Up UCF website.

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