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.

Several times throughout the event, they will also be showing free movies outdoors on a two-story screen. Films start at 7pm on Wednesdays, and Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and 9:30pm. A listing of all scheduled movies can be found online.

Of course, Santa will be making appearances for photo ops. Price for the photos start at $12 for digital, or $13 for hard copies.

It’s free to wander around, and check out the Holiday lights, but there is a charge for the rides ($4.25-$6.50), which include an Ice Slide and a Ferris Wheel. There is also a charge for using the outdoor tented ice skating rink ($12 nightly skating/$19.75 nightly unlimited skate and rides pass), and for carriage rides (starting at $5 per person).

Light Up UCF starts at 5pm Monday through Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the rides, and more info, is available at the CFE Arena Box Office or online at

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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