Out and About: Dazzling Nights Presents a Variety of Holiday Light Displays at Orlando’s Leu Gardens

Dazzling Nights 2023 at Leu Gardens

Creative City’s “Dazzling Nights” has returned to Orlando’s Leu Gardens for another year of holiday entertainment, and we went to check this year’s displays out.

This year there were twelve areas of displays to encounter as we followed the path.

My favorite areas were the light tunnel in the “Joyful Journey” section, leading into the “Flamingo Flurries” section featuring huge holiday flamingos; along with the “Forest of Peace,” featuring a path of light-wrapped trees.

Dazzling Nights 2023 at Leu Gardens

Dazzling Nights 2023 at Leu Gardens

Dazzling Nights 2023 at Leu Gardens

The Holiday Hop featured pressure sensitive pads that triggered different lights on the ground. It was a big hit with the kids, as they ran around jumping on everything.

Dazzling Nights 2023 at Leu Gardens

Dazzling Nights 2023 at Leu Gardens

I really enjoyed the different areas of lights, but my experience had some problems. I have MS and use a walker to keep my balance. Unfortunately the Leu Gardens pathways have cracks and wholes that kept catching my wheels.

Not a huge problem when I can see them to steer around them, but many areas between the displays had little to no lighting so I couldn’t see any problems to avoid. My wheels caught several times during my time at the holiday event, even causing me to fall twice.

I finally used my phone’s flashlight function to light my way. If you have mobility issues or bad night vision, I would recommend bringing a flashlight for the in between areas.

Overall, though, “Dazzling Nights” is perfect for those that enjoy being surrounded by twinkling colored lights and holiday music, and spending time with family and friends. I’ve named it one of our Holiday picks for 2023.

Dazzling Nights 2023 at Leu Gardens

Dazzling Nights 2023 at Leu Gardens

Tickets to “Dazzling Nights” are $25 per adult, $22 for children, and are for timed entry between 5:30pm and 9:30pm each evening. Tickets must be purchased in advance at DazzlingOrlando.com. Tickets are not available for purchase in person at Leu Gardens.

On-site parking is available for a fee. Complimentary parking and shuttle service is available at Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Rees Avenue, Orlando.

Pro-Tips: Go to the bathroom when you first arrive, even if you think you don’t have to. All the other bathrooms along the trail are roped off and we couldn’t get to them. And bring your own bottle of water. The 8oz. one we purchased at the event was $3.95.

Dazzling Nights 2023 at Leu Gardens


Disclaimer: CitySurfing Orlando was invited to experience the “Dazzling Nights.” As always, my reviews are honest, and my own.


 

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida, and is head editor/writer at TheDisneyBlog.com. She's lived in Orlando near Walt Disney World since 1995, and still finds there's so much fun to be had in Central Florida.
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