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The Best Places To See The Holiday Lights in North America

Christina Munkberg

Christina Munkberg Bianca is the Broker, team leader, and top producer for the Munkberg Bianca Group, a Baldwin Park, Orlando-based residential real e...

Christina Munkberg Bianca is the Broker, team leader, and top producer for the Munkberg Bianca Group, a Baldwin Park, Orlando-based residential real e...

Dec 4 8 minutes read

The holidays have arrived!

Not only do we love this time of year, but we love seeing all of the gorgeous lights and decorations all over North America.

We included some of the best places to see Holiday lights in Orlando as well. Whether you're in Baldwin Park, Winter Park, Winter Garden, near Lake Eola or Mount Dora there is an option for you!

1. Winter Spark Parade on New Broad St | Baldin Park, Orlando

Holiday festival with artists, vendors, food and an opportunity for pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, followed by a fantastic lighted parade down 4915 New Broad St, Baldwin Park.

Despite the heat, Orlando still becomes a winter wonderland every December. Twinkling lights and giant moving characters fill the yards of certain special Central Florida homes. Everyone knows the big decorations people put in their own neighborhood, but these colorful displays by the pros are popping up all across Orlando.

Then you can venture through the Baldwin Park neighborhood and see the array of lights!

December 14 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2. Winter on the Avenue | Winter Park, Orlando

Kickoff the holidays in Winter Park. Join in the tradition of Winter Park holiday festivities as Park Avenue is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a tree lighting, carolers, and a visit from Santa. Be part of this tradition as Park Avenue is transformed into a winter wonderland for a holiday street party.

December 6 | 5 PM - 10 PM | Central Park, Park Avenue, Winter Park

You can also see in Winter Park, Johanessen Lights.
7849 Georgeann St, Winter Park, FL 32792
Opens December 6, 2019

  • A private home decorated with 250,000 lights and displays
  • Featured on the show, The Great Christmas Light Fight
  • FREE but donations accepted to help them continue to spread the Christmas cheer every year

3. Deck the DTO 2019 | Lake Eola, Orlando

The Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree comes alive with a synchronized light and music show every night. For the entire month of December, the storefronts of Downtown Orlando will be “decked out” in festive lights and window decorations in celebration of the holiday season. Residents and visitors are invited to take a stroll down the streets of Downtown, free of charge, and enjoy the creativity and holiday spirit.

4. Light Up UCF | UCF, Orlando

The holiday tradition in E. Orlando takes place next to the CFE Arena on the UCF campus and is open daily from Nov. 16th to Jan. 1st, including all major holidays. Get your fill of festive fun with ice skating, rides, Santa and Christmas lights as far as the eye can see.  This event is free to attend with the option of purchasing tickets for rides or a wristband for unlimited cheer. 

5. Hershey Sweetlights | Hershey Park, Pennsylvania

Experience the magic of nearly 600 illuminated displays from the comfort of your heated car! Hershey Sweetlights, is located inside of Hershey Park and is a part of Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, a seasonal festival held every year at the park that includes over 4 million lights, rides and roller coasters and more.

6. Winter Festival of Lights | Niagara Falls, Ontario

This spectacular celebration dates back to 1982 and is Canada's largest illumination festival. Over 1.8 million people flock to Niagara Falls every year to enjoy 15 Canadian Wildlife displays, over fifty trees wrapped in lights, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, a light show on the Toronto Power Generating Station, the two-storey tall Zimmerman Fountain, and a visitor favourite, Noah’s Ark!

7. Illumination at Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Illinois

This award-winning light show is a mile long walking tour through the 50 acre arboretum with stunning lights, music, and projections. You can even warm up by the crackling fire while roasting marshmallows!

8. Austin Trail of Lights | Austin, Texas

See Zilker Park transform into the walk-through Trail of Lights that attracts thousands of locals and tourists every year. The celebration includes two million lights, 90 holiday trees, over 70 displays, and nightly entertainment. This year marks the 55th annual celebration!

9. Busch Garden's Christmas Town | Williamsburg, Virginia

Busch Gardens goes all out for their holiday celebration, including over 10 million lights, a tree maze, rides and coasters, festive food and drinks, holiday shopping, and heart-warming shows. Even Rudolph stops to make an appearance at the celebration!

10. Denver Botanic Gardens | Denver, Colorado

Celebrate the holiday season at the Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens! This event has been a local favorite for over three decades and transforms York Street into a winter wonderland. You won't want to miss the spectacular 360-degree immersive light experience!

11. Disneyland | Anaheim, California

Who wouldn't want to celebrate one of the most magical times of the year at one of the most magical places in the world? As expected, Disneyland goes all out for their seasonal celebration with festive decor, classic park attractions turned into a winter wonderland, and the Season of Lights evening shows.

12. Festival of Lights | Vancouver, Canada

Hosted in the VanDusen Botanical Garden, the Festival of Lights is a yearly celebration that includes a carousel, mesmerizing dancing lights on Livingstone Lake, Santa's Lodge for free photos with Santa, and tons of selfie spots and photo opps for the whole family!

13. Light Up Mount Dora | Downtown Mount Dora, Orlando

The entire downtown is perfectly decorated in 2 million sparkling lights for the season!

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14. Christmas at Hogwarts | Diagon Alley, Universal Studios

Who doesn’t wish they could spend every Christmas at Hogwarts? While 75 degrees of Florida sunshine doesn’t exactly live up to the magic of haunted English castles, you can still relish in the Wizarding World’s Christmas light show at Hogsmeade Village and Diagon Alley. 

Universal Studios has added more than movie magic to their holiday decor.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been given a holiday makeover. See dazzling Christmas lights covering Hogwarts and Diagon Alley.  This is the perfect gift for the festive Harry Potter fan in your family.

15. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas | Disney, Orlando

Being in Orlando, of course, we have to speak about Disney. Every Disney Park are a sight to see during Christmas. Celebrate the Holidays in Orlando with the merriest of mice during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas at Walt Disney World.  Mickey and Minnie have one Christmas wish, and that's to see your little ones smile with joy and delight at the site of their holiday decor and Christmas lights in Walt Disney World.

If you thought you could only experience the magic of a Disney Christmas inside one of the parks think again.  The holiday cheer has been strewn all across the many Walt Disney World Resorts as well.

If the idea of heading to an Orlando theme park during the holidays brings out the Grinch in you, there is a free and festive alternative.  Disney Springs Christmas lights and holiday decor will get you in the spirit.

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