Can you feel it? Sure, it’s 80-something degrees here in Central Florida, but there’s something about wreaths and garlands going up on our neighborhood entrance signs and palm trees lit up like candy canes in red & white twinkling lights that give you that “it’s the holiday season” feeling. Or maybe it’s just me! But this is the MOST wonderful time of the year, after all, so let’s go ahead and get ready to celebrate!
If your family’s anything like mine, you’re both excited about all the fun this season brings and dreading the extra expenses that naturally come with it. However, I am here to help you track down a ton of FREE holiday fun, starting with Christmas & Holiday Tree Lightings around Central Florida!

Check out this list of FREE Christmas and Holiday Tree Lightings around Central Florida for 2023

These 2023 Christmas & Holiday tree lightings around Central Florida are FREE events for you to take your family. Some even have food trucks if you want to make it a dinner night out, too!

Let us know in the comments if we missed any! And we hope you have fun! Take lots of pictures & feel free to tag us @OrlandoMomCollective on social media! 

Tree Lighting Festival

TREE LIGHTING, FOOD TRUCKS, AND SANTA
Center Lake Park
299 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo
November 30, 2023
5PM – 9PM

2023 Tree Lighting Celebration Lake Eola

Next date: Friday, December 01, 2023
5PM – 9PM

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Lake Concord Park

December 1, 2023
5pm – 8pm

Light Up DeLand

December 1, 2023 6 – 9PM at Volusia County Historic Courthouse112 West Indiana Avenue, DeLand

Join the City of DeLand & MainStreet DeLand Association as we reimagine the DeLand tradition of Light Up DeLand as part of the City of DeLand’s Winter Wonder DeLand season-long festivities! We’ll have carriage rides, shopping, seasonal food and drinks, a skating rink, live entertainment, Santa’s Workshop, and Santa will even be skydiving in! We’ll be sharing more details as December 1st approaches. Plan to kick off the season with us!

Light Up Winter Garden 2023

Friday, December 1
6PM – 9PM (Lighting at 6:15 pm)
Winter Garden City Hall, 300 W. Plant Street (Lighting) and throughout Historic Downtown
**Free

Annual Tree Lighting

Downtown Clermont – Dec. 1, 2023
Join us downtown for our annual tree lighting at City Hall Park and Downtown Clermont! There will be live music, food trucks, DJ, music, carolers, photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus (provided by Kiwanis Club of South Lake) and more! This is one of Clermont’s most popular traditions! We can’t wait to see everyone again to watch Downtown Clermont to be lit up by countdown!

Holiday in the Park

Friday, December 1, 2023
Kick off the holiday season in Lake Mary!
6PM – 9PM

Light Up Sanford Tree Lighting

December 1, 2023 – 7 – 8PM – Join us as we light the tree and kick off our holiday season!

Winter on the Avenue 

December 1, 2023
5PM – 9PM
Central Park – Kick Off the Holidays in Winter Park
On Friday, December 1, from 5 to 9 p.m., the festivities continue as the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and the City of Winter Park host Winter on the Avenue. This holiday street party will feature an array of activities including the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, presenting the city’s holiday tree in Central Park, a symbolic Menorah lighting, Santa Claus, Popcorn Flicks in the Park, live music, snow slides from the Parks & Recreation Family Fun Program, s’mores from the Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department, and so much more.

Light up Mount Dora

Sat Nov 25, 2023
4:30PM – 9PM
Age: All ages Price: Free

December 6, 2023

4:30 – 6PM – Santa and Mrs. Claus Free Books Triangle Elementary Children’s Choir The Grinch Holiday Treats Sponsored by Friends of the Library Please like us on Facebook!

Mount Dora Annual Christmas Walk 

Friday December 1, 2023

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, November 25th, 2023, Join Celebration Town Center for an incredible, magical Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick off the 25th Annual Now Snowing event in Celebration from 5:30-9:00 PM.  It’s a most wonderful evening featuring live music strolling carolers, a grand entrance by Santa Claus himself, and of course, the first snowfall of the season.  Following the Tree. Lighting at 6 PM, snow will fall nightly through December 31st.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

City Hall, 1300 9th Street, St Cloud

6 – 9PM

Get into the holiday spirit! Event includes musical performances, crafts, games and rides, a snow slide, visits with Santa and much more.

Season of Light

December 2, 2023 – Lake Lily Park, 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland, 5 – 8:30PM, Maitland’s annual Season of Light celebration will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Lake Lily Park. Bring the family for snow sledding, carnival games, fireworks, vendors, live music, a tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa. Admission is free.

Light up the Holidays Altamonte Springs

December 2, 2023
Time: 5 – 9PM
Cost: Admission is free. Food and beverages available for purchase
Rules: No coolers, glass or pets are permitted
Even if you can’t make it to these events, many of these are kick offs to the holiday season! You can still stroll around downtown areas, parks and more to enjoy the sights and sounds of this “most wonderful time of the year!”
Hope this is just the festive start to what I hope will be a VERY Merry Christmas & happy holidays for you & your family! 
First published 11/12/2022, updated 11/11/2022
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