Travel - November 28, 2018

The best places in Central Florida if you like Christmas lights (tip: Lake Nona first!)

December starts and parks, avenues and streets are adorned, reminding the spirit of Christmas with many lights, symbols and carols. The list that Click Orlando website has prepared inspired us! So we picked five must-see shows in Central Florida for those who enjoy the Christmas lights!

  1. Lake Nona Lights

East Park Subdivision off Narcoosee Road at 9800 Old Patina Way, Orlando.

  • Runs nightly through the New Year.
  • Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

According to the Lake Nona Lights website, the festive display opened in 2012. It features synchronized lights, music and lighting effects. Each year, the founders said their goal is to keep the show “fun, bright and tasteful.”

  1. Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show

Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St., Orlando.

  • Runs daily through Jan. 5.
  • Show takes place at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Take a stroll through Eola Wonderland to see the beautiful six-story Eola Wonderland tree light up to synchronized light and music. It is free to enjoy this festive display. You can also visit Santa Claus at the Eola House through Dec. 23 on Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  1. Bivona Christmas Lights Show 

1601 N Wind Ct., Winter Springs.

  • Runs nightly from Dec. 1  through Jan. 1.
  • Monday through Sunday from dusk to 11 p.m.

The Bivona Christmas Lights Show is an annual tradition that started in 1983 with the original founder, Charlie Bivona. According to the event’s Facebook page, the Bivonas spend their free time and effort making the show spectacular because “it is about reminding everyone what the Christmas spirit is all about.” This year, organizers added more than 2,000 lights to the display and plan to add an additional song. There is no cost to enjoy the lights. Organizers just ask you bring your holiday spirit and respect the neighbors!

  1. Magic of Lights Daytona

Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach.

  • Runs daily through Dec. 31.
  • Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy festive holiday lights from the comfort of your own car. Magic of Lights features more than a mile of lights using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Among the new light displays for this year is Reindeer Crossing, where Santa’s sled jumps over your vehicle; the 200-foot Candy Cane Lane; and the Snowflake Forest. Tickets cost $20 per car in advance, $25 per car at the gate Monday through Thursday or $30 Friday through Sunday. You can purchase tickets online or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

  1. Light Up Mount Dora

Donnelly Park, 530 N Donnelly St, Mount Dora.

  • Runs daily through Feb. 4.

City officials say the 37th annual Light Up Mount Dora may be the biggest Light Up event in 16 years! Stroll through Donnelly Park and enjoy the festive display at no charge. Visitors can enjoy the displays in and around Mount Dora through Feb. 4.

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