Things To Do In Orlando: December 2020 Edition

Looking for the inside scoop on where to see Santa in Orlando this year? He’ll be making stops all around town this December, bringing merriment as he goes.

Looking for the inside scoop on where to see Santa in Orlando this year? He’ll be making stops all around town this December, bringing merriment as he goes. And there’s so much more to celebrate for Christmas in Orlando in 2020: from parades to balloon glows to holiday hayrides, round up the family and get ready to enjoy some safe, outdoor holiday fun, Florida-style! Christmas 2020 might look a little different than other years, but there’s still plenty of sparkles and fun to be had for the whole family. The major theme parks have got lots of magic coming our way and there’s so much to offer beyond the parks as well.

Santa's Christmas Tree Forest & Fun

December 1st- 13th


Santa's Farm has been bringing the merriment at Christmas time since 1989. This year will be no different, aside from a few safety precautions. Yes you can...cut down your very own Florida Christmas tree in our 17 acre field. They supply the saw and the twine to tie it, and you just bring the fun. Any U-cut tree under 10 feet is just $45!

Peak and off-peak days also offer exciting family activities. Take a tractor-pulled hayride, bounce on their giant bounce pillow, ride a pony and visit their farm animal petting zoo! These are just a few of the activities we have to offer. Santa Clause will be available for no contact visitations and photos on select days as well.

Orlando Balloon Glow

December 4th – 7th

This exciting annual event is now in its 4th year! A magical sight for all ages, the participating balloons will be taking off at dusk, filling the night sky with light and color.

The balloons will be inflated at 5pm, before launching at around 8pm (subject to weather conditions). If you fancy taking in the event from above, you can pre-book a tethered ride in advance from just $20 per person – there is even a special romantic ride for couples!

This popular event will also offer tethered rides (weather permitting!), refreshments from the best local food vendors and plenty of fun activities for kids.

Winter Park Christmas Parade 2020

December 5th

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 68th annual Winter Park Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade. The event has been held each December for more than 60 years, making it the oldest continuous holiday parade in Central Florida.

Cheez-It Bowl

December 29th

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? The 2020 Cheez-It Bowl, featuring top teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12, will take place Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Camping World Stadium and will be broadcast on ESPN.


New Year’s Eve 2021 at Howl at the Moon Orlando!

December 31st


Celebrate the return of Howl at the Moon on NYE. Are you ready to have the best New Year’s Eve Party to date? Then book a New Year’s Eve package with Howl at the Moon Orlando! Our variety of packages offer you and your friends everything you need to kiss 2020 goodbye and start the New Year having a blast. It's safe to say that we're more than excited to kiss 2020 goodbye and ring in the New Year with all of you!

Orlando New Year's Eve 2021 - The Masquerade

December 31

Perfectly located on the ground level floor of 390 North Orange in beautiful downtown Orlando. THE ONLY location with a secured/enclosed COMPLEMENTARY VALIDATED parking garage. The distinctive design features an immaculate lobby and newly renovated courtyard that comfortably accommodates 800+ guests.

Courtyard 390's atmosphere focuses on signature cocktails, all world sounds in an outdoor Miami style garden, VIP pavilions, late night cuisine, and two different ambiance rooms for the full entertainment experience of our guests.


New Year’s Eve: The Best Party in Orlando at Taverna Opa

December 31, 2020



Shake off 2020 with the ultimate Greek party at Taverna Opa! Celebrate 2021 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with Greek food and entertainment while dancing the night away at the most festive party in Orlando. Taverna Opa has a spacious outdoor dining area so you can enjoy the fresh air while you savor family-style appetizers, individual entrées, a dessert station, belly dancers and DJ entertainment for $85 per person plus tax and gratuity. Book by November 30th for 10% off your ticket at


Throughout December:

Holidays at Walt Disney World® Resort

December 1st- 30th

To all who have been longing for this happy place, Walt Disney World Resort is thrilled to say: Magic is here. Magic is seeing the beautiful decorations on ​Main Street, U.S.A.​® at Magic Kingdom® Park, the scent of gingerbread, the sound of a trolley bell and that first glimpse of Cinderella Castle lit up in green and red. Magic is Mickey and Minnie, dancing reindeer and the unforgettable sound of marching toy soldiers. Magic is merry strolls around World Showcase at EPCOT®, surprise celebrations down Discovery River at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, and incredible thrills and visiting a galaxy far, far away at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Your Disney Holiday dreams can become a reality. Magic is here!

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

December 1st- Jan 3rd

Plenty of merry and all kinds of mayhem will take over Universal Orlando Resort as it unwraps its 2020 Holidays celebration from November 14, 2020, through January 3, 2021. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as Universal’s most beloved holiday traditions and characters come to life in reimagined ways that align with the destination’s enhanced health and safety procedures — from the all-new “Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons” to character celebrations and appearances around the parks — and it’s all included in theme park admission.

Celebration Winter Wonderland: Now Snowing

December 1st- 30th

Celebration Florida celebrates Christmas in Orlando in a traditional style, featuring nightly snowfall, horse and carriage rides, and the Celebration Express train! Shop and dine in this lovely hometown near Disney World. Rent ice skates and take a spin across the ice rink while enjoying holiday favorites from strolling carolers. It’s a heartwarming experience for the whole family, and admission is free!


Dazzling Nights at Harry P. Leu Gardens

December 1st- Jan 3rd


Orlando’s Harry P. Leu Gardens will transform into a magical wonderland featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays and beautiful sculptures during “Dazzling Nights,” a new family friendly adventure that gives guests the opportunity to embark on a three-quarter-mile interactive holiday experience.

The Santa Workshop Experience at ICON Park

December 1st- 24th 

An Orlando tradition since 2002, The Santa Workshop Experience has a new home at ICON Park. Enjoy a unique, socially distanced photo opportunity with Santa, including options to take your own photos and videos or select a professional photography package.

Colorful Christmas at Crayola Experience

December 1st- Jan 4th

Crayola Experience at The Florida Mall® invites you to add a big splash of Crayola color to your holiday season! Weave your way through fun holiday activities, including a sing-along musical show, animatronic holiday characters, a scavenger hunt and crafting unique gifts from the heart. It’s a holiday hullabaloo with “snow” much to do, and it’s included in general admission.

Holidays at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

December 1st- 31st

Celebrate your holidays the LEGOLAND way! This jolly time of year features a giant LEGO® Christmas tree, unforgettable seasonal shows, holiday characters, special treats, LEGO activities, twinkling lights and more during Holidays at LEGOLAND! An extra special gift for you — this festive event is included in general admission!

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll

December 1st- Jan 3rd


Create a new holiday family tradition and prepare for a jolly holiday scavenger hunt that allows you to safely wander and explore the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll presented by AdventHealth. The scavenger hunt is complimentary, and collateral can be picked up from select retail stores, Disney Springs Welcome Center, and Disney’s PhotoPass Studio. As you explore, don’t forget to take advantage of special discounts and offers available on the back of your map from select retail and dining locations. Once you complete your scavenger hunt, bring it to a redemption location for a special surprise.

Here at Vista Cay, we would be honored to host your family for the holidays. You can bring the whole family and still space out safely with our 2,000+ square foot vacation condos. Our fully equipped kitchens and elegant dining rooms make for a perfect setting for holiday meals. And since you’re one of our valued insiders, you get first dibs on the best vacation discounts! 

We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with you!