December 6 | 5 PM - 10 PM | Central Park, Park Avenue, Winter Park
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. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the City of Winter Park, Park Avenue Merchants Association, and Enzian Theater to kickoff the holidays in Winter Park the first Friday evening in December.
Be part of this tradition as Park Avenue is transformed into a winter wonderland for a holiday street party.
Come experience the best of downtown Winter Park this holiday season! Park Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic in order to transform downtown into a pedestrian plaza, beginning at 2 p.m. New England Avenue will remain open to thru traffic.
This event is free and open to the public.
A flurry of activities will be held from 5 - 10 p.m., including:
Holiday Tree Lighting
Begin the evening at the 27th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Central Park just east of the Winter Park train station. Local children’s choirs will perform beginning at 5 p.m. Winners of the Holiday Art Competition will also be recognized and Winter Park Mayor, Steve Leary, will lead us in a countdown as we light the Christmas Tree. Complimentary refreshments from local merchants will also be available.
Music and Entertainment
Diners and shoppers along Park Avenue will enjoy the smooth sounds of holiday jazz from 7 – 10 p.m. Be on the look out for entertainment along Park Avenue as the area becomes a pedestrian plaza for a festive street party.
Popcorn Flicks in the Park
Popcorn Flicks in the Park, presented by Enzian Theater and the Community Redevelopment Agency, will feature How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) beginning at 7 p.m., followed by Elf.
Friday Night at the Morse Museum
Visitors can also enjoy free admission to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art during Friday Nights at the Morse beginning at 4 p.m., as well as live music from 5 to 8 p.m. A special curator tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall begins at 7 p.m.
Visit and Photo with Santa
A special guest from the North Pole will arrive at 6:30 p.m., thanks to the Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits and photos until 8:00 p.m., along with complimentary refreshments from local merchants.
Holiday Art Competition