2023 Tree Lighting Celebration

City Christmas tree with the Nutcracker

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites Central Florida residents and visitors to ring in the holiday season and help countdown to the lighting of the City of Orlando’s Christmas tree at Lake Eola Park’s Washington Plaza.

The event will include holiday performances at the Walt Disney Amphitheater, food trucks and a holiday market on International Plaza within Lake Eola Park. 

Returning this year at Lake Eola is the downtown Merry Market, available each weekend through December 23. Enjoy snowfall in Florida, shop local from over 30 vendors and be sure to stop by for a visit with Santa!

For a list of all the downtown holiday happenings, visit downtownorlando.com.

Attendee Parking and Travel Information

Attendees are encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation to travel to the event including SunRail, ride share, bike share, carpooling and the free downtown LYMMO circulator.

Click here for an interactive map of surface lots and parking garages.


5 p.m. Event opens
5:30 - 6 p.m. Performance
7 p.m. Stage show begins featuring Orlando Concert Band and WKMG News 6
8 p.m. Countdown to the Lighting of the Christmas Tree
9 p.m. Event ends