Light Up UCF 2013 Christmas Event at the University of Central Florida Features Ice Skating, Light Show, Outdoor Movies, and a Ferris Wheel

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Light Up UCF is the University of Cental Florida’s annual holiday event that features a free Christmas light show, outdoor ice skating, an ice slide, free outdoor movies, carolers, carnival rides, and Santa Claus. Other nights may feature a concert, a UCF basketball game, or one of the final home football games of the UCF Knights as the event is held at the UCF arena in walking distance of the football stadium.

Light Up UCF Attractions

By far, the ice skating rink is the most popular activity at the Light Up UCF event. The Ferris Wheel gives you a great view of the UCF campus and downtown Orlando on clear nights if your back is to the Barnes and Noble bookstore that sells Starbucks Peppermint hot chocolate.

Light Up UCF Movies

On select nights, feature holiday movies are shown on the big screen on an open lawn that you can bring a lawn chair or blanket to. The movies are shown at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm on many of the nights but check the official calendar here for the night of your visit as the showtimes change for some of the movies.

The 2013 Movie Schedule is:

11/15 – Polar Express
11/20 – It’s a Wonderful Life
11/22 – Nightmare Before Christmas
11/25 – Fred Claus
11/30 -  National Lampoons Christmas
12/04 – The Santa Clause
12/05 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
12/06 – Mickey’s Magical Christmas
12/12 – The Santa Clause 2
12/13 – All I Want for Christmas
12/14 – Veggie Tales Christmas Movie
12/18 – A Christmas Story 1983
12/20 – Elf
12/21 – Home Alone
12/26 – A Christmas Carol
12/28 – Miracle on 34th Street
01/02 – Jack Frost
01/03 – Home Alone 2

The Light Up UCF event runs from Friday, November 15th, 2013 through Sunday, January 5th, 2014.

The Hours of Operation for the 2013 event are:

Monday – Thursday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Click Here to visit the official event website.

Waterford Lakes Christmas Carnival

If you would like to go to an event that has a lot more carnival rides, you can take a 10 minute drive south down Alafaya Trail to Waterford Lakes and attend their Santa’s Winter Wonderland Event.

Click here to read about more outdoor movies taking place around Orlando throughout the year.

Click here to read about more carnivals taking place around Orlando throughout the year.

Video below is an overview of the 2009 event:

Another look of the event:

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