For residents of east Orlando, there are two options when it comes to a midway carnival Christmas celebration. The first carnival is Light Up UCF at the University of Central Florida. A short drive down Alafaya Trail brings you to Waterford Lake’s Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village.
Waterford Lakes Christmas Carnival
Whereas Light Up UCF focuses on a diverse lineup of activities with 2 to 3 carnival rides, Santa’s Winter Wonderland focuses almost exclusively on the rides bringing a full carnival to east Orlando. This annual event is in a large parking lot next to the Regal movie theater at the shopping plaza that mostly sits vacant the rest of the year.
The promotional website for the carnival states that the event includes Santa’s Workshop, Wambold’s Amazing Animals, holiday foods, amusement rides, and thousands of Christmas lights and holiday displays. The entire event is free, with the cost for the rides being sold through individual tickets. For the 2012 event, you could pay $15 for unlimited rides.
The Strolling Carolers will be performed on two Saturdays during the 2012 event from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A product of the Caroling Company, these carolers performed mallwide in 20-minute increments singing traditional holiday carols.
Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village will begin on Friday, December 6th, 2013 and will continue through the holidays until Sunday, January 5th, 2014.
The 2013 Hours are:
Friday December 6, 13, and 20: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Weekdays December 23 through January 3: 2 p.m to 11 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 2 p.m to 11 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Christmas Day: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Video of the entrance to Wonderland Village:
Waterford Lakes Map