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‘Tis the season to get your Jingle Bell on! If you're anything like me, apartments in Orlando that happen to be near some of the most beautifully decorated areas around the holidays are highly desirable. Some communities are even worth the drive if you are a Christmas light enthusiast. Many of these neighborhoods welcome outsiders to come and take awe in all of their hard work. So grab your thermos of hot cocoa and hit the road to check out one of some of Orlando's best holiday wonderlands!
Winter Park is known for its eclectic mix of architecturally modern houses and vintage homes. Cobblestone streets line some of the neighborhoods in the area, giving it an old-world charm. Winter Park Corners Scenic Drive is known for its beautiful houses draped in Christmas lights. The decorated section will begin near the Whole Foods Market and TITLE Boxing Club. Take Lander Road to Taylor Avenue all the way back to where it meets Glenarden Road. After you're done checking out the lights, be sure to hit up Park Avenue and grab a festive drink or a bite to eat at one of the many locally owned bars of restaurants. Park Avenue also has its own Christmas tree in the center of the park, complete with an annual tree lighting ceremony.
Orlando apartments that are downtown get to experience a New York City Rockefeller Center-esque Christmas tree! This 60 foot tall tree is located near Lake Eola and also hosts an annual tree lighting ceremony. The downtown area offers a series of events celebrating the holidays each year, so be sure to grab your friends and family for some winter fun.
On the outskirts of Orlando in Seminole County is the town of Sanford, which offers a beautifully decorated downtown area. The tree lighting ceremony held here annually offers free live entertainment, visits with Santa and much more. Each year, the Holiday Tour of Homes takes place as well and offers candlelight tours of all of the houses decorated with Christmas flair. Downtown Sanford also hosts an annual Illuminated Christmas Parade, so be sure to grab the entire family for a night of holiday excitement!
Apartments in Orlando that are near the University of Central Florida will love taking part in Light Up UCF, the annual light show, movie festival, attractions and more. This event even features an ice skating rink, which is quite a rarity in the Sunshine State! Nearby Waterford Lakes hosts the annual Santa's Winter Wonderland Village, featuring Santa's Workshop, amusement rides and thousands of Christmas lights and decorations.
Sometimes the best locations to scout for Christmas lights near Orlando apartments include residential neighborhoods. Some of the top destinations include places like Celebration, Baldwin Park, Lake Nona, Kissimmee and many others. Those locations should get you started on your quest for tons of holiday twinkle!