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Light Up UCF holiday event returns Nov. 17

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11:50 am




Kick off the holidays at CFE Arena and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF. Produced by UCF Convocation Corporation and Spectra, managers of CFE Arena, Light Up UCF will open Friday, Nov.17 and run through Sunday, Dec. 31. This year’s festival offers 45 nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with new music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel, Light Up Express kids train, and much more.

Tickets for ice skating, rides, and photos with Santa can be purchased at the CFE Arena Box Office. Select tickets are also available for purchase through Ticketmaster at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at

At Light Up UCF, there is complimentary fun for all ages to enjoy. Our Holiday Light Show is presented under a beautiful snow fall that features more than 100,000 lights pulsing and strobing throughout the night in perfect synchronization to holiday songs. Each Friday and Saturday night, the Holiday Film Festival allows families to gather under the stars and view their favorite holiday films on a 2-story high screen, including “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Home Alone”, “Elf”, “Frozen”, and more. Walk through Light Up Lane for a remarkable lighted Christmas tree forest, and on select nights, Santa will be in Light Up Lane to take all your Christmas wishes with photos available for purchase. Check for times and dates.

The Light Up UCF Ice Rink, the ultimate fan favorite, returns yet again as a staple of Light Up UCF festivities. The ice rink invites guests to glide along to their favorite holiday tunes spun by a live DJ. The ice rink is positioned directly in the center of CFE Arena to serve as the main attraction for the event.

Light Up UCF boasts a range of exciting rides for everyone. The Ferris Wheel treats guests to panoramic views overlooking the entire event and UCF’s beautiful campus. Other family-friendly thrills include the Light Up Express Train, taking children for a holiday-themed train ride, the Arctic Glide Ice Slide where guests can slide down a 100-foot ice hill, and the Winter Whirl, taking guests on an exciting swing. The entertainment continues on the Community Stage where local talents are invited to showcase their talents.

Keep the holiday cheer going on Saturday, Dec. 16 when Light Up UCF welcomes back its Holiday Market ‘Under The Stars’ for one night only. Guests are encouraged to take a stroll through the market where they can marvel at the crafts of talented local artisans, all while finalizing their holiday gift shopping. Visit for more information on merchants that will be at this year’s event.

About CFE Arena

Celebrating its 10th year (2007-2017), the Spectra managed CFE Arena is home to the UCF Men’s and Women’s basketball programs, as well as concerts, family shows and other attractions for the Central Florida area. Visit for more information on upcoming events.

Gaylord Palms Resort offers Christmastime field trips for schools, youth organizations and religious groups, customizable with educational or performance opportunities. Special ICE! ticket rates also are available to groups of ten adults or more.

For companies wishing to offer their staff an unforgettable holiday outing, Gaylord Palms offers the ideal “Everything Christmas” setting for onsite catered events with 10 to 3,000 guests, with or without an ICE! experience. To learn more about planning a holiday event, contact

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is open daily from November 21, 2017 – January 7, 2018, including holidays.

Gaylord Palms Resort offers a mix of entertainment year-round, creating a superior guest experience in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Guests are welcomed into the resort’s 4.5-acre soaring glass atrium featuring winding waterways, lush gardens and animal habitats. Our extraordinary amenities include fine and casual dining, spa and shopping – all conveniently located within minutes of the Orlando area’s theme parks.

Learn more about the resort at and stay connected with all the resort happenings by following @GaylordPalms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.