Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in Orlando 2018


Orlando is a city proud of its diversity. No matter your faith, there are celebrations to commemorate your beliefs. The following are a few suggestions for your family to experience and help make your vacation in The City Beautiful even more memorable.

Chanukah (Hanukkah)

At the heart of Chanukah (Sunday, December 2 Monday, December 10) is the nightly menorah lighting. The menorah holds nine flames, one of which is the shamash (attendant), which is used to kindle the other eight lights. If you are spending your holiday here in Central Florida this year, the following are a few lovely ways to celebrate.

Chanukah on the Par

Enjoy a Chanukah family festival featuring a Grand Menorah Lighting at 5:30 p.m. The night will include singing performances by children from the Jewish Community Center, and Jewish Academy, Jewish Rock music and dreidels, chocolate Chanukah gelt, Chassidic dancers, clowns, face painting, light show, comedian ventriloquist and a $1,000 grand prize raffle drawing. This event takes place on Sunday, December 9 starting at 5 PM. Admission is free.

I have a little dreidel
I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready
Then, dreidel I shall play.”

Isolated hand of small child spinning the dreidel during Hanukkah celebration

31st Annual Light Up Winter Garden

It’s that magical time of the year again. Join in the delight as the city of Winter Garden welcomes the season with live entertainment, vendors, shopping, children’s activities and more, along charming Plant Street. For families of all faiths. Friday, November 30th, 2018. The ceremony starts at 6PM and the street lighting is at 6:15.

Kwanzaa in Orlando

Created in 1966, Kwanzaa is an African-American and pan-African holiday celebrating family, community and culture. Lasting for seven days, December 26 January 1, Kwanzaa celebrates the Seven Principles with feasts, music, dance, poetry and more.


Join local shops in joyous celebration of the 4th Afro-American ethical principle of Kwanzaa on Tuesday, December 29th from noon to 5:00 PM on West Church Street in downtown Orlando. The local shops will celebrate the blessings of the season, the community and a prosperous New Year. Free parking will be available with validation.

Heri Za Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa holiday concept with decorate seven candles red, black and green, gift box, pumpkin,corn and fruit on wooden desk and background.

Taste of Africa

If you’re Orlando vacation is before Kwanzaa, head to Eagle Nest Park in the Metro West area (near downtown) on Saturday, November 17, for Taste of Africa a celebration of African music and culture.

This festival is a lively family day out with African-influenced food, crafts, games, goodies, and music. Enjoy the Village Market where you and your family can explore delicious food and taste the many dishes derived from African cuisines from the motherland to the Caribbean. There is also a bazaar where you can get all your gifts and souvenirs. A concert starts at 6PM, there is also local artists, DJs and dancers. The event runs from 3PM to 9PM. There is an admission charge.