Family Adventures, Motherhood

New Season, New Bucket List

The Christmas festivities have officially started! Bring on the lights, music, decorations, and spectacular activities! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with your friends and family. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, I love everything about it. This Christmas is extra special because it’s our son’s first Christmas! (and oh my! are his little eyes experiencing so much already!) This past weekend we started off our Christmas festivities with a trip to Disney Springs. It was a wonderful experience! 

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In a previous blog post I have made a New Season Bucket List to help keep track of Fall activities I wanted my family to participate in. (I’m a list maker, it must be the teacher side of me, once a teacher always a teacher, right?!) I know it may be silly to do so much with just a 10 month old, but my philosophy in life is to fully experience all there is to offer. It helps to keep us going and put a spark into our everyday routines.

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Below I will present to you the Morehouse’s Christmas Bucket List. There are so many fun activities within the Orlando area I had to narrow it down and create a list just to keep myself organized! (I know I’m weird like that, but like I said I’m a list maker!) It will include FREE activities and events within the Orlando area, along with other small things I would like my family to experience. I’m a mom on a strict budget, but I still like to get out and have fun with my family! 

~Enjoy!

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FREE Orlando Area ChristmaActivities 


  • Disney Springs Christmas Activities 

    • We already participated in this, but we may go back since it was so fun! I recommend going at night to really experience the full effects of Christmas.
    • It does get croweded, but that’s all part of the experience.
    • Holiday activities run everyday from November 11th- January 8th, 2017
    • FREE Admission & Parking
    • Parks Hours: 10am-12am everyday
    • Drone Light Show starts at 7:00pm & 8:30pm
    • Christmas Tree Trail Hours: 12pm-10:30pm
    • ~Highlights~
      ✳️Tons of lights
      ✳️Christmas music
      ✳️New drone light show
      ✳️Christmas Tree Trail
      ✳️Kids Train Ride

Here’s a video of Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail!


  • Annual Christmas in the Park (December 1st, 2016 6:15-8pm)

    • located near the intersection of Garfield and Park Avenue in Winter Park, FL
    • Morse Museum launches the holiday season in Winter Park, FL with lights and the Bach Festival Choir
    • make sure to bring a blanket or chair
  • Winter on the Avenue (December 2nd, 2016 5pm-10pm)

    • located on Park Avenue in Winter Park, FL
    • lighting of the tree
    • children’s choirs
    • special guests from the North Pole will arrive at 6:30pm
    • FREE popcorn flicks showing “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” & “The Santa Claus”
  • The Annual Jungle Christmas Party (December 3rd, 2016) 

    • Johnny and I will participate in activities at Daddy’s work! Go Jungle!
  • Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade (December 3rd, 2016 9 am)

    • located on Park Avenue in Winter Park, FL
    • followed by a FREE children’s train ride
  • Winter Park Village Express Train Ride (December 4th, 11th, 18th, 2016) 

    • located on Park Avenue in Winter Park, FL
    • operation time: 2pm-5pm
    • FREE train rides on the above days (same train ride included in the Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade)
  • Light Up SoDo (December 4th, 2016 2-6pm)

    • located on Main Street and SoDo Plaza
    • South Downtown Orlando will light up its Main Street for the holidays
    • many activities for kids included
  • Grand Floridian Play Date (December 7th, 2016 10am-1pm)

    • located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    • FREE to visit, but must purchase any treats
    • experience a giant gingerbread house & Christmas trees
    • parking may be tricky, so be prepared and leave early
  • Storytime with Santa (December 9th, 2016 7pm-8pm)

    • located at Waterford Lakes Town Center, at Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village
    • this is a Toys for Tots collection location (bring an unwrapped toy to contribute)
  • FREE Winter Wonderland Event at Grove’s Piazza (December 10th, 2016 12-4pm)

    • located at The Grove Orlando (4744 Apopka, FL Vineland Rd)
    • snow, train rides, Santa & Mrs. Claus (arrive at 12:30)
    • PLUS Mr. Richards will be performing holiday songs!
  • Light Up UCF (November 18th, 2016- January 7th, 2017)

    • located at Knights Plaza, Oviedo, FL
    • click here to view prices for specific activities & hours of operation
    • FREE to enter and view lights, but other activities do cost money

Other Fun ChristmaActivities


  • walk around Lake Eola drinking hot chocolate and view the lights (Starbucks is right around the corner, and they have delicious hot chocolate if you ask me!)
  • visit Santa Claus  (Millenia Mall & Oviedo Mall are ones I have heard great things about!)
  • decorate and listen to Christmas music
  • watch Christmas movies while having hot chocolate & popcorn (my favorite Christmas movie is Elf!)
  • make cookies (or just buy already made sugar cookie dough) and have fun icing them!

I hope you find this list valuable and have a wonderful Christmas season with your family! Will you be attending any of these events? What’s your favorite part about Christmas?

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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