Light Up UCF, the wintertime festival in front of the CFE Arena, will return for its eighth season in mid-November.

The winter wonderland will debut Nov. 13 and run until Jan. 3, according to a press release. Light Up UCF is known for its bright and colorful lights display, ice-skating rink, carnival rides and fake snow.

This year's Holiday Light Show will be presented by the Orlando Sanford International Airport and will feature thousands of choreographed lights across the CFE Arena and Knights Plaza area. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night, the Holiday Film Festival will be screening holiday classics outdoors on a two-story movie screen.

The Ice Rink, provided by Central Florida Expressway Authority, is the largest outdoor ice rink in Central Florida. Skaters will be accompanied by live holiday music from a DJ.

Carnival rides will include a the Hunter Vision Ferris Wheel, the Light Up Express Train, the Arctic Glide Ice Slide and the thrill ride known as the Blizzard. Santa will also be stopping by at the festival and bringing his workshop with him. At the event, which is presented by Coca Cola, attendees will be able to "share their Christmas wishes and have a photo taken with Santa," the release states.

The third annual Light Up UCF Knight Run 5K will take place Nov. 21. Part of the proceeds will go toward Knight-Thon, benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and H.O.P.E. Helps, Inc. Registration is open now at

Tickets can be purchased at the CFE Arena Box Office for the ice-skating rink, carnival rides and photos with Santa, and select tickets can be found on Ticketmaster, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.


Noelle Campbell is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @Noellecampz or email her at

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