6 Easy Things to Do with Your Kids During Winter Break

Can you believe we are already at this time of year? The rush of the holidays is at its peak and another year is coming, this time is precious. Before it’s too late, have some fun with your kids this Winter break.

From simple pleasures to special outings, these things to do with kids during Winter break will ensure you make precious memories together.

Speaking of winter, you can get cozy together and make some Christmas crafts or help out the community with these toy drives.

And, make those NYE plans with our list of New Year’s Eve Events for Kids.

Family Fun During Winter Break

  1. Do something for FREE
  2. See Christmas lights and holiday decorations
  3. Classes and Workshops
  4. FREE Disney World Experiences
  5. See Santa and other characters
  6. Winter Wonderland Market and Children’s Cookie Masterclass

Keep reading for more info on each of these activities. There are ideas for every Orlando family, and visiting folks too!

Do Something for FREE

The holiday season can be an expensive time of year for families. Despite our best intentions to get creative with holiday gift ideas, many of us invariably overspend.

So make it easy on yourself and enjoy some of the many free kids’ activities in Orlando. Some of our favorite free ideas include Mead Botanical Garden, Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, Bonnet Springs Park, and much more.

Of course, local playgrounds like Winter Park Community and Phelps Park are always free too.

Reiter Park in Longwood decorations for the holidays
Reiter Park in Longwood image by Dani Meyering

Naturally, there are many free holiday events in Orlando too!

Christmas Lights and Displays

Orlando is simply dazzling this time of year. From special ticketed events to wonderous neighborhood displays there are beautiful Christmas lights and displays all around town.

Some of our favorite displays are free like at Lake Concord Park in Casselberry, Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park, and Cranes Roost in Altamonte Springs.

a father and young son walk among Light Display Stroll  Lake Eola Park downtown orlando
Light Display Stroll Lake Eola Park image by Dani Meyering

Classes and Workshops

With kids being out of school for winter break you may want some help keeping them entertained. There are many free classes and workshops for kids around town. You can enjoy hands-on activities for free.

And plenty of local businesses have some really cool classes for kids that are worth the money. From art and jewelry making to coding and cooking, Orlando kids have plenty of fun classes to enjoy.

FREE Disney World Experiences

Any parent in Orlando knows that the magic of Walt Disney World comes at a price. But there are quite a few free things you can do at Disney World, especially this time of year.

The best plan of action is to start at the free Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail. Then utilize Disney transportation to visit the resort hotels for either of DIY Monorail Tour or visit the gingerbread displays at Disney’s BoardWalk area.

Disneys Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel With Duck Tales Characters and Sign Describing the Carousel theme
Disneys Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel with Description Image by Terri Peters

See Santa and Other Characters

By now you may have gotten your fill of visiting Old St. Nick. But in case you haven’t seen the big man yet this year, or you can’t get enough, there are many places to get pictures with Santa Claus in Orlando.

And if you want to change things up, there are other fun characters around town like Santa Shark, The Grinch, and more. One of our favorite places to visit Santa is Wekiva Island which has an adorable new North Pole Workshop.

Winter Wonderland Market and Children’s Cookie Masterclass

Winter Wonderland Market

December 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 – 5-9pm
December 31, 7pm – midnight
JW Marriott, Grande Lakes (Located on the Valencia Lawn)
Discover the bliss of the holiday season at the Winter Wonderland Market. Stroll amongst European-inspired cottages featuring holiday delicacies, tasty beverages, and local artisan crafts.

There is no ticket required, and self parking can be validated when you make a purchase at one of the charming cottages.

Decorated Chalets and Tables at Winter Wonderland Market at Grande Lakes Orlando - image by Dani Meyering
Winter Wonderland Market at Grande Lakes Orlando image by Dani Meyering

Cottages include the following treats and treasures:

  • Hot Cocoa Bar – Bubble Waffles, Gingerbread Ornament Cookies, Hot Cocoa and more
  • Cocktail Chalet – Mulled Wine, Tis’ The Season Sangria, Merry Mule, Burnt Baker Old Fashioned and more
  • Elf Kitchen – Flatbreads, Chicken Fingers and Fries
  • Raclette – Raclette Cheese and House-made Baguette Sandwich, Grilled Bratwurst, Soft Pretzels & Cheddar Fondue
  • Arctic Treasures -Artisan Retail Shop
  • Signature Shop – Retail from The Ritz-Carlton Orlando’s Luxury Lifestyle Boutique
  • Montage – Retail from JW Marriott Orlando’s Bespoke Retail Store
  • Spa -Skincare, candles, gift sets, and more

The Hot Cocoa Bar has some of the best hot cocoa you’ll ever taste plus tons of toppings to choose from, which also go great atop a bubble waffle with ice cream.

You can play a variety of yard games together and there are some small craft tables for kids too.

A Young Boy plays on lawn chess set Winter Wonderland Market at Grande Lakes Orlando
Lawn Games at Winter Wonderland Market at Grande Lakes Orlando image by Dani Meyering

A free train ride goes around the perimeter of the festive lawn! And there is snowfall at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.

The Winter Wonderland Market at Grande Lakes is free and open to the public. You do not have to be a hotel guest to visit.

Free Train Ride Winter Wonderland Market at Grande Lakes Orlando -
Free Train Ride at Grande Lakes Orlando image by Dani Meyering

Cookie Masterclass

The Children’s Cookie Masterclass is available December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 27, 28. This special winter break activity is $65.00 per person and includes delicious cookies with colorful icing and candy to decorate. These cookies are baked fresh in-house, and you can choose from different shapes and sizes.

You can also warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, where you can add your favorite toppings like whipped cream, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.

Winter Break Activities at Kehlor Recreation Center

The City of Clermont will be offering FREE activities for kids during Winter Break. All activities are from 2-4pm. Class space is limited – RSVP to awright@clermontfl.org

  • December 22: Winter Bingo
  • December 27: STEM: Codding Unplugged
  • December 28: STEM: Become a Crime Scene Investigator
  • December 29: Paint a Snowman

Bonus Idea / Day Trip – 2023 Holidays in Space

DEC 15, 2023 – DEC 30, 2023

Starflake’s Holiday Voyage returns this year for Holidays in Space! From December 15th – 30th, 2023, watch a nightly projected show on the massive exterior of Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex®. Embark on a breathtaking journey with Starflake as she travels through the stars, Earth, and beyond.

Festive holiday décor takes over the visitor complex throughout the entire month of December. The new favorite 50-foot tree with more than 61,000 pixels of light returns this year, the all-new Rocket Tree Trail Sponsored by L3Harris®, six-foot-tall astronaut nutcrackers, and more!

Christmas at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
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Dani Meyering
Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando native. She loves sharing her hometown with others from the theme parks to Florida's natural beauty. With over 15 years of experience, Dani is thrilled to serve as our Managing Editor at Orlando Date Night Guide, Orlando Parenting, as well as Tampa Bay Date Night Guide.