Light Up UCF is ultimate winter wonderland for Central Florida families


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, November 17 and run through Sunday, December 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

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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, December 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.

Light Up UCF Pricing

Free Events

- Holiday Film Festival
- Parking
- Light Show
- Light Up Lane

Single Tickets

$12 - Ice Skating - General Public
$5 - Ice Skating - UCF Students (Monday-Thursday)
$10 - Ice Skating - UCF Students (Friday-Sunday)
$6.50 - Ice Slide - Unlimited Rides
$4.25 - Ferris Wheel
$4.25 - Winter Whirl
$4.25 - Light Up Express
$10 per rider - 2 Seat Carriage Ride
$5 per rider - 10 seat Carriage Ride

Photos with Santa

$15 - Photo with Santa Single Pose (1) 5x7 or (4) Wallets
$27 - Photo with Santa Up to Two Poses (1) 5x7 plus (4) Wallets
$27 - Photo with Santa Up to Two Poses (2) 5x7 or (8) Wallets
$48 - Photo with Santa Up to Two Poses (2) 5x7 plus (8) Wallets

Combo Tickets

$19.95 - Ultimate Package. Unlimited Rides and Ice Skating* * Includes Skating, Ice Slide, Ferris Wheel, Light Up Express and Winter Whirl

Season Tickets

$75 - Ice Skating Season Pass
$240 - Ice Skating Family Four Pack Season Pass

Light Up UCF Hours of Operation


17: 5pm-12am
18: 12pm-12am
19: 12pm-10pm

20: 12pm-11pm
21: 12pm-11pm
22: 12pm-11pm
23: 5pm-10pm
24: 12pm-12am
25: 12pm-12am
26: 12pm-10pm

27: 5pm-10pm
28: 5pm-10pm
29: 5pm-10pm
30: 5pm-10pm


1: 5pm-12am
2: 12pm-12am
3: 12pm-12am

4: 5pm-10pm
5: 5pm-10pm
6: 5pm-10pm
7: 5pm-10pm
8: 5pm-12am
9: 12pm-12am
10: 12pm-10pm

11: 5pm-10pm
12: 5pm-10pm
13: 5pm-10pm
14: 5pm-10pm
15: 5pm-12am
16: 12pm-12am
17: 12pm-10pm

18: 5pm-10pm
19: 5pm-10pm
20: 5pm-10pm
21: 5pm-10pm
22: 12pm-12am
23: 12pm-12am
24: 12pm-6pm

25: 5pm-10pm
26: 12pm-10pm
27: 12pm-10pm
28: 12pm-10pm
29: 12pm-12am
30: 12pm-12am
31: 12pm-10pm

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