Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee is THE holiday event of the season, boasting 3 million lights and over 45 decorated villas. I’ve already posted an article with tips, but I wanted to share some more of my photos plus our 24-minute video of the lights. Night of a Million Lights runs through January 3rd. 2021 and tickets can be purchased online while they last.
This is a fundraiser for Give Kids the World Village, which is a magical place for critically ill wish children and their families to spend a cost-free week in Central Florida. The village is officially closed due to the pandemic so they are utilizing the beautiful property for this event.
Most of my photos come from the second day we visited (we did preview the lights during installation twice as well). We booked a 5pm reservation for Night of a Million Lights to view some of the decorations before it turned dark. The photos here start at that time before showing how beautiful they are at night.
First, here is our 24 minute video overview of this amazing display!
Temperatures are taken at Give Kids the World prior to admittance. Masks are required.
There are two villas that are decorated by Walt Disney World, in addition to the 3+ million lights that were donated. Villas are normally used for wish families to stay in for a week. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, thousands of wishes have been delayed. This villa was decorated with a Cinderella theme.
This villa was decorated with Beauty and the Beast inspiration.
There is a Christmas Tree Trail.
The trail is at the Harry Potter fire hydrant.
There are Disney decorations in some of the trees, including this Epcot ornament.
Hasbro has been a longtime partner of Give Kids the World. They have a display here with Peppa Pig, Mr. Potato Head and more.
Santa and Mrs. Claus meet (distanced) in this gazebo.
They waved to us.
Santa and Mrs. Claus stay safe in their masks.
Near the Enchanted Carousel, there are Christmas trees from Disney Springs.
This is a Robin Hood tree that was on the Christmas Tree Trail (this year there is a Christmas Tree Stroll at Disney Springs).
The Gingerbread House looks really pretty lit up!
We rode The Enchanted Carousel. Guests visiting Night of a Million Lights can ride the few available accessible attractions. By arriving early, we were able to ride before it got a little busier.
There is a wonderful view of Towne Hall and the Avenue of Angels decorations from the carousel.
My ride was the pig. The carousel has 22 hand-carved animals, two of which are wheelchair-accessible characters.
We were the only guests on the carousel at this time and we got 2 rides in.
It started getting darker, and the iconic Enchanted Carousel lights can be seen.
The Castle of Miracles is open to look around. The stars on the ceiling are placed by wish children, over 135,000 stars. Since I first volunteered here years ago, an addition was created (the Star Tower)
Henri’s Starlite Scoops is a new location that replaced the former Ice Cream Palace. It has not had the grand opening yet. Henri Landwirth founded Give Kids the World, he also had managed a motel in Cocoa Beach called The Starlite Motel that housed astronauts early in the space program. You can see the motel depicted in the Disney+ show The Right Stuff and I wrote about it here. This location was a project that included the creativity of Imagineers from Walt Disney World as well as Universal Creative.
There is a reindeer with a space helmet here.
Hot chocolate and ice cream are included.
Ms. Merry was at her backdrop. She and Mayor Clayton are Give Kids the World characters.
There are some photo ops for guests.
Amberville is decorated.
From Amberville, lights can be seen.
Inside of Amberville is a large train display that is always worth a visit.
Marc’s Dino-Putt is decorated by Universal Orlando. Universal Orlando also built and funded this golf course in 2002. For most of the years of Give Kids the World, companies that have supported the village haven’t been front and center. Night of a Million Lights is a great way for many of the companies to showcase themselves a little too.
While it is hard to choose one part of Night of a Million Lights that I love most, this is probably it. It is a beautifully lit walk-through and there was energetic holiday music playing when we went through it.
This is a 7-hole mini-golf course and is decorated all the way through.
There is even a train with Universal characters in it.
The golf course is dinosaur themed, and dinosaurs are decorated too.
There are traditional decorations like this snowman.
There is also a snowman family.
Later we found Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry playing Whac-A-Mole.
He must have won.
Mayor Clayton joined Ms. Merry for distanced photos with guests.
It is a beautiful backdrop for them!
There are many wire frames as well through Night of a Million Lights.
The Enchanted Carousel looks even more beautiful now that the sky is dark.
It would be easy to miss the Plantet Hollywood exhibit in Towne Hall.
There is a backdrop here that mentions how Walt Disney World donated 3 million lights.
One of the items on display is a Santa suit from Miracle on 34th Street.
The Avenue of Angels is beautifully lit.
Kelly’s Sunny Swing is quite enjoyable and riding included with the event.
There are a lot of fun decorated areas of the village.
There is a sea serpent with a Santa hat.
The Twelve Days of Christmas is in lights around the lake.
We have posted about the LEGOLAND designed house in an article previously – this is a popular photo op. The wreath is made from 80,000 DUPLO bricks!
Here is our video of the LEGOLAND Florida themed villa.
Stanley Steemer sponsors this house. The company has a Stanley Steemer vehicle with a red nose like a reindeer.
Santa is hanging out in the workshop in this Fun Spot designed display.
A canopy of lights is located near one of the parking areas.
WonderWorks sponsors a villa.
There are upside down items in the trees at the WonderWorks house, including this Christmas tree (in theme with the WonderWorks building).
The historic Don Cesar decorated their villa mostly pink with a little greenery.
Enterprise Car Rental decorated a villa.
Margaritaville has a fun design.
Kennedy Space Center includes an astronaut and moon rover.
There is signage around property (and soldiers here).
Ripley’s Believe it or Not has a festive display.
The PGA Tour villa features cutouts of golfers in holiday loungewear.
The decorated villas remind me of Residential Street when the Osborne Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios were located there.
One of my favorites is the whimsical Crayola villa.
Give Kids the World relies on volunteers.
The American Airlines villa is one we missed until our last visit, it has an elf guiding in a plane. It is super cute!
Christmas lights are everywhere.
Here is a look at what the Christmas Tree Trail looks like after dark.
Mears Motor Shuttle decorated a villa.
There are two vehicles.
And two different signs. One says “Welcome to Orlando, Wish Families!”
It rained one night, and we went to our car to wait it out for 10-15 minutes. The rain made for pretty photos after dark. This is one of the two Walt Disney World decorated villas.
They are decorated subtly.
Belle and the rose can be seen in one window.
The lights look even prettier after a rain.
The Home Depot villa includes orange lights.
Our friends Nicole and Jim have donated a lot of time to Night of a Million Lights. They also have a video of the event.
Here is their video!
I highly recommend Night of a Million Lights if you are in the Orlando/Kissimmee area! Some nights are already sold out.
We look forward to heading back to Night of a Million Lights again this holiday season. It is a wonderful experience and benefits a great cause.