CENTRAL FLORIDA’S ULTIMATE WINTER WONDERLAND LIGHT UP UCF RETURNS FOR ITS ELEVENTH ANNUAL SEASON AT CFE ARENA ON NOVEMBER 16

We’re spreading holiday cheer 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 16 and run through Tuesday, January 1. This year’s festival offers 47 nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show sponsored by Duke Energy, featuring new music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and much more.

At Light Up UCF, there is complimentary fun for all ages to enjoy. Presnted by Duke Energy, our Holiday Light Show features more than 200,000 lights pulsing and strobing throughout the night in perfect synchronization to holiday songs under snowfall. On select Friday and Saturday nights, the Holiday Film Festival encourages families to gather under the stars and view their favorite holiday films on a 2-story high screen, including titles like “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “The Santa Clause”, “Elf”, “Home Alone”, and more. Walk through Coca-Cola's Light Up Lane for a beautifully lit Christmas tree forest with the sounds and smells of the holidays. On select nights, Santa will be on location to hear all your Christmas wishes, with photos available for purchase. Check www.lightupucf.com for times and dates.

The Light Up UCF Ice Rink, sponsored by Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX), is an ultimate fan favorite returning yet again as a staple of the festivities. The ice rink invites guests to glide along to their favorite Top 40 hits and holiday tunes, played by a live DJ.

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 skills.

Keep the holiday cheer going on Saturday, December 15 and Friday, December 21 when Light Up UCF welcomes back its Holiday Market ‘Under The Stars’ for two special nights! Sponsored by CFE Federal Credit Union, 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 www.lightupucf.com for more information on merchants that will be at this year’s event. Vendors can apply for booth space at www. ucfholidaymarket.com.

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 or by calling 1-800-745-3000. More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at www.LightUpUCF.com.