What is Light Up UCF?

Light Up UCF is Orlando's most affordable holiday tradition, offering a free holiday light show, free outdoor Holiday Film Festival, and Orlando's largest outdoor skating rink! For the 2017 season, Light Up UCF is offering all the favorite rides and attractions, including the Winter Whirl!


Parking is FREE and ice skating tickets are just $12! Tickets can be purchased at the CFE Arena Box Office or in advance online.

How much does Light Up UCF cost?

It is free to attend Light Up UCF, but there is a cost to use most of the attractions. Please see our price list (link to prices). All sales at Light Up UCF are final. 

What is free at Light Up UCF?

Parking, the Holiday Film Festival, Light Up Lane, and the Holiday Light Show presented by Duke Energy are all free to enjoy. 

What else can be found at Light Up UCF?

In 2017, Light Up UCF is offering Ice Skating, photos with Santa in Light Up Lane presented by Coca-Cola, and rides such as the Ferris Wheel, the Light Up Express, the Arctic Glide Ice Slide, the Winter Whirl, and falling snow! Fans can enjoy the free Holiday Film Festival on select nights as well as the free Holiday Light Show! Check our calendar for show times. 

Where can I learn about theme nights and discounts?

There are plenty of unique theme nights and discounts available for Light Up UCF. Visit the calendar section here to learn about upcoming specials and promotions. 

Where is Light Up UCF?
  • Light UP UCF is located directly outside of CFE Arena.
  • Patrons coming from HWY 50 and Toll Road 408 should enter campus from Central Florida Blvd (Right turn from Alafaya Trail SR 434) and take a right turn on Gemini Blvd.
  • Patrons traveling from Toll Road 417 should travel east bound on University Blvd and take a right on Gemini Blvd upon entering campus.
  • Patrons coming from Oviedo and traveling south bound on Alafaya Trail should take a left onto McCulloch Road and an eventual right onto North Orion Blvd.
  • Parking is located in Event Garage F and Garage D and in lots D1 and D2. Parking is FREE for Light Up UCF patrons.
  • Please call the CFE Arena box office at 407.823.6006 with any event related questions.
Where can I park?

Parking is available in Event Garage F. During CFE Arena events, parking is also available in Garage D and in lots D1 and D2. Parking is FREE for Light Up UCF patrons - please be sure to tell the parking attendant that you are on site for Light Up UCF. 

Are there any group packages available?

Yes! Groups of 10 or more will receive $3 off skating vouchers at Light Up UCF. For more information, please contact CFE Arena Group Sales at 407-823-6062 or at Stan.Macko@ucf.edu

Are there birthday packages?

Yes, you can reserve space for a private party including birthdays. Please contact Stan Macko at 407-823-6062 or at Stan.Macko@ucf.edu

What outdoor movies are playing and when?

Check out our calendar for what movies will be playing this season. Movies will be held on Wednesdays at 7pm and Fridays/Saturdays at 7pm and 9:30pm.

Are ice skates included in the ticket price?

Yes. Skate rental is included in the $12 skating price. 

What are the smallest and largest skate sizes that you have?

The smallest skate size we have is a kid’s 10, and the largest is a men’s 15.

Are there any age restrictions for skating?

There are no age restrictions for skating, however all participants that are on the skating rink must be wearing skates. Anyone under the age of 6 must be accompanied by a legal guardian

What is included in an ultimate package?

The Ultimate Package is a great way to experience most of Light Up UCF’s main attractions for a lower price. Priced at $19.95, the ultimate package includes ice skating, the ice slide, the Ferris Wheel, the Light Up Express, and the Winter Whirl. It does not include carriage rides, or photos with Santa. 

Are there any height requirements for rides?

There are height requirements for some of our rides:

  • Light Up Express - The rider must be at least 36" in height or accompanied by a paid adult
  • Ferris Wheel - The rider must be at least 56" or must be accompanied by an adult over 56” tall
  • Winter Whirl - The rider must be at least 56" or must be accompanied by an adult over 56” tall
Press Inquires

Please contact Valentina Rodriguez at 407.823.6363 or email Valentina.Rodriguez@ucf.edu for press releases, media tours and interviews.