Night of a Million Lights returns this holiday season at new venue

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A popular holiday event is returning this year, but at a new venue.


Night of a Million Lights, now in its third year, will return this holiday season, but this year at Island H2O Water Park in Kissimmee, according to a news release.

The water park will be transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland and fully immersive holiday experience featuring millions of lights, luminous displays and family-friendly activities. The event runs from Nov. 11 through Jan. 1, 2023.

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There will also be live entertainment such as dueling pianos, a strolling a cappella group, a DJ block party and more.

RWS Entertainment Group is again partnering with Give Kids the World and Island H2O Water Park to produce the event, the news release states.

The event is still hosted by Give Kids the World, with proceeds from the event still benefitting Give Kids the World Village, the 89-acre nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families from around the world a magical weeklong vacation at no cost.

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“It has been a privilege to welcome in the public for a glimpse into our storybook Village during the holidays the past two years. However, in order to preserve the life-changing experience we provide to wish families as increased numbers of guests are able to visit, we have made the decision to move Night of a Million Lights off-site — and truly appreciate Island H2O Water Park’s generosity, hospitality and support,” said Give Kids The World President & CEO Pamela Landwirth. “We look forward to joining with Island H2O, sponsors, volunteers and community members to celebrate the season of joy and giving while making an immeasurable impact on the families we serve.”

In previous years, Night of a Million Lights lit up Give Kids the World Village. It was moved this year to accommodate the influx of wish families to the Village back to pre-pandemic levels.

See photos of last year’s event in the gallery below:

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“It’s an honor to help Give Kids The World deliver happiness and hope to critically ill children and their families by hosting Central Florida’s most popular new holiday tradition at Island H2O Water Park,” said Island H2O General Manager Jim Kunau in a news release. “We invite the entire community to join us at Night of a Million Lights at Island H2O for 52 nights of family fun, live performances, delicious food and holiday cheer, while helping to make wishes come true for families in our community and around the world.”

Tickets for this year’s event can be purchased here.

Night of a Million Lights was named the top thing to do in December in Orlando by USA Today when the event debuted in 2020.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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