Don’t miss the NFL Pro Bowl Presented by Verizon and Pro Bowl Week, ZORA!™ Festival (pictured), theme park events, and more things to do in Orlando this January.
Looking for something to do in Orlando this January? We have you covered! In addition to the National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl Presented by Verizon and ZORA!™ Festival, we’re hosting theme park celebrations, NBA and minor-league hockey games, live concerts, and much more, including the highlights featured here.
You can also search for happenings around the time of your visit with our Orlando Events Calendar. No matter when you’ll be here, there’s always something to do in Orlando!
Featured Events in Orlando for January
Jan. 1: VRBO Citrus Bowl
Held at Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando, the country’s seventh-oldest collegiate bowl game will feature Michigan vs. Alabama. Join the fun and become part of a rich history that began in 1947!
North Shore Birding Festival in Apopka Near Orlando
Jan. 16-20: North Shore Birding Festival
Featuring 37 field trips and three keynotes, this annual festival from the Orange Audubon Society highlights one of the region’s premier birding hotspots: the Lake Apopka North Shore. The field trips also offer more than birding, including photography, kayaking and even a golf cart excursion. The festival itself is free, but all field trips and keynotes, except for Jan. 16’s keynote, require paid registration. Proceeds benefit the Orange Audubon Society’s nature and environmental center fund.
Jan. 22-26: NFL Pro Bowl Week
For the fourth straight year, the NFL Pro Bowl Presented by Verizon is returning to Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando, and it isn’t coming alone! From Jan. 22-25, enjoy a free, family-friendly football festival at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort courtesy of the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl Experience.
During that week, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will also host AFC and NFC Team Practices & Fan Viewings (Jan. 22-25), plus the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl Skills Showdown (Jan. 22), among other events. And on Jan. 25, you can join the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl Pep Rally at Disney Springs® ahead of the big game on Jan. 26. Don’t have tickets yet? Save up to $10 by entering promo code “VISIT” at time of purchase!
Jan. 25 – Feb. 2: 31st Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (aka ZORA!™ Festival)
First presented in 1990, ZORA! Festival is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational event composed of public talks, museum exhibitions, theatrical productions, arts-education programming and a three-day Outdoor Festival of the Arts. The event takes place primarily in Eatonville, about 10 miles north of downtown Orlando, and throughout Orange County.
Theme Park Events in Orlando for January
You Can Still Experience Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort
Before visiting Orlando’s world-famous theme parks, check out the authorized discount tickets from Visit Orlando. We have them for all major parks, including those at Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, in addition to scores of top attractions!
Through Jan. 5: Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort welcomes all to a resort-wide holiday celebration, where guests of all ages can enjoy unforgettable festivities. This extravaganza, which comes free with park admission, starts with a magical holiday experience at Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, including Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
You can also look forward to Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida, and the Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular, a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
Through Jan. 5: Holiday Celebrations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® & Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Time is running out to experience holiday décor and celebrations at these Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks, all included with admission! At Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, enjoy holiday decorations at Toy Story Land, the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! holiday spectacular, a laser projection show on The Hollywood Tower Hotel and falling “snow” as part of Sunset Seasons Greetings, and For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along. You can also join the stars of ABC’s Prep & Landing as they rescue Santa Claus.
Meanwhile, the first-ever holiday celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park includes a winter wonderland at Discovery Island, Donald’s Dino-Bash and Chip ‘n Dale’s Holiday Hoopla Dance at DinoLand U.S.A., India’s Diwali (aka Festival of Lights) at Asia, and a cheerful presentation at the village of Harambe in Africa. Even Pandora — The World of Avatar is getting into the spirit, and Tree of Life Awakenings features a new series of wintry tales complemented by heartwarming music.
Epcot® International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando (Photo by Harrison Cooney & © Disney)
Jan. 17 – Feb. 24: Epcot® International Festival of the Arts
The annual Epcot® International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort invites you to immerse yourself in the visual, culinary and performing arts in ways that only Disney can offer, including live concerts and art performances, workshops, art signings and much more. Best of all, the festival is included with park admission!
For the visual arts, explore must-see galleries and professional workshops, plus Festival Markets where you can purchase artwork and related merchandise. You can also become part of some of the most famous art from around the world courtesy of Artful Photo Ops throughout the park, or even grab a paintbrush and help bring a giant paint-by-number mural to life at World Showcase Plaza!
Performing arts include the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, live performance art, acrobatics and gravity-defying feats of strength, amazing living statues, and more. For the culinary arts, bite into colorful fare available for purchase at Food Studios in the World Showcase and Future World, or take a technicolor tour of a vibrant array of delicious dishes that culminates in a colorful culinary prize with the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine.
Last but not least, this event will have much for kids and their families, including Figment’s Brush With the Masters Scavenger Hunt, a Hands-On Wall Mural and the Animation Academy — offering the chance to take a drawing class taught by actual Disney artists multiple times each day!
Jan. 24-25: Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando Resort
During this separately ticketed weekend of faith and fun, experience two nights of powerful performances from Christian music’s brightest stars at Universal Studios Florida. Lift your hands and let your heart soar with superstars like TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Newsboys, Switchfoot and more!
In addition to two main stages, Rock the Universe features the FanZone Presented by Coca-Cola®, where you can enjoy autograph sessions with select artists, live music from DJ Promote, and performances by up-and-coming acts. You can also look forward to the Saturday Ceremony, featuring a special message and moving music from one of the headliners, and the Sunday Morning Worship Service, which wraps up the weekend with youth from around the country.
Jan. 25: Inaugural SeaWorld Rescue Run
Benefiting the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, SeaWorld Orlando’s first-ever run invites you to enjoy the relaxing ambience of the park’s picturesque pathways and glimpses of SeaWorld’s animals before crossing the finish line at Shamu® Stadium. The event also features a fun-packed Kids Run for participants ages 7 and under, medals for all participants, and plenty of surprises along they way — plus an exclusive Killer Whale Show at the conclusion!
Last Chance: 2019 Holiday Events for January
Time’s Running Out for Fun Holiday Events in Orlando
The following special events brought a lot of holiday cheer in 2019, and you still have a chance to experience them in January. Click each event’s name for details.
- Through Jan. 5: Colorful Christmas at Crayola Experience
- Through Jan. 5: Light Up UCF: Snowy Nights and Sparkling Lights
- Through Jan. 5: Oh What Fun!: A Holiday Festival
- Through Jan. 5: Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs®
Live Theater, Concerts, Comedy and More in Orlando for January
Numerous venues in Orlando are hosting the arts this month. Click each event’s name for details.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Downtown Orlando)
- Jan. 7: Swan Lake
- Jan. 11: Aretha — A Tribute to the Queen of Soul
- Jan. 12: The Glenn Miller Orchestra
- Select Dates, Jan. 22 – Feb. 9: Aladdin, the Broadway Musical
Bob Carr Theater (Downtown Orlando)
- Jan. 25: Tchaikovsky’s Greatest Hits
Amway Center (Downtown Orlando)
- Jan. 17-20: Jurassic World Live
Hard Rock Live (Universal CityWalk)
- Jan. 17: Keith Sweat
- Jan. 25: Iliza Shlesinger
House of Blues (Disney Springs)
- Jan. 4: In the End & Audioecho — Tribute to Linkin Park & Chris Cornell
- Jan. 10: Grace Potter
- Jan. 11: Slander Presents The Eye
- Jan. 15: Motion City Soundtrack
- Jan. 17: Departure — Tribute to Journey
- Jan. 18: Jonny Lang
- Jan. 21: The Dead South — Served Cold Tour
- Jan. 25: Totally ‘80s Live With The Motels
- Jan. 26: Machine Head
- Jan. 30: Citizen Cope
- Jan. 31: Ultimate ‘80s Party Featuring Tiffany
Garden Theatre (Winter Garden)
- Jan. 4: Sandy Shuggart
Orlando Museum of Art (Loch Haven Park)
- Jan. 9: 1st Thursdays — UCF Eclectic Knights
- Jan. 11: Keynote Lecture With Dr. Casey Riley
The Mennello Museum of American Art (Loch Haven Park)
- Jan. 4-5: Museums on Us Weekend
- Jan. 26: Yoga in the Sculpture Garden
Ace Cafe Orlando (Downtown Orlando)
- Jan. 18: British Lion (Featuring Steve Harris of Iron Maiden)
- Jan. 25: Black Flag
The Plaza Live (Milk District)
- Jan. 19: Jesse Cook
- Jan. 21: The Robert Cray Band
- Jan. 22: Gaelic Storm
- Jan. 27: Kris Kristofferson
- Jan. 28: Lucinda Williams
- Jan. 31: Raphael Saadiq
Movie Events in Orlando for January
See classic films on the big screen at these events. Click each movie’s title for details.
Enzian Theater (Maitland)
- Jan. 5: Uncomfortable Brunch — Dancer in the Dark
- Jan. 6: Sundance Shorts
- Jan. 12: Science on the Screen — The Bit Player
- Jan. 19: Central Florida Film Slam
Sports & Outdoors Events in Orlando for January
Cheer on your favorite team with professional sports and outdoors fun in Orlando. For details, click each event’s name. The NBA’s Orlando Magic and ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears both play home games at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is located at Walt Disney World® Resort.
- Jan. 3: vs. Miami Heat
- Jan. 4: vs. Utah Jazz
- Jan. 6: vs. Brooklyn Nets
- Jan. 8: vs. Washington Wizards
- Jan. 22: vs. Oklahoma Thunder
- Jan. 24: vs. Boston Celtics
- Jan. 26: vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Get discount tickets: Orlando Magic
Orlando Solar Bears
- Jan. 5: vs. Brampton Beast
- Jan. 23: vs. Jacksonville Icemen
- Jan. 25: vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits
- Jan. 27: vs. Jacksonville Icemen
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
- Jan. 17-20: Disney Girls Soccer Showcase
- Jan. 24-26: Sand Dollar/Whitlow Invitationals
More Sports Events
- Jan. 9-12: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Presented by Cigna
- Jan. 18: Park Ave 5K Presented by AdventHealth
- Jan. 19: NAVC Fun(d) Run/Walk With a Pet
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