The Creative City Project (Website) just shared a lineup of art-centric events stretching from August 2023 into next year, including a whole new lineup of immersive shows and twinkling holiday light walks.

“Our community asked, and we have spoken,” says Creative City Project Executive Director Heide Evans.  “We are beyond excited to officially announce our incredible Fall/Winter 2023-2024 season, which delivers both new, popular and always original experiences to the arts-loving and appreciating community of Central Florida.  We look forward to many new and returning faces seeing, hearing, and experiencing all that Creative City Project has to offer.”

The following event descriptions were taken directly from the press release.

The Carnival – Where Orchestra Meets Circus (August 25-27, 2023) – Following the success of 2022’s “The Seasons,” Creative City Project and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra present this brand-new collaboration.  The concert features the music of French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals.”  Alongside the orchestral ensemble, Creative City Project curates a fantastical environment with high-energy acrobatic performances. Location: To be announced

Happy Frights (Select dates between late September and October 31) – Gather the entire family for a fun, family-friendly Halloween adventure throughout Orlando’s Leu Gardens featuring exciting immersive worlds, live characters, food, and trick-or-treating.  Guests will meet a dancing bridge troll, walk through a garden of sunflowers, explore a neon-light maze, climb up a giant hay-pyramid, celebrate Dia de Muertos and so much more – all while visiting nine trick-or-treat stations along the way. Location: Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803.

Haunting Nights (Select dates between late September and October 31) – Creative City Project brings to life an artful, exciting Halloween experience in the forests of Leu Gardens featuring immersive worlds, fun fall-inspired encounters and a few jump scares, plus fantastic seasonal food and drinks.  Guests will be welcomed by a 10’ tall jack-o-lantern, make their way past the bridge troll and into the forest of eyes, walk through a garden of sunflowers, journey through a neon-light maze, climb up a giant hay-pyramid, meet La Catrina in the Dia de Muertos world, and so much more. Location: Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803


Dazzling Nights Presented by AdventHealth (November 17, 2023 – January 6, 2024) – Back for its fourth year and bigger and more interactive than ever – Orlando’s 50-acre Harry P. Leu Gardens transforms once again into a stunning winter wonderland featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays, music, and beautiful sculptures during “Dazzling Nights” – a family-friendly adventure that gives guests the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable, interactive holiday experience.  This year’s favorite annual tradition features the return of popular immersive environments, plus, a brand-new, large-scale light show.  Elements include hundreds of hanging Moroccan lanterns, interactive pads that light up when guests jump on them, a forest with thousands of laser beams, a brand-new light show with 100, 10’ light tubes synced to music, a 30’ tree in splendid, shimmering gold, upgraded food and drinks, and, of course, snow. Location: Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803.

Brendan O'Connor

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