This year marks the second annual Night of a Million Lights holiday light spectacular at Give Kids the World Village, now open to the public.
Set to illuminate the night in Central Florida now through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, this festive experience will offer the public a rare glimpse inside Give Kids the World Village, an 89-acre nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families with weeklong vacations at no cost to them.
Tickets are on sale now, with which gets can explore a sparkling tree trail, see larger-than-life holiday displays, take photos at one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops, and enjoy a guided storytelling tour of 100 lit villas from the comfort of a tram — all included in the price of the ticket. A majority of the lights used in the displays were also donated by Walt Disney World Resort. The event will run from 5-10 p.m. daily, with staggered entry times in order to prevent crowding.
Originally launched as a pandemic pivot for Give Kids the World, Night of a Million Lights attracted more than 92,000 guests in 2020. This year, the event promises to be brighter and more festive than ever, while simultaneously preserving the privacy and comfort of wish families during their visits.
“Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and they are often told ‘no’ due to the limitations of their illness. We feel privileged to give wish children and their families a week of ‘yes’ where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend precious time together,” said Pamela Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids the World. “We look forward to once again sharing some holiday joy with the community while raising the funds that will enable us to continue creating the happiness that inspired hope for these precious families.”
This year’s enhancements to the event include a 360-degree dancing lights show that encompasses 21 fully-programmed buildings set to music, with six three-minute holiday vignettes playing each hour. In addition, a holiday marketplace will offer upgraded food and beverage experiences, holiday merchandise, and a chance for children to meet Santa in his “elaborately-decorated Florida home.”
Also new for his year, guests can purchase one of a variety of premium packages, ranging from behind-the-scenes guided tours and dessert parties to special events and exclusive balcony experiences — perfect for proposals, vow renewals, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and more. Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more, and can be inquired about by contacting [email protected]
Proceeds from Night of a Million Lights will go to support Give Kids the World. For more information, visit GKTW.org/Lights, and check out our videos from the event below: