Celebration, Florida is kind of confusing. It’s not owned by Disney, but it was designed by Disney Imagineers. Even though it’s referred to as a town, it’s really a township, and officially part of the city of Kissimmee. Celebration is a great destination if you’re looking for a day off while at Walt Disney World. There are small shops, miles of walking trails, and a great choice of restaurants. Stepping into Celebration will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
One of the drawbacks about living in Florida is that we don’t get the vibrant colors that many parts of the country experience each autumn. (We do have flowers all year long, so it’s not like we don’t have fall beauty!) Celebration has come up with a way for people in Central Florida to experience falling leaves in many different colors. It’s all part of their annual Oktoberfest.
There are two parts to Oktoberfest. The first is the one that takes care of the fall foliage problem. At 7:00pm, 8:00pm, and 9:00pm, paper leaves are shot out of boxes on Market Street. There are several colors, just like real fall foliage. Don’t worry about there being a mess, because the kids who are there will happily pick them up. It’s silly, but it’s also a lot of fun. You’d be surprised by how many people enjoy this tradition.
The second part of Oktoberfest is free live music. The first evening is always traditional German music, while the second night is more pop. There are vendors, special food items for sale, and activities for the kids. There’s a DJ as well, it’s a giant block party.
In 2018, Oktoberfest in Celebration will be held on October 19 and 20. Music on Friday evening will be provided by Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Scheduled for Saturday are Carly Jo Jackson and Lovestruck Robot. Oktoberfest is free, and there is free street parking. More information can be found here.