There are a couple of misconceptions about the town of Celebration, FL. The first is that it is a town. That isn’t really true, Celebration is legally a “census-designated place” that is part of Kissimmee. That said, it looks like a town and it feels like a town, so we’ll just call it a town.
The second misconception is that it is part of Walt Disney World. It is not, although it feels like it could be. Celebration was developed by the Walt Disney Company, and Disney does still have a presence there, but it is not part of Walt Disney World.
Celebration has a real small town feel, and the center of Celebration is a great place to gather. Kissimmee already has a Main Street, so the street in the center of the activity in Celebration is named Market Street. There are restaurants and shops, and a really nice view. Lake Rianhard is a great place to sit and just watch the water if you need a place to relax for a while. There are also some well-maintained walking trails.
With a name like Celebration, it is not surprising that the town holds some fun special events during the year. One of my favorites is Oktoberfest. This year it will be held on October 18 and 19. There is a DJ and there is also live music. On Friday the music will be provided by Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Traditional German sounds will be featured. On Saturday more contemporary music will be provided by James Boyd and The Band Be Easy.
Besides live music, there is one thing that sets Oktoberfest in Celebration apart. For those who think that the leaves don’t fall in Florida, this will prove you wrong! The difference is that the leaves here will fall at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00, and the leaves are made of paper. It’s silly, but it is also a lot of fun.
Oktoberfest is free, and there is free street parking. If you’re hungry there will be street vendors selling delicious treats, or you could try one of the restaurants. If you’ll be in the area on October 18 or 19 and you don’t have plans, I highly recommend Oktoberfest. It’s a great celebration, pun intended.