Supplier: Visit Orlando
Location: United States
Visit Orlando reveals its Christmas holiday sessions with a list of events, parades, lights and even places to have Christmas dinner, including several options at low or no cost. Discover why nothing’s merrier than an Orlando Christmas.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
On select nights from Nov. 9 to Dec. 22, the Magic Kingdom plays host to this all-ages celebration. Marvel at Cinderella’s Castle sparkling in white lights, magical snowfall on Main Street, a Frozen show and Holiday Wishes dessert packages. You can enjoy live entertainment, fireworks and a holiday parade. This event requires an entry ticket.
Fireworks Holiday Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace
Also held at the Magic Kingdom, this party includes exclusive desserts and a fantastic view of the park’s holiday fireworks. Entry requires a paid premium package in addition to regular park admission.
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
From Nov. 19–Dec. 30, Epcot will feature 15 Holiday Kitchens serving seasonal sweets as part of regular park admission. The festivities also include the “Candlelight Processional,” the “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks show and live musical performances.
Frozen Ever After Dessert Party
Held on select nights throughout the year, this special Epcot event provides an unparalleled view of the park’s IllumiNations holiday fireworks, plus 11 seasonal desserts. Entry requires a paid premium package in addition to regular park admission.
Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!
Beginning Nov. 9, this multifaceted celebration, which features a nighttime spectacular and the stars of ABC’s Prep & Landing tracking down Santa Claus, is included with regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Also included is Sunset Seasons Greetings, which features snow on Sunset Boulevard, billboards that come to life and the magical transformation of Hollywood Tower Hotel.
Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! Holiday Dessert Party
Coinciding with Hollywood Studios’ seasonal celebration, this party will feature holiday desserts, snacks and beverages, plus a VIP Disney character meet-and-greet and special view for evening shows. Entry requires a paid premium package in addition to regular park admission.
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Running from Nov. 18 to Jan. 6, this magical party transforms Universal Studios Florida’s Diagon Alley and Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s Hogsmeade for the holidays. The festivities, which are included with regular park admission, also include live performances and a stunning projection wrap for Hogwarts.
Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s
Join Santa Claus, the Minions and characters from Madagascar and Shrek for Universal Studios’ long-running holiday parade. It runs from Nov. 18 through Jan. 6 and is included with regular park admission. Also included are live performances by Mannheim Steamroller, who will perform their best-selling holiday hits on select days from Nov. 18 to Dec. 17.
The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular
From Nov. 18 to Jan. 6, Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure transforms into the world of Grinchmas. As part of regular park admission, guests can enjoy a live, musical stage show and meet the Grinch in his lair.
The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast
Held at Islands of Adventure’s Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous on select mornings Nov. 18 to Dec. 25, this character breakfast requires reservations and regular park admission.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
This festival is included with regular admission to SeaWorld Orlando from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31. It includes the magical “Sea of Trees” and special performances. Kids will also have the chance to meet Santa Claus.
Dinner With Rudolph
Also running from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31, but requiring a paid entry ticket in addition to regular park admission, the character dinner gives your client a chance to eat with Santa’s favorite reindeer.
Legoland Florida’s holiday festivities include a 30-foot Christmas tree made with Lego and Duplo blocks, a holiday-themed scavenger hunt for kids, building activities with Master Model Builders and character meet-and-greets. It’s included with regular park admission on select days from Dec. 2–25.
Central Florida Ballet’s “Pyrotechnic Nutcracker”
The Central Florida Ballet’s fire-enhanced, Cirque du Soleil-inspired take on The Nutcracker is known to many as the “pyrotechnic Nutcracker.” It returns to the Orange County Convention Center’s Linda Chapin Theater on Dec. 16-17.
Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens
Gorgeous and historical, Bok Tower Gardens, which is approximately 30 minutes from Orlando, offers an annual Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate. Other festivities include carillon concerts, garden tours and poinsettia displays.
Christmas at the Leu House
See a reflection of Christmas past at the Leu House Museum at Harry P. Leu Gardens. Running from Nov. 10 through Jan. 3, 2018, the historic estate becomes a vintage celebration of the season with the help of local interior designers, holiday displays and multiple Christmas trees. The tour, which runs about 30 minutes, is included with regular garden admission.
ICE! Featuring Christmas Around the World
From Nov. 21 to Jan. 7, 2018, the Gaylord Palm Resort & Convention Center’s annual holiday celebration will feature more than 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures depicting holiday scenes, as well as two-story ice slides. Your clients can also watch skilled artisans making icy creations in the Frostbite Factory.
Light Up the Holidays at Cranes Roost Park
Starting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2, Altamonte Springs kicks off the holiday season with this free event at Cranes Roost Park. Enjoy train rides, holiday performances and an evening fireworks display. Altamonte Springs is just 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando.
Santa Photo Experience at The Mall at Millenia
Starting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 through closing on Christmas Eve, The Mall at Millenia, which is close to Universal Orlando, will host one of the area’s most popular Santa meet-and-greets. The event is free. Professional photography sessions are available, but guests are also invited to take their own photos.
Singing Christmas Trees
Running for three decades, this event combines a full orchestra, a choir, dance, drama and 250,000 lights displayed on two 45-foot Christmas trees. Performances will be held on Dec. 8–10 and Dec. 14–17 at First Baptist Orlando, which is close to downtown Orlando and also features a kid-friendly petting zoo in its Bethlehem Village.
Stetson Mansion Christmas Tour
Located about 40 minutes north of Orlando in DeLand, the Stetson Mansion is one of Florida’s most historic, beautiful buildings. Tours are available throughout the year, but this special holiday edition explores the history of Christmas at the Victorian-style home.
Winter in the Park
During select hours from Nov. 18 through Jan. 7, 2018, Winter Park offers real ice skating at its holiday rink in Central Park’s West Meadow. The city is located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Orlando and features Park Avenue.
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