The Holidays are always the most wonderful time of the year, and although we all agreed that this holiday season is a different one, in our “City Beautiful”, Orlando, residents and visitors can find a re-imagined holiday festivities.
In addition to the events in the theme parks, throughout the destination we can find outdoor holiday’s sets, shows and exhibitions that keep health and safety measures in mind and at the same time give the spirit of the season. Here are some of them:
Walt Disney World
All the parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs, have special events. In all of them you can see Santa Claus and enjoy favorite characters during character cavalcades (mini parades with a few characters, floats and music). Don’t miss the new holiday projections on Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom. All the parks will feature special holiday-themed food, including the Holiday Kitchens at Epcot, with dishes from many places around the world. Until December 30.
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure has many of their most popular holiday traditions and characters in reimagined ways, as “Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons,” with some of the Macy’s balloons and floats. In addition, they are featuring Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, with special holidays-theme performances. If you like to shop, visit the Tribute Store, where you can find four rooms full of accessories, ornaments and also desserts and drinks specially created for the season. At Islands of Adventure, you can see The Grinch. Until January 3.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration
You can find a winter wonderland in this park, with over 3 million lights and a “Sea of Trees” with more than 100 Christmas tree. Also they have live shows, including the new Happy Holidays from Sesame Street Land and the opportunity to meet Santa from a distance. New for this year, you and your family can experience outdoor ice skating. Select dates until December 31.
Holidays LEGOLAND Florida Resort
They have seasonal shows, exclusive Lego characters that you can see only this time of the year (including Lego Santa), and a surprise for kids that can write letters to Lego Santa from the new Holiday Village Postal Service. Until December 31.
Give Kids the World Night of a Million Lights
The non-profit resort, dedicated to providing cost-free vacations to kids with life threating-illnesses, has a new walk-through holiday light spectacular, featuring more than three million glittering lights. Until January 3.
Dazzling Lights at Harry P. Leu Gardens
The beautiful gardens located in Downtown Orlando has this entirely outdoor new experience. Includes photo opportunities with a long immersive tunnel, “snow” and holiday music. Until January 3.
Gatorland’s Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down.
They have an all-new holiday event with festive holiday carolers, a Very Merry Train ride and interactive holiday displays. Select dates until December 20.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms. This Resort is a “must visit” every year because they have the amazing “ICE” exhibition created with tons of ice by artisans that came directly from China. This year “ICE” was cancelled, but they created a new experience, where guests can walk through their favorite Christmas movies in the “I Love Christmas Movies”, including 13 scenes from holiday favorites such as “The Polar Express”.
Crayola’s Colorful Christmas.
New this year, guests can create a 3D gingerbread ornament, enjoy a musical light show and sing-along with reindeer friends and other life-sized animatronic characters. Until January 4).
As you can see, here you can find a lot of holiday’s events for every age and budget. Our theme parks and attractions are open for business, and the Resorts, restaurants and shopping malls are open as well. If you can visit us, you will enjoy your visit, but don’t forget always to follow the rules for your health and safety.
Next year we all hope that will be a wonderful one. The parks will have new attractions, as Ice Breaker, a new roller coaster in SeaWorld and also Walt Disney World will be celebrating their 50 Anniversary, we can’t wait to celebrate that!
I wish you and your family a great Holiday Season and a wonderful 2021.