Happy holidays Orlando!
There’s a slight chill in the air so you know what that means! It’s time to break out the ugly Christmas sweaters and get festive. Celebrate the holidays at theme parks in Orlando for a fun, unique way to ring in the most wonderful time of the year. From meet and greets with your seasonal faves to tasty treats to dazzling lights there’s so many ways to celebrate the holidays. Keep scrolling for our guide to celebrating the holidays at theme parks in Orlando.
Walt Disney World is bringing all the festive feels to their resort this winter. From giant Christmas trees to tasty snacks to jolly decorations, Walt Disney World has it all when celebrating the holidays at theme parks in Orlando!
In Magic Kingdom take in the classic Christmas decorations, limited-time treats, and cheerful holiday projections on Cinderella’s Castle. And what’s a holidays at theme parks celebration without a little late night fun? Keep the party going with Mickey’s Very Marry Christmas Party! Join Mickey and the gang for a night of festive celebration with live entertainment, spectacular fireworks, and more!
Want to spend the holidays at theme parks abroad with the hefty airfare? Head over to Epcot to learn about international holiday traditions and figures like Italy’s La Befana and France’s Père Noël! And what’s a trip to Epcot without trying all the festival kiosks—and of course sampling all the cookies in the cookie stroll. Plus everyone’s favorite new coaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is getting its own festive twist this holiday season! And of course we can’t forget about the Candlelight Processional where you can hear the story of Christmas presented by a celebrity narrator accompanied by an orchestra and massed choir.
Another holiday at theme parks celebration: Disney’s Holiday Studios will have you living in the glitz and glamour of an old festive Christmas. Join Minnie at Hollywood and Vine for Minnie’s Holiday Dine complete with holiday classics. Enjoy a special ending to the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and dazzling holiday décor. And you won’t want to miss the big man, Santa Claus himself, cruising down Hollywood Blvd. in his candy-apple red convertible! A perfect spot to celebrate the holidays at theme parks!
When it comes to celebrating the holidays at theme parks, don’t forget to check out a Christmas celebration inspired by the beauty of nature over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Enjoy festive flotillas like the Santa Claus Festive Flotilla and the Discovery Island Drummers Festive Flotilla! Check out the nature inspired decorations, the Tree of Life Awakenings – Holiday Edition and more!
And if that isn’t enough holiday at theme parks cheer for you, we’ve got a few more ways you can get in the holly jolly spirit. All the resorts will be decked out in their own special holiday décor and serving up unique holiday treats. And Disney Springs is full to the brim of holiday spirit with special entertainment, the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll, and maybe a holiday flurry or two. But our favorite place to visit during the holidays has to be Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar. This laid back hangar bar pulls out all the stops and decorations for this holiday overlay and features a fun, festive menu of food and drinks!
Dive into the holiday at theme parks season with SeaWorld Orlando. The park is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with plenty of holiday cheer. Enjoy the retelling of classic tales like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, not one but two different holiday parades, snow flurries at the Waterfront, and the dazzling Sea of Trees as they light up the lagoon. You can even lace up your skates for an outdoor ice skating experience perfect for the entire family. Cap off the evening with SeaWorld Orlando’s nighttime spectacular Holiday Reflections: Fireworks Finale. This show features festive fireworks and dazzling lights that will illuminate the night sky.
Want something a little extra special? Opt for dinner with Santa! Join Santa for a delicious holiday meal with all your holiday favorites and of course an opportunity to meet the man of the hour himself!
Deck the halls with bliffer bloofs and bingle balls in Who-ville. At Seuss Landing enjoy the warm fuzzies of the holiday season with the resident Whos and remind the Grinch himself all the beauties of the holiday season during a photo op and enjoy the live retelling of the classic tale. Then head over to Hogsmede to sip on Butterbeer while enjoying seasonal melodies from The Frog Choir and see all the holiday lights. And don’t forget The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle show, a magical addition to your holiday at theme parks festivities!
Hop on the Hogwarts Express over to Diagon Alley for more festive decorations and holidays at theme park cheer. While you’re over in Universal Studios Florida line up for the Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s to view larger-than-life balloons of your fave characters. And of course you have to sample all the themed snacks and festivities like the Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah lighting ceremonies and more!
Are you going to be celebrating the holidays at theme parks in Orlando? There’s just so much to do and so much to enjoy! We can’t wait to get out there are start getting festive. Don’t forget to throw on your ugly Christmas sweaters!
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