It’s easy to believe in the magic of Christmas when you live in Orlando, Florida. This city is buzzing with holiday spirit and it shows with its epic Christmas light displays, festive cocktail bars, and holiday-themed parties. And with events day in and day out, it can be hard to craft a holiday bucket list—that’s where we come in.
Keep scrolling for the ultimate Orlando holiday bucket list that’s guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.
Arguably one of the best parts about living in the Orlando area is the warm weather year-round—including the winter months. And that’s why visiting an outdoor cinema is at the top of our holiday bucket list. There are a variety of spots that are featuring festive films while serving up delicious treats and drinks for you to sip on.
Another perk of living in Orlando, Florida is the close proximity we have to the Orlando theme parks—Walt Disney World included. And every year November 8th through December 25th, you’re invited to the ultimate holiday party. At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party you can enjoy holiday-themed rides, treats, and Christmas parades that end with a snowy celebration. This is a must-add to your Orlando holiday bucket list.
Kick the holiday season off the right way by decking out your home in all the festive decor—starting with your Christmas tree. You can visit a quick and easy tree lot or head to one of Orlando’s u-pick Christmas tree farms. No matter which you’re looking for, you’ll definitely find it in this city.
The Wall Crawl in Orlando is known for its Instagram-worthy photo setups. And for Christmas, they go all out. You’ll be able to snap some festive photos in front of the 20+ walls complete with fun props. The best part? The last photo wall allows you to grab a photo with Santa himself. It’s the ultimate holiday bucket list experience that will also spice up your Instagram feed—a double win!
Orlando does Christmas and they do it well. These spots better be at the top of your holiday bucket list! During the holiday season, every inch of the city is decked out in Christmas lights, which means there are endless possibilities to see holiday decor that’ll brighten up your night. You can assemble your crew or make it a romantic date night, either way, you’re in the right city for a Christmas lights tour.
Gaylor Palms throws an annual, family-friendly event from November 18th through January 1st. You can enjoy the ice sculptures in ICE! featuring Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, grab a photo with Santa, read a festive book with Mrs. Clause, walk the Christmas tree trail, decorate a gingerbread house, or watch the Cirque: Spirit of Christmas show—the list of activities at Gaylor Palms is endless.
Our favorite is the snow factory where there’s actually snow, in Florida. It’s absolutely a must-see. You can go ice tubing down Snow Flow Mountain, build snowballs, and even enjoy their Snow Bar.
Orlando has a buzzing bar scene. So it probably comes as no surprise that bars in Central Florida go all out during the holiday season. That’s why you need to add festive bar pop-ups to your holiday bucket list. And lucky for Orlando locals, there are a variety of bars serving up festive cocktails you’ll want to enjoy on a date night or a night out with your crew.
Support your local arts and enjoy an entertaining, Christmas-themed performance—this bucket list item is a double win. From ballet to festive plays, there are a variety of shows put on in the Orlando area. And these artists have been working tirelessly to bring you an unforgettable show. You can snag tickets for you and your friends, or use it as an excuse to get dressed up with your significant other.
Are you ready to start crossing off these holiday bucket list items? We don’t blame you. But whatever you do, don’t forget to take us along for the (sleigh) ride by following us on Instagram @stufftodoinorlando and tagging us in all of your festive photos.
Kailey Boyer is an Arizona native, currently living her best life in Orlando, Florida. She’s passionate about hunting down and sharing all...