Spending Christmas in Orlando can be an unforgettable experience for you and your family. While there won’t be snow, there are plenty of activities, events, and celebrations to keep everybody entertained. Here are just a few of the best things to see during Christmas in Orlando.
Disney World’s Orlando Christmas
One of the best ways to spend Christmas in Orlando is at the most magical place on earth – Disneyworld. Featuring themed fireworks, colourful Christmas decorations, and a dedication to family fun, Disneyworld is the place to be during the holiday season. Located in Disneyworld itself is Hollywood Studios, where millions of lights come alive and sparkle in the falling snow, creating a magnificent visual experience for you and your family. Other attractions, like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and Mickey’s Christmastime Parade, are equally as entertaining.
Epcot’s Christmas Celebrations
Just around the corner at the Epcot Center is the Holidays Around the World exhibit, which vividly illustrates how various cultures celebrate Christmas. Teach your kids about traditions from eleven different countries before walking over to watch the famous Candlelight Processional. Accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a choir, the Christmas tale is retold every year at Epcot. In addition, storytellers and other celebrations will keep your night as lively as possible.
Christmas at Universal Orlando
No Christmas in Orlando would be complete without seeing the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios. The parade rolls through every night during the holiday season, and features massive balloons and everything else you see during the classic Thanksgiving Macy’s Parade in New York – although it has a unique, Christmas theme.
That’s not all that Universal Orlando has to offer! Fans of Dr. Seuss will want to check out the Islands of Adventure, where a live musical performance of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is put on every night. Meanwhile, just walking around the Islands of Adventure is a joy in itself, with the Grinch and his dog Max running around to entertain guests. After you’ve had your fill of the Grinch, you can stop by one of the numerous Holiday-themed concerts, or check out some of the world-famous rides that the park has to offer.
Keep in mind that theme parks in Orlando will be slightly more crowded during this time of the year, so it’s a good idea to arrive early or stay late to beat the crowds. After all, this is peak season. That being said, there is so much to see and do that you and your family will never be bored, and you can always get an express pass to skip the lines at various attractions.
Christmas in Orlando outside the theme parks
While the theme parks provide a constant source of entertainment, it’s nice to take a break every once in a while. Take a walk down Orlando’s famous CityWalk for some premium shopping and entertainment. To give your feet a rest after a long day of walking around, you can also take horse-drawn carriages to your restaurants, hotels, or shops. Also, be sure to check out Santa and his elves before you leave.
Many of the hotels put on their own Christmas celebrations as well. Check out the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, which has a massive Christmas tree and holiday-themed music. Meanwhile, the Hard Rock Hotel has a special New Year’s Eve Party for kids and adults alike.
No matter where you stay, or what theme parks you go to, it’s clear that Christmas in Orlando is a magical time of year for everybody involved. Book your vacation today to find out what you’re missing!