Orlando, Florida, sits atop many holiday wish lists for magical family vacations. During the holidays, Central Florida magically transforms into a dreamy wintry dreamland with shows, “snows” and attraction celebrations. It’s the perfect time to escape the holiday blues, and the everyday stresses and entertaining at home and take off on a journey filled with fantastical adventures with Best Vacations Ever. The kids are off school, and the weather in Florida is exceptional—loads of sunshine and plenty of days hitting comfortable temperatures with decorations all around the city and the big-name attractions, which are nothing short of spectacular. You still have a chance to book an amazing Best Vacations Ever promotional vacation package to Orlando provided by 30-plus year travel veteran Preferred Guest Resorts. Download some of its fun, informative and educational videos at bestvacationsever.com. Reap the benefits of holiday travel with hundreds of dollar worth of savings—at the best time of the year—with complimentary accommodations. But vacancies fill up quickly; so the sooner you book, the better! Brighten up your holidays with a Best Vacations Ever Orlando vacation package by calling a travel representative at 407-656-2780 today!
Here are just a few of the many Christmastime events that you can enjoy during your travels to Central Florida:
Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND® Florida in Winter Haven
The holiday season comes to life every weekend in Dec. with a 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree made of 270,000 LEGO bricks, festive holiday decorations, LEGO-building activity stations, a LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt and seasonal entertainment. Special appearances and great photo opps include visits from a LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The legendary, awe-inspiring spectacle of infinite lights beginning in Nov. and running all through Dec., lighting up the streets of Hollywood Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World® Resort. The expansive seasonal annual display features millions of holiday lights dancing to synchronized music.
Festival of Trees in Downtown Orlando
If visiting in November, mix culture with holiday spirit at Orlando Museum of Art where you can get designer trees and enjoy holiday exhibits to benefit the Museum. Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Nov. 16-Nov. 24.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party gets grooving on select nights in 2013 (check dates and time on its website) at Magic Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World® Resort. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required, and worth the joy of holly-jolly holiday parades, fireworks and live entertainment.
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
You’ll be jammin’ during this jungle parade that blends the spirit of the season with all the culture and adventure of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort.
Holidays Around the World at Epcot
Immerse yourself in the joy and magic of the holidays with the varying celebrations, customs and characters of different countries and diverse cultures from around the world at Epcot of Walt Disney World® Resort. Check the website for dates and times.
Disney Candlelight Processional at Epcot
Singers and a live orchestra spectacularly perform at the inspiring Disney Candlelight Processional in Epcot Theme Park as part of its Holidays Around The World at Walt Disney World® Resort. Guest narrators, including celebrities, retell the story of Christmas. Check the website for dates, times and narrators.
ICE! at Gaylord Palms in Orlando
Dubbed the Florid Fridge, this frozen family fun experience is full of hand-carved sculptures and exhibits by a team of international artisans from Harbin, China from nearly 2 million pounds of ice into a winter wonderland, Includes interactive environments and larger-than-life, three-dimensional holiday scenes amid a chilly 9-degree temp. Thermal jackets are provided, but dress accordingly and bring gloves. Check the website for dates at times during Nov.– Dec. 2013.
Holidays at SeaWorld Orlando®
Christmas comes to life with a show that includes towering water fountains, brilliant fireworks and some of the most talented ice skaters in the world. Another favorite show is Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas, a comedy with the popular Clyde and Seamore sea lions, and a few playful otters and a ho-ho-ho, giant jolly walrus or two. Select dates Nov.-Dec. 2013; keep an eye on the website for dates and times.
The Polar Express Experience at SeaWorld Orlando®
SeaWorld Orlando will once again transform its Wild Arctic attraction into a Christmas-themed simulator ride, the Polar Express Experience, based on the popular Chris Van Allsburg book and the animated 2004 Warner Bros. movie. The transformation includes reprograms of the ride’s video, audio and special effects so visitors can imagine they are actually riding the Polar Express train. Runs from Nov. -Dec. 2013; check the website for dates and times.
Jolly up for a special Shamu Christmas at SeaWorld Orlando® show from Nov. -Dec. 2013. SeaWorld Orlando amps up its Christmas attractions and decorations, including the new Sea of Trees, with more than 100 massive trees, each sparkling, lighted and choreographed to classic holiday tunes. Nov.-Dec. 2013.
Grinchmas at Universal Orlando® Resort
The young and young at heart light up at Grinchmas Islands of Adventure as Seuss Landing is transformed again into the wintry wonderland featuring our incredibly popular live musical performance of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” Special appearances include he Grinch and a slew of singing Whos and a whole town of dancing. Then stroll around the Whoville Wonky Tree Lot and enjoy the amazing Wholiday decorations. The holiday events at Universal run from Dec. 1, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013. You can also book a character breakfasts! Reservations are required for select dates. Times: 8, 9 or 10 a.m. You and the kids can also Meet The Grinch at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Greet and shake hands with the mean, green one who grew a heart himself for a one-of-a-kind vacation memory Dec.-Jan.
Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Orlando® Resort
Every year, the Universal/Macy’s partnership fills the streets with many of the iconic parade elements that wind through New York City each year at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The popular event features colorful holiday characters, fantasy-filled floats, a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus and a plethora of larger-than-life balloons. A special note for travelers: the Macy’s Holiday Parade also has select park guests participate in the procession as balloon-handlers guiding the helium giants, a truly unique and exclusive experience to Universal Orlando Resort visitors. The holiday events at Universal run from Dec.–Jan. 2013.
The Cracker Christmas Fest
The countdown to Santa Claus begins after the Blenheim Christmas Parade, on Saturday Dec. 7 and includes snow blowers, bouncy castle, face painting and much, much more.
Fort Christmas Historical Park
Yes, Virginia, there is a Christmas—in Central Florida, just 20 minutes from Orlando en route to Kennedy Space Center. Enjoy exhibits, historical explorations, homesteading, cattle herding, old pioneer homes and ways of life, holiday celebrations, a Dec. 7 parade and much more. People and travelers flock to Christmas, Florida, for the signature stamp and post-office seal alone.
Orlando Ballet’s The Nutcracker by the Orlando Ballet
Whether a first-time or seasoned visitor, or a faithful local, you’ll be whisked away into the magical world of this spectacular holiday tradition at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre Dec. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. The perennial holiday favorite is the full-length production accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
BOOK AND BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOLIDAYS
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What are your favorite holiday events in Orlando?