Jingle bells, mistletoes and boughs of holly? Yes, it's that time of the year again! Sleigh on down to Orlando and watch as The City Beautiful transforms into a Winter Wonderland. No frightful snowstorms are in the forecast, so you will have plenty to do. Whether you plan on spending two or twelve days here, this season Orlando has enough festive celebrations to keep you and your entire family caroling with joy! Below is a list of the top 10 holiday events. Remember to book your perfect hotel by checking out our holiday deals and make this your best family vacation to date.
Celebrate the holiday season with your family alongside Mickey and Minnie at the Magic Kingdom Theme Park. The celebration is filled with spectacular fireworks, Mickey's ‘Once Upon A Christmastime' parade and live entertainment featuring the rest of your favorite Disney Characters. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend this event.
A breathtaking seasonal display featuring millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music on the Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. Entire buildings, twirling carousels, heavenly angels and Santa and his reindeer spring to life with an extensive array of multi-colored lights. Some nights, the show is capped off with an enchanted flurry of snow.
More than two million lights, a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, heartwarming visits with Santa, captivating musical events and exclusive holiday events await you and your family at the Gaylord Palms. Discover how Gaylord Palms is like no other holiday destination with Merry Madagascar featuring characters from the DreamWorks Animation films carved out of ice. ICE! features two-story tall ice slides carved from two million pounds of ice and a tribute to the unforgettable classic.
Let the waves of holiday spirit splash over you and your family during SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration. The winter wonderland is filled with carols in the air, a sparkling Sea of Trees and skaters dancing on ice. Take a journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience, share a smile with a sea lion, and enjoy live entertainment featuring everything from Santa to Shamu.
The Epcot theme park is transformed into an international celebration of Yuletide traditions filled with decorations and live entertainment during the holidays. Delight in the sights and sounds of the season during Epcot's Candlelight Processional held nightly at the American Gardens Theatre. The event retells the stirring story of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.
The world's most famous parade has become a holiday experience for park guests at Universal Studios. Celebrate the Macy's Holiday Parade featuring floats and balloons direct from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The merriment continues with marching bands, clowns and an appearance from Santa! Afterwards, enjoy the spectacular tree lighting with music and lights. Other events include A Barney Holiday, The Blues Brothers Holiday Show and performances by Mannheim Steamroller.
This annual holiday celebration is based on the beloved Dr. Seuss tale and Universal Pictures' and Imagine Entertainment's Academy Award-winning blockbuster hit, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The celebration highlights the heartwarming story of The Grinch in a live show featuring music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. See characters come to life before your eyes as they stroll through Seuss Landing. Have breakfast with your favorite Dr. Seuss characters during The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast and meet The Grinch himself!
LEGOLAND's New Year's Eve celebration is perfect for families. The "Kids' New Year's Eve" allows kids to rock out and watch the giant LEGO fireworks at just the right time for them, midnight KST (Kid Standard Time), otherwise known as 7 p.m. EST.
With exciting live performances from various artists, Universal CityWalk's "Rock the New Year!" is one of Orlando's hottest New Year's Eve parties. In addition to live music, enjoy an expansive gourmet buffet, a champagne toast and live entertainment at the various nightclubs, including the groove, an electrifying dance club; CityJazz, a hip jazz venue; Jimmy Buffett's Magaritaville and others.
The parks come alive to say farewell to 2012. Magic Kingdom presents: "Wishes" nighttime spectacular with a holiday overlay at 8:30 p.m. and "Fantasy in the Sky" at 11:50 p.m. Epcot‘s "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" salutes the new year at 6:30 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, "Fantasmic!" combines water, fire, lights, lasers, fireworks and music will be presented at 6:30 and 8 p.m., with "Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!" fireworks display at midnight.
For more information on how you can continue to deck the halls in Orlando, visit our online calendar of events to see all of the unique events Orlando has to offer this season!