Top 10 Things To Do in Orlando For the Holidays

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Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 

The holidays in Orlando are like nowhere else in the world! Where else can you play in man-made snow showers, sip eggnog under palm trees and celebrate with all of your favorite characters? Only in Orlando, of course! And there is so much to do here for the whole family that will make the season as magical as it should be.

Here are the top 10 things to do in Orlando for the holidays!

1. The holidays at Walt Disney World are extra special. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom and The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios are two events that will take you to a magical world of holiday excitement. Fireworks, a Christmas parade featuring Santa and a magical snowfall are all part of the fun.

2. Even the animals get in on the Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld. A Winter Wonderland ice skating show, a special, nighttime Shamu show, live theatrical performances and fireworks are included in the month-long celebration.

3. Universal Orlando Resort has two holiday celebrations. For Grinchmas, Suess Landing at Universal's Islands of Adventure is transformed into a whimsical winter playland right out of a storybook. Live shows feature the mean, green one himself. The Macy's Holiday Parade features spectacular floats, marching bands and festive music.


4. Have you ever seen a 30-foot tall Christmas tree made of LEGO bricks? Here's your chance as LEGOLAND Florida kicks off Christmas Bricktacular, its first holiday celebration. Each night, one special family will be chosen to light the Christmas tree, and Santa will set up shop in the park's enchanting botanical gardens.

5. Holidays Around the World at Epcot is a more traditional celebration, featuring a mass choir, candlelight processional and special celebrity guests.

6. For a spiritual celebration, head to the First Baptist Church of Orlando for its popular annual Singing Christmas Trees event. More than 300 choir members sing traditional holiday songs while 250,000 lights dance on 40-foot tall Christmas trees. 

7. A community event is quickly gaining a popular following. Light Up UCF turns Orlando's largest university into a winter wonderland of ice skating, holiday treats, rides such as a Ferris wheel and Santa train, movies in the park and more.

8. Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art features some of the most beautifully decorated Christmas trees and window displays you'll ever lay eyes on. There are also daily events, a Gingerbread Village, Toyland Town for the kids and a Holiday Boutique and Garden.

9. What's green and red and white all over? It's Shrek, of course. And he, along with all of his friends, is the star of the show at ICE! At the Gaylord Palms Resort. Immerse yourself in more than 20,000 square feet of frosty 9-degree bliss. Enjoy the thrill of five 30-foot ice slides and amazing hand-carved sculptures in a 100-acre walk-through ice park.

10. For theater buffs who want to add a bit of culture during your visit, check out The Nutcracker Ballet at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in downtown Orlando. The Orlando Ballet has all of the whimsy and fantasy you can expect from some of the world's finest professional dancers.

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