Sugar Plums and Family Fun: A Guide to Orlando’s Holiday Events

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

By David Sibila
‘Twas the night before a family's visit to Orlando and the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of dazzling fireworks and joyful parades danced in their heads. There's holly jolly fun for everyone each Christmas season in Orlando, where our world-famous theme parks, attractions and resort hotels sparkle with traditional celebrations and holiday spectacles.

Celebrate this holiday season with our guide of holiday events in Orlando guaranteed to have your family singing "fa-la-la-la-la" all the way home.

Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort

Epcot Holiday Around The World

At Walt Disney World guests can celebrate the holiday season with Mickey Mouse himself at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, experience holiday traditions from around the world at Epcot, light up the night with a new, larger-than-life fireworks spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios and meet Santa in his private chalet at Disney Springs.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal's Grinchmas Grinch

Oh what fun it is to celebrate Grinchmas with the Grinch and all of the Whos, along with the world-famous Macy's Holiday Parade featuring the and the holiday sounds of Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Orlando's two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure - all included with regular park admission.

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration Sea of Trees at Night

Experience a winter wonderland like nowhere else in Orlando at SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration with a sea of lighted trees sparkles over watery wonderland, world-famous skaters twirl on ice and festive food, all included in with regular park admission.

LEGOLAND Florida's Christmas Bricktacular

LEGOLAND Christmas Bricktacular

Deck the halls during LEGOLAND Florida's Christmas Bricktacular with a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree made of thousands of LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks, along with festive decorations, a life-size LEGO Santa and reindeer and sleigh. Meet LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier during daily park appearances and holiday themed fireworks spectacular.

ICE! At Gaylord Palms Resort

Gaylord Palms Atrium Decorations

It really is the best time of the year to visit the Gaylord Palms Resort to see their annual holiday attraction, ICE! This year the freezing family attraction is back featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. Walk through all the famous scenes from the story brought to life in 2 million pounds of full color, hand-carved ice!

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Written by David Sibila, Senior Manager of Content and Social Media for Visit Orlando. He's a TV producer turned content and social media strategist, hands-on dad and a casualty of four rescued pets.


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