Fall Fun and Holiday Cheer: Celebrate this Season in Orlando

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Hocus Pocus Finale

Enjoy 16 Weeks of fall and holiday events in Orlando for 2016. 
With more to see and do in Orlando than any other time of year visitors and locals alike can enjoy culinary delights, along with spooky thrills and merry chills at our world-famous theme parks and beyond. From frightfully fun Halloween events, delicious fall festivals to holly jolly holiday events, the excitement in Orlando is warming up even as the weather cools down.

Halloween Capital of the World

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Family

Halloween celebrations in Orlando are like nowhere else in the world, with more than 80 individual events during the six weeks leading up to Oct. 31.

  • At Walt Disney World Resort during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party(Sept. 2 - Oct. 31), guests can trick-or-treat throughout the Magic Kingdom, catch the "Boo-to-You" Halloween parade or Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular and stay for the bewitching "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks.
  • SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular (Oct. 1 - 31) at SeaWorld Orlando invites youngsters to trick-or-treat among friendly sea witches, octopuses, mermaids and pumpkin fish in an underwater "fantasia." Cookie decorating and candy galore make this a sweet Halloween event for families to splash into.
  • Universal's Halloween Horror Nights (Sept. 16 - Oct. 31) at Universal Orlando Resort allows guests to face their deepest fears in themed haunted houses, "scare zones" and mazes inspired by critically-acclaimed movies and television series. This year's terrors include American Horror Story, The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more.

Orlando's Food & Wine Feasts

Epcot Food Festival Artisan Cheeses

The destination's growing reputation for superb dining meets a seasonal explosion of events for a food-lover's dream vacation in the fall. From a month-long affordable fine dining program to theme park and resort smorgasbords, there are flavors for all palates, September to November.

  • At the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Sept. 14 - Nov. 14) at the Walt Disney World Resort, guests can sip, sample and savor treasures from some of the world's most famous wineries and celebrated chefs as they circle the World Showcase. New this year is the Islands of the Caribbean booth and a Chocolate Studio.
  • Guests dine on haute cuisine without burning through their budget during the 11th year of Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month, when more than 90 of Central Florida's top restaurants feature three-course, prix fixe dinner menus for $33, Aug. 29 - Oct. 2. Joining the lineup of this year's participating venues is Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs, Cask & Larder in Winter Park and Slate on Restaurant Row.
  • Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando (Sept. 16 - Nov. 13) celebrates fine wine and culinary arts. Taking place on a series of weekends, the events include a variety of chef created menus and pairings.
  • The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (Oct. 28 - 29) features wines from around the world and a variety of culinary dishes prepared by award-winning chefs. Educational seminars range from wine blending to how to make the perfect margarita at "Tequila University". New to the event this year is a special Sunday Bubbles Brunch on Oct. 30, featuring a variety of cured meats, imported cheeses, an array of sushi and of course, champagne.

Holidays at Orlando's Theme Parks

Universal Orlando Macy's Parade Rockettes

Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, celebrates the most magical time of year with balmy weather, special events and spirited live entertainment, creating an unforgettable and festive setting for a winter getaway that trades snow for sunshine.

  • Walt Disney World Resort offers an array of holiday fun (Nov. - Jan.), including a transformation of Cinderella Castle into a glistening ice palace at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party; the Candlelight Processional at Epcot; and a free-entry holiday wonderland at Disney Springs, with carolers, performances and a meet-and-greet with Santa.
  • Universal Orlando Resort invites guests (Dec. 3 - Jan. 1) to the Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios, where the streets are filled every evening with the same larger-than-life balloons seen in Macy's famous Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Meanwhile, at Universal's Islands of Adventure, families will light up with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing.
  • Waves of holiday spirit splash over the park during SeaWorld Orlando's Christmas Celebration (Nov. 25 - Dec. 31). Here in a wintery, watery wonderland, guests of all ages will enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, a glittering sea of lit Christmas trees and a journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience.
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort offers families one-of-a-kind photo opportunities with a life-sized LEGO Model Santa Claus or 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree during Christmas Bricktacular, select dates in December.

Orlando is a destination filled with fun things to do. Let Visit Orlando make planning your vacation even more fun. Request a free Orlando Vacation Planning Kit.


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