Make Every Day a Holiday in Orlando
The holidays are magical in Orlando
In Orlando, you can immerse yourself in yuletide decorations, food festivals and holiday celebrations from now through December. In other words, your holiday season can begin at any time when you visit Orlando: Theme Park Capital of the World®!
Spending the holidays in Orlando also provides better values, fewer crowds, cooler temperatures and an array of special events, making it one of the best times to visit — particularly if you’re fond of culinary delights and seasonal fun for children and adults.
As autumn starts to make way for winter, Orlando resonates with the lights, sounds and magical joy of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah, and New Year’s. Whether you want to ring in these festive holidays at our world-famous theme parks and attractions; eat, drink and be merry at some of Central Florida’s most acclaimed restaurants; or simply escape the cold at home by relaxing poolside at our luxurious hotels and resorts, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable holiday season in Orlando.
See our list below of the most popular holiday events in Orlando for 2019. Come early and save with great seasonal offers. Then, start planning an unforgettable holiday in Orlando, no matter when you arrive!
Holiday Magic in Orlando
Orlando is always a magical place, and we shine even brighter during the holiday season. With unique celebrations at our theme parks, joyous performances at state-of-the-art concert halls, and Santa sightings throughout the area, Orlando rings in the holidays like no other destination.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (Select Nights, Nov. 8 – Dec. 22, 2019)
Holiday wishes come true during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort! Don’t miss Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, an all-new fireworks show. Plus, watch holiday wishes come true with an extra-festive holiday parade, a joyous castle stage show, complimentary cookies and cocoa, and an enchanting “snowfall” in Florida! Holiday magic still shines bright on Mickey’s very merry nights during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, at Magic Kingdom® Park.
You can also catch the holiday spirit at Walt Disney World’s other Orlando theme parks. In all four Theme Parks and Disney Springs®, you’ll discover countless ways to make memories, including:
- Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays (Nov. 29 – Dec. 30, 2019): Celebrate the holidays with food, music and beloved traditions during this heartwarming event, included with regular admission to Epcot®. During the festival’s run, the park will also host its traditional Candlelight Processional, a joyous retelling of the Christmas Story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and massed choir.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios® (Nov. 8, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020): This park will host a trio of holiday events. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! brings a mix of holiday music, fireworks and more, while Sunset Seasons Greetings will sweep you up in a yuletide projection show with laser effects and faux snow on Sunset Boulevard. And the holidays are also coming to the all-new Toy Story Land, with magical merriment at every turn in Andy’s backyard. While you’re there, also be sure to step into a galaxy far, far away in the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens December 5, 2019.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park (Nov. 8 – Jan. 1, 2020): Discover festive fun throughout Disney’s nature-themed park, including special holiday features at Discovery Island, DinoLand U.S.A., Asia, Africa and even Pandora — The World of Avatar.
- At Disney Springs®, you’ll find everything you need to fill your wish lists (and tummies) throughout the entire season. Here, you’ll discover unique shopping, delightful decorations, a Christmas Tree Trail, live entertainment and a visit with Santa.
Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort (Nov. 16, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020)
Put a little mischief in your merry. Beginning in November, Universal Orlando Resort unwraps a resort-wide holiday celebration that will take your season to new heights.
Celebrate the season at Universal Orlando. You’ve never had a Holiday like this. Holiday celebrations include:
- Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™: Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™ are transformed with festive décor and special entertainment. After dark, stunning projections wrap Hogwarts™ castle in spectacular holiday spirit.
- Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s: At Universal Studios Florida, the Minions and Santa Claus star in this parade that also features characters from Madagascar and Shrek.
- The Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular: Starring The Grinch™, this live retelling of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale can be enjoyed at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
- Mannheim Steamroller: The best-selling holiday artist returns for live performances at Universal Studios Florida on select nights.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration (Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2019)
SeaWorld® Orlando puts the “sea” in “holiday season” with this festive celebration, which is included with park admission. The centerpiece is the gorgeous Sea of Trees, where more than 100 trees sparkle with lights and music designed to fill you with wonder.
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You’ll also have the chance to meet Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as well as their friends from Rudolph’s classic TV special. And don’t miss the Christmas Market, enticing you to stock up on holiday gifts and stuff yourself with seasonal treats.
Holidays at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort (November 29–30; December 1, 7–8, 14–15, 20–31)
When the 30-foot LEGO® Christmas tree goes up in front of LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s Market Restaurant, it’s time for the park’s holly, jolly, holiday celebration filled with twinkling lights, seasonal entertainment, meet-and-greets with LEGO® Santa & Toy Soldier, and themed LEGO® building opportunities!
From Dec. 26-31, LEGOLAND Florida wraps up the holiday season with its Kids’ New Year’s Party, complete with nightly fireworks, dance parties, building activities and more. It culminates with a “brick drop” at a kid-friendly hour on Dec. 31.
Fall Food Festivals in Orlando
Orlando hosts a cornucopia of autumnal food and wine celebrations, each offering unique epicurean delights to satisfy your culinary cravings.
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® (Aug. 23 – Oct. 7, 2019)
Foodies, take note: If you can only come to Orlando once a year, make sure it’s during this epic event! For Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining 2019, more than 120 of Central Florida’s top restaurants offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for just $35 per person, making it an exceptional way to sample the best that Orlando’s culinary scene has to offer. Visit OrlandoMagicalDining.com for a complete list of restaurants and menus, and to make OpenTable reservations.
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Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival (Aug. 29 – Nov. 23, 2019)
For many visitors to Orlando, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World® Resort is the reason for the fall season! Included with admission to Epcot®, and encompassing 87 days, enjoy 30 Global Marketplaces with fresh flavors, including spotlights on such far-ranging locations as Brazil, China, France, Africa, India and many others.
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The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival also features the popular Eat to the Beat concert series, where star studded musical acts serve a feast for the ears with pop, country, R&B and other genres. Throw in culinary demonstrations, beverage and cheese seminars, hands-on workshops, and appearances by celebrity chefs, and it’s no wonder why so many foodies come to Orlando every fall.
Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria® (Weekends, Sept. 13 – Nov. 24, 2019)
Located minutes from Walt Disney World, Waldorf Astoria® Orlando celebrates exceptional cuisine and fine wine during this annual tasting event, which is designed to complement the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In addition to a broad range of cuisine, Food & Wine Weekends features cocktail creations, a Bar du Chocolat with champagne, a master pastry class, live entertainment and more.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (Nov. 8-9, 2019)
Paying homage to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort showcases dishes designed by award-winning chefs and fine wines from around the world. Tickets are available to resort guests and the general public, with admission to the event’s Beer Garden offered as an upgrade to regular admission.
Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld® Orlando (Weekends, Sept. 7-Oct. 27, 2019)
Extended to even more weekends for 2019, this second-year event at SeaWorld® Orlando will offer more than 100 draught beers from breweries across Florida, as well as a selection of international and domestic craft favorites. Food-lovers won’t be left out, either, as SeaWorld’s chefs have dreamed up unique dishes designed to pair perfectly with the brews.
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Food and beverages will be available a la carte at culinary marketplaces throughout the park. The festival is included with regular admission to SeaWorld.
Halloween Haunts in Orlando
From mild chills that are fun for the whole family, to spine-tingling terrors best enjoyed by older teens and adults, Orlando — Halloween Vacation Capital® — is the ultimate haunt for all ages.
Halloween Horror Nights (Select Nights, Sept. 6 – Nov. 2, 2019)
Every fall during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort, nightmares rule the darkness. This separately ticketed event at Universal Studios Florida features haunted houses drawn from the greatest horrors to chill the bravest souls. Streets transform into sinister scare zones. Screams and mad laughter echo from outrageous live entertainment. And across the park, some of Universal Orlando Resort’s most exhilarating attractions tempt with thrilling escapes.
WARNING: EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUMES OR MASKS ALLOWED. Separately ticketed event. Event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Dates, times, attractions and entertainment are subject to availability and may change without notice. Free self-parking after 6pm is not valid for Halloween Horror Nights™ event nights. Other restrictions may apply.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Select Nights, Aug. 16 – Nov. 1, 2019)
There are even more nights to party this year at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort. Turn your eyes to an eerie-lit castle at night to see the skies above come alive with an all-new fireworks spectacular where Mickey and his pals find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. Enjoy a spellbinding Hocus Pocus stage show and keep your eyes open for many of your favorite Characters in Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. And, as always, there are plenty of sweets for all trick-or-treaters, even allergy-friendly options! So show up to this party wearing your costumed best and join us as we roll into Halloween with a big pumpkin grin and make candy rain. Let’s Boo This!
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular (Weekends, Sept. 21 – Oct. 27, 2019)
Dive into a “fantasea” of Halloween fun at this all-ages daytime event, which is included with regular admission to SeaWorld® Orlando. Costumes without masks are welcome, and families can look forward to trick-or-treating, encounters with whimsical sea creatures, live entertainment and other fun, fear-free festivities.
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LEGOLAND Florida Resort's Brick or Treat (Weekends, Oct. 5-27, 2019)
Included with regular admission to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, Brick or Treat offers semi-spooky LEGO® fun for kids and their families. 2019 promises to be better than ever with trick or treats, spooktacular sweets and exclusive meet & greets.