Trying to decide where to take the family this holiday season? May we suggest Orlando? No doubt it’s busy during Christmas – we certainly can attest to that! But it’s also fabulous and absolutely worth it! Nowhere else on earth does the holidays quite like Orlando does. And the large crowds only manage to make it merrier.
Whether naughty or nice, everyone should experience Orlando once during the holidays. Merry days and warm, breezy nights promise the perfect package of family time and relaxation. From parades to light spectaculars to theme park extravaganzas, Orlando has enough holiday jubilation to last all season through.
Their world-famous theme parks and abundance of resort hotels simply dazzle with jubilant cheer along with miles of garland and twinkle lights. Holiday traditions and joyful celebrations transform Orlando into a holly jolly destination that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
To help you plan, here’s a list of events and web links, as well as some of our photos from last year’s Holiday Season in Orlando. We’d do it again in a heartbeat. And you should, too!
Holidays Around the World at Epcot
Celebrate the unique traditions of the season from around the globe as Epcot hosts another year of Holidays Around the World from Nov. 25 to Dec. 30, 2016.
Taking place three times each day, the Candlelight Processional features a stirring retelling of the story of Christmas by a celebrity narrator, set against the inspirational backdrop of a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park plays host to a holiday party like no other with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, held select nights from Nov. 7 to Dec. 22, 2016.
Enjoy live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and a jolly holiday parade with Mickey, Santa, and other familiar Disney friends. See Cinderella’s Castle sparkle white lights, as well as a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.
Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
This holiday season, Universal’s Islands of Adventure transforms Seuss Landing into the world of Grinchmas, from Dec. 3, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017.
Included with park admission, Grinchmas will be sure to delight Dr. Seuss fans of all ages with festive storybook décor, a heartwarming live show featuring recorded music by Mannheim Steamroller, and meet-and-greet- opportunities with the Grinch himself!
Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida
Watch the streets of Universal Studios Florida come alive as they fill with floats and balloons straight from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in Universal’s very own Macy’s Holiday Parade, from Dec. 3, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017. Event admission is included with regular park admission.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration
On select nights Nov. 19 to Dec. 31, 2016, family and friends can create yuletide memories as SeaWorld Orlando celebrates the holidays with SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.
Included with regular park admission, guests can experience the fun-filled holidays with special shows and attractions, including Shamu Christmas Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice and The Polar Express Experience.
Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida welcomes the holidays with their Christmas Bricktacular event, held December 17 – 18, 24 – 25, 26 – 30, 2016.
Kids will enjoy a 270,000 brick Christmas tree and festive decorations, as well as daily appearances by Santa Claus. Event admission is included with regular park admission.
Christmas Day Dining
Planning where to eat on Christmas Day in Orlando? We’ve gathered the ultimate wish list of scrumptious delights that will bring glad tidings to your family, friends or special someone and fill their bellies with jubilant cheer.
Attraction Tickets and More Information
Visit Orlando is an official seller of Orlando attractions tickets. Find discounted tickets to Orlando theme parks, attractions, sporting events and dinner shows. Save time and money on your visit to Orlando this holiday season.
If you’re not yet convinced that Orlando is a holiday destination that’s jammed packed with wonderment, just watch our video of the Light Show and Fireworks at Disney World 2015. You’ll be as moved as we were.