As November 1st hit, it seemed that everything transformed from Halloween to Christmas quickly!! And now, here we are at November 17th, and I am looking forward to the holiday season and some of the fun and exciting things to see and do in the Orlando area. From theme parks to local activities, I have compiled a list of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy during this magical time.
Walt Disney World Resort:
All 4 parks inside Walt Disney World Resort, plus Disney Springs, do a fabulous job of decorating, etc. for the season. Check out a quick list of what you can expect below:
Take time to walk down Main Street, U.S.A., and look at all of the decorations. At night, the lights are amazing, the tree is lit and you will be in awe of Cinderella Castle! Christmas music is already playing as you enter the park, and you are immediately in the Christmas spirit!
On select nights, a separate ticket event called Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) takes place and there is a special parade, shows, character meet and greets and more. Read more about that here.
We can’t wait to walk around and see the Holidays Around the World in Epcot. See more here. It is a great way to learn about other country’s traditions in an entertaining way.
The Candlelight Processional allows you to hear the story of Christmas as told by a special guest narrator with the rich sounds of a full orchestra and choir filling the theatre on select nights from November 27 – December 30, 2015. Read more here.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom-
Enjoy the super tall Christmas tree at Animal Kingdom and the lovely decorations.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios-
This is the final year for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights! Sad about that! If you can, you should really make time to enjoy this with your family one last time. Surround yourself with dazzling, high-energy holiday excitement to familiar Christmas music with a little bit of Disney snow thrown in. It is beautiful!!!
First holiday season for the newly named Disney Springs (was known as Downtown Disney), and there are some interesting things to see – namely that big guy in the red suit! 🙂 From November 13 – December 30, 2015, children can meet Santa, there is some festive holiday decor and lots of locations for Christmas shopping.
Last, but not least, we LOVE going around to see the holiday decorations at some of the Disney resorts like BoardWalk Resort where they have a little gingerbread and cookie shop, A Frozen gingerbread world can be viewed at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, a hand-crafted holiday carousel is amazing to see at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, a life-size gingerbread house is seen at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and so many more. We have been told that most of the resorts will be decorated by November 19th – through New Year’s Day (and maybe beyond that).
Universal Orlando Resort:
Beginning on December 5, until January 2, 2016, families will have the chance to create unforgettable memories as they experience one-of-a-kind holiday traditions at Universal Orlando Resort! Mannheim Steamroller performs on special nights in December, Grinchmas comes to life in Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Other experiences include a heartwarming live show called “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” take in the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida with the iconic larger-than-life balloons that are seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and so much more. Take a look at more information about Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort here.
Christmas Bricktacular takes place at LEGOLAND Florida during the month of December. Watch the yuletide fireworks spectacular, enjoy a Santa-themed scavenger hunt, meet LEGO Santa and Toy Soldier and more. Click here for more details and to find out what nights this special events will be happening.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration! The theme park in Orlando, Florida, is getting ready for you to enjoy this holiday event during the the dates of November 21-22, 27-29, and then in December on the 4-6, 11-13 and 18-31. You can find out more here.
Bok Tower Gardens:
Just south of Orlando, you will find the beautiful Bok Tower Gardens. During the holiday season spend time at Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens from November 27 to January 3, 2016. Enjoy the sounds of the season with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singing Tower carillon, the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate and much more. Check it out here.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms:
Gaylord Palms Resort is getting ready for the holidays! Enjoy Christmas at Gaylord Palms by seeing nearly 2 million pounds of hand-carved vibrant ice sculptures, having fun on four slippery ice slides, snow tubing and so much more. You can read more here.
Join Celebration Town Center as they kick off their 17th Annual “Now Snowing” event with a tree lighting ceremony on November 28 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. This special tree lighting event will feature live music, a special entrance by Santa Claus himself, and family fun for everyone.
After that, nightly snow falls at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. until December 31st (including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve). Enjoy photos with Santa, strolling holiday carolers, an ice rink and more! Click here to see more details about this.
Light Up UCF:
Light Up UCF “50 Nights of Music, Lights and Ice” is back for its 8th year and provides families in Central Florida with an affordable place to celebrate the holidays. This event will run from November 13, 2015, through January 3, 2016, outside CFE Arena. Light Up UCF has become a holiday tradition, offering an 8,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink, rides and holiday attractions. And back again this year, it will be SNOWING every evening! Read more here.
So, get out your calendar and mark down some time to spend with your family making memories this Christmas! Enjoy!!! 🙂