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Holiday Guide to Orlando

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Orlando is packed full of phenomenal attractions every day of the year, but it really turns on the magic during the holiday season. Whether you want to experience a full-blown holiday spectacular, or a simple remembrance of the season, Orlando is your one-stop destination!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Epcot World Showcase

Rides & Activities

Magic Kingdom Park

Theme Parks, Disney Parks & Activities

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney Parks & Activities, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Universal Studios Florida

Theme Parks

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Theme Parks

SeaWorld Orlando

Theme Parks, Aquariums

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Theme Parks

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Conference & Convention Centres

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark

Hotels

Celebration

Destinations

Orlando Ballet

Ballets

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphonies

Angela A's City Tips

  • Allow plenty of extra time to compensate for longer-than-average queues.
  • While Orlando does have an excellent public transportation system, it is still more convenient to travel by car whenever possible.
  • Keep in mind that theme park holiday events may be charged separately to regular entrance tickets.
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    Epcot World Showcase
    Rides & Activities
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    Angela A Says:

    The World Showcase is truly an amazing place, where you can traverse the entire planet in just a few hours! Although it's full of educational and thrilling experiences throughout the year, holiday traditions from around the globe completely dominate the program here during the festive period, highlighting the bond that connects us all throughout this special season.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't miss the Candlelight Processional, which includes a 50-piece choir, a mass orchestra, and an annual celebrity narrator.
    • "Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season" is a musical showcase that blends all forms of music into a holiday celebration.
    • Be sure to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the American Adventure, and leave time to listen to the Dickens Carolers.
    • In China, witness the Chinese Lion Dance, which brings in the New Year.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • My favorite thing at Epcot 18/11/2017
    • Wine and Food Festival 17/11/2017
    • Epcot World Showcase
    Address:
    200 Epcot Center Dr
    Orlando, FL 32830
    Phone:
    +1 407-939-8687
    Other:
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    Magic Kingdom Park
    Theme Parks, Disney Parks & Activities
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    Angela A Says:

    When visiting the Magic Kingdom during the holidays, Disney ensures that you will witness Christmas magic like never before! The season seems to transform the already inspiring theme park into a winter wonderland.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party takes place in the evenings, and it does require an additional ticket purchase.
    • Look up the times of holiday parades and special performances, and plan your visit around them.
    • The Jungle Cruise transforms into the "Jingle Cruise" over the holidays, adding extra festive excitement to the thrilling attraction.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What happened to happiest place on Earth? 19/11/2017
    • Amazing 19/11/2017
    • Magic Kingdom Park
    Address:
    3111 World Drive
    Orlando, FL 32830
    Phone:
    +1 407-939-5277
    Other:
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    Disney's Hollywood Studios
    Disney Parks & Activities, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    Hollywood Studios highlights the world of the movies, with that extra special Disney touch. During the holiday season, the huge number of special events and parties hosted here will make your visit even more memorable!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights features music, displays, and special performances. Best of all, it does not require an additional admission charge.
    • The Merry & Bright Dessert Party offers you a special viewing area, while you sample holiday treats. The Dinner Reception offers you the same viewing area accompanied by a magnificent New Year feast.
    • You can join in with the Frozen cast for a fun sing-a-long here!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disney family vacation 19/11/2017
    • Don’t visit until the new lands are finished 19/11/2017
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios
    Address:
    351 South Studio Drive
    Streets of America
    Orlando, FL 32830
    Phone:
    +1 407-939-1289
    Other:
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    Universal Studios Florida
    Theme Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Universal Studios welcomes in the season with a host of holiday activities, including special buffets at their resort hotels, festive shows, and visits from Santa Claus himself!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The highlight of the season is the Macy's Holiday Parade.
    • Mannheim Steamroller performs on select weekends.
    • Check the daily schedule during your visit for special performances and activities throughout the day.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous park with amazing rides 19/11/2017
    • Nice enough day with the family. Some of it feels a bit tired. Harry Potter is well done 19/11/2017
    • Universal Studios Florida
    Address:
    6000 Universal Boulevard
    Orlando, FL 32819-7640
    Phone:
    407 363 8000
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    09:00 - 20:00
    Wed - Thu
    08:00 - 21:00
    Fri
    08:00 - 19:00
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Universal's Islands of Adventure
    Theme Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Universal's Islands of Adventure, with its thrilling coasters and daring rides, offers up a fun selection of holiday activities. Check online for special discounts!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • "Grinchmas" completely transforms Seuss Landing into a holiday fantasy world!
    • There is a live re-telling of the Grinch story during the Who-liday Spectacular.
    • Experience a character breakfast with the Grinch himself at the Circus McGurkus Cafe!
    • Meet the Grinch for a whimsical photo opportunity.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Hulk is awesome with a capital Mother####### 19/11/2017
    • New games new experiences totaly worth it , much better than disney 19/11/2017
    • Universal's Islands of Adventure
    Address:
    6000 Universal Blvd
    Universal Orlando
    Orlando, FL 32819
    Phone:
    407-363-8000
    Hours:
    Wed - Thu
    09:00 - 21:00
    Fri
    09:00 - 19:00
    Sat - Tue
    09:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    SeaWorld Orlando
    Theme Parks, Aquariums
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    Angela A Says:

    The holidays splash into SeaWorld, bringing high-energy shows and festivals. If you are traveling with children, don't miss Elmo's Christmas Wish!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The pinnacle of the holiday festivities here is the night-time spectacular, Shamu Christmas Miracles.
    • Don't Miss "O Wondrous Night," filled with life-size puppetry and plenty of music.
    • Be sure to take part in the Polar Express Experience, where an interactive journey will end with a visit to Santa Claus.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Crazy, Insane, Nightmarish, Wild Rides. Don't Miss Them 16/11/2017
    • Rubbish 16/11/2017
    • SeaWorld Orlando
    Address:
    7007 Sea World Drive
    Orlando, FL 32821
    Phone:
    +1 407-545-5550
    Other:
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    LEGOLAND Florida Resort
    Theme Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Legoland mixes the fun of Lego building with family thrill rides in an amusement park that will fascinate visitors of all ages. Legoland also offers special holiday activities to commemorate the season, with Christmas Bricktacular.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't miss the Lego Christmas tree, which is 30 feet tall and made of 270,000 Lego bricks!
    • There is a Lego Santa scavenger hunt. Check times online!
    • On New Year's Eve, watch as the giant Lego brick drops!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Winter Haven
    • My kids loved it! 18/11/2017
    • Family with 8yr old 18/11/2017
    • LEGOLAND Florida Resort
    Address:
    1 Legoland Way
    Winter Haven, FL 33884-4139
    Phone:
    +1 877-350-5346
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
    Conference & Convention Centres
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    Angela A Says:

    The Gaylord Palms is one of the premier resorts in the Kissimmee/Orlando area. During Christmas, the entire facade is lit up with twinkling lights, and the interior holds magical holiday exhibits and fun, including the Cirque Dreams UnWrapped Live Stage Show.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Snow tube at the Alpine Village on real snow!
    • Have breakfast with Mrs. Claus.
    • Be sure to visit the Gingerbread Decorating Center.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 84 things to do in Kissimmee
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Comfortable for a conference 18/11/2017
    • Heavenly Business Birthday Trip 15/11/2017
    • Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
    Address:
    6000 W Osceola Pkwy
    Kissimmee, FL 34746-4414
    Phone:
    +1 407-586-0000
    Other:
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    Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark
    Hotels
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    Angela A Says:

    This family resort, filled to the brim with tons of Nickelodeon-themed fun, offers its own special brand of holiday thrills! From sparkling decorations to fun-filled, festive activities, a stay here will entertain kids of all ages.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Visit with Santa and share your Christmas list.
    • Watch holiday movies in the pool!
    • Ring in the New Year with a giant SLIME Drop at the Lagoon Pool, complete with party games.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #194 of 341 Hotels in Orlando
    • Lots to do here 15/11/2017
    • Great stop for families 15/11/2017
    • Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark
    Address:
    14500 Continental Gateway
    Orlando, FL 32821-5100
    Phone:
    011 60 1-800-81-8081
    Other:
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    Celebration
    Destinations
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    Angela A Says:

    This Utopian town inspired by all things Disney, hosts several holiday events during the festive season. The highlight is the scheduled, nightly snowfall, which inspires the festival name of 'Now Snowing.'

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Don't miss the Radio Disney Holiday Concert, featuring national acts.
    • Expect to see Charles Dickens Carolers and community performers.
    • There is a holiday ice rink here.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    • Celebration
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    Orlando Ballet
    Ballets
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    Angela A Says:

    The Orlando Ballet offers engaging performances throughout the year at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Theatre. During the holiday season they perform festive favorite 'The Nutcracker' to sold-out audiences.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to purchase your tickets well in advance.
    • Stop by the gift shop to purchase exclusive merchandise.
    • The Nutcracker is produced in conjunction with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, who provide the musical accompaniment.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #240 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    • Brilliant choreography and performers 01/07/2017
    • Wonderful ballet performances in Orlando! 15/09/2015
    • Orlando Ballet
    Address:
    Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center - 1111 North Orange Avenue
    Orlando, FL 32804
    Phone:
    +1 407-426-1739
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
    Symphonies
    See more photos
    Angela A Says:

    The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is a staple of the local arts scene. Even though they perform over 125 times every professional season, they still manage to offer the spectacular 'Home For The Holidays' show — a highlight of the festive calendar.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to purchase tickets in advance, as that this event does sell out.
    • If on a budget, opt for the matinee performances.
    • Performances are held at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Theatre.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #248 of 437 things to do in Orlando
    • Wonderful Performance 01/10/2017
    • Very good orchestra! 11/04/2017
    • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
    Address:
    812 E Rollins St Ste 300
    Orlando, FL 32803-1202
    Phone:
    +1 407-770-0071
    Other:
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