Looking for a great spot to enjoy a holiday with your loved ones? What better way to spend your kids’ next vacation than to and take a trip to Orlando? No matter which holiday you’re celebrating, you’ll find plenty of activities to do and places to visit in Orlando that the whole family will enjoy. Below, we’ve carefully parsed over all the amazing options and organized them into seasons. Continue reading to get some great tips on where to be for your next Florida holiday!
Spending Winter Break in Orlando
When you need a break from freezing temperatures and gray winter days, Orlando is your place to escape. Known for its wide selection of theme parks pleasant weather, a trip to Florida is exactly what you need to make it through the rest of winter. With such a long list of parks to choose from, there’s no better way to enjoy the happiest time of the year than to hit the merry-go-round with your youngsters. Keep reading to get some specific details on a couple of different locations and what they each have to offer you and your family over the holidays.
Christmas in Disney World
Every year, the Magic Castle is the place to be to see Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. There are so many other festivities going on too so that young and older kids alike can get caught up in the festive and jolly atmosphere: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and more. You may even catch the filming of a Christmas special or two with your favorite celebs. As families from across the globe look for fabulous holiday vacation options, it’s important to make sure that you’re on top of things this holiday season. Be sure to book early because vacation villas near Disney World go fast in December.
Pro Traveler Tip: It’s hard enough as it is to keep the whole family entertained over the holidays. Don’t add to the already difficult winter season: book your lodging for the holidays now and avoid the headache of not planning.
Theme parks are transformed into winter wonderlands even when it’s sunny, with streets covered in ‘snow,’ sparkling Christmas lights, Christmas trees, and decorations. For a different twist on Christmas, go to Universal’s Island of Adventure to see what Grinchmas looks like. If you’re looking for something memorable and unique this year for you and your family, don’t miss out on the amazing The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular!
If you’re not in downtown Orlando early enough to see the Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, you can still watch the nightly synchronized music and light show at Lake Eola Park. Kids get the chance to meet Santa at The Mall at Millenia and visit the petting zoo at Bethlehem Village. Watch the Singing Christmas Trees performances at First Baptist Orlando and go ice skating nearby in Winter Park’s West Meadow. Keep reading below to get the full scoop on all the action downtown Orlando has to offer!
New Years Eve in Downtown Orlando
Celebrate with the locals in downtown Orlando. Join the party in the Church Street District and watch the ‘Big Orange’ drop at midnight, accompanied by images on the video wall and booming music from the DJs. The Wall St. Plaza complex has a host of bars and clubs to keep you entertained. For more family-oriented fun, the theme parks welcome in the new year with countdown celebrations and spectacular fireworks displays. As touched on above, some of the best entertainment is at the parks, but the festivities are equally enjoyable downtown. It’s purely a matter of choice.
Pro Traveler Tip: Orlando is famous for its parks; however, your teenagers may prefer to be downtown, especially if they’ve done the parks before. It might be worth while to do some investigating into other options for the older kids and show them downtown for a change.
Dance the night away on the largest dance floor in Orlando at EVE at Universal CityWalk and enjoy gourmet cuisine while listening to live music in the six party zones. The Disney resorts offer various parties catering to kids or adults, so everyone gets a chance to celebrate exactly how they want to. Make sure you check out all the details here and get your tickets today.
Pro Traveler Tip: This event is huge and pulls people from all over the world to celebrate the new year. It’s therefore extremely important to keep your family together. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to access a park map and set a meeting destination in the event of an emergency.
January activities In Orlando
One advantage of Florida’s semi-tropical climate is the mild winter weather, so the water parks in the area stay open year-round. There are some scheduled closures for routine maintenance, but at least one park is always open, even in the winter. There’s always something amazing to do and see at all the great Orlando parks.
You can also spend your entire vacation in just one section of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, or Sea World. There’s also plenty to do outside of the parks. Why not head over to Old Town in Kissimmee to stroll the main street lined with shops and restaurants and ride vintage-style carnival rides. Wander through the exhibits of ice sculptures and slides at Gaylord Palms. Enjoy cultural events scattered around the greater Orlando area.
Pro Traveler Tip: As thrilling and wonderful as the parks are, there are equally amazing events happening daily all across Orlando. We’d suggest taking in some of the most spectacular sights at Gaylord Palms. It’s truly an unbelievable sight.
Walt Disney World Marathon
The annual Walt Disney World Marathon is a big event that takes place every year in January. The race runs through the Magic Kingdom, as well as the Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. If you’re not up for a marathon, try the 5k and some of the other healthy events that take place through the park at this time. This a terrific opportunity to see a ton of what the park has to offer in a way that is generally impossible to see!
Pro Traveler Tip: Signing up for the race can be challenging. It generally sells out by February, so get your tickets fast. The cost of the race is $195 USD.
Autumn Holidays in Orlando
Halloween in Florida
Have a spooktacular Halloween holiday in Orlando. LEGOLAND Florida Resort puts on a Brick or Treat event where your kids can find LEGO creatures on the scavenger hunt, go trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, enter the costume contest and see giant models, such as the world’s largest jack-o’-lantern made of LEGO pieces.
Pro Traveler Tip: To our knowledge, there is not a child on this earth who doesn’t enjoy LEGOs. Make sure to make LEGOLAND a destination regardless of when you’re planning on heading to Orlando. It’s an excursion you cannot miss!
Wear frighteningly good costumes and head to the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens to have your photos taken in a pumpkin patch and enjoy a haunted hayride. In these wild surroundings, your kids enjoy trick-or-treating as part of the Zoo Boo Bash. For something a little more terrifying, tour haunted houses, go on thrilling rides, and shriek at the street experiences in Universal Studios Florida. Quench your thirst, take a ‘blood shower’ and watch a performance at DRIP’s Underground Vampire Bar on International Drive. Throughout October, there are all sorts of exciting fall festivities going on, but a favorite is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which includes trick-or-treating, costumes, fireworks, parades, and much more. Just be aware that it’s hurricane season, and the weather, while generally nice this time of year, is subject to change.
Pro Traveler Tip: Halloween is a great time to give yourself a scare, but be careful with the little ones. Universal Studios Florida has some incredible Halloween spirit, and it’s often too much for the younger people in your party. We would suggest that anyone under the age of 10 opt for Mickey’s part. The rest of you should try your luck at Universal.
Thanksgiving in Orlando
Instead of spending the Thanksgiving holiday at home, take a family vacation to Orlando. Dine out in style and enjoy being waited on instead of cooking up a feast in your own kitchen. Opt for regular menus or choose special Thanksgiving menus with food that’s specially chosen for the holiday. Wash the meal down with festive drinks and admire the themed decorations.
Kids enjoy being entertained with themed activities, including getting their faces painted, watching balloon artists, and meeting their favorite characters in the theme parks. Take advantage of the sales at the retail outlets or boutique stores. Watch street parades and take in a show, such as the Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show on International Drive or the Blue Man Group at Universal City Walk.
Pro Traveler Tip: Treat yourselves this year to a beautifully prepared spread without all the dishes. We’d recommend that you and your family consider heading to Magic Kingdom for some truly magical Thanksgiving dinner.
Spring time in the Southside
Mardi Gras near Disney World
You may think of New Orleans when you think of Mardi Gras, but Disney has its own fun Fat Tuesday scene. Head to Port Orleans Resort for a Mardi Gras parade you won’t soon forget, with floats and golf carts decorated by cast members. A few of your favorite characters may even show up. Best of all, Disney trips are cheaper this time of year.
Pro Traveler Tip: Spring is the most economic time of year to head to Disney World. You’ll be amazed at the prices, so don’t hesitate to book your trip today. And save even more by not staying in the park. Check out VacationRenter for some more affordable accommodations.
Easter Egg Hunting around the Park
For many people, the Easter holiday marks the start or end of spring break, which means the park is pretty crowded through the month of April. However, if you and your children want to brave those crowds, the weather is gorgeous. Kids can meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, take part in egg hunts and enjoy special meals.
Pro Traveler Tip: Some of the best food of the season can be found around easter. Be sure to check out this guide to all the tastiest bites.
Earth Day at Epcot and Animal Kingdom
Earth Day may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Disney adventure, but it’s actually a fun time to stay in a rental home in Orlando. Both Epcot and the Animal Kingdom offer special events that give guests an up-close-and-personal look at some of the animals. It’s also a great way to learn about conservation.
Pro Traveler Tip: Earth Day still falls in the more economic season and gives kids a chance to learn about all kinds of great conservation in a fun and loving way. Get more details here.
Dapper Day: A Disney Original
For a spring event that’s 100 percent Disney, a trip to the park on Dapper Day is a must. Generally held in late April, guests forego their usual shorts and sneakers and visit the park in their Sunday best and elegant outfits inspired by original illustrations of the park. While the event is not Disney-sponsored, many people do take part.
Pro Traveler Tip: April is a great time to visit the park and gives you the opportunity to dress up with the whole family. As this event isn’t sponsored, there are no extra, so it’s an awesome time to hit the parks.
Fourth of July with Disney
Summer is an exciting time at Disney. With kids out of school, there are no limits on how long or late to stay in Orlando. It’s hot, but many hotels and vacation rentals near Disney World have pools for a little afternoon cool-down. Best of all, if you go on the 4th of July, you can witness one of the park’s spectacular fireworks displays.
Pro Traveler Tip: If you can bear the heat, there isn’t a more affordable time of year to head to Disney World. Besides, there are plenty of water attractions that will keep you cooled off and feeling refreshed.
Head To Orlando For Your Next Vacation
With so many great options and seasons to choose from, there’s no reason you can’t get the family to Orlando for a special and memorable holiday vacation. Whether you’re searching for a park loaded with all the latest amenities or something a bit more accessible, VacationRenter has got your next trip covered.
Check us out for more tips and tricks as well as a list of some of the finest accommodations you can imagine. Book your trip today!