What better way to spend the holiday season than by taking 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’ll suit the whole family.
Christmas in Disney World
Every year, the Magic Castle is the place to be to see Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Young and older kids alike can get caught up in the festive atmosphere.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.