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Jolliest Holiday Happenings In Central Florida

Kissimmee is a happening place during the holidays and the merriest of activities are awaiting visitors from near and far. Each holiday event is taking the necessary precautions in order to keep you safe and healthy while enjoying some family time. You can visit these attraction’s website for more safety information and click here for Kissimmee Guest Services ticketing options for these exciting events. 

Magical Merriment at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resort is flourishing with festive fancies throughout the parks. With brand-new entertainment and traditions you know and love, this holiday season is still on the nice list. The excitement begins Nov. 6 and the merriment continues until Dec. 30. Although some things may look a bit different from last year, you can still wave to all your favorite characters from flotillas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, promenades at Epcot, Merry Motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and cavalcades at Magic Kingdom Park. And rumor has it that even Santa Claus can be visited at each of the four theme parks, as well as at Disney Springs.

Photo: Disney Parks

At Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are celebrating Christmas and you can join in the yuletide fun! Enjoy the festive food and holiday drinks while roaming the park and admiring the dazzling decorations. Stop in the shops on Main Street U.S.A. and browse the many new festive merchandise options that cover the shelves with sparkle and shine. Enjoy enchanting new experiences like a projection show on Cinderella Castle with a kaleidoscope of designs. The brilliant colors of red, green, and gold sparkle around the magnificent castle. You’ll even spot beloved holiday characters like gingerbread men, elves, and toy soldiers all dressed in their best festive attire.  

Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Photo: Disney Parks

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays returns and welcomes you and your family to take part in new and returning traditions. From strolling around World Showcase and tasting the delights of the holiday kitchens to experiencing EPCOT, JOYFUL! for the first time. This new show takes you on a musical journey of holiday music. Enjoy the Voices of Liberty with their eight-part harmonies while sipping on hot chocolate at the American Gardens Theatre.

Epcot Festival of Holidays
Photo: @kimberlyandbrianna

We can’t forget about the new happening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Take a seat as Minnie Mouse hosts a yuletide dining experience at Hollywood & Vine. You’ll also spot Santa Goofy joining in on the fun!

Round out your Disney holiday cheer at Disney Springs with new lights, magical snowfall, and your favorite decorated Christmas trees all throughout Town Center, West Side, and The Landing. Plus, watch as Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar transforms into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar. You won’t believe your eyes as twinkling lights decorate the restaurant and you can even enjoy a limited-time festive menu.

Disney Springs
Photo: @jayratner81
Disney Springs
Photo: @theintentionalmouse

Joyful Jingles at Universal Orlando Resort

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort are here from now through Jan. 3. Unwrap the resort-wide celebrations that take the season to a whole new level. At Universal Studios Florida, enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ as festive décor, brilliant lighting, and holiday treats surround the area. 

A favorite annual tradition for many, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is on its way! Merry and mayhem approach as you spot the Minions joining Santa Clause in this incredible parade. You’ll also see some of your favorite characters from Madagascar and Shrek.  

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley
Universal Studios Florida (photo: Universal Orlando Resort)

At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ where shops are festively decorated with extravagant garland and lights. Enjoy the dazzling projection of holiday cheer at The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle show. 

For young ones who love classic Dr. Seuss, the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular is here for yet another year. This live retelling of The Grinch tells the heartwarming story that combines the warm fuzzies inside with a dash of sarcasm in this hilarious hijinks. 

Hogwarts Castle Show
(photo: Universal Orlando Resort)
(photo: Universal Orlando Resort)

Sparkling Spectacular at SeaWorld Parks & Resort Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration is making its way to Central Florida on select nights now through Dec. 31. This holiday celebration is full of festive shopping, delicious food, stunning live shows, and more as the park transforms into a winter wonderland. 

Sparkling holiday cheer surrounds you as more than three million beautiful lights dazzle the area. Gather ‘round for a new live show called It's a Wonderful Night: A New Story to Tell or try your skills on ice at the new ice skating rink. You can also explore the Christmas Market which features amazing holiday treats and festive events. Grab some delicious food or drinks and enjoy the area with new friends - the elves! You can even snuggle up near the fire pit for some warmth with your family and watch the trees light up on the water. To accommodate for social distancing, the park will implement limited capacity throughout the park and during the joyous entertainment options. 

Seaworld Orlando
Photo: @kimberly_button

Dazzling Days at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The LEGOs invite you to a series of seasonal shows, sweet treats, and twinkling lights throughout LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Meet LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier, take photos on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, or watch the festive fireworks light up the night sky. You can join in on the fun on select nights Dec. 12-13, 19-20, and 24-31. 

Legoland Florida Holiday
Photo: LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Let it Snow in Celebration

Oh, what fun it is to ride around Celebration Town Center each holiday season. Celebration's Winter Wonderland is ready for visitors nightly from 5-9 p.m. November 28-December 31. Join the town for this family-friendly experience with surprise "snowfalls" throughout the night and ice skating in the center of main street. You can also hop on the Celebration Express Train or choose to cozy up on the horse and carriage rides through the beautifully lit area. You may even spot some familiar faces like Santa! 

Celebration Florida
Photo: @deaflatino

‘Tis the Season at Gaylord Palms

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is here with so many new and exciting holiday delights. From now until Jan. 3, experience the holidays like never before. Enjoy live performances, one-of-a-kind light shows, and all-new attractions. 

I Love Christmas Movies is now playing at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. This new Kissimmee tradition is a multi-sensory pop-up exhibition in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to bring you beloved holiday movies, including The Polar Express, A Christmas Story, Elf, and more. Step inside the actual stories with 15 fully immersive scenes with replicas of film props, audio clips, and more. 

 Gaylord Palms Resort
Photo: Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
Atrium Christmas Tree

This spectacular event includes memorable activities for the entire family. Enjoy a brand-new experience, Snow Factory, where you’ll be transported to a winter wonderland filled with icy snow (in sunny Florida – you read that right!). You can also experience attractions like Snow Flow Mountain, where you can slide through frozen conveyor belts. Plus, you and your family can even build and toss snowballs.

Gather your family and listen to Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions as she tells the classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, decorate cookies at the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, and watch the one-of-a-kind show where the Christmas tree is brought to life. You can even get breakfast with The Grinch himself at Villa de Flora. Speaking of, Villa de Flora is officially reopen after its renovation. Walk through the modern coastal Mediterranean vibe with a new patio and open kitchen so you can see your food being made right from your table! 

Bright Tidings at Give Kids the World

For 34 years, Give Kids the World Village has been welcoming families with critically ill children to enjoy a weeklong, cost-free vacation in Central Florida. This nonprofit resort provides not only housing for the week, but a chance for these children’s dreams to come true. 

Give Kids the World is opening its doors to the public for the first time to join in on a Night of a Million Lights from Nov. 13 until Jan. 3. Walk through the whimsical village of Avenue of Angels and become immersed in this light spectacle. Savor delicious treats and even enjoy accessible rides and storybook attractions. Give Kids the World is proud of its 34 years of service and invites you and your family to treat yourselves to a night of beauty and brightness. 

Kissimmee Festival of Lights

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