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Kissimmee Holiday Wrap-Up 2022

 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The holiday season is just around the corner and Kissimmee is ready to celebrate! Bring your family and your holiday cheer, but leave the snow boots behind. We have events throughout Central Florida for all ages and all budgets this holiday season.

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Theme Park Events and Attractions

Night of a Million Lights now at Island H2O Water Park, Nov. 11 – Jan. 1
Named by USA Today the “Number One Thing to Do in December in Orlando” when it debuted in 2020, Night of a Million Lights is back with more pizzaz, sparkle and excitement at an all-new location- Island H2O Water Park. The park will be transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland featuring millions of lights, luminous displays, festive family activities and live entertainment for a one-of-a-kind, fully immersive holiday experience.

Universal Studios Holiday Events, Nov. 12 – Jan. 1
Grinchmas

The spirit of Grinchmas comes to life at Universal’s Islands of Adventure with the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic starring the maven of mischief himself, the Grinch.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
The spectacularly themed lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ will transform into wizarding wonderlands for the holidays, complete with festive décor throughout the iconic streets of Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™ that includes themed decorations, garlands and lights.

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s
Fan-favorite characters from Illumination’s Despicable Me and DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar – along with larger-than-life balloons, dozens of colorful holiday floats and hundreds of festive performers – fill the streets of Universal Studios Florida during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

Walt Disney World™ Resort Holiday Events, Nov. 8 – Dec. 30
‘Candlelight Processional’ Featuring New Celebrity Narrators at EPCOT

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth welcomes back “Candlelight Processional,” a Disney Parks tradition. This year’s lineup of award-winning actors, singers and TV personalities features several new celebrity narrators making their debut, including Gloria Estefan, Josh Gad, Mariska Hargitay and Raúl Esparza, to name a few!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Holiday cheer will fill Magic Kingdom Park as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns on 24 select nights Nov. 8-Dec. 22, 2022. The separately ticketed event will invite guests to an evening of unforgettable merriment. Make sure to catch “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” show on Cinderella Castle stage, “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” and the must-see “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

The Magic of Santa is Back at the Mall at Millenia, Nov. 11- Dec. 24 
Welcome the holiday season in true Millenia fashion at Santa’s Magical Arrival at the Mall’s main entrance. Experience the magic as Santa lands on the Neiman Marcus rooftop, lights our magnificent tree, then makes his way to Hollyville on Nov. 11, where he resides through Christmas Eve for holiday photos. Make new holiday memories and share moments with Santa starting Saturday, Nov. 12 through Saturday, Dec. 24th.  Reservations are required. 

Christmas Nights in Lights to open at Dezerland Action Park, Nov. 11 - Jan. 1
Experience an immersive, winter wonderland from the comfort of your own car! Drive through more than 1.5 million twinkling lights and listen to your holiday favorites at Dezerland Action Park with an all-new seasonal attraction.

Colorful Christmas at Crayola Experience, Nov. 19 – Jan. 3
Enjoy some SNOWtastic adventures and meet some animatronic Christmas characters at Crayola Experience. You can step inside a life-sized snow globe and watch a light show starring Scarlet and her singing reindeer friends, all while crafting unique gifts from the heart!

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida Resorts, Nov. 25-27 & Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 22-31
This jolly time of year features a giant LEGO® Christmas tree, unforgettable seasonal shows, holiday characters, special treats, LEGO activities, twinkling lights and more!

Holinights at Promenade at Sunset Walk, Nov. 25 – Dec. 24
Select nights from 5-10 p.m., join the Promenade at Sunset Walk for the Holinights Celebration, featuring Santa Claus, mischievous elves, towering toy soldiers, live music and tree lighting nightly. Plus, enjoy snowball fights with the mischievous elves, holiday crafts, street markets, car shows and more!

Celebration, Florida's World Famous Now Snowing Event, Nov. 26 – Dec. 31
Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event, offers one of the area’s only synthetic ice rinks, special community performances by some of the area’s top young talent and special concert events throughout the season. Now Snowing is a month-long winter wonderland spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, train rides, ice skating and nightly snowfall at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Home for the Holidays at Dr. Phillips Center, Nov. 26
Experience the joyful sounds of the season for the first time ever in Steinmetz Hall, one of the world’s most acoustically advanced theaters. As part of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra 2022-23 season, enjoy holiday song classics under the direction of Mauricio Céspedes Rivero with performances by The Holiday Singers and the Opera Orlando Youth Company.

Light Up Kissimmee, Kissimmee Main Street, Nov. 27
Kissimmee Main Street presents "Light up Kissimmee". The Kissimmee Christmas season kick-off begins by lighting up the entire Kissimmee's Historic Downtown with wonderful holiday decor and lights! We will have parranda, the Broadway Welcome Station tree lighting and the City of Kissimmee tree lighting, as well it's going to be a Jolly Jolly Holiday!

Cruiser Toy Drive at Old Town Kissimmee, Dec. 2-3
Make a difference for the children and young adults in Osceola County this holiday season. Consider donating a new, unwrapped toy during our Friday and Saturday Night Car Show and Cruise on Dec. 2 and 3. Santa and our Christmas helpers will be on location to accept your donations. Toys collected benefit the Osceola Council on Aging, so it stays local.

The Nutcracker at the Dr. Phillips Center, Dec. 2-18
Bring the entire family for the adventures of young Clara as she explores the fantasy world of the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mother Ginger. The enchantment of Orlando Ballet’s annual favorite makes The Nutcracker a not-to-be-missed holiday tradition. There will also be family and sensory-friendly shows on Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

Gatorland Announces Third Annual Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down Christmas Event, Dec. 3 - 18
Come on out to the “Alligator Capital of the World” and enjoy festive fun for everyone at Gatorland’s third annual Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down Christmas event Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18.  Gatorland’s signature holiday event features live music, festive displays with interactive characters like Gator Claus, his Merry Elves and Krampus Croc, along with festive food items for purchase.

City of Kissimmee Festival of Lights, Dec. 10
Join thousands of residents and visitors for a FREE holiday event full of music, dancing and thousands of holiday lights. The Festival of Lights returns in 2022 with new family fun for all! This year will feature a Santa meet and greet, KUA Kids Power Zone, free cookie decorating and, of course, our premier annual nighttime parade through Historic Downtown Kissimmee.

Toy Drive Car & Truck Show at Promenade at Sunset Walk, Dec. 11
Please join the Promenade at Sunset Walk, Marine Corps Reserve and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in support of Toys for Tots. Sponsored by the all-new Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando™ Sunset Walk and The Residences at Margaritaville Resort Orlando. A two toy donation is suggested for all car and truck owners and spectators for the children of Central Florida. Cash donations are also accepted under ticket options. Special appearances by Santa throughout the day!

Holiday High Tea at Orlando Cat Café, Dec. 18
What’s better than a nice, hot cup of tea? That’s right – a purring cat! Visitors rejoice – as this mid-afternoon treat, featuring tiny sandwiches and scones, has come to The Orlando Cat Café. So, take some time to savor the sweet stuff and try out your British accent by conversing with our kitties.

Holidays with the Orlando Magic, Dec. 23 – Jan. 5
Add a little magic to your holidays this year at an Orlando Magic basketball game! Take in the total NBA experience: world-class basketball, edge-of-your-seat excitement, fun for all ages and more. It is more than just the action of a basketball game — it’s experiencing all the Orlando Magic has to offer. In-game entertainment for fans of all ages makes an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Happy 2023 New Year's Eve at Kissimmee Main Street, Dec. 31
Come to Kissimmee’s Historic Downtown to celebrate New Year's Eve. Our restaurants will have food, special cocktails, entertainment and more.

New Year's Eve Celebration at Old Town Kissimmee, Dec. 31
End 2022 with a bang at a New Year’s Eve Celebration presented by Old Town and Fun Spot. Bring the family for our weekly Saturday Classic Car Show and Cruise, Live Music featuring “Scarlett Moon,” Entertainment and free fireworks at midnight.

Kids New Year's Eve at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Dec. 31
Join in the festivities and celebrate the new year early with rides, activities and a whole lot of fun. Celebrate with an early fireworks display illuminating the sky and welcoming 2023!

Rocking New Year 2023 "The Experience" at Promenade at Sunset Walk, Dec. 31
Central Florida's most immersive, non-stop New Year's Eve street party, starring Scotty B & Project: DJ Slam, plus Switch Live and special guest DJ Rick GZ. There will be two stages filled with entertainment all night, a confetti storm, complimentary party favors and a midnight firework spectacular.

Play with a Purpose Holiday-Themed Events
Your meetings just got “merrier!” Play with a Purpose is to abolish the old-fashioned learning method of meetings and networking events. They weave purposeful play-based events and learning strategies throughout your conference, and now you can create holiday gifts and decorations, participate in holiday mystery puzzles or a gameshow.

Book your holiday event at TopGolf
‘Tis the season to party at Topgolf! Book your event, big or small, with Topgolf this season and make the holidays a hit. If you’re looking to show some employee appreciation, brighten the holidays with a fundraiser or just simply celebrate with your crew, Topgolf has you covered.

Pirates! Dinner Adventure Annual Holiday Gala
The nightly celebration will be filled with games, songs, and fun. But who is on Santa's Nice list? Princess Anita? Benjamin Blue? And who is on his Naughty List? Captain Sebastian The Black, his Wife Treasure, First Mate Mr. Magee, and their crew miscreants? Maybe Santa will have to make a special appearance this holiday season. Check our websites for Pirates!, Teatro, and Jewel for special up-to-date holiday events that will be helping throughout the season.

 

Resort Activities

ICE! is back at Gaylord Palms, Nov. 18 – Jan. 1
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center invites guests to “freeze the day” this Christmas as the hotel’s longtime holiday tradition, ICE!, returns after a two-year hiatus. Using more than 2 million pounds – or 1,000 tons – of ice, the classic Dr. Seuss story and animated special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! ™” will be brought to life by a team of 40 ice artisans who work approximately six weeks to create the nearly 20,000-square-foot, frozen attraction.

Home for the Holidays at Reunion Resort & Golf Club, Dec. 2-31

  • Dec. 2: Christmas Tree Lighting, Grande Front Lawn
  • Dec. 16: Christmas Movie Night, Grande Event Lawn
  • Dec. 12: 1st Night of Hanukkah, Cookies and reading
  • Dec. 21: Mrs. Claus Christmas Celebration, Grande Falls Patio
  • Dec. 31: NYE Event with fireworks

TopGolf Swing Suite at Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center Celebration Area
Host your holiday party at the TopGolf Swing Suite at Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center Celebration Area. Fill your night with entertainment, games, fun, food, drinks and great friends.

 

New partners!

Andes STR - each unique home offers professionally designed furnishings, including impressive theme room designs, large game rooms and the latest technology in their home theaters.

Flippers Pizzeria Restaurant - fresh, all-natural ingredients combined with time-honored artisan methods make a better pizza. Period.

Kate Ryan Event Rentals - one stop rental resource for furniture, bars, dance floors, pipe and drape, chairs, tabletops and more.

Reggiano's of Celebration - authentic Italian Ristorante serving high quality, authentic Italian cuisine including brick oven pizza, delicious desserts, full bar and a wonderful wine list!

Savvy Sweets Bakery - custom treats for any and all occasions. Anything from custom cookies to detailed donut walls covered in chocolatey goodness, they make every party POP!

Sweet Rolled Tacos Florida - a new ice cream company that started in California and has recently been introduced here in Central Florida. Every ice cream taco is made with premium cream, handcrafted on a cold plate, rolled into ice cream and fitted into a waffle taco cone.

Wawa - Wawa is your all day, every day stop for freshly prepared foods, beverages, coffee and catering! Whatever you’re planning, you can cater it with Wawa.

Crumbl Cookies Kissimmee - Crumbl's menu rotates weekly to give you five different specialty flavors to taste and enjoy. Don’t worry, their famous milk chocolate cookies are always available!

Jewel Orlando - a stylish cocktail lounge with live piano entertainment, hand-crafted cocktail drinks and small bites, Jewel Orlando is a speakeasy music bar with a lively atmosphere.

Maze Transportation - the Maze team is committed to providing you with excellent service. They want to make the entire experience as easy and enjoyable as possible for you.

Nona's Party Cloud – Florida balloons boutique and party rentals

Sunshine Nutrition - a small, family-owned shake and tea shop located in the Four Corners area and has been open since June 2020. They specialize in creating delicious, high protein meal replacement shakes, energizing teas, protein donuts, açaí bowls and more.

Teatro Martini - a highly interactive show featuring a variety of performers from around the world, including aerialists, hoops, acrobats, jugglers, singers, dancers and comedians all in one place! For guests ages 18 and older.

Xurro Churro Factory - dessert is our passion. We use only the finest and freshest ingredients to make our churros that will fill your belly and warm your heart.

Z and Q - A Children's Boutique - a woman-owned and operated children's boutique. They carry clothing from newborn to 5/6 for younger boys and girls in addition to toys, books, baby essentials and more.

Air Hound Adventures  - provides balloon rides over Central Florida and are located 15 min south of Walt Disney World. The flight includes a time-lapse video and after flight Champagne/Sparkling cider celebration that includes light gourmet snacks.

Revolution Productions Services, LLC - comprised of two Certified Audio Engineers. They have a combined 20+ plus years of experience in the Audio-Visual industry and have trained with the best in the business to expand their skills beyond just audio.

 

 

Holiday Specials

To find accommodation deals and discounted attraction tickets for Florida residents and beyond, visit https://www.experiencekissimmee.com/deals.

 

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About Experience Kissimmee:
Experience Kissimmee is the official tourism authority for Osceola County, Florida. Located 25 minutes from Orlando International Airport (MCO), Kissimmee offers a perfectly balanced vacation experience with world-famous theme parks and attractions, outdoor activities, and plenty of Florida sunshine. Kissimmee is the Vacation Home Capital of the World®, with options ranging from two-bedroom condos to 15-bedroom mansions. Get inspired at experiencekissimmee.com.

 

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