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10 Festive Events To Attend This Christmas In Orlando

10 Festive Events To Attend This Christmas In Orlando

Now that the Thanksgiving festivities are taken care of, it is finally time for Christmas – decorating the tree, addressing holiday cards, baking cookies and cakes, wrapping presents, sappy Lifetime and Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, and enjoying the remaining weeks of 2017 with family and friends!! Our team here at Orlando Food Tours wanted to share some of our favorite family-friendly events taking place in and around the Orlando area this holiday season. Let’s get started!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Select nights, Thursday November 9th – Friday December 22nd

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is one of Orlando’s biggest holiday merriments of all time! Every year, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is transformed into a holiday haven. This year Queen Elsa decks Cinderella’s magical castle to the nines with icy-glittering lights. This one-of-a-kind festive celebration features spectacular fireworks, live entertainment, holiday treats, and a jolly parade with Mickey, Minnie, your favorite Princesses, toy soldiers, and all their Disney character friends – singing festive songs, all dressed in delightful holiday clothing! Separate tickets required; $89.00 per event ticket. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-very-merry-christmas-party/.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Tuesday November 21st – Sunday January 7th

During Christmas at Gaylord Palms, get into the spirit with holiday attractions and extravagant displays which include over 2 million twinkling Christmas lights and larger-than-life decorations. Some of the events include: ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World, Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Build-A-Bear Workshop Scavenger Hunt, Snow Tubing, Santa’s Snow Throw, ALL-NEW Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, a free live stage show, Gingerbread Decorating Corner presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, Mrs. Claus Christmas Traditions, Christmas at Gaylord Palms Light Show, Photos with Santa, and much more! Check the Gaylord Palms website for schedule and times, as each event varies each day. https://www.gaylordpalmstickets.com/online/default.asp Prices vary.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Friday November 24th – Sunday January 7th

Wizards and Muggles alike can experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley for the first time ever! Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure have both been transformed with wonderous holiday spirit. Marvel at the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch as the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular returns. The minions join Santa with merry mayhem in the all-new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, and Hogwarts castle have been transformed with festive décor & garland, and brilliant lighting. There are special holiday treats and drinks, as well as special shows from the Frog Choir & the King’s Cross Station busker singers, and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. Ticket prices vary. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/things-to-do/events/holidays-at-universal/index.html.

36th Annual Light Up Mount Dora

Saturday November 25th

Celebrate the holidays this Saturday November 25th at the 36th Annual Light Up Mount Dora. Over 2 million sparkling lights will light up Donnelly Park and downtown Mount Dora with a spectacular show of traditional Christmas songs, exhilarating dances, and much more! Festivities begin at 5:00PM and at 6:30PM the lights come on. Location of the event is Donnelly Park at 530 N. Donnelly St. Free admission to the public. For more information please call the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce at 352-383-2165 or visit http://mountdorachristmas.com/lightup.html.

Celebration “Now Snowing 2017” – Celebration, FL

Saturday November 25th

This month-long celebration of snow kicks off this Saturday November 25th in gorgeous downtown Celebration, FL. Guests can enjoy the magical tree lighting ceremony and the very first snowfall of 2017, as well as live holiday music, train rides, enchanting horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, Dickens Christmas carolers, and the much-anticipated arrival of Santa Claus! The tree lighting festivities are from 5:30PM – 9:00PM, and snow will fall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00. Free to the public. To learn more, visit the Celebration Town Center website http://celebrationtowncenter.com/events/now-snowing-2017.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – Holidays Around the World

Sunday November 19th – Saturday December 30th

This international celebration at Epcot’s World Showcase allows visitors to learn about the diverse holiday traditions around the world, from Hanukkah to the Chinese New Year, to Christmas. Performers, dressed in immaculate country-original costumes, teach parkgoers about the various traditions of the nations around the world; including beautiful native music selections and festive holiday décor. Two of the highlighted performances are “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” and the Candlelight Processional (led by a celebrity narrator, with an enormous choir and 50-piece orchestra). During Holidays Around the World, Epcot’s evening fireworks and laser water show, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, also includes its very own seasonal makeover. Ticket prices vary. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/holiday-festival/.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

Select nights, Friday November 24th – Sunday December 31st

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration features a lit-up sea of tree sparkles over the main lake in a wintery & watery wonderland. World-famous skaters twirl on ice while parkgoers enjoy festive food & shopping, stunning live shows, and delightful entertainment inspired by the natural world.  Make new holiday memories – stroll around the lakeside Christmas Market and savor the scents of delicious food & delectable holiday treats while shopping for unique, artisan-crafted gifts. The festivities are included with park admission. Ticket prices vary. For additional information please visit https://seaworld.com/orlando/events/christmas-celebration/.

Tree Lighting Celebration – Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

Begins Friday December 1st

The City of Orlando’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration at Lake Eola Park’s Walt Disney Amphitheater starts Friday December 1st at 5:00PM. The highlight of this family-friendly event is the lighting of the city’s six-story Christmas tree (72-feet!), featuring 88,000 animated lights, by Mayor Buddy Dyer. The event also includes live entertainment and holiday music, vendor booths, and the scrumptious food of TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar. Following the first lighting of the season, the Holiday Celebration Stage Show finale will begin. Performances begin at 5PM at the Amphitheater, and the Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 7PM. The show runs every hour until 9:45PM. The Salvation Army will be at the event collecting monetary donations which will supply children in need with toys this holiday season. Unable to make it to the tree lighting ceremony? No worries – you can catch the synchronized light and music Christmas Tree Show each night starting at 5:45PM. Free to the public. Please visit the City of Orlando’s website for further information and the schedule of events http://www.cityoforlando.net/holiday.

Winter on the Avenue – Winter Park

Friday December 1st

Kickoff the holidays on Friday December 1st with Park Avenue’s Winter Park holiday festivities from 5:00PM – 10:00PM. Park Avenue’s winter wonderland street party includes the annual tree lighting, snowmaking fun, Christmas carolers, and a visit from Santa Claus! The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the City of Winter Park, Park Avenue Merchants Association, and the Enzian Theater to bring this “flurry” of entertainment to the Winter Park community. Free to the public. For additional information about this event visit http://winterpark.org/events-programs/winter-on-the-avenue/.

The Nutcracker Tea Party and The Nutcracker – Russian Ballet Orlando

Saturday December 2nd

The Calvary Assembly celebrates the holiday season with the ever-so-famous ballet – The Nutcracker, and the Nutcracker Tea Party. The Tea Party is from 4:30PM – 5:30PM and the Nutcracker performance begins at 6:00PM. This timeless classic of a tale of hope, imagination, and excitement features treasured characters, stunning costumes, special effects such as an onstage blizzard, and of course the timeless choreography and extraordinary Tchaikovsky arrangement performed by the world famous Russian Ballet Orlando. This performance is focused on incorporating community, interacting with the audience, and creating a family-friendly environment for everyone. Tea party $10.00 per person. Nutcracker ticket prices vary.  For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://russianballetorlando.org/russian-ballet-productions.html