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5 Family Friendly Ideas to Celebrate the Holidays in Orlando 

The holidays in Orlando: A short drive to make life long memories

Just about every kid has a vision of playing in the snow, tubing down a hill, throwing snowballs and drinking hot chocolate for the holidays. Parents: Don’t worry. You don’t need to fly to a cold winter place for your kiddos to have this experience. In fact, your child can do these things and more with a short drive to Orlando. Here are some fun family-friendly ideas for holidays in Orlando we’ve found to get you and your kids in the festive spirit. 

Related: Tampa Bay Parenting’s Holiday Family Fun Guide

1) Christmas at Gaylord Palms This year’s theme for ICE is Christmas around the World. Bundle up the kids for this exhibit of more than 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and two-story ice slides. This is a great visit during the holidays in Orlando – the temperature is a chilly 9 degrees. The great thing is that there’s so much more to do than the ICE Exhibit. The kids can go snow tubing, go on scavenger hunts, visit with Santa, decorate gingerbread houses and so much more. It’s definitely a holiday experience to remember.

Gaylord Palms ICE 

2) Disney’s Hollywood Studios has the brand new Sunset Seasons Greetings, a projection light show that’s expected to impress all ages. The Hollywood Tower Hotel and billboards lining the theme park’s Sunset Boulevard come to life to display holiday stories, with real falling snow and holiday music enhancing the spirit of the celebration. Watch Olaf pining over his holiday wish list as music plays and the scene freezes over into a Frozen winter wonderland.  

Disney's Hollywood Studios


3) New this year, Universal’s Islands of Adventure transforms Hogsmeade into a magical holiday extravaganza with Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hogwarts Castle is illuminated with dazzling projections. Kids can savor seasonal treats and drinks while listening to the famed Frog Choir and the wizarding world’s famous Celestina Warbeck. At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch as the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular returns. If you love parades, be sure to visit Universal Studios where the Minions join Santa Claus in the all-new Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s where larger-than-life balloons fill the streets every evening. 

Universal Studios Christmas harry potter


4) The Candlelight Processional at Epcot is a beloved Holiday tradition. This joyous retelling of the Biblical story of the origins of Christmas features a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and several magnificent choirs. The special line-up of celebrity narrators this year includes Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Trace Adkins and Laurie Hernandez. Be sure to check the website for schedule of each celebrity narrator. You can also purchase tickets to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom on select nights throughout December! 

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Related: 5 Things We Love About Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

5) Splash into the Holiday Spirit at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. New this year is a Live Nativity show, “O Wondrous Night,” inspired by the original story of Christmas. The park will also be filled with holiday music and lighted trees. The kids can stop by Santa’s Christmas Village to meet and get a photo with Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and his winter friends. 

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Related: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town is Back!

And if you’re looking for a great date idea for you and your significant other while your in Orlando, be sure to check out A Day in Orlando.  And if you’re staying closer to home, take a gander at Our Favorite Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Tampa Bay or The Gift of Experience in Tampa Bay.

Related: Grove Resort & Spa: Orlando’s Newest Vacation Destination




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