If you’re like most people, you understand how seriously Orlando takes Christmas – but there are some great ways to celebrate outside the theme parks. Check out this list of great holiday celebrations and events happening all over Orlando to plan the perfect holiday this year.
Orlando Christmas Events in December 2018
While all the theme parks have great events planned, there are plenty of places to dive into the holidays elsewhere, too.
At the theme parks:
- Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom®
- Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays
- Diwali at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®
- Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
- Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal
- Sea World’s Christmas Celebration
- Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
Outside the theme parks, you can enjoy:
- Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens
- Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show
- Festival of Trees
- ICE! Featuring A Christmas Story
- Holiday on the Drive
- Light Up the Holidays
- Now Snowing
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Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens
Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens is a spectacular place to spend an afternoon. Check out the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, carillon concerts, garden tours and breathtaking poinsettia displays.
Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show
Head to Lake Eola Park to enjoy the 72-foot Christmas tree on display, where you’ll see a synchronized light and music show. The Lake Eola fountain will display red, green and gold lights as well.
Festival of Trees
The Orlando Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees features gorgeous, hand-designed holiday décor and so much more. It’s located in Loch Haven Park.
ICE! Featuring A Christmas Story
Check out Gaylord Palms’ latest theme – A Christmas Story – that you can check out through interactive ice sculptures and displays. The whole indoor winter wonderland stays at just 9 degrees F, so bring your coat.
Holiday on the Drive
Spend time with Santa Claus in the heart of College Park between 5 and 9 p.m. on December 6.
Light Up the Holidays
Put the kids on a train ride and take in a few holiday performances at Light Up the Holidays, located in Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. Stick around at the end of the night for the fireworks display!
The town of Celebration is putting on Now Snowing, which features manufactured snow, train and carriage rides, and plenty of entertainment – and there are photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This free event runs all the way through December 31.
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