Christmas makeover at Orlando parks
As the festive season is almost upon us once again, our favourite attractions waste no time in getting in the festive mood with this years celebrations quickly taking shape!…...
Christmas is arriving in Hogsmeade!
For the first time,Universal Resort Orlando will be decking the halls and introducing holiday décor, food, merchandise and special themed shows spread over both parks with an all new nightly projection show being planned for Hogwarts Castle at Islands of Adventure.
Guests can experience detailed decorations on storefronts in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, as well as Christmas seasonal songs from Celestina Warbeck and the Frog Choir, which form part of a wider revamp on Universal Studios’ seasonal offering.
The parade has also been given a makeover and is now self propelled with sound systems and will be flanked by movie characters.
Universal Resort Orlando festivities will run from 24th Nov - 7th Jan 2018.
Meanwhile, over at Walt Disney World and Magic Kingdom literally overnight the park is transformed from a frightfully delightful Halloween spooktacular, to a wonderful Christmas extravaganza.
The not to be missed Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party runs from 9th Nov- 22nd Dec and offers complimentary Christmas cookies and hot cocoa whilst featuring thrilling live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and an oh-so-jolly holiday parade.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios introduces Sunset Seasons Greetings a new nightime holiday experience featuring projections of all of your beloved Disney characters sharing their favourite Christmas stories, in an enchanting backdrop of twinkling decorations and a snowy Sunset Boulvard. Even Tower of Terror will see a dramatic makeover being transformed into a giant pile of Christmas gifts!.
The ever popular yearly Candlelight Processional at Epcot will take place from 24th November - 27th Dec a moving performance telling the story of Christmas in words and music.
Also featured in Epcot and the International Festival of the Holidays will be 15 holiday kitchens serving up more holiday cookies and other tantalising seasonal treats than ever before. It will be difficult to refuse!
Visitors to SeaWorld will enjoy its enhanced Christmas Celebration Package to include hotel stays, admission and signature show seating. In addition, Dinner with Rudolph and a Wild Arctic encounter will be added.
Beyond the Parks.
Celebration – This wonderful purpose-built quaint town, full of charm and family fun offers a monthly schedule packed full of festive holiday surprises. Including nightly snow flurries at 6pm, and every hour through to 9pm, an ice rink, Dickensian strolling carolers, community performers, photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and the Celebration Express train.
Running from 26th Nov - 31st Dec.
Central Florida Ballet’s “Pyrotecnic Nutcracker” A Cirque du Soliel inspired take on The Nutcracker returns to the Orange County Convention Centre’s Linda Chapin Theatre on Dec 16-17th.
During set hours from 18th Nov - 7th Jan Winter Park offers real ice skating at its holiday rink in Central Park’s West Meadow. Approx 20min from Downtown Orlando.
Santa Photo Experience at The Mall at Millenia - A free event from 3rd Nov – Christmas Eve hosts one of the areas most popular Santa meet and greets.
Christmas at the Gaylor Palms - features ICE - Christmas Around the World.
Journey through an incredible display of solid hand-carved ice sculptures and two-storey tall slides. A celebration of cultures featuring holiday scenes, and travel to the North Pole to visit Santa and his elves.
Event runs 21st Nov - 7th Jan 2018