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Christmas in Orlando

Celebrate the most magical season of the year at the most magical place on Earth! Swap winter chills for thrills and spills and set your sites on out-of-this-world Orlando for a Christmas you'll never forget.

A walk through theme park events...

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a festive float as part of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party parade ©Disney

The theme park capital of the world pulls out all the stops when it comes to fulfilling festive fantasies. Between the sparkle of Disney's Magic Kingdom and Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ you'll be dazzled with decorations, enchanting events, glittering lights and festive parades. Perfect for young children (or just the young at heart), here's our inside scoop on all the merry must-sees!

Walt Disney World Resort

Mainstreet magic
What could be better than celebrating the Christmas season at Walt Disney World Resort? Mickey and his friends are dressed in their seasonal best as Magic Kingdom lights up with excitement! A truly unforgettable experience, this is Christmas wrapped up in one sensational, show-stopping spectacular!

Join family, friends and Mickey Mouse too for an oh-so-jolly holiday celebration at Magic Kingdom Park for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Popular parades are given a seasonal twist for the holidays as gingerbread men, elves and even Santa himself join Mickey in the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Not to mention the iconic Cinderella Castle is set aglow with ever-changing festive illuminations.

Epcot Yuletide Extravaganza
Ring in the season at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – with wondrous sights, sounds and flavours of the season from cultures near and far. Savour holiday treats and speciality eats from around the globe and catch the jaw-dropping IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Fireworks, laser and waterworks show. As if all that wasn't enough, a special candlelight processional tells the story of Christmas with a 50-piece orchestra, massed choir and a celebrity narrator.

A mother, father and daughter standing in Magic Kingdom during a Christmas parade on Mainstreet, USA ©Disney

Tinsel Town Takeover
Over at Hollywood Studios the infamous Sunset Boulevard becomes a winter wonderland – although what else would you expect from 'Tinsel Town' at this time of year? A full-scale merry makeover reveals extra-large ornaments, colourful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centred in the middle of Echo Lake. Don't miss Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! – a snow-stopping spectacular with twinkling fireworks, merry music and more.

Outside of the theme parks you can meet Santa Claus, feast on festive flavours and enjoy seasonal shopping and more at Disney Springs. Soak up an assortment of seasonal delights as you stroll down the waterside promenade, including carol singers, Christmas tree trails and treasure hunts.

Perfect for: Little kids, big kids, young at heart

Butterbeer at the Leaky Cauldron, Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, Universal Orlando Resort™

Universal Orlando Resort™ at Christmas

Unwrap a resort wide celebration at the two extraordinary Universal parks in Orlando. Proving that Walt Disney World isn't the only magical marvel in the neighbourhood, prepare to be wowed at the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™ are transformed with miles of garlands and lavish lighting. The level of detail that goes into the Christmas reimagining is almost unbelievable! Each shop at Hogsmeade™ is decorated meticulously with elements of each store incorporated into the design – maybe a good old fashioned game of spot the difference is on the cards? The Frog Choir also make an appearance for the holiday season, and there's new tasty treats too (like hot Butterbeer for one).

Merry Mischief for your Munchkins
Beyond the walls of the Wizarding World, Universal invite you to put a little mischief in your merry. Enjoy a fantastical parade featuring the famous Macy's, where the Minions join Santa and a whole host of well-known movie characters in a seasonal showdown! Festive balloons and fifteen elaborate floats make their way through the streets, accompanied by droves of dancers and performers.

What would Christmas be without the green sourpuss? The Grinch plays a bit part in Universal's seasonal shenanigans, and he can be found at Seuss Landing™. One of the most spectacularly decorated lands of them all – you'll find baubles and tinsel wrapped around literally everything! The centrepiece of the celebration is a heartwarming live show starring The Grinch and The Whos from Who-ville. Of course you can get up close and personal with all your favourite characters too – from meet-and-greets to character breakfasts!

Perfect for: Teens, family fun

Two LEGO Movie characters in front of the entrance to LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND®

Build unforgettable memories at LEGOLAND's Christmas Bricktacular. Seasonal shows, special treats and twinkling lights are in no short supply (and best of all, everything is included with regular park admission, so there's no extra ticket required). A 30-foot Christmas tree made entirely from LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks is decorated with dancing lights and comes alive with holiday music – plus there's the occasional snow flurry to recreate a whimsical winter wonderland. Not to mention Christmas shows throughout the day that include LEGO® versions of holiday icons, including Mrs Claus, some rather mischievous elves and a live-action water-ski show.

In true LEGO® style, the most impressive details are life size models created throughout the park. Santa, his sleigh and reindeer are all on hand for photo-ops – made up of thousands of LEGO® bricks, they are truly remarkable. Take away your memories in miniature with build and buy ornaments, where you can make your very own portable Rudolph! Your youngsters can create a giant LEGO® mosaic and take park in a scavenger hunt for Santa's elf who's hiding somewhere in the park. There's also a novelty LEGO® letterbox, so any last-minute requests can wing their way to the North Pole in time for the big day!

Perfect for: Little ones, family fun


However you choose to spend your Christmas season, there's one thing for sure – you can't go wrong with Orlando! If you're feeling inspired for a festive jaunt to Florida, then look no further than our Orlando villas, ideally located to put you right on the doorstep of your dream theme park getaway.

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