Things to Do in Orlando in the Winter

While Orlando is not the place for a “white” Christmas, the holiday season is filled with many spectacular festivities and celebrations. Create holiday memories with shows and special events at all the theme parks!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort ICE Indoor Winter Wonderland

mid-November – early January 2

Enjoy a holiday visit to this glamorous Orlando hotel, where you’ll see DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls, as well as 4.5 acres of simulated winter landscape carved from two million pounds of ice. Other available activities include gingerbread house decoration, a polar bear “hunt,” the Luminescence Live Musical Revue, a DreamWorks scavenger hunt, a Kung Fu Panda SNOW hall, and visits with Santa.

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

late November – December 31

Watch whales soar through the air and celebrate with the crowd as you enjoy Shamu’s Christmas Miracles. Carols fill the air while ice skaters perform their holiday dances. Travel to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience, and see Santa as well!

Visitors may include SeaWorld when building their Go Select Orlando Pass.

Epcot’s Holidays Around the World

late November – late December

See how other cultures celebrate their winter holidays at Epcot. This holiday celebration features a Candlelight Processional (select nights only) with a retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

Pirates Dinner Adventure Christmas Show

late November –early January

Magee the Elf takes guests on a Christmas Pirate Adventure as he attempts to save the day. Enjoy food and holiday merriment at this popular Orlando attraction.Visitors may include the Pirates Dinner Adventure Christmas when building their own Go Select Orlando Pass.

Christmas in Celebration Florida-Now Snowing Nightly


Visit Walt Disney Co’s town of Celebration and enjoy snowfall without the cold! The beautiful, albeit fake, snowfall takes place between 6 and 9PM every night. Enjoy a stroll down Celebration Avenue or Market Street, window shopping as you pretend you’re in a winter wonderland. Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, and a Santa’s cottage are also found in Celebration during this time.

Arabian Nights Holiday Dinner Show


Visit Orlando’s #1 holiday show and watch Princess Scheherazade and her husband Prince Khalid dance and frolic, as Santa Claus graces the stage. This vibrant cast is accompanied by toy soldiers, gingerbread men, acrobatic elves and sugarplum fairies…on horseback!

Visitors may include the Arabian Nights Holiday Dinner Show when building their own Go Select Orlando Pass.

Grinchmas at Universal’s Island of Adventure


See the Grinch, the Whos, and all your Dr. Seuss favorites come to life to the Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller! During the month of December, Universal Islands of Adventure celebrates “Grinchmas” for fans of all ages, letting you enjoy music, Seuss-inspired decor and activities, and more!

Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal

early December – January 1

Celebrate the annual Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal, which features balloons and floats that appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade the month before, as well as an appearance by Mr. Claus himself. Stroll through the Holiday Village and treat yourself to gifts, candy and crafts that the whole family can enjoy.

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