When you think of the holiday season, palm trees and beaches probably aren’t the first things to come to mind. However, wouldn’t it be nice to spend the holidays vacationing in a place where you don’t have to be constantly bundled up and never have to worry about shoveling snow or driving on icy roads? Orlando can offer you all that and a surplus of holiday attractions and events so you won’t miss out on any of the holiday cheer.
If you’re looking for some seasonal Orlando attractions to include in your itinerary, start with here with our list of the most fun and festive holiday attractions.
Every year, the University of Central Florida leads the way in holiday cheer with its presentation of Light Up UFC: “50 Days of Music, Lights, and Ice.” This attraction is our number one because it runs every night from November 15th through January 5th and boasts an 80,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink, rides, a holiday film festival, and a light show. This year, UCF is stepping up their game by making it snow every night. It’s like a dream come true—snow without the cold weather!
Holidays in Space at the Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center is one of Central Florida’s premier attractions, offering visitors the opportunity to see innovative science and technology put to use in unbelievable feats. During the holidays, a visit to the Kennedy Space Center is extra special because of the annual “Holidays in Space” event which is offered as part of general admission during the holiday season. The special programming includes visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a big Christmas tree in the Rocket Garden that’s decorated with miniature flags from the partner countries of the International Space Station, international carolers strolling the halls, and special IMAX films.
Holidays Around the World at Epcot
Disney’s Epcot hosts an annual holiday celebration that honors the true spirit of the holiday while celebrating the diversity of holiday traditions around the globe. This unique and elaborate exhibition features food, music, and performances that represent international countries like Japan, Morocco, Italy, and Germany. The festivities also include special events like the Candlelight Processional, a nightly telling of the story of Christmas told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.
Arabian Nights Dinner Theater Holiday Show
Arabian Nights Dinner Theater is considered the most honored dinner shows in the world and one of the most popular Orlando attractions, so you can imagine that their annual holiday show is certainly a special treat. The 2013 holiday production, called “Amirah’s Wish,” runs every night from December 1st through December 31st. While the show includes its trademark horsemanship, stunts, acrobatics and aerial performances, the attractions promises that this show is completely different than its standard show. It’s the perfect event for a romantic holiday evening or a magical night out with family and friends.
Winter Park Boat Parade and Festival of Lights
Traditionally, families might take a stroll or a drive to see the many holiday lights displays that start appearing in December. In this unique twist on that custom, the Winter Park Boat Parade and Festival of Lights gives you the chance to sit back and relax as the lights come to you! On December 14, 2013, participants will adorn their boats in holiday lights for a friendly competition on Lake Osceloa, and you can watch from your lawn chairs along the shore. Prior to the parade, you can kick-off the event with music, food, wine, and an impressive water ski show at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens.
Looking for ways to save on Orlando attractions during your Florida vacation? Take a look at our Orlando Holiday Attractions Package, which guarantees discounted admission to SeaWorld Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center, and the Arabian Nights Dinner Theater. With the convenience of one pass, which you can print at home or display on your smart phone, visiting top Orlando attractions during the holidays will be a breeze.