Christmas is just around the corner, making it the perfect time of year to book your getaway to exciting Orlando, Florida! Packed with holiday charm and spirit, Orlando is a great place to travel with family and friends in the name of Christmas fun. The following are some of the best activities and Christmas events to add to your itinerary in 2022.
Embrace the Holiday Spirit at Lake Eola Park
Year-round, a stop at Lake Eola Park is a great addition to your itinerary when you’re heading to Orlando in the name of vacation fun. At Christmas, this iconic park enhances the holiday spirit to a new level of excitement with the arrival of the annual Christmas tree! Stop by the park at this time of year to take in the sights of this towering tree that sits in the center of it all. While the official tree lighting ceremony is slated for December 2, 2022, the rest of the month and into the new year, guests will find it just as thrilling to enjoy. The 72-foot Christmas tree is far beyond the standard in terms of decoration. This festive icon is saturated with dazzling lights which work in tandem with synchronized music that starts every 15 minutes. This means that no matter when you drop by, you’re in for a holiday treat that’s great for the entire family!
Make the Most of Theme Park Holiday Fun
It’s no secret that Orlando is known and loved as the theme park capital of the world. During the holidays, those that are traveling this way to make the most of the rides, attractions, and shows will find there’s even more to savor in the way of holiday spirit! Just about every theme park across Orlando takes Christmas to new heights in terms of décor, customized holiday features, and fun events and activities to check out that are specific to the season.
If your trip has you focused on time at Universal Studios, you won’t want to miss the holiday magic in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! This magical stop is always inspiring, but at Christmas, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter comes to life in twinkling lights, gorgeous garlands, and exciting holiday-themed shows. From the Christmas beverages to the decked-out rides, guests will find it nearly impossible not to feel the thrill of the season when they spend time here in December. A Christmas trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter should definitely include a mug of hot butterbeer purchased in Diagon Alley at The Hopping Pot and the Leaky Cauldron! Once you have your drink in hand, head over to the Quidditch supply shop, where golden snitch ornaments often dominate the whimsical holiday décor! Musical holiday performances are held throughout the park this time of year, while Gringotts Bank has dragon fire ready and waiting to add a cozy touch to your holiday experience. Hogwarts Castle is a must-visit in the evening hours over Christmas thanks to its magical glow and nighttime spectacular that pairs projections and fireworks with music.
Travelers who are planning on spending the holidays at Disney World theme parks will have no shortage of options when it comes to Christmas fun for all ages! EPCOT hosts candlelight processionals throughout the Christmas season as well as the Holidays Around the World event. Magic Kingdom comes to life in holiday style with the arrival of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party while Disney Springs host the Christmas Tree Hunting adventure for guests. No matter where you find yourself across Disney parks, be sure to check out the many hotels and resorts which are donning their holiday best décor this time of year too.
Enjoy Holiday Light Displays
Between November 25, 2022, and January 1, 2023, travelers heading to Orlando can enjoy a spectacular light display at the Harry P. Leu Gardens. Titled Dazzling Nights, this holiday light display sees the 50 acres of terrain at the gardens transformed into a sparkling wonderland designed to inspire! The gardens are found at 1920 N. Forest Avenue and guests can enjoy wandering through multiple light experiences on-site as well as a chance to check out the 40-foot snow dome! From the candy cane vortex light tunnel to the forest filled with neon flowers, this is a one-of-a-kind holiday experience guests are sure to love. If you’re dropping by with little ones in tow, there will be character meet-and-greet opportunities as well as an inflatable play area complete with a chimney slide.
Book Tickets to a Performance
Orlando-bound travelers over Christmas that are looking to incorporate some musical fun into their stay can easily find what they’re looking for this time of year. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will take to the stage at the Amway Center on December 17, 2022. Tickets to The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour range from $29 per person through $100 per person depending on seating options and can be booked in advance. The show runs from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm and the Amway Center is conveniently located at 400 W. Church Street.
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