Orlando’s Best Holiday Events: Part One

The holidays have officially descended on The City Beautiful.

Grab your calendar and start scheduling in some or all of these festive happenings:

Festival of the Seasons
Through Dec. 29
Downtown Disney
Free
Downtown Disney becomes into a winter wonderland with live entertainment, a sparking tree, visits with Santa and holiday shopping opps.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Through Dec. 20
Magic Kingdom
$62pp
Cinderella’s Castle is set aglow with millions of twinkling lights during this annual holiday-inspired event featuring the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, free cookies and hot cocoa, and a snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A

Light Up UCF
Through Jan. 5
CFE Arena, University of Central Florida
Various price
Enjoy the outdoor holiday film fest, ice skating rink, and nightly light show at this popular carnival-eque event.

Winter in the Park
Through Jan. 5
Central Park, Winter Park
$10, includes skate rental
Take a spin on Central Park’s outdoor ice skating rink.

Santa’s Holly Follies
Through Dec. 15
Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater
$6
Singalong string puppet musical about cultural holidays around the world.

Ice! at Gaylord Palms
November 23- January 5
Gaylord Palms Resort
$9.99-$29.99
A long list of offerings, including character meet and greets, live shows, and the legendary winter wonderland crafted from tons of hand-carved ice, has made this annual event a local favorite. The holiday decor inside the two-acre atrium is not to be missed.

More to come… stay tuned!

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