CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks To Celebrate Christmas Week 2017 In Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks to Celebrate Christmas Week 2014 in Orlando

Whether you live here or you’re vacationing here during Christmas week, it can be overwhelming trying to decide from among all of the holiday offerings happening in the Orlando area.

Here are our picks for the best Holiday events for celebrating Christmas 2017 in Orlando:

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THEME PARKS

BUSCH GARDENS

CHRISTMAS TOWN
Daily through December 31
Christmas Town beams with twinkling lights, Yuletide shows, holiday shopping and even a visit to Santa’s House. Plus, beloved characters from the television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”™ return with Christmas Town’s debut of Sam the Snowman. The event is included with regular park admission. Visit buschgardens.com/tampa for tickets and more info.

LEGOLAND FLORIDA

CHRISTMAS BRICKTACULAR
Daily through December 31
On weekends in December, enjoy the Holidays LEGO-style. There is a LEGO Christmas tree made with more than 30,000 blocks, a LEGO Santa to take photos with, LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier Characters, and more. Nightly fireworks run December 26th through 31st. All Bricktacular activities are included with regular park admission. For more information, visit legoland.com or read our visit recap.

SEAWORLD ORLANDO

SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Nightly December 19th through the 31st.
Enjoy Holiday shows like Elmo’s Christmas Wish, O Wondrous Night, and Winter Wonderland on Ice, along with THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience and the Sea of Trees. All Christmas Celebration events are included with regular park admission. For more information, visit seaworld.com/orlando.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO

HOLIDAYS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO FEAT GRINCHMAS, HARRY POTTER, AND MACY’S HOLIDAY PARADE
Daily through January 7, 2018
Experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ as Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™ are transformed with wondrous spirit. Watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch™ as the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular returns. Merry and Mayhem combine as the Minions join Santa Claus in the all-new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. All included with regular park admission. Visit universalorlando.com for more info.

WALT DISNEY WORLD

CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL AT EPCOT
Daily through December 31
This annual event is a moving presentation of the traditional Christmas story told by celebrity narrators. The three-times-nightly event includes a mass choir and a 50-piece orchestra. It is included in regular park admission. For more information visit disneyworld.com, and a schedule of celebrity narrators, click here.

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAIL AT DISNEY SPRINGS
Daily through January 7, 2018
Back for its second year, the Tree Trail now boasts 25 Disney-inspired trees, including ten
additions featuring iconic characters. It’s free to experience and there is even a spot with photos with Santa. Visit the Disney Parks Blog for more info.

FLURRY OF FUN AT DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
Daily through December 31
Festivities will include an immersive new nighttime experience that wraps all of Sunset Boulevard in holiday magic with jolly decorations, merry treats and beloved characters sharing their love for the holidays.“Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!” nighttime projection and fireworks show returns as well. It is included in regular park admission. Visit disneyworld.com for more info.

HOLIDAY DISPLAYS AT THE DISNEY RESORTS
Daily through December 31
One of the most fun things to do around Christmas is to visit the various Disney resorts and check out their Holiday displays. Disney’s Grand Floridian has the Gingerbread Dream House, Disney’s Contemporary has a Frozen-themed gingerbread display, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Clubs have several displays including a carousel and a statue of Maleficent made out of chocolate. Best of all, it’s all FREE. For more information, visit disneyworld.com.

MICKEY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY AT MAGIC KINGDOM
December 19, 20, 22
Ticket price is $109 for adults, and $104 for kids age 3-9 for this separately ticketed event. Enjoy the attractions along with holiday themed celebrations during this evening event. There’s even a special Christmas parade with Santa, and treats throughout the park. Visit disneyworld.com for more info.

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AROUND ORLANDO AND CENTRAL FLORIDA

CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD PALMS FEAT. ICE! AND CIRQUE DREAMS UNWRAPPED
Located at Gaylord Palms, 6000 West Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee.
Through January 7, 2018.
Free admission to Joyful light show and Cirque Dreams Unwrapped in the resort’s atrium. Tickets needed for ICE!, Alpine Snow Tubing, and so much more. Individual tickets and combo passes available. Parking for day guests is $25 per vehicle. For tickets and more info, visit christmasatgaylordpalms.com. You can also read our recap with photos of this year’s Christmas at Gaylord Palms.

HOLIDAY NIGHTS AT I-DRIVE 360 FEAT THE COCA-COLA ORLANDO EYE
Located at I-Drive 360, Orlando
Through December 31.
With celebrations across the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, and Madame Tussauds Orlando, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Experience the free “Holiday Nights” light and music show at the Eye nightly at 8pm and on Friday and Saturday also at 10pm. Santa is also there through December 24. Madame Tussauds Orlando’s A-List party room has transformed into a Winter Wonderland with Hollywood’s favorite celebrities in their holiday best. And see the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales at I-Drive 360 on Friday December 29th from 1-3 pm. Visit i-drive360.com for more info.

HOLIDAYS IN SPACE 2017 AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX
Located at SR 405 Kennedy Space Center, Titusville
December 20 – 31
For Holidays in Space 2017, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex welcomes visitors to experience the wonder of Fighting Gravity. Fighting Gravity is unique dance performance group that defies gravity using optical illusions and blacklight in their choreography. These performances are included with daily admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Visit kennedyspacecenter.com for tickets and more info.

LIGHT UP UCF
Located at CFE Arena at UCF, 12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando.
Through January 7, 2018.
This nightly FREE event includes an 8,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink, rides, and holiday attractions. There is also a free outdoor movie several nights a week. Rides and skating are additional cost. For more information, visit lightupucf.com.

MAGIC OF LIGHTS AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Located at 441 Midway Ave. Daytona Beach
Through December 31
Cost: $17 per vehicle and up. From 5pm to 10pm, guests will be able to enjoy this new holiday drive-through tradition at Daytona International Speedway. A portion of the proceeds from the Magic of Lights will benefit Florida Hospital Foundation. Visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com for tickets and more info.

NOW SNOWING IN CELEBRATION
Located at Celebration Town Center, 701 Front St, Celebration.
Through December 31.
This FREE event is a month long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens Carolers, community performers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides (for a fee), the Celebration Express train (for a fee), and nightly snowfall at 6pm, 7pm, 8om and 9pm. For more information, visit celebrationtowncenter.com.

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DINING

CAPA
Located at Four Seasons Orlando
Offering an a la carte menu on Christmas day, plus a 40 oz. Painted Hills cowboy steak special for $140. Visit fourseasons.com/orlando for the full menu and more information.

PADDLEFISH
Located at Disney Springs
On Christmas Day, the restaurant will offer Prime Rib Eye with king crab mash, baby carrots and red wine demi-glace for $44. Reservations can be made via paddlefishrestaurant.com.

RAVELLO
Located at Four Seasons Orlando
Offering a Christmas Day brunch featuring over 50 options, ranging from carved meats and seafood to pasta and salads. Cost is $105 per adult/$35 per child. Visit fourseasons.com/orlando for the full menu and more information.

REEL FISH COASTAL KITCHEN AND BAR
Located at 1234 North Orange Avenue, Winter Park
Offering a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner featuring a seven-course seafood and wine pairing featuring wines by Chateau Ste. Michelle and is limited to the first 25 guests. 10% of the dinner’s proceeds will go to the Coastal Conservation Association. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

ROSEN CENTRE HOTEL
Located at 9840 International Drive, Orlando.
The hotel will be offering a Christmas Day buffet from 11am to 5pm that will feature over 50 options including a carving station, seafood, pasta, appetizers, and dessert. The cost is $45.95 per adult, $17.95 per child (4-10). Includes complimentary mimosas and champagne for those 21+. Parking is complimentary with your receipt/confirmation. For more information, or to make a reservation, visit.rosencentre.com/christmas.

Other options open on Christmas Day for dining include the resort restaurants at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.

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Do you have a favorite Holiday event in the Orlando area that we didn’t list? Let us know in the comments. You can also find more things happening during Christmas week and beyond in our events calendar.

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