CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks to Celebrate Christmas Week 2014 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 2014 in Orlando:

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CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL
Located at EPCOT, Walt Disney World.

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. Performance is included in regular Epcot admission.

For more information, and a schedule of celebrity narrators, click here.

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CHRISTMAS BRICKTACULAR
Located at LEGOLAND Florida.

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.

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CHRISTMAS IN THE SHIRE
Located at 14645 Grand Cove Dr, Hunters Creek.

If you enjoy homes decorated for the holidays, this FREE event is worth checking out. Inside and out are almost 100 trees decorated in various themes, including a New Year’s Eve tree. It’s open nightly through December 25 from 6-9pm.

For more information, visit christmasintheshire.com, or click here to watch a video about it.

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GRINCHMAS
Located at Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando.

The park’s Seuss Landing area gets turned into the whimsical world of Grinchmas, featuring an appearance by The Grinch himself. There is also a retelling of the Grinch story with the Who-liday Spectacular stage show. Grinchmas events are included with regular park admission.

For more information, visit universalorlando.com.

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HOLIDAY DISPLAYS AT THE DISNEY RESORTS
Located at Walt Disney World.

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.

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HOLIDAYS ON ICE
Located at Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr, Orlando.

This is a fun-filled, interactive, professional Ice Skating Show featuring a cast of skaters from across the United States. Holiday music and an amazing lights show accompany the performances of individual and couples skating for a full 45 minutes each evening (sometimes 2 shows). Cost is $25 per person. Open skating is also available during the day for $12 for 2 hours including skate rental.

For more information, visit rosencentre.com/holidays.

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ICE!
Located at Gaylord Palms, 6000 West Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee.

More than two million pounds of carved ice are transformed into a playground of sculptures and four slides. This year’s theme is The Nutcracker. New this year is Alpine Rush Snow Tubing, covered in real snow. Admission to ICE! is $29.99 per adult, $16.99 children ages 4-12. Discounts for purchasing in advance online, for Marriott Rewards members, and for Florida residents. Combo tickets for ICE! and the Snow Tubing are $45.94 per adult, $31.94 for children.

While there, enjoy the free Christmas concert by Luminescence in the hotel lobby, along with the nightly lighting of the Christmas tree. Parking at the Gaylord is $18.95 per day, in addition to the ticket prices.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit marriott.com.

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LIGHT UP UCF
Located at CFE Arena at UCF, 12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando.

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.

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MACY’S HOLIDAY PARADE
Located at Universal Studios, Universal Orlando.

After Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place, many of the floats head south for the holidays, and appear in a daily parade at the theme park. The parade is included with regular park admission.

For more information, visit universalorlando.com.

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NOW SNOWING IN CELEBRATION
Located at Celebration Town Center, 701 Front St, Celebration.

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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THE OSBORNE FAMILY SPECTACLE OF DANCING LIGHTS
Located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World.

The park’s Streets of America area is decorated up with thousands of holiday lights and displays, which dance to the holiday music piped into the area. Occasionally it even snows (just soap bubbles, so try not to eat it). The Osborne Lights are included with regular park admission, and light up just after dark.

For more information, visit disneyworld.com, or visit our review of this year’s display.

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SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Located at SeaWorld Orlando.

This event is celebrated nightly starting 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 seaworldorlando.com.

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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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