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Christmas in Orlando

Dec 19, 2007  Our family tradition
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 2 votes

Forget the snow... there is not a more "Christmasy" place in the USA than Christmas in Orlando, Florida and Walt Disney World!

  • 1. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
    Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee

    They call themselves Orlando's hotel headquarters for Christmas... and it's no wonder! A walk around their 4.5-acre indoor atrium is like walking through a Christmas wonderland. And don't forget the amazing ICE! attraction, it is hand carved from two million pounds of ice! Yes, ice in Orlando!

  • 2. Magic Kingdom
    Magic Kingdom, Orlando

    Main Street USA becomes Christmas Street USA! You'll love the amazing decorations. Don't miss Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party... and the afternoon Christmas parade.

  • 3. Epcot Center
    Epcot, Orlando

    Our family has gone to see Epcot's Candlelight Processional every year for the past eight years. This is an amazing Disney tradition than began at Disneyland. Imagine a 50 piece orchestra, a 500 voice choir, trumpeteers and a spectacle that only Disney can produce. Don't miss it!

  • 4. Disney-MGM Studios
    Walt Disney World

    An opportunity seized by Disney turns Orlando tradition! In the mid-1990s, billionaire William Jennings Osbourne was forced by the state Supreme Court to take down his 3 million Christmas lights from his Arkansas home. Disney offered a spot to display them, and have added a few million more over the years. Last year, the lights were synchronized to music. Quite a spectacle!

  • 5. SeaWorld Adventure Park
    SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando

    New simulator attraction this year themed to The Polar Express... with live polar bears!

  • 6. Universal's Islands of Adventure
    Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando

    Home to The Grinch... and those oh-so-happy Whos.

  • 7. Universal Studios Orlando
    Universal Studios Florida, Orlando

    If you can't make the real Macy's parade in NYC, choose the next best thing... the Macy's Christmas Parade at Universal Studios!

  • 8. ICE!

    This is one of those "only in Orlando" type of things. A local hotel brings in two million pounds of ice and chills it to 9 degrees. A team of 40 artists from Harbin China spend a month hand carving it into a walk-through attraction, complete with Candy Land houses, full-size walk-through trains, 3-story tall ice slides, a winter wonderland, and even a walk-through igloo! We don't own winter coats, but it doesn't matter because they will loan you one! Who needs snow, when you have ICE!? Oh, and they give you cocoa when you get out!

  • 9. Hidden Holiday Gnome Hunt

    This is our new Christmas tradition in Orlando. We hunt to find 20 gnomes hidden through the Gaylord Palms atrium. It's not as easy as it sounds!

  • 10. Mall at Millenia
    The Mall at Millenia, Orlando

    If you like to splurge on an upscale present, hit Tiffany's or Neiman Marcus.

  • 11. ChristmasInOrlando.com

    I found this website last year and it helps with the details! Enjoy!