Honestly, where does the time go? It felt like the summer was only just starting and we already find ourselves deep into the second half of the year. This means Christmas is fast approaching! We already know about the Christmas celebrations at Disney World Resort, which starts November 8, but what about the other festive events throughout the United States’ number 1 vacation destination, Orlando?
Traditional Christmas Events
There are some annual events, which simply scream Christmas, while others deploy a family fun activity and give it a Christmas theme. But these 3 events are incredibly traditional activities for the Christmas Season, which one do you prefer?
This year the Central Florida Ballet will perform their 16thversion of the classic Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker. This enchanting fairy-tale will be taking place at the Linda Chapin Theatre at the Orange County Convention Centre, International Drive. There are 3 performances available, a matinee and evening performance on Saturday 15th December and a matinee on Sunday 16th December. Tickets start at $30
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Each year, the City of Orlando celebrates the start of the festive season with the official tree lighting ceremony of the 72-foot Christmas Tree at Lake Eola Park. On November 30th make your way to the park for an evening of pure Christmas delight with live entertainment, food stands and much more! Upon publishing this article, the opening times are TBC, click here for updates
There are two great parades worth seeing this year in order to celebrate Christmas to the max. The first takes place at 9-10: 30 am on December 8th and it is the longest running parade in Central Florida. 2018 will be its 66th Year. It will be parading through Winter in the Park, don’t miss Ye Old Hometown Christmas Parade. The second parade worth noting is the Universal’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida. For spectacular floats and huge Christmas themed balloons, like the Thanksgiving Macy’s parade, stand in the theme park’s streets for this evening delight. Check in the park for dates and times.
Other Spectacular Christmas Events in Orlando
Legoland Florida Resort will be adding some festive Lego exhibits for their Christmas Bricktacular (December 1-2, 3-9, 15-16 and 22-31). You can admire a 30-foot Lego Christmas Tree without an additional park ticket. Also, children can meet Lego Santa and play in his sleigh with reindeer. A family photo here would make a great Christmas card for next Christmas.
Wizards and Muggles are invited to Universal’s Island of Adventure to experience Christmas at Hogwarts. Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter officially opens on November 17th, get your wands ready! As well as Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade being winterly transformed, visitors can eat and drink seasonal treats, see the “Singing Sorceress” Celestina Warbeck perform festive songs and embrace the jolly season as Hogwarts is lit up like a Christmas Tree, complete with laser show.
Christmas is perhaps not complete without an outdoor ice-skating rink. Even though it may not get snowy cold in Orlando, during the Christmas period, it will not stop this epic tradition from being lost. Winter in the Park has had an ice-skating rink since 2009, and this year it will open on November 24th. If you want to visit Santa and sing-a-long with carollers then visit on 1st December for their annual tree lighting ceremony.
With so many exciting Christmas celebrations to experience, which ones will you choose? Either way, you are sure to return home feeling full of festive cheer.