As winter approaches, Orlando, Florida, transforms into a wonderland of holiday events and festivals that will warm your heart and ignite your holiday spirit. Known for its theme parks and sunny weather, Orlando is also a fantastic destination for those seeking enchanting holiday experiences. Here are some of the most anticipated events and festivals happening in Orlando for Winter 2023.
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: Experience the enchantment of Disney’s Magic Kingdom with a festive twist during the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The park is adorned with dazzling lights, and you can meet your favorite Disney characters in their holiday best. Enjoy a magical parade and don’t forget the breathtaking fireworks that light up the night sky. It’s a truly enchanting experience for families and Disney fans.
Universal Orlando Resort – Holidays at Universal Studios: Universal Studios offers its own unique take on the holidays with their festive celebrations. You can enjoy the Macy’s Holiday Parade featuring larger-than-life balloons, enjoy the Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular, and immerse yourself in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as it’s decked out in holiday decorations.
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays: Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays is a cultural celebration that takes you on a journey around the world. Explore the stories, traditions, and culinary delights of different countries. Each pavilion showcases its unique holiday traditions and, of course, the famous Candlelight Processional features a celebrity narrator telling the Christmas story, accompanied by a mass choir and orchestra.
SeaWorld Orlando – Christmas Celebration: SeaWorld Orlando is known for its stunning Christmas Celebration. Enjoy the dazzling Sea of Trees, a massive display of brilliantly lit trees dancing to music. Meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends and be captivated by the stunning ice skating show. It’s a perfect event for families and animal lovers.
Legoland Florida Resort – Holidays at LEGOLAND: For a unique holiday experience, head to LEGOLAND where you can enjoy the transformation of the park into a winter wonderland. The holiday lights, festive decorations, and a 30-foot Christmas tree made of LEGO bricks are sure to amaze. Don’t forget to catch the “Holly Jolly Jubilee” show, featuring some of your favorite LEGO characters.
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra – Home for the Holidays: If you’re looking for a more traditional holiday experience, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Home for the Holidays” concert is a must-see. It features classic holiday songs and carols performed by a world-class orchestra, filling the air with the spirit of the season.
Christmas in the Park at Central Park, Winter Park: Experience the charm of a classic Christmas celebration at Winter Park’s Central Park. Enjoy carolers, hot cocoa, and even a visit from Santa Claus himself.
Holidays at Leu Gardens: Harry P. Leu Gardens offers a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. During the holidays, the gardens are illuminated with thousands of lights, creating a magical atmosphere for a peaceful stroll with loved ones.
Orlando’s winter events and festivals offer a wide range of holiday experiences, from the enchanting world of Disney to the cultural richness of Epcot and the festive lights of SeaWorld. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a theme park enthusiast, a cultural explorer, or a traditionalist at heart. So, embrace the magic of Winter 2023 in Orlando, and make unforgettable holiday memories in the Sunshine State.