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Orlando’s Best Holiday Events: Part One

The holidays have officially descended on The City Beautiful.
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Grab your calendar and start scheduling in some or all of these festive happenings:

Festival of the Seasons

Through Dec. 29

Downtown Disney


Downtown Disney becomes into a winter wonderland with live entertainment, a sparking tree, visits with Santa and holiday shopping opps.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Through Dec. 20

Magic Kingdom


Cinderella’s Castle is set aglow with millions of twinkling lights during this annual holiday-inspired event featuring the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, free cookies and hot cocoa, and a snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A

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Light Up UCF

Through Jan. 5

CFE Arena, University of Central Florida

Various price

Enjoy the outdoor holiday film fest, ice skating rink, and nightly light show at this popular carnival-eque event.

Winter in the Park

Through Jan. 5

Central Park, Winter Park

$10, includes skate rental

Take a spin on Central Park’s outdoor ice skating rink.

Santa’s Holly Follies

Through Dec. 15

Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater


Singalong string puppet musical about cultural holidays around the world.

Ice! at Gaylord Palms

November 23- January 5

Gaylord Palms Resort


A long list of offerings, including character meet and greets, live shows, and the legendary winter wonderland crafted from tons of hand-carved ice, has made this annual event a local favorite. The holiday decor inside the two-acre atrium is not to be missed.

More to come… stay tuned!


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