Holiday Activities » Orlando, FL

Holiday Activities in Orlando, FL

From ziplining over Christmas trees to Florida style ice rinks and choreographed Christmas light shows, Orlando knows how to do the holidays right.
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What would Christmas be without the traditional Dr. Seuss tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Over the holidays, Seuss Landing, located at Islands of Adventure, is transformed into a wintery wonderland filled with spectacular Seuss themed holiday  decorations. There’s even a live reenactment of the tale complete with song, dance and laughs. Look out for the holiday Whos wondering about the premises. Take a spin on the One Fish Two Fish flying fish or The Cat In The Hat family ride. All festively themed! Don’t forget to take home the ultimate holiday souvenir, a photo with Mr. Grinch.  Entrance to Grinchmas is included with admission to Islands of Adventure.

Light Up UCF

Light Up UCF, located just outside the University of Central Florida Arena, has become one of Orlando's largest holiday celebrations. Light Up events over the holiday season include a holiday film festival, daily Florida style ice skating, a Christmas light show spectacular and even a snow slide for kids. More than 75,000 individual lights are synchronized to music during the light show as kids fly by on saucers down the snow slide. The ice skating rink features music by a live DJ. Ride high atop the UCF campus on the holiday ferris wheel or hop on board the Santa train. Check the Light Up UCF website for daily event schedules.

Sea World Christmas Celebration

Get ready for waves of holiday spirit at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Familiar holiday carols fill the air, a sparkling sea of trees lights up the water and talented skaters dance on ice. Every holiday season, Sea World Orlando turns their Orlando location into a  watery wonderland where you can journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience, high five a a sea lion and enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the seas and oceans around us. With everything from elves to Elmo and from Santa to Shamu, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is definitely a must have holiday experience in Orlando.


This year, Shrek and the crew from Shrek the Halls have invaded Gaylord Palms annual ICE! event. Experience thrills and chills in the frigid nine degree indoor atmosphere. You'll see 4.5 acres of glitter and gold, magic and cold, as well as a winter wonderland hand-carved from two million pounds of ice. Yes, two millions poulds of ice. There are five 30-foot ice slides for slipping and sliding, life size ice sculptures with Shrek and his friends waiting around every corner. It takes 40 artisians to create this ICE! wonderland each year so prepare to be amazed. Long pants and closed toe shoes are required. A winter coat is provided for each ticket holder for use at the event.

Macy's Holiday Parade

The Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Orlando is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, which means the parade is bigger and better than ever. Handlers maneuver the gigantic floats and balloons straight from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade through the park's streets. Kids will spot characters including Shrek, Scooby Doo, The Simpsons and even Dora during the parade. Costumes and parade performaces are over the top. Picture a giant candy cane woman on stilts. Rooftop confetti cannons blanket parade watchers and the streets below. Check the website for parade times. Parade admittance is included in admission to Universal Studios Orlando.