Holiday Activities in Orlando, FL
Every holiday season, historic Winter Park hosts Winter in the Park, located at the corner of Morse and New York avenues in the Central Park West meadow. Locals and visitors alike can bundle up and pretend it’s below 70-degrees as they skate around the man made outdoor rink. Expect holiday music, games, carolers and more! The rink can be rented out for private events on certain days and discounted group rates for the perfect holiday outing are available. Make a day of it and do some Christmas shopping or window-shopping on the well-known Park Avenue. Visit the website for times and daily events.
This is a holiday light show you must see! The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park is a breathtaking display featuring millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music. Entire buildings are blanketed in sheets of multi-colored lights, and thousands more lights form twirling carousels, heavenly angels and even Santa and his reindeer. Approximately every ten minutes, the lights dim and then dramatically spring to life – flawlessly choreographed to traditional holiday music. Some nights, the show is even capped off with a flurry of snow. Entrance to the Spectacle of Lights is included in standard Hollywood Studios admission.
There’s not much snow falling regularly in warm Orlando, but the small town of Celebration, near Walt Disney World Resort, took it upon themselves to change that. Snow falls nightly all season long at Celebration Town Center! Guests can sing along with strolling Charles Dickens carolers, get photos taken with Santa and hop on the Celebration Express train. Riding through the snow filled streets in a horse drawn carriage completes the winter wonderland experience. Admission to Now Snowing is free. There’s also a Florida style ice rink new to the activity round up this year. The rink is located on Bloom Street.
Buying a Christmas tree is a family tradition, but guests to Santa’s Tree Forest, just outside of Orlando in Eustis, are in for an extra slice of adventure. Amongst the plethora of Christmas trees, there are hayrides, pony rides, reindeer kiddie cart rides, farm animals to visit, a campfire and more. There are two different zip line rides to thrill you! The upper zip line launches from a 20-foot high platform and sends you soaring 400-feet above Santa’s Tree Forest through the air to the landing below. The calmer kiddie zip line launches from three-feet off the ground and travels 200-feet. All new for 2011 is a giant 40 x 60 foot bounce pillow. There's even a Crazy Christmas Maze. Who knew Christmas could be this thrilling!
What do you get when you combine 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites, 600 pounds of sugar, 1,050 pounds of honey and a handful of pixie dust? A very large gingerbread house at a Disney resort of course! The 16-foot gingerbread house is located in the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and free to see. There are multiple times throughout the season when there's a Disney pastry chef on site directing guests on how to create their very own gingerbread houses. Take a stroll around the massive sweet structure to get a glimpse of every intricate detail. There's even smoke coming out of the lifesize chimney. If you're feeling hungry, there's a gingerbread store inside of the actual gingerbread house where guests can purchase their own sweet treat.