Orlando is a top holiday destination and for good reason.  All of the theme parks put on festive celebrations creating an atmosphere of jolly good times.  In fact, the sunny spot is transformed into a winter wonderland with magical snowfalls, special shows and appearance by Santa.  Want to learn more about Christmas in Orlando?  Read about our top five things to do in Orlando during Christmas.

1) Magic Kingdom:  No Disney World Theme Park celebrates Christmas better than the Magic Kingdom.  Main Street is decked out with garland, lights, a glowing Christmas tree and characters in holiday garb, while Cinderella’s Castle twinkles with a draping over its towers and turrets of over 200,000 lights.  Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks spectacular and special holiday parades are other highlights.  For even more fun at the Magic Kingdom, you can attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  Hot cocoa and cookies are served and you can see snow showers on Main Street, along with holiday fireworks and a parade led by Santa Claus. 

2) Epcot:  One of the more sacred holiday events in Orlando can be found at Epcot.  The Candlelight Processional is a traditional retelling of the Christmas story, complete with a 50 piece orchestra, celebrity narrator and choir.  You can also enjoy celebrations from across the globe at Epcot’s Holidays Around the World event.  Storytellers, meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a nightly presentation of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” add to the fun.

3) Universal Orlando Resort – Islands of Adventure:  This Universal Orlando theme park presents to beloved holiday-themed events – Grinchmas and the Macy’s Holiday Parade.  Seuss Landing transforms into Whoville for the season, where you can meet The Grinch and Whoville residents, watch them perform in a live musical show and dance around the Whoville tree.  You can even get your picture taken with The Grinch – a definite keepsake.  If you can’t make the actual Macy’s Parade the one at Universal takes to the streets daily with real balloons from the famous New York City Parade, dancers and more.
4) Gaylord Palms Resort:  The ICE! event at Gaylord Palms changes this Florida-themed resort into a haven for holiday fun.  Master ice sculptors create a wonderland made completely of ice. Frosty the Snowman and his friends will be featured in a colorfully frozen retelling of the original Christmas classic.  More than 2 million pounds of hand-carved sculptures and icy recreations make this 9 degree event a true winter wonderland.   There’s even four ice slides designed to let you truly experience the fun of an ICE! 

5) SeaWorld Orlando:  With sea-worthy shows and memorable attractions, a visit to SeaWorld Orlando during the holiday season dives into the reason for the season.  During SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration take in Christmas themed shows such as “O Wondrous Night,” “Shamu Christmas Miracles,” and “Elmo’s Christmas Wish” then embark on the Polar Express Experience where you’re invited to a multisensory experience simulating the train ride from the beloved holiday book and movie.  Once you arrive in the North Pole you can meet Santa as well as beluga whales, walruses and polar bears.  Make time to stroll through the “Sea of Trees” too.  It’s a wintry wonderland of holiday trees that sparkles to music and lights up the waterfront.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

MAY_09 068When one vacations in Orlando, Florida feeling blue is out of the question. The sunny skies, palm trees and laid back atmosphere simply leave no room for the blues. The Universal Orlando Resort, however, knows a little blue is just the ticket when it comes to entertaining the masses. Famous for their thrilling rides at Islands of Adventure and behind-the-scenes fun at Universal Studios, this Orlando theme park excels at providing quality amusement. CityWalk, their outdoor entertainment complex featuring restaurants, clubs, movies, music, shops and dancing, also offers plenty of ways to entertain, including the Blue Man Group. They provide all the blue one needs while vacationing in Orlando.

Attending a Blue Man Group Orlando show is an amazing experience for a number of reasons. When I arrived at the massive Universal Orlando Resort complex, I quickly headed towards CityWalk and thoroughly enjoyed the sights and sounds that surrounded me. Because CityWalk has so many things to do, I decided to take part in some pre-show festivities at the Hard Rock Café, which is located very near to the Blue Man Theater. I’ve been to several Hard Rock Cafes, and this one is definitely one of my favorites. The rock ‘n roll memorabilia, rotating pink Cadillac and attention to good music created an atmosphere perfect for relaxing and enjoying the company of good friends.

As my 7pm show time drew near, I made my way to the theater and easily found my seats, which were close enough to see all the action and nuances, but not close enough to have to wear a poncho. The first couple of rows of seats require patrons to wear ponchos as things can get pretty messy, pretty quickly when paint, food and blue men are on the stage. Before the show began, my fellow audience members and I took part in what I can only call “Mass Simon Says,” as phrases are scrolled on a digital screen and the audience is prompted to repeat them. The hilarity ensues when thephrases become pointed at certain audience members, and moreover, signals the high amount of interactivity this show requires from guests. Throughout every segment, I felt a part of the show as opposed to feeling like I was watching a show.

The energetic mix of music, comedy and multimedia theatrics during the Blue Man Group Show create a unique production that leaves an undeniable impression, and yet, it also leaves you at a loss for words as to how to explain the show to others. How do you explain how simple nuanced facial expressions can make an entire audience howl with laughter? Or how a girl plucked from the audience to dine on stage with the Blue Men could make a simple scenario one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen? Furthermore, how can one possibly put into words how gleefully fun it is to have rolls of toilet paper move over your head as you get covered in mounds of tissue? And to describe the musical elements of the show, would be bordering on the absurd, as there are simply no words to express what my eyes witnessed.

The truly amazing thing about the Blue Man Group Show in Orlando Florida is that afterwards you feel like you just watched something special. You can’t quite put it into words, but you know you liked what you saw and even more, you can’t wipe the silly grin from your face that’s been plastered there for the past two hours.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Join the merriment of Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney. The Orlando, Florida holiday celebration features live entertainment, festive décor, memorable photo opportunities and much, much more. All of the excitement happens November 14 through December 29, 2014.


Downtown Disney bring the magic of the holidays to revelers with dazzling lights, a grand Christmas tree and plenty of festive cheer. Of course, live entertainment adds to the spirit of the season. You can look forward to performances including:

  • Holiday Carolers
  • Latin, Jazz and Pop performances of cherished holiday songs
  • Costumed Stilt Walkers and Street Performers
  • Holiday Dance Party with DJ


Santa Claus will also be visiting Downtown Disney to share holiday wish lists and take photos. Santa Claus will appear at his chalet in the Downtown Disney Marketplace every day through December 24. From December 25-29, Santa Goofy will be on hand much to the delight of children.

Of course, when you visit Downtown Disney bring your Christmas shopping lists as there are various specialty shops where you can find the perfect gift to put under the tree. Some of the stores at Downtown Disney include World of Disney, Lego Imagination Center, Orlando Harley-Davidson and Once Upon a Toy Store.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

RD_CalendarCheck out these Orlando events happening December 2014:

December 1-19:  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This special Magic Kingdom festival is filled with fireworks, a holiday parade, cookies and cocoa, snow fall on Main Street USA, and more. Held 7pm-midnight on select nights. Special ticket rates apply.

December 1-31:  Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration
Fridays-Sundays guests can experience special entertainment, festive treats, holiday shopping, and beautiful Christmas decorations during Christmas Town. A separate ticket is required.

December 1-29:  Festival of the Seasons
Downtown Disney will have live entertainment, festive decorations, and Santa Claus during the holiday season.

December 1-30:  Holidays Around the World – Candlelight Processional
Candlelight Processional is held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot. Special guests narrate the event, including Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Gary Sinese, and more.

December 1-31:  Christmas Bricktacular
The second annual Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland Florida takes place every weekend in December. View the 30’ tall Lego Christmas tree, do some holiday shopping, and enjoy the holiday decorations and music.

December 1-31:  SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Experience SeaWorld’s winter wonderland with a Sea of Trees, carols, ice skaters, and a journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience.

December 1 – January 3:  Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort
Celebrate the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort including great events like Grinchmas, Macy’s Holiday Parade, and holiday concerts by Mannheim Steamroller.

December 1 – January 4:  The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to one of the most amazing Christmas light shows in the country. The lights display is included with regular admission to the theme park.

December 31: New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND
On New Year’s Eve, December 31, LEGOLAND Florida hosts a family themed Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party. Kids can rock out in Miniland USA with a live DJ Dance Party, then watch the grand finale featuring a live-action show, an impressive LEGO fireworks display, and a chance to watch the BRICK Drop at just the right time for kids, midnight KST (Kid Standard Time), otherwise known as 7pm (Eastern Standard Time).

December 31:  New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld
A musical celebration and fireworks show will ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando.

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Party at DisneyQuest
Downtown Disney will have its own NYE celebration at DisneyQuest Interactive Theme Park. Get access to all the attractions and video games, plus there will be a DJ dance party, countdown, confetti, and food at FoodQuest.