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The Complete Guide to Christmas 2018 in Orlando

The Complete Guide to Christmas 2018 in Orlando

Orlando is a great destination all year long due to the unbeatable theme parks, attractions and local events for both tourists and residents to enjoy. However, there is even more magic to discover in Central Florida during the holiday season! Whether you want to experience Christmas in the Wizarding World or lay back and enjoy a showing of your favorite holiday movie on an outdoor screen, this city has the right festivities to help you get into the spirit of the season!

Disney Parks

Magic Kingdom

The biggest Christmas party of the year made its way back to Walt Disney World on November 8, taking over Magic Kingdom for almost two full months of celebration! The party is a one-of-a-kind holiday experience with special shows and entertainment, exclusive character meet and greet opportunities, and festive treats to snack on during the event.

In addition to a range of event exclusive menu options for sold at various restaurants around the park, you’ll find complimentary seasonal snacks and drinks that are exclusive to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at various locations around the park. Some spots will be serving up delicious treats until midnight. Complimentary party snacks include:

  • Mickey Santa Clause Sugar Cookies (Market Street on Main Street U.S.A.)
  • Sno-Cone & Snowman Soft Pretzel (Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland)
  • Eggnog & Ginger Molasses Cookie (Ticket Office in Liberty Square)
  • Dove Chocolate & Apple Cider (Friar’s Nook in Fantasyland)
  • Peppermint Crunch Cookie (Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus – Fantasyland)
  • Hot Chocolate, Fanta & Assorted Cookies (Pinocchio’s Village Haus in Fantasyland)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie & Sno-Cone (Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland)
  • Hot Chocolate & Snickerdoodle Cookie (Cosmic Ray’s Cafe in Tomorrowland)

One of the biggest highlights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the star-studded guest list! Some of your favorite Disney friends attend the annual event all dressed in their holiday best, ready to pose for pictures and sign autographs all night long. Grab your camera and be on the look out for the following characters around the park:

  • Main Street U.S.A.: Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse, and Jack Skellington & Sally
  • Adventureland: Aladdin & Jasmine, Genie & Abu, Captain Jack Sparrow, Moana, and Peter Pan
  • Frontierland: The Country Bears
  • Liberty Square: Mary Poppins & Bert
  • Fantasyland: Ariel & Prince Eric, Rapunzel & Flynn, Cinderella & Prince Charming, Belle, Winnie the Pooh & Friends, Snow White & Prince, Aurora & Prince Phillip, Elena of Avalor, Minnie Mouse, Tiana & Naveen, The Seven Dwarfs, Donald & Scrooge McDuck, Saisy, Santa Goofy, Timon, Doc McStuffins, and Vampirina
  • Tomorrowland: Nick Wilde & Judy Hopps, Reindeer & Polar Bears

During the event, guests can also enjoy a variety of seasonal shows and other party-exclusive entertainment from stage shows and dance parties to parades. The complete entertainment line-up includes:

  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration (Cinderella Castle Stage): 7:40 PM, 9:25 PM, 10:30 PM, & 11:55 PM
  • A Frozen Holiday Wish (Cinderella Castle Stage): 6:15 PM & 8:15 PM
  • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas (Rockettower Plaza Stage): 7:45 PM, 8:35 PM, 9:25 PM, 10:45 PM & 11:35 PM
  • Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade (starts in Frontierland): 8:30 PM & 11:00 PM
  • Holiday Wishes (Cinderella Castle): 10:00 PM

Unlike most Disney World holiday celebrations, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party DOES require a separate event ticket. You can find more information on available dates and ticket prices here.

Epcot

Holiday traditions from all over the world come together in a one-of-a-kind seasonal celebration at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays from November 18 through December 30 this year! Experience Christmas festivities from all 11 countries in the World Showcase and even more with countless Holiday Kitchens, live performances, and other entertainment daily during the event that honors international traditions.

During the festival, there are 12 Holiday Kitchens set up all around the park, where guests can get a taste of the traditional foods used in celebrations all around the world. As you travel through the park sampling international delights, track your purchases of select cookies on the Holiday Cookie Stroll in your Festival Passport by collecting a stamp for each one. After you’ve tried any five cookies, and collected the corresponding stamps, you can take your Festival Passport to Holiday Sweets and Treats to exchange it for a complimentary “completer” cookie and a glass of cold milk! Holiday Kitchens include:

  • American Holiday Table (American Adventure Pavilion)
  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany Pavilion)
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada Pavilion)
  • Feast of the Three Kings Marketplace (Showcase Plaza)
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (between Morocco & France Pavilions)
  • Le Marche De Noel Holiday Kitchen (France Pavilion)
  • Sapphire Holiday Kitchen (Morocco Pavilion)
  • Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy Pavilion)
  • Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China Pavilion)
  • Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan Pavilion)
  • Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico Pavilion)
  • Holiday Sweets & Treats (Showcase Plaza)

A fun way for families to explore the festival is by joining Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree Scavenger Hunt, a quest to track down all of the Christmas ornaments that the mischievous chipmunks have hidden around the World Showcase. Start by purchasing a map and sticker set ($6.99 per person) from Disney Traders, Pin Central, or World Traveler at International Gateway. Then, keep an eye out for the chipmunk twins and their ornaments as you travel through the World Showcase. Each time you find one, place the matching sticker on the map’s corresponding location. Once you’ve located all the ornaments, take your completed map back to Disney Traders or World Traveler for a special surprise from Chip and Dale!

Another staple of Epcot’s holiday celebration is the annual Candlelight Processional, which runs this year from November 22 through December 30. A celebrity narrator, with the help of a 50 piece orchestra and a full choir, tells the story of Christmas on stage at the America Gardens Theater three times each day. Get more info on this year’s lineup and dining packages here. Other special entertainment exclusive to the festival includes:

  • JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth 
Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The annual Flurry of Fun celebration returned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on November 8, bringing holiday cheer to the park with stunning decorations, one-of-a-kind entertainment, and more! The all-new Toy Story Land is also getting festive with seasonal touches, including a temporary holiday soundtrack playing on Alien Swirling Saucers. The seasonal accents extend across the park, with major makeover at Echo Lake featuring a huge Christmas tree on the water, super-sized ornaments, and a holiday outfit on Dinosaur Gertie.

Evenings at the park are taken over by two different seasonal spectaculars; Sunset Seasons Greetings and Jingle Bell Jingle BAM! The Sunset Seasons Greetings projection show, which made its debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last year, is a stellar showcase or bright lights and laser effects, “snow”, and unbelievable projections displayed on the side of The Hollywood Tower Hotel.  Led by Wayne and Lanny, the elf stars of ABC’s Prep & Landing, Jingle Bell Jingle BAM! takes guests on a mad search for Santa who has gone missing from the North Pole just in time for Christmas. In an effort to save Christmas, the silly duo goes on a wild adventure with tons of mishaps illustrated by state of the art projections on the Chinese Theater, dazzling lighting effects, holiday music, and a firework finale.

In addition to the festive decor and entertainment taking over Hollywood Studios, tons of fun holiday treats will be available to try all over the park. Exclusive snacks offered during Flurry of Fun include:

  • Festive Popcorn (BaseLine Tap House, various popcorn carts around the park)
  • Gingerbread Pops (Anaheim Produce, Chinese Theater Churro Cart, Main Entrance Coffee Cart)
  • Mini Shortbread Cookies (Grand Avenue Cart, Hollywood Scoops)
  • Large Shortbread Cookies (Trolley Car Cafe)
  • Santa Belt Macarons (BaseLine Tap House, Oasis Canteen)
  • Santa Belt Candy Apples (Trolley Car Cafe)
  • Olaf Cupcakes (Backlot Express, ABC Commissary)
  • Strawberry Mint Verrine (Fairfax Fare)
  • Spiced Cold Chocolate (Rosie’s All American Cafe)
  • Chocolate Chestnut Cone (Backlot Express)
  • Chocolate Mousse Present (ABC Commissary)
  • Cranberry Mousse (Trolley Car Cafe)
  • Caramel Eclair (Dockside Diner)
  • Prep & Landing Cupcake (Rosie’s All American Cafe, Dockside Diner)
  • Eggnog Panna Cotta (Catalina Eddie’s)
  • Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Lunch Box Tart (Woody’s Lunch Box)
  • Hot Chocolate Flight (Fairfax Fare)
  • Frozen Hot Cocoa (ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, Rosie’s All American Cafe)
  • Gumdrop Cocktail (The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge, mobile bars near Echo Lake and Hollywood Scoops)
  • Holiday Mule (The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge, mobile bars near Echo Lake and Hollywood Scoops)
  • Christmas on the Beach (The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge, mobile bars near Echo Lake and Hollywood Scoops)
  • Frosted Gingerbread Martini (Backlot Express)
  • Frostbite Cocktail (Dockside Diner, Backlot Express)
  • Winterberry Margarita (ABC Commissary, Rosie’s All American Cafe)

Other seasonal dining experiences include a character-filled dinner party at Hollywood & Vine called Minnie’s Holiday Dine and the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! dessert party.

Disney Springs

At Disney Springs’ Marketplace you can get into the holiday spirit by exploring the incredible Christmas Tree Trail, featuring holiday music, falling snow, and 27 different Disney-themed decorated trees! Open from 11 AM to 11 PM daily, the trail begins at Once Upon A Toy Store and leads down a pathway full of beautifully decorated Christmas trees with Disney themes such as:

  • Alice in Wonderland 
  • Beauty & the Beast 
  • Cinderella
  • Disney Springs
  • Disney Villains
  • Dumbo
  • Fantasia
  • Frozen
  • Haunted Mansion
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mickey & Minnie Mouse
  • the Muppets 
  • Mulan
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • Pluto
  • The Princess & The Frog 
  • Robin Hood 
  • Sleeping Beauty 
  • Snow White 
  • Star Wars 
  • Tangled
  • Toy Story 
  • Walt Disney World Theme Parks 

Just outside the entrance of the Christmas Tree Trail, guests of all ages can meet Santa Claus at Santa’s Chalet from 11 AM to 11 PM daily through Christmas Eve!

While exploring the decorations around Disney Springs you can join in Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt, a quest for hidden “Stitches” all over the property. Just pick up a guidebook and follow the map to 12 different holiday sticker stops. As you collect each sticker, place it on the corresponding spot on the map, then return your completed map to one of six prize locations* for a festive surprise! Sticker stops include:

  • Amorette’s Patisserie*
  • Basin
  • Mickey & Minnie Tree (Christmas Tree Trail)*
  • The Ganachery*
  • Mac Cosmetics
  • Marketplace Co-Op*
  • Once Upon A Toy Store*
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Sperry
  • Star Wars Galactic Outpost*
  • Uniqlo
  • Wolfgang Puck Express

In addition to the stunning trees and scavenger hunt, there are special food, beverage, and merchandise kiosks offering exclusive holiday treats set up all around the Springs. Select outdoor vending carts will served Mickey pretzels topped with holiday sprinkles and several dining locations are also offering limited time menu options that celebrate the season, including:

On the Christmas Tree Trail
  • Frozen Eggnog (alcoholic & non-alcoholic)
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate (alcoholic & non-alcoholic)
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Holiday Sugar Cookies
  • Holiday Crispy Treats
  • Holiday Cotton Candy (available in gingerbread, eggnog or peppermint flavors)
The Ganachery
  • Hot Ganache: Hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate crispies (alcoholic or non alcoholic)
  • Santa Mickey Pinata: Dark chocolate mickey sphere filled with marshmallow treats
  • Mickey & Minnie Christmas Cottage: Chocolate cottage filled with peppermint bark
  • Peppermint Bark: Layers of milk chocolate and dark chocolate swirled with peppermint pieces
  • Eggnog Ganache Square
  • Candy Cane Ganache Square
Planet Hollywood
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Naughty & Nice Frozen Cocktails: Mint chocolate frozen beverage garnished with brownie and candy cane (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
Earl of Sandwich
  • Holiday Ham Sandwich: Ham, cheddar, yams, and cranberry sauce on freshly toasted artisan bread
  • Holiday Turkey Sandwich: Turkey, cornbread stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise on freshly toasted artisan bread
Vivoli Il Gelato
  • Candy Cane Sundae: Cheesecake, vanilla, mint chocolate chip, ginger, and salted caramel gelatos with caramel sauce, graham cracker, and whipped cream
Splitsville Dining Room
  • Gobble Gobble Sliders (available from Nov. 22 – Dec. 26): Three sliders stacked with hand carved roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, and crispy fried onions dressed with turkey gravy and sweet-sour cranberry sauce
  • Getting Figgy with It (available from Nov. 22 – Dec. 26): Fig infused vodka, fig jam, ginger liqueur, all spice and rhubarb bitters
4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  • Gingerbread Churro Balls: Bite sized gingerbread tossed in spiced sugar and served with cream cheese frosting for dipping
D-Luxe Burger
  • Peppermint Cookies & Cream Shake
  • Turkey Burger: Signature turkey burger with fried butternut squash risotto, fresh mozzarella, bacon cranberry jam, lettuce, and tomato
Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar
  • Jock Frost: A Floridian tropical treat with cinnamon cream liqueur, coconut rum, blue liqueur, pineapple, and lemon juice garnished with an orange
  • Jock’s Holiday Nog: A simple holiday eggnog with vodka, cinnamon cream liqueur, vanilla syrup, and mint candies
Amorette’s Patisserie
  • Gingerbread Hat Cookie Ornaments: Goofy Hat Cookie (Nov. 25 – Dec. 1), Donald Hat Cookie (Dec. 2 – Dec. 9), Pluto Hat Cookie (Dec. 10 – Dec. 17), Minnie Hat Cookie (Dec. 18 – Dec. 24), & Mickey Hat Cookie (Dec. 25 – Dec. 30)
  • Orange Cranberry Chardonnay Wine Slushy
  • Peppermint Chocolate Milkshake: Topped with whipped cream and served with a paper straw coated in crushed peppermint
  • Pear Mousse: Made with poached pear wine reduction and fresh pears
  • Santa Mickey Macaron Lollipop: Filled with eggnog ganache
  • Snowman Macaron Lollipop: Hot chocolate flavored macarons filled with milk chocolate ganache and a marshmallow cream center
  • Spiced Plum Petite Cake: 5 spice chiffon cake with plum pate de fruit and honey mousse
  • Winter Wonderland Petite Cake: cinnamon nutmeg chiffon cake with cranberry cherry pate de fruit and salted caramel calvados mousse
  • Gingerbread Mickey Dome Cake
  • Santa Mickey Dome Cake
The Daily Poutine
  • Turkey Poutine with Cranberry Chutney
Goofy’s Candy Company & Disney’s Candy Cauldron
  • Assorted Holiday Crispy Treats
  • Holiday Mickey and Minnie Candy Apples
  • Sandy Claws Candy Apples
  • Snowflake Candy Apples
  • Assorted Holiday Cake Pops
Special Holiday Dining

One of the newest restaurants at Disney Springs, Maria & Enzo’s, is hosting a Sunday Holiday Brunch each week through December 30. Families who attend the brunch all dressed in matching pajamas will receive a free commemorative family photo!

On Saturday, December 1 head to Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ for an Ugly Sweater Party from 10 PM til midnight! Wear your best ugly sweater and enjoy festive food and drinks all night long. Additionally, anyone who dines at Chef Art Smith’s or Splitsville Dining Room wearing an ugly sweater will receive a complimentary dessert (with the purchase of an entree)!

  • Splitsville: A brownie dessert with whipped cream
  • Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’: A single layer slice of Chef Art’s Signature Hummingbird Cake

All of the holiday festivities at Disney Springs continue daily all season long before wrapping up on January 6,2019!

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, which began earlier this month, brings holiday joy to park-goers with special entertainment, festive treats, and character experiences. Located on Bayside Pathway, The Christmas Market showcases food, music and entertainment inspired by the holiday season. In the market, guests can shop for unique gifts, marvel at the model train village, and be entertainment by the comedic Christmas Council all while indulging on delicious seasonal treats. Other fun holiday entertainment includes a whole line-up of signature shows throughout the park, including:

  • Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas (Sea Lion & Otter Stadium)
  • Elmo’s Christmas Wish (Seaport Theater)
  • O Wondrous Night (Nautilus Theater)
  • Shamu Christmas Miracles (Shamu Stadium)
  • Winter Wonderland on Ice (Bayside Stadium)

Rudolph’s Christmas Town is filled with meet and greet opportunities with characters from the TV movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” including Bumble, Yukon Cornelius, Clarice, and of course Rudolph. At Wild Arctic, you’ll find Santa Claus sitting by his Christmas tree just waiting to pose for a photo and to hear your holiday wishes!

The Christmas Celebration festivities at SeaWorld Orlando take place daily through December 31 and are included with regular park admission!

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Christmas Town has taken over Busch Gardens Tampa in a festive celebration of the holiday season, open daily through December 31. Illuminated by twinkling lights, Christmas Town has plenty of seasonal fun for everyone from shopping and entertainment to hanging with Rudolph and stopping by Santa’s House for a visit. While exploring Christmas Town you can marvel at impressive model trains, stroll through holiday cabins, enjoy the sounds of yuletide carols, and hop aboard the Jingle Bell Express Train Ride.

In addition to festive foods, decorations and characters, Busch Gardens Tampa is unveiling a whole new lineup of holiday entertainment on stages throughout the park, including:

  • Christmas on Ice (Moroccan Palace Theater)
  • Elmo’s Christmas Wish (Sesame Street Safari of Fun)
  • Christmas From the Heart (Stanleyville Theater)
  • Three Kings’ Journey (Bird Gardens)
  • Carol of the Bells (Serengeti Overlook Restaurant)
  • The Christmas Town Band (Zagora Patio)

Rudolph and his friends are back for meet and greets in Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland, and Sam the Snowman is joining the crew this year! Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, Bumble, and Sam the Snowman will all be available to pose for photos at select times throughout the day. At Santa’s House (presented by Coca Cola) you can head inside the Claus family’s home at the North Pole, get a sneak peek at the elves hard at work, and pose for photos with Santa while he takes a break in his study. Santa’s house opens at 3:00 PM daily.

Universal Orlando Resort

The holiday spirit made its way to Universal Orlando earlier than ever this year when the parks’ Christmas festivities kicked off on November 17. From the Wizarding World to Seussland, there are fun, unique celebrations to enjoy all throughout the parks every day this season.

Universal Studios Florida

At Universal Studios, the streets of London are completely adorned with bright lights and festive décor and just outside of King’s Cross Station, you’ll find buskers belting out holiday classics to entertain passersby. The celebration continues inside Diagon Alley with special holiday drinks and treats at various vendors and exclusive performances of festive tunes courtesy of Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.

Each evening, the infamous Macy’s Day Parade makes its mark on Universal Studios with Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, a combination of Macy’s holiday balloons and Universal originals that results in an exciting procession through the park with more than a dozen giant balloons and 15 different floats. Expect to see some familiar faces, like the Minions, Shrek and Donkey, King Julien and the penguins from Madagascar, and more before the parade ends with Santa Claus himself! The parade begins between Cafe La Bamba and Universal Orlando’s Horror Make Up Show at 5:00 PM or 8:00 PM nightly, depending on the park’s hour on the day of your visit.

Other festive entertainment includes a variety of holiday performances around the park, including:

  • Manheim Steamroller Live (Music Plaza Stage)
  • The Blues Brothers Holiday Show (Delancy Street, New York)
  • A Barney Holiday (Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone)
  • Marilyn Monroe Holiday Street Show (New York)
Universal’s Islands of Adventure

At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the holiday spirit is also everywhere in Hogsmeade, with garland and lights draped across every store front. Seasonal drinks and treats can be found at shops around the marketplace, and The Frog Choir makes several appearances throughout the day to entertain the crowds with holiday tunes. In the evenings the Hogwarts Castle comes to life with The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts, a one-of-a-kind nighttime spectacular that illuminates the Wizarding World’s landmark castle with brilliant lights and high definition projections.

If you’re familiar with the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, then you know how seriously the Who’s in Whoville take the holidays. The streets of Seussland have been taken over by wild Christmas decorations and festive Who characters bustling around with excitement for the festive season and totally open to posing for a picture with guests visiting their little town, and at The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, you can enjoy a live retelling of the infamous holiday story starring The Grinch, Cindy Lou, and other characters. The characters from Whoville dance and sing along to music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller as they reenact the day that The Grinch almost ruined Christmas. After the show, guests have the opportunity to meet and greet with The Grinch himself for an autograph and a photo!

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

The festivities don’t stop at the parks, you can enjoy fun holiday dining experiences at a variety of Universal Orlando Resort hotels as well! At Loews Royal Pacific Resort, guests can enjoy a Christmas Day Breakfast Buffet from 7:00 AM til 11:00 AM at Jake’s American Bar and a Christmas Day Buffet at Islands Dining Room from 11:00 AM til 9:00 PM. Brunch tickets start at $22.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids, while dinner is $56 for adults and $26 for kids. Dinner also includes character appearances, face painting, a balloonist, live music, and a hula dancer. Both buffets feature all-you-can-eat options from the following food stations:

  • Salads & Cheese
  • Raw Bar & Smoked Fish
  • Cheese & Charcuterie Display
  • Carving Station, Soups & Sides
  • Sushi Station
  • Stir Fry Station
  • Omelet Station
  • Waffles 
  • Pastries

At Loews Portofino Bay Hotel you can enjoy a Christmas Day Buffet at Trattoria Del Porto, complete with character appearances, face painting, a balloonist, a live musician, and a hula dancer from 11:00 AM til 5:00 PM on December 25. Adult dining starts at $65 per person and kids are $20 per person. The feast includes:

  • Chilled Seafood Display 
  • Cold Appetizers
  • Selection of Domestic & Imported Cheeses 
  • Salads
  • Egg & Risotto Cake Station
  • Pasta Station
  • Hot Entree Selections
  • Carving Station
  • Desserts
  • Children’s Buffet 

The Hard Rock Hotel is hosting special holiday meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, starting with a Christmas Eve Prix Fixe Dinner at The Kitchen from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM.  For $54 per person, guests can enjoy three courses including:

  • Salad or Soup: Asparagus Bisque with Chive Garlic Buttered Croutons or Arugula, Pear, Goat Cheese, Pickled Red Onions and Candied Pecans with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Entree: Pan Seared Gremolata Sea Bass with Lemon Saffron Risotto, Asparagus, and Fire Roasted Red Pepper Jus or Porcini Dusted Beef Tenderloin with Parsnip & Potato Puree, Mushroom Ragout, and Barolo Demi Glaze
  • Dessert: Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle or Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

On Christmas Day The Kitchen opens for Brunch at 10:30 AM, serving all-you-can-eat goodness til 4:00 PM. Brunch costs $58 for adults and $20, with offerings such as:

  • Appetizers
  • Salads
  • Chef Carved Items 
  • Side Dishes: Country Potato Hash, Grilled Spring Vegetable Melange, Garlic Yukon Mashed Potatoes, and Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing
  • Cold Table: Yogurts, Fresh Fruit, Cottage Cheese and Bichermuesli
  • Omelet & Griddle Station: Made to Order Omelets, French Toast, Waffles, and Pancakes
  • Skillet Sides: Cheesy Grits, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Breakfast Sausages, Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy, and Corned Beef Hash
  • Little Rocker’s Table: Mac & Cheese, Chicken Fingers & Fries, and Mini Pizzas
  • Desserts 

For Dinner on Christmas Day, The Kitchen is offering a prix fixe menu starting at $55 per adult from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Christmas Day at Loews Sapphire Falls starts with a Breakfast Buffet at Amatista Cookhouse from 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM, which costs $22.99 per adult and $12.99 per child. The Lunch/Dinner buffet is open from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, costs $56 per adult and $24 per child, and includes character appearances, face painting, and a balloon artist. Buffet stations include:

  • Salads
  • Raw Bar & Smoked Fish
  • Ceviche Display 
  • Charcuterie from the Islands
  • Churasco Display 
  • Omelet Station 
  • Waffles
  • Carving Station, Soup & Sides 
  • Pastries 

At Universal’s Cabana Bay Resort you can enjoy a Special Christmas Day Feast in Bayliner Diner from noon til 11:00 PM, starting at $16.99 for adults and $7.99 for kids. The menu includes holiday favorites like turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry compote, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams and biscuits.

The resort’s newest addition, Universal’s Aventura Hotel, will offer a Christmas Day Feast at Urban Spoon from noon – 11:00 PM starting at $22 per adult and $11 per child. The Christmas Day menu includes:

  • Smoked Chestnut Soup with Corn Croutons
  • Sweet Pea Asparagus Soup with Mint & Lemongras
  • Honey Glazed Ham with Citrus & Cloves
  • Prime Rib with Herbs & Pistachio
  • Roasted Potatoes with Garlic, Rosemary, Thyme & Sea Salt
  • Roasted Squash with Sage, Walnuts & Parmesan
  • Braised Red Cabbage in Apple Cider Vinegar & Red Wine 
  • Brussel Sprouts with Figs, Bacon, and Glase Onions 
  • Mushrooms made with Thyme, Garlic, & Red Wine 

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The LEGOLAND Florida Christmas Bricktacular is an annual holiday celebration that takes place on select dates all month long:

  • December 1 & 2
  • December 8 & 9
  • December 15 & 16
  • December 22 – 31 

Included with regular admission, the festivities include holiday shows, meet and greets, special LEGO builds, and a holiday scavenger hunt! Participate in collaborative builds around the park including a giant LEGO wreath, life-size snowmen, and a sleigh with reindeer or sit back and enjoy seasonal entertainment such as:

  • Christmas Tree Spectacular: Complete with dancing lights and a 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas Tree
  • Holly Jolly Jubilee (ends Dec. 25)
  • Not-So-Silent Night Fireworks 

You’ll also find LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldiers around the park just waiting to me and pose for photos!

On International Drive

Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit

At Tapa Toro, located at ICON Orlando 360, you can enjoy a three course prix fixe menu on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. From 3 PM – 11 PM on Christmas Eve and from 11 AM – 11 PM on Christmas Day, the Spanish restaurant will offer all-you-can-eat seasonal paella, salad, and a dessert along with live entertainment for $30 per person. The full menu and regular menu pricing will also be available on these dates.

Taverna Opa

You can celebrate with a traditional Greek dining experience on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Taverna Opa. Starting at $28 per person, groups of at least four can share a family-style meal for dinner on Christmas Eve and lunch or dinner on Christmas Day. Along with live belly dancing entertainment, guests will enjoy authentic Greek cuisine including:

  • Cold Meze Appetizers: Hummus, Tzatziki and Dolmades with Pita Bread
  • Horiatiki: Traditional Greek Salad
  • Hot Meze Appetizers: Spanakopita (spinach pie), Keftedes (Greek meatballs), and Crispy Calamari
  • Meat Platter: Chicken Brochette, Beef Tenderloin, Pork Loin, and sliced Gyro served with Yiayia’s Veggies and Lemon Potatoes
  • Dessert: Variety Platter (an additional $5 per person)

Other Local Events

Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens

Lovers of festive decorations can enjoy the Christmas at Pinewood holiday home tour at Bok Tower Gardens, now through January 6! The Pinewood Estate, open for tours from 10 AM to 4 PM, is a 20-room mediterranean style mansion built in 1932. Various Central Florida decorators transform the massive home into a winter wonderland with never-before-seen holiday decorations.

Other holiday activities at Bok Tower Gardens include a kids’ scavenger hunt for a family of Pinewood Christmas Squirrels, live jazz performances on Saturdays in the Estate’s courtyard, winter walking tours, and more! See the full list of festive experiences here.

Crane’s Roost Park

Light Up The Holidays at Crane’s Roost Park (located in Altamonte Springs, just a short distance from Orlando) begins at 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 1. The free annual event features a display of more than 200,000 Christmas lights and a 60-foot tree that will be illuminated in a ceremony that officially kicks off the holiday season in Central Florida. Other event activities include live music, train rides, fireworks, activities for kids, and a mesmerizing fireworks display. Kids can also line up for a little one-on-one time with Santa and Mrs. Claus! The event ends at 9:00 PM.

Leu Gardens

On December 7, Movie Night at Leu Gardens features the holiday classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” at 7:30 PM. The gardens open at 6:00 PM, so you can take a stroll through the 50-acre gardens and set up your blankets or chairs before settling in for a picnic and a movie. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages! Entrance is just $6 for adults and $3 for kids.

With this extensive lineup of fun, festive activities for the whole family to enjoy, this holiday season is sure to be a busy one! Get ready to celebrate by browsing tickets2you.com for awesome prices on tickets to your favorite theme parks and other local attractions!

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