The holiday season is just around the corner, and SeaWorld Orlando is getting an early start on celebrating with SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration which begins on November 17. From shows and attractions to snacks and entertainment, the Christmas spirit is taking over the entire park each day until December 31!
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. You can also wander through life-sized story book pages that tell the special reindeer’s classic story.
During SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, The North Pole takes over Wild Arctic with an all new journey and a chance to meet Santa Claus after the ride. You’ll find the star of the season sitting by his Christmas tree just waiting to pose for a photo and to hear your holiday wishes!
The Christmas Market
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 such as:
- Holiday Kettle Corn
- Waffle Cone S’mores
- Chef’s Creative Twist on Apple crisp
- Variety of Stuffed Donuts
- Short Rib Mac and Cheese
- Seasonal Craft Brews
- Specialty Flavored Hot Cocoa
As the sun goes down, you can relax and enjoy holiday music performed live on the Lakeside Gazebo Stage as the Sea of Trees comes to life in the background.
During the holidays at SeaWorld, Clyde and Seamore take a break from Sea Lion High to put on a fun show called Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas. Clyde and Seamore are joined on stage by their usual co-stars the otter and the walrus as well as hilarious elves for an entertaining show filled with the laughs and mishaps you’d always expect at the Sea Lion & Otter Stadium.
In Seaport Theater, Sesame Street friends come together to put on a festive musical performance guaranteed to fill everyone with the spirit of the season during Elmo’s Christmas Wish. During the seasonal show Rosita, Grover, Cookie Monster and Zoe have to work together to help their best bud Elmo find his Christmas wish!
For a whole new spin on the story of Christmas, check out O Wondrous Night at the Nautilus Theater. The “greatest story never told” features life sized puppets, live animals, and more than 30 holiday carols used to tell the original Christmas story from the perspective of the animals that were there on that infamous day. With upbeat singing and unbeatable lighting and special effect, O Wondrous Night is a “lighthearted and glorious celebration with a host of angels, animals, and the true glory of Christmas”.
In Shamu Stadium, the park’s iconic killer whales put on a spectacular display of acrobatics that tell a story of “reflection and understanding, peace and friendship” during Shamu Christmas Miracles. The inspirational nighttime show is soundtracked by upbeat holiday hits and brilliant effects.
Winter Wonderland on Ice is another evening extravaganza that brings the night alive at Bayside Stadium. The ice skating spectacle includes incredible ice dancers performing cheerful routines to beloved classic holiday songs with the sparkling sea of trees and tall water fountains shining in the background.
Although not technically a live performance, the Sea of Trees definitely puts on a show with over 100 trees twinkling along to the tunes of a fun holiday soundtrack, illuminating the water in a synchronized display across the lake.
Get some quality one-on-one time with the man himself by purchasing to Dine with Santa at Shamu Stadium + Winter Wonderland on Ice Reserved Seating upgrade, which includes guaranteed premium viewing of Winter Wonderland on Ice and an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner at Shamu Stadium with Santa Claus as the special guest. The package costs $40 per adult and $20 per child. The buffet menu includes:
- Assorted Chef Crafted Salads
- Slow Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy and Cranberry Sauce
- Herb Crusted Beef Sirloin with Rosemary Au Jus
- Glazed Fresh Ham with Warm Pineapple Chutney
- Fried Country Chicken
- Pan Seared Salmon with Caper Berries and Tomato Brown Butter
- Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Mac & Cheese Bar with Optional Mix-Ins: Scallions, Bacon Bits, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Roasted Peppers, Broccoli Florets
- Sour Cream Loaded Mashed Potatoes
- Traditional Stuffing
- Green Bean Casserole
- Candied Yams with Pecans and Marshmallow Topping
- Assorted Fresh Baked Desserts
There is also a variety of kid-friendly dishes to choose from, like hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Gluten free options are available upon request, so make sure to notify staff to any allergy/dietary concerns prior to dining.
SeaWorld’s other seasonal ticket upgrade is Priority Access Meet-and-Greet with Rudolph and Friends + Santa Claus, which allows for up to five guests to skip the line at both meet and greet opportunities. The upgrade, which costs $34.99, is valid for one use in Rudolph’s Christmas Town and one use at The North Pole (Wild Arctic). Get more info on ticket upgrades or purchase yours here.
Outside of the upgrade experiences, the SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration festivities are included with regular park admission! You’ll find awesome prices on SeaWorld Orlando tickets and so much more on Tickets2You.com!