November 30, 2018

23 essential holiday activities in Orlando everyone should do at least once

We've rounded up all the best wintertime activities in the Central Florida area. From celebrating Christmas with Mickey to seeing real snow in Florida we've included every winter wonderland we know.

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Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail 
Nov. 8-Jan. 6
Holiday display of Christmas trees, along with Santa's Chalet and other activities. disneysprings.com.
Photo via Disney Springs

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

Nov. 8-Jan. 6
Holiday display of Christmas trees, along with Santa's Chalet and other activities. disneysprings.com.


Photo via Disney Springs
Wekiva Island Winter Wonderland 
Nov. 8-Jan. 6
Wekiva Island gets decked out in holiday spirit with snow slides, movies, train rides, Santa Claus visits and more. wekivaisland.com.
Photo via Wekiva Island/Facebook

Wekiva Island Winter Wonderland

Nov. 8-Jan. 6
Wekiva Island gets decked out in holiday spirit with snow slides, movies, train rides, Santa Claus visits and more. wekivaisland.com.


Photo via Wekiva Island/Facebook
The Stetson Mansion 
Nov. 15-Jan. 15
Fun fact, the Victorians actually started many of our modern Christmas traditions, including gift giving and Christmas trees. Therefore, it would only be fitting to visit this 1880’s Victorian mansion all decorated for the holidays. A tour costs $25, and reservations are required. stetsonmansion.com.
Photo via Stetson Mansion Tours/Facebook

The Stetson Mansion

Nov. 15-Jan. 15
Fun fact, the Victorians actually started many of our modern Christmas traditions, including gift giving and Christmas trees. Therefore, it would only be fitting to visit this 1880’s Victorian mansion all decorated for the holidays. A tour costs $25, and reservations are required. stetsonmansion.com.


Photo via Stetson Mansion Tours/Facebook
Christmas at Gaylord Palms 
Nov. 16-Jan.6
Gaylord Palms has a wide variety of events they put on for the holidays, including snow tubing in real snow. Their most popular event is ICE!, an annual walkthrough of ice sculptures and ice slides. This year’s theme is Christmas Around the World. For adults, tubing is $20 and ICE! is $30. marriott.com.
Photo via Gaylord Hotels/Facebook

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Nov. 16-Jan.6
Gaylord Palms has a wide variety of events they put on for the holidays, including snow tubing in real snow. Their most popular event is ICE!, an annual walkthrough of ice sculptures and ice slides. This year’s theme is Christmas Around the World. For adults, tubing is $20 and ICE! is $30. marriott.com.


Photo via Gaylord Hotels/Facebook
Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest 
Nov. 17-Dec.22
No one celebrates the holidays quite like Disney, the world’s superpower for fun. At their Epcot theme park, you can find a number of novel attractions, including the decked out decorations of their 11 ‘nations’: mini-Mexico, Norway, Canada, and more. And yes, that does include holiday-themed menus. Included with admission, 1-day tickets are $99. 
santaschristmastreeforest.com.
Photo via Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest

Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest

Nov. 17-Dec.22
No one celebrates the holidays quite like Disney, the world’s superpower for fun. At their Epcot theme park, you can find a number of novel attractions, including the decked out decorations of their 11 ‘nations’: mini-Mexico, Norway, Canada, and more. And yes, that does include holiday-themed menus. Included with admission, 1-day tickets are $99. santaschristmastreeforest.com.


Photo via Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest
Seaworld’s Christmas Celebration 
Nov. 17-Dec. 31
Meet Rudolph and Santa, see christmas themed animal shows, and view christmas trees and lights display at this event included with admission to SeaWorld. seaworld.com.
Photo via SeaWorld Orlando

Seaworld’s Christmas Celebration

Nov. 17-Dec. 31
Meet Rudolph and Santa, see christmas themed animal shows, and view christmas trees and lights display at this event included with admission to SeaWorld. seaworld.com.


Photo via SeaWorld Orlando
Grab a drink at Frosty’s Christmas Time Lounge 
Open Year Round
For those who aren’t into the gift giving and tree decorating side of the holiday, come to Frosty’s to instead get into the Christmas spirit by getting blasted with Christmas-themed cocktails and beers. frostys-orlando.com.
Photo via Frosty’s Christmastime Lounge/Facebook

Grab a drink at Frosty’s Christmas Time Lounge

Open Year Round
For those who aren’t into the gift giving and tree decorating side of the holiday, come to Frosty’s to instead get into the Christmas spirit by getting blasted with Christmas-themed cocktails and beers. frostys-orlando.com.


Photo via Frosty’s Christmastime Lounge/Facebook
Light Up UCF 
Nov.17-Jan.1
Visit the CFE Arena for ice skating, light shows, carnival rides, and holiday films daily until Dec. 31st. Prices vary for skating and rides, but the films and light shows are free! Daily hours and events vary, so make sure you check their site before you head out. lightupucf.com.
Photo via Light Up UCF/Facebook

Light Up UCF

Nov.17-Jan.1
Visit the CFE Arena for ice skating, light shows, carnival rides, and holiday films daily until Dec. 31st. Prices vary for skating and rides, but the films and light shows are free! Daily hours and events vary, so make sure you check their site before you head out. lightupucf.com.


Photo via Light Up UCF/Facebook
Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter 
Nov. 17-Jan.6
Who doesn’t wish they could spend every Christmas at Hogwarts? While 75 degrees of Florida sunshine doesn’t exactly live up to the magic of haunted English castles, you can still relish in the Wizarding World’s Christmas light show at Hogsmeade Village and Diagon Alley. universalorlando.com.
Photo via Universal Orlando

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Nov. 17-Jan.6
Who doesn’t wish they could spend every Christmas at Hogwarts? While 75 degrees of Florida sunshine doesn’t exactly live up to the magic of haunted English castles, you can still relish in the Wizarding World’s Christmas light show at Hogsmeade Village and Diagon Alley. universalorlando.com.


Photo via Universal Orlando
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 
Nov. 18-Dec.30
No one celebrates the holidays quite like Disney, the world’s superpower for fun. At their Epcot theme park, you can find a number of novel attractions, including the decked out decorations of their 11 ‘nations’: mini-Mexico, Norway, Canada, and more. And yes, that does include holiday-themed menus. Included with admission, 1-day tickets are $99. disneyworld.disney.go.com.
Photo via rowanb73/Instagram

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Nov. 18-Dec.30
No one celebrates the holidays quite like Disney, the world’s superpower for fun. At their Epcot theme park, you can find a number of novel attractions, including the decked out decorations of their 11 ‘nations’: mini-Mexico, Norway, Canada, and more. And yes, that does include holiday-themed menus. Included with admission, 1-day tickets are $99. disneyworld.disney.go.com.


Photo via rowanb73/Instagram