Take in a holiday show or two, meet Santa and his friends, gobble down yummy treats and, of course, put your building skills to good use as LEGOLAND celebrates the joy of the season! Here is our ultimate guide to the park’s offerings during the most wonderful time of the year.
Who doesn’t love creating with LEGO bricks? Little builders don’t have to go too far between LEGO Building Stations, with 4 tables covered in LEGO bricks set up in various lands throughout the park. All ages can create an ornament and add it to a 19-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree, build a ‘present’ to add to Santa’s gift bag, help build the Holidays Around The World Mosaic, adding coloured bricks to a panel outlined with a pre-determined picture, or let their competitive side shine through by joining the Holiday Themed Competition Build in Miniland USA. You’re only limited by your imagination, so go wild and assemble a seasonal piece that may just win you a prize pack!
Santa’s Helper Scavenger Hunt is a youngster-friendly romp around Miniland USA in search of five of Santa’s mini-figure helpers (elves), matching them to the activities listed on a scavenger hunt card. Discover which of the red, blue, green, yellow, or red and yellow elves is enjoying the beach, visiting the nation’s capital or the ‘Big Apple’ (New York City), fishing or watching animals. When participants have successfully connected each elf to its activity, they receive a LEGO brick and are entered to win a prize pack (one winner per night).
Helpful Hint: Scavenger hunt participants (or the grown-up they’re with) must give a name and email address, plus a zip code, to join in the fun. It’s okay to use your post code from back home in place of the zip code.
There are two shows, and both are definitely geared toward young revelers. North Pole Nonsense hits the humour hard as two of Santa’s elves decide they should play a larger role in preparing for Christmas. Goofy shenanigans, juggling and balancing feats, slapstick and good-natured parental embarrassment ensue, and while grown-ups may leave a bit bemused, children enjoy the over-the-top antics. It runs four times daily on the Castle Stage in the Lego Kingdoms land.
Holly Jolly Jubilee tells the wacky story of what Santa’s elves get up to once they’ve sent the big man on his way, and it’s time to get ready for their annual celebration. Sing along with familiar holiday tunes, and don’t be shy when the elves invite children to help them prepare! The show runs 4 times daily on the LEGO City stage, and each of the two shows are timed so that you can easily fit both of them into your schedule.
As you wander the park, you’ll find 4 Christmas themed photo ops for those all-important memories of your day. At the front of the park, find a giant LEGO wreath to pose in front of, or stand behind it for a festive frame. The central feature in the Marketplace is the enormous LEGO Christmas tree, which looks superb by day and spectacular by night.
Just a bit further on, a LEGO Sleigh and Reindeer, with ‘Santa’ standing nearby, is your chance to sit in Santa’s sleigh, or give his reindeer a pat, and everyone wants to pose with the jolly LEGO Snowman at the North Pole in Lego City.
Helpful Hint: Be sure to stop by the Marketplace Christmas tree for a photo of your group as the sun goes down. Its glowing lights make an excellent backdrop for your picture, and Santa’s Helpers are often out to take family photos (with your camera) or pose along with you.
Pose with a Toy Soldier, meet Holiday Unikitty and
take a bite out of hug a giant Gingerbread Man! Although LEGO Santa doesn’t hear your Christmas wish list, he is on hand to greet guests and have a photo taken. But don’t worry. You can drop your wish list in the special Letters to Santa mailbox, nearby.
What kid-friendly park would be complete without sweet treats as part of its Christmas celebration? Choose from Oatmeal Cream Pie (marshmallow cream between two oatmeal cookies); Peppermint Brick Bark (peppermint white and dark chocolate topped with crushed candy cane); Kris Kringle Krispies (Christmas tree shaped rice crispy treats); Snowballs on a Stick (chocolate cake pops rolled in coconut); Gingerbread Cookies (self-explanatory); Merry Mint Twist (mint ice cream); and Ho-Ho-Hot Chocolate Freeze (ice cream topped with whipped marshmallow, caramel, and cocoa).
Helpful Hint: Speciality treats are limited, so be sure to get yours early on, before they run out!
And, if you’re hoping to find something special to put under the tree for a youngster in your life, there are Christmas themed LEGO building sets, including a Winter Village Fire Station; Gingerbread House; snowman, tree and LEGO citizen mini-figures; plus two Brick’H’eadz kits featuring Santa and Mrs Claus, or a reindeer and two elves. Three Advent calendars are also available, themed to Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lego City.
The highlight of the day, though, is the nightly Rockin’ Around tree-lighting ceremony in the Marketplace, with an after-dark show on the 30-foot tree made entirely of LEGO bricks. It’s a 7-minute extravaganza of dancing lights programmed to yuletide tunes, it’s tremendous fun, and it plays every 15 minutes, starting at 6pm. What a fantastic way to end a memorable day!
Helpful Hint: If you aren’t keeping them as souvenirs, start your New Year’s resolution early and be kind to the Earth by recycling your maps at the end of the day. You’ll find special map recycling receptacles near the gate as you exit the park.
The seasonal shows and activities run at LEGOLAND Florida on select dates (December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, and 20-25) from 10am until 7pm. All shows and activities are free with admission, themed treats are extra.