Christmas is a magical time to visit Orlando and there is so much going on during that time it’s hard to know what to do first. Christmas Day can be one of the busiest days of the year at the main theme parks, but there are plenty of places where you can find a more laid back version of fun if you can’t face the crowds on Christmas Day.
Disney Hotel Decorations
The Christmas decorations at the Disney Resort hotels are a sight to behold in themselves and well worth a visit if you don’t want to go full Disney on Christmas Day by visiting the parks, but you do want a bit of Disney magic. All of the resort hotels will be decorated in their Christmas finery, but we love Wilderness Lodge in particular for its rustic Christmassy fun. All the decorations are inspired by nature – with pine cones and antlers and plenty of foliage to give the lodge a warm, cosy and cuddled-round-the-campfire feel.
If you’re looking for a giant tree, you won’t be disappointed by the retro offering at the Contemporary Resort, which stands just out the front of the hotel. Try and check out the tree at night if possible, so you can enjoy the beautiful coloured lights.
LEGOLAND Christmas Bricktacular
Although LEGOLAND is likely to be busier than usual on Christmas Day, it is still likely to be a little calmer than the Disney, Universal and SeaWorld parks so it’s a great choice for Christmas Day (and the little ones will definitely love it!).
Thousands of LEGO and DUPLO bricks and festive decorations make up the 30-foot-tall Christmas tree which takes pride of place at the LEGOLAND theme park. There’s also a life-size LEGO Santa with his reindeer and sleigh and also a Christmas-themed scavenger hunts with prizes. The evening ends with some classic Christmas carols and an incredible fireworks spectacular.
If you want to make Christmas Day extra special, go for LEGO Santa’s breakfast upgrade, which still has bookings available for Christmas Day!
Kennedy Space Center Holidays in Space
Over at Kennedy Space Center, Christmas is out of this world! There will be a dazzling holiday display projected onto the Saturn 1B rocket, which will feature custom animations of famous past space explorations and even a glimpse into the future of the Mars habitat. The whole center will be decorated too, so there will be plenty to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Although there’s no show on Christmas Day here, you can enjoy the festivities from the 2st-24th December and from the 26th to the 1st Jan.
Christmas Day Walk
There are plenty of beautiful parks in the Orlando area where you can walk off and digest your Christmas lunch. Lake Eola Park is the easiest to get to, located in downtown Orlando and has plenty of pit stops if you want to stop for a quick tipple or a hot chocolate – it is Christmas after all! Make sure you bring some bread to feed the swans and birds which inhabit the park and make their Christmas Day too.
A half hour’s drive outside of Orlando in Kissimmee, you’ll find the beautiful Lakefront Park where, as the name suggests, you can enjoy a scenic lakeside walk with a view of plenty of birds and wildlife. It’s definitely worth the drive out of Orlando to stretch your legs!
Are you spending Christmas in Orlando this year or next? Make sure you pre-book your Orlando theme park tickets to avoid disappointment at this very popular time of year!
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