Orlando is one of America’s top destinations for Christmas. Although you’re unlikely to experience a white Christmas in Florida (10°C is the monthly low for December), there’s plenty of magic to keep you and your children in the holiday spirit; even if it is 20°C during the day.
Happily, flights to Orlando are at their cheapest during December; the peak times to visit are during the summer months. This is another reason that budget travelers may decide to spend Christmas in the Sunshine State.
The reason that most families visit Orlando is to pay a visit to the famous Disney World. You’ll be glad to hear that the world famous theme park doesn’t close for the winter, has later opening hours, and is even open on Christmas Day. For an extra fee you can even attend Mickey’s Christmas Party (much more exciting than the usual corporate blow-out).
Bear in mind that Christmas is one of the more popular times to visit Walt Disney World, so the lines are likely to be long.
Epcot also puts in some extra effort for Christmas, with the 11 World Showcase countries each telling the story of Christmas, from their own perspectives. Entertaining and educational for everyone involved. There is also a candlelight procession at the Epcot Center, with a celebrity narrator, a choir and an orchestra. Not to be missed.
Universal Studios gets in on the action too, with Seuss Landing turning into the ‘Bah-Humbug’ winter wonderland of The Grinch. You can even visit the Grinch in his lair; an interesting alternative to Santa Claus.
Of course if you really miss the cold weather, head to the Gaylord Palms resort. Each December Gaylord Palms ships in 2 million pounds of ice, which is then carved into a walk through exhibition (complete with candyland houses). They even lend you a coat and hand you a cup of hot cocoa afterwards.
If you’re around on Dec 10th, be sure to visit the Kissimmee Lake Front Park. 20 tons of snow is shipped in, so you don’t have to miss out on the fun of a white Christmas. Strolling performers and a firework display usher in the Christmas season.
One worry may be where to eat dinner on Christmas day, as being in a hotel you won’t have the fall-back of a big family feast. Of course, there are plenty of restaurants open on Christmas Day but be sure to book ahead; Orlando does get quite busy over the Christmas season.