Holiday Events And Cheer In Orlando

The holiday season is finally upon us, and Orlando is filled with the best ways to celebrate the winter season! Whether you enjoy visiting the theme parks, or would rather take a local’s approach to Christmas, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the must-do’s in Orlando this December.


Sea World’s Christmas Celebration


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When it comes to Christmas, SeaWorld takes the holiday spirit to a whole new level! Not only will you find dozens of lights and exclusive Christmas live shows, but enjoy delicious holiday treats and ice skating. Not to mention the thrilling rides and amazing animals being part of your celebration. The best part is that admission is included with your park ticket! You’ll even enjoy Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations on select dates. 

This is a must-do for your Orlando itinerary. For more information, visit SeaWorld’s website here


Santa Photo Experience at The Florida Mall


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Family traditions don’t have to stop if you’re on vacation. Take a family photo with Santa Claus at The Florida Mall from now through December 24th! There are several photo packages to choose from, so be sure to call ahead to schedule your appointment.  Schedule your pictures with Caring Santa on December 3rd for a smoother experience for those with special needs or accommodations.

Plus don’t forget to include your furry friends on the Christmas cards! Bring your pets to pose with Saint Nick on December 17th. For any questions or for more information, visit the event website here


Merry Market In Downtown Orlando


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Every weekend throughout December, visit Lake Eola Park for the Merry Market! Find local vendors and shop small for Christmas gifts this year. The market will be every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 23rd from 5:30pm - 9:30pm. 

For more information, visit Downtown Orlando’s website here


Disney Jollywood Nights


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This event is the first of its kind at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Featuring exclusive character meet and greets and live entertainment, this is a night Disney fans don’t want to miss. Admission is not included in a normal park ticket, and the event takes place on select nights from now through December 20th. 

Take in all of the lights, rides, and fun the park has to offer for the holidays. And don’t forget to try some of the special treats only available during this event! For ticket information, visit Disney’s website here


Pentatonix At Amway Center


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The Grammy award-winning acapella group known for their stunning Christmas covers and arrangements are coming to Orlando this holiday season! Check out their insane talent live on December 13th at Amway Center. 

For tickets and more information, check out Amway Center’s website here


Dazzling Nights at Harry P. Leu Gardens


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This interactive holiday experience is fun for the whole family! Watch the gardens be lit up with thousands of lights while enjoying music, food, and beverages. Catch their all-new light show on your visit, and explore everything the gardens have to offer during the holiday season. 

Don’t miss the chance to see snow in Florida! For ticket and event information, visit the event website here


HighT’s Winter Wonderland Bar


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Calling all 21+ travelers and visitors! HighT has transformed their Alice in Wonderland-themed bar into a Winter Wonderland for the Christmas season, and it is absolutely worth a visit. The decor and drinks are Instagrammable and delicious! 

Put on your most festive attire and have a night in true Christmas spirit. For more information, visit HighT’s Instagram here

Orlando has a little bit of sugar, spice, and everything nice coming to you and your family for the December holiday season. However you choose to celebrate, your Vista Cay is wishing you and your family a safe holiday season, and cannot wait to see what’s in store for us together in the new year.