Things To Do In Orlando For Thanksgiving And Beyond!
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Things to Do in Orlando – November 2020
November is a dream of a time to visit Orlando. As the summer heat recedes, crisp fall weather brings bright blue skies and fresh breezes. Thinking of making this year’s Thanksgiving extra-special? We’d love to host your family here at Vista Cay. All of our luxury accommodations include spacious dining rooms and plenty of seating for the whole family to gather together. And with full kitchens in each condo suite, you can whip up your family favorites for everyone to enjoy. Here in Orlando, our theme parks, attractions and restaurants are open for guests, with plenty of outdoor space and world-class safety procedures in place. Make your family getaway plans now for a November to remember!
Taste of EPCOT® International Food & Wine Festival
November 1- 22
A new version of the popular EPCOT® International Food & Wine Festival debuted July 15, 2020, with the phased reopening of EPCOT, and will continue into the fall. Though it may be slightly different from festivals past, the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival marks the park’s 25th consecutive year hosting this popular event, which also will be the longest festival in Walt Disney World Resort history. The new event offers more than 20 signature global marketplaces, including Hawaii, Hops & Barley and Brazil, while incorporating elements of the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, as well.
Guests can sip and savor dishes and drinks from six continents, including thoughtful pairings of wine, beer and specialty cocktails with food selections. The festival’s marketplaces encircle the World Showcase promenade and extend into World Showplace, which offers four indoor marketplaces. Additional tables are in place throughout the park where guests can stop and remove their face coverings to enjoy festival dishes while maintaining physical distancing. They can also take photos in front of the park’s newest Remy topiary in the France pavilion.
Pompeii: The Immortal City
November 1 - January 2
This remarkable exhibit is being displayed at the Orlando Science Center for a limited run. Orlando is one of only four sites in the United States to host Pompeii: The Immortal City thanks to the Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.
Plunge into the heart of the drama and ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii. Spectacular immersive moments allow you to experience the destruction of the city and to identify with the inhabitants of that time, immobilized by the volcano’s ashes. Through artwork, interactive mechanical devices, and multimedia experiences, you will embark on a journey through time into the daily life of a first-century Roman town.
Holidays at Universal Studios Resort
November 14 - January 3
Put a little mischief in your merry when Universal Orlando Resort takes the Christmas Season to new heights with a lineup of festivities in our parks and beyond. Experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ as Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™ are transformed with wondrous spirit. Treat yourself to Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.
It’s not only merry, but mischievous, as the Minions and other characters join in the fun. And watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch™ in the Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular. And don’t miss the best-selling holiday artist returns for live performances on select nights. Holiday classics get the “18th Century Classical Rock�? treatment as only Mannheim Steamroller can deliver.
Super Cars & Unique Rides Car Show
Every Sunday in November
Old Town has been Kissimmee's go to for classic, affordable, family fun for 30 years. They are excited to announce a new car show, "Super Cars and Unique Rides" that will be held every Sunday. Cars on display will be show-quality Super Cars - also called exotic car – street-legal, high-performance luxury sports cars and Unique Rides - those one-of-a-kind, tricked out rides that are always a crowd favorite.
Cars will begin lining up on the brick streets and the parking lot around the Old Town Main Stage from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Visit Old Town’s 50+ shops, entertainment & dining destinations while checking out these super cool classic cars!
Give Kids the World Night of a Million Lights
November 13 - January 3
From Friday, November 13, through Sunday, January 3, Night of a Million Lights will transform Give Kids the World's whimsical storybook Village into a dazzling winter wonderland. More than three million glittering lights will immerse guests in a festive kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, including a shimmering 150-foot tunnel leading to 45 exquisitely decorated wish family residential villas; more than 50 larger-than-life holiday-themed wireframe displays; an enchanting, incandescent gingerbread arch; and out-of-this-world space-themed decor adorning the Village's delectable new centerpiece, Henri's Starlite Scoops.
Admission for guests of all ages includes complimentary ice cream and hot cocoa, as well as unlimited access to the Village's wheelchair-accessible rides and attractions, lavishly decked out for the holidays. Additional food and beverages, as well as special edition holiday merchandise – including 3D glasses that will bring every magnificent bulb to life – will be available for purchase. An appearance by Santa and other special surprises will make this Central Florida's most beloved new holiday tradition! Night of a Million Lights will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with staggered entry times to promote social distancing. Mask wearing will be required for all guests.
Painting in The Park
Looking for a fun relaxing creative evening out? Then this event is for you. Come enjoy a night under the stars while sipping on some wine and creating a painting masterpiece of your own. This is a great event for couples, individuals or groups of people that want to have some fun. After creating your painting, you will enjoy a fun ride on The Wheel at ICON Park where you will travel 400 feet in the air to enjoy some beautiful views. Also included in this evening is dinner at The Wheelhouse Market Food Hall. So, if you are looking to enjoy some time with some people you love outside under the stars drinking some wine then this event is for you. Get your tickets now as space is limited and physical distancing will be in place.
Florida Classic Battle of the Food Week
November 19 – 22
Experience 4 days of good food, great music, and charitable giving during the Florida Classic week. Explore the flavors of seafood, soul, and sweets to vote the best in central Florida. Hear great music from celebrity DJ's while maintaining social distance. Get your food to go or sit in their spaced eating areas.
Eat and vote for the best categories with our participating food vendors. From fried chicken to sweet potato pies there will be a category for everyone. You can vote in person with our tasting experience or vote at home with your takeout.
Matilda the Musical
November 19 - December 20
Roald Dahl’s beloved story of an extraordinary young girl comes to life in Matilda the Musical. Unloved by her parents, tormented by Headmistress Trunchbull and armed with a vivid imagination, five-year-old Matilda finds solace in stacks of library books. With the help of her caring teacher, Miss Honey, Matilda’s magic appears as she dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Experience the fun family friendly musical at the Garden Theatre November 19th through December 20th!
November 20- January 1
Coming November 20th, Snowcat Ridge is an alpine snow park featuring a 60-foot-tall and 400-foot-long real snow-covered tubing hill with a magic carpet lift, an Alpine Village, and a ten thousand square foot snow dome. Tickets for this brand new amazing attraction are now on sale!
November 28 - November 29
Downtown Orlando’s annual celebration of the people and the many cultures that make Central Florida awesome, FusionFest, announces the return of the in-person festival, keeping CDC guidelines, on Thanksgiving Weekend: Saturday, November 28 from Noon to 8pm and Sunday, November 29 from Noon to 6pm. Cultures from all across the world will fill the Seneff Arts Plaza in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Orlando City Hall Commons Plaza for the free, two-day festival, which draws people from more than 110 different cultures to experience music, dance, food, visual arts, spoken word, games and interactive activities and features over 1,000 local artists, who will perform and showcase their work on the stages, gallery and interactive installations at FusionFest.
Guests of FusionFest will enjoy the Opening Spectacle, International Food Court and Marketplace, three stages featuring music, dance, spoken word and fashion, Film Pavilion screening the MYgration Films in partnership with Global Peace Film Festival, Global Street Dance Party, Diversitastic! Choir, Interactive Experiences, Visual Arts Gallery, Fun and Games Station, exciting prizes, community panels, Fusion contests with cash awards up to $1,000, plus a new station highlighting cultural celebrations from around the world.