Holiday Season at Florida’s Attractions and Theme Parks

Central Florida’s Attractions’ Holiday Season Happenings

Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando

No one does Holiday Season like Disney! The Resorts, the Theme Parks, Disney Springs, all come alive with holiday cheer! Visiting Disney over the holiday season is a truly magical experience. See Holiday Celebrations at Disney for details on all the parks and hotels happenings this holiday season.


Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando

If you are looking for some fun over the holidays, head to Universal where the parks are overflowing with holiday festivities. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is transformed into a beautiful holiday scene and Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular is always fun as ever, and of course the Macy’s parade is the one to watch.

And Universal boasts one of the best places to celebrate the New Year in Central Florida. And this year, the all-new Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration™ at Universal Studios will bring in the new year with a smile. Looking for more adult fun on New Years eve, head to Universal CityWalk that is rockin’ through the new year. Or for family style new year, stay at the Universal Hotels where you can enjoy family-friendly activities and live entertainment.


SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration, Orlando

Seaworld Orlando offers family fun with special shows, features, Sea of Trees, Winter Wonderland on Ice, Snow Flurries and lots of seasonal spirit.


Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Lakeland, Florida

Legoland Florida brings the holidays to life with a 30 foot tall Christmas tree made of thousands of LEGO and DUPLO bricks and tons of life-sized Holiday themed figures. The dates listed also include a firework spectacular set to classic Christmas melodies.


Busch Gardens Christmas Town, Tampa

Enjoy special holiday shows, Santa’s house, a snow-filled playground where Floridian Children can experience snow! Busch Gardens transforms into a Wintry Christmas Town!


Holiday Lights in the Garden

Visit the Florida Botanical Gardens any night during the holiday season to see a beautiful light display and meet Santa.


Magic of Lights at the Daytona Beach Speedway

This is one of the best drive in lighting displays in Florida with over a mile of lights to drive through.


Holiday Happenings at Brevard Zoo

All December Long, get into the holiday spirit at the Zoo with a “blizzard of activities”!


Zoo Lights Miami

Spend your Christmas season celebrating with your favorite animals at the zoo! Each weekend has a different theme, so check out their website to choose the best weekend for your family!


Holidays at Flamingo Gardens

Come to the gardens for a great lighted display plus tons of great family friendly activities like an interactive life sized snow globe.


Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a staple for families in South Florida as the place to go for holiday fun, rides, games, shows, and more.


The Night GardenFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida

There are lots of light displays out there, but this one is different from any other you might find. It’s an illuminated wonderland with special events and delicious food.


Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland

Hoffman’s may not be a theme park but it becomes a great attraction this time of year as it lights up it’s gardens for one of the most amazing light displays in South Florida. Hoffman’s is the best place to get your holiday treats while you enjoy the Christmas lights, ice skating rink, and so much more. It’s fun for the whole family!

Event dates and details vary from year to year, and the weather in Florida can change or postpone outdoor events, so check the attraction websites for up-to-date information.

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Florida Events strives to provide the most comprehensive Event & Festival listings in Florida. This column includes events, festivals, fairs, parades, holiday happenings, conventions and big events from around the state including all regions in Florida. The events listed may change without notice. Please check the event website for up to date information. Corrections or additions let us know at [email protected]