7 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in 2020
The holidays have arrived, and while we may have to navigate them a little differently this year, they can still be celebratory. If there’s one thing we can say about Orlando, our city knows how to help you make merry. Looking for things to do in Central Florida while you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s with us? Here are seven events that are sure to make your holiday season as magical as ever!
Merriment at the Magic Kingdom
It’s a merry makeover that we look forward to each year. Disney’s Magic Kingdom is decked out for the holidays in style, with sparkling lights, welcoming wreaths, toy soldiers and Christmas trees as far as the eye can see. Your favorite Disney characters are getting in on the action too, with delightful Character Cavalcades surprising guests throughout the park. Minnie and Mickey are joined by their pals Goofy, Tigger, Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Santa Claus and more, with a cast of candy cane dancers, toy soldiers and gingerbread men adding to the festive spirit. The Disney World bakers have created a variety of holiday treats to tempt your tastebuds, and there’s plenty of new holiday merchandise so you can bring the magic home. Make sure to grab a viewing spot, and your cameras, as sun sets each evening and the Cinderella Castle transforms with a series of four different holiday projections, each more magical than the last. Guests can enjoy the Christmas festivities at the Magic Kingdom from November 6th to December 30th.
The Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art
The Festival of Trees, now in its 34th year, launches the holiday season, transforming the Orlando Museum of Art into a magical wonderland enjoyed by visitors of all ages from November 12th to November 29th. The Council of 101 has chosen “Joy to the World” as this year’s theme to uplift the community. Visiting Festival of Trees with family and friends will warm hearts with its entertainment, inspiration, shopping and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus! All proceeds directly support the museum, including its exhibitions, lifelong learning and children’s education. Attendance will be managed this year through reserved admissions and strict adherence to social distancing guidelines.
Give Kids The World Village: Night of a Million Lights
Give Kids The World village is an 84-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida where children with critical illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations. This year, for the first time ever, guests can experience the childlike wonder of their magical, whimsical Village during a walk-through, fully immersive holiday light spectacular. Stroll the Avenue of Angels — aglow with more than three million lights — savor delicious treats, and enjoy the accessible rides and storybook attractions that have brought happiness and hope to critically ill children and their families from around the world for 34 years. The event runs from November 13th to January 3rd. There are a limited number of tickets, so get yours today at gktw.org/lights/tickets.php
Experience The Magic of The Holidays in The Wizarding World
Wizards and muggles, alike, are going all out for the holiday season. In Universal Studios Florida from November 14th to January 3rd, Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade will be transformed with festive décor and brilliant lighting. The atmosphere will brim with excitement as Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees perform a special show prepared just for the occasion, with special holiday treats and drinks available. Over in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Hogsmeade will embrace the holiday spirit as the shops are festively decorated with garland and lights. The Frog Choir will sing seasonal melodies and there will be special treats and drinks to share. As the stars begin to shine, revel in a dazzling projection of holiday spirit at The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. Get three days free when you buy two days before January 6th!
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday traditions are made with delicious food, stunning live shows, delightful holiday shopping and joyous entertainment — all designed with enhanced health and safety measures in mind, including limited capacity to create plenty of space for social distancing. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration brings together family fun and holiday traditions in a safe environment on select dates from November 21st to December 31st and is included with park admission.
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
From November 27th through December 30th, celebrate highlights from the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort. Indulge in the Holiday Kitchens around World Showcase promenade with favorites like American Holiday Table, featuring slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, and Bavaria Holiday Kitchen, with dishes like cheese fondue in a bread bowl. As for entertainment, the returning group, JOYFUL!, will present a journey through R&B, Gospel, contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music inside World ShowPlace, and the Voices of Liberty with their incredible eight-part harmonies will grace the America Gardens Theatre stage for a special concert of favorite carols and songs of the season.
New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando
On December 31st, celebrate our connection to the sea, sea life and the world we share as SeaWorld rings in the New Year. A spectacular music celebration and festive entertainment throughout the park will send a wave of welcome into the New Year as a bold fireworks display lights up the night sky.