If you’re in Central Florida during the holidays, you’re in the midst of a veritable buffet of Christmas celebration choices. All of the theme parks offer their own brand of holiday cheer. Here are just a few of your options (some are already in full swing, while others are starting soon):
-Walt Disney World: From Christmas Around the World and the Candlelight Processional at Epcot to the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, Disney World has a dazzling array of things to see and do at Christmas time. You don’t even need to go into the theme parks. Visit the hotels and admire their decorations (the Grand Floridian’s gingerbread is one of my favorites), or stroll around Fort Wilderness and admire the campers’ holiday displays (click the video at left for a quick sampling).
-Universal/Islands of Adventure: The Grinch hangs out at Islands of Adventure, where you can see a live presentation of the classic Dr. Seuss tale. Over at Universal Studios, there’s the Macy’s Holiday Parade, complete with authentic balloons, and live performances by Mannheim Steamroller on select nights. The festivities start on December 3.
-SeaWorld: SeaWorld’s Sea of Trees puts on an amazing display on the water, and shows like Shamu Christmas Miracles and the brand-new O Wondrous Night will get you into the holiday spirit. You can even ride the Polar Express Experience, which puts you in the classic holiday movie. Each night of the Christmas celebration is capped off with a stunning fireworks show. The event runs weekends through December 11, then shifts to every night starting December 17.
-Busch Gardens: Busch Gardens in Tampa celebrates the holiday season with a special Christmas ice show and musical entertainment. You can even book breakfast with Santa, which includes a family photo as a momento.
-Leogland Florida: Legoland Florida just opened in October, but it’s going all out to celebrate its first holiday season with the Christmas Bricktacular. One of the highlights is, of course, a giant Lego tree made from green and red bricks. The event starts on December 8.
There are other Christmas events outside of the theme parks, too. Click here to read about Ice! at the Gaylord Palms Resort. Click here to read more of my articles, and click here to follow me on Twitter. Click here to sign up for my pets newsletter if you love animals, and click here for my Pet Supplies & Product Reviews site on About.com. I’ve taken over 80 Disney cruises and can book yours and give you a special stateroom credit. Visit www.dclexpert.com.