Magical Holidays in Orlando: A Guide to the Season’s Best Theme Park Events, Resort Festivities, & Shopping

The Encore Resort Blog
December 6, 2023
December 6, 2023

Embrace the spirit of the season with joyous celebrations at Encore Resort at Reunion! We’ve got all the details covered, ensuring your holidays are stress-free and filled with festive fun. Take in the warmth of Orlando’s delightful weather, where sunny days and pleasantly cool nights provide the perfect backdrop for holiday magic without the winter chill. Enjoy quality time with loved ones and create lasting memories through our holiday-themed activities leading up to Christmas Day. From top festive events to exciting shopping and a plethora of fun activities, here’s your guide to a joyous vacation in Orlando.

Orlando Theme Park Events

Christmas fireworks at the Magic Kingdom
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Magic Kingdom | Annually: November – December
Held on select nights throughout November and December, the annual Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a magical holiday event the whole family can enjoy together. Kids can see their beloved characters face-to-face, all decked out in festive attire. Explore dozens of attractions, enjoy complimentary holiday treats, watch Queen Elsa transform Cinderella’s Castle into a shimmering ice palace, and much more!
Explore the event page and start planning your very merry Orlando getaway today!
EPCOT | Annually: November – December
Discover the sights, sounds, and yuletide traditions of Epcot’s 11 World Showcase nations. Featuring live musical performances, a diverse array of international foods, a scavenger hunt with Chip & Dale, a grand firework finale, costumed performers, and holiday-themed activities.
Group of friends having dessert near the Christmas Tree in EPCOT
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The Tower of Terror lit up with Christmas themed lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios | Annually: November – December
Make sure you catch the latest addition to Disney’s festive celebrations: “Jollywood Nights” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This exciting new event transports you into the enchanting world of a Hollywood-inspired holiday, showcasing spectacular projections, performances by renowned stars, and, naturally, cherished Disney characters—all unfolding against the picturesque backdrop of the park’s iconic landmarks. It’s an ideal opportunity to infuse your Orlando holiday experience with the glitter and glamour reminiscent of Tinseltown!
Universal Orlando Resort | Annually: November – January
Nothing kindles the holiday spirit like the magic of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Visit Hogsmeade, take a trip down Diagon Alley, drink butterbeer, and see the iconic Hogwarts Castle. Marvel at the merry procession of Minions, Santa, Shrek, and Madagascar characters at Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s. Enjoy a live re-telling of Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic at The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.
Kids drinking Butterbeer in Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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Encore Resort Holiday Events

Legs of people running in a race.
Saturday, December 23, 2023 – Registration: 8:15 am, Race Start: 9 am
Step into the festive spirit at Encore Resort’s Jingle All the Way 5K Walk/Run! Lace up your shoes and hear the sleigh bells ring as you traverse the enchanting resort grounds. Registration opens at 8:15 AM, and the race kicks off at 9:00 AM. It’s $15 per person, and kids aged 5 and under are FREE! Top three competitors win fantastic prizes. Embrace the holiday cheer and join us for a jolly good time!
Finn’s Restaurant | Sunday, December 24, 2023 – 10 am to 2 pm
Join us for a magical Christmas Eve Brunch at Encore Resort! Revel in festive joy with delectable dishes, laughter, and cherished memories. All are welcome — guests and locals alike. Reserve your table today by calling 407-698-5587 or emailing [email protected] to ensure a magical experience for your family.
A plate of breakfast pancakes.
Thanksgiving dinner plate with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes
Monday, December 25, 2023 – Delivery between 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Elevate your Christmas celebration by pre-ordering a gourmet Christmas Dinner delivered straight to your Encore resort home on Christmas Day itself. Your meal arrives piping hot and ready to savor. Opt for the classic whole Ham or Turkey, which can be pre-sliced upon request, ensuring a seamless and delightful dining experience for you and your loved ones.

Orlando Holiday Shopping

Located at Walt Disney World Resort, this popular Orlando attraction offers an unforgettable family-fun shopping experience. Picturesque and filled with festive surprises, Disney Springs is a stunning re-creation of a quintessentially Florida waterfront town. Peruse brand-name and Disney-themed shops and enjoy award-winning dining.
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Family admiring the Christmas tree outside of the World of Disney store in Disney Springs
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Woman with shopping bags looking at a shopping mall Christmas tree
Discover the sights, sounds, and yuletide traditions of Epcot’s 11 World Showcase nations. Featuring live musical performances, a diverse array of international foods, a scavenger hunt with Chip & Dale, a grand firework finale, costumed performers, and holiday-themed activities.
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Centrally located between downtown Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort, The Mall at Millenia is a world-class destination with an impressive collection of luxury retailers. Top brands at the mall include Chanel, Prada, Tory Burch, and Gucci, and restaurants such as The Capital Grille and Earls Kitchen + Bar are among the 150 shops and eateries.
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Woman holding shopping bags next to a Christmas tree
Woman shopping in a Christmas themed store
Nestled just north of downtown Orlando, Ivanhoe Village is a lovely historic district with a beautiful lakefront setting and plenty of tree-lined walkways. Known locally as Antique Row, the charming storefronts house an eclectic variety of antique shops, galleries, boutiques, and retro-minded retailers.
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The Promenade at Sunset Walk is a dynamic destination nestled in the heart of Kissimmee, Florida which offers an array of enticing experiences. From diverse dining options to live entertainment, and more, this vibrant hub captivates visitors with its blend of leisure and amusement. Explore the Promenade, where relaxation meets excitement in the perfect fusion of entertainment and style.
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Santa, his elves, and toy soldiers in front of the Promenade at Sunset Walk Christmas tree

Book Your Vacation Home Near All of Orlando’s Top Holiday Attractions

Booking a vacation home at Encore Resort at Reunion allows you to enjoy the convenience of staying near Orlando’s best malls, holiday shopping attractions, and theme park events. Each luxury rental includes a fully-equipped kitchen, back yard with a private pool, and access to unbeatable resort amenities. Book with Encore Resort today to create new holiday memories!
Max Luna dressed as Santa's elf for Christmas

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