Holiday Fun: Orlando’s Top Holiday Events for Children

The Encore Resort Blog
November 1, 2023
November 1, 2023

The holiday season is a time of celebration, and there’s no better place to experience the magic of the holidays than Orlando, Florida. Known for its world-class theme parks and family-friendly attractions, Orlando goes all out when it comes to holiday celebrations, offering a wide range of events and activities that are perfect for children and families. From dazzling light displays to festive parades, we at Encore Resort are excited to share some of Orlando’s top holiday events for children.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Christmas fireworks at the Magic Kingdom
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Walt Disney World Resort hosts one of the most beloved holiday events in Orlando – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This special after-hours event at the Magic Kingdom Park transforms the iconic park into a winter wonderland, complete with festive decorations, a magical parade, holiday-themed shows, and even “snow” on Main Street. Children can meet their favorite Disney characters, enjoy seasonal treats, and experience the enchantment of Cinderella Castle illuminated by thousands of shimmering lights.

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s Balloons

Universal Orlando Resort offers an unforgettable holiday experience with their Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. This spectacular parade features giant balloons, fantastic floats, and beloved characters like the Minions and Shrek. The streets come alive with the spirit of the season, and children can catch a glimpse of Santa Claus himself as he arrives in style.
Minion float in the Universal Orlando Holiday parade
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Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Girl riding down the ice slide at the Gaylord Palms Christmas event
© Gaylord Palms. Photo Credit: Christina Dworkin
The Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando hosts a magical holiday event that’s perfect for families. Christmas at Gaylord Palms includes ICE! featuring a different theme each year, a winter wonderland made of colorful ice sculptures. Children can slide down ice slides and explore the frozen wonders, all while bundled up in warm parkas. The resort also offers character breakfasts, scavenger hunts, and more festive activities for kids.

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

EPCOT, another Disney park, hosts the International Festival of the Holidays, where families can experience the diverse traditions of the world during the holiday season. Children can embark on a journey around the World Showcase to enjoy holiday stories, live entertainment, and delicious international cuisine.
Group of friends having dessert near the Christmas Tree in EPCOT
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LEGOLAND Florida’s Christmas Bricktacular

Lego Santa and Gingerbread Man in front of the LEGOLAND Florida park entrance
LEGOLAND Florida Resort welcomes the holiday season with the Christmas Bricktacular. Kids can help build a giant LEGO model, meet LEGO Santa, and participate in a LEGO scavenger hunt throughout the park. The park is decked out in festive decorations, making it a perfect spot for LEGO-loving families.
These are just a few of the incredible holiday events Orlando has to offer for children and families. The city’s unique blend of theme park magic and cultural diversity ensures that every child can find something to love during the holiday season. If any of these enchanting events pique your interest, be sure to stay at Encore Resort at Reunion. Mere minutes away from the holiday celebrations, Encore Resort is a merry and bright place to make special memories.
Nico Luna sitting with a plate of cookies

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