6 Holiday Events Not to Miss in Orlando

Spend the holidays in Orlando and experience these festive things, from Mickey's Christmas party to Universal's Grinchmas and Elmo's Christmas Wish.

If you're in Orlando this winter, make sure to check out these theme parks and attractions for their take on the holiday magic.

Christmas Disney-Style

On select nights, guests can enjoy Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party with Disney characters, holiday parades, fireworks, hot chocolate and even snow flurries on Main Street USA. Over at Epcot, don't miss the Candlelight Processional featuring storytelling by celebrity narrators, a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious choir. Disney's Hollywood Studios installs millions of twinkling lights choreographed to music in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing LightsDowntown Disney transforms its free outdoor marketplace into a winter wonderland with carolers, Latino, jazz and pop performances, costumed stilt walkers and street performers along with a lively holiday dance party and a photo opp with the man in red.

Universal Orlando's Holidays Celebration

At Islands of Adventure, Seuss Landing celebrates Grinchmas with a live retelling of Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular and a chance to meet the Grinch himself. At Universal Studios, the Macy's Holiday Parade fills the streets each night with the same balloon floats seen in the famous Thanksgiving Day Parade. Don't miss Mannheim Steamroller live on stage select nights and the huge New Year's Eve party at CityWalk.

Now Snowing

Celebration hosts nightly snowfalls along with horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, visits with Santa and ice skating.

The Nutcracker

It simply isn't Christmas without this classic performance by the Orlando Ballet, debuting this season in the stunning Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The $500-million performing arts center opens in November in downtown Orlando. 

Christmas Bricktacular

See the 30-foot-tall Christmas tree made with 270,000 LEGO blocks or the life-size Santa. Special events include scavenger hunts, building activities, live entertainment and 3-D fireworks.

Seaworld's Christmas

Take an enchanted journey on the Polar Express to the North Pole to meet Santa, see Elmo’s Christmas Wish show featuring Sesame Street characters and see the Shamu Christmas Miracles show set to festive music at Seaworld