As you might expect, the world's most popular family destination is an extremely busy place during the holiday season, as families take advantage of the long school break and the chance to escape the cold weather in other parts of the country. You'll find plenty of holiday cheer everywhere you go, as theme parks and resorts deck their halls and roll out elaborate holiday celebrations.
One caveat: Be aware that the holiday season is a peak hotel period and prices are at their highest for the year.
Disney World puts on the biggest holiday celebration in Orlando, from its annual after-hours Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom to Holidays Around the World and the beloved Candlelight Processional at Epcot, not to mention holiday sleigh rides and visits with Santa.
Universal Orlando is celebrating the Christmas season with its annual Holidays at Universal Orlando that starts in early December. Families can visit all the usual theme park attractions and rides, plus enjoy special holiday entertainment that is included with park-to-park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
SeaWorld Orlando is celebrating the holiday season with its annual SeaWorld Christmas Celebration on select dates during the holiday season. Families can experience a real holiday snowfall and watch special seasonal shows including Shamu Christmas Miracles, The Polar Express Experience, and Elmo's Christmas Wish.
Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida is celebrating the holiday season with its annual Christmas Bricktacular held on weekends in December. The theme park dedicated to the iconic building bricks will be decked out with festive decorations and holiday music.
Snow and ice in Orlando? You bet. The holiday season kicks off in mid-November at Gaylord Palms Resort with the return of ICE!, the award-winning icy attraction, and the resort’s 48-day Christmas celebration. With more than two million lights and a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, families will feel at home for the holidays.
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If you can't land a room during the holidays (or can't land one at a good price), the next best thing is to travel during dead week. Right after the peak holiday period, resorts empty out and prices plummet. Here's how to land a dead week getaway for a fraction of what costs just days earlier.