December Holiday Events in Central Florida #2020
While this year, our festive apparel may include a mask for safety, that hasn’t stopped Central Florida from still finding the holiday spirit! Central Florida is known throughout the world for being a place of whimsy, magic, and fairy dust. This year, the world needs more fairy dust and whimsy than ever, and Central Florida is stepping up to the challenge. Businesses have truly utilized every innovative idea they could think up to give us new and safe ways to fulfill our need for the holiday spirit.
While Disney World has refrained from their normal Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in an attempt to keep capacity low, that hasn’t stopped them from rolling out the holiday carpet in other ways! Disney Springs, many of the hotels and the parks are still decorated for the holidays. Disney Springs is also once again offering their Christmas tree trail this year, with Christmas trees themed to different Disney movies. Epcot is also still hosting their Holidays Around the World festivities, with holiday food offerings from different countries. Universal Orlando also is decorating the parks for the holidays, as well as hosting their own Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the iconic balloons we have come to love. Legoland and SeaWorld are also offering decorations, parades, and music to celebrate as well!
The theme parks are not the only ones getting in the holiday spirit! The Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee is hosting their yearly Night of a Million Lights! From now until January 3rd, you can come stroll through a winter wonderland made up of 3 million lights decorating the residential Storybook Village. There’s a 150 foot tunnel of lights, 50 wire framed holiday light displays, and wheelchair accessible rides. Admission also includes complimentary ice cream and hot cocoa, as well as a visit from the big man-Santa himself! A portion of ticket prices go to making sure that the organization can grant some of the wishes of critically ill children. To maintain safety, the Give Kids the World Village is offering staggered entry times as well as required masks for entry.
On a normal day, the Leu Gardens is a magnificent and awe-inspiring experience. However, decorated for the holidays the Leu Gardens are truly breathtaking! The Dazzling Nights event includes a photo opportunity in front of a 30 foot towering Christmas tree, interactive lights that will illuminate and sound out ringing bells when stepped on, a 65 foot long tunnel of light and much more! This event also has staggered entry times and requires masks for entry.
One of the perennial joys of living in Central Florida during the holidays is the celebrations at the Gaylord Palms. This year, the Christmas spectacular will include a pop-up event named “I Love Christmas Movies!”, which celebrates the Christmas classics that we have come to love over the years. This event includes scenes from A Christmas Story, The Polar Express, Elf, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. There is also a snow factory, a gingerbread house decorating corner, a sledding hill, and an Elf Training Academy, where you will create a precious keepsake for a loved one. There’s even a Feast with the Grinch breakfast event where you can chow down with the Cheer-Mesiter himself! Tickets are available now at the Gaylord Palm website.
For those who want holiday thrills from the comfort of their car, the Space Coast has your back! Wickham Park in Brevard County hosts a 20 minute drive through some beautiful light displays, all without having to leave your vehicle! The Space Coast Lightfest costs only $15 per vehicle and also offers a walk through option as well. While you’re in the Brevard area, you’ll definitely want to check out the Jolly Days event at the Brevard Zoo! The weekend before Christmas, the zoo offers holiday decorations, games, music, and exhibits! The animals also get in on the fun, as many of them receive holiday “gifts” within their enclosures.
The holidays may look a little different this year. We may not be able to travel or celebrate with our families, but Central Florida has stepped up to the occasion with events that make us feel like we are home, no matter where we’re from. That is the magic of this area. People normally come from all over the world to have fun, but this year we are making our own holiday fun despite the circumstances.
Mike Spicer An official Agent of Excellence, is a local Realtor, lives, works and enjoys Horizon West daily. If you ever have questions about the neighborhoods, the parks, or homes in the area feel free to reach out to Mike directly he would love to help. This blog written by, the Michael Spicer, P.A. Team.
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