Attractions: Discover the Magic of the Holidays

What it lacks in powdery-white snow, Orlando makes up for in charming winter experiences.


Central Florida may not initially come to mind when envisioning a quintessential holiday experience, but larger-than-life light displays and themed shows at the area’s local attractions set the stage for family memories.

The Happiest Celebration on Earth

Fans of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can look forward to pixie-dusted holiday happenings at Walt Disney World Resort. Although the former special-ticketed Christmas event won’t return this year, Magic Kingdom will instead play host to Disney’s Very Merriest After Hours.
On select nights from Nov. 8 to Dec. 21, guests can attend a four-hour spectacular at the park, set to include special character sightings, a Christmastime parade, ice cream novelties, a Club Tinsel Dance Party in Tomorrowland and a special fireworks show set to the tune of popular Christmas carols. The best part? This is an opportune time to enjoy shorter wait times on more than 20 rides, as admission to the park will be limited.

Ticketholders can enter as early as 7 p.m., though the events begin at 9. Admission ranges from $169 to $249 per adult or child depending on the event date, but Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members save $10 when purchasing a ticket.

Holiday cheer will spread far and near throughout other parts of Walt Disney World Resort as well, as Disney Springs puts on its festive best for the holidays, EPCOT hosts its International Festival of the Holidays and select resorts celebrate the season with fantastical gingerbread displays.

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