Holiday Spirit Descends on Orlando Theme Parks

Florida may be tropical, but that’s not stopping the theme parks from pulling out all the stops in anticipation of the winter holiday. The Orlando Sentinel has provided a listing of holiday extravaganzas throughout the area.

Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular Musical at Universal Orlando

Beginning Dec. 3, Universal Orlando is planning a series of six concerts by Mannheim Steamroller on the first three Saturdays and Sundays of December. It’s a return engagement for the classic Christmas performers. Also returning are the Macy’s Holiday Parade at the Studios and Grinchmas, which includes the Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular Musical at Islands of Adventure, as well as “holiday versions of its stage shows and hosts a Holiday Village attraction with hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, a cupcake-decorating contest and other retail opportunities.”

Check out Universal Orlando’s web site for special deals.

SeaWorld Orlando is gearing up for its Christmas Celebration, which includes an all-new holiday show, O Wondrous Night – The Greatest Story Never Told. The attraction is tells the Christmas story through the eyes of various live animals. Returning favorites include Winter Wonderland on Ice and Shamu Christmas … Miracles, along with Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas and A Sesame

Winter Wonderland on Ice at SeaWorld Orlando

Street Christmas.

There’s also The Polar Express Experience, based on the favorite holiday classic, and the Sea of Trees, espanded to 100 trees displayed around SeaWorld’s center lake. And for those seeking gifts and goodies, The Christmas Market features unique artisans and culinary delights. Speaking of culinary delights, the Makahiki Christmas Luau lends a Polynesian flavor to the holiday season.

The whole Christmas package is tied together with Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale, which features “soaring fountains, dazzling lights, and festive fireworks.”

The festivities begin Nov. 25. Check out the SeaWorld Orlando website for details.

A holiday highlight at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is Christmas on Ice, a classic ice show. Spectacular pointsettias, Christmas characters, decorations, and holiday-themed music and shows are also part of the festivities, which begin Nov. 21. They’re all included with admission. For details visit the Busch Gardens’s website.


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