The Holidays Return to Orlando's Theme Parks

By Roger Jimenez

Orlando's enchanting theme parks have already begun to deck their halls and spread festive cheer once again! As the 2023 holiday season begins, Disney's Magic Kingdom, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld are gearing up for their beloved holiday celebrations. 

Join us on a magical journey through their festivities, where cherished characters, dazzling decorations, and the spirit of the season come together to create cherished memories. Get ready to unwrap the magic as we delve into the enchanting world of Orlando's holiday-themed theme park celebrations!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Step into a winter wonderland at Disney's Magic Kingdom during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! This enchanting event transforms the park into a festive paradise, complete with sparkling lights, seasonal decorations, and the joyful spirit of the holidays. mickey and friends in christmas outfits on a stage

Image by Walt Disney World

Guests can delight in exclusive holiday-themed parades, fireworks, and stage shows featuring beloved Disney characters. Visitors can also meet Santa Claus, savor delicious holiday treats, and embark on enchanting rides adorned with a touch of Christmas magic. 

With snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. and the sweet sounds of carolers in the air, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a heartwarming celebration where dreams come true and holiday memories are made. 

Holidays at Universal: Grinchmas, Christmas in the Wizarding World, and More!

Discover the enchanting world of Dr. Seuss at Universal's Grinchmas! This heartwarming celebration brings the beloved tale of the Grinch to life, immersing guests in the whimsical town of Whoville. Guests can catch the spectacular Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a live retelling of the classic story featuring vibrant characters, catchy music, and the Grinch's heartwarming transformation. 

grinch in santa outfit with sleigh full of presents

Guests can also embark on a spellbinding journey at Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter during the holiday season! Experience the magic of Christmas in the Wizarding World, where the charming village of Hogsmeade and the iconic Hogwarts Castle are adorned with enchanting decorations and a blanket of snow. Patrons can witness the mesmerizing Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, a nightly light projection show that illuminates the castle with festive scenes from the Harry Potter series!

hogwarts castle with christmas projections

Selling over 31+ Millions albums since 1984, and labeled as the #1 holiday artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller will return to the Universal Orlando Resort with live performances on December 2, 3, 9 and 10!

universal orlando stage at night with spotlights and mannheim steamroller playing music

And let's not forgot Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's, where guests can enjoy characters from Shrek, Madagascar, and Despicable Me fill the streets on floats and adorned as colorful balloons. Be sure to stick around for the finale, as Santa Claus lights an 80-foot Christmas tree!

universal christmas tree and big gold macys star balloon

Image by Universal Orlando

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration ‘23

Dive into a world of festive enchantment at SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration, from November 10 to January 2, 2024! This magical event brings the spirit of the season to the sea, transforming the park into a winter wonderland of lights, laughter, and marine wonders. 

seaworld colorful christmas trees with blue background and fireworks

Patrons will be captivated by the spectacular Sea of Trees, where over 100 trees come to life with synchronized lights and music. Enjoy special holiday-themed animal shows featuring playful dolphins, magnificent orcas, and charming sea lions. Visitors can get lost in the charm of Sesame Street Christmas Parade, where everyone’s favorite characters join in the holiday festivities. 

Indulge in delectable seasonal treats, meet Santa Claus, and experience the joy of giving with unique holiday shopping opportunities. SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration combines the magic of the holidays with the wonder of the ocean, creating an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

two images with christmas drinks and food

Images by Seaworld Orlando


From the twinkling lights and merry music at Disney's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party to the whimsical wonders of Universal's Grinchmas and Christmas in the Wizarding World, and the heartwarming moments at SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration, the parks are poised to transform into winter wonderlands. Want to live near the magic year-round? We can help!


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