What to Do in Orlando This Fall and Winter: 2019-2020
If you’re into Christmas trees and corn mazes but less into bundling up, Orlando is your kind of city. Central Florida doesn’t let 60- and 70-degree temperatures stand in the way of celebrating fall and winter.
Load your lucky sports team into a charter bus for a trip to Disney World, Universal Studios, and LEGOLAND, or book a minibus to get your cosplay group to the Holiday Matsuri convention. No matter where you’re going, National Charter Bus has your back. Call us at 407-274-9782 for a free, personalized quote, and keep reading to discover all of the amazing events taking place in Orlando at the end of the year.
Long & Scott Farms Corn Maze
Oct. 5 – Dec. 8
Long & Scott Farms
This locally-owned produce farm features a 7-acre corn maze that opens on Oct. 5 and remains open until Dec. 8, a zipline, a jumping pillow, and a super slide. The market sells corn, cucumbers, jams, and honey, and the cafe offers corn chowder and vegetable sandwiches that are as farm-to-table as it gets.
The Holidays at Disney World
Nov. 8 – Dec. 31
Walt Disney World Resort
It’s hard to beat Disney World when it comes to the holidays. You can see beautiful decorations at all four theme parks and in the Disney Springs shopping district, but Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays are true standouts.
MVMCP begins Nov. 8 and runs on select nights until Dec. 22. The celebration features the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, as well as free cookies and the chance to meet characters dressed in holiday apparel. The Festival of the Holidays runs from Nov. 29 until Dec. 30 and offers food booths with wintery dishes from a dozen different nations, including Japan, France, and Morocco.
Festival of Trees
Orlando Museum of Art
A local tradition, the Festival of Trees has been raising money for the Orlando Museum of Art for 33 years. Stroll past dozens of Christmas trees designed by regional artists, all reflecting this year’s theme, “Merry and Bright.” The museum also displays beautiful wreaths, a gingerbread village, and holiday-themed table decor to create a true winter wonderland.
The Holidays at Universal Orlando
Nov. 16 – Jan. 5
Universal Orlando Resort
Who doesn’t want to spend Christmas at Hogwarts? The Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley sections of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will both be fully decked out for the holidays, and a Christmas-themed show will be projected onto Hogwarts castle. If you’re not a Harry Potter fan, Universal also offers a holiday parade sponsored by Macy’s and a live show called the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.
Christmas at the Gaylord Palms
Nov. 25-Jan. 5
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
The massive Christmas celebration at the Gaylord Palms Resort includes indoor snow tubing, stories with Mrs. Claus, gingerbread house decorating, an escape room, and a scavenger hunt. But the true highlight is ICE!, a walk-through exhibit of massive sculptures carved from 2 million pounds of the titular substance. In 2019, the sculptures will be inspired by The Polar Express.
LEGOLAND Florida Christmas Bricktacular
Nov. 29 – Dec. 31
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
LEGOLAND is the only place in Florida you can meet LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier. Your kids can also sing and dance their way through the Holly Jolly Jubilee and the LEGO Christmas Tree Spectacular. From Dec. 26 – 31, the park switches over to hosting a Kids’ New Year’s Party with fireworks, dancing, and plenty of chances to build with LEGOs. If you have a dance class or daycare group who have earned a treat, rent a minibus with free WiFi to take them to this interactive theme park.
Nov. 30 – Dec. 31
Market Street, Town of Celebration
Orlando has a ton of awesome winter activities. What it doesn’t have is a ton of snow, but Celebration is here to help. This town, built by Disney, features “snow” falling from the sky on Market Street at 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m. each night. You’ll also find a large Christmas tree, carolers dressed in Dickensenian attire, an ice-skating rink, and horse-drawn carriage rides.
Singing Christmas Trees
Dec. 6 – 15
First Baptist Orlando
This musical presentation has been taking place in Orlando for more than 3 decades and features a choir standing on risers shaped like two 45-foot Christmas trees. The show also has a full orchestra, dancers, actors, and more than 250,000 lights. Want to take your church group to this event? Rent a charter bus so you can watch Christmas-themed movies on the way there.
Dec. 13 – 15
Orlando World Center Marriott
Traditional holiday celebrations aren’t for everyone. If you need a break from trees and carols, indulge your love for anime and manga at this holiday-themed convention. Meet acclaimed voice actors, cosplayers, and YouTubers, browse a wide array of fan art and merchandise, and pull out your best My Hero Academia or Fire Emblem: Three Houses cosplay to compete in the Costume Contest and Winter Cosplay Crown match.
The Nutcracker by the Orlando Ballet
Dec. 13 – 23
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
It’s hard to imagine the holidays without The Nutcracker. If you’re in Orlando, you don’t have to. The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras provide the music for this beautiful production by Orlando Ballet. Have kids who can’t sit through a full show? The company offers 1-hour family shows ideal for younger children.
Experience the Magic of Orlando This Fall and Winter
Disney World, Universal Studios and LEGOLAND embrace the holidays with live shows, beautiful decorations, and delicious holiday food, but the seasonal fun doesn’t stop at the theme parks. Don’t let the inconvenience of driving around Orlando stop you from seeing Christmas trees at the Orlando Museum of Art or navigating a corn maze at Long & Scott Farms.
When you rent a motorcoach from National Charter Bus, you can discover Orlando’s rich array of holiday activities without worrying about directions or getting stuck in traffic. Ready to start planning? Call us at 407-274-9782, and we’ll help you make the end of the year unforgettable.