It's here! From now until after the New Year, the theme parks will be in full-on holiday mode. Get ready for great festivities, lots of fun and BIG crowds. Read Leap's Top 10 Sanity-Saving Tips (blog) if you'll be spending the holidays at the parks.
How's this for an early Christmas present? Mostly sunny skies with daytime temperatures in the mid to high 70s are expected all weekend; nights will cool down to the high 50s. For an up-to-the-minute Orlando weather forecast, click here.
What's Happening This Weekend...
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party @ Magic Kingdom® Park
It’s your last chance to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this Friday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 18 at Magic Kingdom® Park! The festive celebration is filled with live entertainment, spectacular fireworks, your favorite Disney Characters and much more. Highlights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party include: Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade (watch the video), Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks show (watch the video), Celebrate the Season castle stage show (watch the video), and a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.® (watch the video). Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is from 7 p.m. until midnight and is not included with regular theme park admission.
Listen to the Storytellers as they recount holiday customs from their countries during Holidays Around The World. From the Monkey King in the China Pavilion to Father Christmas in the United Kingdom Pavilion, this international celebration of Yuletide traditions is not to be missed. The Candlelight Processional is a perfect way to spend the evening after a full day of festivities. This weekend, Broadway legend Chita Rivera will narrate the story of Christmas accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. The Candelight Processional takes place at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase; show times are 5:00, 6:45 & 8:15 p.m. Holidays Around The World – Candlelight Processional is included with regular admission to Epcot® and continues until Dec. 30, 2011.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights @ Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
What do you get when you combine millions of twinkling lights, holiday music and the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®? The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights! This breathtaking display takes place nightly beginning at 6 p.m. Approximately every 10 minutes, the lights dim then dramatically spring to life perfectly synchronized to music. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights continues until Jan. 8, 2012 and is included with regular theme park admission.
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade @ Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
After you’ve met a few of your favorite Disney Characters at Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village in Camp Minnie-Mickey, save your viewing spot for Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade which kicks off at 3:45 p.m. Both of these holiday events continue until Jan. 3, 2012 and are included with regular admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
Festival of the Seasons @ Downtown Disney
Festival of the Seasons continues this weekend at Downtown Disney. Enjoy Latin, jazz and pop performances of cherished holiday songs throughout the day, but the real fun begins when the sun goes down. There are costumed stilt walkers and street performers, holiday carolers, a lively holiday dance party with a deejay and SANTA CLAUS! Festival of the Seasons continues until Jan. 8, 2012 and admission is free.
Macy’s Holiday Parade & Mannheim Steamroller @ Universal Studios
Don’t miss Mannheim Steamroller this weekend at Universal Studios. The biggest selling Christmas artist of all time will perform on the Music Plaza Stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18. Before the concert, be sure to catch Macy’s Holiday Parade complete with balloons and floats direct from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The parade kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday; 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Macy’s Holiday Parade and Mannheim Steamroller are included with regular admission to Universal Studios.
Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure has been transformed into the whimsical world of Grinchmas! The centerpiece of this season-long special event is the heartwarming live show starring The Grinch featuring music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. Guests will even be able to meet “the green one” himself! Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure is included with regular theme park admission and continues until Jan. 1, 2012.
SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration
Head over to SeaWorld this weekend for SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Highlights of Seaworld’s Christmas Celebration include Shamu Christmas – Miracles, A Sesame Street Christmas, Winter Wonderland on Ice, and the spectacular fireworks show Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale. Another highlight of the event is THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience when the beloved holiday classic comes to life as you and your family are immersed in the heart-warming story of a young boy’s thrilling ride into an enchanted world. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration begins at noon each day and is included with regular theme park admission.
Holidays at Busch Gardens continues this weekend. Highlights of the event include Christmas on Ice, a limited engagement ice show with a cast of professional skaters, Christmas from the Heart, an inspiring holiday gospel performance, and Christmas Celebration, a musical extravaganza featuring seasonal songs, tap-dancing toy soldiers and fun for the whole family. Holidays at Busch Gardens is included with regular theme park admission and continues until Jan. 1, 2012; buy discounted tickets here.
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