Is there a bad time to visit Orlando? We think not! That said, there are some better times than others to visit. For many people visiting Orlando in January is perfect for their needs. Most schools are in sessions so crowds are low, there are a lot of deals to be had, and the temperatures aren’t as hot and humid as they are in the summertime.
However, we’ve found that while many people love the great deals on Orlando vacation home rentals and Orlando hotels, they worry that there won’t be a lot of things to do in Orlando in January. Fortunately, that’s not the case. Let’s take a look at ten things to do in Orlando in January of 2018.
1. Take part in the holiday events at Universal Orlando
Visiting Orlando in January doesn’t mean you have to miss all the unique holiday experiences. In fact, Universal Studios Orlando continues their holiday festivities through January 6th. This is the first year that they’ve been expanded this far. You’ll find decorations, lighting, holiday themed food, and unique entertainment in every part of Universal, including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Plus, there are parades, extra events at Seuss Landing, and tons more.
2. Visit Nature Connects with LEGO Bricks in the Leu Gardens
Orlando Leu Gardens begins a new attraction on January 1st. Running through mid-April, you can visit these incredible gardens and see them as you’ve never seen them before – filled with LEGO flowers, animals, and much more. This is a must-see for both LEGO fans and nature lovers.
3. Take advantage of a wealth of shopping options
Though Orlando may be best known as a top theme park city in the world, there’s also tons of shopping to be done. Stop by Disney Springs to see upscale boutiques from your favorite brands like Prada, or get deep discounts at one of the three outlet centers in the Orlando area.
4. Watch a national soap box derby championship
On January 20th, 2018, you can check out the second annual Sunshine State Superkids event. Run by a non-profit company, this event features derby racing by special needs kids and kids in local foster care. this event is entirely free for kids and includes both food and drinks for the entire day. Just bring your own chair and umbrella so you can enjoy the race.
5. See more than 2 million pounds of carved ice
Running through January 7th, the Gaylord Palms Resort has an incredible event called ICE! It features more than two million pounds of carved ice, all of which is kept at nine degrees. With cool temps, there’s a lot of wintertime activities to take part in, including watching ice sculptures being created in front of your eyes, riding down ice slides, and unique celebrations from a variety of cultures.
6. Go to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapolooza
If you’re a nature lover then you won’t want to miss the annual Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapoloza Birding Festival. Tour more than 20,000 acres, which are home to more than 360 bird species. There are a variety of packages, from full day trips to half day drips, from dinners with experts to keynote speeches.
7. Go to the Citrus Bowl
Held on January 1st and originally known as the Tangerine Bowl, the Citrus Bowl is one of the ten oldest collegiate bowl games in the United States. It’s been held every year since 1947.
8. Take part in the Walt Disney World marathons
On January 3rd through the 7th, you can take part in either the Walt Disney World Marathon or the Half Marathon. There will be thousands of people taking part in this annual event, which runs through all four Disney World parks: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. There are only two marathon races but an entire weekend of fitness events.
9. Buy an antique car or just look at some incredible examples
From January 5th through the 14th, you can visit Osceola Heritage Park for the Mecum Auction and Collector Car Show. It opens every day at 7:30, kids 12 and under are free, and adults are $20 each. You’ll see some incredible cars and may even have the chance to buy your dream machine.
10. See a magic show the way it was meant to be seen
On January 6th, you can visit Houdini’s Hidden Theater for a wonderful surprise. This 35-seat theater showcases both classic and modern magic, which is performed the way it used to be – up close and personal. This is a truly unique option for families, couples, and even solo travelers.