10 Reasons to Visit Orlando in December
There’s no bad time to visit Orlando but we must admit that visiting in December offers many unique opportunities. Check out these ten reasons to visit Orlando in December and then compare Disney World packages, search for vacation homes to rent, or just learn more about the area.
1. The Magic Kingdom offers incredible fireworks displays
Many people believe that Disney’s Magic Kingdom has the best fireworks in the world. The special fireworks show they have during the holiday season is nothing short of spectacular. Let everyone else in the north slop through the snow and sleet when you enjoy holiday fireworks that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
2. There are a ton of new attractions to check out
If it’s been over a year since your last visit to Orlando then you’ll be amazed at how much changed. Universal Orlando has opened their new waterpark, Volcano Bay, which uses a new TapuTapu innovative technology to ensure guests skip every line. Disney has added entirely new land to Animal Kingdom, Pandora. Typhoon Lagoon, a top-rated water park, has a new family raft ride called Miss Fortune Falls. And these are just a few examples!
3. You can learn about unique holiday traditions from around the world
Disney’s Epcot has a unique part of their park called the World Showcase. During the holidays, it includes 15 marketplaces from around the world, a scavenger hunt to get kids excited, and lots of entertainment from countries across the globe. The beloved annual Candlelight Processional will also be running through the end of December and has some really incredible narrators this year.
4. Christians can enjoy a Jesus theme park
When you visit Orlando, there are dozens of theme parks to consider – including Holy Land Experience. What better time to visit a Jesus-themed park than around the holidays? This unique spot has shows, music lights, and even some comedy. What’s more, it’s free to visit during the holidays – in fact, you even get free parking. Update: Unfortunately, Holy Land closed their doors permanently 3/14/2020.
5. You can skip the heat
There are many valid reasons to visit Orlando during the summer but there’s always one big downside – the heat and humidity. If you visit in December, you can likely skip all the heat. It should be noted that Florida weather is rather volatile during colder months. Expect to need warm clothes in the morning and warmer-weather wear in the afternoon.
6. You may be able to find incredible prices
If you want to visit Orlando during Christmas or New Year’s Eve, then you should expect to pay top dollar. While there are ways to save, such as staying at off-site Orlando hotels or getting big savings by renting an Orlando vacation home – the weeks of Christmas and New Years are the busiest of the year. However, if you visit earlier in December, you may find lower prices and lower crowd levels at the parks.
7. Hollywood Studios offers holiday celebrations
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some great activities from the beginning of November through to the end of December, including Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM, a nighttime show, and Sunset Seasons Greetings, where guests can meet their favorite characters like Mickey and Minnie, Olaf, Buzz, and Woodie.
8. You can bring in Christmas with The Grinch
There isn’t a more famous Christmas cynic than The Grinch, yet his particular brand of wittiness is beloved across the world. During December, Universal’s Islands of Adventure features a Christmas Wholiday Spectacular with hilarious noises, lots of snark, a cute dog, and sly adult references to ensure it’s fun for everyone.
9. There are lots of attractions you can enjoy for less than $25
If you assume that a visit to Orlando means spending thousands of dollars, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are actually lots of low-price and even free things to do. The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, the Coca Cola Orlando Eye, Lake Eola Park, CityArts Factory, and Black Hammock Adventures are just a few examples of things you can do for less than $25.
10. Harry Potter fans will love their options
Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is already a very popular spot for fans of Harry Potter but in December it’s even more exciting. Start by checking out the Frog Choir, which has a special show ready for the holidays. Check out the special seasonal food and drinks, and make sure you see the stunning projection wrap around Hogwarts.