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Christmas In Florida

Celebrate the Holidays with Florida-Style Traditions


Magic Kingdom Holiday Parade
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The weather outside may not be frightful, but Christmas in Florida can be so delightful. While balmy breezes and swaying palms may not be everyone's idea of a typical Christmas, Floridians have found some pretty unique ways to celebrate the season. And, for those who just can't do without ice and snow, we have that too... we even have a town named Christmas!

Yes, Virginia... there really is a Christmas, Florida. Florida may not see much snow, but the small post office near historical Fort Christmas sees plenty of activity prior to the holidays. People come from miles around to have their Christmas cards postmarked "Christmas, Florida!" If you go, expect to wait in longer-than-usual lines for what has become a holiday tradition for many.

Additionally, the first weekend in December, Fort Christmas celebrates a "Cracker Christmas" with pioneer demonstrations, homemade crafts, exhibits and barbeque.

Christmas, Florida is located about 20 miles east of Orlando on Highway 50. The historical park and museum is located a few miles north of Hwy. 50 at 1300 Fort Christmas Road (C.R. 420).

Christmas Shoppes

Even if we sing "Let it snow... let it snow..." - getting in the holiday mood in Florida is sometimes just plain hard. Enter any of these Christmas shoppes and be transported into a winter wonderland. Lavishly decorated trees, twinkling lights, ornaments that shine, garland that shimmers and snow covering everything combines with the scent of pine to take you into another world.

Decorating Christmas Trees Florida-Style

Whether you live in Florida or somewhere in the frozen north, you are probably looking for a great way to showcase those shells you picked up on the beach during your last vacation. Why not use them as decorations on your holiday tree? You're only limited by your imagination and we'll even give that a jump start with a few ideas, how-to craft projects, and places to purchase themed lights and ornaments. Details

Holiday Lights Brighten Attractions

If you're wondering where to find the brightest lights this season, bundle up... grab the kids and a camera... these are memory making Kodak® moments just waiting to happen. Details

Disney World Holidays

If you've ever struggled with getting your own holiday decorations in place before guests arrive for that pre-holiday party, just imagine decking the halls of the 40-square-mile Walt Disney World Resort where hundreds (if not thousands) of guests arrive daily. It takes an entire year of planning, but the results are spectacular! Details & Dates

Gaylord Palms' ICE!

This holiday attraction is hand-carved from nearly two million pounds of ice that creates a winter experience like no other in Florida. The enormous structure used to house ICE! — dubbed "The Florida Fridge" — is cooled to a chilly nine degrees making it necessary for the resort to provide oversized winter coats for visitors to wear.

The popular family experience gives guests a chance to visit a whimisical winter wonderland of interactive environments and larger-than-life, three-dimensional ice monuments and sculptures. There is even an ice skating rink on the premises!

SeaWorld Holidays

Celebrate the holidays like never before at sunny Florida's SeaWorld Orlando. Holiday guests can enjoy three all-new shows, plus the return of The Polar Express Experience and more. Details and dates

Universal Orlando

If you didn't get to New York for Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, there is no need to pout. Each evening all of the floats, performers, costumes and marching bands that make up the Macy's tradition will fill the streets of Universal Studios Orlando. Island of Adventure celebrates with Grinchmas, featuring the green one himself and the Whos. In addition, specially themed holiday shows feature live music and entertainment. Details

Seasonal Music

Enjoy a peaceful retreat along with your favorite seasonal music at Bok Sanctuary where carillon music will be played during daily peformances. All concerts are free with Sanctuary admission.

Epcot's Candlelight Processional is one of the most popular holiday traditions at Disney World. It is also one of the most beautiful and meaningful celebrations. The grand musical performance by a mass choir and orchestra is filled with pageantry, but the real treat of the evening is when a celebrity narrator retells the traditional Christmas story.

Ho, Ho, Ho... Santa Sightings

It isn't hard to believe that after Santa spends much of the year at the North Pole that he wouldn't enjoy the warmer climate of Florida. It seems he gets away to the Sunshine State about this time every year for a little R&R before his all-night Christmas Eve sleigh ride, because he is sighted in the most unlikely places.

  • Santa's a little Goofy... at Camp Minnie-Mickey in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Guests may meet Disney characters dressed in their holiday best at Santa Goofy's Holiday Village. The village is decorated festively for the holidays and features live entertainers and photo opportunities.

  • You might see Santa riding the rails...
    Florida Gulf Coast Railroad's annual Christmas Trains depart Parrish Station on select afternoons and evenings through December.

  • Every day is a fair day at Santa's Enchanted Forest in Miami! We're talking midway games and rides, attractions, themed displays, a 92-foot Christmas tree, over three-million twinkling holiday lights and all the fun Santa and his elves can create!

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