Florida may not have snow but that doesn’t mean it lacks the holiday festivities during the most magical time of the year. You’ll see the spirit of holidays everywhere in full swing. Only the hot chocolates and eggnogs are replaced with margaritas and mojitos and you’re welcome to experience all the Christmas festivities in Floridian style!
If you’re planning to visit the Sunshine State this holiday season, here are my top picks of places that you shouldn’t miss based on my experience!
1) Nights of Lights, St. Augustine
From Nov 18th, 2017 to Jan 31st, 2018
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St Augustine — the oldest city in the United States is famous for its Nights of Lights festival where an entire city is decorated with gazillions of twinkling lights. Either take an evening trolley tour and enjoy the magic of the holiday season while singing Christmas carols at the top of your voice or ride in a romantic carriage and get the old world vibes.
2) The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Island of Adventure, Universal Orlando
From Nov 18th, 2017 to Jan 6th, 2018
For the very first time, all the muggles can enjoy the Christmas festivity and holiday celebration at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando. You’ll experience the snowy British Christmas in the tropical weather of Florida. The Hogsmeade at the Island of Aadventures has been transformed into a winter wonderland. The Hogwarts Castle is superimposed with whimsical light projection multiple times a night, pairing the iconic music from the Harry Potter films with images of broomstick-riding students, caroling ghosts as well as a spectacular display of fireworks.
3) Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando
to , 2017
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If you want to experience larger than a life holiday celebration, you must visit Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando. The magical celebration includes the spectacular parade, breathtaking fireworks and other live events.
4) Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios, Orlando
From Nov 18th, 2017 to Jan 6th, 2018
The Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios is one of the iconic events of the year. This year the holiday event has been newly rebranded as Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy in which you’ll see some massive floats, minions, Shrek, Madagascar‘s cast, and, of course, Santa Claus himself!
5) Sea World, Orlando
From Nov 24th, 2017 to Jan 31st, 2018
There is wintery, watery wonderland at Sea World, Orlando! Visit Santa’s Christmas Village, meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends, watch Dolphins Island Christmas where dolphins and pilot whales bring their playful holiday cheer and join sea lion pals Clyde and Seamore in this spoof of a nighttime television Christmas Special at SeaWorld’s spectacular Christmas Celebration this holiday season.
6) Busch Gardens, Tampa
From Nov 19th, 2017 to Dec 31st, 2017
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Apart from seeing millions of twinkling lights at Christmas Town Village in Busch Garden, you can watch world-class ice skaters, yuletide shows, even your favorite Sesame Street characters and other live events and attractions and get a perfect feel of festivity around!
7) Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami
From Nov 2nd, 2017 to Jan 7th, 2018
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Santa’s Enchanted Park is a world’s largest Holiday theme park featuring over 100 rides, games, shows and attractions. This park opens only from October to January and this South Floridian wonderland has the power to delight all the age groups! Whether you want to make a great memory for your kids or live your childhood again, you will see the spirit of holiday cheer in the air!
If you have been to any of these places during the holiday season, do share your experiences in the comments below? If not, which place would you love to visit?
Till then, keep wandering!
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