Although the weather may not scream Christmas in Kissimmee, there is no shortage of exciting ways to celebrate this magical season. Whether you want to view amazing decorations, see a classic Christmas tale brought to life, enjoy a delicious Christmas meal, or something entirely different, you can experience all of this and more while celebrating Christmas in Kissimmee. Of course, the best part is that you do not have to freeze to death while enjoying the fun. Here are just a few of the top ways you can celebrate the holiday season.
Amazing Light Displays
What better way to celebrate Christmas in Kissimmee than by viewing mesmerizing light displays? If you only visit one place, it has to be 1642 Sunburst Way. For the past 24 years, the family has been putting up more than 60,000 lights and synchronizing them to music. (The music can be listened to on 95.1 FM.)
For more lights, stop by Gaylord Palms Resort for more than 2 million lights and acre after acre of decorations. It’s definitely a sight you will never forget.
Fun for the Entire Family
On Thursday December 18 starting at 4:00 pm, the city presents Holiday Spectacular at the Oak Street Park Community Center. This event includes plenty of treats, games, and more, including an Ugly Sweater Contest.
Located a short drive away in Harmony, the Harmony Winter Festival offers tons of fun. On December 19th, 30 tons of snow is delivered to play in. In addition, there are snow slides, craft stations, a variety of contests, face painting, and a visit from Santa Claus.
If your family is up for a short drive, Legoland® Florida presents the Christmas Bricktacular every weekend through Christmas. The entire park is festively decorated, but the 30 foot Lego Christmas tree and lifesize Lego Santa Claus are definitely the focal point.
It goes without saying that the Magic Kingdom knows how to celebrate the Christmas season. From Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade to fireworks, character appearances, and more, this is certainly an experience the entire family will love. In addition, Epcot® features the Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional. This amazing event uses a celebrity narrator tell the story of Christmas and includes a 50 piece orchestra and mass choir.
An Elegant Christmas Evening
For 20 years, the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate has captured the holiday spirit with exquisite decorations. This 20 room Mediterranean mansion features everything from authentic ornaments used by the home’s original owners to dazzling handcrafted decorations that fill every available space in this gorgeous home.
What would Christmas be without The Nutcracker? ICE™ featuring The Nutcracker at Gaylord Palms Resort is spread over 20,000 square feet and includes amazing ice sculptures, a 54 foot Christmas trees, live musical events, ice slides, a visit with Santa, and more. It is a daily event through January 4, 2015.
In addition, the Florida Dance Theatre will bring this story to life on December 20 at Florida Southern College in Branscomb Auditorium in Lakeland. If you can wait until after Christmas, the world renowned Moscow Ballet will present The Great Russian Nutcracker at The Lakeland Center Youkey Theater on December 30.
The Pirate’s Christmas Dinner Adventure is an exciting holiday show in Orlando that includes seasonal music, amazing sets, and more that is perfect for the entire family. In addition to their other entrée options, they’ve included turkey and ham in honor of the season.
The Perfect Place for a Christmas Meal
If you prefer to let someone else cook Christmas dinner, there are plenty of options for a delicious Christmas meal in the Kissimmee area.
In Kissimmee, Eleven at Reunion Resort offers an upscale version of Christmas dinner including Herb Roasted Prime Rib, Pecan Crusted Grouper, and Chocolate Chestnut Bombay.
In Champions Gate, Trevis located in the Omni Orlando Resort will have a delicious Christmas Day brunch and dinner buffet including ham, prime rib, pork loin, and much, much more.
In Lake Mary, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Orlando, Ruth’s Chris Steak House will serve their full menu on Christmas Day, as well as several Christmas specials.
In Celebration, Columbia Restaurant will serve their usual Spanish cuisine, as well as several traditional Christmas dishes.
In you are planning to celebrate Christmas in Kissimmee, there is no limit to the amount of fun you can have. Be sure to experience Kissimmee and the surrounding areas this holiday season!