An Orlando Christmas To Transform Your Travels

The weather outside may not be frightful – not even close – but the spirit of the holidays will certainly not suffer for it. On the contrary, our Orlando hotel is located near some of the best holiday fun in the country. Trade pine trees for palm trees, and head to the top Christmas attractions in Orlando and Kissimmee this year. First and foremost in everyone’s minds are the massive nearby theme parks. Just around the corner is Disney World, just a 2.1 mile drive away. Other parks to discover include: Sea World, Legoland and Universal Studios Florida who take their fair share of the Christmastime action.

Disney World is the perfect place to begin, with just a short 3 minute drive away from Red Lion Hotel Orlando-Kissimee Maingate. Disney World holiday transformation touches all parts of the park including the Epcot Centre, hosting its yearly Holidays Around the World celebration from November 17-December 30. There’s a three-times-a-day Candlelight Processional, in which the story of Christmas is told by a celebrity narrator, interposed with a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. The Magic Kingdom Park hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, featuring live entertainment, a fireworks display, a character-studded holiday parade, a lit-up Cinderella’s Castle, and an enchanted snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. In one of the park’s most stellar displays, Hollywood Studios hosts the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, in which millions of synchronized lights accompany classic holiday music. All of these wonderful family affairs are included in the price of admission, giving you premier access to the holiday splendor.

You’ll be plied with options for holiday fun at the other Orlando theme parks in the area. Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure sees the green tinge of Grinchmas taking over Seuss Landing this time of year, from Dec. 4, 2015 to Jan. 2, 2016. Presided over by the Grinch himself, the event includes storybook-influenced décor, and a Mannheim Steamroller-soundtracked live show spectacular. The Macy’s Day Parade in New York City may be the banner event of Thanksgiving in America, but that’s only one day out of the year. Universal Studios Florida does this tradition one better by bringing Macy’s floats and balloons straight to its own streets for a full month (December 4-January 2, 2016). See what you missed in Manhattan, only this time on a warm Florida night!

All throughout December, SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration brings guests the Shamu Christmas Miracles, the Polar Express Experience, and Winter Wonderland on Ice, while the Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida is bound to entrance Lego-loving families with a 270,000 brick Christmas tree and visits from Santa.

As you’re making your way through the holidays, don’t forget that our very own Red Lion Hotel Orlando-Kissimee Maingate is an essential part of the magic of an Orlando Christmas. Let our relaxing accommodations be a welcome retreat for you and your kids after a busy day of taking in the festivities, and our abundance of spas, pools and natural surroundings a perfect getaway just when you need them the most.