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Central Florida Holiday Happenings

There are plenty of holiday events in Central Florida besides those at all of the theme parks. In fact, if you stay at FantasyWorld, one of the leading Kissimmee FL resorts, you’re perfectly situated to enjoy both the parks and the numerous holiday happenings. These are just a few to get you in the holiday spirit and even help you finish some last-minute shopping if necessary.

Old Town Kissimmee is worth a visit year round, but it’s really fantastic during the holiday season. Designed to represent classic all-American fun, Old Town Kissimmee goes all out with festive decor, beautiful lights, an impressive Christmas tree, and they even manage to create fluffy snow! As well as the decorations, there are live performances on the main stage and on Sundays throughout December, don’t miss the Holiday Family Movie Night.

If you’re traveling with little ones who may be worried Santa might not find them, there are a couple of places to visit Santa to put their minds at ease. The Mall at Millenia is a great choice where you can take a few extra precautions while also benefiting a charity. For safety, Santa is distanced in his big red chair, but kids can pose in front of him with holiday props, if they want, and infants even get to sit in the classic Radio Flyer wagon. After the photo, Santa’s mailbox is right there waiting for wishlists. You can pick up your purchased photo with a $10 donation to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Another Santa visit option is at The Santa Workshop Experience at ICON Park, now until December 24. Kids can meet Santa and have their picture taken, and then ride for free on the new carousel on The Promenade. Young children receive a complimentary ride on The Wheel in a holiday-decorated capsule. This is a great place to go if you also want to enjoy a meal, as there are plenty of delicious options at ICON Park.

Other ongoing festive events can be found at Celebration Town Center. Running through December 31, visitors can enjoy a wonderful family experience with ice skating, carolers, horse-and-carriage rides, festive lights, evening “snowfalls” and even a few Santa sightings!

Finally, for a particularly Florida festive experience, don’t miss Gatorland’s Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down, December 17-18. You’ll get to meet Gator Claus and his elves, Krampus Croc, and a fascinating array of holiday characters. There will be live music perfect for dancing, as well as food and treats, craft vendors, and more. This special event is included in your regular admission.

These are just a few of the numerous holiday happenings in Central Florida this season. Be sure to book your stay at FantasyWorld, one of the excellent Kissimmee FL resorts that is just minutes from many of these events, as well as the theme parks. With our spacious two-story townhomes, it’s easy to have your own holiday celebration, as well!

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