There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season than gathering your family for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee. Find acres of twinkling lights and decorations and countless things to do, for Christmas at Gaylord Orlando such as exciting holiday activities, shows, and events including the amazing Gaylord Christmas Tree, Cirque Show, ICE! is Back Featuring The Grinch, Tubing at Gaylord. You will not want to miss Gaylord Palms Orlando Christmas Events.
CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD ORLANDO
We just returned from the most magical trip to Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida. Gaylord Palms is our favorite hotel in Orlando. Their Halloween and Easter events were so much fun. We knew we were in for a treat. And Gaylord Palms did not disappoint with their SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS Events. You can see our highlights here. Some of the Gaylord Palms Orlando Christmas Events highlights for our family included:
- ICE! featuring The Grinch
- Cookie Decorating with “Nutmeg” the Gingerbread man
- Ice Tubing at Gaylord
- Cirque Show
- Gaylord Christmas Tree
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ICE! Featuring The Grinch
ICE! returns this year after a 2-year hiatus!!! Step into a wonderland carved by expert artisans out of two million pounds of colorful ice. ICE! features the story of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!™ with larger-than-life sculptures and even slides down the slides made entirely of ice in this Gaylord Hotels original experience.
ICE! is a chilly 9 degrees so make sure you come prepared with pants, closed-toed shoes, hats, gloves, and more to bundle up. Gaylord gives you their signature blue parka to wear as you walk through.
I love that Gaylord keeps Jesus front and center with this magical display of the holy family.
GAYLORD PALMS GINGERBREAD HOUSE
We joined “Nutmeg” the gingerbread man for cookie decorating. He was dancing, singing, and interacting with the kids as they decorated their cookies and Gingerbread Houses. Such a fun tradition to do year after year.
WINTER WONDERLAND ORLANDO
GAYLORD WINTER WONDERLAND
If you are looking to experience a Winter Wonderland in Orlando look no further than Gaylord for a Winter Wonderland. In addition to Snow Flow Mountain, they offer a super fun snowball activity called, Snowball Build and Blast. They give you a bin of snow, you form it into snowballs and the goal is to get it into the tubs to score the highest points. This was fun for the entire family including Slade. All of these activities are in Snow Factory.
ELF ACADEMY TRAINING
Select one of three ornaments, then you get to paint them. They wrap them up in a box to take home.
FAKE SNOW IN ORLANDO
Looking for fake snow in Orlando? You will want to head over to the Snow Factory area. It also features a mechanized snowy play space. You can make it snow by stepping over on a lever.
ALPINE RUSH SNOW TUBING
B spent hours and hours ice tubing at Gaylord on Snow Flow Mountain. Even Kurt joined in on the fun. It was the closest our Florida girl has been to tubing on a real mountain.
CIRQUE SHOW GAYLORD PALMS
The Cirque show is called Spirit of Christmas and the show was AMAZING. It was a new show for 2021, featuring dazzling acrobatics, feats of flexibility, and high-flying stunts. This Broadway-style spectacle centers around Noel, a child dismayed and distressed by the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Trying to recapture her lost love of the season, the child is visited by spirits who bring back the true meaning of the season in energetic, dreamlike chapters. The stage is just below the Gaylord Christmas tree and the lights on the Christmas Tree add to the excitement of the show.
We saw it both at night and again the next afternoon. If you have the option I would recommend the night show. The light show and Christmas tree add a powerful element to the show at night. If you can only see it during the day, don’t worry it is still an amazing show.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS TICKET PRICES
There is limited availability for the show so you should book your tickets in advance here. We were lucky enough to have tickets for the show at night and then we did their standby line for the afternoon show.
In addition to the Cirque: Spirit of Christmas show you will not want to miss the birth and life of Jesus Christ has been called “the greatest story ever told.” The show features six international storytellers in a musical stage show that celebrates everlasting faith, hope, and love. Complimentary seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating available for purchase
LIGHT SHOW IN ORLANDO FLORIDA
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS KISSIMMEE FL
The Shine Light Show is also brand new for 2021. If you are looking for Christmas Lights in Kissimmee, FL this is the place to be. There are thousands of dancing lights, synchronized to a high-energy, seasonal soundtrack. Animated light curtains in the middle of the atrium glow with Christmas imagery around a centerpiece tree that magically transforms into a gleaming and glowing holiday spectacle.
GAYLORD CHRISTMAS TREE AND CHRISTMAS TREE TRAIL
When we walked into the lobby the first thing Slade said was WOW as he started running directly to the atrium and the incredible Christmas trees. While you are on the property take a stroll along Christmas Tree Trail it will take you from one end of the hotel all the way to the other. Each tree has a different theme. The ugly sweater and Florida trees are my favorites. You can see all the trees here.
SCAVENGER HUNT GAYLORD
The Santa Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to explore the property. You get a book filled with clues. In the end you can return the book for a fun prize.
HOW TO GET TICKETS FOR CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD ORLANDO
You can get all your tickets here. We played all day on the Gold Play & Save Pass. You save 30% by buying the bundle.
Package includes Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™, Snow Flow Mountain, Snowball Build and Blast, Secret Santa Scavenger Hunt, and Gingerbread Decorating!
Now is a great time to buy your tickets check out their Black Friday Sales.
POPULAR QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD ORLANDO
FLORIDA TEACHER DISCOUNTS GAYLORD PALMS
Gaylord Palms appreciates teachers and offers them a discount, you can get all the details here.
GAYLORD PALMS PARKING FEE
On-site parking, fee: 30 USD daily
Valet parking, fee: 40 USD daily
Parking fees do not include tax, which is additional: In/out privileges for overnight guests only; Day guests per entry
DO YOU NEED TO BE A HOTEL GUEST?
You do not need to stay a the hotel to enjoy Christmas at Gaylord Orlando, but if you don’t stay you are missing out on our all-time favorite hotel in Orlando. And as a hotel guest, you get access to all the Christmas events an hour before other guests.
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