While a large swath of the country is forecasted to be in for a harsh winter, the inclination to flee to warmer climes may arise. Florida has offered a respite for all those weary of yet another white winter, and this year there are exciting special offers to entice visitors to Orlando, one of the premiere family destinations in the country.  If you book your stay before December 15th, you can get up to 45% off! And with special holiday deals, there are hotels to meet every budget’s range.

Visit Orlando has partnered with Travelocity to offer a wide range of holiday deals at VisitOrlando.com/holidaydeals. Examples include:

  • CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort – Rates from $69
  • Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa – Rates from $108.99
  • Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas – Rates from $134.05
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Rates from $224.01

Visitors to Orlando during the holidays can also take advantage of unique special seasonal events. More information is available on Orlando’s online calendar at VisitOrlando.com.

Disney World gets all dressed up for the holiday season.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Select Dates Nov. 9 – Dec. 21
Celebrate the holiday season with your family alongside Mickey and Minnie at the Magic Kingdom Theme Park. The celebration is filled with spectacular fireworks, Mickey’s ‘Once Upon A Christmastime’ parade and live entertainment featuring the rest of your favorite Disney Characters. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend this event. Admission: Adults $58 – $68; Children (3-9) $53 – $63.
disneyworld.com; 407-824-4321

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Nov. 9 – Jan. 6
A breathtaking seasonal display featuring millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Entire buildings, twirling carousels, heavenly angels and Santa and his reindeer spring to life with an extensive array of multi-colored lights. Some nights, the show is capped off with an enchanted flurry of snow. Admission: Included in regular park admission. Adults $89; Children (3-9) $83.
disneyworld.com; 407-824-4321

Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort, Nov. 10 – Jan. 1
More than two million lights, a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, heartwarming visits with Santa, captivating musical events and exclusive holiday events await you and your family at the Gaylord Palms. Discover how Gaylord Palms is like no other holiday destination with Merry Madagascar featuring characters from the DreamWorks Animation films carved out of ice. ICE! features two-story tall ice slides carved from two million pounds of ice and a tribute to the unforgettable classic. Admission: Varies by weekday and weekend.
gaylordhotels.com; 407-586-2000

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, Nov. 17 – Dec. 31
Let the waves of holiday spirit splash over you and your family during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. The winter wonderland is filled with carols in the air, a sparkling Sea of Trees and skaters dancing on ice. Take a journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience, share a smile with a sea lion, and enjoy live entertainment featuring everything from Santa to Shamu. Admission: Adults $89; Children (3-9) $81.
seaworld.com; 407-363-2259

Leu’s Holiday House, Nov.19 – Jan. 2
The beautifully restored, 11-room late 19th century estate will be adorned for the holidays with Christmas trees, holiday dioramas and festive decorations. Thirty minute tours will be given on the hour and half-hour every day. Guests can also stroll along the garden’s meandering paths shaded by ancient oaks, forests of camellias and giant camphor trees. Closed on Dec. 25. Admission: Included in regular admission. Adults $7; Children (5-18) $2.
leugardens.org; 407-246-2620

Holidays Around the World, Nov. 23 – Dec. 30
The Epcot theme park is transformed into an international celebration of Yuletide traditions filled with decorations and live entertainment during the holidays. Delight in the sights and sounds of the season during Epcot’s Candlelight Processional held nightly at the American Gardens Theatre. The event retells the stirring story of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir. Admission: Included in regular park admission. Adults $89; Children (3-9) $83.
disneyworld.com; 407-824-4321

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens, Nov. 30 – Dec. 23, Weekends Only
Christmas Town will transform Busch Gardens Tampa Bay into a holiday wonderland of wintery surprises and all things Christmas featuring Celebration Village, Jungle Jubilee, Candy Cane Lane, Sesame Street Season of Fun, among many other attractions. Guests can look forward to special entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and thousands of twinkling Christmas lights. Admission: Adults $35; Children (3-9) $10.
seaworldparks.com; 813-987-5523

Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios, Dec. 1 – Jan. 1
The world’s most famous parade has become a holiday experience for park guests at Universal Studios. Celebrate the Macy’s Holiday Parade featuring floats and balloons direct from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The merriment continues with marching bands, clowns and an appearance from Santa! Afterwards, enjoy the spectacular tree lighting with music and lights. Other events include A Barney Holiday, The Blues Brothers Holiday Show and performances by Mannheim Steamroller. Admission: Included in regular park admission. Adults $88; Children (3-9) $82.
universalorlando.com; 407-363-8000

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Dec. 1 – Jan. 1
This annual holiday celebration is based on the beloved Dr. Seuss tale and Universal Pictures’ and Imagine Entertainment’s Academy Award-winning blockbuster hit, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The celebration highlights the heartwarming story of The Grinch in a live show featuring music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. See characters come to life before your eyes as they stroll through Seuss Landing. Have breakfast with your favorite Dr. Seuss characters during The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast and meet The Grinch himself! Admission: Included in regular park admission. Adults $88; Children (3-9) $82.
universalorlando.com; 407-363-8000

Countdown to Kid’s New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND-Florida, Dec. 26 – 30
Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve features nightly fireworks over Lake Eloise. Watch the spectacular fireworks explode into millions of tiny LEGO bricks with special 3D viewing glasses. Admission: Adults $75; Children (3-12) $65.
legoland.com; 877-350-5346

Kid’s New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND-Florida, Dec. 31
LEGOLAND’s New Year’s Eve celebration is perfect for families. The “Kids’ New Year’s Eve” allows kids to rock out and watch the giant LEGO fireworks at just the right time for them, midnight KST (Kid Standard Time), otherwise known as 7 p.m. EST. Admission: Adults $75; Children (3-12) $65.
legoland.com; 877-350-5346

New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando, Dec. 31
SeaWorld Orlando’s New Year’s Eve features a spectacular musical celebration and a fireworks show that will light up the night welcoming 2013. Admission: Included in regular park admission. Adults $75; Children (3-9) $67.
seaworld.com; 407-363-2259

New Year’s Eve 2012 at Universal CityWalk, Dec. 31
With exciting live performances from various artists, Universal CityWalk’s “Rock the New Year!” is one of Orlando’s hottest New Year’s Eve parties. In addition to live music, enjoy an expansive gourmet buffet, a champagne toast and live entertainment at the various nightclubs, including the groove, an electrifying dance club; CityJazz, a hip jazz venue; Jimmy Buffett’s Magaritaville and others. Admission: $140 + tax. universalorlando.com; 407-363-8000

New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort, Dec. 31
The parks come alive to say farewell to 2012. Magic Kingdom presents: “Wishes” nighttime spectacular with a holiday overlay at 8:30 p.m. and “Fantasy in the Sky” at 11:50 p.m. Epcot‘s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” salutes the new year at 6:30 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, “Fantasmic!” combines water, fire, lights, lasers, fireworks and music will be presented at 6:30 and 8 p.m., with “Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!” fireworks display at midnight. Admission: Included in regular park admission. Adults $89; Children (3-9) $83.
disneyworld.com; 407-824-4321

With so much happening, hotels are sure to fill up fast, so don’t wait to take advantage of these great deals!

Ben Stagg

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