Partly cloudy skies and daytime temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s are expected all weekend. Nights will cool down to the low 60s. (How’s that for a Florida Christmas?) For an up-to-the-minute Orlando weather forecast, click here.
What’s Happening This Weekend…
Holidays Around the World – Candlelight Processional @ Epcot
Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, listen to Storytellers recount international holiday traditions, enjoy a special version of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and much more during Holidays Around The World at Epcot this holiday weekend. Each night at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m., a celebrity narrator tells the stirring story of Christmas accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir during Candelight Processional (watch the video). Susan Lucci is the celebrity narrator on Dec. 23 and 24; Blair Underwood is the celebrity narrator on Dec. 25 and 26. Holidays Around The World – Candlelight Processional is included with regular admission to Epcot and continues until Dec. 30, 2011.
Read The Frog Family Guide to Holidays Around The World (blog).
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights @ Hollywood Studios
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights continues this weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Beginning at 6 p.m. each night, the Streets of America come alive with millions of dancing lights perfectly synchronized to music. You have to see it to believe it! The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is included with regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and continues until Jan. 7, 2012.
Watch a video of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights here.
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade @ Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Looking for a park a little less crowded than Magic Kingdom this holiday weekend? Head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade which kicks off daily at 3:45 p.m. While you’re there, stop by Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village in Camp Minnie-Mickey. You’ll be able to meet Mickey, Minnie, Santa Goofy, Donald and Daisy dressed in their finest holiday outfits. Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade and Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village are included with regular admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and continue until Jan. 3, 2012.
See pictures of Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade and Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village here.
Special Holiday Entertainment @ Magic Kingdom
Now that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has ended, all the holiday shows and parades that were a part of the special event will join the regular daily schedule at Magic Kingdom. Special entertainment over the holiday weekend includes Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade (watch the video), Holiday Wishes fireworks show (watch the video), Celebrate the Spirit of the Season Castle Stage Show (watch the video) and a magical snowfall over Main Street, U.S.A. (watch the video). Holiday shows and parades are included with regular admission to Magic Kingdom. Check the Times Guide for a current schedule.
Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular @ Islands of Adventure
Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure has been transformed into the whimsical world of Grinchmas. This special event continues this weekend and features a heartwarming live show starring The Grinch with music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. Between show times, guests will have the opportunity to meet characters such as the Whos from Whoville and even the green guy himself. (Check the park map for current show times.) Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure is included with regular theme park admission and continues until Jan. 1, 2012.
Macy’s Holiday Parade @ Universal Studios
See floats and balloons direct from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City during Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios this weekend. The parade begins at 5 p.m. on Dec. 23, 24 and 25; 8 p.m. on Dec. 26. Other highlights of Holidays at Universal Studios include special entertainment such as The Blues Brothers Holiday Show, A Barney Holiday and StarToons Holiday Show as well as unique shopping, yummy treats and kids’ activities in the Holiday Village. Holidays at Universal Studios is included with regular theme park admission and continues until Jan. 1, 2012.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration continues this weekend and features special holiday shows like Shamu Christmas – Miracles, A Sesame Street Christmas, Winter Wonderland on Ice, and the spectacular fireworks show Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale. Another highlight of the event is THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience when the beloved holiday classic comes to life as you and your family are immersed in the heart-warming story of a young boy’s thrilling ride into an enchanted world. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is included with regular admission to SeaWorld and continues until Dec. 31, 2011.
Holidays at Busch Gardens
Christmas on Ice, a limited engagement ice show with a cast of professional skaters, Christmas from the Heart, an inspiring holiday gospel performance, and Christmas Celebration, a musical extravaganza featuring seasonal songs, tap-dancing toy soldiers are all part of Holidays at Busch Gardens. Located in Tampa Bay, Busch Gardens is a little more than an hour from Orlando and will likely be less crowded than the major Orlando theme parks. Holidays at Busch Gardens is included with regular theme park admission and continues until Jan. 1, 2012.
Festival of the Seasons @ Downtown Disney
Live entertainment, beautiful decorations, a holiday dance party with a live deejay, great photo opportunities and much more are all part of Festival of the Seasons which continues this weekend at Downtown Disney. Santa Claus will be greeting guests on Friday and Saturday before he heads back to the North Pole in time to get all those presents delivered! Festival of the Seasons is free to attend and continues until Jan. 8, 2012.
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