Floridians may not miss the snow, the back-breaking shoveling or the messy driving conditions that their northern neighbors endure in the winter, but when it comes to Christmas, it just doesn’t seem right without a beautiful white blanket of snow.
Luckily, the Orlando area has a number of Christmastime events with “snow” so you can still enjoy the beauty of northern winter weather. For the kid in you who loves the magic of a flurry in the night sky or the kiddos who’ve never actually experienced a snow day, here are three spectacular events where you can enjoy a white Christmas.
Mount Dora, located on the shores of Lake Dora in Lake County 30 miles northeast of Orlando, really puts the magic in the season. Wander through downtown Mt. Dora illuminated with more than two million sparkling lights. Then, on December 9, they pull out all the stops for a special “Christmas in The Park with Snow” in Donnelly Park. For that one night, they take 60 tons of ice and put it all through an ice chipper to create “snow,” which then packs down so staff can shape it into six sledding slopes. It’s just like the real thing! The kids will also get to enjoy a synthetic ice skating rink with real ice skates and visits with Santa, too.
The Town of Celebration knows its name is a lot to live up to and do they ever when it comes to the month-long winter wonderland. This event, a hit with both locals and tourists, runs through Dec. 31. Every day thereafter features live shows, street performers, strolling Charles Dickens carolers, Santa visits, horse-drawn carriage rides, spectacular light shows, train rides, ice skating and more. Then, when night falls, look up at the sky and stick out your tongue. There’s a nightly snowing at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.
It may be 80 degrees out, but it’s frosty inside with ICE! at Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, featuring this year’s theme: “Christmas Around the World.” A talented team of artisans fly into Florida each year to create spectacular hand-carved ice sculptures and five two-story-tall ice slides, all made from two million pounds of ice. This indoor winter wonderland is kept a chilly nine degrees, so bring gloves and hats! While there, enjoy Christmas displays, holiday celebrations, The Frostbite Factory and travel to the North Pole to see Santa and his elves.
For a brief window, the Sunshine State turns into A Snow Fest with these larger-than-life Christmas events, and best of all, it comes with all of the frosty enchantment without any of the slushy clean up. For more fun things to do in Orlando for couples and family, visit the CLCWorld blog.