Enjoying the Holidays on International Drive

Monday, December 17, 2018
The holiday season is in full swing, and if you find yourself on International Drive, don’t miss out on all the holiday festivities that will surely get you into to the holiday spirit!
Holiday Lights!
Everyone can appreciate the beautiful Christmas lights that make their way out of the attic during the season – but when they find their way onto the tallest observation wheel on the east coast of the United States; there is no denying that they will have you feeling the holiday spirit! Sunday through Thursday at 8pm and 9pm and on Friday and Saturday at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm, head to ICON Park Orlando for a stunning Holiday Light Show, where over 64,000 LED lights will light the sky during a kaleidoscopic 10-minute show in synchrony to a festive holiday track! This light show is a must see for visitors on I-Drive during the holiday season, and the shows only run through January 6th, so don’t miss what is truly a stunning display of lights!
Holiday Seasons – Theme Park Style!
Looking to add a little mischief to your merry? Take your Holiday season to new heights when you head to Universal Orlando Resort to take part in a whole new line-up of holiday festivities! Experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, both are transformed to encompass a wonderous spirit! And, watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring the infamous Grinch as the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular returns for another year of awesome! Plus, Holiday festivities wouldn’t be complete with a Holiday Parade! Watch merry and mayhem come together as the Minions join Santa Claus for the all-new Universal Orlando Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s!
SeaWorld will also be embracing the Holiday Spirit during their Christmas Celebration, a celebration that includes over 3 million sparkling lights to deck the halls throughout the entire park! The line-up of Christmas festivities going down during this celebration is unbelievable and will surely get everyone in the family into the Holiday Spirit! SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration offerings have event days on December 14th through December 31st, and Holiday Favorites at the park are offered daily through December 31st! some events include their O Wondrous Night, Sesame Street’s Elmo’s Christmas Wish, Winter Wonderland on Ice, The Christmas Market, and so many more! So, be sure to check out the line-up of Christmas festivities and plan to partake before the Season comes to an end!
Where Christmas Happens.
Get into the Holiday spirit when you attend one, or all, of the many events being held at Rosen Shingle Creek to celebrate the Holiday season! On event nights, Rosen Shingle Creek will also be hosting dance and ballet performances for the whole family to enjoy, a holiday chocolate display that will be open for viewing for the entirety of the month, plus a non-profit partner Christmas Tree Display as well! This display features Christmas trees decorated by each of International Drive Non-Profit Partner Organizations to raise money for children and those in need in our community! Their Winter Wonderland will be held on December 15th and 22nd, so hop aboard the, “Shingle Creek Express”, grab a delicious bite to eat at one of the hotel’s award-winning restaurants, and indulge in various holiday themed activities as you take in the spectacular lighting and holiday décor around the resort! Get all the details you’ll need for each of these family fun holiday inspired events here
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day!
The day everyone has been waiting for is right around the corner! But, if you’re still trying to figure out what to do for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, International Drive has tons of options for you to choose from to make the day stress free, fun, and let’s not forget, delicious! If you’re hoping to start a new Holiday tradition, head to Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit for an all-you-can-eat seasonal paella with salad, dessert, and live entertainment for just $30 per person (plus tax & gratuity). Plus, starting at 3pm on Christmas Eve and running through Christmas Day, enjoy a specially prepared 3 course prix fixe menu! Another great opportunity to switch things up this Christmas is by going Greek! Celebrate Christmas OPA style when you indulge in a delicious meal at Taverna Opa! With cold and hot Meze appetizers, a meat platter, and drool-worthy dessert, your taste buds will be merry! But they’ll also be offering their family-style menu for four, live belly dancing entertainment, and an in-house DJ for you and your friends and family to enjoy for just $28 dollars per person!
If a buffet with endless varieties of food is more your style, you’ll also find world-class buffets to enjoy on International Drive for Christmas this year! Rosen Shingle Creek will be hosting a Christmas Brunch Buffet at Café Osceola where you can pair unlimited champagne and mimosas with a tantalizing holiday buffet stocked full of seasonal classics and chef stations serving up delicious dishes, plus Florida residents get 25% off! On Christmas Day, Rosen Plaza Hotel will also be putting on a Christmas Holiday Buffet for you and your family to enjoy. This buffet will run from noon to 5pm and will feature dazzling feasts including all your favorite classic fishes like roasted turkey and prime rib, as well as fresh seafood and delectable desserts like yule logs and Christmas cookies to finish your brunch off strong!
Each year, families and friends come together to celebrate the Holidays, and this year is no different! Join us on International Drive for an unforgettable Holiday season this year!