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The holidays are my favorite time of year to visit Orlando, but they can also be one of the busiest for the city dubbed America’s theme park capital. Outside of the busy amusement parks and resorts, there are a handful of attractions open on Thanksgiving Day that are fairly inexpensive and not too crowded. If you want to spend more time with your family for the holidays and less time searching for parking spaces and standing in long lines, there are some holiday attractions you absolutely must visit!

Let’s start with my personal favorite— a seasonal vacation package that includes accommodations in a stretch limousine and admission to not one, but two great holiday attractions, ICE! at Gaylord Palms and the snow fall at the City of Celebration.

ICE! and Snow in a Limo | Nov. 24 to Dec. 31, 2013

ICE! at Gaylord Palms 2013

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with this wonderfully packaged tour that includes roundtrip accommodations in a stretch limousine to two of Florida’s Christmas themed attractions. You’ll spend your evening at Gaylord Palms Resort enjoying the ICE! exhibit with Frosty the Snowman before visiting the City of Celebration to play in real snow.

At Gaylord Palms, enjoy more than 2 million twinkling lights, an amazing 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, a heartwarming visit with Santa, and ICE! in a 9-degree frosty palace. Discover more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures featuring Frosty the Snowman, including four ICE! slides. When you arrive everyone in your party will receive oversized parkas but you’ll still want to bundle up! Buy tickets…

After your ICE! experience your limo driver will escort you to the City of Celebration where you’ll have plenty of free-time to watch the snow fall, have dinner or do some last-minute Christmas shopping. Disney’s vision of the perfect community, Celebration, is especially heartwarming at Christmastime when it is transformed into a winter wonderland by white lights and stunning Christmas tree displays. Buy tickets…

Holiday Sleigh Rides from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort | Nov. to Dec. 2013

Holiday Sleigh Rides at DisneyAdd a Sleigh Ride to your list of “must-dos” when you visit Orlando for Christmas. For less than $60 you can relax on a cozy sleigh ride guided by the coachmen at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Take in the sights and sounds of the season on a horse-drawn carriage, decorated with colorful lights and garland. Your experienced coachman will guide you through Disney’s beautiful secluded woodlands or along the banks of a scenic river.

Holiday Sleigh Rides are available during the month of December and may be booked up to 180 days in advance. Sleighs accommodate up to 4 adults (or 2 adults and 3 small children). To make reservations please call (407) 939-7529. These are very popular tours and they sell out quickly! Learn more…

The Gingerbread House in the Lobby of the Grand Floridian | Nov. to Dec. 2013

Viewing the holiday display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort has become quite a special tradition for Orlando locals. As your eyes take in the enormous Christmas tree, your nose will lead you towards the life-size gingerbread house, built in the main lobby of the resort. Step right up for a taste of freshly baked gingerbread treats or sample homemade items for purchase like gingerbread shingles and chocolate peppermint bark. Learn more…

27th Festival of Trees at Orlando Museum of Art | Nov. 16th – 24th, 2013

Festival of TreesThe Orlando Museum of Art plays hosts to the Festival of Trees, a major fundraiser event and local holiday tradition. Each year the museum is transformed into a winter wonderland where Christmas trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses ignite holiday spirit.

As you browse the museum’s private collections you’ll enjoy dozens of exquisite trees, full-scale holiday vignettes and gingerbread creations, all decorated by local designers. Each of the showroom pieces is available for purchase. Guests can do their holiday shopping at the Holiday Boutique or grab a quick bite to eat at the Festival Café. Learn more…

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