SeaWorld Orlando's award-winning holiday event, Christmas Celebration, returns today and is even more can't-miss with new additions that will get the whole family in the holiday spirit. In addition to an all-new show, new food and drink options will be available on select dates through January 2.
Visitors will be able to admire more than 3 million colored lights and experience different emotions with the new experiences offered in the park. The main attraction of the Christmas Celebration is the Sea of Trees, a true sea of trees that emerge and illuminate the water to the rhythm of the music. During the event, everyone can enjoy new flavors, enjoy live performances and have fun with outdoor ice skating at Bayside Stadium.
The event is already included in regular park admission. Dishes and drinks can be purchased for an additional fee.
New options for Christmas shows and entertainment
This year, Christmas Celebration participants will be able to enter the enchanting world of “Mrs. Claus' Magic Kitchen”, a new live show that promises to add a touch of laughter and sweetness to your Christmas celebrations. In this presentation, beloved Mother Christmas takes center stage as she swaps her cozy sweater for a kitchen apron, inviting the audience on a true culinary journey. Prepare for a fun mix of magic and mayhem as the matriarch of the North Pole attempts to use social media and cook her famous cookie recipe.
Another novelty, located in the heart of the Wild Arctic, is the Christmas Market. Visitors will be able to discover a menu full of delicacies, shops with Christmas items and live musical performances. This is the perfect place to shop, try new flavors and celebrate this time of year.
One of the audience's favorite shows is back: “Holiday Reflections: Fireworks Finale” is a real fireworks show that closes the nights of Christmas Celebration to the rhythm of Christmas songs. Guests will also be able to explore the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in “Rudolph's Christmas Town,” where they will meet the world's most beloved reindeer and his friends, including Bumble and, of course, Santa Claus.
The magic continues in Sesame Street Land with the return of the popular “Sesame Street Christmas Parade,” featuring the characters of this famous neighborhood in full Christmas spirit. Additionally, “Elmo's Christmas Wish,” a musical show in which Cookie Monster, Grover, Zoe and Rosita help Elmo find his Christmas wish, will entertain families at the Seaport Theatre.
Visitors to SeaWorld Orlando will also be able to enjoy Central Florida's only outdoor ice skating rink. During the day, everyone has the opportunity to adventure on skates, and when night falls, the rink gives way to the “Winter Wonderland on Ice” ice skating show at Bayside Stadium. A sea of glowing trees shines to the rhythm of the music, forming the perfect setting for this unmissable presentation.
News on the menu: delicious drinks and dishes
Everyone will be able to enjoy the new food and drink options at this year's Christmas Celebration. Traditional flavors like gingerbread, eggnog, and peppermint can be found throughout the park in unusual preparations. There will also be a special Christmas donut shop, Shaka Donuts. Some of the gastronomic novelties are:
Jolly Philly Cheesesteak – Beef, cheese, onion, pepper and special sauce
Festive BBQ Pulled Pork and Waffle - Homemade Waffle and Pulled Pork
Mistletoe Lambchops – Grilled lamb ribs with rosemary, served with cranberry and spiced apple sauce
Strawberries and Cream Beignets – Beignet with strawberries, cream and powdered sugar
Santa's Mini Apple Pie - Apple pie with nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves
Rustic Gingerbread Cake - Gingerbread spice cake filled with creamy vanilla bean mousse, topped with powdered sugar and chantilly cream
In addition to the dishes, different hot or refreshing drinks will be available during the season, including new features:
Christmas Cheers – Gin Hendrix, cranberry, orange juice, lemon, garnished with an orange slice
Not Santa's Milk and Cookies – Rum, vanilla vodka, cinnamon and ginger pieces
Mistletoe Margarita – Milagro Tequila, Triple Sec, Cranberry, Lime Sour, garnished with a lemon wedge
Apple Cider Punch - Apple cider, bourbon, ginger beer, lemon juice, garnished with a lemon wedge
For an even more traditional evening, guests can join us at SeaFire Grill to watch their favorite Christmas movies while enjoying different treats.
The best way to explore SeaWorld Orlando's Christmas Celebration flavors is to purchase event tasting cards containing 5 or 10 items. Tasting cards are available for purchase online. With this item, visitors will be able to enjoy any combination of dishes, desserts or drinks and will also receive an exclusive souvenir mug. Only visitors over 21 years of age may consume alcoholic beverages and must present identification.
Even more celebrations at SeaWorld Orlando
Hanukkah Celebration: SeaWorld's Hanukkah Celebration takes place December 7-15, and guests can enjoy a joyous moment of reflection and celebration of Jewish heritage with the nighttime lighting of the menorah in Sesame Street Land™.
Kwanzaa Festivities: SeaWorld's Kwanzaa celebration runs from December 26 to January 1, and guests can celebrate African culture with the nighttime lighting of the kinara in Sesame Street Land™.
New Year's Eve: Connect with the sea and marine life and celebrate the New Year SeaWorld style! We'll welcome the year 2024 with an exciting fireworks show, holiday entertainment and more.
Three Kings Celebration: In honor of the tradition of Latin culture, families are invited to celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings. Enjoy the event's special cuisine and have the opportunity to see exclusive performances at various locations in the park. Keep the Christmas spirit even longer with this event taking place between January 5 and 7.