As an Orlando local, one of my favorite places to enjoy some Christmas fun is at Gaylord Palms Orlando. This hotel is just a few minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort. You do not have to stay at Gaylord Palms Orlando to enjoy all of the Christmas fun. You can pop over just to see ICE or grab a coffee and watch the Cirque Dreams show. There is so much Christmas fun, your entire family will be screaming “HO, HO, HO!”
Gaylord Palms sets up their convention center into a winter wonderland called Alpine Village. In Alpine Village you can go snow tubing, see the spectacular ICE display, meet Santa Claus, build a bear at the Build a Bear Workshop, decorate a gingerbread house, enjoy live musical performances or shop at one of the best stores for Christmas ornaments.
There is so much to do at the Alpine Village. Some of these activities do charge an extra fee. Be sure you double check the prices and pre-order your tickets, before you leave your home or hotel. This will save you some time waiting in lines.
Of course, there are lots of activities that do not involve a fee, including Cirque Dreams show, Santa, and Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. The scavenger hunt is always our kids’ favorite activity.
My family and I just got back from a visit to Gaylord Palms and you get to come along with all of the Christmas FUN!
Day 1 with ICE & Snow Tubing at Gaylord Palms Orlando
Today was our 1st day at Gaylord Palms with ICE and snow tubing. As Floridians, we got to see ice and snow in Florida! We bundled up with hats, scarves and gloves. Even our flip flops were left in the room and we wore boots and tennis shoes to keep our toes warm. With ICE, it is a constant 9 degrees. You are given a super warm parkas, but you still want to keep those toes, fingers and heads warm. The snow tubing is a little warmer, but a light jacket is still a good idea.
Both activities are a lot of fun, especially the snow tubing. Even Grandma hopped on the tubes with the kids. It was a fun evening of Christmas laughs and screams!
Day 2 with Gingerbread Decorating, Build a Bear & Santa at Gaylord Palms Orlando
Today we started off with Gingerbread Decorating with Nutmeg! This is one of my favorite activities for a small fee. We bought a Gingerbread Family for under $25 and my whole family (including Grandparents) got to experience the decorating and the Gingerbread Character Meet & Greet. For a character meet up, that is an amazing price! We also hit the holiday Build a Bear Workshop and met Santa.
Day 3 with Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt at Gaylord Palms Orlando
This was the last day of our visit to Gaylord Palms. We left the best for last with the Elf on the Scavenger Hunt around Gaylord Palms. The kids LOVE this free activity!
When planning your holiday vacation or even a day trip in Orlando, be sure you check out Gaylord Palms Orlando.