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All Change at Christmas
After Thanksgiving everything changes in Orlando – Christmas is on its way. And what a superb effort everyone makes.
In the shops you are serenaded with continual Christmas music and smells of Christmas spices. Summer goods make way for departments full of Christmas decorations and Christmas presents. Santa arrives at the shopping malls and everybody is full of Christmas cheer – even though the temperature is still in the 70’s.
In the large supermarkets and DIY stores they move all their sun loungers and sun umbrellas to make way for nodding reindeers and inflatable Father Christmases. All the residents in the suburban streets compete to have the most lavish lights and decorations on their houses and front lawns. (I would hate to have their electricity bills)!
At the theme parks it’s all change too. At Seaworld the waterskiing show is replaced by an ice skating show and at Disneys Hollywood Studios the Osbourne lights arrive. This is a most impressive and spectacular display of Christmas lights and snow falling in the streets of their movie set. The lights cover every single object in the street, even the lamp posts. You can walk through the streets and listen to the Christmas music and enjoy the falling snow and pretend you are a child again, it really is magical.
In the Magic Kingdom, the Country Bears Jamboree change their costumes and songs to Christmas themes and again, the Christmas Carols sing out. The parades take on a different dimension and all the shops have plush toys dressed in Christmas outfits. Santa Micky Mouse and Santa Donald Duck and all the other favourites.
At Epcot the Firework Display lasts 10 minutes longer to allow for a special Christmas bonus display and 3 times a night a choir of 1000 voices and orchestra perform at the American Stage and the Christmas story is told by a guest narrator each night.
At Downtown Disney Market Place, carol singers in period costumes wander through and sing at various locations and Santa and his reindeer arrive.
At Celebration, off H192, They have a huge Christmas tree in the town square and it “snows” every evening. They also have an artificial ice skating rink where you can hire skates and have a go.
At the Gaylord Palms Holiday Complex, which is near Disney off the H192, they have a wonderful Ice Sculpture display which is well worth a visit. (You will need warm clothes for that)
So if you were thinking of a special treat for Christmas, why not try Orlando
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