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Christmas in Early December
If you want to experience the magic of Christmas in Orlando at your leisure and without the crowds early December is a great time to go. At this time of year the weather is usually lovely and the air fares are at their cheapest. Once about 18th December arrives the Christmas crowds start coming and you will notice the parks become considerably busier.
Once Thanksgiving is over in late November Disney get their decorations out. Disney are very careful with their decorations and save them carefully wrapped from year to year in a vast warehouse.
Try riding on the MK-Epcot-MK monorail at night and enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations and lights from above, they look spectacular.
Each Country in Epcot has their own version of Father Christmas/Santa Claus. From early December they appear several times a day to tell stories and you can also have your photos taken with them, great photos for your holiday album.
If you want to be sure of a seat at Epcot’s Voices of Liberty Show you can reserve one by dining in one of their restaurants. However in early December with the parks quite you can usually get a seat anyway after the guests with reservations have taken their seats.
Be sure to be at Epcot for the Tree Lighting Ceremony which usually takes place about 6 pm. Another must do at Epcot is their Candlelight Processional.
Over at Hollywood Studios you will love the Osborne Family’s Lights. There are million of Christmas lights that you can walk through whilst you listen to Christmas music and experience snow flurries. We usually go straight from here to watch Fantasmic which is a favourite with all the family.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is another must do if you have young children. It is a separate ticket event so you do not need to use your usual Magic Kingdom Tickets. There are free cookies and hot chocolate and you can literally just hop on and off the rides in early December as the queues are very small. We usually avoid the weekend and go on a week night.
Take a visit to Seaworld and go on the Polar Express this has a special Christmas ride. Stay for the evening Shamu show you will love the carol singers and their candlelit procession.
Finally go to Celebration Town where it snows nightly At 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm! The children enjoy the snow and there also Horse carriage rides around Celebration. The houses in Celebration with their Christmas decorations are another must see. We usually have a meal afterwards or enjoy a film in Celebration’s cinema.
If you possibly can do try and go at this time of year you really experience Christmas in relevant peace and come back in a real Christmassy mood. My parents try to go every year at this time and also bring back “different” sorts of Christmas presents for the girl’s.
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