Holidays & Events

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Consider visiting Orlando during a holiday or special event to take advantage of some of the unique and memorable activities. If you have a choice of when to go, knowing what exciting things are happening and when will help you decide.

Key Holidays

The Americans know how to celebrate and Orlando hosts extra special events during certain holidays.

  • Christmas - every park goes to town with processions, parties, trees, decorations, and, of course, Father Christmas and a touch of snow, even when the sun’s shining! Plus Christmas starts early in Orlando so you can enjoy a touch of festive season from late November
  • New Year - parks stay open to welcome in the New Year with fireworks, music, dancing, eating and drinking
  • Easter - put on your Easter bonnets to enjoy parades and egg hunts
  • Memorial Day - the last Monday in May sees parades and services to commemorate the military
  • Independence Day - fireworks light up the sky on the 4th of July
  • Labor Day - rallies, picnics and parades on the first Monday in September
  • Thanksgiving Day - parades on the streets and turkey dinners in the hotels and restaurants, on the 4th Thursday in November. Spectacular sales at the malls the day after, much the same as our Boxing Day sales

Special Events

There are hundreds of festivals throughout the year whatever your tastes including food and wine, music, sports and art. Worth catching are:

  • Mardi Gras - in February or March with concerts, street performers and parades
  • Halloween - the Theme Parks stage spooky events for weeks leading up to the 31st of October

Book Your Holiday

For more information or to book your Orlando holiday, visit your preferred tour operator:
British Airways, Virgin Holidays, Thomas Cook Holidays, Cosmos Holidays

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