Walt Disney World Resort is bustling with holiday festivities! Massive Christmas trees have filled the Parks and Resorts. Christmas music is streaming from every speaker, and holiday treats are awaiting your taste buds. While Disney Parks are decked out for the holidays, we must say there is one Resort just minutes away from the Disney World property line that should not be overlooked when it comes to holiday fun!
Sorry, Disney Resorts… we’re talking about Gaylord Palms Resort by Marriott! This massive Resort perfectly positioned next to Disney World, is hosting a very special “Christmas at Gaylord Palms”. The celebration runs from November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022. Gaylord Palms Orlando notes, “There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season in the Orlando, FL area than gathering your family for holiday fun during Christmas at Gaylord Palms. Explore acres of twinkling lights and decorations and more than 12 hours of exciting holiday activities, shows, and events.”
And seriously, there are SO MANY holiday activities, we aren’t sure where to begin! Special activities include photos with Santa Claus, spectacular shows like Cirque: Spirit of Christmas, thrilling experiences like ice tubing, and the all-new Gaylord Hotels Original Experience Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf. Here is a breakdown of a few fan-favorite Christmas at Gaylord Palms activities:
Mission: Save Christmas Featuring Elf
Christmas is in trouble and Santa needs your help! For the first time this Christmas, journey into Buddy the Elf’s world to help save the holiday in our all-new, multi-sensory experience. Team-up with Mr. Narwhal and friends in the candy cane forest, stay ahead of the toy quota in the North Pole, prepare for Santa’s arrival at the iconic department store, and take part in an epic virtual snowball fight in Central Park. These are just a few of the fun, interactive challenges you’ll need to complete to muster enough Christmas cheer to power the Kringle 3000 and Santa’s sleigh!
Cirque: Spirit of Christmas
This Cirque-styled Christmas show, new for 2021, features dazzling acrobatics, feats of flexibility, and high-flying stunts. This Broadway-style spectacle centers around Noel, a child dismayed and distressed by the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Trying to recapture her lost love of the season, the child is visited by spirits who bring back the true meaning of the season in energetic, dreamlike chapters.
Snow Flow Mountain
In this mechanized, snow play space you will slide through factory conveyor belts that have frozen solid and ride tubes down a thrilling plummet slide or hilly ice coaster at Snow Factory.
Acres Of Festive Decorations
Discover acres of magnificent decorations, our impressive 60-foot Christmas tree, and more than 2 million dazzling Christmas lights around every bend of our Resort.
Shine Light Show
Brand new for 2021, the free Shine Light Show dazzles with thousands of dancing lights, synchronized to a high-energy, seasonal soundtrack. Animated light curtains glow with Christmas imagery around a centerpiece tree that magically transforms into a gleaming and glowing holiday spectacle.
And that is just the beginning! The list goes on with a Gingerbread Decorating Corner, Elf Training Academy, Snowball Build & Blast, Photos with Santa, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s Eve Dinner at Villa de Flora, Adventure Kids: Wonder of Winter, Christmas Tree Trail, Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Tradition, Nice or Naughty Escape Room, Sugary Sweet Storytime, The Greatest Story Stage Show, Secret Santa Scavenger Hunt, and more.
Some activities cost extra, some go right along with Resort room packages, while others are free of charge. Check out all the details at Gaylord Palm’s website.
Are you making plans to leave Disney and explore Christmas at Gaylord Palms?