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Activities at Christmas Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, FL

Activities & Events

Enjoy festive holiday events like ICE! and our Christmas light show, and join in classic Christmas activities like snow tubing and photos with Santa at Gaylord Palms Resort near Orlando, Florida. Discover our 2023 season lineup now!

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ICE! featuring "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Presented by Pepsi
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ICE! featuring "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Presented by Pepsi

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (9-10 a.m. for overnight resort guests only)
icon Ticketed
ICE!, our signature holiday attraction, features favorite scenes from the beloved TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas," brought to life in magnificent sculptures hand-carved from more than 2 million pounds of ice. ICE! is presented by Pepsi.
Cirque: Spirit of Christmas
Cirque: Spirit of Christmas
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Cirque: Spirit of Christmas

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Schedule varies
icon Ticketed
This Cirque-styled Christmas show 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, she is visited by spirits who bring back the true meaning of the season in energetic, dreamlike chapters.
iconLimited Availability
Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt
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Merry Snoopy Christmas Scavenger Hunt

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily, at your leisure
icon Ticketed
Snoopy needs your help to find the most festive decorations for his doghouse! Throughout this scavenger hunt, you'll need to search high and low in the 4.5-acre garden atrium and follow clues to locate some dazzling decor for his famous red house. Find all the decorations and complete the quest to receive a seasonal souvenir!
Gingerbread Decorating Corner
Gingerbread Decorating Corner
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Gingerbread Decorating Corner

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in 30-minute time slots (9-10 a.m. for overnight resort guests only).
icon Ticketed
Don't wait - make a date to decorate! Let your Christmas creativity run wild when you adorn tasty gingerbread. After you've reached confection perfection with your edible art, head over for a sweet meet and greet with Nutmeg, our very own gingerbread man.
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Elf Training Academy
Elf Training Academy
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Elf Training Academy

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in 30-minute time slots (9-10 a.m. for overnight resort guests only).
icon Ticketed
We all envy Santa's elves: they have a great boss, eat tasty treats and sweets whenever they want, and can make their own Christmas gifts! Your opportunity to join Santa's staff awaits at the Elf Workshop. You will learn the secrets of becoming one of Santa's helpers from his top toy-maker and create a keepsake gift or craft for someone special.
Snow conveyor belts for tubing inside Snow Factory at Gaylord Palms
Snow Flow Mountain (Ice Tubing)
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Snow Flow Mountain (Ice Tubing)

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (9-10 a.m. for overnight resort guests only)
icon Ticketed
Take a thrilling ride down Snow Flow Mountain! Hop on a tube and slide down real frozen ice lanes. Race family and friends to reach the finish! Your ticket lets you enjoy unlimited tubing thrills on your ticket date.
iconLimited Availability
Kids throwing snowballs at targets inside Snow Factory at Gaylord Palms
Snowball Build & Blast
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Snowball Build & Blast

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. in 15-minute time slots (9-10 a.m. for overnight resort guests only).
icon Ticketed
Real snowballs in Florida? With a little Christmas magic, you'll receive a tub of snow so you can build and toss real snowballs to boost the power of the snowmaking machines. Take your best aim at the targets and let the snowballs fly!
Photos with Santa
Photos with Santa
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Photos with Santa

icon November 17 – December 24, 2023
icon Daily, through Christmas Eve. Times vary. Performances every 15 minutes.
icon Ticketed
Mailing a letter to the North Pole is great, but nothing can beat a personal visit with Santa Claus to let him know what you want for Christmas and make sure you're on his nice list. Capture the moment with a keepsake photo.
Naughty or Nice Escape Room
Naughty or Nice Escape Room
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Naughty or Nice Escape Room

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily; times vary
icon Ticketed
Yuletide trickster Jack Frost is back with icy antics and has added your name to Santa's Naughty List, but he has a deal for you: Sneak into Santa's office and solve the riddles and you'll be able to erase your names from the Naughty List. You'll need to solve all the puzzles and dash away before St. Nick returns, or you might end up with a lump of coal in your stocking.
Two young girls looking over Mrs. Claus' shoulder while she reads a book
Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions
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Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily; show times vary
icon Ticketed
Join the jolliest hostess of all for a fun-filled celebration of Christmas traditions. Delight in the retelling of the Christmas classic, "'Twas The Night Before Christmas," sing along to favorite holiday songs, and share a batch of Santa's favorite snack - warm, freshly baked Christmas cookies and ice-cold milk. Milk provided by T.G. Lee. 

Presented by T.G. Lee Dairy.

Shine Light Show
#LIT Light Show Presented by Marriott Bonvoy Boundless®️ Credit Card
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#LIT Light Show Presented by Marriott Bonvoy Boundless®️ Credit Card

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily, 9:15 p.m.
icon Complimentary

Our dynamic, celebratory light show brings the fun of decorating the tree to life through thousands of dancing lights, culminating in a delightful and memorable tree lighting experience.

Presented by Marriott Bonvoy Boundless®️ Credit Card from Chase.

 

It's The Most Fun You'll Ever Make at Christmas Gaylord Palms
Build-A-Bear Workshop®
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Build-A-Bear Workshop®

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
icon Price varies

Build-A-Bear® has been adding a little more heart to life for more than 25 years! Visit Build-A-Bear Workshop® to experience the fun of personalizing furry friends and taking part in our one-of-a-kind Heart Ceremony. Add adorable outfits, sweet scents and fun sounds to make any furry friend the perfect gift or a cuddly Christmas keepsake!

Market Square Retail
Market Square Retail
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Market Square Retail

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily | 10am-8pm (9am-10am for overnight resort guests)
Step into one of the largest Christmas stores in the state of Florida, shop to your heart's content, and find enough Christmas décor, apparel, ornaments, seasonal toys, plush, and holiday collectibles to fill Santa's sleigh!
The Greatest Story Stage Show
The Greatest Story Stage Show
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The Greatest Story Stage Show

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Schedule varies
icon Ticketed
The birth of Jesus Christ has been called "the greatest story ever told." Experience it through the eyes of six international storytellers in a musical stage show and multicultural celebration of everlasting faith, hope, and love. Complimentary seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Guaranteed seating available for purchase.
Snow Factory
Snow Factory
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Snow Factory

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (9-10 a.m. for overnight resort guests)
icon Complimentary. Events are ticketed.
This mechanized snowy play space features multiple attractions, including a snowfall plaza, ice tubing down Snow Flow Mountain, Snowball Build and Blast, and the Snow Bar.
Premium Pool Seating
Premium Pool Seating
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Premium Pool Seating

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily
icon Ticketed
Want to guarantee your spot at the pool? We are pleased to offer premium pool-side lounge seating, day beds, and private cabanas for rental. Our private cabanas provide extra shade and space, comfortable lounge areas, refrigerators and more! Gone are the days of having to rush down to the pool early to hold your spot.
Wildlife Rescue
Wildlife Rescue – An Augmented Reality Experience presented by bubly™
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Wildlife Rescue – An Augmented Reality Experience presented by bubly™

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily, at your leisure
icon Complimentary
Take a virtual safari through Gaylord Palms! Twelve endangered animals are hidden throughout the resort and your help is needed to find them. Search for the tracking markers to find the hidden animals, learn facts about them, and see them come to life before your very eyes with the magic of augmented reality (AR)! This cool tech experience is fun for kids of all ages and affords photo opportunities with AR animals throughout the resort. A smart phone and free app download are necessary to enjoy this AR experience.
Animal Encounters
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Animal Encounters

icon November 11, 2023 – January 1, 2024
icon Saturday, 5 - 6 p.m.
icon Complimentary
Enjoy up-close encounters with a variety of incredible creatures! During this special educational opportunity, you'll look at and learn about these animals and their unique personalities.
Winter Wellness at Relâche Spa
Winter Wellness at Relâche Spa
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Winter Wellness at Relâche Spa

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily
icon Price varies
Drift into a state of tranquility this holiday season while enjoying a massage, facial, pedicure, or one of our other relaxing and rejuvenating treatments.
Christmas Tree Trail
Christmas Tree Trail
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Christmas Tree Trail

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily
icon Complimentary
Take a stroll along Christmas Tree Trail and discover eight elaborately decorated holiday trees throughout the 4.5-acre atrium. While there, be sure to take an "elfie" to post and share!
Christmas Lights
Acres Of Festive Decorations
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Acres Of Festive Decorations

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily
icon Complimentary
Discover acres of magnificent holiday decor and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities across our 64-acre resort. You'll see more than 3 million sparkling lights, more than 100 Christmas trees and 20,000 ornaments, and our centerpiece, a 60-foot-tall Christmas tree that comes alive each night in a magical, musical show. Guests in select atrium-view rooms are in a front-row seat to see the giant tree and multi-media show from the comfort of their balcony!
Snow Bar
Snow Bar
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Snow Bar

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily, hours vary
Enjoy a holiday cocktail or mocktail, created especially for the occasion by our Gaylord Palms mixologists. Soft drinks and other beverages are also available.
Snowy's Snack Shack
Snowy's Snack Shack
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Snowy's Snack Shack

icon November 17, 2023 – January 3, 2024
icon Daily | 10am-8pm
Enjoy a hand-baked pretzel from Auntie Anne's, or a Cinnabon along with a cup of hot cocoa.
Photo Booth and Holiday Gifting presented by the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless®️ Card
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Photo Booth and Holiday Gifting presented by the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless®️ Card

icon Dec. 9 & 10 and 16 & 17
icon Noon – 6 p.m.
icon Complimentary

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless®️ Card is spreading some extra holiday cheer this year. Visit the magical, life-sized snow globe (located outside of the Christmas Village on select Saturdays and Sundays) to have your photo taken and enjoy exclusive holiday giveaways (while supplies last).