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Activities at Christmas Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, FL

Activities & Events

With signature events like ICE!, classic holiday activities such as photos with Santa, and thrilling experiences like ice tubing, there is something for everyone, and you can do it all during SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. at Gaylord Palms Resort. Explore our 2022 season lineup below.

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ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!™
ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!™
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ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!™

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Daily | 10am to 8pm
icon Ticketed
ICE! is back! This year, our signature holiday attraction features your favorite scenes from the beloved story How The Grinch Stole Christmas!™, brought to life in magnificent sculptures hand-carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Presented by Pepsi.
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 Prices Vary

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!

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Wildlife Rescue – An Augmented Reality Experience presented by bubly™
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Wildlife Rescue – An Augmented Reality Experience presented by bubly™

icon Complimentary
Our iconic, spacious atriums are transformed into an exciting safari for families to discover and learn about endangered animals at their own pace. This virtual experience guides guests to track down endangered species and help ensure they are monitored for their protection. The adventure highlights indigenous animals and, with the magic of augmented reality, brings them to life before your eyes!
Two young girls looking over Mrs. Claus' shoulder while she reads a book
Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions
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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.
Market Square Retail
Market Square Retail
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Market Square Retail

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Daily | 10am-8pm
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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!
Cirque: Spirit of Christmas
Cirque: Spirit of Christmas
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Cirque: Spirit of Christmas

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Daily, aside from Thanksgiving Day | 1:00pm, 6:30pm | 8:00pm on peak Saturdays.
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.
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Feast with The Grinch™ Character Breakfast
Feast with The Grinch Character Breakfast
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Feast with The Grinch Character Breakfast

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Daily | 8:00am-11:00am | Not on Thanksgiving day
icon Ticketed

Exclusive to overnight resort guests.

Join everyone's favorite green and grouchy Grinch from the famous Dr. Seuss book and animated featurette, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!™️, for a special character dining experience at Villa de Flora. And while the Grinch usually avoids the residents of Who-ville, he'll make a very special appearance at the breakfast, accompanied by his canine companion, Max.

Gingerbread Decorating Corner
Gingerbread Decorating Corner
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Gingerbread Decorating Corner

icon November 18,2022-January 1, 2023
icon "Daily | 10am-8pm | 30 minute time slots. (9am to 10am for resort guest packages 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.
Shine Light Show
Shine Light Show
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Shine Light Show

icon November 18,2022-January 1,2023
icon Daily | 7:30pm, 8:45pm, 9:15pm
icon Complimentary
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.
Photos with Santa
Photos with Santa
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Photos with Santa

icon November 18, 2022-December 24, 2022
icon Daily, through Christmas | 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. Presented by DEI.
Premium Pool Seating
Premium Pool Seating
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Premium Pool Seating

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
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 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Daily | At Your Leisure
icon Complimentary
Our iconic atriums are transformed into an exciting safari for families to find and learn about endangered animals, identified by special spots on the floor. The adventure highlights the world's amazing animals and, using a free augmented reality smartphone app, brings them to life before your eyes for a special photo moment.
Winter Wellness at Relâche Spa
Winter Wellness at Relâche Spa
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Winter Wellness at Relâche Spa

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Daily
icon Price Varies
Drift into a state of tranquility while enjoying Winter Wonderland massage, facial, and pedicure treatments with the benefits of Eucalyptus, known to be high in antioxidants to promote relaxation and reduce pain.
Christmas Tree Trail
Christmas Tree Trail
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Christmas Tree Trail

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
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!
Holiday Dining
Holiday Dining
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Holiday Dining

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Daily
Discover a world of gourmet options and holiday dining events at our resort's restaurants during this holiday season.
Snow Factory
Snow Factory
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Snow Factory

icon November 18, 2022-January 2, 2023
icon Daily | 10am to 8pm
icon Complimentary
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.
Christmas Lights
Acres Of Festive Decorations
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Acres Of Festive Decorations

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Daily
icon Complimentary
Discover acres of magificent holiday decor and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities across our 64-acre resort. You'll see more than three million sparkling lights, over 100 Christmas trees and 20,000 ornaments, and our centerpiece, 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!
Adventure Kids: Wonders of Winter
Adventure Kids: Wonders of Winter
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Adventure Kids: Wonders of Winter

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Complimentary
icon Saturdays & Sundays | 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm
Adventure Kid Sophie joins her pals Ava the Alligator and Seth the Sea Turtle to explore the wonders of winter. The trio stars in this (w)interactive show to educate and entertain Adventure Kids Club members during the chilliest of the seasons.
Elf Training Academy
Elf Training Academy
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Elf Training Academy

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon "Daily | 10am-8pm | 30 minute time slots. (9am to 10am for resort guest packages 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.
Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions
Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions
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Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
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.
Naughty or Nice Escape Room
Naughty or Nice Escape Room
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Naughty or Nice Escape Room

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
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.
The Greatest Story Stage Show
The Greatest Story Stage Show
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The Greatest Story Stage Show

icon November 18, 2022-December 25, 2022
icon Daily | Weekends 11:00am, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, Weekdays 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm & Peak Week 11:00am, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm
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.
Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos
Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos
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Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos

icon December 26, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Daily | 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm
icon Ticketed
Experience the Three Kings Festival, a global celebration that honors the date Jesus was visited by the Three Wise Men following his birth. Told through story and song, the traditional festival is commemorated by many Christians in Latin America, Spain, and throughout the world. Tickets are available for purchase for guaranteed seating.
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New Year’s Eve Buffet at Villa de Flora
New Year’s Eve Buffet at Villa de Flora
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New Year’s Eve Buffet at Villa de Flora

icon December 31, 2022
icon 5:00-10:00pm | Seating every 30 minutes
icon Ticketed

Exclusive to overnight resort guests.

Let our Mediterranean-inspired buffet add culinary delight to your New Year's Eve. Located in our comfortable, glass-enclosed atrium, Villa de Flora features chef-attended stations with fresh and seasonal food inspired by cuisine from Spain, Italy, France and more.

Christmas Dinner at Villa de Flora
Christmas Dinner at Villa de Flora
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Christmas Dinner at Villa de Flora

icon December 25, 2022December 25, 2022
icon 12:00-7:00pm | Seating every 30 minutes
icon Ticketed

Exclusive to overnight resort guests.

Experience a dazzling holiday feast on Christmas Day in our glass-enclosed atrium adorned with more than two million twinkling lights at the newly renovated Villa de Flora! Enjoy traditional holiday favorites at chef-attended stations for a delicious and modern Mediterranean buffet inspired by cuisine from Spain, Italy, France, and more.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Villa de Flora
Thanksgiving Dinner at Villa de Flora
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Thanksgiving Dinner at Villa de Flora

icon 11/24/2022
icon 12:00-8:00pm | Time slots every 30 minutes
icon Ticketed

Exclusive to overnight resort guests.

Let us serve you this Thanksgiving at our newly renovated Villa de Flora. Experience the luxury of a home-cooked meal under a 4.5-acre glass-enclosed atrium adorned with more than two million twinkling lights. Enjoy traditional holiday fare along with our modern Mediterranean buffet featuring fresh and seasonal food stations inspired by cuisine from Spain, Italy, France, and more.

iconLimited Availability
Market Square Retail
Market Square Retail
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Market Square Retail

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Daily | 10am-8pm
icon n/a
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!
Snow Bar
Snow Bar
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Snow Bar

icon November 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon TBD
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 18, 2022-January 1, 2023
icon Daily | 10am-8pm
Enjoy a hand-baked pretzel from Auntie Anne's, a cup of Mike's Italian Ice or a Cinnabon along with a cup of hot cocoa.