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Enjoy Christmas light displays, classic holiday activities like photos with Santa, spectacular shows such as Cirque: Spirit of Christmas, thrilling experiences like ice tubing and our all-new Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™. Find something for everyone at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.
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Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™
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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!
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Included in Overnight Package

Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™ is included in the "Christmas At Gaylord Palms" overnight package.  Enjoy hours of holiday family fun and save with packages that include event tickets.

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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 40%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 40% when you bundle your favorite holiday activities.

Cirque aerialist above stage at Gaylord Palms Resort
Cirque: Spirit of Christmas
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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 conveyor belts for tubing inside Snow Factory at Gaylord Palms
Snow Flow Mountain
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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.
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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 40%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 40% when you bundle your favorite holiday activities.

Christmas Gaylord Palms, New York Gingerbread Decorating Corner
Gingerbread Decorating Corner
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Don't wait -- make a date to decorate! Let your Christmas creativity run wild when you adorn your gingerbread house or cookies. 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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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 40%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 40% when you bundle your favorite holiday activities.

Women in Elf costume at Elf Training Academy during Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort
Elf Training Academy
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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.
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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 40%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 40% when you bundle your favorite holiday activities.

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Snowball Build & Blast
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Build and toss real snowballs to boost the power of the snowmaking machines and earn points in this experience at Snow Factory, the mechanized, snowy play space.
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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 40%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 40% when you bundle your favorite holiday activities.

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Photos With Santa
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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.

Please note that Santa Claus will wear a mask at all times during this experience.

 

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

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Bring imagination to life with Build-A-Bear Workshop®! Experience the Make-Your-Own fun by adding stuffing and taking part in our one-of-a-kind Heart Ceremony. Personalize furry friends with outfits, accessories, sounds and scents - it's the most fun you'll ever make.
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Acres Of Festive Decorations
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Acres Of Festive Decorations

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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.
New Year's Eve Dining at Villa de Flora
Thanksgiving Dinner at Villa de Flora
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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.
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New Year’s Eve Buffet at Villa de Flora
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Let our newly renovated Mediterranean-inspired buffet add culinary sensation to your New Year's Eve. Located in our main glass-enclosed atrium adorned for the holidays, Villa de Flora features chef-attended stations with fresh and seasonal food inspired by cuisine from Spain, Italy, France, and more.

 

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Christmas Dinner at Villa de Flora
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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.

 

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Adventure Kids: Wonders of Winter
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Adventure Kids: Wonders of Winter

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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.
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Christmas Tree Trail
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Christmas Tree Trail

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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!
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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™

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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!
Inside of Snow Factory at Gaylord Palms with holiday attractions Snow Tubing, Snowball Build & Blast and more!
Snow Factory
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Snow Factory

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.

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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.
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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 40%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 40% when you bundle your favorite holiday activities.

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Naughty or Nice Escape Room
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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.
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Sugary Sweet Storytime
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It's confection perfection in the Alpine Village Sweet Shop when the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince join the fun for sugary storytelling and tasty treats. This celebration of sweets retells the story of The Nutcracker in an interactive experience, complete with holiday sing-alongs and lots of laughs.
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Included in Ticket Bundle - Save Up To 40%

Discover SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS. and savings up to 40% when you bundle your favorite holiday activities.

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The Greatest Story Stage Show
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The Greatest Story Stage Show

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The birth and life 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 available on a first come, first served basis. Guaranteed seating available for purchase.
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Secret Santa Scavenger Hunt
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Enlist to join Santa's Secret Service and decode some fun this Christmas. Use your very own Santa's Secret Service Decoder Ring to decipher clues and become full-fledged members of Santa's Secret Service. Only the most elite yuletide sleuths will be able to locate the unique Christmassy clues hidden throughout the atrium to break the code and earn their Santa's Secret Service badge.
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Snow Bar
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Snow Bar

Sip on a seasonal cocktail while enjoying the excitement and ambiance of the Snow Factory.

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Shine Light Show
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Shine Light Show

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Brand new for 2021, our 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.
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Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos
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Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos

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From December 27, 2021 - January 2, 2022, 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 available for purchase for guaranteed seating.
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Seasonal Spa Treatments at Relâche Spa
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Seasonal Spa Treatments at Relâche Spa

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Drift into a state of tranquility while enjoying Winter Wellness spa treatments and the benefits of Eucalyptus, known to be high in antioxidants to promote relaxation and reduce pain.
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Market Square Retail
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Market Square Retail

Our 7,000-sq.-ft. retail area is the largest Christmas shop in Central Florida and offers a selection of holiday décor, wintertime clothing, Mission: Save Christmas memorabilia and more.
Auntie Anne's storefront at Gaylord Palms
Snowy's Snack Shack
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Snowy's Snack Shack

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.
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Holiday Dining
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Holiday Dining

Discover delicious dining options and holiday dining events at the resorts' restaurants like MOOR and Old Hickory Steakhouse this holiday season.
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Premium Pool Seating
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Premium Pool Seating

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Want to guarantee your spot at the pool? We are pleased to offer premium pool-side seating or 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.