Top Holiday Events at a Westgate Near You!

Nov 04, 2019

By N. Huggins

Top Holiday Events at a Westgate Near You

Let’s face it! There’s no better way to spend the holidays than enjoying a vacation with the ones you love. This year skip the baking and cleaning and plan a family vacation to celebrate the season at your favorite Westgate property. From Santa to Shamu, Winter lands to fireworks, there is plenty to do and fun to experience. To break it all down and get you started, we have put together this handy list of the most popular holiday attractions and fun events happening in areas close to Westgate locations.


Orlando | Top Holiday Events At A Westgate Near You!

1 | Orlando, Florida

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.

Come meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and pals as SeaWorld is transformed into a spectacular wonderland of 3 million twinkling lights to make the holiday spirits bright. Enjoy the spectacle with snowfall, music, shopping, delicious foods, stunning live shows and hours of memorable entertainment that the entire family will love.

WHEN: November 23, 2019 – December 31, 2019 | WHERE: 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821 | WHO: 407-545-5550

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

See the magic unfold and celebrate the season with Mickey and our favorite Disney characters in a holiday themed celebration with joyful music and festivities. See Cinderella Castle transformed by Queen Elsa into a frozen spectacle of lights, enjoy Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade, yuletide treats, seasonal beverages and so much more.

WHEN: Select nights November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22 and 24 & December: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 22, 2019 | WHERE: Walt Disney World, 1180 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-929-5277

Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays.

Skip your holiday travel plans and experience how holiday traditions are celebrated around the world in the International Yuletide Extravaganza. The 11-world showcase of nations features a global tour with not-to-be-missed experiences - enjoy spectacular dishes, flavors, sights and sounds celebrated by different cultures all in one area.

WHEN: Now thru December 30, 2019 | WHERE: Walt Disney World, 1180 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-929-5277

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort™.

Treat yourself to a bit of mystery in your merry and experience extraordinary encounters with memorable fun as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Diagon Alley™ are transformed into a festive décor of lighting and fantastic holiday treats. See dazzling projections to celebrate the wondrous sprit of the season and enjoy Seuss Landing™ as it comes alive with Christmas charm and cheer while the Grinch himself retells traditional holiday tales with his signature sarcasm and charm in Grinchmas.

WHEN: November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020 | WHERE: 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-503-6000


Branson | Top Holiday Events At A Westgate Near You!

2 | Branson, Missouri

Lights of Joy Christmas Drive-Thru.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Branson thrill-of-the-season, Lights of Joy Christmas Drive-Thru. You will love the stunning scene of brilliant LED lights showcasing Santa, the 12 days of Christmas and so much more.

WHEN: now thru December 31, 2019 | WHERE: 269 State Hwy 248, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: 417-233-1769

Branson Landing’s Winter Wonderlanding.

Be sure to visit Branson Landing’s Winter Wonderlanding as the town square lights up from the spectacular 50” Christmas tree, holiday décor, music, lights and so much more. Judge the holiday Window Contest, find Elfie to take a selfie and so much more.

WHEN: November 29, 2019- December 17, 2019 | WHERE: 100 Branson Landing Boulevard, Branson MO | WHO: 417-233-1769

An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City.

Enjoy a bigger and brighter Christmas at Silver Dollar City as the Joy on Town Square is illuminated with an 80 feet high custom-designed Christmas Tree covered in 6.5 million high-resolution lights. Experience the color, music, and animation backed by high-tech lighting blended together to create a memorable show.

WHEN: November 2, 2019 - December 30, 2019 | WHERE: 399 Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: 417-336-7100


Las Vegas | Top Holiday Events At A Westgate Near You!

3 | Las Vegas, Nevada

Bellagio Fountains.

Whether you are visiting Vegas with your special someone or with the family in tow, take in the iconic Bellagio Fountains. The free water show features 1,200 dancing streams on a lake that spans 8.5 acres and 460 feet high with special performances that feature holiday tunes by greats like Frank Sinatra and Andre Bocelli in an unending loop.

WHEN: Every 30 minutes, Monday – Friday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and holidays, noon to 8 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. After 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday, performances every 15 minutes until midnight. | WHERE: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109 | WHO: 866-259-7171

Holiday Cactus Garden at Ethel M Chocolate Factory.

Just imagine half a million twinkling stars draped over a cactus with chocolate houses, sculptures and demonstrations to enjoy!

WHEN: November 5 – January 5 from dusk to 10pm. Factory - Open daily 8:30am to 10pm | WHERE: 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV 89014 | WHO: 800-438-4356

Mystic Falls Winter Wonderland.

Considered one of Vegas’ most stunning attractions, Mystic Falls Indoor Park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland each year for the holiday season. You’ll love the garland streams, wreath-adorned lampposts, snow-covered trees and even get a glimpse into Santa’s workshop with the Elves working away.

WHEN: Laser Lights Show – daily 5-10pm | WHERE: 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122 | WHO: 702-456-7777


Arizona | Top Holiday Events At A Westgate Near You!

4 | Mesa, Arizona

Las Noches de Las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Take the family along for a stroll through 8,000 flickering luminaria bags with twinlking lights and an enchanted glow of Wild Rising by Cracking Art creatures. This scene is completed with electric tunes from the holiday season.

WHEN: NOV. 29 & 30, DEC. 6-8, 13-15, 17-23, 26-31, 2019 | WHERE: 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008 | WHO: 480-941-1225

11th Annual Mesa Arts Festival.

Kick off your holiday spirit and check off your shopping list while you snack on culinary delights and stroll through the festival featuring handmade products from local and national artists. Enjoy music and hands on activities as you spend quality time with the family.

WHEN: December 14 & 15, 2019 | WHERE: 1 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201 | WHO: 480-644-6500


Myrtle Beach | Top Holiday Events At A Westgate Near You!

5 | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Broadway at the Beach: New Year’s Eve Fireworks Extravaganza.

Get your front row seat as the skies light up with a dazzling spectacle of fireworks. This once-a-year event promises to be even better than the year before. Treat your family to this annual holiday wonder.

WHEN: December 31, 2019 | WHERE: 1325 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: 843-444-3200

The Great Christmas Light Show.

Come see this breathtaking display of lights heralding the holiday season. Drive through 2 million illuminations along 1.5 miles of the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. You’ll be dazzled by 20 enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes plus Santa’s Village where chocolate and s’mores are served. Get an up-close look at the lights on Santa’s Express Train Ride and go through the Chris-maze to meet the big man himself.

WHEN: November 25-December 30, 2019 | WHERE: 150 Citizens Circle. North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 | WHO: 843-280-5570


Park City | Top Holiday Events At A Westgate Near You!

6 | Park City, Utah

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade.

If you are visiting Park City during the holiday season, be sure to stop by the Annual Torchlight Parade. See the phenomenal lit torches carried valiantly down the snow-covered mountains, turn-by-turn by Park City’s best ski and snow board instructors as they ski in unison to lead Santa in an impressive procession through the town. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and plenty of merriment before he arrives.

WHEN: December 24, 2019 | WHERE: 1345 Lowell Ave, Park City, UT | WHO: 800- 453-1360

Park City Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along.

This musical sing-along led by a spectacular Christmas choir is a traditional Park City family holiday event. It features local performers and talents that will get you into the spirit of the season.

WHEN: December 15-18, 2019 | WHERE: 328 Main Street, PO Box 3119, Park City, UT 84060 | WHO: 435-649-9371

New Year’s Eve Celebration & Fireworks.

Start 2020 with a bang at the New Year’s Eve celebration and Fireworks at Canyons Village. Join the festivities with music and spectacular fireworks to ring in the start of an amazing new year.

WHEN: December 31, 2019 | WHERE: 4000 Canyons Resort Drive, park City, UT 84098 | WHO: 435-615-3336


Williamsburg | Top Holiday Events At A Westgate Near You!

7 | Williamsburg, Virginia

A Colonial Christmas at Jamestown Settlement.

This educational yet, fun experience offers interpretive programs that compare the English holiday through musical entertainment and appearances by the Lord of Misrule.

WHEN: Now thru December 31, 2019 | WHERE: 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg VA 23185 | WHO: 757-253-4838

Busch Gardens® Williamsburg’s Christmas Town.

Watch one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas light displays in North America complete with food, drink, and heartwarming holiday cheer. This is truly an amazing family-friendly event.

WHEN: November 16, 2019 - January 5, 2020 | WHERE: 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185 | WHO: 813-884-4FUN


South Beach | Top Holiday Events At A Westgate Near You!

8 | South Beach, Florida

Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

With over 100 rides, games, shows and attractions, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a must-see event for the entire family. From kiddie rides, family rides and thrill rides, be sure to add this attraction to your list of holiday things-to-experience.

WHEN: October 31, 2019 -January 5, 2020 | WHERE: 7900 SW 40st Street, Miami, FL 33155 | WHO: 305-559-9689

Christmas in the Keys: Holiday Lighted Boat Parade.

If you are looking for a fun place to escape the cold, nothing beats the holidays in the Keys when the town lights up with cheer and festivities. The Lighted Boat Parade is also a must-see with boats decorated with Christmas lights on their sails, masts and hulls based on different themes and judged on creativity and appeal.

WHEN: December 2019 | WHERE: 631 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040 | WHO: 888-976-0899


Daytona Beach | Top Holiday Events At A Westgate Near You!

9 | Daytona Beach, Florida

Winter Holiday Event: Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

Climb Florida’s tallest lighthouse, enjoy family-friendly activities and historical exhibits from 100 years back when the lighthouse was run by keepers and their families.

WHEN: December 26 | WHERE: 4931 South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127 | WHO: 386-761-1821


River Ranch | Top Holiday Events At A Westgate Near You!

10 | River Ranch, Florida

Holidays at LEGOLAND.

Deck the halls with holiday cheer brick-by-brick at LEGOLAND. Spend a jolly time with the family and watch twinkling lights, seasonal shows, and special treats. Don’t miss LEGO Santa and Toy Soldier, and Santa’s workshop complete with Elves and so much more.

WHEN: November 29-30 and December 1,7-8,14-15,20-31, 2019 | WHERE: 1 LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884 | WHO: 888-690-5346

Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens.

Experience the magic of Christmas as Pinewood Estate is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Enjoy festive concerts, holiday foliage with walking tours and carillon concerts.

WHEN: November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020 | WHERE: 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, FL 33853 | WHO: 863-734-1222

For more information, please contact a Vacation Specialist at 888-852-2959. Westgate Owners: To book your week online please visit: https://my.westgateresorts.com/

* Events listed are not affiliated with Westgate Resorts. See attractions’ website for complete event dates, availability and details.