Top Holiday Events at a Westgate Near You!
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 in family vacation spots all over the country. 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.
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 12, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | 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, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28 and 30 & December: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, and 21 2021 | 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: November 26 thru December 30, 2021 | 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 spirit 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 13, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | WHERE: 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-503-6000
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: November 1, 2021 - January 2, 2022 | 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: October 28- November 26, 2021 | 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 6, 2021 - December 30, 2021 | WHERE: 399 Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: 417-336-7100
3 | Las Vegas, Nevada
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 on Monday – Friday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. & on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from noon to 8 p.m. | Every 15 minutes on Monday – Sunday and holidays between 8 p.m. to 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, 2021 – January 2, 2022, from 5pm - 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, November 24-December 31, 2021. Monday - Thursday, 5,8 and 10pm & Friday-Sunday, 4,6,8,10pm | WHERE: 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122 | WHO: 702-456-7777
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 twinkling 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, 2021 | WHERE: 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008 | WHO: 480-941-1225
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: November 13 and 27th. December 4 & 31st., 2021 | 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 22-December 30, 2021. Closed - November 25 & December 15 | WHERE: 150 Citizens Circle. North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 | WHO: 843-280-5570
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, 2021 | 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 17-19, 2021 | 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, 2021 | WHERE: 4000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City, UT 84098 | WHO: 435-615-3336
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: December 25, 2021 - January 6, 2022 | 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 12, 2021 - January 2, 2022 | WHERE: 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185 | WHO: 813-884-4FUN
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: November 4, 2021 - January 5, 2022 | 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 2021 | WHERE: 631 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040 | WHO: 888-976-0899
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, 2021 | WHERE: 4931 South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127 | WHO: 386-761-1821
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 26-28 and December 4-5,11-12,18-19, 24-31, 2021 | 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 27, 2021 – January 3, 2022 | WHERE: 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, FL 33853 | WHO: 863-734-1222
* Westgate Resorts is in no way affiliated with the attractions featured in this article. Items or places listed are current as of the publishing date of this article. Please call or visit the respective website for the most up-to-date offerings and details.