If you are in Florida and are looking for a special holiday event for your family you should really visit the Sea World Orlando, Christmas Celebration. The weekend before Thanksgiving we decided to get into the holiday spirit a little early and see what wintery wonderland awaited us at Sea World.
Any day you visit between now and Dec. 31st you can enjoy Sea World’s Christmas Celebration with your regular daily admission. This will get you full admission to all the holiday events including the Polar Express Experience, Shamu Christmas Miracle, O Wonderous Night, and the Winter Wonderland on Ice.
Lucky for us it was actually a chilly day in Florida (rare in the Fall/Winter) so it felt almost like Winter being surrounded by Christmas music, Santa Claus and lots of sparkly lights. By the evening we were even wishing we had brought heavier layers.
We started the day experiencing the regular Sea World adventures, shows and rides. My oldest braved Manta (over and over again with Dad), while my little one and I enjoyed the playful dolphins and their babies at the Dolphin Nursery. We all adventured under the water as sharks and rays swam around us. Then it was off to Antarctica to see the new Empire of the Penguins and finally the North Pole.
We boarded the Polar Express and arrived in the North Pole to meet Santa. This was the first year that our youngest wasn’t scared of the jolly old fellow!
After the sun began to set we started to enjoy the real magic behind the Sea World Christmas Celebration. Around 5pm each day they open up the path from the front of the park that leads back to the Shamu stadium. Along the path they have toy train sets, games, winter characters, and life size snow globes for the entire family to take some great pictures inside of. Once the sun finally set we were awed by the beautifully decorated trees over the water while we sipped some hot cocoa (or hot toddy’s for mom and day) and nibbled on warm donuts.
There were several Christmas shows to watch including the live nativity; O Wonderous Night; and the Winter Wonderland on Ice. We decided to get some good seats for the Shamu Christmas Miracle show and listened to Christmas music. The kids were so exhausted from the long day that we hurried back to the hotel just in time to watch the fireworks out the window.
For more information on the Sea World Christmas Celebration: http://seaworldparks.com/seaworld-orlando/Events?from=Top_NavDisclosure: Our family was provided passes and a few special goodies to enjoy the day at the park. The opinions above are my own and not that of Sea World.
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