SeaWorld has revealed the details of its Christmas Celebration for its Orlando park, which will feature millions of sparkling lights, holiday fun, and, of course, enhanced health and safety measures. The festivities – most of which are included in park admission – will kick off on November 14 and run through December 31.
This year, SeaWorld Orlando’s holly jolly line-up will include several new offerings. At the Nautilus Theater, It’s a Wonderful Night: A New Story will feature over 30 classic Christmas carols, along with “lighthearted laughs and clever surprises.” Bayside Stadium will host outdoor ice skating, allowing guests to glide alongside the waters of the theme park’s central lagoon. (There is an additional charge for this experience, which will cover the rental of ice skates.)
And visitors can also travel to the North Pole – located at SeaWorld’s Wild Arctic, of course – to take a photo with Santa Claus himself. To ensure that health and safety measures are followed, one party at a time will meet Santa in an expansive room. They can then sit in the front of the sleigh for a photo while ol’ Saint Nick sits above and behind, separated by a plexiglass partition.
In addition to these new (or modified) elements, SeaWorld will also be celebrating more holidays than ever before. From December 10 through the 18th, the Hanukkah Celebration will allow attendees to gather in a socially distant experience to witness the traditional lighting of the menorah. From December 26 through January 1, guests can celebrate Kwanzaa with the nightly lighting of the kinara. And over in Sesame Street Land, everyone’s favorite furry friends will recognize each of the holidays with plenty of singing and dancing.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration will feature several shows for audiences to enjoy, too. Rudolph’s Movie Experience, starring the beloved reindeer and his friends, will play daily in the Sea Port Theater with limited capacity and physical distancing. The Sea of Trees, a walkthrough experience, will take visitors on a tour through a wintery, watery wonderland in the park’s lagoon. And for those who would rather watch ice skating than attempt it themselves, Winter Wonderland on Ice will feature ice skaters performing in front of a sea of sparkling trees and fountains.
Additional offerings include Rudolph’s Christmas Town, an immersive walkthrough experience featuring life-size storybook vignettes and physically distant meet-‘n-greets with Rudolph, Bumble, and friends. Along the Bayside Pathway, a Christmas Market will feature festive flavors and entertainment alike. And then the holiday food offerings will include ale-cured pork sliders, the Traditional Christmas Dinner Stack (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce over Texas toast – oh my!), and plenty of peppermint desserts.
Speaking of festive flavors, SeaWorld Orlando will have on-hand a couple of special seasonal dining options. Dinner with Santa will treat attendees to a holiday meal with all the trimmings, along with a socially distant photo with the head elf himself, while the Sesame Street Christmas Breakfast will combine a holiday breakfast feast with similarly physically distanced character appearances. Both dining options will have widely spaced single-party tables, sanitation between meals, and protective food-service barriers.
For more details, including a full list of menu options and special holiday ticket packages, be sure to check out SeaWorld’s website. Although most of the Christmas Celebration offerings are included with park admission, reservations to visit the park are still required for entry.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration runs from November 14 to December 31.
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