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Booking a pre-holiday Orlando vacation means smaller crowds and plenty of family fun. Credit: Jim Moore.

By Jennifer Olvera

The holidays: They’ll arrive in the blink of an eye. That means the frenetic pace that goes with will ensue in no time, too. With that in mind, pleasant temperatures and smaller crowds – not to mention Christmas events – are compelling reasons to book Orlando vacations in November.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a not-to-be-missed event and parade with marching toy soldiers, magical, horse-drawn sleighs and floats topped with beloved characters. Add in a fireworks display, snowfall-effect along Main Street U.S.A, and Christmas bash that kicks off on select dates starting November 8 and you have a getaway for the ages. But remember: Orlando hotels book up fast.

Nearby, Epcot’s Holidays Around the World is another fête that’s perfect for the fam. Kicking off on November 25, it features a nightly candlelight processional at the America Gardens and a narration of the Christmas story, with rousing orchestral and choir backing. Once you get your fill, you’ll find plenty of other Epcot adventures in store.

While you’re in town, be sure to swing by this year’s installment of Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Bringing to life the fabled Dr. Seuss tale, the features include a live “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” show set to Mannheim Steamroller tunes, a wacky tree lot, and chance to meet the Grinch. Green and “mean” as ever, he’ll pose for pictures and sign autographs.

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Jennifer Olvera is a Chicago-based author, editor and food enthusiast, who travels often – usually in search of her next great meal.

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Jennifer Olvera

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Jennifer Olvera is a culinary travel writer, recipe developer and author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago. Find her on Twitter at @olverajennifer.
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One thought on “‘Tis the season: Holiday magic in Orlando”

  1. I dont think if Epcot adventure gonna love my husband because all he wants to do in Orlando is skiing and snowboarding. LOL! but I love the Epcot adventure like hearing the magical voices that would be lovely. Epcot is noshing your way around World Showcase and now Holidays Around the World is adding more food and drink for the winter celebration November 25-December 30.

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