The holiday season is always one of the best times to visit the Orlando area theme parks and one of the most fun Christmas celebrations is hosted by SeaWorld Orlando.
Starting in early November of every year, SeaWorld Orlando is transformed into a complete “Winter Wonderland” with over 3-million holiday lights, amazing holiday themed shows & experiences and great food & beverages.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is included with park admission and SeaWorld offers a number of different vacation packages (including a Christmas Celebration Vacation Package), reserved seating at shows and deals at local area official and partner SeaWorld Orlando hotels.
Learn more about this year’s events in this Complete Guide to Christmas at SeaWorld Orlando.
SeaWorld Christmas Celebration (2021)
For 2021, SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration is held on select dates starting from November 12th and extending to January 2, 2022.
Following in a complete list of all of this year’s holiday offerings:
Holiday Reflections: Fireworks & Fountains Finale (New)
Experience one of the best holiday themed fireworks and fountains shows of all the Orlando area theme parks in Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale. This amazing show is located in the SeaWorld Lagoon and can be viewed a number of different areas including the Bayside Stadium, the Orca Encounter Pathway, the Waterfront, the Spice Mill Patio and Bayside Pathway.
Holiday Reflections is held just before park closing on select Christmas Celebration dates.
Sounds of the Season Performance Series (New)
All new for 2021, the Sounds of the Season Performance Series brings a number of talented musical acts which perform live holiday themed music in the Nautilus Theater.
Performances are held several times per day on select Christmas Celebrations dates.
- Darlene Love: Nov. 12th at 7:00 PM; Nov. 13th at 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM
- O-Town Motown: Nov. 22nd to Nov. 26th at 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM
- Steven Curtis Chapman: Nov. 27th at 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM and Nov. 28th at 3:00 PM
- To be announced: December 3rd to 5th
- To be announced: December 10th to 12th
- To be announced: December 17th to January 2nd
Sesame Street Christmas Parade
Located in Sesame Street Land, guests will join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and more for the Sesame Street Christmas Parade. Showtimes for the parade vary so please check the park schedule.
Winter Wonderland on Ice
Winter Wonderland on Ice has been a part of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration for years and always is a joy to watch. Held multiple times per night, guests will enjoy watching this holiday themes ice skating extravaganza.
Similar to last year, guests are allowed to go skating on the ice prior to the show. Each skating session costs $15.00 per person and least 30 minutes – skate rental is included in the price of admission. Guests much have crew socks and gloves; since most don’t have these items, SeaWorld sells them right next to the registration table.
Sea of Trees
Throughout the night guests will experience an amazing light show extravaganza as dozens of Christmas trees located throughout SeaWorld’s lagoon will light up and dance to some of your favorite holiday tunes. This show is held several times per night.
One of the best places to watch the Sea of Trees is from the bridge that crosses the lagoon.
Elmo’s Christmas Wish
Join Elmo and his friends as they look for his Christmas wish. Located in the Seaport Theater, this holiday themed show is offered several times per day.
Other Holiday Shows & Entertainment Include
- Snow Flurries
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (immersive experience)
- Rudolph’s Movie Experience
- Happy Holidays from Sesame Street Land
- Meet Santa at Wild Arctic
In addition to all the shows and entertainment at this year’s Christmas Celebration, SeaWorld is proud to offer 20 individual food & beverage specialty locations throughout the park. These include:
- Holiday Cheers
- Flamecraft Bar
- Baby, It’s Cone Outside
- Sugarplum Delights
- Christmas Comforts
- O’ Christmas Sea… Food Delights
- Christmas Cocoa
- Sliders that Sleigh
- Waterway Bar
- Tottin’ Around the Christmas Tree
- Glacier Bar
- Frosty Fare
- Holly Jolly Hot Cocoa
- North Pole Bakery
- North Pole Bakery
- Merry Mixes
- Claus Cooke Co.
- Bakery Sprirts High
- Gettin’ Blitzen
- Treat Yo’ elf
SeaWorld is offering a 5 and 10 tasting sample lanyard. The 5 sample lanyard costs $35.00 while the 10 sample lanyard costs $50.00.
Christmas at SeaWorld Orlando (2020 and Prior Years)
During the 2020 holiday season, SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration extended from on November 14th to December 31, 2020. Although 2020 was a very different year due to the pandemic, SeaWorld Orlando did an amazing job of continuing their holiday tradition while keeping guests safe.
Following are some of the shows and experiences that were offered during the 2020 holiday season.
It’s a Wonderful Night
It’s a Wonderful Night “A New Story to Tell” is SeaWorld Orlando’s version for 2020. This show celebrates the holiday’s in keeping with the themed of this crazy year.
Sea Lion High, The Christmas Special
Watch as Clyde and Seamore get ready for their Christmas Pageant in this zany holiday themed show.
Winder Wonderland On Ice
In addition to the shows and experiences above, SeaWorld hosted a number of additional holiday features during 2020 which included:
- Sea of Trees
- Sesame Street Parade
- Waterfront Snow Flurries
- Visits with Santa Claus
One of our favorite SeaWorld holiday events was Shamu Christmas Miracles. This show was “retired” in 2019 but its memory lives on as one of the best Orca shows that we have seen.
Our Favorite SeaWorld Area Hotels for the Holidays
The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
If you plan on spending some time at SeaWorld for the holidays, then the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is the smart choice to make. The hotels open atrium is usually very well decorated for the holidays and the Renaissance typically hosts a number of holiday themed events. The hotel is directly across the street from SeaWorld and it’s a short walk to the main entrance.
The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is one of our favorite (if not our favorite) off site hotels in the Orlando theme park area. Although its right outside the entrance to Walt Disney World, it’s only 10 to 15 minutes to SeaWorld Orlando and about 20 minutes to the Universal Orlando Resort.
In addition to its fantastic rooms and amenities, the resort hosts CHRISTMAS AT THE GAYLORD PALMS which features a number of amazing holiday themed shows and experiences. Its lineup for 2021 includes:
- Mission: Save Christmas Featuring Elf
- Snow Flow Mountain (tube slides)
- Snowball Build and Blast
- Cirque: Spirit of Christmas
- The Greatest Story Stage Show
- Shine Light Show
Check our our post CHRISTMAS AT THE GAYLORD PALMS (2020) to make reservations to the hotel and watch our video below.