There’s no question that Orlando does up the holiday season like nowhere else. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party serves up all the Disney sparkle you expect on a Magic Kingdom visit with the additional pomp of decked halls and streets, snow on Main Street (snow!!!), carolers, cocoa, cookies and loads of your favorite characters dressed to the holiday nines. And don’t even get us started on Cinderella’s lit-up castle…. That said, there are plenty of smaller, local offerings – even free ones! – that serve up the season just beautifully. Take Long & Scott Farms’ annual corn maze, a whopping six-acre labyrinth that reels in the locals throughout the season, reminding us that there’s lots of holiday cheer to be had between Halloween and Christmas time. A mini-maze for the kids and lots of other fun activities make it a day-long event at a fraction of what you'd spend at larger attractions. At Epcot, they deliver an international festival (at no added cost above admission) that immerses guests in an array of holiday traditions via music, story and spectacle. And speaking of spectacles, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is another Disney goody that won’t run you anything above Hollywood Studios general admission. Locally, the Orlando Ballet’s annual Nutcracker performance is a perpetual wow at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the towering twin trees of First Baptist Orlando will burst into song at its annual Singing Christmas Trees performances. Nightly snowfall can be enjoyed on the hour in Celebration.
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