What better place could there be to spend the holidays with loved ones that the Happiest Place on Earth? If you are lucky enough to be in the Orlando, Florida area over the holidays, there are countless magical local events that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Audiences everywhere have long since been entranced by the Chirstmas scenes in the Harry Potter movies. Now you can live those scenes in real life with a magical, whimsical party thrown every night at Universal Studios Florida’s Diagon Alley and Universal’s Island of Adventure’s Hogsmeade Village, which together comprise The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can enjoy seasonal treats like warm butterbeer, holiday performances, and an intricate projection wrap of Hogwarts.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom gets a holiday makeover every year that is sure to take your breath away. Visitors enjoy a Frozen show, the Holiday Wishes dessert packages, magical snowfall on Main Street, and Cinderella’s Castle covered in a dazzling Christmas light display. Not only do you get to enjoy the typical perks of being at the Magic Kingdom, you get to bear witness to a holiday parade, live entertainment, and a holiday firework show.

Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens

If you prefer to shake the Disney crowds this holiday season, there are plenty of local options outside of the theme parks to get you in the spirit. About an hour south of downtown Orlando, Bok Tower Gardens hosts a Holiday Home Tour at the historic Pinewood Estate. Here you can enjoy Christmas concerts, poinsettia displays, and garden tours, where you may just find some ideas for your own custom home renovations. After all, inspiration is everywhere!

Santa Photo Experience at The Mall at Millenia

If you do not get your kids’ picture taken with Santa, did Christmas really even happen? The Mall, which is close to the Universal Orlando Resort, hosts this free event up until December 24. As a bonus, families can either choose to take their own photos, or pay for the professional grade snapshots available.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Christmas Bricktacular

This event features a huge Christmas tree with DUPLO and LEGO blocks sure to make anyone feel like a kid again. Building activities, a scavenger hunt, and meet and greets with your favorite LEGO characters are all things you can look forward to.

Orlando is positively lousy with incredible local holiday events that the whole family is sure to love!