This year's Christmas and holiday events at Disney, Universal and other top theme parks
Written by Robert Niles
It used to be that the day after Thanksgiving marked the traditional beginning to the Christmas holiday season. These days, the start's moved up to day after Halloween, given the number of press releases that have hit my in-box this week, detailing holiday events at the nation's top theme parks.Tweet
Here's the round-up, for your holiday vacation planning:
Walt Disney World
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party runs selected evenings until December 19. The Epcot events run through Dec. 30, and the other events continue until January 3, 2011.
All events except Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party are included with park admission. For more information, visit disneyworld.com/holidays.
Over at Islands of Adventure, Grinchmas runs for those same days, featuring the Grinch and Whos from Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" in stage shows and meet-and-greets.
In addition, Mannheim Steamroller will play at Universal on Dec. 4, 11 and 18. All events are included with park admissions.
In addition, SeaWorld is offering the Makahiki Christmas Luau, which requires a reservation and additional charge. All other holiday events are included with park admission. The holiday shows take place Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26-Dec. 12, and then daily from Dec. 17-Jan. 2.
All events are included with park admission and run through Jan. 2, 2011.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
New at the park this year is the Miracles show in Il Teatro di San Marco. The Deck the Halls, O Tannenbaum and Rejoice shows also return, as do holiday lights displays throughout the park. (Many regular attractions are open, too.)
Visitors who purchase a full-priced one-day ticket online will receive a free meal voucher, valid anytime after 3 p.m. at Hickory House BBQ, Victoria's Pizza, Red's Diner or the Sweet Shoppe.
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