Tickets now on sale for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort, new details also revealed

Holiday celebration begins Nov. 13

KISSIMMEE, Fla – Just as tickets for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort went on sale, officials gave new details about this year’s programming.

The annual event draws in hundreds of visitors and locals from Central Florida each holiday season.

This year’s event includes shimmering light shows, live performances, snowball tosses, meet-and-greets with the Grinch and Santa Clause and a new immersive-pop experience called “I Love Christmas Movies.”

“I Love Christmas Movies,” the new experience presents a multisensory exhibition in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products allowing guests to experience beloved holiday movies in a completely new way. (Gaylord Palms Resort)

The fully immersive exhibit, which was collaborated with Warner Bros. consumer products, will transport guests into 15 scenes from holiday films such as “The Polar Express,” “A Christmas Story,” “Elf,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “The Year Without Santa Clause.”

All designed with social distancing measures at the forefront, as guests young and young at heart navigate the multi-sensory exhibits, they will enjoy 15 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips and more, making participants feel as if they have stepped into part of the actual story. (Gaylord Palms Resort)

Officials said each exhibit will feature film props, audio clips and more.

Another brand new experience is the Snow Factory. This interactive snow play-place will let families slide down the snow flow mountain on tubes and even build and toss real snowballs to help boost the power of snowmaking machines.

Snow Flow Mountain at Gaylord Palms Resort (Gaylord Palms Resort)

Also on tap for this year’s event, guests will get to meet Santa Clause in a new redesigned space, hear Christmas traditions and songs with Mrs. Clause, decorate gingerbread houses, go on a Grinch-themed scavenger hunt and learn how to be one of Santa’s top helpers at the elf training academy.

Snow Factory, which will transport guests to a winter wonderland filled with icy snow fun. In this mechanized snowy play space, families will enjoy multiple attractions, including Snow Flow Mountain, where they can slide through factory conveyor belts that have frozen solid and ride on tubes down a thrilling plummet slide or hilly ice coaster. (Gaylord Palms Resort)

After months of renovations, the resort is also welcoming back its popular restaurant Villa de Flora.

Officials said the new unique theming is designed to make guests feel as though they are walking through modern coastal Mediterranean countries, including Italy, Spain, France and more.

The restaurant will serve holiday buffets for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The resort restaurant is also offering a character breakfast with the Grinch.

In accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program, Villa de Flora is an attended buffet and will feature fresh and seasonal food stations.

Cirque Dreams Unwrapped at Gaylord Palms Resort (Gaylord Palms Resort)

Gaylord palms will also have a handful of entertainment options including:

The Greatest Story: Holiday spirits will soar during a multicultural, musical journey celebrating the story of Christ.

Cirque Dreams Unwrapped: Live performances on the St. Augustine Stage featuring stunning feats of showmanship performed on stage and in the air.

Sugary Sweet Storytime: The show will immerse guests into the world of The Nutcracker led by the Sugarplum Fairy herself in this interactive, super sweet, super sugary musical spectacular.

The Journey of Los Tres Reyes Magos: A live show where guests will join the Three Kings in a musical celebration as they retell the Christmas story and the celebrations surrounding it, including Las Posadas and el Día de los Reyes. Running Dec. 27 to Jan. 3.

A fun, sticky and interactive decorating tradition that allows guests to choose from different design options to create either delectable holiday-themed gingerbread cookies or a complete gingerbread house in the Gingerbread Decorating Corner. Plus, after decorating, guests can meet Nutmeg the Gingerbread Man for a heartwarming photo opp. (Gaylord Palms Resort)

A spokeswoman said due to current restrictions on international travel, ICE! will not be offered during this year’s holiday season.

“The holidays are the perfect time of year to make memories with friends and family, and we know that this year more than ever, guests will be looking for places where they can celebrate the magic of the season in a safe environment,” general manager Johann Krieger said.

A one-of-a-kind light show in the St. Augustine atrium sky that will bring the fun of decorating the Christmas tree to life in the #LIT Light Show. (Gaylord Palms Resort)

Overnight Christmas packages that include admission into the “I Love Christmas Movies” immersive pop-up experience are available to book now.

This year’s celebration begins Nov. 13 and runs through Jan. 3.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Gaylord Palms Resort has put special health and safety protocols in place, including the use of face coverings, during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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