Disney’s Neighbor, Gaylord Palms Resort, Is Offering A BUNCH of Christmas Events

Photo Credit: Gaylord Palms

Have you ever driven into Walt Disney World and spotted a stunning resort located on the outskirts of the property? Chances are you spotted the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort. If you’re in the Disney area and looking for even more Christmas excitement outside of the Disney bubble, you may want to check out Christmas at Gaylord Palms. The amount of holiday events they are offering is, well, IMPRESSIVE to say the least!


As shared by Gaylord Palms: SO. MUCH. CHRISTMAS! If you haven’t experienced Christmas at Gaylord Palms, you have been missing out! With acres of spectacular decorations and over 12-hours of fan-favorite and brand-new family-friendly activities, events, and performances, you and the family have the perfect destination to make the most of this year’s holiday season.

Events and decorations are scheduled Nov. 13, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021. Explore acres of twinkling lights & decorations and exciting holiday activities, shows, and events, from Cirque Dreams Unwrapped and Feast with The Grinch to our all-new I Love Christmas Movies™ pop-up and Snow Factory experiences! You deserve more this Christmas. And, we will not disappoint.



  • I LOVE CHRISTMAS MOVIES – AN IMMERSIVE POP-UP EXPERIENCE: Walk-through over 13 of the most iconic scenes from your favorite Christmas movies. Featuring THE POLAR EXPRESS™, ELF™, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION™, and more!
  • SNOW FLOW MOUNTAIN: Slide down Snow Flow Mountain, where the factory conveyor belts have frozen solid! With six REAL ice slides, you can race to the bottom on the speed slide or brave the unique “ice coaster” plummet
  • SNOWBALL BUILD & BLAST: Jump on the assembly line for real snowball-making! Toss the ball at the switches to help power up the snow plaza. Work as fast as you can to toss as many as you can make.
  • ELF TRAINING ACADEMY: Enter the Alpine Workshop and become one of Santa’s helpers in an all-new interactive experience! A toy-maker elf will lead the young and young-at-heart to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake or gift for someone special.
  • FEAST WITH THE GRINCH: Enjoy a delicious chef-attended buffet breakfast and meet the star of the holiday season… THE GRINCH himself! This one-of-a-kind interactive breakfast experience includes classic breakfast favorites and special Who-ville inspired items, visits with The Grinch and Max, plus special touches Dr. Seuss fans are sure to adore. Includes souvenir photo.
  • THE GRINCH’S WONDERFUL AWFUL IDEA SCAVENGER HUNT: Follow the Grinch as he attempts to stop Christmas by stealing all the presents. Hopefully, the scavenger hunters can solve the clues and puzzles along the way to help the Grinch have a change of heart. Solve all of the clues and win a prize.
  • ACRES OF FESTIVE DECORATIONS: Discover acres of magnificent decorations, our impressive 60-foot Christmas tree, and more than 2 million dazzling Christmas lights around every bend of our resort. Don’t miss the festive décor Santa’s elves have added and the magical atmosphere of the holiday.


  • GINGERBREAD DECORATING CORNER: This fun and interactive decorating tradition just got a whole lot sweeter! Choose from different design options to create either delectable holiday-themed gingerbread cookies or a complete gingerbread house. After you’ve decorated to your heart’s content, make your way to Nutmeg, the gingerbread man, for a heartwarming photo opp.
  • PHOTOS WITH SANTA: Don’t miss your chance to meet the big guy himself and tell him what’s on your Christmas list! Take a photo with Santa in a festive setting that has been redesigned so you can creatively capture the memorable moment in a socially-distanced way. Advance reservations required.
  • MRS. CLAUS’ CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS: Join the jolliest hostess of all for a fun-filled celebration of Christmas traditions old and new. Delight in the retelling of the Christmas classic, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, and sing along to favorite holiday so
  • CIRQUE DREAMS UNWRAPPED: Be dazzled by an array of seasonal characters brought to life in a dreamscape of imaginative costumes and creativity in Florida. Stunning feats of showmanship are performed on stage and in the air for the entire family to see. Enjoy this uniquely inspired 25-minute Christmas dream presented with the Broadway style and inventive theatrics for which Cirque Dreams is renowned.
  • THE GREATEST STORY: This multicultural celebration of the Christ story will take you on an unforgettable musical journey, bringing The Greatest Story to life like you’ve never seen before. Six storytellers come together from around the globe to share this story of faith, hope and joy to the world. Complimentary open seating. Seats are first-come, first served. Purchasing guaranteed seats is an option to guests who want to ensure seating for a specific date/time.
  • LIT LIGHT SHOW: This high energy, celebratory spectacle brings the fun of decorating the tree to life through thousands of dancing lights! Complimentary Show. Nightly at 8:45pm and 9:15pm

But wait… the list goes ON! Visit Gaylord Palms Christmas website for details, dates, and tickets here. Bring on the holidays!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.