Hello and welcome aboard!! This column is dedicated to travelers and dreamers in search of adventure.  Today’s unforgettable vacation takes us to Orlando, Florida for the Christmas Holidays.  Thoughts are already geared toward this special season, as Christmas is just around the corner.  While most schools are closed during Christmas and New Year, it’s the perfect time for a family vacation in Orlando. 

The tiny tots always enjoy the magic of Disney, one of the most popular Christmas destinations.  And since all of us become kids again at Christmas, Orlando hosts numerous holiday events and light shows to please all ages.  The theme parks celebrate the season with displays of holiday cheer, along with Orlando’s Christmas parades, ice carvings, and visits with Santa.  The holiday fireworks are mesmerizing, as is the story of Christmas – told during a candlelight processional.

Another popular Orlando attraction is SeaWorld, with its live holiday shows, a winter wonderland on ice, and the Sea of Trees, where Christmas lights dance to music on dozens of trees.  Our travel tip 101 would suggest you pack a light jacket for everyone, in the event of cool temperatures.  However the holiday climate in Orlando usually averages around 70 to 75 degrees, with night temperatures ranging in the 50s.  So, if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, many Orlando attractions do include their own “snow falls”.

A favorite holiday memory for many is to attend the classic Nutcracker performance by the Orlando ballet.  Christmas activities also include the Festival of Trees at the Museum of Art.  And the Bok Tower Gardens host poinsettia displays and beautiful garden tours.  Dine on Christmas Day at the theme parks, or try the Boathouse.  Also open on the holidays are the Hard Rock Café, the Planet Hollywood, Vivo’s Italian Kitchen, and many others.  With holiday performances available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s, the possibilities are endless.  Numerous attractions such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Pirate’s Cove, and WonderWorks remain open on Christmas Day. 

So, whether it’s Universal Studios or Legoland, Harry Potter or the Magic Kingdom, you’ll find plenty of options for your holiday adventure.  Christmas in Orlando promises to be dazzling, and is truly magical with its holiday traditions and joyful celebrations.  It’s easy to make your holiday season merry and bright with a Christmas vacation in Orlando.    

For further information view www.CruisePlannersJeffFudge.com or call 501-589-2249.  Jeff and Brenda Fudge are local business owners, and members of the Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce. You may submit questions to the “Q&A” at jeff.fudge@cruiseplanners.com.