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Rudolph, Shamu and More: Seaworld’s Christmas Celebration
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WHY IT RATES: SeaWorld Orlando is really pulling out all the stops with its holiday celebration — the park will be buzzing with revelry and the resident sea life will play a big part. - Michael Isenbek, TravelPulse Senior Editor
Brighten up this year’s holiday season during SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration, where guests experience the joys of Christmas complete with all-new festivities and returning favorites sure to inspire traditions for years to come. Holiday events take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 25 through Dec. 11 and then run daily Dec. 16 through 31.
During SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, guests of all ages can delight over scrumptious food, stunning live shows, joyful entertainment inspired by the natural world and much more.
All-New Holiday Festivities
· Rudolph’s ChristmasTown — New this year is Rudolph’s ChristmasTown, where guests can meet Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius from the classic family Christmas television special, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Plus, guests can stroll past life-size storybook vignettes showcasing the classic Rudolph story.
· Santa's Workshop presented by Coca-Cola — Meet Santa Claus in an all-new Christmas experience. Guests can make timeless memories to treasure as they embrace the joy of the holiday season at Santa’s Workshop, presented by Coca-Cola.
Returning Holiday Favorites
· Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas — A returning classic, Sea Lion & Otter Stadium celebrates the season with a hilarious Christmas comedy show. Clyde and Seamore, along with a few mischievous otters, a comical elf and even a jolly walrus, invite guests to their fun-filled holiday celebration.
· Shamu Christmas Miracles — Shamu Stadium once again brightens the night with dazzling lights and glowing candles, while Christmas carols abound and Shamu splashes to celebrate the holiday season.
· O Wondrous Night — Experience a live nativity only SeaWorld can bring to life, complete with more than 30 carols, life-sized puppets and animals in a spectacular Christmas favorite based on The Christmas Story. Told through the eyes of the animals that were there, O Wondrous Night is a touching, light-hearted, and glorious celebration with a host of angels, animals and the true glory of Christmas.
· Sesame Street's Elmo’s Christmas Wish — The holidays have arrived, and everybody’s “Sesame Street” friends have come to SeaWorld Orlando for a festive and fun musical celebration! “Elmo's Christmas Wish” will soon become every child's favorite show. Join Rosita, Grover, Zoe and Cookie Monster as they work together to help Elmo find his Christmas wish!
· Winter Wonderland on Ice — Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels and light as skaters dazzle and delight in this show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza.
· Sea of Trees — Families will stroll through a wintery, watery wonderland as they are immersed in a sea of glistening holiday trees that sparkle to music as they light up the water. New this year is a glistening Christmas tree towering 70 feet above the water.
· The Christmas Market — Nestled along the park’s Bayside Pathway, The Christmas Market features festive entertainment and delicious culinary delights. Complete with playful elves, a charming model train village and the comedic antics of the Christmas Council, the Market is the centerpiece of SeaWorld’s Christmas event. Guests can also relax near the warm glow of the fire pit with a holiday cocktail while experiencing a wonderful view of the vibrant Sea of Trees.
For those looking for unique holiday cuisine, The Christmas Market is filled with fresh-popped kettle corn, waffle cone S’mores, grilled slider sandwiches, short-rib brisket mac & cheese and SeaWorld’s very own apple pie with a unique and delicious twist.
Guests can also sip on flavorful hoppy craft brews and specialty flavored hot cocoa located near the stage at Bayside Pathway. Live music under the Gazebo completes the entire experience as guests enjoy the craft brew.
Guests can now indulge their senses with more than 60 delectable bites and craft brews served on tap with two all-new Tasting & Brew Sampler packages.
Visitors can also enjoy a memorable holiday meal, along with a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Fireside Feast. The exclusive dinner features an all-you-care-to-eat menu of holiday favorites and delicious desserts.
Ring In The New Year at SeaWorld Orlando
On Dec. 31, guests can ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando. Vibrant fireworks will fill the night sky and festive entertainment will take place throughout the park, including interactive DJ stations, craft beers and delectable bites.
Best Way To Enjoy Holiday Cheer
The best way to experience SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration and New Year’s with family and friends is with an Annual Pass. By purchasing a Pass now, guests can get three additional months free.
Also available now is the brand new Transferrable Pass allowing Pass Members to bring a different guest each time they visit SeaWorld Orlando or Aquatica Orlando dependent on the type of Transferable Pass purchased. Pass Members receive exclusive park benefits and rewards, priority access to new attractions and concert seating pre-sales, free tickets and giveaways, in-park discounts, access to the Pass Member lounge and much more.
To really sweeten the holidays, SeaWorld Pass Members can enjoy a delicious meal with each visit by purchasing an Annual Dining plan for just $79. The dining plan can be used at many of the park’s restaurants and includes one entree, one dessert or side and one non-alcoholic beverage per day through Dec. 31, 2017.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration voted in the Top 10 “Best Theme Park Holiday Event” by USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards in 2015.
For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.
SOURCE: A SeaWorld press release
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