Folks spending Thanksgiving in sunny Orlando have a lot to look forward to. Whether you’re a local needing to entertain out-of-town guests, or a visitor yourself, you’re probably in search of some holiday things to do during the long weekend. So while you’ve likely got dinner plans all set, there are plenty of other things you can do to keep the kids busy, to work off that turkey, or to keep the whole family happy. We’ve pulled together a list of the top things to do in November (around Thanksgiving and before) in this amazing city. Several of these events and activities are also intended to segue into the December holiday season, so don’t be surprised by a lot of Christmas kick-off events, etc. Our fun-filled list of Thanksgiving and November things to do in Orlando include:

  • Holidays at LEGOLAND®
  • SeaWorld Christmas Celebration
  • Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Epcot Food & Wine Festival
  • Micky’s Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Running a Turkey Trot
  • Family-Friendly City Tours
  • Black Friday Shopping
  • And more!

Holidays at LEGOLAND®

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November 29-30, December 1, 7-8, 14-15, and 20-31, 2019 The official kick-off to the holidays at everyone’s favorite toy park, Holidays at LEGOLAND brings the cheer and good spirit in full force. Enjoy exciting holiday shows and dancing, the opportunity to meet a LEGO Santa, and hands-on building activities that help kids construct their festive creations. LEGOLAND Florida is one of the best places to celebrate Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday with the little ones. Plus, all of these exciting events are included with general park admission.

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

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November 23 – December 31, 2019 A delightful annual holiday tradition, the Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando is another great way to start gearing up for December. The season begins the week before Thanksgiving this year, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the park before or after Turkey Day.  Expect everything from festive holiday shopping (with unique souvenirs that celebrate the season) to tasty seasonal treats to their famous live animal shows. Your favorite critters will play and dance with their trainers and create some very special holiday memories for all involved. Everything’s included with general admission, too.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

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November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020 This Christmas spectacular is a truly special way to celebrate the oncoming holidays. Be amazed by the merry transformation of the park and the exciting activities and events you can enjoy. For starters, there’s a Universal Holiday Parade the whole family will love. Then, experience a real Harry Potter Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are decorated for the holidays (don’t forget that you can shop for unique gifts here). You can also watch a live-action performance of the beloved Dr. Seuss tale “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” in the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular. 

Epcot Food & Wine Festival

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Ends November 23, 2019 While this summer-long festival has been going for some time now, you’ll be able to catch the last few days the week before Thanksgiving. Try food from around the world at the globally-inspired Epcot theme park, part of the Disney Parks family.  It’s more than just the food, though—learn from various culinary demonstrations, practice mixology skills, experiment with cake decorating, learn how to pair food and wine together, and so much more. Plus, there’s plenty of live music to keep everyone entertained as you indulge your culinary interests.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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November 8 – December 22, 2019 Another great holiday offering from Disney, this popular Magic Kingdom event series is their way of starting the festivities. See all your favorite Disney characters get in the holiday spirit with different costumes, performances, and shows for the park guests. Rides and attractions will take on holiday themes. And the Cinderella Castle will look better than ever! Visitors can delight in special treats and beverages, enhanced live entertainment, and even the iconic Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade. If you’re looking for something a little unique, check out the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, for a futuristic take on the holiday.

Other Things to do in November & Thanksgiving in Orlando

  • Black Friday shopping is a big hit here in Orlando. Check out the Orlando Premium Outlets for some unbeatable deals.
  • Got visitors from out of town? Send them on an Orlando City Tour (or join along with them) to show them your beloved city. 
  • Sign up for a Turkey Trot. Some people love to wake up on Thanksgiving and run a 5k (or more). Central Florida has a strong running culture, so you’re sure to find one you like.
  • Explore the Everglades. This is the perfect time to be outside in Central Florida, so why not enjoy an environmental cruise?
  • Skip the cooking and go for a sumptuous Thanksgiving buffet. Many restaurants across the city do the cooking (and the clean-up!) for you.
  • Enjoy a round or two of golf. The temperate weather this time of years makes it a great season to enjoy some quality time with your friends and family on the green. The kids love mini-golf, too!

Save on Fall Orlando Attractions

Planning to spend Thanksgiving in Orlando? If you’re hoping to enjoy a few activities and attractions other than the main event, play it smart and pick up a Go Orlando pass. You can save up to 50% on admission versus buying your tickets individually. See museums, go on tours, enjoy cruises, and much more.

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