LEGOLAND Florida Entrance during Holiday Season - image by Dani Meyering
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A Parent’s Ultimate Guide to The Holidays at Legoland Florida – And Why We LOVE it

Legoland Florida (LLF) is one of my family’s favorite Central Florida theme parks for a few awesome reasons. Not only is it a theme park designed solely with kids in mind, making it perfect for kids of all ages and abilities, but the park also has exciting rides and a water park that’s perfect for cooling off on a hot day – and has tons of festive fun during the Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida.

The holidays at LEGOLAND Florida are worth adding to your holiday to-do list. During the Holiday at Legoland event, guests can rock around a giant Lego Christmas tree, send letters to the North Pole, grab photos with holiday-themed characters, and more.

LEGO Santa with young boy and mother in Sleigh
LEGO Santa image by Dani Meyering

Want to add LLF to your family’s Christmas and holiday celebrations this year? Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida event. We’ve even got a step by step itinerary for you!

Things to Do at Holidays at LEGOLAND

There are lots of holiday-themed activities during the 2023 holiday season. The park’s official holiday event runs on November 24-26 and December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and 22-31. Here’s what to expect when you visit Legoland during the Christmas season with your kids.

LEGO Gingerbread Man at LEGOLAND Florida greets young boy
LEGO Gingerbread Man at LEGOLAND Florida image by Dani Meyering

On top of all of this, it’s completely manageable from a size standpoint: Families can spend as much or as little time at LLF and its neighboring Peppa Pig Theme Park as they’d like and not feel overwhelmed with the need to plan or over-schedule.

Most of these activities do not begin until 11:00 a.m. So enjoy some of the rides around the park while you wait for the holiday festivities to kick off. Miniland U.S.A. is also fun to explore, and has a few interactive elements.

a young boy looks at Holiday Decorations in NYC Area of Miniland U.S.A. LEGOLAND Florida
Holiday Decorations in NYC Area of Miniland USA image by Dani Meyering

Highlights include:

  • Kids can write letters at North Pole Postal Service.
  • Kids can rock around a giant LEGO Christmas tree, dancing to holiday music.
  • Holiday LEGO characters like Santa and a gingerbread man will be out and about in the park to pose for festive photos.
  • Hands on activities throughout the park
  • Kids can ring in the new year at an earlier time with a fireworks show over the park’s Lake Eloise (December 26 – 31)
Holiday Decorations in Miniland U.S.A. LEGOLAND Florida
Holiday Decorations in Miniland USA LEGOLAND Florida image by Dani Meyering

Sample Itinerary for Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida

  • 11:45 a.m. LEGO Gingerbread Man
  • 12:15 p.m. Holiday Unikitty
  • Hands on activities in DUPLO Valley and North Pole Village
  • North Pole Postal Service around 1:00 p.m.
  • See LEGO Santa around 1:30 p.m.
  • Break for lunch
  • Explore holiday decorations at Miniland U.S.A.
  • 3:15 p.m. Festival of Flurries show at The Snow Kingdom
  • 4:30 p.m. Academy of Holiday Cheer Show at LEGO City Celebration
  • Every 15 minutes starting at 5:00 p.m. LEGO City Holiday Light Spectacular

LEGOLAND Florida is open 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Gates open around 9:30 a.m. and an opening show “Welcome to the Holidays” featuring the Jungle Bricks kicks off the fun at 9:45 a..m. at The Market Circle.

Holidays at LEGOLAND Map 2023
Holidays at LEGOLAND Map 2023 image by Dani Meyering

Holiday Village Postal Service

Amidst the enchanting holiday festivities at LEGOLAND Florida, one experience stands out as truly magical: the North Pole Postal Service. The North Pole Postal Service is offered 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. continuously.

There is usually very little to no wait at all for this adorable experience.

young boy at desk of North Pole Postal Service LEGOLAND Florida
North Pole Postal Service LEGOLAND Florida image by Dani Meyering

It’s a heartwarming activity – be sure to have your camera or phone ready. Here, young ones can compose heartfelt letters to Santa Claus himself, with the assistance of cheerful and official elves. The enchantment doesn’t stop there, as you get to witness the journey of their letters all the way to the North Pole!

Young Boy participates in North Pole Postal Service LEGOLAND Florida
North Pole Postal Service LEGOLAND Florida image by Dani Meyering

Holiday LEGO characters

Every Orlando theme park has plenty of character greetings, and there are many places to meet Santa Claus in Orlando. But, during the holidays at LEGOLAND you get to meet some of the most unique characters of all!

Most character greetings at LEGOLAND Florida are available from 11:15 a.m. until around 4:00 p.m. daily.

LEGO Santa greets guests inside the Heartlake Hall. This charming venue is indoors and LEGO Santa’s sleigh is adaptable to offer a ramp so guests utilizing mobility assistance can experience the sleigh.

LEGO Santa is available 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and again 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

LEGO Santa with young boy in Sleigh - image by Dani Meyering
LEGO Santa with sleigh image by Dani Meyering

Plus there are other favorites like LEGO Gingerbread Man. This character spot is located in the North Pole Village section of the park. In front of the Fun Town Theater, you can get pictures with this jolly Gingerbread Man at 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m. for about 20 minutes per appearance.

And you can have a mini dance party and photo opportunity with Holiday Unikitty. Near DUPLO Valley and the LEGO Movie Land, Holiday Unikitty is ready for a mini dance party and photos at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m. 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. for about 20 minutes.

Young Boy Dances with Holiday Unikitty LEGOLAND Florida - image by Dani Meyering
Holiday Unikitty LEGOLAND Florida image by Dani Meyering

Hands-On Activities

One of the many reasons we love LEGOLAND Florida is the amount of free play areas and hands-on activities. Kids don’t want to stand in line all day – they need places to play! Thankfully LEGOLAND Florida has multiple playgrounds and hands-on activities.

  • Creative Ornament Coloring at DUPLO Valley, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Traditions Scavenger Hunt DUPLO Valley, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • LEGO Competition Sleigh Builds at The Snow Kingdom, 12:00 p.m.. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Santa’s Toy Build at North Pole Village, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

What to Know About the LEGO Christmas Tree

The giant Lego Christmas tree, located in LEGO City, is made of tons of green Lego and decorated with Lego ornaments. It’s a wonder to behold on its own, but paired with a 360-degree light show, holiday music, and fake snow, seeing the tree is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

LEGOLAND Florida Christmas Tree at daytime
LEGOLAND Florida Christmas Tree image by Terri Peters

Best of all? A mini tree lighting ceremony takes place every 15 minutes starting at 5:00 p.m.!

Treats to Celebrate the Holidays at Legoland Florida

The holiday season is the tastiest season. There will be holiday-themed food and beverage available in various locations throughout the park (for an additional purchase cost.)

Apple Fries Sundae at LEGOLAND
Toffee Apple Fries at LEGOLAND Florida image by Dani Meyering

Some of our favorite treats include:

  • Waffle Montechristmas – Fried Pearl Sugar Waffle, sliced turkey and ham, swiss cheese, powdered sugar, with raspberry sauce (Ultimate Sandwich Builder near LEGO Technic)
  • Granny’s Toffee Apple Fries – Granny’s Apple Fries served a-la-mode with Toffee Soft Serve Ice Cream and topped with toffee pieces. (North Pole Village)
  • Everything but the Tree Sandwich – Shaved turkey with gravy, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, herb aioli, bib lettuce, tomato on toasted bread. (Kick N Chicken at LEGO City)
  • Below Zero Hot Cocoa – Frozen Cocoa Shake, topped with Marshmallow fluff and dusted with cocoa powder served in a souvenir Santa boot cup (Heartlake / North Pole Village)
Below Zero Cocoa Shake at LEGOLAND Florida
Below Zero Cocoa Shake at LEGOLAND Florida image by Dani Meyering

Kid’s New Year’s Eve at Legoland Florida

For parents who aren’t into letting their kids stay up until midnight to ring in the new year, LLF holds a New Year’s Eve celebration earlier in the day on select dates so kids can say hello to 2024 in advance of their bedtime.

With an early fireworks display over Lake Eloise, LEGOLAND Florida celebrates the new year in style and gives kids a fun and exciting countdown of their own.

Kids’ New Year Eve Fireworks are nightly December 26 – 31, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. Head to Pirates’ Cove by 6:45 p.m. and enjoy the preshow at 7:00 p.m.

Tips for Holidays at Legoland

  • While the festive holiday activities are sure to abound at this LLF event, be sure to use the park’s normal features as well. All attractions, rides, shops, and restaurants are normally open during this holiday even.
  • If you’re visiting LLF from a few hours away, consider staying on property for a night and making a holiday weekend out of your visit. LLF has three incredible kid-friendly hotels: Legoland Pirate Island Hotel, Legoland Hotel, and Legoland Beach Retreat. Guests of these hotels get access to Lego-themed rooms, complimentary breakfast, fun swimming pools, and more.
  • Holiday theme park events in Central Florida are a great time to capture some memorable family photos. Consider wearing matching Christmas pajamas or holiday shirts—a bit of theming can make your photos from the day even more special. Who knows, maybe you’ll find that perfect holiday card photo!

Schedule, itinerary, and details provided by Editor Dani Meyering after a hosted visit to LEGOLAND Florida.

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Terri Peters