Orlando theme parks get a head start on Christmas

Is Christmas Here Already?

Is Christmas Here Already?

We may not like it, but we’re getting accustomed to Christmas celebrations starting in November. Here are some of the Central Florida attractions taking a Yuletide head start.

•Disney World hits the eggnog hard Nov. 9 with an array of holiday festivities. On that day, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights plugs in at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade steps off at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s also the first day of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom (separate admission ticket required).

•ICE!, Gaylord Palms’ elaborate ice-sculpture attraction, begins Nov. 10. This year’s theme is Merry Madagascar with characters again carved by 40 Chinese artisans. Returning are two-story ice slides and (brrrrr) 9-degree temps. Dress accordingly.

•SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration begins Nov. 17 with an ice-skating show, a seasonal killer-whale show, “Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas” with sea lion stars, a Muppet stage show and “O Wondrous Night,” a stage show revolving around the Christmas story. Celebration nights also include a fireworks-and-fountains finale.

•The popular Candlelight Processional at Epcot begins Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, with actress Geena Davis as narrator. The event includes a mass choir and orchestra alongside the park’s Voices of Liberty as backdrop to the telling of the Christmas story. Other November narrators include actor Neil Patrick Harris and “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg.

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By Dewayne Bevil Orlando Sentinel

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