5 Kid-Friendly Florida Resorts to Visit this Holiday

Kid friendly Florida resorts at xmas

Baby, it ain’t cold outside! Our northern friends flock to Florida starting in November to enjoy the warm weather, fresh seafood, and sugar sand beaches. However, contrary to popular belief, Christmas still happens on December 25…even if it is 80 degrees outside. It might take a little more to get into the spirit, but we think that these five kid friendly Florida resorts are worth the trip, especially during the holidays.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

A beautiful Christmas tree, flanked by palm trees, blue skies, and sunshine welcome guests at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.  Come relax in the sunshine during the holidays at the pool or with a special visit to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic KingdomThe Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Holidays Around the World at Epcot, which are all just a luxury motorcoach ride away! Your room can also be just as festive with your very own Christmas tree! There will be caroling in the lobby to fireworks displays to bed-time stories with Mrs. Claus. Just come to relax and get ready to enjoy this special and magical time of year as your signature Waldorf Astoria holiday experience awaits.

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

itz Carlton Amelia Island Christmas

Complete with the sound of the ocean in the background, The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island is the perfect backdrop for a very special Christmas to remember. Holiday traditions of childhood begin here with the warmth of the season. Cozy up by the fire and listen to Christmas stories from long ago read by Santa and Mrs.Claus at Santa’s Storybook Tea. Settle down for that long winters nap with Santa’s Tuck In as he says “Good night” with milk, cookies, a story, and a special gift too! Enjoy a family bonfire on the beach with s’mores and hot chocolate and ease into the holiday spirit with your children knowing these traditions of Christmas will long be remembered.

PGA National Resort and Spa


I’m sure that Santa plays a little golf during his down time, so take advantage of the beautiful weather in Palm Beach County to visit the PGA National Resort and Spa for a Christmas vacation! Participate in a Family Reindeer Dash with fun team golf activities and more! Enjoy Breakfast with Santa on Christmas Eve before he leaves for his big night and read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” with Mrs. Clause before the kids go to bed. Milk and cookies will definitely be in order too! Being with family over the holidays is always important so dine together at a fabulous Christmas Holiday Buffet at Ironwood Steak & Seafood or enjoy a traditional holiday dinner prepared by Executive Chef Donald Young and his team.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Swan Hotel Disney

Where does Santa stay while on vacation? His favorite resort, obviously! The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel lives up to its reputation as “Santa’s favorite resort” with a lot of holiday happenings going on throughout the season. Santa, Mrs.Clause, and Kandy Kane Elf greet guests in their Tiki Hut and make appearances throughout your stay. Leave a magical key on the door for Santa after his elves come tuck you in at night with milk, cookies, and a bedtime story. Watch the 45-foot Christmas tree light up each night with hot cocoa and be entertained by carolers, choirs, and musicians while gazing at the dancing light displays! No wonder Santa comes back each year; we would too! Don’t forget that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration are right around the corner.

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord Palms Holidays in Orlando

Escape the 80 degree weather and come inside to experience the many splendors of Christmas at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Feel the cold weather (just for a little while) inside ICE! where one can walk through a hand carved winter ice land! Listen to sounds of the season during nightly holiday concerts, complete with light shows, acrobatics, and angelic voices. Sip hot cocoa, make gingerbread houses with Gingy, or tell Santa what you’d like for Christmas. Great photo opportunities are all around the hotel and of course the pool isn’t frozen just in case you’d like to take a dip! After a weekend at the Gaylord Palms, you’ll be ready to soak up the season.

While you’re in Orlando or Kissimee, check out all the holiday activities going on all over town!

About the author

Marisa Langford is one of Trekaroo's Travel Experts located in Florida and the author of Tampa Mama & Fit Kids Playground, websites dedicated to helping families push away the screen through family travel and fun, healthy travel tips. She is a busy Mom to 4 young kids and loves living in Tampa where the weather is always beautiful and a vacation is only 30 minutes away. On a constant search for adventures with kids, she can be found out and about with her husband and 4 kids in tow, enjoying family time together.

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