Thanksgiving Activities in Orlando

The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it an ideal destination any time of year. Pack your bags and gather your friends and family for a fun and exciting Thanksgiving vacation full of fun and sun, as well as some fun indoor activities to escape the heat, or the possible rainy day. Set your sights on the Orlando area and its many exciting entertainment offerings and you’ll build a Thanksgiving vacation to keep you happy and busy throughout your stay and memories to last a lifetime. Read on to learn about the best Orlando Thanksgiving activities!

Orlando Area Theme Parks

While there are no Thanksgiving-specific celebrations, they start their Christmastime fun. Universal Studios features “The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” as well as Christmas themes in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and a Macy’s-style holiday parade. Legoland begins their celebration Thanksgiving weekend, and every weekend through the end of December. It includes seasonal shows, characters dressed in holiday costume, treats, activities, Christmas lights and more. SeaWorld makes a holiday splash staring in early November and lasting through the New Year. Their Christmas Celebration features holiday food, live shows and entertainment, and even opportunities for holiday shopping!

Orlando Thanksgiving Activities at Disney

Disney celebrates the holidays in each of its parks. Not only do they serve the traditional delicious feast at many of the park restaurants – like Raglan Road Irish Pub in Disney Springs, or California Grill in Disney World, they start decorating and celebrating the Christmas holiday as well. You’ll experience traditions from around the world at Epcot, and you’ll find Mickey and all his friends decked out in their holiday best throughout the parks. Top these things to do in Orlando on Thanksgiving off with special fireworks, parades, light shows, and more to start celebrating the holiday season, Disney-style!


This adults-only event takes place Thanksgiving Eve – November 23, 2022 – and is full of music, food, and of course, drinks. The event, billed as “the ultimate homecoming celebration,” packs many Orlando area bars with patrons celebrating the holiday and coming together with friends and family they may only see a few times a year. Hours and any drink specials vary by location. Make sure to have reliable transportation to and from all of your stops, including back to your vacation rental.

More Activities

The Orlando area is dotted with parks and hiking and biking trails where you can get out and get some exercise after the big meal. There are also plenty of other things to do in Orlando on Thanksgiving, including places like Madame Tussauds wax museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, Medieval Times, International Drive, and much more to keep you busy throughout your stay.

Thanksgiving Fun in Florida

From a cozy studio or one-bedroom to a spacious ten-bedroom for a Thanksgiving reunion, Tropical Escape Vacation Homes of Orlando has a vacation rental that’s perfect for you and your group. Step in and feel your stresses and worries slide away, knowing all your vacation needs will be seen to. Enjoy the use of a fully equipped kitchen to prepare any meal you like. Stretch out with some popcorn and your favorite show or movie in an open living space, or retreat to a private bedroom for some relaxation at the end of the day. Choose a premium unit for upgrades like flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, movie and TV character themed rooms, home theaters, game rooms, and more.

Call us today to start planning your Thanksgiving Orlando retreat!