Orlando: December Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||7 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||52 %|
|Chance of Rain||24 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||19 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||10 %|
Averages for Orlando in December
In December the temperature in Orlando is very pleasant, in the range of the lower 20s. The humidity at night means you won't get cold in the evenings, but be sure to pack some warmer clothes too.
The average daytime temperature is generally around 23°C (73°F) whereas the average minimum temperatures drop down to 10°C (50°F). The average amount of sunshine expected per day in this month is for 7 hours.
There are slight chances of rain in December, however it comes and goes quickly. The chances of wet weather throughout the month are for about 8 days and average precipitation is just 52 mm.
These ideal weather conditions make Orlando a favourite winter getaway. However it can get very busy around the Christmas holidays so steer clear if you don’t fancy crowds and queues.
Where to stay
There are plenty of hotels close to the major attractions if you plan to visit them for the Christmas festivities.
If you’re heading to Disney, why not try the lavish Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek Resort. Tee off at the 18-hole golf course, get pampered at the full-service spa and unwind in a 3-acre lazy river. If you want to get active there’s an on-site jogging trail, fitness centre or you can rent a bike.
Deluxe room at Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek Resort, Orlando.
For those heading to Universal there’s the affordable self-catered Extended Stay Deluxe – Universal Studios. When you get back from the theme parks you can chill by the pool, hit the fitness centre, and watch cable TV.
Or for a centrally located mid-range hotel there’s Drury Inn and Suites Orlando, highly-rated by families. Their motto is ‘The Extras aren’t Extra’ so you’ll get lots of free stuff including cooked breakfasts, soft drinks and popcorn 3pm to 10pm, and a buffet at the ‘5.30pm Kickback’.
Things to do
There’s plenty to keep you busy during the day in Orlando.
While you’re in alligator central, why not head to Gatorland theme park and wildlife preserve? Home to the Screamin’ Gator Zipline, you can defy gravity and soar over Cuban and Nile crocodiles before zooming over the Alligator Breeding Marsh with one hundred and thirty alligators watching from below. Become a trainer for the day, try rookie alligator wrestling and hold one of the most dangerous snakes alive. Don’t miss the amazing Gator Jumparoo Show or the thrilling Gator Wrestlin’ Show.
Gatorland Theme Park and Wildlife Preserve, Orlando, photographed by Rustyclark.
The award-winning Pirate’s Cove Mini-Golf is swashbuckling fun for the whole family. Choose from the Captain’s Course, Blackbeard’s Challenge or 36-Hole Adventure and go on a pirate-themed journey through tropical vegetation, cascading waterfalls, sunken ships, and eerie dungeons.
Pirates Cove Mini-Golf, Orlando.
Art buffs should not miss a visit to Orlando Museum of Art in Lochaven Park. Every month it hosts a different exhibition on-site and off-site – and at this time of year you can visit Festival of Trees with fantastic Christmas displays, a Gingerbread Village and Toyland Town. You can also try out art programs, studio classes and art appreciation lectures.
Time to celebrate
In December there are a range of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations to get involved with.
In Celebration Town Centre there’s Now Snowing in Celebration, a month-long winter wonderland event with an ice rink, carollers, horse-drawn carriage rides and even photo opportunities with Santa. The main feature of the spectacular is the nightly snowfall at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.
Over at Magic Kingdom in Disney World there’s the fun-filled Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Enjoy the festivities on select nights in November and December with a Christmas parade featuring Santa Claus himself, a magic snowfall on Main Street USA and one of the best fireworks displays of the year, Holiday Wishes.
The Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios features the giant floats straight from The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. The streets will come alive with festive music, marching bands, floats beyond your imagination and, of course, Santa.
Or there’s SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration with snow falling at the waterfront and performances by classical musicians and carollers to get you in the festive mood.
Planning to go to Orlando for New Year? You can visit the main theme parks for parties and fireworks. For New Year’s at Magic Kingdom there’s the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks at 11:50pm before a party in front of the castle. For New Year’s at Epcot there is special ending to the IllumiNations show at 6:30pm and 11:40pm, while there are DJ dance parties at the Future World Fountain Stage and the American Gardens Theatre. Or you could see in the New Year with a musical celebration and fireworks display for New Year’s Eve at Seaworld.
Eating and drinking out
There’s a range of interesting places to eat and drink in Orlando.
For a dinner show like no other, head to Treasure Tavern on Carrier Drive. This extravagant dining experience combines burlesque, comedy, music and magic with upscale cuisine. Enjoy a four-course meal and some rum as the amazing dancers and performers provide you with a tantalizing show.
K Restaurant and Wine Bar on Edgewater Drive serves up good value, quality cuisine made with locally sourced produce. Every Wednesday between 11:30am and 2pm you can get a delicious burger for just $5. Why not try their Friday Night Flights on the last Friday of the month? Head to the garden between 6pm and 8pm for a casual wine tasting and try six different wines for $20.
If you’re looking for a watering hole where you can get a snack and watch some sports, head to Orena Sports Bar on International Drive. Sip on a cold beer as you watch baseball, football or hockey on the big screen. Pool tables, darts, a ping pong table and video games will keep you entertained, and if you get peckish you can sample the chicken wings, burgers or mozzarella sticks.
Party animals should get down to Red Coconut Club, the hippest place at CityWalk Universal. The décor is a quirky combination of 50s Las Vegas, Cuban and Polynesian styles. Mingle with lively crowds at the bars, chill out on a vintage sofa or simply stargaze on the balcony. Take a seat on a bongo-shaped bar stool and choose from their signature martinis and gourmet appetizers.
Red Coconut Club, CityWalk Universal Orlando.
December events in Orlando
25th December 2014
Many hotels and restaurants in Orlando offer special set menus and all you can eat buffets, including delicious roast turkey! Villa de Flora at the Gaylord Palms Hotel is a popular option if you are looking for a delicious buffet for the whole family to enjoy.
New Year's Eve
31st December 2014
On New Years you can visit the main theme parks for parties and fireworks. For New Year’s at Magic Kingdom there’s the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks at 11:50pm before a party in front of the castle. For New Year’s at Epcot there is special ending to the IllumiNations show at 6:30pm and 11:40pm, while there are DJ dance parties at the Future World Fountain Stage and the American Gardens Theatre.