Assistant Laura put it that perfectly; the heart of Christmas past with the spirt of today. Sea World Orlando has created a Christmas Celebration not to be missed – indeed, if you’re only going to do one holiday event this year, make it Sea World.
Candy cane lights arch the streets, a fun and fanciful walk past momma dolphin and shops with their wares, spotting in the distance colorful lights dancing across the sea. This is how we started our evening, media guests of Sea World.
Following our time mingling and sharing some time with a penguin couple and feisty otter named Boris, we joined the other Sea World guests for the holiday classic – Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas.
If you’ve not see these two – and their buddy Wally the Walrus – you’re missing something. Along with their human friends, Clyde & Seamore, Wally & Opie the otter are trying to get Santa to come for a visit. And in their classic humorist style, all sea-chaos breaks loose.
It only adds to the humor when the stars don’t always want to cooperate. Not for the kids only – Clyde & Seamore can make anyone laugh – and Opie stands out as a constant scene stealer.
What’s amazing about the Sea World folks is that they do shows so well. And they have a tendency to schedule so you can go through your day almost from show to show. However, you will find yourself hiking from location to location. And you need to consider if you want to do something else.
Those spending the day will get to take on rides & other attractions, leaving the evening for just your Christmas enjoyment. But here too you’ll move from show to show pretty quickly.
Following the wet & wild boys, head over to The Polar Express Experience – or check that out during the day (we didn’t have time to enjoy this evening) and make your way to the bridge spanning the sea – lake – for the Sea of Trees.
Sea Of Trees
Standing among a Sea of Trees – get it – you’re immersed in the show. Classic holiday songs surround you as the trees put on the show. We’ve seen plenty such shows over the years and we felt that this was one of the best.
A variety of sizes, a wealth of patterns, dancing and jingling playfully and joyfully. This is a well done show. And as friend & fellow blogger, Central Florida Top 5 (AKA: Bess) pointed out, this is perfect for seniors, those with special needs and anyone who enjoys a quiet strolling experience. We love these things; watching the dancing lights, the Christmas music we all love, the fun and joy of it all. Right about here we really felt that “it’s Christmas feeling.”
Shamu & Miracles
Arguably the center of Sea World attention is Shumu, orca and star attraction. For Christmas Shamu and friends share a Miracle. Entering the stadium, the pre-show offers up Christmas carols – words provided & plenty of singing can be heard.
The show starts with an incredibly talented alto sax player, making his way thru, playing up a storm to the music. This guy can play. Above, the sky is black, stars shine in the cold night sky, blue lights dance on the surface of the water and orcas move past.
There’s something classically beautiful, magical about this moment. Soon our sax player is moving higher, attention moves to the water, and we’re moved to the idea that Miracles and Christmas really are about one and the other.
Shamu and friends – including recent baby – play and remind us what this season is all about. Perhaps I’m crazy, but here I found myself often choked up – I thought of trainer Dawn Brancheau, I was touched by the new baby showing off its first behaviors, the beautiful music, the touching thoughts of mom’s and dad’s and the fun of what kids can say.
This is a beautiful show, well done, and a touching new way to view Christmas.
The Christmas Market
We all move on to the Bayside Stadium for the next show, but Assistant Laura & I scooted past to the Christmas Market for a quick look – and glad we did too. Do not leave this for after the show – most booths were closed – something we hope they don’t keep doing.
Buy Sees Candy, share a hot toddy, get an ornament or take home a stuffed friend. There are musicians and guys on stilts, a beautiful view of the whole area including the Sea of Trees, and a pleasant way to spend a little time. What a colorful Winter Wonderland right here in Central Florida.
Winter Wonderland on Ice
Remember Donny & Marie or the Andy Williams Christmas Specials? If you do, you’ll have a good feeling for what this show is about. Ice skaters dance to classic songs, water dances behind with fun & romantic movements.
Yet don’t think those under 30 won’t enjoy it – plenty we saw did. Combining the heart of Christmas past, when Andy Williams charmed us with his smooth sounds and Donny & Marie planted smiles on our faces with their family-spun shows with the energy and spirit of today, Winter Wonderland on Ice melts easily into a fireworks and dancing water show that is the prefect Santa’s cap to the evening.
Spectacular fireworks light the sky, Christmas trees dance and play, water shoots and canons across the water, and all is set to music. This is one of the best day-ending shows we’ve seen.
Sea World Orlando worthy of your Christmas attention
Perhaps you’ll visit a few events, maybe only one. Sea World Orlando’s Christmas Celebration is your one must-see this year. Capturing the spirt and joy of the holidays, putting all the charm and memories of times past into an evening filled with a today-energy, you and your family will make new memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Sea World Orlando has done Christmas right, and as all the greats do, leave you wanting more.