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When Everything Else Is Closed, Orlando Leaves the Lights On

The gifts have all been opened, you’ve stuffed yourself on some of the finest food you’ve had all year, and your mandated two to three holiday snoozes have been exercised. Now what? For many families, staying at home and being together is their timeless Christmas tradition. So, nothing more is needed. Still, for others who want to leave home to make indelible holiday memories together, going out is a must. In many places in the US, this can be a problem as most establishments shut their doors on Christmas Day. Since we live in one of the most iconic tourist spots in the world here in Orlando, you have plenty of options should you choose to venture out.

If you have no culinary skills whatsoever, and would be relegated to hot dogs and potato chips for your holiday meal if you couldn’t find an open establishment, many of Orlando’s finest restaurants open their doors to Christmas Day revelers. Don’t think of this as the final scene from “A Christmas Story,” these are truly some of the best dining options in Central Florida. If you’re feeling like giving your Christmas dinner an Italian feel, come out to Christini’s Ristorante Italiano. Located near International Drive and Sand Lake Road, this would be the perfect final stop if you’re headed to Universal or Sea World for the day. If your destination is a Disney park, think about visiting Celebration. Not only can you be part of their nightly snowfall, you can enjoy some fine, Spanish and Cuban cuisine at Columbia Restaurant.

If you eat dinner early and want to find an evening activity, think about heading up I-95 to witness the majesty of St. Augustine’s famous Night of Lights. It’s hard to find a more incredible light display, something that was agreed upon by National Geographic, who named this holiday display one of the 10 best in the world. For some family-appropriate fun and games, head to The Firkin and Kegler Entertainment Center. With arcade games, billiards, simulated golf, and more, there’s something for everyone there. This is just a snapshot of all that Orlando has to offer. If you’re venturing out today, enjoy. Have a very Merry Christmas and a tremendously Happy Holidays!