As we settle into the culmination to a wild card that was 2020, we must work around having a COVID-19 safe holiday season. Traditionally, we'd be going to tree lightings, black Friday shopping, and even have a meet up with Mickey and Minnie for Christmas. As cases begin surging during the holiday season, it's imperative to follow social distancing and CDC guidelines. However, if you want to avoid being the Grinch who stole your kid's Christmas, try these three activities to try this Christmas that'll surely warm you up.
Drive-Thru Santa and Christmas Wonderland
With Thanksgiving over, we transition to the giant Christmas countdown clock. Decorations, trees, tinsel, and all red, white, and green surround everyone's houses. Most Orlando cities would prepare for their tree lighting ceremonies, full of celebrations and fake snow at this time of year. However, because of the circumstances of COVID-19 much of that has changed. Near Orlando's Executive airport, at the Blue Jacket Park, Dec. 5, there will be a drive-thru Santa and Christmas wonderland. The drive-thru event is designed to bring out your holiday cheer, and you even get to take a picture with Santa from your car. The event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. Per the event's Facebook page, kids will get a coloring page, candy canes, and a reindeer kit. Be sure to have your kids write Santa's letter early as they have a North Pole mailbox. Word around the street is that everyone who drops off a letter will receive a response from Santa.
Space X Rocket Launch
One of the Orlando wonders is the proximity to the Kennedy space center. Watching the Space X launches this holiday season with your loved ones is sure to fill the void of typical Christmas. Join the rest of the aerospace lovers as you watch Space X rocket launch into space. With the chilly weather that the end of November brought, it'll be perfect for dressing up with your Christmas sweater. Add some hot chocolate and some Christmas tunes on the ride to Cape Canaveral, and the holiday spirit is sure to set in. On Dec. 5, at the Kennedy Space Center, Space X will launch its rocket into the International Space Station at 11:30 a.m. Not only is this a great once in a lifetime experience for kids, but it's also extraordinary to witness every single time.
Firepit and hot chocolate
Kid's boredoms peak during winter break because of the lack of school. Now is the best time to celebrate with your family at the fireside with hot chocolate, followed by a movie marathon. If your Orlando apartment offers a firepit, you're in luck. This is the perfect time of year to use the firepit to your advantage. For those who don't have access to a fire pit, why not spice it up by staying at home and decorating for Christmas. Have your kids help you decorate the apartment living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. Prepare some hot chocolate to warm each other up and play your favorite holiday movie. Maybe if you're inspired enough, you could take home DIY Christmas card pictures. Take advantage of this uncertain time to reflect on this year.