Skip to Content

13 Rosen Hotels Holiday Happenings in Orlando, FL – Celebrate Christmas with FREE events, holiday meals, & more!

It's the most wonderful time of the year. I don't care how cliché it sounds. I'm the person who is decorating before Halloween, buying Christmas gifts in July, and singing Christmas songs all year long. So, you best believe that I'm all over the Rosen holiday events in Orlando!

Rosen is hosting numerous magical holiday happenings from now all the way until Christmas at different locations in Orlando, FL. If your family doesn't have plans for Christmas, you can even visit Rosen Centre for a delicious Christmas Day Buffet! Other events include holiday displays, performances, and holiday-themed activities. Everything is family friendly, thoroughly planned, and absolutely breathtaking.

Rosen Christmas Orlando

If you follow along on my Instagram this Saturday (12/15), you can see all the fun I'll be having during the Winter Wonderland event at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel. This is a free event for anyone who dines at the hotel. Plus, Florida residents get 25% off the Cafe Osceola's Dinner Buffet!

This is great for a date night or a family getaway. Also, you don't have to be a guest staying in a room to participate. Rosen has the perfect holiday celebrations for tourists and locals! If you're visiting around this time or you're an Orlando local looking for something fun to do this time of year, visit one of the Rosen properties!

Rosen Christmas Orlando

Rosen Christmas Events in Orlando – Dates & Details

1. Christmas Day Buffet at Rosen Centre

  • DATE: Tuesday, December 25, 2018
  • TIME: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819
  • COST: $47.95 for adults plus tax and service charge; $18.95 plus tax and service charge for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and younger eat free.

Rosen Centre Hotel’s Christmas Day Buffet is a special way to spend time with family while enjoying an incredible holiday feast!  An extensive buffet features holiday favorites such as roast turkey, candied yams, mashed potatoes and pineapple rum glazed ham, as well as unique dishes sure to become traditional favorites. Seafood lovers enjoy a spiced shrimp boil and a sushi spread.  Be sure to make your own omelets and include Belgian waffles on your plate. Save room for dessert! Choices include Swiss sweets, all-American pumpkin pie, holiday cookies and cakes, flowing white and milk chocolate fountains and more. Adults receive unlimited mimosas and champagne. Take a stroll after and admire chef’s beautiful Gingerbread House on display, a sweet confection. Reserve your seats at the table today for this very popular holiday event.  Complimentary valet parking.

Get more details here:

2. Christmas Day Dinner at Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill

  • DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018
  • TIME: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819
  • COST: $26.95 per person, plus service charge and sales tax.

Celebrate Christmas with a delightfully unique holiday meal at Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill. With this four-course, prix fixe dining experience, you will have a choice of enticing starters, Harry’s salad or seafood gumbo, and an entrée that could be traditional roasted turkey, pineapple rum glazed ham, or pan seared salmon and rock shrimp, all with tantalizing sides. Finish with a choice of delicious desserts – eggnog cheesecake, pumpkin pie or Black Forest cake. A children’s and ala carte menu also are available. The meal includes a choice of soft drink or coffee and a glass of sparkling wine. Reservations are recommended. Complimentary parking is included.

Get more details:

3. Christmas Day Buffet at Rosen Plaza

  • DATE:  Tuesday, December 25, 2018
  • TIME: Noon – 5 p.m.
  • LOCATION:   Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819
  • COST:  $42.95 per adult early-bird prepaid reservations, and $45.95 after 12/18/2018, plus tax and service charge; $18.95 plus tax and service charge for children ages 4-11. Children 3 and younger eat free.

Rosen Plaza’s chefs make your holiday bright and sumptuous with a lavish holiday buffet. Enjoy delicious dishes like roast turkey with fresh cranberry sauce and house made gravy, Chef Steve’s turkey stock stuffing with caramelized vegetables and mashed potatoes, salmon with rendered kumquats and leeks and a carving station with roast prime rib. Chef Ashley’s Sweet Station is a decadent array of traditional pumpkin and pecan pies, chocolate cake, berry cheesecake, stocking stuffer candies with mini maple pumpkin, Yule log and so much more. Reservations are recommended, so call to book your seat at the table today. Complimentary wine and champagne and complimentary parking.

Get more details:

4. IcedOut at Rosen Plaza

  • DATE: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
  • TIME: 5 – 8 p.m.
  • LOCATION:   Rosen Plaza, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
  • COST: Free

Ice shavings flying! Chainsaws buzzing! Orlando’s top chefs put their skills to the test to create the most amazing ice carving statues – racing to beat the warm Florida weather to earn top honors in this annual, outdoor ice carving competition. This family-friendly event also offers delicious holiday treats, and for the adults, specialty cocktails – all available for purchase as guests relax poolside watching as the competition heats up. 10% of the proceeds from the event’s food and beverage sales will be donated to the local Canine Companions for Independence non-profit. Parking is complimentary.

Get more details:

5. Christmas Day Buffet at Rosen Shingle Creek’s Café Osceola

  • DATE:  Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018
  • TIME: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • LOCATION:  Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
  • COST:  $69.95, plus tax and service charge; $29.95 plus tax and service charge for children ages 4-11. Children 3 and younger eat free. Florida residents enjoy a 25 percent discount.

Treat you and your loved ones to a lavish holiday buffet served in the in the splendor of Rosen Shingle Creek, the region’s most luxurious AAA Four Diamond hotel. The culinary team dazzles presenting dishes ranging fromtraditional favorites plus unique surprises: roasted turkey, herb and garlic-crusted prime rib, pecan-and-dill crusted salmon, New England boil, Paella Valencia, Peking Pork Belly Crepes, Banrai Sushi and action stations for made-to-order pastas, omelets and more. Enjoy selections from chef-staffed carving stations and a smorgasbord of decadent desserts capped with brimming chocolate fountains. Unlimited champagne and mimosas are included for guests 21 and older. Florida residents will enjoy a 25 percent discount. Reservations are required and include complimentary valet parking. The holiday buffet is very popular, so call today to secure your seats at the table.

Get the details:

6. Winter Wonderland at Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel 

  • DATE:  Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15, 22
  • TIME: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION:   Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
  • COST:  Free when dining at the hotel

Nestled near pristine woods and wetlands of the historic headwaters of the Florida Everglades, Rosen Shingle Creek transforms into a holiday Winter Wonderland in December, offering loads of festive fun for all ages. On three consecutive Saturdays, the luxurious AAA Four Diamond hotel will offer rides on the “Shingle Creek Express,” face-painting, meet-and-greets with the Shingle Creek Elves, a photo booth, karaoke and more. The hotel’s luxurious lobby showcases the magic of the season with a special “Twas’ the Night Before Christmas” special themed holiday display and a holiday tree display featuring sparkling trees decorated by local charities. Special performances of The Nutcracker Ballet and a dance showcase are scheduled on select Friday and Saturday nights in December.  Make a night of it and dine at one of the hotel’s award-winning restaurants including A Land Remembered, Cala Bella, our Italian Bistro, Tobias Burgers & Brews, Mi Casa Tequila Taqueria or Café Osceola’s extensive buffets for an unforgettable holiday experience!  Florida Residents enjoy a 25% discount on Café Osceola’s dinner buffet. 

Get more details: 

7. The Nutcracker Ballet, Dance Showcases at Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel

  • DATE:  Fridays, Dec. 7, 14, 21; Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15, 22
  • TIME: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
  • LOCATION:  Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
  • COST:  Free

On six dates in December, the season comes alive with exclusive holiday performances at Rosen Shingle Creek, the region’s most luxurious AAA Four Diamond hotels. On select Fridays, sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers and dancing mice star in a special presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet by the Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance from The Windermere Community Theatre. On select Saturdays, delight in a fireside showcase of contemporary tap and ballet by the School of Dance Arts of Sanford. Come for the beautiful dance performances, then stay to admire the hotel’s nonprofit holiday tree display honoring dozens of local charities.  All activities are complimentary for the public, as well as hotel guests.

Get the details:

8. Holiday Happenings at Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista

  • DATE: Select nights from November 23 to December 24.
  • TIME: 4 to 6 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, 8442 Palm Parkway, Orlando, FL 32836
  • COST: Free

Celebrate the holiday season at Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, where merry activities include letter writing to Santa (from Nov. 23 to Dec. 24), along with a visit with Sparkle the Elf, who will collect your letter and take it to his Boss (Mondays in December). The hotel also has a festive photobooth on Dec. 17; face painting on Tuesdays in December; and a balloon artist on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, enjoy Dinner and a Movie Night beginning at 6 p.m. On Fridays, be a star and sing karaoke to your favorite holiday tune from 8 to 10 p.m. And on Dec. 24, Santa will make a special appearance at the hotel!

Get the details:

Rosen Hotel Holiday

9. Christmas Day Buffet at Bella Vista

  • DATE: Tuesday, December 25, 2018
  • TIME: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Bella Vista, 8442 Palm Parkway, Orlando, FL 32836
  • COST: $32.99 adults plus tax and service fee; $13.99 for ages 4 to 11; children 5 and younger eat free with paying adult.  A 10 percent adult discount for prepaid reservations.

Relax and enjoy the holiday with loved ones at Bella Vista’s festive Christmas Day Buffet featuring delectable dishes such as herb-crusted mahi-mahi, rustic chicken with garlic gravy and Maryland crab cakes, build your own pasta station and carving stations with honey ham and peppercorn crusted beef. Choose from a variety of fresh soups and salads including broccoli cheddar soup and Ahi tuna with wasabi and delicious sides like fireside marshmallow sweet potatoes, loaded mashed potatoes and cheesy mac ‘n cheese.  A children’s private buffet features favorites like chicken fingers, french fries and pasta marinara. You’ll want to leave room for dessert with choices like apple pie a’ la mode, lemon meringue pie, Jack Daniels chocolate cake and festive holiday cookies. Eggnog and a build-your-own hot chocolate and coffee bar highlight beverages which also feature red or white wine included with your meal. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call today to reserve your seat at the table.

Get more details:

10. Holiday Happenings at Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

  • DATE: Select nights from November 23 to December 24
  • TIME: 7 to 9 p.m.
  • LOCATION: 9000 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
  • COST: Free

Take time to enjoy the holidays with special events at Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando designed to get you in the spirit of the season! The kids can write their letters to Santa beginning on Nov. 23, and Sparkle the Elf will help deliver their wishes on select days throughout December. Fun activities also include a holiday-themed photobooth, face painting, a balloon artist and karaoke and cocktails. Only at Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, learn how to make intricate holiday shapes from the hotel’s resident origami artist, and have breakfast and Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Santa Claus also will visit children in the Plaza Garden restaurant while they decorate holiday cookies. Entertainment times vary, consult holiday schedule.

Get the details:

11. Holiday Happenings at Rosen Inn closest to Universal

  • DATE: Select nights from Nov. 23 to Dec. 24.
  • TIME: 7 to 9 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Rosen Inn closest to Universal, 6327 International Drive., Orlando, FL 32819
  • COST: Free

Rosen Inn closest to Universal offers festive activities throughout the holiday season, from writing letters to Santa (available from November 23 to December 24) and a visit with Buttersprinkle the Elf, the North Pole’s newest addition to Santa’s team! Have fun and capture the magic of the season in a special photobooth, transform into a magical creature through face painting and take home a whimsical creation of a talented balloon artist. Entertainment hours vary, consult holiday schedule.

Get the details:

12. Holiday Happenings at Rosen Inn International

  • DATE: Select nights from November 23 to December 24.
  • TIME: 7 to 9 p.m.
  • LOCATION: 7600 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
  • COST: Free

Rosen Inn International is a fantastic place to get into the holiday spirit, with fanciful activities that will make anyone smile. Write a letter to Santa and tell him all of your Christmas wishes in the Santa House Mailbox (from Nov. 23 to Dec. 24), then visit with Sparkle the Elf, Santa’s most trusted assistant so he can take the letter to the Boss personally. Take a festive photo in the photobooth, have your face painted, take home a funny balloon animal and gather for Christmas Movie Night. Times and dates vary throughout the season, please consult the hotel’s holiday schedule.

Get the details:

13. Christmas Eve Buffet at Rosen Inn International

  • DATE: Monday, December 24, 2018
  • TIME: 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • LOCATION: 7600 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
  • COST: $17.95 for adults; children 6 to 10 are 50% off, and children 5 and younger are free with paying adult.

After all of the holiday preparations are done, relax with loved ones at a Christmas Eve buffet at the Fountain View Restaurant, which offers classic holiday treats with a Spanish twist – including Yucca with Mojo seasoning, sweet roasted plantains, plantain chips, and Flan. You’ll also enjoy baked Teriyaki chicken, savory stuffed pepper and pasta with garlic shrimp.

Get the details:

Are you an #Orlando local looking for something fun and free to do for the holidays? #RosenHotels is offering free events, Christmas meals, and more! #RosenHolidays #visitOrlando

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links and/or promotional products, all opinions expressed are that of But First, Joy only. Read my full disclosure