Snow Park, Snow Tubing, and More Snow Events in Central Florida
Florida's first and only snow park, Snowcat Ridge, has returned for its second season! This outdoor attraction features an Alpine village, snow tubing hill, and snow-covered Arctic igloo, all of which have been updated and expanded since last holiday season. There are two new attractions this year as well: Crystal Ribbon ice skating experience and Eskimo Outpost with private igloos. Read all about it below, plus we've included more places to enjoy Florida "snow" and related activities around Central Florida.
And for even more winter fun, visit our Winter Activities guide. Get info about fun holiday events, great indoor and outdoor day trips, holiday lights, and more info about Orlando as the weather drops!
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Snowcat Ridge Snow Park in Dade City
A pair of magic-carpet-style lifts transport riders to the top of Snowcat Ridge's 60-foot-tall, 400-foot-long Snowy Slopes tubing hill. Riders can choose single, tandem, or family-style tubes. This year, Snowy Slopes has 50 percent more lane capacity and new launch conveyors for single and tandem tubes.
In the Arctic Igloo attraction, guests 3 and under (and/or standing under 42 inches tall) can enjoy a child-sized bunny slope hill—families can build snowmen or snow castles out of real snow! Arctic Igloo has been expanded this year to allow for more snow-making capabilities and includes a new snowball-throwing target area.
The Alpine Village features a variety of vendors offering food and beverages as well as a holiday market. Each night, guests can enjoy a magical music and light show while roasting s’mores around a campfire. The five upgraded food court outlets, doubled seating, five new igloo shelters, and an upgraded light show with more lights and musical numbers are all new this year.
For 2021, outdoor enthusiasts can skate at Crystal Ribbon, an ice skating ribbon with a beginner's oval rink. Guests can bring their own ice skates or rent them online or at the venue. The Eskimo Outpost is also new this year, with eight private, festively-decorated igloos available to rent for parties or get-togethers. Each igloo has capacity for up to 20 guests.
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The Arctic Igloo is loads of fun for kids. Photo courtesy of Snowcat Ridge
Advanced general admission tickets are now available and start at $26.95 when purchased in advance. General admission includes a two-hour snow tubing session and all-day access to the Arctic Igloo, Alpine Village, and Crystal Ribbon. Ice skate rental and parking is extra. Children under two are free. Unlimited snow tubing tickets are also available.
To access Snowcat Ridge from Orlando, take either state Route 50 west or I-4 west to U.S. 98 north.
Speed down the ice slides at Gaylords Palms. Photo courtesy of the hotel
More Snow Activities in Orlando
Christmas at Gaylord Palms - Kissimmee
Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort features an indoor snowy play area complete with the Snow Flow Mountain ice tubing slide, a snowfall plaza, Snowball Build and Blast area, and Snow Bar for adults. Guests can enjoy more than a dozen other holiday activities throughout the resort, including "Mission: Save Christmas with Buddy the Elf," a Cirque Spirit of Christmas show, Shine Light Show with thousands of dancing lights, a Christmas Tree Trail, and more.
Let it Snow Winter Wonderland Festival - Lake Nona
On December 18 &19, Nona Adventure Park will be tranformed into a Winter Wonderland, featuring a dual 100-foot long snow slide, "snow" flurries, a FroZone with a winter princess, and an LED dance party. There will also be a North Pole village complete with characters, crafts, food trucks, reindeer games, Santa photos, and more.
Now Snowing - Celebration
Celebration's annual Now Snowing event features snowfall nightly, as well as a synthetic ice skating rink, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, and photos with Santa. Nightly snowfall occurs hourly at 6, 7, 8 and 9pm.
Snow in the Park - Mount Dora
Mount Dora's Snow in the Park event takes place December 11, and includes snow sledding, ice skating, Santa, and more fun festive activities. Take a stroll through the lakefront town to enjoy the local shops and all the amazing holiday lights as well.
Hit the ice slides at Winter Fest at Snow Mountain. Photo courtesy of the event
Winter Fest at Snow Mountain - Oviedo
Snow is falling on Center Lake Park on December 11, with activities including a snow mountain, a snow pit playground, Santa bounce house, holiday train rides around Center Lake, photos with Santa, cookies with a cop, and more.
Places featured in this article:
Nona Adventure Park
Celebration Town Center
Center Lake Park