Elf scavenger hunts, holiday-themed LEGO photo opportunities and plenty of festive LEGO activities – that’s exactly what you’ll find at LEGOLAND Florida’s Christmas Bricktacular, taking place December 16-17 and December 23-25.
Included with park admission, the Christmas Bricktacular festivities are an added bonus to visiting LEGOLAND Florida and this past weekend, my family spent the day experiencing the holiday fun.
In addition to park favorites like The LEGO NINJAGO ride and World of Chima, here’s a look at seven ways families can have fun at LEGOLAND Florida’s Christmas Bricktacular celebration –
Holiday Decoration Competition
Maggie was very excited to take part in the holiday-themed competition build where she could make her own LEGO creation and have it on display for the day.
Open to all ages and free to participate and with a few, helpful guidelines, guests could build their own display with judges reviewing all the entries at the end of the day and awarding a winner a LEGO prize pack. (Nope, you didn’t have to be present to win.)
We had fun exploring the other entries and couldn’t get over the creativity that others used with their displays. Maggie was very proud of her Christmas tree too!
Santa’s Helper Scavenger Hunt
Santa’s elves have arrived at LEGOLAND Florida and have hidden themselves throughout Duplo Valley, Miniland and Fun Town. Be sure to stop by the registration table at the LEGO Studio Store for hints on where to find the elves.
The scavenger hunt was a fun way to explore the park and it quickly became a competition within our family to see which one of us could spot the elves first! When you stop by the registration desk, they’ll give you a paper and pencil to mark down which ones you find — and as you leave the park, turn in your completed paper to receive a Christmas Bricktacular button and be entered to win the grand prize.
Finish Your Holiday Shopping
I always save time to visit the stores inside the parks — they have tons of great LEGO merchandise that you can’t find in stores. And Maggie’s wish list definitely grew after our recent visit. From unique clothes, jewelry, LEGO storage containers (yes!!) and of course, plenty of LEGO sets too – pick up some gifts while you are there.
During Christmas Bricktacular, take advantage of the bonus holiday shopping hours with the in-park stores staying open one hour past park closing. No need to carry around packages all day – just shop on your way out! Plus, Receive you can receive a Gingerbread Minifigure pack with a $50 purchase at any retail location.
Santa’s Workshop VIP Holiday Experience
While we decided not to do the Santa’s Workshop VIP experience, I think it is definitely a bonus for families looking to make their visit extra special.
This VIP event is held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Bricktacular days and includes cookies, milk, hot chocolate and coffee, a unique LEGO build, led by a Master Model Builder with a take-home build, letters to Santa and a family photo with a special character — starting at $45 per person.
It is important to know that you can meet LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier throughout the day in the Fun Town Seasonal Shop. With a rotating schedule throughout the day, be sure to get there early if you want to meet them. And yes, it is definitely worth your time as this is such a rare character meet/greet opportunity.
Storytime with Mrs. Claus
While Maggie and Dad went to the LEGO Mindstorms class in the Imagination Zone, Molly and I made our way over to Duplo Valley for Storytime with Mrs. Claus. The interactive show is about 20 minutes and afterwards, we were able to get a quick picture with Mrs. Claus.
Also near the storytime area is a place to write a letter to Santa Claus. Molly scribbled out her name, drew a picture on her card and dropped it off in the LEGO mailbox!
Build Your Own Piece of the Holiday LEGO Mosaic
One of our favorite activities was participating in the Holiday LEGO Mosaic in MiniLand USA. Everyone was invited to take a tile square and complete the LEGO pattern and place it on its assigned spot on the mosaic wall. At the end of the weekend, it would form a holiday-themed work of art.
Maggie and I did our part during our time in the park putting together probably ten tiles and adding them to the wall. I wish we had been able to see the final product, but it was great to see everyone coming together to create a unique piece of art.
LEGO Christmas Tree Spectacular
We ended our day of fun at the 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree outside of the Market Restaurant where every 20 minutes the tree comes to life as the lights dance to Christmas songs. We actually stood on the patio area of the restaurant and had a perfect view of the show.
The girls were mesmerized at the sight of the tree and it was really a fun way to cap off our day at the park. The first show is at 5:15 p.m. and takes place every twenty minutes until the park closes. Don’t miss it!
Christmas Bricktacular was a fantastic way for us to celebrate the holidays together as a family. I thought the added festivities, on top of the typical park experiences, were fun and interactive.
There were so many wonderful photo opportunities that next year, I’m going to wait until after our Christmas Bricktacular visit before I print my Christmas cards!
Make plans now for the remaining dates of LEGOLAND Florida’s Christmas Bricktacular, taking place December 16-17 and December 23-25.
Have you been to LEGOLAND Florida’s Christmas Bricktacular?
** My family and I received complimentary, one-day admission to LEGOLAND Florida to experience this year’s Christmas Bricktacular festivities. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. **