Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmastime at SeaWorld

We went to SeaWorld (in Orlando) the day after Thanksgiving last year.
It was very nicely decked out for the holidays!

A Christmas tree surrounded by palm trees. I love it!
Also, Peter and Shamu in a Santa hat.

There's a part of SeaWorld called the North Pole. How appropriate!

Or maybe it's the South Pole?

Just wait until later in this post when you see these trees all lit up at night!
They're pretty during the day, but at night, they're gorgeous. 

We were photographed in an actual human-sized snow globe. There's a first time for everything! 
Just us...

With giant candy canes...

And with blowing snow...

We went on a Polar Express ride to the North Pole, where Santa was waiting. Sam was pretty excited about this!


Santa looked and sounded just like the Santa in the movie.

However, he turned out to be a little too stern for John, who stormed away after getting oversensitive and upset when Santa talked to him about the importance of being nice to his brother. I was so mortified! Seriously, what 9-year-old kid gets mad at Santa like that? I was furious with John, and I felt so bad for the guy playing Santa!

And it started out so well...

...and then there was one.
Santa looks kind of ticked, doesn't he? He wasn't the only one! I'm sure he felt bad, but I'm also sure he gets tired of dealing with bratty, overtired kids. John definitely got himself on the Naughty List that day!

And then nighttime descended, and the Sea of Trees came to life! It was so beautiful!
The reflections on the water were gorgeous.

This picture got the moon in it. Cool!

The trees gradually changed colors. It was peaceful and pretty to watch.

There were some nice illuminated trees on land, too.

And the best of both worlds, on land and on sea...

There was a nice Bavarian-like Christmas village right next to the Sea of Trees.

It even snowed! Crazy Florida!
It actually felt cold enough that day to be real snow. We went from sweaty heat on Monday at Legoland to shivering in our coats and hoodies by Friday at SeaWorld.

 We went to a Christmas Miracles show with the killer whales and a live singer and it was really good. We lucked out and somehow got great seats despite arriving shortly before it began.

(Pictures of the actual show to come in a future post!)

I liked this festive sailboat.

On our way out, we saw the tree that we saw on our way in that morning, all lit up. 

 Aren't we cute? Ha ha.

Santa incident notwithstanding, it was a very festive and fun day at SeaWorld!