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  • Surprise Holiday Drone Light Show Just Announced For Downtown Orlando Sunday December 11!

    Downtown Orlando have announced a surprise Holiday Drone Light Show for this weekend, Sunday December 11, at 7pm in Lake Eola Park! Lake Eola Park will host a Holiday Drone Light Show, courtesy of Visit Orlando and Sky Elements, to celebrate the season, and everyone is invited. The show will feature a dazzling display of synchronized drones flying in formation to create beautiful holiday-themed designs in the night sky. The drones will be equipped with colorful LED lights that will illuminate the park and create a magical atmosphere for visitors to enjoy. Attendees will be able to sit back and watch the 10-minute light show from the comfort of their own blankets and lawn chairs. Hot cocoa and other festive treats will be available for purchase near the holiday market, making it the perfect family-friendly event. The show is free and open to the public, so be sure to mark your calendars and come out to Lake Eola Park for December 11 to experience this one-of-a-kind holiday light show. Following the show, be sure to take a walk around Lake Eola Park to experience the Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show, snowfall, and the holiday market.

  • Universal Orlando's Great Movie Escape At CityWalk Now Open!

    Universal Orlando's brand new escape room attraction is now open in CityWalk. Universal’s Great Movie Escape invites guests of all ages to solve their way through two first-of-its-kind escape rooms based on two of the biggest film franchises in history, “Back to the Future” and “Jurassic World.” From evading an apex predator in Jurassic World: Escape, to the time-traveling chaos of Back to the Future: OUTATIME, this is no ordinary escape room experience. Universal’s entertainment team partnered closely with filmmakers and escape room industry experts around the country to create innovative experiences that go beyond the typical escape room – blending state-of-the-art challenges, detailed sets, and original storylines to immerse guests in story-driven adventures that allow them to escape into the movies like never before. A unique feature is the variety of challenges guests must work together to complete – each one specifically crafted so that the experience is enjoyable for novices and escape room-aficionados alike. Each adventure boasts eight incredibly detailed environments featuring state-of-the-art activities that are: Randomized – so the solution can vary with each visit. Customizable depending on party size – ensuring everyone gets to participate. Designed to adjust based on skill level and complexity – so there’s always something to solve. Pricing and availability vary depending on the time, date, and product selection. All pricing is ages 3+. Tickets start at $49.99 per person and include parking. With these tickets, you may be put in a room with strangers. For $300, guests can book private rooms for a group. As soon as guests enter the art deco-style, theater-inspired venue, they’ll immediately be swept into one of the following adventures: Back to the Future: OUTATIME Great Scott – Biff’s at it again! He’s stolen Doc Brown’s newest time travel device to sabotage the timeline for his gain. Follow Doc’s clues to find the prototype, track down Biff and save the day before you’re outatime. Guests are transported to a museum in 1993, where they learn Back to the Future’s antagonist, Biff, is up to his antics and has stolen Doc Brown’s newest time travel device to sabotage the space-time continuum. Guests must work together to uncover Doc Brown’s clues as they travel through time to track down Biff and save the past and future before they run “outatime.” Jurassic World: Escape Find yourself in a secret genetics lab on Isla Nublar and use your wits to solve a serious problem: an apex predator has broken free and is headed your way. Guests are new geneticists at a secret lab on Isla Nublar, where they are undergoing training that includes the completion of various day-to-day tasks that range from feeding ferocious dinosaurs to splicing dinosaur DNA to create new genetic codes…until they learn an apex predator has broken free and now they must work together to avoid becoming its prey. Here is more ticket details: Maximum of six (6) guests. Children under 3 do not count toward maximum guest count. Guests with 7 or 8 individuals in their party should reserve a private experience. Groups with 8+ guests should contact the venue 407-224-8463 to review alternative ticket options. May include multiple persons from different groups in the same escape room. Pricing varies and is subject to availability and to change without notice. Ticket includes complimentary Regular self-parking with advanced purchases (one (1) vehicle per ticket). Separately ticketed experience. Not valid for theme park admission. Tickets are both date and time specific; subject to availability. All guests are required to arrive 15 minutes prior to allotted start-time. Late arrivals may not be able to join the experience and subject to forfeiture of escape room ticket. Guests should plan on 90 minutes to experience Universal’s Great Movie Escape, including check-in. To optimize the guest experience, party capacity may be limited for those traveling with a mobility device through Universal’s Great Movie Escape. Guests in an electric convenience vehicle (ECV) must transfer from their ECV into a standard wheelchair provided at check in.

  • Experience Medieval Life At This Weekend's Orlando Renaissance Festival

    The time has come! This weekend, the Duke and Duchess welcome back their dearest Revelers with open arms. For Meade, for entertainment, for glory! Join in the fun at this weekend's Orlando Renaissance Festival, December 9- 11, 2022. Experience the Renaissance, the days of old. From fantastical shows, celebrating milestones, and eating feasts fit for a king... Orlando has many different activities for families and adults alike. Enjoy the pub crawl or join the fairies in the Kid's Kingdom with the children A performance for the ages, they have plenty to offer and remind you of why many come and feel the need to join the Revelry! Take a step back in time to a bustling marketplace of old and browse the wares of handcrafted goods ranging from leather products to gorgeous jewelry. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift or your next great accessory, there is something for everyone amongst the vendors! The Orlando Renaissance Festival was founded to benefit education and the arts in the Greater Orlando Area. They provide a venue for artisans and craftspeople to market their treasures, stages for entertainers to amaze and excite their audiences, and a unique opportunity for education through historical exhibitions and demonstrations! Festivities start at 10 a.m. each day, with tickets still available through the Festival website.

  • TONIGHT: Enjoy the Holiday Studio Show At The Art And History Museums Maitland

    The weekend is finally here, and you can enjoy listening to some live jazz music, view some gorgeous art, and toast the weekend with a drink or two, sounds great? Well the Holiday Studio Show at the Art and History Museums - Maitland is the place for you tonight! Enter through the newly restored Main Garden gate to enjoy this FREE event featuring holiday music and jazz standards by Steamin’ Jazz. There will be a bar with beer, wine and sodas, and you are very welcome to bring your own picnic foods and blankets to relax amongst the beautiful new garden landscaping. Bring friends or a date! Most of the Artist in Action studios will be open for visitors, along with some Art School classrooms. Chat with artists and art instructors while you enjoy a stroll around campus, drink in hand! Plus, check out the museum store merch, so you can even do a little holiday shopping.

  • Stunning 16 ft Te Fiti Figure Installed At New Journey Of Water Inspired By Moana Attraction

    Walt Disney Imagineering has shared a stunning photo on Instagram of the awe inspiring 16 foot Te Fiti figure now in place at Journey of Water Inspired by Moana at EPCOT. The photograph shows Te Fit with Spaceship Earth in the background. Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana is set to open in late 2023. Walt Disney World first announced back in 2019 that the first ever attraction anywhere in the world based on the Walt Disney Studios hit film Moana would be coming to EPCOT here in Orlando. This new addition to the park will be a walkthrough attraction allowing guests to interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting that includes fountains, waterfalls, and more. Of course, characters and more from the Moana film will feature heavily in the attraction, with Te Fiti being a part of the future attraction, standing at 16 feet tall, containing over 180 feet of vines. Work on this exciting new attraction is ongoing, but Disney have confirmed that the attraction will officially be opening at EPCOT before the end of the year, in late 2023, with the attraction located in the World Nature neighborhood of EPCOT.

  • Update On When Filipino Fried Chicken Chain Jollibee Will Open In Orlando

    It seems like forever since it was first announced that Filipino Fried Chicken chain Jollibee was opening here in Orlando... Everyone got excited as the announced opening in October got ever closer, then nothing, next we were told it would be December, well, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, you won't be enjoying any food from Jollibee this side of the holidays! Now it looks like we don't even have a month for when the highly anticipated new restaurant will open, all we are being told is "early 2023". No reason has been given for the delay, so everyone waiting to experience Jollibee's world famous fried chicken here in Orlando, will just have to wait some more! In case you have forgotten, Jollibee is due to open at 11891 E. Colonial Drive. The much anticipated location is just south of the University of Central Florida’s campus near the intersection of East Colonial Drive and North Alafaya Trail. This will be Jollibee’s third Florida location, with the other two in Jacksonville and Pinellas Park. So who are Jollibee? Jollibee is a Filipino restaurant best known for their fried chicken, burgers & pies. Their Chickenjoy fried chicken is delicately hand-breaded to be extra crispy on the outside, with a secret marinade making it very juicy on the inside. Orlando customers can look forward to sweet-style Jolly Spaghetti, chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches and scrumptious Peach Mango Pie made with real Philippine mango. Jollibee is the flagship brand of Jollibee Foods Corporation, they are the largest and fastest growing Asian restaurant company in the world. With 70 stores in North America, and 1300 stores across the globe.

  • Enjoy Holiday Pops With The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra In Apopka This Weekend For Free

    This weekend in Apopka you can enjoy Holiday Pops with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. On Saturday, December 10, The City of Apopka is hosting a celebration of the holidays with a free family-friendly concert from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, bring your blanket and a picnic for a concert program of holiday favorites that will be sure to put everyone in the spirit of the season! This free family-friendly concert series also includes an Artisan Night Market at the Amphitheater featuring local artists, vendors, food and drinks. Saturday nights concert will feature beloved Christmas carols including, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, together with popular Christmas songs including The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and will end with a Christmas sing-a-long with the audience invited to join in. The Amphitheater has seats available for patrons, but also provides a large, grassy area for patrons to set up their own outside seating arrangements. Outside seating and blankets are permitted. Gates open at 4 p.m. The concert begins at 5 p.m The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Artists: Mauricio Céspedes Rivero, conductor Katie Pinder Brown,vocals Brandon Martin, vocals Saturday Evenings Program: FELIX MENDELSSOHN / RICKETTS Hark! The Herald Angels Sing GEORGE WYLE / Rob Schaer The Most Wonderful Time of the Year PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Nutcracker, The: Suite, Op 71A: Selections MYKOLA LEONTOVICH / WILHOUSKY & HAYMAN Carol Of The Bells ALAN SILVESTRI / BRUBAKER, J The Polar Express DAVID LOVRIEN Minor Alterations EDWARD ELGAR Nimrodfrom Enigma Variations, op. 36 LEROY ANDERSON Sleigh Ride JAMES STEPHENSON I Saw Three Ships DAVID FOSTER / John Hoesly The Prayer JOHN FINNEGAN Christmas Singalong for Orchestra and Audience

  • What Did Orlando Residents Search For Most Online In 2022 Using Google Search?

    What was the most searched thing on the internet here in Orlando this year? Its that time of the year again when we start to look back on 2022 and see what all the fuss was about! And this year you won't believe some of the top most searched for queries here in orlando, that is, unless you searched for them too!! Do you know the top trending recipe that Orlando residents asked for? Google's Year in Search review tool for 2022 will answer that question for you. The search engine's annual review typically just lists what the top searches were overall in different categories like places to eat, things to do, and TV shows, but this year, Google has localized it so users can find out what was others were looking for the most in their neighborhoods. Here's what was top trending for Orlando: Orlando was the only place in the country with snake juice as its top trending recipe. Capybara was the Orlando area's top trending animal. The Orlando area was one of only two places that had sand bags as a top trending "near me" search. The other was Tampa, Florida. Of the 6 places that had Indian restaurant as a top trending "near me" search, the Orlando area searched for it the most Rap was the Orlando area’s top searched music genre this year The Top 10 trending "near me" searches in Orlando were: Sand bags near me Gas prices near me Cheapest gas near me Pilates near me Food pantry near me Plasma donation near me Barbershop near me Estate sales near me Bingo near me Indian restaurant near me Oh and in case you are interested the top trending search of the year overall was Wordle, followed by India vs England, Ukraine and Queen Elizabeth. In news, Ukraine, Queen Elizabeth passing, election results, Powerball numbers, and monkeypox were the top five. As for people, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Amber Heard, Vladimir Putin, and Chris Rock dominated internet users curiosity.

  • The Best Places To Meet Santa Claus This Christmas In Orlando

    It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas, and here in Orlando we have a winter wonderland of fun and festive activities for all the family, from massive theme park extravaganzas, to holiday lights shows with millions of twinkling lights, and so much more! Orlando truly is a magical place to enjoy the holidays, and the biggest attraction for the kids is a visit to Santa of course, and we've got you covered here at Gotta Go Orlando with an all nice list of places you can visit Santa right here in Orlando, oh and don't worry we've checked the list twice! MEET SANTA AT ORLANDO’S THEME PARKS The holidays are a magical time to visit the theme parks here in Orlando, with Christmas parties on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, a sea of trees in SeaWorld Orlando with millions of twinkling lights, and even a massive holiday parade every day in Universal Studios Florida, The theme parks truly put on a holiday spectacle unlike anywhere in the world, and of course you can meet Santa too! Walt Disney World Find Santa at all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Plus you can meet a tropical dressed Santa at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. Outside of the theme parks, you can meet Santa at Disney Springs too, and you won't need park admission to meet him here, although an online reservation is required. Universal Orlando Resort Although you can't actually meet Santa at Universal Orlando Resort, you can see Santa headline Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida, and watch as he lights the park’s Christmas tree during the parade’s finale every night. You can however meet The Grinch though at Islands Of Adventure, and trust us you HAVE to meet The Grinch, it's a unique and fun experience for all the family, and at Universal Studios Florida, you can meet Universal's unique holiday character Earl The Squirrel! SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld Orlando go all in on Christmas celebrations and the kids can share wishes and dreams with Santa Claus in the Shoppes along SeaWorld’s Waterfront. You can even have Dinner with Santa in the Christmas Dining Hall. Plus, meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends at Rudolph’s Christmastown in Wild Arctic. LEGOLAND Florida At LEGOLAND Florida enjoy a brick-macular Christmas! See LEGO Santa, LEGO Gingerbread, Holiday Unikitty and more at LEGOLAND Florida. You can also discover a giant LEGO Christmas tree, unforgettable seasonal shows, holiday characters, special treats, LEGO activities, twinkling lights and more during Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Celebrate the holidays with animal encounters, thrilling rides, holiday inspired culinary delights and festive shows like Christmas on Ice. Plus, the entire family will enjoy heart warming moments with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! MEET SANTA THROUGHOUT ORLANDO Besides Santa's magical appearances at Orlando’s theme parks, Father Christmas is making multiple stops around town this holiday season, and with so many wonderful photo opportunities to capture the precious moment forever. THE MALL AT MILLENIA Through December 24, drop your Christmas wish lists off in Santa’s mailbox and meet the big man himself during Santa Photos at The Mall at Millenia. Snap your own photos for a small donation, or book a photography package, which includes a professional photographer, festive props, and digital or printed photos. Advance reservations are required. THE FLORIDA MALL Bring your family, friends and even pets to meet Santa at The Florida Mall through December 24. Sensory-friendly sessions are also available on select dates with Caring Santa , created exclusively for children with special needs. Reservations are highly recommended for all Santa experiences, and you can even receive a free phone call from Santa when you book online. SANTA'S WORKSHOP AT ICON PARK Santa’s Workshop is available now through December 24 at The Santa Workshop Experience at ICON Park. You’re invited to step inside Santa’s workshop for an unforgettable meet and greet that will have everyone believing in the magic of Christmas. With a little advance planning, your child can even receive a wrapped gift from beneath Santa’s tree. Then, get a sleigh’s-eye view of Orlando in a private holiday capsule on The Wheel at ICON Park. Kids ride free with the purchase of a Santa photo package. GATORLAND Sorry, but you sadly you can't meet Santa at Gatorland, but you can meet the one-and-only Gator Claus, the Merry Elves and more as part of the historic attraction’s Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho Down event! LAKE NONA Enjoy Christmas Tales with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Oh, What Fun! holiday festival in Lake Nona Town Center. This magical annual event also features nightly snowfall, live entertainment, specialty treats and more to make your season bright. WALL CRAWL Enjoy a one-hour semi-private experience with Santa, complete with songs, stories and professional photo packages. Wall Crawl has 20-plus holiday-themed backdrops, cheerful props and optional professional photo packages to make your Christmas photos pop. Pups, props and outfit changes are welcome, and fully private experiences are available for a truly personalized Santa session. SANTA’S ENCHANTED WORKSHOP For a truly unique holiday experience, head to Santa’s Enchanted Workshop at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, where families can enjoy private one-hour sessions with old Saint Nick. Children can find their name on the nice list, then enter Santa’s workshop for milk and cookies, stories and unforgettable one-on-one time with the big guy himself. Photos from the session are digitally processed and hand painted by a master artist, creating heirloom-quality art that you’ll treasure for generations to come. ICE AT GAYLORD PALMS You’ve made your list, now check it twice and head to the North Pole to deliver it in person. Meet Santa at his Alpine Village, then explore a winter wonderland at ICE at Gaylord Palms. Additional ticketed attractions include a dazzling acrobatics show, ice tubing, story time with Mrs. Claus, magnificent sculptures hand-carved from more than 2 million pounds of ice, and more. Advance reservations are required for all activities.

  • The Top Holiday Events In Orlando This Weekend, December 9 - 11!

    The holidays are here, and it's the most wonderful time of the year to have lots of holly jolly fun right here in Orlando. Our latest Top Things To Do In Orlando This Weekend is jam packed this week with so many events that it's even longer than Santa's nice list! Orlando is an amazing place to celebrate the holidays, with an almost endless amount of wonderful and unique happenings across Central Florida, from massive theme park celebrations to tree lighting ceremonies, and hometown holiday parades throughout the area. And best of all, you can enjoy all this holiday fun and excitement without needing to wrap up warm to enjoy the holiday celebrations! This weekend there is so much to enjoy, including not one but two Holiday Boat Parades, plus lots of Holiday Markets, and you can even get dresses up as Santa and enjoy SantaCon! Plus, an extra special Holiday Light Drone Show is happening in downtown Orlando on Sunday night! Whatever you choose to do this christmassy weekend, have a holly, jolly time, enjoy! Top Things To Do In Orlando This Weekend Holiday Movie In The Park at Lake Eola Park Friday, December 9, 2022 One of the best things you will enjoy here in Orlando is snuggling up in a blanket with your loved ones, and watching a holiday movie under the stars. Come down to the East Lawn at Lake Eola Park and enjoy The Nightmare Before Christmas, with the movie beginning at 7 pm. Evening Exchange at East End Market Friday, December 9, 2022 Friday night at The East End Market, enjoy an evening of local art, food, and gifts, with an incredible selection of local makers, retailers, curators, thought leaders and risk-takers. Taking place from 5 pm until 9 pm, this event is is an awesome chance to discover the amazing talent we have right here in Central Florida and to celebrate the vibrant place we call home. Holiday Studio Show Friday, December 9, 2022 Enjoy the Holiday Studio Show at the Art and History Museums - Maitland. Enter through the newly restored Main Garden gate to enjoy this FREE event featuring holiday music and jazz standards by Steamin’ Jazz. There will be a bar with beer, wine and sodas. You’re welcome to bring your own picnic foods and blankets to relax amongst the beautiful new garden landscaping. Bring friends or a date! Most of the Artist in Action studios will be open for visitors, along with some Art School classrooms. Chat with artists and art instructors while you enjoy a stroll around campus, drink in hand! Plus, check out the museum store merch, so you can even do a little holiday shopping. Orlando Renaissance Festival Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11, 2022 The Orlando Renaissance Festival takes place this weekend from Friday throughSunday, Dec. 9-11, all manner of pride and pageantry will be on offer at Southport Community Park. Lords and ladies are invited to travel through time back to the 14th century, where fairies dance, and magic looms. The Orlando Renaissance Festival was founded to benefit education and the arts in the Greater Orlando Area, providing a venue for artisans and craftspeople to market their treasures, stages for entertainers to amaze and excite their audiences, and a unique opportunity for education through historical exhibitions and demonstrations,. Festivities start at 10 a.m. each day. Tickets are still available through the Festival website. Sir Henry's Haunted Christmas December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18, 2022 Are you ready for a not so silent night?! Sir Henry's Haunted Christmas event opens this coming Friday, December 9, for 6 nights only. On select nights, December 9 through 18, Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail in Plant City is hosting a spooky, and real twisted Christmas event! Running for two weekends only, Sir Henry’s Haunted Christmas features two terrifying trails, multiple highly-themed escape games, axe throwing, laser tag, and more scarily spooky festive fun than Santa can fit in his sack. Venardos Circus Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11, 2022 Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos (veh-NARR-dos), the Venardos Circus wraps world-class animal-free circus acts into a Broadway Musical-style format dubbed “The American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show.” Venardos Circus at Hamlin Gardens, Winter Park, proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and limited seating. The circus performers also are the crew in this traveling tour, much like the original circus tradition. There are no animals in Venardos Circus. Guests can expect to be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition, but one that has been reinvented for the next generation. Theatre lovers and nostalgic circus fans alike will appreciate the intimate experience and sentimental way the show pays homage to circus traditions through the lens of high-quality entertainment for a modern family audience. Sanford Parade of Lights Saturday, December 10, 2022 Come out and enjoy the evening as this exciting parade lights up downtown Sanford with nearly 100 illuminated floats! It’s fun for the whole family! The annual Sanford Parade of Lights takes place on Saturday, December 10th from 6 – 8 pm, and offers residents and visitors a dazzling evening of exciting parade floats, lights and music with dozens of entrants parading downtown on 1st Street to celebrate the holidays. The Office Holiday Party Musical Extravaganza Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays through December 23, 2022 Get ready to party with the Renaissance Theater Company as they present the fun and original musical The Office Holiday Party Musical Extravaganza Show, a musical spoof of the stereotypical workplace holiday party, and all of the shenanigans those tend to entail, with more than a few nods to the Christmas episodes of sitcom The Office. With new original songs and a comedic cast of characters pulled straight from your neighboring cubicles, The Office Holiday Party Musical… returns for a second year with drinks, mingling, scripted gift-exchanges, and a little bit of that good ole fashioned holiday spirit. Oh yeah, and it’s an original musical, get your tickets now! 10th Annual Violectric Holiday Show Saturday, December 10, 2022 Performing LIVE on stage, renowned “Vinylinist” and Founder of “Violectric” Michelle Jones and the talented musicians of the Central Florida strings super-group announce the exciting return of the FREE Violectric Holiday Show rocking back into the Walt Disney Amphitheatre at Lake Eola Park on Saturday, December 10, 2022 starting at 7pm. SantaCon In Thornton Park District Saturday, December 10, 2022 Santacon is celebrated all over the Country and is simply a gathering of people dressed a Santa that go a a group from Restaurant and Bars celebrating the Holiday Season with tasty libations! This is a very fun, and festive way to enjoy a Saturday in Orlando! Join in the fun from 11 am until 4 pm, or later at this years SantaCon in Thornton Park District dressed up in your craziest holiday attire, with Santa Elves, Reindeers, and any Holiday outfits very welcome! Early Saturday, the holly, jolly crowd will loosely gather in Thornton Park for a bar, restaurant, whatever hop hop arounf the area, and will stop off in Burton's,Graffiti Junktion, Soco, Anthony's, World of Beer, and more!! Participation is free, just pay for your beverages and food of course! Holiday On The Drive Parade Saturday, December 10, 2022 The first annual College Park Holiday on the Drive Parade will be held Saturday, December 10, 2022 beginning at 5:00 p.m. The entire community is invited to celebrate the excitement of the holiday season along Edgewater Drive. Be sure to keep an eye out for our very special guest...Santa Claus! Once College Park’s traditional Santa makes his appearance in the parade, he will be available in the Gazebo at Albert Park for photos and greetings. Activities that will be featured will include Arts & Crafts, a Santa Letter-writing station, local vendors & a parade with the arrival of Santa Claus. The Approximately 12 Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl Saturday, December 10, 2022 Get in the holiday spirit at this annual Pub Crawl in the Mills 50 District. The Approximately 12 Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl is on Saturday, December 10 from 7:30pm until 2am! Purchase a wristband for $10 at Wally's or Ten 10 Brewing to take advantage of specials at 17 bars and businesses! Win a $50 bar tab if you're the most festively dressed! O'Cartz will be available to transport throughout the neighborhood (included with your wristband) The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra In Apopka Saturday, December 10, 2022 Holiday Pops with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. The City is proud to host this free celebration of the holidays with a free family-friendly concert from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. This free family-friendly concert series also includes an Artisan Night Market at the Amphitheater. The Artisan Night Market features local artists, vendors, food, & drinks. Winter Park Rotary Holiday Boat Parade Saturday, December 10, 2022 The holiday festivities move from our city streets to a beautiful city lake as the Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade, sponsored by the Winter Park Rotary Club, sets sail on Saturday, December 11, at 6 p.m. Family and friends can gather in their backyards on Lake Virginia or visitors van easily view the parade at Dinky Dock Park to see the impressive boat and dock holiday decorations created by residents and local business sponsors. The parade benefits the food pantries at Winter Park High School and Killarney Elementary School. 19th Annual Light Up The Lake Boat Parade Saturday, December 10, 2022 Come celebrate the holidays and join the 19th Annual Light Up The Lake Parade Boat Parade in Lake Fairview Park, Lee Road, Orlando. Bring a picnic and enjoy the lights – live music and festivities! This year's Annual Light Up The Lake Boat Parade is helping New Hope for Kids and organisers are asking that you bring an unwrapped gift to the free event. Live music on the night will be provided by Stickshift, who will be playing live before, during and after the parade. Big boat, small boat, power boat, sailboat or no boat – everyone is welcome! Airport Lanes Ugly Sweater Party Saturday, December 10, 2022 Kick off the holiday season with an Ugly Sweater Party. On Saturday, December 10, from 7 p.m. to close, at Airport Lanes, 190 East Airport Blvd, Sanford Guests wearing their ugliest holiday sweater will receive two free games! Orlando Area Farmers Markets Saturday, December 10, 2022 On Saturday, there is various farmers markets throughout the area, check out our guide to the when and where!! Winter Garden Farmers Market The Winter Garden Farmers Market is your hometown market open every Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. in beautiful Historic Winter Garden. Winter Park Farmer's Market The Saturday Farmers’ Market is one of the best produce and plant markets in central Florida which takes place every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park. Lake Mary Farmer's Market The Lake Mary Farmers Market features local vendors of produce, plants, baked goods, and arts and crafts. The market is open every Saturday, from 9am-1:30pm at Lake Mary City Hall. City of Longwood Farmer's Market Visit every Saturday at the City of Longwood Farmer's Market at Reiter Park from 9 am to 2 pm, with locally sourced seafood and produce to handmade crafts and more. Lake Nona Farmers Market Join in every Saturday morning in Lake Nona in the beautiful Town Center from 11 am - 3 pm, shop local with the freshest produce and more. Holiday Bike Ride for New Hope for Kids 2022 Saturday, December 10, 2022 Now in its 20th year, join hundreds of bicycle riders on the Holiday Bike Ride For Hope on a tour of the Casselberry neighborhoods to view the magic of the season. Each year hundreds of bicycle riders view the magic of the season and witness decorated homes with sparkling holiday lights. Thanks to continuing support from Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and Trek Bikes, this event is truly a safe, family friendly experience Riders decorate their bikes with lights and tinsel, and dress in festive hats and gear to embrace the excitement of the season Holiday Light Drone Show Sunday, December 11, 2022 Downtown Orlando have announced a surprise Holiday Drone light Show for this weekend, Sunday December 11, at 7pm in Lake Eola Park. The show will feature a dazzling display of synchronized drones flying in formation to create beautiful holiday-themed designs in the night sky. The drones will be equipped with colorful LED lights that will illuminate the park and create a magical atmosphere for visitors to enjoy. Attendees will be able to sit back and watch the 10-minute light show from the comfort of their own blankets and lawn chairs. Hot cocoa and other festive treats will be available for purchase near the holiday market, making it the perfect family-friendly event. Boys Town Central Florida Candy Cane 5K Sunday, December 11, 2022 This weekend's event is the 16th Anniversary of this fun, family event! At Boys Town Central Florida Candy Cane 5K, Medals will be awarded to the top male/female runners in various age categories. The first 600 runners to complete the race will receive a finisher’s medal and a T-shirt. Other festive activities include a costume contest, an award for the largest team, pancake breakfast, a free Kids Fun Run, a kids zone and much more! Grandma Party Bazaar Sunday, December 11, 2022 Everyone is invited over to Grandma's at Stardust Video & Coffee in Audubon Park for this year's Grandma Party which takes place on December 11, 2022. This annual tradition is a holiday market with just a little bit more than an eccentric twist. The annual event will take over the Stardust parking lot from 10 am to 5.30 pm and will feature lots of amazing local makers, creators, and oddities, all especially brought together by the event organizers. This year, live music will be provided by bands including SuperPassive, Really Fast Horses, Goose Hands, Someday River, plus DJ sets by Nigel John and Preston Rockwell III. The event also features an a big raffle, an auction, a little weirdness, and haircuts!! The Promenade Toy Drive Car & Truck Show Sunday, December 11, 2022 FREE admission and FREE parking to the Promenade Toy Drive Car & Truck Show, showing all makes, models, and years in this fun and festive afternoon. You’re invited to give back this holiday season on Sunday, December 11, between 11 am and 2 pm. Join the Promenade at Sunset Walk, Marine Corps Reserve, and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in support of Toys for Tots. A 2 Toy Donation is suggested for all car & truck owners and spectators for the children of Central Florida. Music by DJ Scotty B. and Team, with special appearances by Santa throughout the day! Hundreds of dollars in raffle prize giveaways to show car participants, including a stay at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando Hotel, plus Top 3 Merchant’s Choice Trophies. Pop Swap Holiday Market 2022 Sunday, December 11, 2022 Join inr the annual Pop Swap Holiday Market in Audubon Park from 11-5 pm on Sunday, December 11th! Shop over 30 local artisans and vintage dealers where you’ll find plenty of unique gifts for this holiday season! ⁣ This outside market will also have food trucks and craft beer from Redlight Redlight. ⁣ Located in the West Plaza & brought to you by Park Ave CDs, Dear Prudence & The Lovely Boutique Market. Gaylord Palms ICE! Now through January 1, 2023 One of Central Florida's premier holiday offerings and a much loved tradition, there is no better way to celebrate the holidays than gathering your family for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee for ICE! Step into a wonderland carved by expert artisans out of two million pounds of colorful ice, you’ll see the story of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! in larger-than-life sculptures and even plunge down slides made entirely of ice in this Gaylord Hotels original experience. Night of a Million Lights at Island H2O Live! Now until January 1, 2023 From November 11, 2022, through January 1, 2023, immerse yourself in a dazzling winter wonderland illuminated with millions of lights and filled with festive family activities and live entertainment for a one-of-a-kind, fully interactive holiday experience. Named by USA Today the “Number One Thing To Do In December In Orlando” when it debuted in 2020, Night of a Million Lights is a lightscape of spectacular sparkle and mesmerizing dancing lights, where guests of all ages can create priceless holiday memories – all for a wonderful cause. This event benefits Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families from around the world with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost. Night of a Million Lights has quickly become one of the most popular holiday events in Central Florida. Many nights will sell out, so don't delay - get your tickets today. The Nutcracker Now through December 18, 2022 An Orlando family tradition for the holidays is the enchantment of Orlando Ballet’s annual presentation of The Nutcraker. Bring the entire family for the adventures of young Clara as she explores the fantasy world of the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Mother Ginger. The show takes place in the stunning Steinmetz Hall in the Dr Phillips Center, tickets can be purchased here. Universal Orlando Holiday Celebrations Now through January 1, 2023 Anyone can “Ho-ho-ho” and “Fa-la-la” for the holidays. But if you want to scream, laugh and shout your jingle bells off, you’ve got to awesome up your holiday at Universal Orlando Resort, where we do the holidays big time. It’s the biggest, loudest, awesomest holiday celebration of the season. Universal Orlando go all in on the holidays with Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, where you can see larger-than-life balloons plus appearances by Illumination’s Minions and characters from DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar films. Get together with the resident Whos and enjoy the music and fun of The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular starring the Grinch. And experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with seasonal shows and decorations in both Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Now through January 3, 2023 Gather your family and join all your festive friends at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. See the park transformed into a winter wonderland sparkling with millions of beautiful lights. With plenty of holiday cheer, this event is sure to create unforgettable memories at a wondrous Christmas celebration you’ll only find at SeaWorld. The highlight being the beautiful “Sea of Trees,” where more than 100 trees shine bright, and a centerpiece that towers 70 feet above the water. This years Christmas Celebration includes meet and greets with Rudolph and his friends, the return of SeaWorld’s award winning Celebration on Ice, SeaWorld’s Sesame Street Christmas Celebration, and the much loved Ice Skating at Bayside Stadium. Oh, and of course, not forgetting the delicious holiday treats and shopping of every kind. Dazzling Nights 2022 at Leu Gardens Now through January 1, 2023 Back for its third year and bigger and more interactive than ever! Orlando’s 50-acre Harry P. Leu Gardens transforms once again into a stunning winter wonderland featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays, music and beautiful sculptures during Dazzling Nights - a family-friendly adventure that gives guests the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable, interactive holiday experience. Dazzling Nights 2022’s expanded offerings include character meet and greets, a giant inflatable yeti playground, a snowstorm in a 40’ snow globe, a curated VIP experience and more lights than ever before. EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Now through December 30, 2022 The EPCOT International Festival Of The Holidays debuts a brand-new light show debuts at Spaceship Earth, with a display that will invoke the sights of winter, including snowflakes, northern lights and warm candles. Guests can also take a peaceful cruise through twinkling holiday light displays at Living with the Land – Glimmering Greenhouses, which has had a holiday makeover for the holiday season, plus for the first time ever, guests on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind can experience an all-new holiday remix with a Guardians twist on this intergalactic chase through space and time. Plus, the holidays wouldn't feel right with the much loved Candlelight Processional, a Disney Parks tradition. Other highlights include Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt, the Holiday Cookie Stroll, and Holiday Kitchens. Gatorland’s Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down December 10, 11, 17, and 18, 2022 The Alligator Capital of the World is hosting a Ho Ho Ho-Down this holiday season and everyone is invited to join the party! Enjoy madcap festive fun for all the family at Gatorland’s Third Annual Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down Christmas Event, where else can you meet Gator Claus, Krampus Croc and more. Gatorland’s signature holiday event features live music, and festive displays with interactive characters including Gator Claus, the Merry Elves, and Krampus Croc. Ho Ho Ho-Down and visit the craft vendors, perfect for that unusual holiday gift, enjoy the yummy food and drink offerings, and be sure to visit the Gatorland gift shop to find that perfect holiday gift for anyone on your list! And the best part? All the fun and games are included with the regular price of admission, for more Gatorland info, visit www.gatorland.com or call 800-393-JAWS. Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild Now through January 15, 2023 The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has transform at night into the Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild! Experience the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before! Discover over 30 different, hand-constructed illuminated lantern displays around the Zoo on a 3/4 mile path where you will celebrate the art, beauty and wonder of traditional Asian lantern festivals Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Now through January 9, 2023 Celebrate the year with holiday cheer at Busch Garden's Christmas Town, gather with family and friends to create merry memories at Tampa's biggest and brightest holiday event. Experience the joy of the season up close with animal encounters, thrilling rides, holiday inspired culinary delights and festive shows like Christmas on Ice. Keep the holiday spirit shining bright from day to night with millions of twinkling lights and dazzling fireworks, plus heartwarming moments with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida December 10 - 11, 17 - 18, 22 - Jan 3, 2023 Deck the halls at LEGOLAND Florida Resort for the jolliest event of the year, Holidays at LEGOLAND. See the GIANT LEGO Christmas tree! Be prepared to be mesmerized by the twinkling lights from our 360 degree light show! It is sure to be filled with festive fun from top to bottom! The LEGO holidays crew is back again for more merry meet-n-greets! See LEGO Santa, LEGO Gingerbread, Holiday Unikitty, and more! Check out our delightfully dazzling holiday shows, Santa approved of course, throughout the park all season long! Also, why not try some holly jolly themed food and drinks too! The Santa Workshop Experience Now through December 24, 2022 Once again, ICON Park has been magically transformed into a winter wonderland, where families can partake in the annual tradition of taking holiday pictures together and the kiddos can meet the main man in person, Santa Claus!. Each child that participates in The Santa Workshop Experience will even receive a free ride on the new Carousel on The Promenade, and they’ll also be provided a complimentary ride on The Wheel in a holiday-decorated capsule and access to the VIP no-wait line. Orlando REP Presents True North Various Dates Now through December 22, 2022 TRUE NORTH is a magical and insightful story about being authentic, accepting change, and holding an unwavering hope in the magic of Christmas. Orlando Shakes Presents A Christmas Carol Various Dates Now through December 24, 2022 Back by popular demand for the holiday season, the much loved story of the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, together with Scrooge’s ultimate redemption once again graces the Margeson Theater in Orlando, as the Orlando Shakes present their 2022 production of A Christmas Carol. Plus, patrons enjoy fresh hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies at intermission and hear gorgeous carols too! This Orland tradition is a must see show, and so much fun for the whole family. Deck The Seas At SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando Now through January 1, 2023 Celebrate the holiday SEAson in an underwater wonderland at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. Just in time for the holiday season, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium at ICON Park is once again hosting the popular Deck the Seas event. The Orlando aquarium has been transformed into an underwater winter wonderland, featuring creatures that love living in the cold, ready for guests to embark on a wintery cold-water scavenger hunt. Plus on weekends, you can meet SEA LIFe's Sharky dressed up in his holiday best! On Wednesdays at 1.00 pm before Christmas, you can see Scuba Claus and his elf diving with stingrays, sharks, sea turtles and more, plus hear the story of FISHmas! Sunset Walk Holinights Celebration Now through December 24, 2022 Join the Promenade at Sunset Walk for Holinights Celebration, featuring Santa Claus, Mischievous Elves, Towering Toy Soldiers, Live Music & Tree Lighting Nightly, Snow Ball Fights with the Mischievous Elves, Holiday Craft & Street Markets, Car Shows & More! Enjoy over 2 Dozen Unique Restaurants, Arcades, Movie Theaters, & Shops. Holinights Celebration features Santa Claus, Mischievous Elves, Towering Toy Soldiers, Live Music & Tree Lighting Nightly, Snow Ball Fights with the Mischievous Elves, Holiday Craft & Street Markets, Car Shows & More! Oh, What Fun! At Lake Nona Now through December 24, 2022 With nightly snowfalls, live entertainment, photo ops and memorable encounters that will amaze and enchant, Oh, What Fun! makes the holidays magical for everyone. Enjoy all your favorite chilly-weather foods as sweet-treats stations and pop-up stands offer specialty snacks and beverages made especially for the season. Enjoy classic Christmas tales with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Cottage. Stroll through Lake Nona’s very own Holiday Market for some Christmas shopping or explore the Evergreen Christmas Tree Trail. Snap memories in front of the picture-perfect photo walls and Peppermint Square’s 24-foot Christmas tree centerpiece with family and friends. Enjoy live shows throughout the festival including showcases from local schools, professional carolers, an all-new modern circus performance, live bands and the return of Peppermint Square’s cutest emcee, Peppermint the Penguin. Come ready to get your groove on as Peppermint leads the dance party with The Hollywood Holidays in front of The Beacon. Lastly, enjoy “Lake Snow-na” nightly snowfall for a Florida Christmas like no other! Now Snowing At Celebration Now through December 30, 2022 Now Snowing in Celebration, Central Florida’s original and premier Snowing event, offers one of the area’s only synthetic ice rinks, special community performances by some of the area’s top young talent, and special concert events throughout the season Now Snowing is a month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, train rides, ice skating, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm. It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday. Downtown Orlando For The Holidays Now through December 23, 2022 Experience the sights and sounds of the season when visiting Downtown for the Holidays. Throughout the entire month of December, downtown Orlando is offering free holiday events for all to enjoy! See the beautifully illuminated Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree and watch in wonder as the lights dance to popular holiday music. And be sure to stop by the Eola House to see Santa! Pirates Dinner Adventure Holiday Show Now through December 31, 2022 Ho! Ho! Ho! If you’re looking for a new tradition the whole family will love, get ready for a jolly good time and a swashbuckling adventure right here in Orlando, Santa’s even made his way from the North Pole to Central Florida to celebrate the holidays at Pirates Dinner Adventure! Starting November 25, Pirates Dinner Adventure will be spreading Christmas cheer with extra special holiday offerings through December 31. Guests can experience the action, romance and excitement of the classic dinner show with a holiday overlay featuring Christmas music and a ship-side visit from a special guest at the end of the show! During the post-show Buccaneer Bash, guests can party with pirates and take pictures with the Jolly Old Elf himself!

  • Cheers To The Holidays At The Edison In Disney Springs With 4 New Holly Jolly Drinks!

    Say cheers to the holidays this Christmas at The Edison in Disney Springs! This holiday season, The Edison is inviting everyone to raise a glass to the holidays and enjoy the festive spirit(s!) that the Edison’s expert team of mixologists have been busy creating especially for the holidays. Head of Marketing for Patina Restaurant Group Kyle Collins says that “The holidays are a very special time for guests at Walt Disney World Resort, and Patina Restaurant Group’s Disney Springs locations are thrilled to be able to offer a full lineup of seasonal cocktails and mocktails with classic winter flavors to help visitors of all ages get into the festive spirit.” The Edisons New Holiday Drinks This holiday season The Edison announces four specialty holiday beverages! Underneath the Mistletoe ($21) Strawberry Sipsmith, Lillet Rosé, white cranberry juice, rosemary simple syrup, and lemon juice Coquito de Edison ($18) Bacardi, Coco Lopez, coconut milk, and holiday spices Cup ‘O Cheer, Mocktail ($10) Apple juice, cranberry juice, cinnamon, and lemon Cosmie Poinsettia, High Roller ($30) Infused Stoli Elit, Belle de Brillet Pear, St. George Spiced Pear, cinnamon, and lime juice The Edison is located in The Landing at Disney Springs, and this holiday season is the perfect time to visit! Swing by this lavish, industrial gothic-style hotspot for classic American cuisine, craft cocktails and unique holiday entertainment. Experience a clever tribute to an era fueled by invention and imagination! Designed to look like a 1920s electric company, The Edison exudes an air of romance and Old World sophistication. Anticipate expansive 35-foot ceilings and a range of themed areas, boasting all of the ingredients for a memorable lunch and dinner—or an epic evening out. The Edison features 7 distinct dining and bar areas, waterfront balcony views, steampunk-inspired décor and a steady lineup of unique acts—family-friendly by day and a little edgier by night. A steady lineup of unique acts is sure to keep you entertained and on your toes.

  • You Better Watch Out, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town To Give You Nightmares!

    Santa Claus is coming to town, but he's not looking for nice childres this year... Tales Of Terror: Holiday Edition is a uniquely twisted and highly interactive horror-themed attraction in Orlando, that will host a haunted holiday event this weekend only! Featuring a North Pole-inspired trail, food and merchandise , handcrafted cocktails, and lots of spooky entertainment. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this terrifyingly scary Christmastime happening. Guests can immerse themselves into a Christmas horror wonderland and enjoy spooky vendors, food, & photo ops. This is happening this weekend only, on Friday December 9, Saturday December 10, and Sunday December 11, 2022, so if you wanna endure a holiday nightmare this Christmas, and why not? Then you better get yourself booked in now for the most grotesquely awful fun you'll have this Christmas!! The gates open at 6.30 pm, with the holiday haunting happening from 7.30 pm. Twas two weeks before christmas, in a quaint family home The children were huddled over a massive christmas tome They dreamed of the whimsy, the magic, and joy Of happy elves making gifts, and shiny new toys. “I want it now!” one of them whined “If only there were a way we could speed up the time!” “What if instead, we could bring santa here? Bring him with all of his toys, elves, and deer?” They went to the web and found a dark funny site, It told of a ritual that could answer their plight. They drew weird drawings with crayons with care They spoke foreign words, and cut off their hair. They burned smelly things, and thought of their dreams And eventually reality began to tear at its seams. “We did it they cheered” Eyes full of light, But as the rip grew in size, something was not right. Santa’s laugh filled the air, oddly inverted, The twisted shadows of elves appeared strangely perverted. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, For evil was summoned into their small house.

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