Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thornton Park 12 Bars of Christmas

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The Thornton Park District will host its first annual 12 Bars of Christmas December 1-5, a holiday pub crawl culminating in the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Lake Eola Park and an after party at The Abbey on Friday, December 5.

Each night from 5-9 pm, 12 participating bars/restaurants in the Thornton Park District will offer pub crawlers holiday drink specials, as well as one signature “holiday cocktail.” Participants are encouraged to pick up a 12 Bars of Christmas promotional card at any of the participating venues, and get a stamp from each of the 12 bars to win prizes. Each participant who gets a stamp at all 12 locations will receive a free drink coupon valid at any of the participating venues, and will also be entered to win additional prizes. Participants are also encouraged to vote for their favorite holiday drink on www.12BarsOrlando.com.

Grand prizes include 12 Tickets to the Inaugural Orlando City Lions MLS Match, 12 Tickets to Orlando Solar Bears vs. Indy Fuel Monday, December 15, 2014 at Amway Center and 12 Tickets to Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints

Sunday, December 28, 2014, Raymond James Stadium.

For more information visit www.12BarsOrlando.com

Participating Venues:
  • The Abbey
  • CityFish
  • Dexter’s
  • Falcon Bar
  • Graffiti Junktion
  • Island Time
  • Maxine’s on Shine
  • Mucho Tequila & Tacos/Muchos Liquors
  • Shari Sushi
  • Sonoma Draught House
  • Stardust Lounge
  • Wildside
Located in Downtown Orlando, just east of Lake Eola, the Thornton Park District is home to a colorful commercial district and the city’s most stylish shopping and dining.

Smashburger in Orlando: Two Locations for Burgers!

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Smashburger (Web | Facebook | Twitter) will open its first Orlando location at 3162 East Colonial Drive in Orlando on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Smashburger will also open a second Orlando location at 334 N. Alafaya Trail a week later on Wednesday, December 3. The restaurants will both open at 10:00 AM on grand opening day.

The 2644 square-foot Smashburger on East Colonial Drive, which has dining room seating for 68 guests and patio seating for 24, will be the first location to open in Orlando. The second Orlando location on N. Alafaya Trail is 3000 square-feet and has dining room seating to accommodate 102 guests.

The burgers are 100-percent—fresh, never frozen, all-natural Certified Angus Beef patties, smashed on a 400 degree flat grill, served on toasted artisan buns and topped with condiments.

Smash burger also has the following:
  • handspun shakes
  • root-beer floats
  • grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches
  • fresh-tossed salads
  • rosemary and garlic–seasoned Smashfries
  • Haystack Onions
  • Veggie Frites (flash-fried and seasoned carrot sticks and green beans)
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Regular restaurant hours for both restaurants will be 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily. For holiday hours, please call the Colonial Landing restaurant directly at 407-286-3390 and the Waterford Towers restaurant directly at 407-203-6081.

City of Orlando Seeks Artist to Create Public Art Piece for Orlando Loch Haven Park Area

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WHAT:
Thanks to a generous contribution by the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Our Town” grant and matching funds by Florida Hospital, the City of Orlando is seeking an artist to design and create a public art piece for the Orlando Loch Haven Park area. The selected work will be displayed on or near the platform of Orlando’s new SunRail stop at Florida Hospital’s Health Village SunRail stop and serve as a gateway to Orlando Loch Haven Park to reflect both the area’s cultural amenities and Florida Hospital’s healing mission.

WHEN:
Now through December 12, 2014 – Entry deadline for artists to send qualifications; a select group of artists will be invited thereafter to submit a site-specific proposal, which may include a $500 stipend. Entries must be postmarked or delivered by 5:00 pm, December 12, 2014. March 15, 2015 – Artwork completed and installed.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Open to all professional visual artists with public art experience that is comparable with the project’s scope and budget. A strong preference will be given to artists living in Central Florida and they are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Artists should submit a professional packet containing:
  • Examples of completed works (up to 12 digital images with locations and descriptions)
  • A professional resume 
  • A letter of intent with a design approach for this project. 
Design firms, City of Orlando employees, selected panelists and their immediate family members are ineligible to participate. The Public Art selection panel will consist of representatives from Orlando Loch Haven Park cultural amenities, Florida Hospital, Ivanhoe Village Main Street and the City of Orlando. The City of Orlando and the selection panel reserves the right to reject any or all applications, proposals, applicants or projects and to modify or terminate the application process or the selection process for any reason and without prior notice.

SUBMIT PROFESSIONAL PACKETS TO:
Paul Wenzel, Public Art Coordinator
City of Orlando
400 South Orange Avenue – 9th Floor
P.O. Box 4990
Orlando, FL 32802-4990

Electronic submissions are preferred and may be sent to paul.wenzel@cityoforlando.net and Jason.burton@cityoforlando.net.


PROJECT CRITERIA:
  • Design and development considerations for the artwork include:
  • Provide an enlightening experience for commuters
  • Reflect the City’s dedication to the arts
  • Compliment the area’s aesthetic values
  • Consider the social, economic and aesthetic values of the area
  • Utilize an appropriate artistic media, such as sculpture, mosaic, functional elements, themed environmental artwork and more. 
  • Meet the State of Florida’s safety and ADA standards
  • Be durable to UV, heat damage and vandalism and made safe for the public
  • Not to exceed the total allocation of $50,000, including costs derived from travel, materials, fabrication, transportation, insurance coverage, permitting, engineering and installation.
  • Must be completed and installed by March 15, 2015
  • The art piece must serve as a gateway to Loch Haven Park and reflect its cultural amenities:
  • Orlando Museum of Art
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
  • The Rep – The Finest in Family Theatre
  • Mennello Museum of American Art
  • Orlando Science Center
  • Orlando Fire Museum
  • Orlando Ballet
  • Orlando Garden Club
  • Reflect Florida Hospital’s Healing Mission

WHERE:
The public art piece will be placed at the new SunRail stop at Florida Hospital Health Village, located at 500 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803. This stop services Florida Hospital employees, patients and visitors, as well as visitors to Orlando’s Loch Haven Park and its many cultural amenities. This facility is a platform-style stop with a small open shelter. A six-story parking garage with a large available wall is adjacent to the platform.

What's Mayor Dyer Doing?

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 10:30 a.m.
Mayor Dyer will work-along with Parking Division staff to install the first smart parking meters in Downtown Orlando. The new meters will enhance parking in Downtown by allowing for the use of debit and credit cards at all on-street public parking spaces.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 3:30 p.m.
2014 State of Downtown Address, Church Street Exchange Building, 101 South Garland Avenue. Mayor Dyer will deliver his annual State of Downtown address at the Church Street Exchange Building, Downtown Orlando’s new hub for technology companies. This year’s speech will share the latest on the City’s comprehensive visioning process for the continued revitalization of Downtown Orlando, led by the citizen taskforce, Project DTO— Advancing Downtown. As part of the event, Mayor Dyer will make several announcements that will shape the next decade of Downtown.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 1:30 p.m.
State of Downtown Gift Donation Delivery, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, 639 West Central Boulevard. Mayor Dyer will deliver gifts to children and families at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, donated by attendees of his 2014 State of Downtown Address. As part of the event, Mayor Dyer will also pass out gifts to children in the daycare, which provides early childhood education for children from six weeks to four years old and includes a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 5:45 p.m.
PGA TOUR Superstore Ribbon Cutting, 7603 Turkey Lake Road, Mayor Dyer will join with business and community leaders to celebrate the grand opening of the Orlando PGA TOUR Superstore, the first and only 50,000-square-foot golf superstore in Central Florida.

Friday, December 5, 2014 | 11:00 a.m.
Orlando Business Journal’s “Doing Business in Downtown” Panel Discussion, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 South Magnolia Avenue. Mayor Dyer will serve as the keynote speaker of the Orlando Business Journal’s “Doing Business in Downtown” panel discussion. Panelists for the event include Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts CEO Katherine Ramsberger, Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan, Echo Interaction Group CEO Carlos Carbonell, Ustler Development President Craig Ustler and Downtown Development Board Executive Director Thomas C. Chatmon, Jr., who will discuss Downtown Orlando projects and how they affect the local economy in the coming year.

Friday, December 5, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
Tourist Development Council Board Meeting, BCC Cambers, Orange County Administration Center, 201 South Rosalind Avenue. Mayor Dyer will attend the Tourist Development Council Board meeting.

Friday, December 5, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.City of Orlando’s 7th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, Lake Eola Park, Walt Disney Amphitheater, 195 North Rosalind Avenue. Mayor Dyer will join Central Florida residents and guests to kick-off the holidays at the City of Orlando’s 7thAnnual Tree Lighting Celebration, featuring the City’s 72-foot Christmas tree and its 88,000 animated lights. This free event includes a holiday-themed choir performance, TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar, Gifts ‘n’ Goodies Christmas Village vendors, a musical from Trinity Lutheran School and a free outdoor-viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Workers install the 360 degree ocean tunnel for the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium

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Workers install the 360 degree ocean tunnel for the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, the brand new underwater aquarium opening at I-Drive 360 next spring. The acrylic tunnel weighs almost 18,000 pounds, or as much as five cars, and will provide a new immersive way for guests to view marine life in their own habitats. SEA LIFE will also feature a 180 degree tunnel, floor to ceiling displays, bubble aquariums, and touch pools featuring more than 5,000 sea creatures from the oceans of the world. Photo courtesy of SEA LIFE Orlando. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sights of the Festival of Trees

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By: Denna Beena
Contributing Writer

The 28th annual Festival of Trees opened this past weekend at the Orlando Museum of Art. The Festival of Trees will be on display until November 23rd. Be sure to stop by and get your Christmas on. Here are some photos of our favorite things there. 
Merry Christmas, and FYI.... it's like 38 days away! 


This relaxing Santa. 

These elves and their buffoonery in the pool. 

This gingerbread figurehead on the front of a gingerbread pirate ship. 

This decapitated snowman that is now a top a tree. 

This Frozen tree whci reminds us that Mark loves Frozen, all things Frozen

This RED tree and that it reminds us of Lydia Deetz red wedding dress in Beetlejuice. 

Harriett Lakes display of pretty sparkly purses. 

This slightly creepy elf. 

This fun pink Floridian flamingo on a wreath. 

This super fun tree decorated in sand toys and bight colors. 

This cute pug in a wreath. 

This Santa that tells the Facebook truth. 

This tree that was my favorite of all complete with presents wrapped in blue prints!  

The construction ornaments made by "Deb" that decorated my favorite tree, 

The 2 hunky plastic men that were at the top of my favorite tree. 

This tree topper that reminded me of Post-mortem photos. 

This fun color tree that was left in the gallery and complimented the art. 

This dapper chimp that I will call Russell. 

This decorative paint spill. 

This historical dolphin with it's beautifully made scales on a fish themed tree. 

These pretty scales. 

This bear who seems like it's doing something naughty with the candy cane....

This adorable Santa who is there to take photos with you and your children.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Our 2014 Christmas and Santa Guide

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Unique Options


Rent your own damn Santa: here are 44 to choose from


Santa Meet & Greets


11/15 - 12/24 Altamonte Mall 451 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Location: Lower Level Macy's Court. Times: mall hours. Price: Purchase your package before your visit and save 30%*! 

11/13 - 12/24 The Mall at Millenia Join Santa at The Mall at Millenia's Hollyville beginning November 7th at 7:30 p.m. and throughout the season during all mall hours. All are welcome and can visit with Santa and get their photo taken: Candid color photos, sepia-hued black and whites, and CD-Rom images are available for purchase. Each child visiting Hollyville will receive complimentary holiday gift.

12/8 - 12/15 Winter Park's Traveling Santa  (Times are approximate and subject to change)

  • 12/8 Shady Park 6:30 p.m. and Israel Simpson Court 6:45 p.m. and Winter Park Country Club 7:30 p.m.
  • 12/9 Lake Knowles, east side 6:30 p.m. and Phelps Park 7:30 p.m.
  • 12/12 Brookshire Elementary 6:15 p.m. and Lakemont Fire Station 62 7:15 p.m. and Genius and Mizell avenues 8 p.m.
  • 12/11 Briarwood Drive 6:45 p.m. and Harland Park on Blueridge Road 7:30 p.m. and Chelton Circle 8 p.m.
  • 12/15 DePugh Nursing Center 6:30 p.m. and Margaret Square 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Disney Marketplace - Santa's Chalet at the Downtown Disney Marketplace operates from noon to 10 p.m. through Dec. 24. Santa Goofy will continue greeting guests Dec. 25 to Jan. 1 from 3-10 p.m.

Epcot - Santa will appear daily at The American Adventure at Epcot through Dec. 24. You can also stop by the countries represented in the World Showcase to hear storytellers describe local holiday traditions or see a representation of that country's "Santa Claus."

Magic Kingdom - Santa greets guests during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and appears in Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

Pet-Friendly Santa Meet & Greets

11/17 - 12/15 Altamonte Mall Santa Info 451 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Bring your furry friend to see Santa on Monday evenings! We're hosting special Pet Photos Nights at our Santa set on Mondays from November 17 - December 15 starting at 6pm. Purchase your package before your visit and save 30%*!

12/6 + 12/13 PetCo's Santa Paws Photo Event Photo packages with Santa are $9.95 with 100% of the proceeds going to the PetCo foundation for homeless pets. December 6 &13 from 1pm to 4pm

12/13 Rocky's Retreat Canine Health and Fitness Center Holiday Party with a visit from Santa Dec 13th from 2 to 5pm that will benefit Florida Boxer Rescue.

Orlando Events

November 22
Jingle Eve at Ivanhoe Village Jingle Eve is a neighborhood-wide holiday celebration that always occurs the weekend before Thanksgiving. The 2014 celebration promises to be one of the best yet as we light up the Happy Holidays/Happy New Year sign on top of the historic Ivanhoe building, and light the Christmas tree in Gaston Edwards Park. It’s the start of the holiday season in Orlando and you don’t want to miss it!
  • Historic Sign Lighting 6pm
  • Tree Lighting 6:30pm
  • Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa;s Workshop from 5pm- 8pm
  • Wine Stroll 6pm-11pm
Festival of Trees
The Orlando Museum of Art will become a vibrant wonderland of holiday elegance with designer decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread creations all for sale, along with stunning holiday vignettes, drawings for dazzling prizes and a Toyland Town activity area and shop for the children including jolly ole’ Santa arriving from the North Pole to greet children of all ages at scheduled times.

Check out our photos from the event.

Holidays at Leu Gardens
Leu Gardens celebrates the holiday season November 24th through January 5th! There are many activities to keep your family busy during this holiday season at Leu Gardens, including:
  • The Leu House Museum fully decorated for the holidays by the students from Seminole State College Nov. 24 – Jan. 5
  • Toy Drive to benefit the local Baby DJ Program Nov. 24 - Dec. 12
  • Christmas Gift Shop open daily
  • Holiday wreaths displayed in the Gallery Nov.24 – Dec. 10
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie unedited Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Extended garden hours until 7 p.m., Dec. 7 – Dec. 12
  • Orlando Sentinel Holiday Art Contest in the Gallery Dec. 10 – Jan. 5
December 4
Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – Fred Clause 7:00 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

December 4
What’s Up Downtown for the Holidays 8:30 a.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Come see the Russian Ballet Orlando present a scene from “The Nutcracker”, hear the sounds of the season as they are performed by the Mad Cow Theatre, and surprise special guest appearances. In the spirit of giving, we encourage you to bring a gift to benefit the Parramore Annual Toy Drive.

December 5
Tree Lighting Celebration at Lake Eola Park. Kickoff the holiday season with Mayor Buddy Dyer at the City of Orlando’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration. The highlight of the free event is the traditional lighting of the City’s 72-foot Christmas tree. The event also includes Trinity Lutheran Downtown’s musical, TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar, gift vendors and the showing of the cartoon version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

  • 5:00 p.m. Festivities begin
  • 6:00 p.m. Tree lighting ceremony

December 5
The Rotary Club of Lake Nona 5th Annual Pancake Dinner & the 10th Annual Lake Nona YMCA’s “Jingle Bell 5K." The Rotary Club of Lake Nona’s 5th Annual Pancake Dinner is at Lake Nona YMCA, 9055 Northlake Parkway, Orlando, FL 32827 and will include a wonderful pancake dinner, photos with Santa, holiday arts & crafts; tour a fire truck, touring of holiday lights, and safety exhibits from the City of Orlando Fire Department, the Lake Nona Middle School Jazz Band, Carolers, door prizes, and more. Guests are encouraged to bring their camera to take photos with Santa. In addition, the 10th Annual Lake Nona YMCA will conduct a “Jingle Bell 5K” fun run or walk for the entire family ($10 per person & $25 family of four-includes Pancake Dinner). Each participant will receive a jingle bell to ring in the holiday season! This is not a timed event and everyone is welcome and this is the only 5K to welcome baby strollers, roller blades, scooters, bicycles and more. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Pancake Dinner in advance or at the door, please contact Sonu Shukla at 407-897-2242 or sonu@sshuklacpa.com.
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Pancake Dinner w/Santa
  • 6:30 p.m. “Jingle Bell 5K” Starts (Registration 5-6:30 pm)
  • $5.00 donation to Rotary Club of Lake Nona (Pancake Dinner)
  • Jingle Bell 5K is $10/Individual and $25/Family (includes Pancake Dinner) through November 30th; December 1st – 4th –$15/Individual & $30/Family; and day of race $20/Individual $35/Family, so please contact Jennifer Brumbaugh, Lake Nona YMCA at 407-852-3520 or jbrumbaugh@cfymca.org
December 6
WKMG Local 6 Holiday Concert 6:00 p.m. at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Hosted by WKMG Local 6 and in support of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Network, the award-winning Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will hold their 7th annual holiday benefit concert featuring all four FSYO orchestras playing holiday favorites. As part of the event, donations and gifts will be collected for kids in need.

December 12
Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – Elf  7:00 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

December 13
Violectric 7:00 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. This free concert will feature Violetric, an electric string quintet band with keyboards and drums, playing a mash-up of rock, pop and holiday favorites.

December 19
Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 7:00 p.m.
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

December 20
The Nutcracker, performed by the Russian Ballet Orlando 7:30 p.m.
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Celebrate the holiday season in with The Nutcracker, featuring unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, onstage blizzards, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Russian Ballet Orlando.

December 21
Ventana Al Jazz 5:00 p.m.Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Join us for a memorable evening of Christmas music with a Latin Jazz flavor.

December 26
Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – A Christmas Story 7:00 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park

Casselberry Events

  • December 12 Tree Lighting Ceremony at Lake Concord Park behind City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, across from Target (map) on Friday, December 12th from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • December 2-4 Be on the lookout for the Casselberry Fire Truck escorting Santa & his elves throughout the streets of our city tossing candy to all the good girls & boys - maybe a few grown-ups too! Tue., Dec. 2 Northern part of the City - Route 6-9 pm.* Wed., Dec. 3 Central part of the City - Route 6-9 pm.* Thu., Dec. 4 Southern part of the City - Route 6-9 pm.* (*Weather permitting)


Kissimmee Events

Maitland Events

Letters to Santa Event THE POLAR EXPRESS at Enzian Theater
A special, holiday event and screening. Sunday, December 14. Doors open at 11:00AM | Film starts at 12 NOON. Bring your family to the kid-friendly December matinee screening of THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004). Come early for special holiday treats and fun activities!
  • Children receive a letter writing kit to craft their wish list for Santa!
  • A special menu including cookies and hot cocoa.
  • Santa will swing by to pick up all the letters and will be available for purchasable photos after the movie
Sandford Events

Breakfast or Brunch with Santa at the Central Florida Zoo
Join us this holiday season and enjoy breakfast or brunch with Santa at the Zoo! There will be lots of fun holiday cheer and activities for the whole family. Share your holiday wishes with Santa and enjoy up-close animal encounters. Everyone will get to enjoy making a special animal enrichment and join the Zoo Keepers to watch as the animals receive their special holiday gifts. Registration will be available online at www.centralfloridazoo.org beginning September 5th or contact 407.323.4450 ext. 123 oreducation@centralfloridazoo.org for more information. Non-Pass Holders: $27.00 adults, $22.00 children (3-12 years), $12 per 2 year old. Children under 2 are free, but must be registered to attend. Limit two free children per family. Admission to the Zoo is included for non-pass holders. Zoo Pass Holders: $22.00 adults, $17.00 children (3-12 years), $10 per 2 year old/ Children under 2 are free, but must be registered to attend. Limit two free children per family.
Saturday December 13th Reservations are required

  • Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m
  • Brunch: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Winter Park Events

7:00pm. Show up with a blanket and join us at the park for a FREE outdoor screening of How the Crinch Stole Christmas followed by Jingle All the Way!


Resort Events
(6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746 1-407-586-0000)
With more than 2 million twinkling lights, an amazing 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, heartwarming visits with Santa, and captivating musical events, there's no better way to celebrate the season! Don't miss everything there is to see and do!
  • Majestic Christmas Tree Lighting:  November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015
  • Live Stage Shows: November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015
  • Photos with Santa: November 15, 2014 – December 24, 2014
  • Milk & Cookies With Mrs. Claus: November 21, 2014 – December 28, 2014
  • ICE! featuring The Nutcracker Experience the magic of The Nutcracker in ICE! Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince for a magical adventure in more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and four thrilling slides!
Select dates, visit the Rosen Centre's website for day and times 
This holiday version of our Traditional Tea includes a special gift for the children, an ornament craft and a visit from Santa. Saturdays & Sundays, December 13 - 14 & 20 - 21. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m., The Lobby Lounge. $60 Adults and Children. Reservations required call 407-393-4648
Nov 29 - Dec 24, 2014. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes invites you to join the Pastry Team to build your own gingerbread house. Guests can use the life-sized gingerbread house in the Lobby for inspiration as they build and assemble their own creation at Santa’s Workshop. The fun-filled activity begins with guests building the house with pre-baked gingerbread panels on a wooden foundation, then choose from dozens of different types of candy and other edible details to decorate and personalize their house! Treats and to-go kits available. Gingerbread School price includes a $10 donation to The Children’s Miracle Network and a personalized brick on Santa’s Workshop.


Theme Park Events

Legoland 
Select dates in December - ‘Tis the season for Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida with a 270,000 brick Christmas tree and festive decorations. LEGO Santa Claus makes a great photo opportunity.

SeaWorld Orlando
Enjoy a warm-hearted holiday experience and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa's Fireside Feast, an exclusive dinner featuring an all-you-care-to-eat menu of holiday favorites and delicious desserts. A complimentary family photo is also included to remember the night. Reserve your space now. SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration, check out the video here. Select Dates November 22 through December 31
  • Winter Wonderland on Ice
  • Live Holiday Themed Entertainment
  • Shamu's Christmas Miracle
  • Sea of Trees
  • The Polar Express Experience
  • O Wondrous Night 
Celebrate the holidays at Universal Orlando® Resort December 6, 2014–January 3, 2015. At Universal Studios Florida®, the joy and wonder of the Macy’s Holiday Parade® fills the streets with floats and more. Plus, enjoy incredible live performances by the award-winning Mannheim Steamroller on select nights. The fun continues with Grinchmas™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, featuring the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.

  • Micky's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom on select dates, ticketed event
  • Candlelight Processional & Holidays Around the World at EPCOT
  • The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights & Frozen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rifle Paper Co Wine Walk on 2nd Thursdays Each Month

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We support drinking and shopping at the same time. On Thursday, November 13th from 5:30–8:30PM Rifle Paper Company (558 W New England Ave, No 150, Winter Park) is doing complimentary wine and giving you 15% on your purchase. This is a monthly event.