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Thornton Park 12 Bars of Christmas

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

Grand prizes include 12 Tickets to the Inaugural Orlando City Lions MLS Match, 12 Tickets to Orlando Solar Bears vs. Indy Fuel Monday,…

Smashburger in Orlando: Two Locations for Burgers!

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 shakesroot-beer floatsgrilled or crispy chicken sandwichesfresh-tossed saladsrosemary and garlic–seasoned SmashfriesHaystack OnionsVeggie Fri…

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

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.

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.

Open to all professional visual artists with public art experience that is comparable with the project’s scope and bud…

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…

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

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. 

Sights of the Festival of Trees

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! 

Our 2014 Christmas and Santa Guide

Unique Options

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

Santa Meet and Greets

11/15 - 12/24Altamonte 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 MilleniaJoin 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 F…

Rifle Paper Co Wine Walk on 2nd Thursdays Each Month

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. 

Orlando Citrus Bowl Ribbon Cutting Ceremony November 19th at 10am

The new Orlando Citrus Bowl will have its Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 19 at 10am. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, City of Orlando Commissioners, representatives from Florida Citrus Sports and other Central Florida leadership will ceremonially cut the ribbon to open the new Orlando Citrus Bowl.

In less than 10 months, the massive reconstruction project completely demolished the stadium’s entire lower bowl, leaving only the upper level stands remaining. Approximately 90 percent of the Orlando Citrus Bowl is all-new and was designed to enhance the fan experience. All these enhancements and amenities will not only make the stadium competitive in today’s market but will continue to ensure it remains the destination for memorable events and experiences in Central Florida.

Among the new features and enhanced amenities:
Capacity of 65,000 for sporting events, 75,000 for non-sporting eventsMore than 41,000 new lower bowl seats, e…

Auditions For CABARET at The Abbey Nov 19 + 20 With Callbacks on Nov 21

The Abbey, in partnership with Gen Y Productions, presents the Tony Award-winning musical CABARET, January 29 through February 8. Tickets go on sale December 1.

Auditions for CABARET will be held November 19 and 20; call backs will be held on November 21.

Set in the 1930s as the Nazis are rising to power, CABARET tells the story of Cliff Bradshaw, an aspiring writer who has travelled to Berlin to find inspiration. While there, he happens a young performer, Sally Bowles, and the seedy Kit Kat Klub, overseen by the fervent Master of Ceremonies.

This production of CABARET is produced by Aaron Safer, Managing Member of Gen Y Productions, LLC, with direction by Kenny Howard, Artistic Director of Artful Events. Choreography is by Blue Star, with musical direction by John B. DeHaas, set design by Bonnie Sprung, lighting design by Roy Brown, and costume design by Kyla Swanberg.

“This has always been a show that I felt was a perfect fit for The Abbey,” said Director Kenny Howard. “We will transfor…

Dr. Phillips Center Ribbon Cutting, Open House, Family Festival & Free Concert

The official opening of the Dr. Phillips Center includes a ceremonial ribbon cutting honoring everyone who has made the dream a reality through their efforts for the past 25 years. After the ribbon cutting, the community is invited into the Dr. Phillips Center for an open house to tour the venues.

Guests will take self-guided tours and explore the Della Phillips Grand Lobby, the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, and the Seneff Arts Plaza. The tour will include stops for photo opportunities, and participants will have a chance to purchase tickets for upcoming shows and events.Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Thursday, Nov. 6, 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Click here to learn more.

Join us for a Community Open House on November 8 and a Community Open House & Family Festival on November 9. Dr. Phillips Center Members will get an early preview on Nov. 8, from 11:00 AM until noon.

Guests will take self-guided tours and explore the Della Phillips Grand Lobby, the Walt Disney Theater,…

Bigeye Creative Agency Announces New Mural In Downtown Orlando Just in Time For Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

BIGEYE, a full-service integrated advertising agency based in Orlando, and the Downtown Arts District (DAD) this week announced the winner of its “BIGEYE on the Arts” contest – local artist German Lemus.

“Our selection committee had a difficult decision to make with such highly talented artists submitting some of the most creative mural designs,” said Justin Ramb, CEO of BIGEYE. “Ultimately, Lemus’ design captured the essence of what we were trying to accomplish with this contest. We’re extremely thankful for all of our community partners who helped make this project a reality.”

Lemus’ mural is currently under production, and will be on display along highly trafficked Anderson Street on BIGEYE’s building at 500 S. Magnolia Ave., right next door to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The mural is meant to celebrate the ad agency’s new neighbor, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and the area’s booming cultural corridor.

“The City Beautiful has finally blossome…

-4 Ultimate Project Presentation at Orlando City Council

On Monday November 3rd at 10am, the I-4 Mobility Partners and SGL Constructors presented various facets of the I-4 Ultimate Projectto Orlando City Council. We provided the video above so you can watch it live. 

We took notes during the presentation. Unfortunately, the city's live-streaming failed around the 10:30am point of the presentation. Here's what we got:

General $2.3 billion project 21 miles longruns from Kirkman past 434 in Seminole CountyThis portion of I-4 will be completely reconstructed. I-4 was built in the 50s and 60sThey will reconstruct 15 major interchangesThey are widening 140 bridgesWeekday lane closures can happen as early as 8pm and as late as 7am. Express Lanes:  They will add 4 express lanes down the middle (2 in each direction) Can get into express lanes at Kirkman, Ivanhoe, one downtown point we missed and at 434Dynamic tolling: price raises based on usage No cash for tolls in express lanes. All electric. No heavy/semi trucks allowed in these lanesStart Dat…

Fire at Magic Kingdom Saturday Night

Saturday evening there was a fire at the Seven Dwarves Mine Shaft Roller Coaster ride. Above is a pretty clear video of the fire: (Source) My Fox 8 is saying they first noticed it on social media around 10:20pm. No one was injured and the potential cause is debris from the fireworks show falling into some decorative objects on the ride.