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Pine Castle’s 18th Annual Living Christmas Story: A Drive-Thru Experience

From the comfort of your own car, come and enjoy a narrated journey as live actors and animals recreate eight scenes from the biblical account of the First Christmas. Each year, 2,000 guests from all over Central Florida make the Drive-Thru part of their Christmas tradition. Call the church office at 407-855-4741 if you have questions.

A production of the First Baptist Church of Pine Castle.

1001 Hoffner Avenue

Orlando, Florida 32809


Top 5 Alternative Movies to Watch This Christmas

Are you sick of the typical holly, jolly, good-natured Christmas movies?  Tired of Charlie Brown and his dopey tree, the antics of Ebenezer Scrooge, and Bing Crosby tap dancing with Danny f’ing Kaye? Are you rooting for that dumb kid to shoot his eye out, ready to cook Rudolph on an open fire,  and finally see Jimmy Stewart take the plunge off that bridge?

Check out our Top 5 alternative movies for you to watch this Christmas at Lorraine Music!

Bad Santa (2003)

Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox play a Santa/Elf duo who get work at a mall each year during the holiday season only to rob it on Christmas Eve.  The only hitch is that Thornton is a vulgar, alcoholic degenerate who can barely see straight most of the time, let alone interact with children.  The movie is as mean-spirited as it sounds but underneath it all, it probably has the most heart of any film on this list.  It’s also playing at the Enzian for free on December 23rd.


Black Christmas (1974)

Every year some channel plays A Christmas Story for 24hrs and leaving it on all day is even a tradition in some households.  It may come as a surprise to some that its director, Bob Clark, made another Christmas movie.  Only instead of being about children and their Christmas wishes, its about a sorority house whose members are tormented and murdered one-by-one during their Christmas party. It’s a great early slasher film with a creepy atmosphere and even creepier killer.


Die Hard (1988)

I’ve had a number of arguments over the years about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. But it takes place on Christmas Eve during an office Christmas party.  I’d even argue it’s more of a Christmas movie than something like It’s a Wonderful Life. Everyman John McClane is thrust into the role of badass action hero when a criminal group takes the Christmas party hostage, including McClane’s wife.  Over the top, and yet somehow grounded by Willis’s performance, Die Hard is not just one of the best action films of all time, but also one of the best Christmas movies of all time.

Die Hard

Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins comes from the wonderful era of where the line between films for kids and adults was blurred.  Billy gets a Mogwai for Christmas and has three simple rules to follow: Don’t get them wet, don’t feed them after midnight, and keep them away from bright lights. Of course all three are broken, causing Gremlins hatch and bring mischief and mayhem wherever they go.  It’s a Christmas horror comedy that manages perfectly blend its fun and humor with the mean-spirited hijinks of the little green monsters.


Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

This is probably the least well known movie on the list.  A boy, Billy (a different Billy from Gremlins) witnesses his parents being raped and murdered by a man dressed as Santa Claus.  Years later after getting a job at a toy store, he’s forced to dress up as Santa, causing him to snap and go on a killing spree. It’s a lesser known slasher flick that’s gained a bit of a a cult following (and four sequels) over the years.  There was plenty of controversy around the film when it was released due to it advertising a killer dressed as Santa. Silent Night, Deadly Night is honestly the worst film here, but if you’re in to cult, 80’s slashers, you’ll want to give it a watch.

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Krampus (2015)

Krampus is technically an honorable mention but I felt it deserved a little more attention.  The only reason it didn’t make the list is because of how new it is and I’d like to see how much yearly rewatchability it has.  It’s the newest film from Michael Dougherty, the writer/director of Trick ‘r Treat (which made out Top 5 Halloween Movies).  If you aren’t aware, Krampus comes from Alpine Folklore about a sort of Christmas Devil who kidnaps and punishes misbehaved children.  Dougherty’s Krampus focuses on a stereotypical dysfunctional Christmas family gathering where everyone’s forgotten the reason for the season. It’s falls into the same vein as Trick ‘r Treat in that Krampus is  about respecting Christmas and keeping its traditions alive. It’s not exactly an over the top, laugh-out-loud horror comedy like Evil Dead 2 or Dead Alive but is ultimately a very fun, light, and twisted Christmas horror film. It’s currently playing in theaters and is one you’ll want to see this month.

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Honorable Mentions:

1. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

2. Lethal Weapon

3. Trading Places

Baby It’s Cold… In Orlando (Somewhat)

It’s the last week of fall and here in Central Florida we’re experiencing temperatures 10 degrees higher than average. What’s an Orlandoan to do when they’d like a taste of a Winter Wonderland? Here are my top five:

1) Ice Skating
I remember skating on a pond outside our house in Michigan as a child. It was a tiny little thing, and you couldn’t really get up enough speed to do even an arabesque, much less any kind of twirls. Luckily we have rinks here in Orlando like RDV Sportsplex that has public skating hours, and in Kissimmee there’s  The Ice Factory where they also have open skating AND you can skate with Santa this Friday night (December 18, 2015)! Light Up UCF has an outdoor (albeit warm) rink plus lots of other holiday activities including a film festival and light show. Other synthetic ice rinks include and I-Drive 360  and the Orlando Science Center both warm yet (pardon the pun) COOL!

If watching ice skating gives you a shiver, SeaWorld Orlando’s Winter Wonderland on Ice is a show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza. Though far from making one think of ice, “Hot Chocolate” is my favorite production number. Check it out! (♫ Oh We Got It! ♫) Best of all, all #SeaWorldChristmas events are included with admission.

2) Ice Bars
Ice Bar on International Drive is one “hot” spot (pun intended) where you can “taste the cold” along with your drink! Visit during happy hour every Sunday through Thursday from 7–9p for discounted admission (drinks extra).

At Minus5 Ice Bar at Pointe Orlando everything is made of 100% ice including the bar, tables, benches, walls and even the glasses guests drink from. Check their calendar for events and specials.

Though both bars are marketed to the tourists, locals can have a night of cold fun if to just imagine what it would be like to live in a cold clime, or to remember the days when they “used to” live up north.

Another option is On The Block, a “pop up” VIP ice bar inside ICE! at Gaylord Palms (read more about ICE! below). This add-on experience is for guests 21 and over.

3) Frozen Treats
Can’t get TO the snow? How about a snow… cone?! Or ice cream? Orlando is home to great restaurants and shops with delicious frozen treats. Vivoli Gelateria in Disney Springs offers a variety of Italian frozen creations including seasonal flavors. Also at Disney Springs, Downtown Snow Company (near Fulton’s Crab House and across from Portobello), offers shaved ice and a multitude of festive flavors. Thinking French instead? Check out L’artisan des Glaces at Epcot’s France Pavilion. Kona Ice serves up shaved ice at multiple locations and you can’t go wrong with a Concrete from Shake Shack (not very “holiday”, but I LOVE the Key Lime!) or Freddy’s Frozen Custard (they have a Pumpkin Pie one seasonally that’s OH so good).

Want to make a frozen drink at home that tastes like the holidays? Emily Ellyn created some of my all-time favorites. (Her Eggnog Martini is my go-to holiday drink with spirit!)

4) Snow and Ice IN Florida
You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere in Florida colder than ICE! at Gaylord Palms. It’s a chilly 9 degrees inside! Enjoy ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas carved out of over two million pounds of ice. After your chilly stroll through a true Winter Wonderland, add to the fun with Alpine Rush! Who knew you could snow sled in the Sunshine State?! My son has been down the slides at least 50 times (conservatively). This is by far my favorite Florida cold spot, though remember to bring your touch-pad gloves for the walk-through if you intend to take pictures or Instagram your #CAGP15 trip. My phone froze up before I made it to the last room, the Nativity.

ProTip: Keep your phone or camera as close to your body as you can between shots and by all means wear closed-toed shoes. (I did not during one of my walk-throughs this year and I found myself doing a Prancer imitation as I went from room to room.) ICE! featuring ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas runs through January 3, 2016. Season passes are available, too, so you can enjoy the Frozen Fabulousness over and over. It’ll be like you live in snow country. But without the tire chains.

This Friday (Dec. 18), guests age 21 and older can visit Gaylord Palms Resort to zoom down the Alpine Rush Snow Tubing hills and jaunt through the 9-degree ICE! attraction wearing only a bikini or board shorts (shorts and a T-shirt can also be worn)! Their one-night-only Polar Bear Plunge 2015 is $50 plus tax and processing fees and include access to Alpine Rush Snow Tubing and ICE!, appetizers and two drink tickets to be redeemed during the event. A portion of all ticket proceeds from the Polar Bear Plunge will be donated to Special Olympics Florida.

The City of Winter Haven is holding Snow Central. Play in 70 tons of snow and go down 3 lanes of the Snow Slide,  meet Santa and more, all for free, Thurs. Dec. 17 from 6–9pm.

5) Fake It ‘Till You Make It
While there are no places to build snowmen (though you can sing along to the family frozenDisney Frozen soundtrack…), you can close your eyes and imagine the attraction industry’s soap-bubble concoction or tissue paper cutouts are snow. Theme parks have snow nightly now through the end of the year (Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld all have Florida-friendly “snow” nightly; check park maps for details), and it’s “Now Snowing” at Celebration Florida, too!

I only lived in Michigan for a couple of years. The rest of the time I lived in my birth place of Central Florida. It did snow here one year when I was a kid. I hadn’t seen snow prior to then and it seemed other-worldly. I think we managed to scoop up enough for a single snowball, but in that moment it was winter here in Orlando. There are no forecasts for flurries this year, but I can “feel” winter just a little more though fun frozen activities and treats all around town.

Upcoming Holiday Events in Mount Dora!

Now that we’ve all emerged safely on the other side of our turkey comas and the madness that is Black Friday shopping, the holidays are in full swing here in Central Florida.  In Mount Dora, we have a holiday calendar packed with activities.

Donnelly House

Massive singing tree,
Donnelly House dressed in light,
Mount Dora Christmas.
(a bad haiku by Jen)

Tonight kicks off the 33rd Annual Light Up Mount Dora, a much-loved event that transforms downtown Mount Dora into a winter wonderland, with over 2 million lights!  Festivities start at 5:30 this afternoon, with the official “lighting up” happening at about 6:30.  And if you do come, keep in mind that today is also Small Business Saturday.  Why not come early and find that perfect Christmas gift at one of Mount Dora’s many shops?  The downtown area recently completed a massive streetscape project, so the whole town looks better than ever.

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Massive singing tree, Donnelly House dressed in light, Mount Dora Christmas. (a bad haiku by Jen)

Not to mention the massive singing Christmas tree near the corner of Fourth & Alexander, near Sunset Park, which really has to be seen to be believed.

The lights of course stay up through the holiday season, so if you’re not able to make it tonight, take a look at the calendar of events and come experience the holidays in Mount Dora for yourself!  It’s well worth the short drive from Orlando.  Some of our favorite events include:

  • The Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. on Lake Dora.  Best places to view this parade are on Grantham Point (by the lighthouse) and Evans Park.  This also gives you a great excuse to stroll down to the marina and see the amazing light show!
  • The Mount Dora Christmas Walk, Friday, December 4, 2015 starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • The 56th Annual Mount Dora Christmas parade on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Christmas in the Park with Snow on Saturday, December 12, 2015.  This gives you the chance to go sledding (yes, SLEDDING!) down the big hill in Donnelly Park.  This is a popular event with both kids and adults every year.

Trees in Donnelly ParkThe holidays in Florida are unique: we don’t make a lot of snowmen, and it’s usually too warm outside for hot chocolate.  Whether you string lights on your palm trees and lawn flamingos, or crank up the AC so you can wear your favorite ugly sweater, there are still plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit.  Enjoy this most wonderful time of the year!

(All photos courtesy of Morgan H. Lee, www.realfloridaphoto.com)

The Nutcracker at Lake Eola Park

“The Nutcracker” Performance by the Russian Ballet Orlando
7:30 p.m.
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
On Saturday, December 20, the Russian Ballet Orlando will perform “The Nutcracker,” a live ballet performance featuring unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, masterful choreography, onstage blizzards and an extraordinary arrangement by Tchaikovsky.

Wild Wonderland at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

by Kelly Green
santa reindeer lowryMeet Santa and REAL Reindeer at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo at Wild Wonderland! Select nights in December, visitors will enjoy the Man in Red, and his famous assistants. Kids will do a little “jumping” themselves in the Reindeer Games area. Not to be outdone, the African penguins will be out to say hello, too.

Seasonal Sidebar: There are no penguins in the North Pole. Penguins are native to the lower hemisphere.

There will be a Castle Light Show at the Zoo’s main entrance (with a chance of “snow” flurries), free unlimited rides, and a Treats and Treasures Hometown Village, and the Merry Music Tree of Lights.

Nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.wildwonderland
December 6
December 12-14
December 18-23
December 26-30

$15 for Adults
$13 for Children (ages 3-11)
FREE for children 2 and under

Buy online: http://bit.ly/LowryXmas14

Annual Zoo Pass members can buy tickets at the Zoo’s Main Gate (with pass) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.
$10 for Adults with Zoo Pass
$7.50 for Children (ages 3-11) with Zoo Pass
Free for Children 2 and under

Get Social:
Twiter: @LowryParkZoo
www.LowryParkZoo.org and Wild Wonderland on Facebook

Wild Wonderland is presented by Publix Super Markets Charities

The Orlando Eye gets festive!

Is that Santa at The Orlando Eye?? Maybe he needed to defrost? Or a quick staycation before the busy season?

Can you believe it? Only a week left until Christmas!! And right around the corner… Spring 2015 and the opening of The Orlando Eye!

With The Orlando Eye growing to 400-feet and the outer wheel nearly complete, Santa felt compelled to put a star on top so the reindeer knew to fly a little bit higher than usual.

With The Orlando Eye growing to 400-feet and the outer wheel nearly complete, Santa felt compelled to put a star on top so the reindeer knew to fly a little bit higher than usual.

Women in Film and TV Florida Presents 13th Annual Jingle Mingle


Join us for a night of “Fire & Ice” and all things nice!
Wednesday, December 10th
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Winter Park Farmer’s Market
200 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

Mingle with Florida’s top digital media & entertainment professionals!
Enjoy amazing Food, Drinks, Silent Auction* & Raffle, Photo Ops, & more!

$20: Members of participating organizations in advance**
$30: Non-members or day of event
Complimentary Ticket with NEW full WIFT-FL Membership


Buy your tickets in advance at https://www.123signup.com/event?id=ymfhr

Spotlight Charity: Pearls for Women www.pearlsforwomen.com

The 2014 Jingle Mingle is sponsored by: Film Florida, ProductionHUB, Metro Orlando Film Commission, American Advertising Federation – Orlando, AMA Central Florida, Digital Media Alliance Florida, SMPTE, FemFessionals, Greenroom Orlando, FMPTA, AirStar, and John Michael Weddings & Special Events.

More information at www.womeninfilmfl.org

* New to the Silent Auction this year will be unique pieces from several Central Florida-based artists
** Participating associations include: WIFT-FL, Film Florida, Film Orlando, AAF-Orlando, AMA, Ad2, FemFessionals, IDGA, SMPTE, DMAF, & FMPTA

Merry Fringein’ Christmas III

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Your favorite Christmas Carol characters will be hosting the evening, and they’re sure to bring their own special brand of Holiday cheer with them. Complete with a fabulous silent auction, it’s the holiday kick-off party you will not want to miss.

This year, Orlando Fringe will again be collecting unwrapped toys to benefit families during the holidays. Please bring an unwrapped toy to donate and receive a complementary voucher for Fringe merchandise, or $5 off your admission.

WhenMonday, December 8, 2014

Where: The Margeson Theatre (Orange Venue) at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center

— 812 E. Rollins St. Orlando, FL 32803

Silent Auction: 7:00 PM in the Patron’s Room

Show Time: 8:00 PM

Cost: $15 + applicable fees or $5 off with an unwrapped toy

Light Up Downtown South

Light Up Downtown South
6:00 p.m.
Lake Beauty Park
Intersection of Orange Avenue and Miller Street
Downtown South, a City of Orlando Main Street, invites families and friends to join them for their annual Christmas tree lighting at Lake Beauty Park. Come early and enjoy a number of activities such as appearances by the Orlando City Soccer’s street team and their mascot, Kingston, as well as food trucks and an additional appearance by two very special princesses.

Downtown South Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Peach Valley Café
2849 South Orange Avenue
Join Downtown South, a City of Orlando Main Street, for breakfast with Santa at Peach Valley Café. Be sure to bring your camera to capture a picture with Santa! Menu prices vary and are available at peachvalleyrestauraunts.com.

Oviedo Christmas Village

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of best Christmas event of the season and best of all its FREE. First Baptist Oviedo presents Christmas Village Frozen Wonder, December 5,6,7,12,13, and 14 from 6pm – 10pm. Come out and see our Village Square with Games, Food, Interactive Nativity, Music, and Family Fun. These same nights, sign up for your free blizzard pass and your opportunity to see illusionist Jim Monroe as he display’s his mysterious act in a frozen wonderland, with 2 nightly shows 6:30pm and 8:00pm. Don’t be the only family to miss out this year. Sign up for your free blizzard pass and learn more at www.oviedochristmasvillage.com

City of Orlando Tree Lighting Celebration

Tree Lighting Celebration 
5:00 p.m. – Festivities begin
6:00 p.m. – Tree Lighting Ceremony
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
The City’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Friday, December 5, will feature the official lighting of the City’s 72-foot Christmas tree. The free event will include a festive choir performance, food trucks, Gifts ‘n’ Goodies Christmas Village vendors, a musical from Trinity Lutheran School and a free outdoor viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Get #WrappedInIKEA this holiday season!

By: @jenvargas

IKEA Orlando invited us to sample from their special holiday menu and take a sneak peek of their Holiday catalog! Make sure to check out their event calendar for more holiday fun and enter below to win a IKEA $100 gift card! Hurry! Deadline is November 30th. (Winner will be drawn on Monday, Dec 1st.)

  Can’t make it into an IKEA store? No problem! Join IKEA Orlando, Miami, Sunrise and Tampa for a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, December 3rd, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm EST!

Also happening: IKEA Foundation’s annual #SoftToys4Education drive has begun at all IKEA stores around the world. Did you see the cool Vine the Orlando location did for it?? SO. CUTE. Help these little guys and their friends find their way home to the Children’s Home Society of Florida by visiting IKEA Orlando and dropping a soft toy in the chimney near the exit!


At IKEA, we believe that children are the most important people in the world. It’s great to see the awareness of this campaign grow over the years, allowing us to help more children begin and stay in school,” said Kendra Ferguson, IKEA Orlando’s Local Marketing Specialist.

We now have customers asking us when it will begin. It’s a great time to teach their children about giving back; and with the option to give twice, parents can let their children select a toy for themselves and one that they think another child would enjoy receiving.

IKEA’s soft toys star in the store’s children’s books and new card games that train memory, as well as visual and social skills. IKEA Foundation will also make a donation when these items are purchased – making a great holiday present package, as the furniture you can find in Homecouture, as every donation gives the powerful gift of an education to children in need around the world.  

Since 2003, the holiday sales of the furniture retailer’s soft toys has raised nearly €67 million, supported 99 projects in 46 countries, and helped more than 11 million children receive a better education.  The IKEA Foundation, which works with a total of 31 nonprofit organizations, is the largest global corporate donor to UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Save the Children, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and KickStart International.   IKEA Orlando wants your help to find their soft toys a home at the Children’s Home Society of Florida (@HelpFLKids), and they need OUR help! Here’s how you can ‘double dip’ to help children locally AND internationally:

IKEAOrlando_SoftToy_GiveTwice But wait! There’s more! Thanks to the kindness of our friends at IKEA Orlando, you can enter from now until – November 30th for a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card! IKEA will choose a winner on Monday, December 1st, and contact the lucky winner via Twitter! a Rafflecopter giveaway



TIP: Join IKEA FAMILY, their FREE loyalty program for discounts, other perks and a sweet discount on their JULBORD Dinner upstairs!

Sea World’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld is the place to be this holiday season.  It’s considered by many to be the No. 1 Christmas event in Central Florida!  SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is included with park admission, Annual Pass and Fun Card. Starting at 6 p.m. each evening select dates Nov. 22-Dec. 31, 2014 (Exact dates:  November 22-30December 5-7, 12-14, and 19-31)

SeaWorld transforms into a wintery, watery wonderland, where guests of all ages can enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience, share a smile with a playful penguin at the South Pole while visiting the park’s newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®.

Christmas carols can be heard as guests encounter a sparkling Sea of Trees and skaters dancing on ice. With everything from Santa to Shamu®, presents to penguins, and elves to Elmo, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday memories are made.

EXPRESS DINE:  New feature on SeaWorld® Discovery Guide Park App allows guests to order ahead at SeaPort Pizza and select preferred pick-up time so guests can eat when they’re ready.

TIP: Two Ways to Get Kids Free at SeaWorld 

  • Tickets only: one free child’s admission with each paid adult by Dec. 31, 2014


  • Hotel & Tickets:  one free child’s admission with each paid adult and hotel accommodations through Dec. 24, 2014

Christmas Celebration at Gaylord Palms Resort

Christmas Has Arrived at Our Resort!
Celebrate now through January 4
Our fabulous resort has transformed into an enchanting holiday wonderland sprinkled with over 2 million twinkling lights and festive décor.

Discover the magic of the season at our annual Christmas at Gaylord Palms celebration, where you can enjoy activities such as:

Christmas Town Now Included With Park Admission at Busch Gardens

christmas town busch gardens smTampa Bay’s Biggest Christmas Celebration is Now Included with any Pass, Fun Card or Daily Admission.

“Since 2012, Busch Gardens has offered the ultimate Christmastime experience for families, and we’re excited to continue that tradition again in this year,” said Park President Jim Dean. “And with all of this Christmas fun included with any annual pass, Fun Card or daily admission, all guests receive an even greater value during their visit. We’ve created a season-long celebration unlike any other event our guests have ever seen – the kind of Christmas fun only Busch Gardens can provide.” Check here on cherryscustomframing things to do on Christmas.

Highlights include special entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and over a million twinkling lights and santa sacks around every turn. million lights christmas town

Christmas Town is open 23 select dates from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. Guests can experience all of the Christmas celebrations throughout the day, and park closing times will range from 8pm to 9pm throughout the event. Visit ChristmasTown.com for dates, times and event details.



Still Want More Christmas? SeaWorld Continues The Holiday Festivities Till End Of The Year

SWO Christmas Celebration

The gifts have all been opened but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop singing the Christmas carols or stop enjoying the sights of the season.

Over at SeaWorld now through the end of the year the annual SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration puts on all the goodness of Christmas while keeping the seas at center stage.  The amazing live nativity show ‘O Wondrous Night’ features 30 carols and plenty of camels (along with a plethora of other animals as well). The park itself is filled with enjoyable Christmas decorations and live holiday musical acts that set the mood no matter what the temperature.

Sea of TressSeaWorld’s large lake in the middle of the park is filled with over 100 trees that sparkle and dance to music.  The trees, reflecting off of water, make for the perfect Florida holiday tradition.

Don’t worry about the animals because SeaWorld’s animals get in on the Christmas action as well.  Everyone’s favorite sea lions, Clyde and Seamore, meet up with a few mischievous otters, a comical elf, and a wintery walrus or two for a Christmas show like no other.

Shamu Christmas Miracles is a fantastic Christmas show of friendship and peace.  The show features the killer whales and plenty of amazing Christmas songs.

Shamu’s Happy Harbor also gets in on the action with Holly Jolly Railway added to the lineup of kiddie rides and snow flurries filling the air.

Elmo’s Christmas Wish show features Rosita, Grover, Zoe, Cookie Monster, and that super ticklish fur ball Elmo in a Christmas show that is an instant holiday classic.

Wild Artic takes a vacation during the holiday season and instead The Polar Express Experience is offered. As one of the most popular attraction overlays in all of Central Florida this simulator ride takes riders on the famous train to the North Pole.  Once rides arrive at the North Pole the big man himself is there meeting guests.

Bayside Stadium features an impressive outdoor lakeside ice skating extravaganza.  SeaWorld Parks have always been known for their impressive ice skating shows and this one doesn’t disappoint.  Make sure to check out the last show of the evening and stay for the fireworks that follow directly afterwards.

Each evening is topped off with a holiday light and fireworks show.  Dancing fountains, glittering lights, and festive fireworks, all choreographed to classic holiday favorites.

The best part of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is that it’s included in regular park admission and while the parks are all busy this time of year even on busy days SeaWorld just seems more enjoyable than some of those other insanely busy parks in town.


SeaWorld invited us out to the Christmas celebration a few weeks ago.  Even with us arriving at dusk we were still able to comfortable enjoy some of the highlights of the park (like the new Antarctica area, a must see after dark, and the one of kind coaster Manta) all while enjoying the holiday festivities.

So step back from the holiday rush and enjoy a relaxing post-Christmas holiday celebration at SeaWorld, going on now nightly through end of the year.  And for Florida residents if you buy a one day Fun Card pass you’ll get all of 2014 free with it.


Bach to Tradition, A Classic Christmas

We Wish Classy Christmas…

Don’t just save the date – buy your tickets for this wonderful Bach Concert and rejoice!

Featuring the Bach Festival Choir, Orchestra, and Youth Choir in music arranged specifically for the Bach Choir and Orchestra. Buy early—these performances are sure to sell out.

(Tickets on sale now and going fast we hear!)

Saturday, December 15, 2012 | 7:30pm

Sunday, December 16, 2012 | 2:00pm

Tickets: Range from $25 to $55

Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Tickets: http://www.bachfestivalflorida.org/season/2012/06/a-classic-christmas-7 

About the Bach Festival Society

The mission of the Bach Festival Society is to inspire the human spirit through great classical music, featuring powerful choral performances, as we celebrate the legacy of J.S. Bach.  The 2012-2013 Season is the Society’s 78th year of presenting outstanding musical offerings to the Central Florida community. Located in Winter Park, Florida, the Bach Festival Society is one of the longest continuously operating Bach Festivals in the country and among America’s great oratorio societies. The Bach Festival Society brings the highest caliber of classical music to Central Florida.