Walt Disney World to Live Stream Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party December 6

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is normally a separately ticketed event that can’t be seen unless you buy said ticket. But this weekend, Walt Disney World is giving you the chance to watch the highlights for free and from the comfort of your couch.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

The theme park is continuing its live streaming events on Sunday, December 6, with live streams of “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade” and “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks live from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.

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Universal Orlando Resort Kicks Off 2015 Holidays Celebration December 5

Universal Orlando Resort‘s 2015 Holidays Celebration kicks off December 5 and runs through January 2, 2016.

Universal Orlando Resort's 2015 Holidays Celebration

Guest will be able to enjoy Macy’s Holiday Parade, live music from Mannheim Steamroller, and Grinchmas, all included with park admission.

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#ChristmasBricktacular Celebration Returns to LEGOLAND Florida December 5, 2015

On select nights in December, visitors to LEGOLAND Florida will get to enjoy the annual Christmas Bricktacular Celebration.

Christmas Bricktacular Celebration at LEGOLAND Florida

This year, the festivities expand with an exclusive yuletide fireworks spectacular presented each night, plus a more than 30-foot-tall Christmas tree made entirely of LEGO and DUPLO® bricks, a life-size LEGO model of Santa, his reindeer and sleigh, themed scavenger hunts and more.

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Garden Theatre in Winter Garden Presents Miracle on 34th Street Dec 4-20

Miracle on 34th Street, the charming play inspired by the 1947 film, will be performed at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden December 4 through 20.

Miracle on 34th Street

The story focuses on seven-year-old Susan who has doubts about childhood’s most enduring miracle – Santa Claus. But after meeting a special department store Santa who’s convinced he’s the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all…something to believe in.

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Out and About: Gaylord Palms Reveals Merry Madagascar Ice! Theme for 2012 Holidays

Yesterday, Gaylord Palms Resort held their annual Christmas in July event to reveal the theme for this year’s Ice! attraction.

In keeping with their partnership with Dreamworks Animation, Merry Madagascar will be the theme. To help with the announcement, characters from the hit Madagascar series of films were on hand, along with a few characters from Shrek.

The event was held around the resort’s new Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park, and I wish I would’ve known they were allowing kids to try it out. Carol, our family writer, brought her two children and they really wanted to play on the slides and get drenched by the big bucket of water. Heck, if I wasn’t wearing jeans, I might of jumped in the pool. It was that hot out.

As we entered the pool area, we were greeted by several Shrek characters. Shrek, Fiona, Puss and Gingy were mingling and taking photos with the guests, which included children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and Give Kids the World.

A quartet of singers serenaded the crowd with holiday songs, while standing in the zero-entry end of the pool. There was also a snack area with drinks and sugary treats like frosted brownies, chocolate-covered ginger cake lollipops and egg nog ice cream push-ups.

Alex (the lion), Gloria (the hippo), King Julien and Mort (the lemurs) took to the stage to help make the announcement for this year’s Ice! theme. I love Mort!

After the characters left the stage, a DJ came on in a wall of fog. Then the musical guest took the stage. In keeping with the fact that this event was about Ice! it was a fun surprise to see Vanilla Ice onstage singing, “Ice, Ice, Baby!” Word to your mother.

Following the event, the characters went inside to the resort atrium, where they continued to take photos with guests. There were even Penguin sightings (from Madagascar)!

Ice! is an annual holiday attraction that features over 20,000-sq-ft of hand-carved ice sculptures and slides. This year, it is open from November 10 to January 1, 2013. At the door ticket pricing runs from $25.99 to $29.99 for adults, based on peak seasons (ie: expect to pay more during Christmas week). Seniors and children receive discounts. However, you can save even more on all tickets by buying them in advance at christmasatgaylordpalms.com.

[Photos by Carol Garreans]

Take the Family to this Weekend’s Orlando Wetland Festival

Looking for a fun event to get the family outdoors this weekend?

Grab the kids and head over to Fort Christmas Park on the east side of the city for the Orlando Wetlands Park Festival.

Sponsored by the City of Orlando, Orange Audubon Society, PBSJ and Orange County Parks and Recreation, the event will feature bird watching excursions, nature photo shoots, native plant identification hikes, wilderness hikes and hay rides.

There will also be bird banding and mist-netting demonstrations, tree giveaways, door prizes and live folk music.

The event is this Saturday, February 19, from 9am until 3pm, and is free to attend. Fort Christmas Park is located at 1300 Fort Christmas Road in Christmas, FL.

For more information call Orlando Wetlands Park at 407-568-1706.

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