Out and About: ICE! at Gaylord Palms features A Charlie Brown Christmas for 2016

ICE! at Gaylord Palms features A Charlie Brown Christmas for 2016

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is in full swing for the 2016 holiday season, and the centerpiece of the celebration is ICE!, which this year tells the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice by artisans flown in from China, the classic Christmas tale is told in life-sized full-color ice creations.

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Light Up UCF Returns For 2016 Holiday Season Nov 18 – Jan 7

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s best annual holiday traditions, takes place at the CFE Arena at UCF

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s best annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 18, 2016, and runs through January 7, 2017.

During the event, the area in and around the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, holiday music and rides.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Bring Circus XTREME to Central Florida Jan 2017

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Bring Circus XTREME to Central Florida Jan 2017

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey kick off 2017 with January Circus XTREME shows in Orlando and Tampa.

Circus Xtreme will be at the Amway Center in Orlando January 12 through 16, for 8 shows. It will then visit Amalie Arena in Tampa January 25 through 29, for another 8 performances.

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Out and About: Festival of the Trees 2016 at Orlando Museum of Art

Out and About: Festival of the Trees 2016 at Orlando Museum of Art

Earlier this week I got a sneak preview of this year’s Festival of the Trees, now in its thirtieth year, at the Orlando Museum of Art, and I was amazed at the creativity and beauty of the trees, each decorated by different individuals or groups.

I was also invited to be one of three judges who would decide which decorated trees would get “Most Original,” “Most Whimsical,” and “Best of Show.” And let me tell you, it was a really hard decision.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit with Festival of the Trees at Orlando Museum of Art

Festival of the Trees, now in its thirtieth year, returns to the Orlando Museum of Art from November 12-20, 2016.

Festival of the Trees, now in its thirtieth year, returns to the Orlando Museum of Art from November 12-20, 2016.

During this annual event, the museum is transformed into a glittering wonderland filled with sparkling trees, vignettes and stunning holiday décor, suitable for visitors of all ages.

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks For Celebrating Halloween 2016 In Central Florida

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebration Halloween in Central Florida

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in Central Florida, so if you still haven’t made your plans for the upcoming Halloween weekend, there’s definitely no shortage of things to do.

From family-orientated scares to adults-only thrills, here are our picks for celebrating Halloween in Central Florida:

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Stuart Little Oct 25-Nov 16

Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of Stuart Little. Photo by Olivia Winslow.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Stuart Little, select dates from October 25 to November 16.

Based on the celebrated children’s book by E.B. White, Stuart Little is an extraordinary mouse born into an ordinary New York City human family.

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AKC Canine Extravaganza Returns to Orlando Dec 17-18, 2016

AKC Canine Extravaganza Brings Everything Dog to Orlando Dec 17-18, 2016

Canine Extravaganza, presented by the American Kennel Club and Royal Canin, returns to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center on December 17th and 18th.

This two-day event, the nation’s largest celebration of dogs, allows attendees to meet and play with over 150 dog breeds at AKC Meet the Breeds. This interactive, educational showcase helps individuals learn which breeds are best for their lifestyle, straight from the experts themselves.

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Maker Faire Orlando Returns for Fifth Anniversary Oct 22-23, 2016

Maker Faire Orlando Returns for Fifth Anniversary Oct 22-23, 2016

Florida’s largest Maker event, Maker Faire Orlando, celebrates its fifth anniversary the weekend of October 22-23, with a move to a new, larger venue.

Maker Faire Orlando 2016 will be held at the Central Florida Exposition Park (Fairgrounds), and feature hundreds of local Makers, hands-on workshops, and more that will entertain and inspire.

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Monster Jam Tickets On Sale for 2017 Orlando Show

Monster Jam Grave Digger

Monster Jam returns to Camping World Stadium in Orlando to thrill Monster truck fans on Saturday, January 21, 2017, and tickets are now on sale starting at $15.

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds.

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SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular Brings Family Fun to Orlando Weekends in October

SeaWorld Orlando Halloween Spooktacular

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular brings waves of family fun to SeaWorld Orlando every weekend in October.

This family-friendly event immerses guests in an underwater “fantasea” with trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts, and up-close animal encounters.

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Brick or Treat Returns to LEGOLAND Florida for Halloween Fun for Families #BuiltForKids

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida

Brick or Treat returns to scare up family friendly Halloween fun at LEGOLAND Florida, weekends in October.

Offered every Saturday and Sunday in October, plus Monday, Oct. 31, the popular annual event includes a special Halloween-themed fireworks spectacular on 10 of the 11 event dates (not Oct 31, since it’s a school night). Pick up a complimentary pair of viewing glasses to add a brick-tastic LEGO twist to the colorful spectacle.

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New KidsTown Opens at Orlando Science Center in October

New KidsTown Opens at Orlando Science Center

Orlando Science Center will open their new KidsTown section the weekend of October 22 and 23.

The new early childhood space is nearly three times the size of the current area, encompassing 11,000 square feet of original content designed to engage and stimulate young minds.

It features seven dynamic zones with more than 75 exhibits that present little learners with iconic experiences, exciting discoveries and untold opportunities for creativity, collaboration and problem solving. These seven areas will also introduce science concepts through whole-body experiences, hands-on interactives and opportunities for imaginative role-playing.

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Meet The Octonauts at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

The Octonauts at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Captain Barnacles and Kwazii of The Octonauts, a popular animated children’s television show on Disney Jr., will visit SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium weekends September 16 though October 30.

The Octonauts are a team of undersea adventure heroes who rescue and protect sea creatures in trouble. During each television episode, viewers are able to learn about a variety of marine life as The Octonauts study facts about sea animals and their ocean habitats.

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Out and About: Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart is Fun for the Whole Family!

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart” is the name of this year’s Disney On Ice tour, and it was very well put together, plus a lot of fun for the family.

It’s not a Disney show without the core characters of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, and they not only started the show, but appeared in other portions as well.

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