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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Light Up UCF Returns For 2015 Holiday Season Starting November 13

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 13, 2015, and runs through January 3, 2016.

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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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Light Up UCF Returns For 2014 Holiday Season Starting November 14

Light Up UCF 2014Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 14, 2014, and runs through January 4, 2015.

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.

In addition to the fan favorite Ice Rink Pavilion, the CFE Federal Credit Union Ferris Wheel, Blizzard ride, the Arctic Glide Ice Slide presented by Race Trac and Santa’s Workshop presented by Coca-Cola, there are several free opportunities for all to enjoy, including the Holiday Light Show presented by Orlando Sanford International Airport with thousands of lights choreographed to seasonal musical selections and snow, spun by a live DJ.

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Florida Mall Adds to American Girl Store Grand Opening on November 15 and 16, 2014 #agorlando

 As we wrote previously, the hugely popular American Girl store is opening an outpost in Orlando at the Florida Mall the weekend of November 15 and 16. To make the celebrations even bigger, the mall itself will be holding an array of activities during the opening.

Beginning at 9am, kids can enjoy an array of activities near the American Girl store, which will include live performances, arts and craft stations, a social media zone, food trucks and so much more. In addition, families will be entertained by elements like stilt walkers and balloon artists before entering the store.

The Florida Mall will also be hosting activity stations inside the mall from 11am-6pm on Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. This will include carnival row with carnival games and more near Buca di Beppo, Mad Science activity stations near Dillards, live DJ’s playing the kids favorite tunes near Old Navy and Center Court, arts and crafts near Center Court and more.

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Light Up UCF Returns for 2013 Holiday Season Starting November 15

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 15, 2013, and runs through January 5, 2014.

Light Up UCFDuring 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.

Several times throughout the event, they will be showing free movies outdoors on a two-story screen. Start times are at 7pm, with a repeat at 9:30pm, and the movie listing can be found online.

Santa will also be making appearances for photo ops. Price for the photo is $12.50.

It’s free to wander around, and check out the Holiday lights, but there is a charge for the rides ($4.25-$6.50), which include an Ice Slide and a Ferris Wheel. There is also a charge for using the outdoor tented ice skating rink ($12 nightly skating/$19.75 nightly unlimited skate and rides pass).

Tickets are available at the CFE Arena Box Office or online at lightupucf.com.

The Wednesday Night Pitcher Show at the Enzian Theater in Orlando Offers Free Scares for October 2013

Enjoy a free horror movie on the lawn at Enzian during the theater’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show this month.

enzian-wnps-suspiriaThere are five editions of the WNPS in October:

  • October 02 – Tales from the Crypt (1972)
  • October 09 – It’s Alive (1974)
  • October 16 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
  • October 23 – Suspiria (1977)
  • October 30 – Saw (2004)

Movies start at 8pm. Come early and enjoy a special evening happy hour from 7pm to 11pm at Eden Bar at Enzian.

Enzian is located at 1300 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland.

The Wednesday Night Pitcher Show at the Enzian Theater in Orlando Features Two Films for Free in September 2013

Enzian Wednesday Night Pitcher ShowEnjoy a free movie on the lawn at Enzian during the theater’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show.

There are two editions of the WNPS in September:

  • September 4 – Kingpin (1996)
  • September 18 – Battlefield Earth (2000)

Movies start at 8pm. Come early and enjoy a special evening happy hour from 7pm to 11pm at Eden Bar at Enzian.

Enzian is located at 1300 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland.

Winter Park’s Free Popcorn Flicks in the Park for August 2013 is Shrek

Shrek Popcorn Flicks in the Park Winter ParkEscape to the land of Far, Far Away, because Shrek is the movie that will be playing at this month’s Popcorn Flicks in the Park in Winter Park, on August 8.

Held at Central Park, this free monthly outdoor event is open to all ages. Bring your own blankets to sit on, and snacks and beverages to enjoy during the film.

Shrek will start at 8pm, weather providing. Popcorn Flicks in the Park is presented by the City of Winter Park and Enzian Theater.

Central Park is located at 251 S. Park Ave in Winter Park.

The Wednesday Night Pitcher Show at the Enzian Theater in Orlando Features Two Films for Free in August 2013

Enzian Wednesday Night Pitcher ShowEnjoy a free movie on the lawn at Enzian during the theater’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show.

There are two editions of the WNPS in August:

  • August 7 – Deep Blue Sea (1999)
  • August 21 – Dirty Harry (1971)

Movies start at 8pm. Come early and enjoy a special evening happy hour from 7pm to 11pm at Eden Bar at Enzian.

Enzian is located at 1300 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland.

Winter Park’s Free Popcorn Flicks in the Park for July 2013 is Grease

Grease Popcorn Flicks in the Park Winter ParkGrease is the word…and the movie that will be playing at this month’s Popcorn Flicks in the Park in Winter Park, on July 11.

Held at Central Park, this free monthly outdoor event is open to all ages. Bring your own blankets to sit on, and snacks and beverages to enjoy during the film.

Grease will start at 8pm, weather providing. Popcorn Flicks in the Park is presented by the City of Winter Park and Enzian Theater.

Central Park is located at 251 S. Park Ave in Winter Park.

The Wednesday Night Pitcher Show at the Enzian Theater in Orlando Features Two Films for Free in July 2013

Enzian Wednesday Night Pitcher ShowEnjoy a free movie on the lawn at Enzian during the theater’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show.

There are two editions of the WNPS in July:

  • July 3 – Flash Gordon (1980)
  • July 17 – Singles (1992)

Movies start at 8pm. Come early and enjoy a special evening happy hour from 7pm to 11pm at Eden Bar at Enzian.

Enzian is located at 1300 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland.

Light Up UCF Opens for 2012 Holiday Season of Fun on November 16

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 16, 2012, and runs through January 6, 2013.

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

Opening weekend will have a concert by country artist Dustin Lynch at the UCF arena building. It starts at 5pm on November 18, and is free to attend.

Several times throughout the event, they’re also showing free movies outdoors on a two-story screen. According to their schedule, here are the movies they have lined up (start times are at 7pm, with a repeat at 9:30pm):

  • Friday, November 16 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Wednesday, November 21 — It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Friday, November 23 — The Santa Claus 2
  • Wednesday, November 28 — Fred Claus
  • Saturday, December 1 — Polar Express
  • Wednesday, December 5 — The Santa Claus
  • Friday, December 7 — How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Saturday, December 8 — Veggie Tales
  • Thursday, December 13 — The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Friday, December 14 — Arthur Christmas
  • Saturday, December 15 — Mickey’s Magical Christmas
  • Wednesday, December 19 — A Christmas Story
  • Friday, December 21 — Elf
  • Saturday, December 22 — Home Alone
  • Wednesday, December 26 — A Christmas Carol
  • Sunday, December 30 — A Miracle on 34th Street
  • Friday, January 4 — Home Alone 2

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Enzian Theater’s Free Movies for July 2012

On select Wednesday nights, the Enzian in Maitland shows a free outdoor movie on the lawn. During the night there is also Jell-o shot movie trivia and a happy hour from 7pm to 11pm at the Eden Bar at the Enzian.

Here’s this month’s movies to enjoy:

July 04 – Jaws
July 18 – Meatballs (“We are the C.I.T.’s, so pity us…)

The Enzian also sponsors a once-a-month free family movie at Central Park in Wnnter Park. This month’s free flick is The Great Muppet Caper on July 12.

Light Up UCF Opens for 2011 Holiday Season of Fun

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 11, 2011, and runs through January 1, 2012.

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

Several times throughout the event, they’re also showing free movies outdoors on a two-story screen. According to their schedule, here are the movies they have lined up (start times are at 7pm, with a repeat at 9:30pm):

  • Friday, November 11 – Home Alone
  • Friday, November 18 – Elf
  • Saturday, November 19 – It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Wednesday, November 23 – The Santa Claus
  • Saturday, November 26 – Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Tuesday, November 29 – Fred Claus
  • Friday, December 09 – A Christmas Story
  • Saturday, December 10 – Home Alone 2
  • Friday, December 16 – Polar Express
  • Tuesday, December 20 – Miracle on 34th Street
  • Friday, December 23 – A Christmas Carol
  • Friday, December 30 – Santa Claus 2

Santa will also be making appearances at the neighboring Barnes & Noble for photo ops on the weekends and every day from December 16-23. Price for the photo is $12.50.

It’s free to wander around but there is a charge for the rides. There is also a charge for using the ice skating rink ($12 nightly skating/$19.75 nightly unlimited skate and rides pass/$75 seasonal skate pass).

Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster. Light up UCF has several group packages, including discounts on skating for groups of 10 or more.

Hours are Monday through Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Fridays 5pm to midnight , Saturday 11am to midnight, and Sundays 11am to 10pm.

For more info on the event, visit the Light Up UCF website.

Bring the Family to the 2011 Halloween Edition of Kissimmee’s Flicks on the Brick

The October edition of Kissimmee’s Flicks on the Bricks, is of course, Halloween themed.

What is Flicks on the Bricks? It’s where the city brings in a bunch of food trucks to the downtown area around Toho Square, and then shows a free family-appropriate film outdoors for a great night out for all.

The October movie is the classic Disney-Pixar film Monsters, Inc. I love that movie!

And because it’s Halloween, the Flicks on the Bricks event coincides with the Trick or Treat on Broadway event, so the kids can come in costume and pick up some goodies before the movie starts.

So bring the family decked out in your Halloween finest, trick or treat among the downtown merchants, grab some grub from the food trucks and then watch Monsters, Inc. outdoors.

Sounds like a great evening out to me!

The whole thing starts at 6pm and runs until 10pm. Oh and did I mention it’s free (except for the food from the trucks)?

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