15 Ways to Enjoy the 2016 Holidays in Central Florida

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Sunshine, sandy beaches, and temps in the 80s don’t invoke Christmas, but Orlando has a lot of ways to get into the holiday spirit. From theme parks to resort spectaculars to winter carnivals, Central Florida has plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays.

Here are our picks for the ten best ways to celebrate Christmas week in Central Florida:

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Enjoy Free Admission to Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando First Monday of Each Month

A day at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando is worth the price of admission, but admission is free the first Monday of every month.

harrypleugardenslogoFrom 9am to 5pm (last admission is at 4pm), enjoy complimentary daytime admission to the gardens.

Bring the kids, too, because first Mondays are also Story Time at Leu Gardens, hosted by the Orange County Library System. Infant time (up to 18 months) is from 10am to 10:15am, Toddler Time (18 Months to 2 year olds) is from 10:20am to 10:35am, and Preschooler Time (3 to 5 year olds) is from 10:40am to 11am.

For more information, visit leugardens.org.

Harry P. Leu Gardens Holds Jazz’n Blues Stroll April 13, 2013

harrypleugardenslogoHarry P. Leu Gardens is a beautiful place to hang out in Orlando, and this Saturday, April 13, they will be holding their Jazz’n Blues Stroll event.

Enjoy live blues and jazz under the starry sky as three locations in the 50-acre garden will feature The Honeyslides, Mud Rooster, and Dave Capp Project.

Guests are encouraged to bring chairs/blankets for seating, and are welcome to bring food and drink (alcohol is permitted).

Advance tickets are $17 (plus tax) for general admission and $12 (plus tax) for Garden Members. Day of tickets will be $22 (plus tax) for everyone.

Purchase advance tickets at Leu Gardens’ Gift Shop every day from 9am – 4:30pm or by phone 407.246.2620. Advance sales stop at 5pm on April 12.

Free offsite parking and shuttles are available at Blue Jacket Park off General Rees from 6pm until 10:30pm. For more information, visit LeuGardens.org.

Harry P. Leu Gardens Celebrates 50th Anniversary on November 7, 2011

One of the nicest areas to visit in Orlando is Harry P. Leu Gardens, just north of downtown. But did you know this gem is turning 50 this year?

Well, it is and to celebrate, Mayor Buddy Dyer and city commissioners will hold a tree planting and dedication on Monday, November 7, at 10am.

Free tree seedlings will be handed out after the ceremony by the staff, who will also be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

Best of all, the event is free for all to attend. Normally admission is $7 for adults and $2 for children 17 and under.

If you’ve never been here, the gardens are a wonderful place to spend the day, or at least a long afternoon. It’s laid out over 50 acres and features paved scenic walkways that take you past the largest formal rose garden in Florida, a 2-acre tropical stream garden, a butterfly garden and more.

Harry P. Leu Gardens are located at 1920 North Forest Avenue. Hours are 9am-5pm daily except they are closed Christmas Day.

Orlando Weekend Round-Up for Sept 17-19, 2010

Here’s a quick round-up of some events that you might want to check out this weekend.

September 17:

  • Bill Bellamy at the Orlando Improv – This actor/comedian has appeared on TV as a MTV-VJ, as well as in movies like Love Jones, The Brothers and Any Given Sunday. He’s currently the host of TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes?” Showtimes are at 8pm and 10:30pm. Tickets are $22.
  • Retro Game Night at the Orange County Regional History Center – Enjoy classic games such as Parcheesi, Chinese Checkers, Clue, Battleship, Scrabble and more. Games begin at 7pm, with free nostalgic snacks, cash bar and tunes from Sunny 105.9. Free for members and $5 for non-members. Ages 18 and up; Retro attire encouraged.

September 18:

  • Taste of Mills 50 – Businesses at and around the intersection of Mills and Hwy 50 (E. Colonial) are throwing a street fair of sorts featuring food and entertainment. Tickets are $10.
  • RumFest at Wall St Plaza – Enjoy an afternoon of all-you-can-drink rum concoctions and music from Reggae band Inner Circle. This event runs from 5pm to 8pm and $20 gets you in
  • 30th Anniversary of Whole Foods Marke – It’s been 30 years since the first Whole Foods opened in Austin. The Dr Phillips store will be celebrating with samples and specials from 11am to 3pm.
  • Bill Bellamy at the Orlando Improv – This actor/comedian has appeared on TV as a MTV-VJ, as well as in movies like Love Jones, The Brothers and Any Given Sunday. He’s currently the host of TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes?” Showtimes are at 7:30pm and 10:15pm. Tickets are $22.

September 19:

  • Marc Anthony at the Amway Arena – Multi-platinum, Grammy® Award winning, and internationally-acclaimed artist Marc Anthony returns to Orlando to promote his latest CD, “Iconos,” of all-Spanish ballads.
  • Bill Bellamy at the Orlando Improv – This actor/comedian has appeared on TV as a MTV-VJ, as well as in movies like Love Jones, The Brothers and Any Given Sunday. He’s currently the host of TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes?” Showtime is at 7:30pm and tickets are $22.
  • 30th Anniversary of Whole Foods Market – It’s been 30 years since the first Whole Foods opened in Austin. The Winter park store will be celebrating with samples and specials from 1pm to 4pm.
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