Out and About: Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy’s Parade and Grinchmas

Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy's Parade  - photo by Carol Garreans

The holidays at Universal Orlando are full of wonder and magic. Macy’s brings a few balloons from their legendary Thanksgiving Parade to Universal Studios Florida for a mini-parade that makes me want to go to NYC to see the whole thing! It’s amazing to watch as these gigantic balloons are maneuvered down the street in the park. I think I was just as excited as the kids were.

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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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Macy’s Holiday Parade and Grinchmas Return to Universal Orlando Starting Dec 3

Macy's Holiday Parade and Grinchmas Return to Universal Orlando

Joyous holiday traditions return to Universal Orlando December 3 to January 1 with Grinchmas, the 15th Anniversary of Macy’s Holiday Parade, and holiday concerts by Mannheim Steamroller.

At Universal Studios Florida, the larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will fill the streets during the 15th anniversary Macy’s Holiday Parade.

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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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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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The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Comedy Warehouse is no more at Disney Springs, but “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this holiday season for their fifth year sharing yuletide cheer.

“The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The family-friendly improvisational comedy show returns to the Premiere Theater, where seasoned performers take suggestions from the audience to invent festive poems, scenarios, songs and stories.

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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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The Festival of Lights at Cypress Grove Canceled Due to Excessive Traffic

After only two nights, the annual Festival of Lights at Cypress Grove has been canceled by the Orange County Parks and Recreation Department because it was too popular.

Festival of Lights at Cypress Grove

Located on Holden Avenue between Orange Avenue and Orange Blossom Trail near Edgewood, the lights have seen around a 400% increase in traffic. Normally it draws 200 to 300 cars on a weeknight, but they saw almost 850 cars on Monday, and over 1,200 on Tuesday.

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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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Celebrate the 37th Annual Christmas in the Park in Winter Park December 3

Get into the holiday spirit with the 37th Annual Christmas in the Park in Winter Park on December 3.

Christmas in the Park in Winter Park

Each year, on the first Thursday of December, the Morse Museum helps launch the holiday season in Winter Park when it lights up Tiffany windows in Central Park and presents the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Brass Ensemble in concert.

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Join East End Market for Breakfast With Santa on November 28, 2015

Straight from the North Pole, the one and only Santa Claus is coming to spend the morning of November 28 at East End Market, to have breakfast and meet the families.

Santa - cookies and milk

Enjoy a special holiday breakfast with Santa; a hot chocolate bar; story time and photo opportunities with Santa, a live dance performance, gift-making, and more.

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Festival of Trees Kickstarts the Holidays at Orlando Museum of Art Nov 14-22, 2015

The halls of the Orlando Museum of Art will be filled with Christmas decor during the 29th annual Festival of Trees returns November 14-22.

Orlando Museum of Art Festival of Trees

This year, the Council of 101, which sponsors the event, invites you to Jingle All the Way through the halls filled with extravagant, designer-decorated trees, breathtaking displays of wreaths and tabletop trees, gingerbread masterpieces, and appearances by Santa.

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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.

Light Up UCF 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.

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