Out and About: Christmas Comes to Gaylord Palms

The theme for this year's holiday program at Gaylord Palms is Christmas Around the World.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms starts today, November 21, and there is so many fun things to do for the whole family!

Last night CSO was invited to a media preview so we could experience it first hand, and it was a great evening.

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating the 4th of July 2016 in Central Florida

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebrating the 4th of July in Central Florida

There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July here in Orlando, from theme park events to city-sponsored events, and everything in between.

Most of the events are on July 4 itself, but the list goes from July 2 to July 4, in case you want to extend your holiday celebrations. Here are our picks for where to celebrate 2016’s Fourth of July holiday, in the Central Florida area, from Atlantic Coast to Gulf Coast:

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating the 4th of July in Central Florida

There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July here in Orlando, from theme park events to city-sponsored events, and everything in between.

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebrating the 4th of July in Central Florida

Most of the events are on July 4 itself, but the list goes from July 2 to July 5, in case you want to extend your holiday celebrations. Here are our picks for where to celebrate 2015’s Fourth of July holiday, in the Central Florida area, from Atlantic Coast to Gulf Coast:

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AAA, Bud Light To Offer Tow To Go Program Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day in Orlando

AAA and Bud Light plan to offer their Tow to Go program in Orlando the week of December 24, 2014 to January 1, 2015, at 6am.

Tow to GoDuring this time period, free confidential rides will be offered within a 10-mile radius to a safe location for both AAA members and nonmembers alike. The program is designed to help discourage intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel.

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume.

To use the program, drivers can call (855) 286-9246. Enjoy the holiday weekend, but please don’t drink and drive.

AAA, Bud Light To Offer Tow To Go Program Thanksgiving Weekend 2014 in Orlando

AAA and Bud Light plan to offer their Tow to Go program in Orlando for this upcoming Thanksgiving period, November 26 through November 30 at 6am.

Tow to GoDuring this time period, free confidential rides will be offered within a 10-mile radius to a safe location for both AAA members and nonmembers alike. The program is designed to help discourage intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel.

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume.

To use the program, drivers can call (855) 286-9246. Enjoy the holiday weekend, but please don’t drink and drive.

AAA, Bud Light To Offer Tow To Go Program Halloween Weekend in Orlando

AAA and Bud Light plan to offer their Tow to Go program in Orlando for this upcoming Halloween, October 31 through November 2 at 6am.

Tow to GoDuring this time period, free confidential rides will be offered within a 10-mile radius to a safe location for both AAA members and nonmembers alike. The program is designed to help discourage intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel.

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume.

To use the program, drivers can call (855) 286-9246. Enjoy the Halloween weekend, but please don’t drink and drive.

Party Safe with AAA & Bud Light’s Tow to Go Program in Orlando Labor Day Weekend 2014

AAA and Bud Light plan to offer their Tow to Go program in Orlando for this upcoming Labor Day weekend, Friday, August 29 through Sunday, September 2 at 6am.

Tow to GoDuring this time period, free confidential rides will be offered within a 10-mile radius to a safe location for both AAA members and nonmembers alike. The program is designed to help discourage intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel.

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume.

To use the program, drivers can call (855) 286-9246. Enjoy the holiday weekend, but please don’t drink and drive.

CitySurfing Orlando’s Guide for Where to Celebrate Fourth of July in Central Florida

Fireworks at the Fountain - Lake Eola

Looking for someplace to celebrate the 4th of July in Central Florida? Try one of these events, many of which are free:

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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]

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