It may be July, but Gaylord Palms is already planning for their annual Christmas festivities, including ICE!, which this year will feature A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz.
Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the true meaning of Christmas as the beloved classic story unfolds through interactive ice sculptures and displays. All hand-carved from 2 million pounds of actual ice by Chinese artisans.
This year, the holiday event runs select dates from now through December 31, 2012.
SeaWorld guests can once again enjoy the spirit of Christmas with several holiday-themed shows and festivities:
O Wondrous Night – The story of Christmas told through the eyes of a variety of live animals, with angels and more than 30 carols. Guests will also have the opportunity to take photos with some of the stars from the show, as well.
Winter Wonderland on Ice – An ice skating extravaganza where Christmas comes to life through towering water fountains, fireworks and ice skaters from around the world.
Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas – The sea lion duo of Clyde and Seamore search for Santa, with help from a few mischievous otters, a comical elf, and a wintery walrus or two.
A Sesame Street Christmas – Using dance, laughter, and interactive sing-a-longs, Elmo, Telly Monster and the rest of Abby Cadabby’s Sesame Street friends teach her what Christmas means to them.
Shamu Christmas-Miracles – A nighttime show starring SeaWorld’s whales performing to seasonal music.
Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale – Enjoy soaring fountains, lights, and festive fireworks, choreographed to holiday musical favorites.
Polar Express Experience – The beloved holiday classic comes to life as guests are immersed in the wonder of this holiday classic. Upon arrival at the North Pole, guests can meet Santa Claus himself, and encounter astounding animals in a wintery wonderland.
In addition to the above seasonal shows, the Sea of Trees features more than 100 decorated treas, with lighting choreographed to classic holiday tunes.
All SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration shows and activities are included in regular park admission. For more information, or to purchase tickets/passes, visit seaworldorlando.com.
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.
The entire display, complete with armchair, fireplace and Christmas tree, is made from 1,200 pounds of chocolate.
According to the hotel, their world-champion executive pastry chef, Laurent Branlard, used 880 pounds of dark chocolate, 132 pounds of milk chocolate, 154 pounds of white chocolate and 120 pounds of cocoa butter.
They also say this amazing creation contains almost 3,000,000 calories. Something tells me Weight Watchers would not approve.
Not sure what they’re going to do with the sculpture when the holidays are over, but I sure hope they have the air conditioning cranked up to prevent it from melting in the meantime.
[Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin]