Out and About: Holiday Cocktails at Hawkers Asian Street Fare .. @eathawkers

Holiday Drinks at Hawkers Asian Street Fare

Hawkers Asian Street Fare has a new limited-time menu of holiday cocktails, and I visited their Windermere location this weekend to check them out.

The quartet of drinks are not only tasty, but are fun, too! Here’s a rundown of these limited libations:

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Pick for 2020 Christmas Dining in Orlando .. #Christmas #OrlandoHolidays #OrlandoRestaurants

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Christmas Dinner in Orlando 2014

We’re almost to the end of 2020 and Christmas is almost upon us. But with the pandemic affecting all of us, gatherings need to be smaller and safer.

If you’d like to eat out in a small group, or order for take-out to have at home, here are our picks for enjoying your Christmas dinner.

Please note: all take-out orders need to be pre-ordered for pick-up before the holiday, and many have deadlines as noted. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended for in-person dining. Prices do not include taxes or gratuity.

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Michael James Scott Brings the Holidays to Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival Dec. 19 .. @DrPhillipsCenter @iamMJScott #OrlandoHolidays

Michael James Scott

Orlando native, and Broadway star, Michael James Scott (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten, Hair, and so much more) will headline the Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival with “A Fierce Christmas” on Saturday, December 19 at 8pm.

The show will feature tunes from Scott’s new holiday album of the same name, along with selections that capture his diverse musical background spanning Broadway, funk, jazz and gospel.

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Winter Park Village to Undergo Multimillion Dollar Revamp in 2021 .. #WinterParkVillage #OrlandoShopping @ShopWinterPark

Winter Park Village to Undergo Multimillion Dollar Revamp

Winter Park Village, a large outdoor retail center in Winter Park, is about to undergo a multimillion dollar revamp.

One of the biggest changes will be made to East Avenue, which runs in front of Regal theater.

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CFCArts Announces Local Celebrity Narrators for NOEL: The Carols of Christmas Dec 15 .. @CFCArts #FrontyardFestival @DrPhillipsCtr #OrlandoHolidays

CFCArts NOEL: The Carols of Christmas

CFCArts has announced the local celebrity narrators that will be appearing in the holiday favorite NOEL: The Carols of Christmas, which will be performed December 15 at the Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival outdoor stage.

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Universal Orlando Offering First-Ever ‘Universal’s Holiday Tour’ to Guests .. @UniversalOrlando #OrlandoHolidays

Universal Orlando's 2020 Holidays Celebration

For the first-time ever, Universal Orlando is offering a special “Universal Holiday Tour,” a specially-guided tour filled with exclusive access to holiday experiences across the two theme parks.

Available every evening from December 13 through January 3, 2021, the guided experience will give guests the opportunity to:

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Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival to Host Disney Movie Nights Starting Dec. 13 .. @DrPhillipsCtr #FrontyardFestival #Disney

Dr. Phillips Center's Frontyard Festival to Host Disney Movie Nights

Starting this Sunday, December 13, the Frontyard Festival at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando will host a weekly outdoors Disney Movie Night.

Sponsored by Walt Disney World Resort and supported by Experience Kissimmee, the series will present classic stories direct from the Walt Disney Company’s vast film library.

Movies already scheduled include:

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Out and About: Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream Debuts December Flavors .. @KellysHMIC #EatLocal

Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream - December 2020

Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream has debuted its flavors of the month for December 2020, and this week I had the chance to taste six of them.

You’ll make your taste buds happy with any of these flavors:

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Out and About: Dr. Phillips Center Frontyard Festival Local Offerings .. @DrPhillipsCtr #FrontyardFestival #OrlandoArts #LocalMusic #Fitness

Frontyard Festival at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

A few days ago, I brought you all the news about the first month of headlining concerts coming to the Frontyard Festival at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

While the line-up has some amazing shows that will be of interest to just about every musical taste, the festival will be offering so much more to Orlando and Central Florida.

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Places to Donate on Giving Tuesday 2020 in Central Florida .. #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday

The Tuesday following Black Friday is designated as Giving Tuesday, which is a movement that encourages people to help others through donations of money and time.

Thousands of organizations in the state have signed up to participate, including the Orlando and Central Florida area. And the need is even greater with the pandemic and subsequent job losses this year.

Even $1-$5 will help, when multiplied by others giving, and some donations will be matched when made today.

If you don’t have a specific cause in mind, may we suggest the following organizations we feel do a lot of good in Central Florida:

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Guide to 2020 Holiday Events in Central Florida .. #LoveOrlando #OrlandoHolidays

CitySurfing Orlando's Guide to 2020 Holiday Events in Central Florida

The winter holiday season in Orlando is usually full of festivals and events celebrating Christmas and other holidays, but with the pandemic, the 2020 holiday season looks very different.

But there are still plenty of events to enjoy, and I’ve picked out the best ones (and the ones adhering to safety guidelines of masks and social distancing).

From ongoing events to limited time events, here are my picks for holiday events to enjoy this season:

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Central Florida and Orlando Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals For 2020 *UPDATED* .. #BlackFriday #CyberMonday #LoveOrlando

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals

If you’ve been thinking of gifting an annual pass to a local theme park or attraction to a loved one (or yourself), a staycation at a hotel/resort, or giving other local gifts like restaurant certificates, here are some great 2020 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you should be aware of.

Some deals run the entire weekend, some for one day only. They are marked when each deal is valid for purchase. And for more information on a deal, or to purchase, click the red link for each offer.

In 2020, Black Friday is November 27; Small Business Saturday is November 28; and Cyber Monday is November 30.

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