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:
On October 17th and 18th, Celebration Town Center transforms before your very eyes as the falling leaves of the season drop on Market Street in the Fall Festival known as Oktoberfest.
On Friday October 17th, Oktoberfest will be celebrated in the old-world German tradition featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Come join in on the interactive live show featuring everything from yodeling to crowd sing-a-long fun. On Saturday, The Jonnie Morgan Band will entertain.
Looking for an Oktoberfest celebration that is fun for the whole family? Then you’ll want to check out Oktoberfest in the town of Celebration the weekend of October 25 -26.
Celebration Town Center will transform into a European festival, complete with German music, food, and drink. There will also be hayrides, pumpkin painting, and more.
On Friday, October 25th, Oktoberfest will be celebrated in the old-world German tradition featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Come join in on the interactive live show featuring everything from yodeling to crowd sing-a-long fun.
On Saturday, October 26th, Celebration Town Center will turn into Rocktoberfest, featuring the sounds of The Micah Read Band and Lucy Iris
Admission and parking are free both days. Friday’s celebration starts at 5:30pm, and Saturday’s at 5pm.
For more information, visit CelebrationTownCenter.com. Celebration is located on the south side of Orlando, next to Kissimmee.
Whether you like watching reality TV or finding good deals at local stores, you’ll want to be in Celebration for their Hearts of Reality Weekend and Sidewalk Sale August 2-4, 2013.
The weekend starts with a sidewalk sale and treasure hunt challenge (with over $500 in cash and prizes) on Friday, August 2 and continues through Sunday.
Saturday is the big day, as dozens of reality stars will be in attendance from 3pm to 6pm for autographs and photos. A $20 donation to Give Kids the World gets you into the area and includes a commemorative autograph booklet. Autographs are limited to one item per person per celebrity.
Celebrity guests appearing include cast members of shows such as Survivor, Big Brother, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Amazing Race.
If autographs and photos aren’t enough, there will be a party Saturday evening with the reality stars that includes a luau and “Survivor Karaoke” for a $30 donation to Give Kids the World (available at the door only).
For more details, along with a list of the reality stars appearing, visit celebrationtowncenter.com
Celebration Town Center‘s annual 4th of July event will be headed out of this world, as the town presents “A Sci-Fi 4th of July” for the first time ever on July 4, 2013.
The event will feature a movie themed costume contest (come dressed as your favorite sci-fi or superhero character), a synchronized fireworks spectacular set to a Sci-Fi themed soundtrack, bounce houses and other inflatable games for kids, and an unforgettable tribute to our veterans.
Those attending can also enjoy live music by Oliver’s Queen, Jordyn Kane, and DJ Tami. Gina Marie Incandela will perform the national anthem prior to the fireworks.
Celebrations start at 5:30pm, with the costume contest at 7:30pm. They expect it to end around 11pm.
“A Sci-Fi 4th of July” is free to attend, with free park-and-ride shuttle service starting at 5pm from 215 Celebration Place.
The event is sponsored in part by MegaCon, Melia Suites Hotel, The Celebration Town Tavern, Celebration Sanitation, Axis Magazine, The Orlando Sentinel and Sam Adams.