This year’s theme is “Joy to the World — Celebrating a Season of Joy,” selected by the Council of 101 to focus on adding a little joy during the holiday season.
The Orlando Museum of Art will showcase designer Christmas trees of all sizes, holiday vignettes, custom hand designed wreaths and table décor, a gingerbread village, tabletop displays and more. Each piece is designed by Orlando’s finest designers, and is available for purchase.
There will also be daily outdoor performances by local entertainers on the OMA Sculpture Plaza, a holiday plant sale, and more. Plus enjoy several separately ticketed events during the Festival.
One sure sign of the holidays coming to Central Florida is the arrival of the ice sculpting artisans and huge blocks of ice at Gaylord Palms Resort, and that’s just what happened last week.
The ICE! attraction is crafted each year onsite at Gaylord Palms by these artisans from Harbin, China, home of the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival, who travel more than 6,000 miles to Florida to create their frozen masterpieces.
Enjoy a Christmas classic with the family, when Orlando Ballet and Orlando Philharmonic Present The Nutcracker at Dr. Phillips Center December 17 through 20, 2015.
Filled with thrills and merriment, Orlando Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker is a Central Florida holiday tradition. They will be joined by the sounds of a 57-piece orchestra, provided by the Orlando Philharmonic, and led by Dr. John V. Sinclair, artistic director and conductor of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.
Yesterday we told you about the all-new ICE! that will be coming to the Gaylord Palms Resort this holiday season, now here are the rest of the reasons this year’s Christmas at Gaylord Palms will be a must-do.
So, a display of nearly 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice isn’t enough for you? Gaylord Palms isn’t done yet.
For starters, Alpine Rush Snow Tubing is returning to the resort for the holidays. Once again there will be an 18’ 8-lane giant snow hill created with 1.5 million pounds of real Florida snow to slide down. I did this last year and I think I enjoyed it as much as the kids.
One of the highlights of the Christmas holiday season at Walt Disney World is the Candlelight Processionalat Epcot. It is a moving presentation of the story of Christmas, read by a celebrity narrator and backed by a Mass choir and orchestra.
This year, the nightly event begins November 23, 2012, and runs every evening through December 30, 2012.
The schedule of those who will appear as narrators is as follows (subject to change):
November 23 to November 25, 2012 – Geena Davis
November 26 to November 29, 2012 – Neil Patrick Harris
November 30 to December 1, 2012 – Whoopi Goldberg
December 2 to December 4, 2012 – Andy Garcia
December 5 to December 7, 2012 – Blair Underwood
December 8 to December 9, 2012 – James Denton
December 10 to December 13, 2012 – Jodi Benson
December 14 to December 16, 2012 – Lea Salonga
December 17 to December 19, 2012 – TBA
December 20 to December 22, 2012 – Trace Adkins
December 23 to December 25, 2012 – Gary Sinise
December 26 to December 28, 2012 – Amy Grant
December 29 to December 30, 2012 – Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason
One of my favorite things about the holidays in Central Florida (other than no snow!) is that it’s cool enough outside to enjoy outdoor activities but not too cold to be outside.
I also love that many of the local communities celebrate the holidays with outdoor events like parades and such. One of these is the upcoming Avalon Aglow in downtown Avalon Park area of town (East Orlando, 5 miles south of th 408 Expressway on Alafaya Trail).
This will be the tenth year of Avalon Aglow and it will feature amusement rides, live music, food and drink for purchase and more. Highlights of the event will be the Holiday Parade at 3pm with Santa Claus, and the winter fireworks extravaganza at 9pm.
Toys for Tots will also be at the event collecting new unwrapped toys valued at $10 or more for children. Everyone who donates a toy or $10 will be entered into a raffle to win prizes.
Avalon Aglow takes place December 3, 2011, in downtown Avalon Park, and is free for all to attend. This is a great way to spend the day with the family.