CitySurfing Orlando’s 2018 Picks For Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Whether you're Irish or just feeling like you are, there are a lot of ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Orlando area that are more than just green beer. Here are CitySurfing Orlando's picks for celebrating like you're Irish.

Whether you’re Irish or just feeling like you are, there are a lot of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Orlando area that are more than just green beer.

Here are CitySurfing Orlando’s picks for celebrating like you’re Irish:

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CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating New Year’s Eve 2017 in Orlando and Central Florida

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebrating New Year's Eve in Orlando

Looking for a place to celebrate the end of 2017 and the arrival of the new year? Then check out this list of options to ring in 2018 here in Orlando.

From the theme parks to massive parties to low key celebrations to family events, here are our picks for celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Orlando area:

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LEGOland Florida Offers VIP Experience During the Holidays

Christmas Bricktacular Returns to LEGOland Florida. Photo by Kirk Garreans for CitySurfing Orlando.

Make a visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort even more awesome this 2017 holiday season with three exclusive VIP experiences.

Guests can enjoy private time with LEGO® characters, delicious desserts, a beautiful family photo and an opportunity to create a special LEGO model with one of the Master Model Builders.

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Skydiving Santas Return to Cocoa Beach Pier December 16, 2017

Skydiving Santas Return to Cocoa Beach Pier

Santa will be landing without the assistance of his sleigh on Saturday, Dec. 16, when the Skydiving Santas return to the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier for another ultimate fantasy skydive demo.

The skydivers will showcase a variety of skydiving skills including accuracy landings, high speed landings, wing suit jumpers and more.

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Out and About: Christmas Bricktacular Returns to LEGOland Florida!

Christmas Bricktacular Returns to LEGOland Florida. Photo by Kirk Garreans for CitySurfing Orlando.

We were invited to attend LEGOland Florida Resort’s “Christmas Bricktacular” on its opening day, and we were excited to experience the event. Opening days are always a challenge as not everything is completely ready, and that was the case here. But that’s okay as the employees were fabulous in getting things done and making sure everyone had a great time.

In fact, the staff was great and very friendly all throughout the park. In Fun Town, they had the store fronts and trees around the carousel decorated for Christmas. It was truly lovely.

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MetroWest Hosts Free WinterFest Dec 9, 2017

MetroWest Hosts Free WinterFest Dec 9, 2017

The MetroWest Master Association (MWMA), managed by FirstService Residential, is hosting their 6th Annual WinterFest on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 4 to 8pm at the MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando.

This free, family event will feature a showing of “Shrek the Halls,” along with a Shrek slide, donkey rides, an ice skating rink, and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be available for photo ops.

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Festival Of Trees Kickstarts The Holidays At Orlando Museum Of Art Nov 11-19, 2017

The halls of the Orlando Museum of Art will look a lot like Christmas when the 31st annual Festival of the Trees returns November 11-19, 2017.

The halls of the Orlando Museum of Art will look a lot like Christmas when the 31st annual Festival of the Trees returns November 11-19, 2017.

Council of 101, which sponsors the event, invites you to Jingle All the Way through the halls filled with extravagant, designer-decorated trees, breathtaking displays of wreaths and tabletop trees, gingerbread masterpieces, and appearances by Santa.

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Out and About: Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy’s Parade and Grinchmas

Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy's Parade  - photo by Carol Garreans

The holidays at Universal Orlando are full of wonder and magic. Macy’s brings a few balloons from their legendary Thanksgiving Parade to Universal Studios Florida for a mini-parade that makes me want to go to NYC to see the whole thing! It’s amazing to watch as these gigantic balloons are maneuvered down the street in the park. I think I was just as excited as the kids were.

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Out and About: ICE! at Gaylord Palms features A Charlie Brown Christmas for 2016

ICE! at Gaylord Palms features A Charlie Brown Christmas for 2016

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is in full swing for the 2016 holiday season, and the centerpiece of the celebration is ICE!, which this year tells the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice by artisans flown in from China, the classic Christmas tale is told in life-sized full-color ice creations.

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Macy’s Holiday Parade and Grinchmas Return to Universal Orlando Starting Dec 3

Macy's Holiday Parade and Grinchmas Return to Universal Orlando

Joyous holiday traditions return to Universal Orlando December 3 to January 1 with Grinchmas, the 15th Anniversary of Macy’s Holiday Parade, and holiday concerts by Mannheim Steamroller.

At Universal Studios Florida, the larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will fill the streets during the 15th anniversary Macy’s Holiday Parade.

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Light Up UCF Returns For 2016 Holiday Season Nov 18 – Jan 7

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s best annual holiday traditions, takes place at the CFE Arena at UCF

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s best annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 18, 2016, and runs through January 7, 2017.

During the event, the area in and around the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, holiday music and rides.

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Out and About: Festival of the Trees 2016 at Orlando Museum of Art

Out and About: Festival of the Trees 2016 at Orlando Museum of Art

Earlier this week I got a sneak preview of this year’s Festival of the Trees, now in its thirtieth year, at the Orlando Museum of Art, and I was amazed at the creativity and beauty of the trees, each decorated by different individuals or groups.

I was also invited to be one of three judges who would decide which decorated trees would get “Most Original,” “Most Whimsical,” and “Best of Show.” And let me tell you, it was a really hard decision.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit with Festival of the Trees at Orlando Museum of Art

Festival of the Trees, now in its thirtieth year, returns to the Orlando Museum of Art from November 12-20, 2016.

Festival of the Trees, now in its thirtieth year, returns to the Orlando Museum of Art from November 12-20, 2016.

During this annual event, the museum is transformed into a glittering wonderland filled with sparkling trees, vignettes and stunning holiday décor, suitable for visitors of all ages.

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The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Comedy Warehouse is no more at Disney Springs, but “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this holiday season for their fifth year sharing yuletide cheer.

“The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The family-friendly improvisational comedy show returns to the Premiere Theater, where seasoned performers take suggestions from the audience to invent festive poems, scenarios, songs and stories.

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Walt Disney World to Live Stream Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party December 6

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is normally a separately ticketed event that can’t be seen unless you buy said ticket. But this weekend, Walt Disney World is giving you the chance to watch the highlights for free and from the comfort of your couch.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

The theme park is continuing its live streaming events on Sunday, December 6, with live streams of “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade” and “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks live from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.

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