In a normal year, there are many ways to celebrate the 4th of July here in Orlando and Central Florida, from theme park events to city-sponsored events, and everything in between.
But 2020 is proving to be anything but normal, and due to COVID-19 safety precautions many of our regular patriotic picks simply aren’t happening.
You don’t have to put off celebrating July 4th completely, though. I have scoured press releases and the internet, and here are our picks for celebrating this year’s holiday:
Mother’s Day 2020 will be different from most years since many restaurants are still closed for inside dining.
Thankfully, many restaurants are offering Mother’s Day feasts to enjoy at home, with a little pre-planning. There are also options at the end of this restaurant list for some entertainment and more.
I’ve perused all the listings and press emails, and here are CitySurfing Orlando’s picks for celebrating your mom on Mother’s Day 2020:
Florida’s Orange County has made it easier to get into the holiday spirit by bringing back the Bright Lights Big County: OCPA Holiday Lights Crowdsourced Map for 2019.
This map is for both holiday decorators and sightseers.
To celebrate the spirit of the season, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Full Sail University and Rollins College will come together to present “Songs of the Season,” a free annual holiday concert.
The annual Holidays in Space event returns to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex December 13 – 31, and this year will feel like a 60s retro holiday bash.
Guests will enter a futuristic 1960 wonderland through an illuminated rocket archway. Retro music and décor using 60s era patterns, as well as 10,000 sparkling lights, will set the tone.
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.
This winter, guests at Gaylord Palms will feel the magic of Christmas come alive around them as the classic Christmas film, “The Polar Express,” is featured inside ICE!, the resort’s signature holiday experience.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms, presented by Pepsi, welcomes guests to enjoy the joy and excitement of the holiday season with a variety of experiences and shows. It runs from November 25, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
There are many ways to celebrate the 4th of July here in Orlando and Central Florida, from theme park events to city-sponsored events, and everything in between.
Since July 4th falls on a Thursday this year, events run throughout the week across Central Florida, and we’ve sifted through all the listings to find you the best ones.
Here are our picks for where to celebrate 2019’s Fourth of July holiday in Central Florida, from Atlantic Coast to Gulf Coast:
For the first time ever, Gaylord Palms Resort will offer the Three Kings Festival as part of the closing days of its popular Christmas at Gaylord Palms event. It will run Jan 1-6, 2019.
In addition to the holiday fun at the Universal Orlando parks, such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™, and the Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, there are also limited-time holiday treats to enjoy.
Here is a list of the holiday food and drink offerings for purchase through January 6, 2019, and where to find them: Read more
It used to be that Epcot only offered special eats during the Food & Wine Festival. Now EVERY Epcot festival offers food and drink to sample…and the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays has a whole “World” to sample.
With 12 Holiday Kitchens as well as additional locations throughout the park, there are deliciously festive dishes around every corner of the World Showcase. Read more
Start the chainsaws…the third annual Iced Out competition returns to the Rosen Plaza in Orlando on Saturday, December 15, 2018.
This free, family friendly event pits local chefs against each other as they take chainsaws to 300 lb blocks of ice to carve out majestic frozen works of holiday art.
Florida’s Orange County has made it easier to get into the holiday spirit by putting together the new Bright Lights Big County: OCPA Holiday Lights Crowdsourced Map.
The crowdsourced map is located within the Orange County Property Appraiser’s website, and can be reached by clicking on the graphic on the home page. This map is for both homeowners and sightseers.
Every year, ICE! at Gaylord Palms picks a new theme for each new holiday season. This year, they chose the classic film, “A Christmas Story,” and did an amazing job bringing the movie to life in frozen vignettes.
The classic holiday film, “A Christmas Story,” will be the featured theme for ICE! at this year’s Christmas at Gaylord Palms, the resort revealed this week.
The hilarious family tale will come to life through hand-carved ice sculptures and displays, inviting guests to relive the film’s iconic scenes such as The Old Man’s Major Award, Aunt Clara’s pink nightmare, and the ultimate triple dog dare at the school’s flagpole.