Kennedy Space Center Invites Guests to Enjoy Holidays In Space

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is once again holding its Holidays In Space celebration for guests, now through January 1, 2013.

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A 42-foot Christmas tree, located in the Rocket Garden, will be decorated with 600 miniature flags from the 15 partner countries of the International Space Station.

KSC Visitor Complex guests also can learn about the holiday traditions of each of the International Space Station (ISS) partners: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. Prior to every IMAX film, guests will have the chance to see actual images of ISS crews celebrating the holidays in space.

Santa Claus will be appearing in Santa’s Launch Control Center, between Astronaut Encounters and Robot Scouts. Onsite elves (Kodak representatives), will snap family photos and provide prints for sale, or guests may capture the moment with their own cameras.

Mrs. Claus will also be there, holding space-themed story times like “The Cat in the Hat – There’s No Place Like Space” and “What the Moon is Like.”

Both Clauses will be available at 10am, 10:30am, noon, and 2pm, through December 24. Storytime will take place at 3:30pm daily. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also make special appearances in the Space Shop at 4pm daily.

International carolers will also be performing in the Rocket Garden three times daily (10am, 11am, and noon), at the Saturn V Center (2pm and 3pm), and in the Space Shop (4:15pm).

All Holidays in Space events are included with regular admission to the KSC Visitor Complex which is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Holidays in Space, call 877-313-2610 or visit kennedyspacecenter.com.

Avalon Park Celebrates the Holidays with Annual Avalon Aglow Event

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.

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