Celebrate the Holidays Around Orlando
The holidays are here, and anyone who lives in and around Orlando knows that this is great place where you can enjoy the season. But we don’t always look to the theme parks which our town is most famous for. There is more to the holidays than rides, parades, and light shows surrounded by tourists. Take a closer look at the Orlando area and you will find some wonderful events and activities to help bring out the spirit of the holidays and spend some quality time with your loved ones. I have compiled a list of holiday happenings for you to check out and enjoy.
It can be hard here in Florida to get a real feel for winter with our warm, tropical climate. But if you want to experience the cold in a truly unique way, be sure to take the family to ICE! At the Gaylord Palms hotel and convention center. Here, you will experience the freezing cold temperatures needed to keep over 2 million pounds of ice sculptures in tact. This annual event features work of artisans from around the world who create a winter wonderland full of ice slides and charming scenes from the poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. There is even a room where you can see sculptors at work. Be sure to dress warm, for the display area is kept at a cold 9 degrees.
As part of its free Friday nights, the Morse Museum in Winter Park is offering holiday music now through December 18th. This is an ideal place to get away from the hectic holiday hustle and take some time to enjoy the peace of the season. The works of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s home and decor collection are on display, and the museum is lit up for the holiday season. From 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday nights, there will be live performances of traditional holiday music, featuring harp, flute, and acoustic guitar players. There are also art demonstrations, curator, and family tours provided at the museum.
There is another holiday event in Winter Park which is brand new and designed to bring families together for the holidays and encourage area residents to shop and dine locally. In years past, there has been a tree lighting ceremony and pictures with Santa on the first Saturday in December. This year is different with Winter on the Avenue. Park Avenue will be closed to vehicles and become a pedestrian plaza for the evening from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. There will still be Santa and the lighting of the tree, in addition to an ice skating rink, carolers, live music, and entertainers. Watch for the stilt walkers along the avenue and take in a Popcorn Flick at the park with a special viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Home Alone”. This will be a great night for the entire family.
No matter how you celebrate the season, seeing the incredible holiday light displays throughout the region is always a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Get back to nature with Light Up the Wild at Moss Park and the Festival of Lights at Cypress Grove. Both of these Orange County parks offer nightly viewing as you drive through, showcasing amazing light displays. At Moss Park you can see Santa, take an air boat ride, and enjoy something tasty from local food trucks. There are acres and acres to drive through in Cypress Grove, sure delight everyone in the family. There is also a donation box on hand as part of the annual Holiday Heroes Toy Drive. Your donation of a toy or game will be greatly appreciated.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Orlando is a great place for families. I am proud to be able to make the real estate process move smoothly for my clients, and I am here to help with all of your real estate needs. If you’re looking for a warm and engaging professional to help you with the purchase or sale of your home, contact me today at 407-234-5313 or by email: Jeff@JeffRoyle.com