New Year’s Eve at The Edison

New Year's Eve at The Edison Disney Springs

You can ring in the new year at The Edison’s dazzling New Year’s Eve gala, which will be filled with live entertainment, world-class dining, and an open dance floor.

The excitement begins at 8 p.m. on December 31st at Disney Springs with captivating performances from The Sound Society Radio Show, The Pearls burlesque trio, stilt walkers, an aerialist, DJ, and more.

Guests will be privy to signature passed appetizers and food stations featuring everything from buffalo chicken sliders, prime rib, crab cakes, and loaded mashed potatoes to chocolate cake and key lime pie bites for dessert.

A selection of The Edison’s premium beer and spirits will also be available via cash bars.

When the clock strikes midnight, the evening will conclude with a celebratory champagne toast as we usher in the new year.

New Year's Eve at The Edison clock

For guaranteed seating, tables can be reserved to accommodate 2-10 guests, or individual bar seating can be purchased, for $150 per person plus tax.

Reservations include entry at 8 p.m., access to food stations, passed appetizers, and champagne at midnight.

A limited number of standing-room-only tickets will also be available for purchase, which includes entry at 10:30 p.m., desserts, the champagne toast, and access to the electrifying lineup of lavish entertainment for $25 per person plus tax.

Both ticket types can be purchased HERE !

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On the Go in the Parks: December 3-5, 2021

On the Go in the parks December 3 2021

Make sure to catch the latest theme park happenings tonight at 6:08 pm during Orlando’s News and Talk with Joe Kelley on WDBO!

If you are On the Go in the Parks December 3-5, 2021, there is no way you are going to escape the holida cheer that is filling the parks!

On the Go in the Parks: December 3-5, 2021

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
Epcot International Festival of Holidays Must Do’s and Tips 2018

You can celebrate holidays from around the world without leaving EPCOT daily until December 30, 2021, during the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays!

The event, included with theme park admission, is a yuletide wonderland that will immerse you in the wondrous sights, sounds, and flavors celebrated by cultures near and far.

The highlight of each night is the Candlelight Processional where a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas, recounting the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem.

Woven into the production are stirring songs of hope and joy performed by the orchestra and massed choir. I promise you it will give you goosebumps!!!

This weekend’s narrator is Disney Legend Jodi Benson!

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida
Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021

The Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida presented by Hallmark Channel is the jolliest event of the year!

This year’s celebration features new seasonal entertainment, exclusive character meet-and-greets, a spectacular 30-foot-tall LEGO tree, and more!

There is no better time to add a little LEGO magic to your family vacation and build memories to last a lifetime — plus, it’s all included in general admission.

Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort
Guide to the Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort 2021


The holidays are epic at the Universal Orlando Resort as they fill 51 days and nights with bigger and louder holiday traditions and characters daily through January 2, 2022.

Guests can once again experience nonstop holiday cheer as they join the celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas, and experience the larger-than-life return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

Make sure you keep an eye out for pop-up holiday surprise performances around Universal Studios Florida!!!

The best holiday gift of all? It’s all included with theme park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

The SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration festivities on select days until January 2, 2021!

For 2021 SeaWorld Orlando has been transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 3 million sparkling lights to welcome a new holiday entertainment and fireworks finale while returning favorites will bring a smile to your heart!

New to this year’s celebration:

  • Each Christmas Celebration night, SeaWorld Orlando celebrates the season during Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale, featuring soaring fountains, dazzling lights, and festive fireworks, choreographed to joyous holiday musical favorites.
  • Join Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover, and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish!
  • See a variety of talented acts take to the Nautilus Theater stage to bring the spirit of the season to life during the Sounds of the Season Concert Series on through January 2, 2022.

Most SeaWorld Christmas Celebration activities are included with your theme park admission.

Christmas at the Gaylord Palms

This year during Christmas at Gaylord Palms, guests can explore acres of twinkling lights and decorations and more than 12 hours of exciting holiday activities, shows, and events until January 2, 2022.

‘Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf’ is the marquee attraction, and if you are a fan of the films you are going to want to experience this interactive wonderland and help Santa power up the Kringle 3000!

Also new this year are the ‘Cirque: Spirit of Christmas’ and ‘Shine’ shows in the resort’s iconic atrium.

The resort is packed with #SoMuchChristmas!!!!

Disney Very Merriest After Hours
On the Go in the Parks

This holiday season Disney Very Merriest After Hours event will fill the Magic Kingdom with special characters, entertainment, fireworks, and more on select nights until December 21, 2021

This weekend’s event dates are:

  • December 2021:  3 and 5
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is ringing in the holiday season with Christmas Town daily until January 2, 2022.

This year’s celebration is the biggest and brightest yet with millions of twinkling holiday lights throughout the park’s 335 acres, spectacular fireworks, and a brand-new experience with Santa that will create merry memories for guests of all ages.

Included in park admission, the award-winning holiday event features all-new activities for the whole family as well as returning favorites!

Night of a Million Lights

Give Kids the World Village, located in Kissimmee, is a truly magical place, and during the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Light Spectacular, the 89-acre nonprofit resort is an enchanting and joyful winter wonderland from Friday, November 12, 2021, through Sunday, January 2, 2022!

Guests can explore a sparkling tree trail; view larger-than-life holiday displays; take photos at one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops; and enjoy a guided storytelling tour of 100 magnificently lit villas from the comfort of a tram, included in the price of the ticket.

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to immerse themselves in an exquisitely decorated fairytale neighborhood that wish families call home during their stays.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Announces New Attraction

In an ongoing mission to bring the epic story of the U.S. space program to life, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex today announced a new attraction. Slated to open in March 2022, Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex.

The new exhibit will focus on the present and future of collaborative space exploration, enabling guests to experience the interstellar travel of tomorrow while celebrating what is happening right now within the space program. It will feature a showcase of NASA and commercial spacecraft hardware with immersive displays, as well as a “journey” through space, unique launch viewing opportunities, and more.

The 50,000-square-foot, multi-level attraction, currently under construction in the shadow of the Rocket Garden, will engage and inspire guests through one-of-a-kind experiences, artifacts, and exhibits.

Featuring a comprehensive collection of modern-day spacecraft, Gateway will offer the opportunity to explore the future of space travel in a way never before possible.

Through immersive education, atmospheric effects, and a 4D motion theatre, guests will see, experience, and feel what it is actually like to travel in space.

The striking façade of the Gateway building is designed to capture attention and spark imagination even before entering. The outside walls are accented with iridescent panels of bright turquoise that will alternate with shades of purple, replicating the constant motion and brilliant colors of the universe.

Upon entering Gateway on the first level, “space travelers” will be greeted with a futuristic design intended to set the stage for their journey. Displayed like massive space sculptures in an outdoor garden, visitors will be surrounded by actual space-flown artifacts and full-scale models, placed around the floor and suspended from above to allow 360-degree viewing and interaction.

Highlights of the new exhibit at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex include:

  • Orion Crew Vehicle from EFT-1 Mission (space flown)
  • Boeing CST-100 Starliner Crew Vehicle (full-scale engineering model)
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 booster, officially known as Booster 1023, which supported two SpaceX missions (space flown)
  • Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser (full scale replica)
  • NASA Space Launch System (scale model)
  • ULA Atlas V and Delta IV heavy (scale model)

As well as offering a “nose-to-nose” view of the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster, Gateway’s second floor features a 30-foot, floor-to-ceiling Robotic Trail Blazers Wall with interactive, touchscreen displays through which guests can learn about almost 40 different satellites and probes in space.

Also in this area will be a HoloTube presentation station where guests can learn about the high-powered James Webb Space Telescope by manipulating holographic imagery, video, and animation through a touchscreen kiosk.

Nearby, guests will be transported into the future of space travel at Spaceport KSC, the first and only airport of the future.

Upon entering the concourse, travelers will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of a galactic spaceport: atmospheric airport chatter will surround travelers as they peer through windows at distant views of active launches and landings.

The main concourse features multiple screens that will showcase destination promo videos and departure and arrival information. Guests will then board their “spaceships” – in the form of a two-story, 4D flying theater – for one of four journeys: Cosmic Wonders, Daring Explorers, Red Planet, or Uncharted Worlds. Each distinct destination allows for the possibility of a different experience with each visit.

Gateway’s rooftop will be a versatile space for both launch and landing viewing and hosting special events.

Affixed to the rooftop will be a Planewave CDK20 Telescope with an Espirit 100mm triplet deep-sky APO Refractor, and an Altair 125mm solar refractor will offer access to some of the sky’s most amazing celestial and solar wonders. The stunning images can then be shared for educational purposes.

As always, the health and safety of employees and guests is the highest priority for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations, the visitor complex continues to operate at a limited attendance, accommodating social distancing, encouraging advance daily admission purchases, and implementing increased frequency of sanitization and disinfection. All guests, including those vaccinated against COVID-19, are required to wear face coverings in all indoor locations, except when actively eating or drinking. This includes all attractions, attraction queues, show viewing areas, restaurants, and buses. Guests who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear face coverings outdoors. Additional details are available at: www.kennedyspacecenter.com/info/coronavirus.

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ICON Park Spotlights the Christmas spirit

Frostival The Orlando Eye ICON Orlando Orlando Wine Festival 2020 ICON Park Play Pass

ICON Park will be hosting a celebration of the beloved hymns and carols, goodwill toward all, and of course, gathering together to spread light and love with the Light the World with Love Christmas Concerts.

From December 6 to 11, local high school, church, and community choirs will be performing nightly from 5 through 8 p.m. Each night, four choirs will perform traditional Christmas songs in front of ICON Park’s holiday tree. There will also be Christmas-inspired videos, and emcees will lead the crowd in singing some Christmas carols themselves. To close out the evening, professional performers will take the stage each night.

ICON Park Christmas Concerts 2021

But that’s not all. To really drive home the reason for the season, the concerts will spotlight local charities. Attendees will be invited to donate via a virtual giving machine at www.lightorlando.acahand.org to help make a difference.

“At ICON Park, we’re all about showing locals and visitors alike what Orlando is all about,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “The Light the World with Love Christmas Concerts are a perfect way to show off the talent here in Orlando, as well as to give back to the community we care about so much—plus, who couldn’t use a dose of the Christmas spirit?”

This is the first year for this event.

Local charities to be featured throughout this year’s event include Clarita’s House Outreach, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Edgewood Children’s Ranch, Frontline Outreach, Latisha’s House, Matthew’s Hope, One Heart for Women and Children, Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Orlando Day Nursery & Childcare, Orlando Serve Foundation, Poverty Solutions Group, Russell Home, The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, United Against Poverty, and The Salvation Army.

Featured performers include Daniel Emmet, Sunshine Mafia, Opera Orlando, David Osmond, Ofi, and God’s Example. Community choirs come from all over Central Florida.

ICON Park is at the center of the Orlando Entertainment District. With free parking and conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard, and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment complex is easy to access for any Central Florida resident or Orlando tourist.

The schedule for this year’s performances can be found here. To learn more about ICON Park, visit https://iconparkorlando.com.

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Deck the Seas at SEA LIFE Orlando

This holiday season SEA LIFE Orlando at ICON PARK is inviting you to Deck the Seas daily from November 26 to December 31, 2021.

Deck the Seas SEA LIFE Orlando 2021 Scuba Claus

You have heard of Santa Claus, but have you heard of Scuba Claus?

Thursdays at 1:00 pm guests can gather around and listen to the story of Fishmas as told by Scuba Claus!

What’s better than listening to a holiday story? Listening to a holiday story with Scuba Claus underwater surrounded by spectacular sea creatures!

Deck the Seas SEA LIFE Orlando 2021 Scavenger Hunt

Ready for some interactive fun?

Pick up your Deck the Seas Scavenger Hunt guide on your way inside the attraction and begin your adventure to find six cold water sea creatures located throughout the aquarium!

You’ll have a lot of fun learning about our cold water sea creatures, and once you find them all make sure to turn in your guide for a special prize!

Deck the Seas SEA LIFE Orlando 2021 Presents

Ready for even more fun?

Before you leave SEA LIFE Orlando, make sure to leave a special holiday card for your favorite sea creature! Drop it in the mailbox on your way out so their creatures can get all their cards in time for the holidays.

Don’t forget to take time to enjoy the holiday decorations throughout the attraction and see if you can find all the decorations we’ve put into our tanks.

Sea creatures need holiday cheer, too!

SEA LIFE Orlando is open daily from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm at ICON Park!

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Holidays at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center December 2020

The holiday season has landed early this year at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex!

Special Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are just beginning, holiday season guests can look forward to revamped festive experiences, and new virtual offerings for kids to enjoy over the holiday break.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

Available for purchase on Friday, November 26 only, a special Black Friday deal for a 13-month Atlantis Annual Pass provides the passholder access to the visitor complex for the remainder of 2021 as well as all of 2022 (expiring December 31, 2022).

The 13-month Atlantis Annual Pass can be purchased at a discounted rate of $86 + tax per adult, and $68 + tax per child aged 3-11, a $10 savings.

The Black Friday offer will be available online and through the Reservations Department (855-433-4210).

On Cyber Monday, savvy shoppers can take advantage of a Buy-One, Get-One daily admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for just $57 + tax.

Available only on Monday, November 29, 2021, this offer includes free child daily admission with the purchase of each adult ticket.

This special offer provides one-day access to the visitor complex and must be used by December 24, 2021.

This Cyber Monday offer is available through the Reservations Department (855-433-4210) and online only.

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center December 2020
Holidays in Space

Move over, pumpkins. As the fall holidays come to a close, the visitor complex will delightfully transform into a universe of twinkling lights and memorable experiences.

This year, guests can experience magnificent holiday décor throughout the park – from the transformation of the big NASA meatball that greets guests at the entrance into a holiday ornament, wreaths adorning every lamp post, a reimagined holiday tree, thousands of lights in dazzling displays and much more.

New to this year’s Holidays in Space will be a Winter Wonderland, beginning December 17 and located next to the Atlantis attraction.

This free-standing experience sponsored by Pepsi Zero Sugar, will take place under a large enclosure and feature holiday-themed, engaging and interactive education stations, holiday photo opportunities, performers, a DJ and more.

The Winter Wonderland runs through December 31, 2021.

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center December 2020
Kennedy Space Center Club Discovery

Over the holiday break, young space enthusiasts and future explorers can experience Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from the comfort of their homes through a virtual Kennedy Space Center Club Discovery experience.

At $30 per person, kids in grades 3 – 6 will have the chance to participate in one of two virtual missions: Spacewalk or Moon Base.

Each 3-hour program, offered Monday, December 27 – Friday, December 31, will feature STEM activities that can be completed using normal household items.

More information, as well as registration for the programs, can be found at the following link: KSC Club Discovery.

As always, the health and safety of employees and guests is the highest priority for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations, the visitor complex continues to operate at a limited attendance, accommodating social distancing, encouraging advance daily admission purchases, and implementing increased frequency of sanitization and disinfection. The visitor complex has updated the face mask policy. All guests, including those vaccinated against COVID-19, are required to wear face coverings in all indoor locations, except when actively eating or drinking. This includes all attractions, attraction queues, show viewing areas, restaurants and buses. Guests who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear face coverings outdoors. Additional details are available at: www.kennedyspacecenter.com/info/coronavirus.

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EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Foodie Guide

The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will soon be filling the park with the celebrations, songs, and delicious bites of holiday festivities from around the world.

This year 14 Festival of the Holidays Kitchens will be spread throughout the park serving up goodies, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share the Foodie Guide to help plan your culinary adventure!

EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Foodie Guide

Kālua Pork with Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes and Mango Salad and Haupia from Mele Kalikimaka EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
Mele Kalikimaka (Near Port of Entry)

Food Items:

  • Kālua Pork with Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes and Mango Salad
  • Lomi Lomi Salmon with Tomatoes, Onions, Salmon Roe, Yuzu-Mayonnaise, and Yucca Chips (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Haupia: Hawaiian Coconut Pudding with Candied Macadamia Nuts and Coconut

Beverages:

  • Hawaiian Pale Wheat Ale (New Item)
  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Melon Breeze with Spiced Rum
Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen (Near Disney Traders)
Items from Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Cinnamon-glazed Almonds (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; (New Item)
  • Cinnamon-glazed Cashews (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
  • Cinnamon-glazed Pecans (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
  • Fire-roasted Chestnuts (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)

Beverages:

  • AMERICAN HERITAGE Gourmet Hot Cocoa (Non-alcoholic; New Item)
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog (nonalcoholic)
  • Sweet Nutty Stout, Orlando (New Item)
  • AMERICAN HERITAGE Gourmet Hot Cocoa with Peanut Butter Whiskey, Whipped Cream, and Candied Nuts (New Item)
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog with Peanut Butter Whiskey (New Item)

Holiday Sweets & Treats (Near Port of Entry):

Peppermint Sundae and Exclusive Redemption Cookie from Holiday Sweets & Treats EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, and peppermint candy (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Exclusive Redemption Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (nonalcoholic)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea (nonalcoholic)
  • Eggnog White Porter
  • Coquito Beer (New Item)
  • S’mores Black Lager (New Item)
  • Hot Cocoa with assorted alcoholic cordials
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Beer Flight
Holiday Hearth Desserts (Near Port of Entry)
Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth Cookie,Snowball Cookies and Gingerbread Cookies from Holiday Hearth Desserts EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth Cookie
  • Snowball Cookies 
  • Peppermint Bark(Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Mouse Crunch 
  • Gingerbread Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (nonalcoholic)
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider (Non-alcoholic; New Item)
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps
Refreshment Port (Near Canada)
Turkey Poutine from Refreshment Port EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Coquito Soft-Serve Waffle Cone (New Item)
  • Turkey Poutine – French fries with turkey gravy, cranberry relish, and crispy onions

Beverages:

  • Cranberry Hard Cider (New Item)
  • Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cocktail (New Item)
  • Coquito Soft-serve with Spiced Rum (New Item)
Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Seared Scallops with Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney, and Hazelnut Croquant
  • Beef Bourguignon with Crushed Potatoes
  • Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple mousse and cranberry rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake
  • SNICKERS-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS bar pieces (Holiday Cookie Stroll; New Item)

Beverages:

  • Frozen Coffee (nonalcoholic)
  • Maple Cinnamon Coffee Beer
  • Maple Cookie Blonde Ale (New Item)
  • Peanut Butter & Banana Porter (New Item)
  • Icewine, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Red Wine, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Frozen Coffee with Whisky
  • Beer Flight
L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (Between France and Morocco)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard
  • Smoked Salmon Potato Latke (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Potato Latkes (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; Plant-based)  
  • Sufganiyot: Mini jelly-filled donuts
  • Black and White Cookie (Plant-based; Holiday Cookie Stroll)  

Beverages:

  • Hanukkah Beer
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Grilled Kebabs with Carrot-Chickpea Salad and Garlic Aïoli (New Item)
    • Lamb Kefta (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
    • Harissa Chicken (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Fig Tapenade, and Zhoug Dip
  • Almond-spiced Cake with Ginger Mousse, Orange Ganache, and Sesame Tuile (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Lavender Apple Hard Cider (New Item)
    • Ginger Tumeric Hard Cider
    • Spicy Nutmeg Hard Cider
    • Fig Cocktail with Sparkling Wine, Fig Vodka, and Cranberry Juice (New Item)
    • Cider Flight
American Holiday Table
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with BEN’S ORIGINAL Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Cranberry Sauce
  • Holiday Pot Pie with Jackfruit, Mushrooms, Carrots, Peas, Onions, and Puff Pastry (Plant-based)
  • Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cranberry Whipped Cream and Candied Pumpkin Seeds  
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with DOVE Dark Chocolate (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Bright White Ale
  • Eggnog White Porter
  • Peppermint Chocolate Stout
  • Regional White Wine
  • Regional Red Wine
  • Beer Flight
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce, Spätzle, and Braised Red Cabbage
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes
  • Linzer Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Hard Apple Cider
  • German-style Gold Lager (New Item)
  • Doppelbock Beer
  • Regional Riesling
  • Glühwein: House-made hot spiced wine
  • Beer Flight
Refreshment Outpost:
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Coconut-Pineapple Cake with DOLE Whip (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Midnight Lager (New Item)
  • Nairobi Coffee Dark Beer (New Item)
The Donut Box (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items

  • Pumpkin Cake Donut with Pumpkin Spice Icing (New Item)
  • Holiday Donut with Coconut and Crisp Pearls (New Item)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Donut (New Item)
  • Eggnog-Cream-filled Donut with Cinnamon Icing and Crumbled Gingersnap Cookies (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Gingerbread Milkshake (nonalcoholic)
  • Gingerbread Stout (New Item)
  • Gingerbread Milkshake with Whipped Cream Vodka
Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Napoleon de Saumon Fumé en Brioche: Smoked salmon napoleon with layers of smoked salmon, dill mousse, and crème fraîche mousse served in brioche (New Item)
  • Dinde Forestière, Patates Douces Rôties: Turkey with bacon, mushrooms, and onions in a mustard cream sauce served with roasted sweet potatoes (New Item)
  • Bûche de Noël Chocolat Blanc, Framboise: Chocolate Christmas log with chocolate biscuit, white chocolate mousse, raspberry cream, and chocolate fudge coating (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Vanilla vodka, vodka, chocolate milk, and whipped cream
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rosé Sparkling Wine
  • Cranberry Mimosa: Sparkling wine with orange juice and cranberry syrup
Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Mezzelune Croccanti: Crispy half-moon breaded mozzarella-filled ravioli with pomodoro sauce  (New Item)
  • Ravioli: Shrimp ravioli in scampi sauce with white wine, garlic, lemon zest, and parsley (New Item)
  • Bomboloni alla Cioccolato-Nocciola: Chocolate-filled Italian doughnut with chocolate-hazelnut spread and powdered sugar (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Sparkling Red Wine
  • Moscato
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello
  • Pilsner
Lotus Blossom Café (China) Food Items:
  • House-made Cheesy Crab Wontons

Beverages:

  • Fireworks: Tequila gold, vodka, orange juice, and mango syrup
Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan)

Food Items:

  • Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade tuna, salmon, ikura, and yellowtail with vegetables decorated on an artistic bed of rice to celebrate the holidays
  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat soba noodle in a hot dashi soup with shrimp tempura, fish cake, shiitake mushrooms, and chopped green onion
  • Mont Blanc Tart: Matcha mousse tart with a sweet red bean center sprinkled with konpeito sugar candy

Beverages:

  • Chocolate Banana Boba: Cocoa, Japanese milky drink, banana syrup, and strawberry popping boba pearls (nonalcoholic; New Item)
  • Sparkling Plum Wine (New Item)
  • Chocolate Tokyo Banana: Cocoa, Japanese milky drink, banana syrup, and vodka (New Item)
  • Pomegranate Draft Lager: Rice lager with hints of pomegranate and lemon (New Item)
Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico)
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Items:

  • Giant Tostada de Chorizo: Chorizo served on a giant tostada with chipotle black bean purée, salsa verde, queso cotija, crema mexicana, and pickled onion
  • Tamal de Barbacoa: Shredded barbacoa beef in a corn masa topped with ranchera salsa, queso cotija, and crema Mexicana (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
  • Dulce de Leche Churros sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar

Beverages:

  • Cranberry-Cinnamon Margarita: Apple-cinnamon infused mezcal, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice with a cinnamon-sugar rim (New Item)
  • Horchata Margarita: Tequila blanco, corn whiskey, horchata, and cinnamon horchata rum
  • Mistletoe Cerveza: Lager with blackcurrant liqueur (New Item)
Funnel Cake
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Food Item:

  • Mini Pumpkin Pie Funnel Cake:  Pumpkin funnel cake topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbles (New Item)
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Beverage:

  • Carolers’ Cold Brew – Joffrey’s French Roast Cold Brew with brown butter toffee, swiss chocolate syrup, and sweet cream topped with whipped cream and TWIX bar pieces (New Item)

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth is available with valid theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date. For more information, visit EPCOTHolidays.com.

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On the Go in the Parks: November 19-21, 2021

Make sure to catch the latest theme park happenings tonight at 6:39 pm during Orlando’s News and Talk with Joe Kelley on WDBO!
On the Go in the parks November 19 2021

If you are On the Go in the Parks November 19-21, 2021, you are going to find even more holiday cheer in the parks!

But before we get started with the parks, let’s start with Christmas at the Gaylord Palms which kicks off today!

Christmas at the Gaylord Palms

This year during Christmas at Gaylord Palms, guests can explore acres of twinkling lights and decorations and more than 12 hours of exciting holiday activities, shows, and events until January 2, 2022.

‘Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf’ is the marquee attraction, and if you are a fan of the films you are going to want to experience this interactive wonderland and help Santa power up the Kringle 3000!

Also new this year are the ‘Cirque: Spirit of Christmas’ and ‘Shine’ shows in the resort’s iconic atrium.

The resort is packed with #SoMuchChristmas!!!!

On the Go in the Parks: November 19-21, 2021

Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort
Guide to the Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort 2021


The holidays are epic at the Universal Orlando Resort as they fill 51 days and nights with bigger and louder holiday traditions and characters daily through January 2, 2022.

Guests can once again experience nonstop holiday cheer as they join the celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas, and experience the larger-than-life return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

Make sure you keep an eye out for pop-up holiday surprise performances around Universal Studios Florida!!!

The best holiday gift of all? It’s all included with theme park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

The SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration festivities on select days until January 2, 2021!

For 2021 SeaWorld Orlando has been transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 3 million sparkling lights to welcome a new holiday entertainment and fireworks finale while returning favorites will bring a smile to your heart!

New to this year’s celebration:

  • Each Christmas Celebration night, SeaWorld Orlando celebrates the season during Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale, featuring soaring fountains, dazzling lights, and festive fireworks, choreographed to joyous holiday musical favorites.
  • Join Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover, and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish!
  • See a variety of talented acts take to the Nautilus Theater stage to bring the spirit of the season to life during the Sounds of the Season Concert Series on through January 2, 2022.

Most SeaWorld Christmas Celebration activities are included with your theme park admission.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours
On the Go in the Parks

This holiday season Disney Very Merriest After Hours event will fill the Magic Kingdom with special characters, entertainment, fireworks, and more on select nights until December 21, 2021

This weekend’s event dates are:

  • November 2021:  19 and 21
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is ringing in the holiday season with Christmas Town daily until January 2, 2022.

This year’s celebration is the biggest and brightest yet with millions of twinkling holiday lights throughout the park’s 335 acres, spectacular fireworks, and a brand-new experience with Santa that will create merry memories for guests of all ages.

Included in park admission, the award-winning holiday event features all-new activities for the whole family as well as returning favorites!

Night of a Million Lights

Give Kids the World Village, located in Kissimmee, is a truly magical place, and during the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Light Spectacular, the 89-acre nonprofit resort is an enchanting and joyful winter wonderland from Friday, November 12, 2021, through Sunday, January 2, 2022!

Guests can explore a sparkling tree trail; view larger-than-life holiday displays; take photos at one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops; and enjoy a guided storytelling tour of 100 magnificently lit villas from the comfort of a tram, included in the price of the ticket.

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to immerse themselves in an exquisitely decorated fairytale neighborhood that wish families call home during their stays.

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On the Go in MCO: Light Up the Holidays

On the Go in MCO Light Up the Holidays
Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

There are so many ways to get in the holiday spirit when you are On the Go in MCO, and I had an absolute blast talking to Obie & Ashley about my favorite holiday lights around town!!!

On the Go in MCO: Light Up the Holidays

Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids the World Village
On the Go in MCO Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights 2021

Give Kids the World Village, located in Kissimmee, is a truly magical place, and during the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Light Spectacular, the 89-acre nonprofit resort is an enchanting and joyful winter wonderland nightly through Sunday, January 2, 2022!

This year’s Night of a Million Lights includes a 360-degree dancing lights show encompassing 21 fully programmed buildings set to music, with six three-minute holiday vignettes playing each hour. 

In addition, a holiday marketplace will offer upgraded food and beverage experiences, festive holiday merchandise, and an opportunity for children to meet Santa in his elaborately decorated Florida home.

Also, new this year, guests can make their visits extra special by purchasing one of a variety of premium packages, ranging from behind-the-scenes guided tours and dessert parties to special events and exclusive balcony experiences – providing a stunning setting for marriage proposals, vow renewals, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and other special moments. 

The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with entry times staggered to prevent crowding.

Dazzling Nights at Leu Gardens

Orlando’s iconic Harry P. Leu Gardens will become a winter wonderland featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays, music, and beautiful sculptures during “Dazzling Nights” through January 9, 2022.

This family-friendly event gives guests the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable, three-quarter-mile, interactive holiday experience including:

  • A massive light maze
  • 185 hanging Moroccan Lanterns
  • A forest of dancing light through hundreds of LED light tubes
  • A Rose Garden filled with beautiful balls of light.
Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild
On the Go in MCO Light up the Holidays

The Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild lights up the Central Florida Zoon on select nights through January 16, 2022.

Guests of all ages can enjoy this unique event that features over 30 different, hand-made illuminated lanterns around the Zoo on a three-quarter-mile path.

And don’t be fooled…these lanterns are larger than life!

The event takes place from 6-10 p.m., and food and beverages are available for purchase.

As a reminder, this event occurs at night outside of normal Zoo operating hours, and only an Asian Lantern Festival ticket is required to enter.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town 2021

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is ringing in the holiday season with Christmas Town daily until January 2, 2022.

This year’s celebration is the biggest and brightest yet with millions of twinkling holiday lights throughout the park’s 335 acres, spectacular fireworks, and a brand-new experience with Santa that will create merry memories for guests of all ages.

Included in park admission, the award-winning holiday event features all-new activities for the whole family as well as returning favorites!

New at Busch Gardens Tampa Christmas Town

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

Holiday in the Sky Fireworks Show: Enjoy classic holiday tunes and watch festive bursts of Christmas colors as they cover the sky in a dazzling fireworks display. Holiday in the Sky is offered on the Festival Field every Saturday and select event nights.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus: Located in the Coke Canopy near the Christmas Town Village, Mrs. Claus will share traditional holiday tales and a joyful song. 

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

Santa’s North Pole Experience, presented by Coca-Cola: Jolly elves guide guests to see Santa in his workshop as he prepares for the holiday season.

Other fan-favorite holiday entertainment returning to this year’s Florida-style winter wonderland include:

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

“Christmas on Ice”: Busch Gardens’ longest-running holiday show returns to the Moroccan Palace Theater. This inspiring skating production transforms the stage with incredible feats of skating athleticism for a truly unmissable show set to holiday classic songs.

Elmo’s Christmas Wish: Join Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover, and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish! Families are sure to be singing and dancing along while watching this fun holiday show.

Three Kings Journey: The musical tale of the famed journey to Bethlehem is celebrated in the round at the Stanleyville Theater.

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

Holly Jolly Express: All aboard for Christmas Cheer! This locomotive is on track to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the favorite songs of the season as guests venture through the park.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Journey to Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland to find the most famous reindeer of all.

Explore the Christmas Town Village

Take a break from the fantastic attractions to enjoy Christmas Town Village, a delicious destination filled with drinks and dishes from an indulgent holiday menu.

The menu features a variety of unique, limited-time options like the specialty cocktails like the “Mistletoe Margarita” and the “Apple Brandy Hot Toddy”.

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

You’ll also want to complete the night with a signature Christmas Town Hot Chocolate featuring festive flavors like peppermint or gingerbread. 

You can feel the spirit of the season in each bite with the new maple bourbon pecan pie or feast on holiday favorites like the smoked brisket “totchos.”

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

The best way for guests to savor and save during the holidays is with a Christmas Town Sampler Lanyard, starting at ONLY $44.99 for an 8-punch lanyard.

Busch Gardens Tampa Annual Passholders remember to show your valid pass for a discount on the 8-punch lanyard!!!

Give the Gift of Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Garden Tampa Christmas Town 2021

For a limited time, guests who purchase a 2022 Busch Gardens Fun Card receive park admission to visit NOW through the end of 2022 for only $119.99.

For even more value, guests can purchase an Annual Pass for unlimited visits and unbeatable benefits ranging from no blockout dates, up to six free guest tickets, and exclusive monthly rewards for 2022. The Annual Pass is organized in easy-to-use tiers, and includes one-park, two-park Busch Gardens and Adventure Island Passes, and the popular Florida four-park options, allowing guests to choose the pass, benefits, and the parks that are the best fit.

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On the Go in the Parks: November 12-14, 2021

Make sure to catch the latest theme park happenings tonight at 6:08 pm during Orlando’s News and Talkwith Joe Kelley on WDBO!

The holiday festivities are in full swing for fun when you’re On the Go in the Parks November 12-14, 2021!!!

Before we hop into the fun in the parks, let’s talk about Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids the World Village!

Give Kids the World Village, located in Kissimmee, is a truly magical place, and during the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Light Spectacular, the 89-acre nonprofit resort is an enchanting and joyful winter wonderland from Friday, November 12, 2021, through Sunday, January 2, 2022!

Guests can explore a sparkling tree trail; view larger-than-life holiday displays; take photos at one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops; and enjoy a guided storytelling tour of 100 magnificently lit villas from the comfort of a tram, included in the price of the ticket.

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to immerse themselves in an exquisitely decorated fairytale neighborhood that wish families call home during their stays.

On the Go in the Parks: November 12-14, 2021

Disney Very Merriest After Hours
Know Before You Go_ Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021

This holiday season Disney Very Merriest After Hours event will fill the Magic Kingdom with special characters, entertainment, fireworks, and more on select nights until December 21, 2021

This weekend’s event dates are:

November 2021:  12 and 14

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

The SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration festivities begin on November 12, 2021, and you can experience more cheer than ever until January 2, 2021!

For 2021 SeaWorld Orlando has been transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 3 million sparkling lights to welcome a new holiday entertainment and fireworks finale while returning favorites will bring a smile to your heart!

Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort
Guide to the Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort 2021


The holidays are epic at the Universal Orlando Resort as they fill 51 days and nights with bigger and louder holiday traditions and characters through January 2, 2022.

Guests can once again experience nonstop holiday cheer as they join the celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas, and experience the larger-than-life return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

The best holiday gift of all? It’s all included with theme park admission.

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Know Before You Go: Disney Very Merriest After Hours

Know Before You Go_ Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021

This holiday season Disney Very Merriest After Hours event will fill the Magic Kingdom with special characters, entertainment, fireworks, and more on select nights until December 21, 2021.

  • November 2021:  12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • December 2021: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21

Disney Very Merriest After Hours Exclusive Offerings

Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021

During the four-hour event, guests will have a sackful of holiday fun to enjoy!!!

Disney Enchantment (8:00 pm) – Before the event begins, find the perfect spot to watch the Magic Kingdom’s newest nighttime spectacular.

Mickey and Minnie’s Very Merry Memories (9:25 pm, 10:35 pm, 11:45 pm, 12:50 am) – Head to the Castle Forecourt Stage to join Mickey and his pals for a celebration filled with music, dancing, and nostalgic yuletide fun.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade (9:45 pm, 12:05 am) – Wave to Disney friends during a holiday parade brimming with joy and magic. This jolly procession begins with Mickey and Minnie, and ends with an appearance by Santa Claus himself!

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show (11:15 pm) – Feast your eyes on a scintillating fireworks display, hosted by Minnie Mouse. See the sky light up in dazzling colors to the tune of favorite Christmas carols.

Reindeer Wranglers (9:25 pm, 10:30 pm, 11:40 pm, 12:35 am) – The Western music trio performs seasonal songs as they provide sensational street-mosphere in Frontierland

Club Tinsel Dance Party (9:00 pm to 1:00 am) – Club Tinsel in Tomorrowland becomes the coolest place to get down when denizens of the North Pole drop by the Rockettower Plaza Stage for the cheeriest dance party in the whole Magic Kingdom park!

Character Sightings (9:00 pm to 1:00 am) – Spot Disney friends throughout the park dressed in their holiday best!

  • Crystal Palace — Pooh and Tigger | Piglet and Eeyore (alternating)
  • Frontierland Balcony — Country Bears
  • Liberty Square Gazebo — Santa Claus
  • Club Tinsel in Tomorrowland — Santa Stitch

Disney Very Merriest After Hours Snacks and More

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

During the event, guests can grab complimentary ice cream, popcorn, and bottled beverages from carts located throughout the park for the duration of the party.

Also included in the festivities are snickerdoodle cookies and hot cocoa which can be found at the following locations:

  • Frontierland: Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Liberty Square: Columbia Harbour House
  • Fantasyland: Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Tomorrowland: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

If you do have dietary restrictions, allergy-friendly offerings are available upon request.

Don’t fill up on snickerdoodles, because there are also event-exclusive treats to enjoy:

  • Gingerbread Almond Cake Pop (Golden Oak Outpost) – Gingerbread Almond Cake dipped in White Chocolate
  • To Be Jolly Float (Golden Oak Outpost) – Peppermint Iced Coffee blended with Vanilla Ice Cream and topped with Whipped Cream, Peppermint Sprinkles, and a Chocolate Minnie Bow
  • Ginger Apple Funnel Cake (Sleepy Hollow) – Gingerbread Funnel Cake topped with Apple Pie filling, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Caramel Drizzle
  • Orange Bird Churro (Main Street, U.S.A. Snack Cart) – Churro drizzled with Citrus Marshmallow Cream and topped with Orange Candy Slices

Shorter Waits

Jingle Cruise

If you want to take a break from the party, hop in line for the following attractions to take advantage of shorter wait times:

Adventureland

  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Holiday themed! Jingle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland

  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland

  • Prince Charmings Regal Carousel
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • The Barnstormer
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Tomorrowland

  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Space Mountain
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Holiday themed! Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Disney Very Merriest After Hours Tickets

Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021

Disney Very Merriest After Hours event tickets are dated, separate from daily admission to the park, and do not require guests to have a Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.

Ticket holders will be admitted to Magic Kingdom park as early as 7:00 PM on the valid date of their ticket, giving them even more time to enjoy park favorites before the event begins at 9:00 pm.

Admission to Disney Very Merriest After Hours can be purchased online for $169 to $249 per adult or child (plus tax), depending on the event date.

UPDATE: November 9, 11, 16, 18, 19, and 23 & December 21 are currently sold-out event dates.

Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of a $10 discount on select event dates in November.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours 2021
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Night of a Million Lights Holiday Lights Spectacular

Give Kids the World Village, located in Kissimmee, is a truly magical place, and during the Night of a Million Lights Holiday Light Spectacular, the 89-acre nonprofit resort is an enchanting and joyful winter wonderland from Friday, November 12, 2021, through Sunday, January 2, 2022!

What began as an inventive pandemic pivot for Give Kids The World has evolved into Central Florida’s most beloved new holiday tradition. 

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights Tunnel

More than 92,000 guests attended Night of a Million Lights in 2020, named by USA TODAY the “Number One Thing To Do In Orlando In December.” With the return of wish families to the Village, this year’s event promises to be brighter and more festive than ever, while preserving the privacy and comfort of wish families during their visits.

“Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments and hospital stays, and they are often told “no” due to the limitations of their illness.  We feel privileged to give wish children and their families a week of “yes” where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend precious time together,” said Give Kids The World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth.  “We look forward to once again sharing some holiday joy with the community while raising the funds that will enable us to continue creating the happiness that inspires hope for these precious families.”

This year’s Night of a Million Lights enhancements will include a 360-degree dancing lights show encompassing 21 fully programmed buildings set to music, with six three-minute holiday vignettes playing each hour.  

Give Kids the World Village Night of a Million Lights

Fun Fact: A majority of the Night of a Million Lights were donated by Walt Disney World!!!

In addition, a holiday marketplace will offer upgraded food and beverage experiences, festive holiday merchandise, and an opportunity for children to meet Santa in his elaborately decorated Florida home.

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights 2021

Also new this year, guests can make their visits extra special by purchasing one of a variety of premium packages, ranging from behind-the-scenes guided tours and dessert parties to special events and exclusive balcony experiences – providing a stunning setting for marriage proposals, vow renewals, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and other special moments.  

The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with entry times staggered to prevent crowding.

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights 2021

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to immerse themselves in an exquisitely decorated fairytale neighborhood that wish families call home during their stays.  

Guests can explore a sparkling tree trail; view larger-than-life holiday displays; take photos at one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops; and enjoy a guided storytelling tour of 100 magnificently lit villas from the comfort of a tram, included in the price of the ticket.

Give Kids the World Village - Night of a Million Lights 2021
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Guide to Holiday Cheer at the Universal Orlando Resort

Guide to the Holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort 2021

The holidays are epic at the Universal Orlando Resort as they fill 51 days and nights with bigger and louder holiday traditions and characters from November 13, 2021, through January 2, 2022.

Guests can once again experience nonstop holiday cheer as they join the celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas, and experience the larger-than-life return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

The best holiday gift of all? It’s all included with theme park admission.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World

Slow down and stroll along the streets of Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and London, which have been beautifully adorned with themed decorations, garlands, and lights as the sounds of special holiday-themed performances fill the air.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World

Hot Butterbeer tastes better when the Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, sings Christmas favorites. And guests won’t want to miss the enchanting Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees performing their unique holiday hits.

Be sure to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure after the sun goes down to enjoy “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.”

During the show, guests will watch in awe as Hogwarts castle comes alive with the holiday spirit as spectacular projections animate familiar Christmas moments inspired by beloved Harry Potter films.

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021

“Maybe Christmas (he thought) doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” – The Grinch

Once again, the maven of mischief will take to the stage in the fan-favorite “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a hilarious live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring The Grinch with special appearances by the merry Whos from Who-ville.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Grinchmas Cast

The celebrations spill out into Seuss Landing, which is completely transformed into a holiday wonderland bursting at the seams with yuletide décor, including oversized candy canes, Christmas trees, wreaths, and beautiful tinsel ornamenting the land.

Watch out for the resident Whos scurrying in the land as they spread Who-liday joy!

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Balloons

The Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s returns to the streets of Universal Studios Florida with more than 30 larger-than-life balloons taking flight and friends from the Minions, Illumination’s Despicable Me, DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek, and Madagascar festively frolic alongside beautifully decorated floats and hundreds of festive performers.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Santa

Try to find a spot near the 80-foot tall Christmas Tree for a spectacular finale led by the one and only Santa Claus.

Holiday Tribute Store

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort - 2021 Tribute Store Exterior

The Holiday Tribute Store in Universal Studios Florida is a highly themed winter wonderland filled with holiday gifts and a menu of seasonal items sure to make you cheerful.

This is also the ideal location to purchase a Holiday Tree Hunt to find 15 brilliantly designed trees and collect an exclusive Holiday Tree Hunt ornament to commemorate the experience.

Mannheim Steamroller Takes the Stage

November 2018 Theme Park Events -Universal Studios Florida Universal Orlando Resort Mannheim Steamroller
Universal Orlando Resort

Mannheim Steamroller, the best-selling holiday artist of all time, returns to Universal Studios Florida to fill the air with the sounds of the season as they rock the Music Plaza Stage with live performances on December 4, 5, 11, and 12, 2021.

Universal Orlando Holiday Tour

November 2018 Theme Park Events - Universal's Islands of Adventure Universal Orlando Resort Grinchmas Suess Landing
Universal Orlando Resort

Guests can take the fun to a new level with the return of its incredibly popular “Universal’s Holiday Tour,” an exclusive guided tour of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure available on select dates.

During the “Universal’s Holiday Tour,” guests have the opportunity to:

  • Meet the mean, green one himself, the Grinch, in Seuss Landing while enjoying a delicious Hot Cocoa Bar
  • Experience an after-hours showing of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” – a spectacular transformation of Hogwarts castle with a stunning projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by beloved Harry Potter films
  • Take advantage of a reserved viewing area for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s – where more than 30 larger-than-life balloons and floats and hundreds of performers take to the streets of Universal Studios, Florida
  • Watch the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes during a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic in the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” with reserved seating and, after, join the merry Whos from Who-ville for an exclusive on-stage Q&A session
  • Meet and greet with Santa and receive one My Universal Photos digital download
  • Receive a Universal’s Holiday Tree Hunt brochure to participate in a merry quest to find 15 holiday trees throughout various merchandise locations within the theme parks and Universal CityWalk

“Universal’s Holiday Tour” pricing starts at $69.99 (plus tax), and separate Park-to-Park admission is required.

‘ Tis the Season for Tasty Treats

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Food

Guests can enjoy an incredible selection of new and returning holiday menu items across the destination. Below are just a few of the merry and bright treats available for guests to try this year:

  • Nutella Cheesecake Reindeer Pop: This all-new reindeer-themed cheesecake pop is rich with smooth Nutella and garnished with candied hazelnuts – available at Croissant Moon Bakery, located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • “Red Hot” Holiday Shake: Red Hot candies, crushed peppermint and a Christmas tree snack cake come together to create the newest photo-worthy milkshake at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen in Universal CityWalk
  • Voodoo Doughnut: Holidays-themed Voodoo doughnuts will be available throughout the season with new flavors, including a gingerbread cake doughnut, green-glazed holiday gift doughnut and marble cake wreath doughnut
  • Hot Chocolate Bomb: Back by popular demand, this epic hot chocolate bomb ornament is full of marshmallows and heartwarming cheer for guests to enjoy at TODAY Cafe, located at Universal Studios Florida. And this year, guests can try a new Grinch-themed hot chocolate bomb – filled with marshmallows and red-candied hearts – at Hop on Pop Ice Cream Shop at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Vegan Brownie: Guests looking for a vegan sweet treat can delight in a classic holiday dessert colorfully decorated with frosting and other spirited embellishments – available in San Francisco at Universal Studios Florida or Croissant Moon Bakery at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Hot Butterbeer: This fan-favorite is now available in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter all year long but is even more perfect to enjoy during the holiday season

Make the Season Even Brighter with a Universal Orlando Hotel Stay

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Hotel Decorations

Staying at one of Universal Orlando’s fabulous eight hotels is the best way for guests of all ages to continue the Holidays celebration. Surrounded by festive decorations, guests can partake in special holiday activities and one-of-a-kind events, including Christmas tree and menorah lightings, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s meals, holiday crafts for kids and more. For a full look at this year’s holiday hotel offerings, click here.

For more information about the holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort, visit their official website.

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Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida Have More Holly Jolly Fun

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021

The Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida presented by Hallmark Channel is the jolliest event of the year!

This year’s celebration features new seasonal entertainment, exclusive character meet-and-greets, a spectacular 30-foot-tall LEGO tree, and more!

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Family with Christmas Tree
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

There is no better time to add a little LEGO magic to your family vacation and build memories to last a lifetime — plus, it’s all included in general admission.

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida Event Dates

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 with Santa
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

HOLIDAYS at LEGOLAND Florida presented by Hallmark Channel will run November 26-28, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 24-31 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Then the park will have an extra hour of festive fun when the park closes at 8 p.m. on December 26-31, when the nightly Kids’ New Year’s Eve fireworks return!

Take “Elfies” with Holiday LEGO Friends + Builds

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Elfie

It would not be the holiday season without a memorable family photo! 

Guests can enjoy exclusive LEGO character meet and greets with holiday friends such as LEGO Gingerbread Man and the “man and Minifigure” himself, LEGO Santa.

Even Emmet, Lucy, and Unikitty from THE LEGO MOVIE will be decked out in their best holiday attire and ready for some epic socially distanced selfies.

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Unikitty
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

There are also plenty of bricktastic seasonal builds around every corner of the park, providing you with the holliest and jolliest photo spots.

Rock Around the LEGO Tree

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Snowy Christmas Tree
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Located in the heart of LEGO City, the giant LEGO tree comes to life each event evening with dazzling lights that dance along to holiday tunes.

For the first time, guests can enjoy this interactive spectacle in full 360-degrees, making it a magical experience from every angle.

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida Enterntainment “Sleighs”

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Very Merry Mix Up
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

A Brand-new original stage show will add even more holiday joy this season, as well as the return of fan-favorite, The Very Merry Mix-Up, where Mrs. Claus’s crew of holiday helpers return for some frosty fun with the help of LEGO Gingerbread Man inside the LEGOLAND Fun Town Theater.

The Holiday Village Postal Service Returns

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2021 Village Postal Service
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

Children can handwrite letters to LEGO Santa in this whimsical, interactive post office experience.

Once their letter is complete, families can watch their letter get magically sent to the North Pole through digital screens.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration

Holidays at   Florida 2021 Kids NYE Fireworks
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland

Ring in 2022 with Kids’ New Year’s Eve fireworks!

Colorful bursts of LEGO bricks light the night sky over Lake Eloise, at a kid-friendly time of 8 p.m. every night from December 26 to December 31.

Don’t Miss LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Black Friday Sale

LEGOLAND Florida Preschooler Pass Park Entrance with Family
PHOTO / CHIP LITHERLAND

The biggest sale of the year is arriving later this month!

Sign up today to be the first to snag the newest deals: https://www.legoland.com/florida/newsletter/black-friday-2021/

This can’t-miss event, along with the return of PirateFest Weekends in January 2022, is included with LEGOLAND Theme Park general admission and select Annual Passes, starting at less than $11/month with a small down payment. 

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