Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness, a week-long series of educational and public events inspired by the nationally renowned children’s television host and American icon, is set to commence March 20, 2023, throughout the greater Orlando area on what would have been Fred Rogers’ 95th birthday.

“He was probably the kindest person I ever knew,” shared David Newell, a close friend to Fred, and more famously known as the actor who portrayed Mr. McFeely on the children’s television program. “He was kind; he was thoughtful. He practiced that every day. He was that way with everyone.”

Newell, as well as longtime Rogers employee Hedda Sharapan (now a senior fellow at the Fred Rogers Institute and child development consultant to Fred Rogers Productions) and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood producer Margy Whitmer, are among those cast and crew veterans coming to Orlando to participate in the activities.

The free public events March 23-25 for the inaugural year of Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness include:

Remember the Rogers Afternoon Tea

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Join friends and colleagues of part-year Winter Park residents Fred and Joanne Rogers as we share warm stories and favorite memories of our former Winter Park Neighbors. There are very limited seats for this event. 

Thursday, March 23, at the Woman’s Club of Winter Park, 419 South Interlachen Avenue (Winter Park), from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free street parking in the area is generally available.

Mister Rogers’ Prayer Breakfast of Thanksgiving and Celebration

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood cast member and close personal friend of Fred Rogers, David Newell, headlines a discussion with Pastor Seth Kane of The Foundry (and author of the sermon series “The Gospel According to Fred” as they share their observations, near and from a distance, as to how Mister Rogers lived out his faith as we celebrate an extraordinary life of faithfulness. This event is held due to the generosity of the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Breakfast is included courtesy of Panera Bread. 

Friday, March 24, at First Baptist Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway (Orlando), from 8:00 am – 9:30 am. Free parking is available in the church parking lot.

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Our Winter Park Neighbor Lunch & Learn with David Newell (Mr. McFeely)

Mr. McFeely (David Newell) leads a lunch discussion as he invites you into the world of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. You‘ll learn about both the making the show and more about Winter Park’s “Good Neighbor”, Fred Rogers, and his time in the area. Lunch is included courtesy of Chick-fil-A. 

Friday, March 24, at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, 151 West Lyman Avenue (Winter Park), from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Free parking is available in a lot across from the Chamber of Commerce and along the street.

Inside Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Screening and Q&A

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Take a peek behind the scenes of some landmark episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with show producer Margy Whitmer, Mr. McFeely cast member David Newell, and Hedda Sharapan, Senior Fellow (The Fred Rogers Institute) and Child Development Consultant (Fred Rogers Productions). 

Friday, March 24, at the Winter Park Library, 1052 West Morse Boulevard (Winter Park), from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Free parking is available in the garage across the street from the library.

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Mr. McFeely Meet & Greet 

Come visit our favorite Speedy Delivery man, Mr. McFeely (David Newell), at Taste of Oviedo. Get a selfie or pick up an autographed photo from the man at Mister Rogers’ side from the first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. 

Saturday, March 25, at the Original Orlando Tours booth at Taste of Oviedo in the Oviedo Mall parking lot, 1700 Oviedo Mall Boulevard (Oviedo), from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Free parking is available in the Oviedo Mall parking lot.

“Fred McFeely Rogers devoted his entire life to reminding us of some of the most important ideas of what it means to be human among humans: love, respect and kindness,” explained Rich Bradley, President & CEO of Buena Vista Events & Management, which is in-part underwriting and producing Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness. “Many of us find that nearly 20 years after Fred’s passing, it is important to focus on his teachings once again, perhaps now more than ever. This is a week to re-engage with his massive body of work with some folks, and to introduce his teachings to others.”

Unbeknownst to some locals, Central Florida was a major part of Fred Rogers’ life. He took to the area immediately in 1948 when he transferred from Dartmouth College to Rollins College in Winter Park.

He met the love of his life and future spouse, Sara Joanne Byrd, on the tarmac of what is now the Orlando Executive Airport. His sister (Elaine) and one of his sons (John) attended Rollins, as did his nephew Dan Crozier, who has served on the school’s music faculty for many years.

Most importantly, at a point in his career, Fred and Joanne returned to Winter Park annually, where he used his time in Central Florida to write many of the 895 scripts and over 200 pieces of original music for the TV program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

The Orlando region is truly Mister Rogers’ real neighborhood.

For more information on the events, please visit the official website.

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Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull 2023

Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull

If it’s St. Patrick’s Day, you know already what’s happening in Historic Downtown Sanford – the 5th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull!

During the event, local businesses and fire departments have gathered their strongest friends to see if they have what it takes to pull a fire truck.

On Saturday, March 18, the St. Patrick’s Day festivities continue at the ‘The Famous L’ between West End Trading Co. and Celery City Craft with the St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull & Street Festival. The festival will feature live music on multiple stages, craft beer, food trucks, vendors and lots of Sanford Fun!

The truck pull begins at 4 p.m. and teams will try their luck pulling a fire truck one block down Palmetto Ave. for the chance to win a trophy and bragging rights for a whole year.

Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull

This year, there’s double the fun for spectators to enjoy with two categories in the truck pull competition. One group will be made up of teams from local businesses and another group will include teams with the strongest members of fire departments from across Central Florida. Teams must include ten members, and each must register and pay a $100 sign-up fee. 

“The Sanford community loves to come together for a good time and a good cause!” said Paul Williams, owner of The West End Trading Co. “Even if you’re not trying your luck with the truck pull, we can’t wait to see everyone enjoying the competition and all of the festival’s offerings.”

Hosted by the Sanfording Event Production Group of West End Trading Co., Celery City Craft, Historic Downtown Sanford, and Ladies 327, the event has become a tradition that challenges guests for a good cause. All sign-up fees from the truck pull will go towards Special Needs Advocacy Program, Inc. 

Special Needs Advocacy Program, Inc. serves families in Sanford who support children with disabilities. SNAP provides children with disabilities a platform to understand and retain positive social skills to enter the workforce successfully, social events, and other public arenas.

For more information, click here

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Wekiva Paint Out Celebrates 17th Year

Wekiva Paint Out

The Wekiva Paint Out returns for its 17th year, bringing world-class artists from around the country to Wekiva Island and Wekiwa Springs State Park for a week of plein-air painting inspired by the natural Florida surroundings from February 27 to March 4, 2023.

The event raises money for the Wekiva Wilderness Trust and Keep Seminole Beautiful to help keep the river clean, protect it, and make it a place future generations can enjoy.

“There’s nothing like the Wekiva Paint Out,” said Mary Weinaug, the event’s organizer and Executive Director of Keep Seminole Beautiful. “The surroundings are already stunning, but to see what these incredible artists create and capture here brings it to another level. You truly have to see it with your own eyes.”

Visitors can do just that around Wekiva Island, the state park and the river during the week, as they can stop by to watch artists work. They can also see completed works at the gallery at Wekiva Island, all of which are for purchase. They can even buy work straight from the easel. In addition, the Wekiva Paint

Wekiva Paint Out

2023 Wekiva Paint Out Highlights

Live Auction—7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. Bids will fly as an auctioneer leads the live auction for pieces from each artist. The energy is electric, and bidders might even get a deal on an original piece of art.

Nocturne and Pasta Bar—5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 3. Guests can tour the full gallery and grab a bite at Without a Paddle Café’s build-your-own-pasta bar night at Wekiva Island for $14.95. Artists will also be working around the Island to capture the evening scene.

Amateur Quick Draw competition—Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Paint with the pros and potentially win! Amateurs can enter to compete for cash prizes for $30/per person.

All-Inclusive Gala—See what the artists have created all week and celebrate with food, live music, and beer/wine for $50/per person or $90/per couple.

Wekiva Paint Out

The first Wekiva Paint Out was held in 2007. Wekiva Island became the host in 2009 after Bill Weinaug purchased the property. The event combines Wekiva Island’s core tenets: Art and Sustainability.

For more information, a full schedule and tickets to special events, visit their official website.

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Otter Fest Craft Beer Festival 2023 at Wekiva Island

Otter Fest Craft Beer Festival Returns to Wekiva Island 2023

If you live in Central Florida and love craft beer, there’s only one place to be on January 21: Wekiva Island’s Otter Fest.

Attendees at this celebration of craft beer can sample more than 50 beers from 18 featured breweries, all while soaking in the natural Florida scene riverside.

The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 21, 2023. Those with VIP tickets can enter an hour early at 1 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $40 for VIP. They are available here.

Otter Fest Craft Beer Festival Returns to Wekiva Island 2023

This is the fifth year for the favorite event. In addition to generous pours, breweries will also have swag and freebies.

Plus, Wekiva Island’s food truck, Without a Paddle Café, will serve its full menu and a few specials meant to pair with the beer selections.

“At Wekiva Island, we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of craft beers, including unique options and selections from local breweries,” said Carrie Vanderhoef, Wekiva Island manager. “This year will offer attendees so many beers to sip. It’s a super fun day and a great value for beer lovers.”

Participating breweries include:

3 Daughters Brewing CompanyArmed Forces BrewingAncient City Bold Rock Blue Springs Brewing CompanyCentral 28 Beer CompanyHyderhead BreweryNütrl Vodka SeltzerOrmond BrewingSanford Brewing CompanyShipyard & Sea Dog BrewingSouthern Tier Brewing CompanySweetwater Brewing CompanyTampa Bay Brewing CompanyThree Odd Guys BrewingVictory Brewing CompanyWicked Weed Brewing CompanyWoodchuck Ciders

For more information, visit www.wekivaisland.com.

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25 Things to Know About Rock the Universe

On the Go in the Parks Rock the Universe 2022

Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando Resort is back for its’ 25th anniversary on January 27-29, 2023.

Here are 25 things to know about the Rock the Universe event.

  1. Rock the Universe is Florida’s biggest Christian music festival!
  2. Hosted at Universal Studios Florida, Rock the Universe is a separately ticketed event held every winter.
  3. The event began in 1998 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary of faith, fun, and fellowship.
  4. There are endless musical and worship experiences with three stages: Music Plaza Stage, Hollywood Stage, and the Coca-Cola FanZone Stage.
  5. This year’s headline acts, performing on the Music Plaza Stage Friday night, include Tauren Wells, Skillet, and Rend Collective.
  6. Artists performing on the Hollywood Stage Friday night are Bethel Music, Evan Craft, and Katy Nichole.
  7. Saturday’s headlining acts on the Music Plaza Stage are Zach Williams, Matthew West, and Anne Wilson.
  8. Hollywood Stage’s musical acts on Saturday night include Dante Bowe, We Are Messengers, and CAIN.
  9. Our musical guests love Rock the Universe! This year, Zach Williams, Tauren Wells, Skillet, Matthew West, Bethel Music, and Rend Collective are returning acts.
  10. GRAMMY-nominated rock band, Skillet first performed at the event in 2001 and has returned 11 times since.
  11. Christian rock band, Newsboys holds the record for the most Rock the Universe performances; they have performed 12 different years.
  12. In total, this year’s headline acts have 14 nominations for the Grammy Awards, 74 nominations, and 19 awards for the GMA Dove Awards.
  13. Located in the New York section of the park, the FanZone Stage, presented by Coca-Cola, will feature live performances from up-and-coming acts, plus DJ Promote, who will be playing both nights.
  14. Performers on this stage include Ryan Ellis, Jordan St. Cyr, Gable Price & Friends, Ben Fuller, and Stephen Stanley.
  15. Keep the party going – Electronic dance music will continue at the FanZone Stage after the live performances.
  16. Fans can meet performers each night during the Coca-Cola FanZone Autograph Sessions.
  17. Beyond the main stage performances, festival attendees can enjoy worship experiences – including a powerful, non-denominational Sunday morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to wrap up the weekend. 
  18. The Mosaic Church Band from Winter Garden, FL, leads the worship service’s musical direction.
  19. Youth Leaders can relax during the event in select lounges throughout the park, located at Lombard’s Seafood Grille and the Pantages Theatre.
  20. Rock the Universe attendees have exclusive access to thrilling Universal Studios attractions during event hours. Rides include Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Transformers: The Ride – 3D, and Revenge of the Mummy, to name a few.
  21. Rock the Universe supports youth group ministries at the heart of the event.
  22. Universal Orlando offers special pricing, exclusive vacation packages, benefits, and opportunities for groups of 10 people or more.
  23. For group rate tickets, chaperones get in for free for every ten tickets purchased.
  24. A Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend Ticket includes entrance to both Rock the Universe events plus three days of admission to one theme park per day at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay.
  25. To purchase Rock the Universe tickets and vacation packages, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.
Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando Resort
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Inside Look Program at SeaWorld Orlando

Inside Look Weekends at SeaWorld Orlando 2019

SeaWorld Orlando just announced the return of the park’s highly-anticipated “Inside Look” program for two weekends in January.

It’s an annual experience that brings guests behind the scenes to learn more about animal care at one of the world’s leading zoological organizations.

Guests will be able to visit places, meet people not available to the public, and see the conservation work SeaWorld’s animal care experts do around the clock.

Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando 2019
Photo: SeaWorld Orlando

The event runs during the weekends of January 7 & 8 and January 14 & 15. “Inside Look” experiences are included in regular park admission, but this event is extremely popular and highly attended, so guests are encouraged to arrive early to access this exclusive offering.  

“At SeaWorld Orlando, we are always looking for ways to inspire guests to be advocates for animal conservation,” said Kyle Miller, Park President of SeaWorld Orlando. “Inside Look is a way to showcase the hard work our animal care specialists do behind the scenes and educate future generations about how they can help protect endangered species and marine habitats for years to come.”

There will be many incredible exclusive experiences returning to SeaWorld Orlando’s “Inside Look” program this year and a few exciting new ones, including: 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

Inside Marine Mammal Care: Guests can experience a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to care for dolphins, sea lions, and whales, from feeding to a poolside encounter led by animal care specialists. With this experience, visitors can better understand the role that learned animal behaviors play in wellness checks and see the team applying those behaviors to perform vital health examinations with the animals in their care. 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends 2022

Inside the SeaWorld Rescue Center: Guests can visit the home base of the SeaWorld Rescue Team to meet and hear from the dedicated filtration experts, animal care personnel, lab technicians, and veterinarians who work around the clock to deliver life-saving care to animals in need. Guests can learn more about SeaWorld’s Rescue Center, which has the capacity to care for hundreds of animals. SeaWorld’s Rescue Teams have aided over 40,000 sick, injured, and orphaned animals, giving them a second chance at life.  

Inside Look at SeaWorld Orlando 2019

Inside Aquarium Experiences: Guests can catch an exclusive glimpse at SeaWorld’s many aquariums, including Shark Encounter and Manta Aquarium, from a birds-eye view or from underneath the tank itself. They will be able to learn what goes into keeping SeaWorld’s animals healthy and how animal care experts maintain animal habitats to mirror wild environments closely. 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends 2022

Inside Pacific Point Preserve: A NEW addition to last year’s program, guests can take a behind-the-scenes look at the home of our California sea lions and harbor seals. They can hear stories and gain insights from the animal care specialists who care for them daily and learn what it takes to maintain a thriving sea lion social group. 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends 2022

Inside Orca Encounter: There is more for guests to learn with exclusive backstage access at Orca Encounter. They will meet and hear from dedicated animal care specialists who safeguard the health and well-being of our killer whales. Park guests will also see where hundreds of pounds of fish are prepared each day, check out our larger-than-life whale toys, and visit our medical pool and habitat pool system to better understand the dynamics of caring for SeaWorld’s largest residents. 

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends 2022

Inside Wild Arctic: Visitors will step behind the scenes into the maze of back hallways that provide service access to the beluga whales and harbor seals that call Wild Arctic home. Plus, guests will meet the team members who spend their days caring for these incredible animals. 

“The behind-the-scenes experiences that are part of Inside Look shed a light on the exceptional care, and round-the-clock work our Rescue Team and animal care specialists provide to sick and injured marine animals,” said Jon Peterson, Vice President of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Orlando. “We are thrilled to be able to show our guests the world-class operations in our park and the dedication of our teams to protect and care for all our animals, including some incredible species, to try to help avoid their extinction.”

Presentations & Animal Care Specialist Talks 

Guests will also be able to participate in special presentations and animal care specialist talks at select times throughout the day. They will be able to meet members of the SeaWorld Rescue & Dive Teams, respectively, during exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities at the Rescue Center. They’ll hear firsthand stories of how it feels to rescue and return animals in need from the Rescue Team, learn the basics of diving and discover some little-known secrets of what it takes to be a part of the dive team.

One of our most anticipated care talks during this year’s “Inside Look” will be centered around Ridgway, the baby dolphin rescued in July. Guests will get an “inside look” into Ridgway’s everyday care, his rescue and rehabilitation journey, and a unique opportunity to watch his bottle-feeding conducted by one of our animal care specialists.

Family Activity Zone Returns 

Back by popular demand, the Family Activity Zone will return to “Inside Look.” Guests won’t want to miss the special games, crafts, and activities SeaWorld Orlando will have set up for kids and families. It’s another fun way for the park’s youngest guests to learn more about the amazing animals that call SeaWorld home and how they help the environment we share! 

SeaWorld Orlando Sign

Best Way to Experience the “Inside Look” Program 

One of the best ways for guests to experience SeaWorld Orlando’s “Inside Look” program is with an annual pass. Guests can become an annual Pass member for as low as $14/month + tax with no down payment. 

With an Annual Pass, guests will enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits like free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise, and more!

Some restrictions and blackout dates apply. Annual Passes and Fun Cards can be purchased at SeaWorldOrlando.com.  

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends 2022

World Class Animal Care, Accredited and Regulated by Experts 

SeaWorld Inside Look offers a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations. 

Its team of more than 1,000 animal specialists maintains the highest animal welfare and veterinary care standards for one of the largest zoological collections in the world.   

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld is regulated by various government authorities focused on animal welfare. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service performs routine, unannounced visits to SeaWorld to ensure adherence to federal standards and regulations.  The visits include a review of the physical premises, records, husbandry practices, program of veterinary care, and animal handling procedures to ensure that SeaWorld meets and/or exceeds the required standard of care. 

SeaWorld is also regulated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries, the primary federal agency responsible for the stewardship of living ocean resources and the marine habitats on which they rely.  NOAA enforces guidelines in-laws, such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. 

SeaWorld is accredited by third-party organizations, including the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA)

SeaWorld Orlando Inside Look Weekends 2022

Achieving and maintaining accreditation from these groups is a rigorous evaluation process in areas beyond government regulatory agencies’ scope. 

For example, reviews of social settings, team training, habitat enrichment, medical facility, food and water preparation, guest interactions, education programs, and more.

SeaWorld has also earned the Humane Certified seal from American Humane, the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare.  Reviews and accreditations by these organizations represent the highest standards of care and welfare for specific species. 

Dedicated to Marine Animal and Ecosystem Conservation  

The commitment of SeaWorld extends beyond the animals in residence. The SeaWorld Rescue team is on call 24×7 to help animals anywhere they are needed.  The team logged a combined total of over 50,000 miles in 2021 to rescue animals in need, equivalent to circling the Earth over six times. The team has helped more than 40,000 animals, making it one of the world’s largest marine animal rescue organizations.  

SeaWorld also advances the science of marine animal health through the study of animals in its care, partnerships with leading academic institutions, and with SeaWorld Conservation Fund grants to organizations focused on marine animal rescue and rehabilitation, conservation education, habitat protection, and species research.  Since 2003, Fund grants have been made to support 541 marine-specific conservation projects on all seven continents.   

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Orlando Fringe ArtSpace Opening Soon

Fringe ArtSpace

Orlando Fringe announced the Grand Opening of their year-round performing arts space Fringe ArtSpace in Downtown Orlando to be held next Wednesday, January 11, 2023. 

Starting at 5:30 pm, Fringe ArtSpace Grand Opening Bash open house and street party is free and open to the community. 

It will commence with a ribbon cutting with Orlando Mayor Dyer and feature a live DJ, strolling entertainment, drinks, and two special preview performances of the Fringe Winter Mini-Fest. 

Fringe ArtSpace

The 9,100 square foot Fringe ArtsSpace includes two performing theatre spaces: a mainstage with 166 seats and a black box with 40-60 seats.  The Grand Opening Bash will also serve as a fundraiser, with all donations benefitting Orlando Fringe and Fringe ArtSpace.

“We listened to artists, patrons and community members, and we are excited to have everyone join us at the Grand Opening Bash on January 11 to launch this amazing new space,” says Executive Director of Orlando Fringe Alauna Friskics.  “This curated season is just the beginning.  We have so much more in store and are looking for many more ways to bring artists together and let their voices and stories be heard.  Stay tuned for much, much more.”

Fringe ArtSpace is also delighted to announce its all-new programming lineup to kick off 2023. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to finally announce the spring season of the MainStage theatrical programming at Fringe ArtSpace!” says Joshian and Kayla Kelsay Morales of Kelsay + Morales Company.  “This is a truly exciting occasion, as we have come together to create a performance space that truly represents and serves the needs of our community.  At Fringe ArtSpace, the programming will be a living, breathing model that continues to evolve and adapt based on the needs of our community.  We look forward to hearing from local artists and working together to create the best possible experience at Fringe ArtSpace.”

Fringe ArtSpace 2023 Programming

January 12-15, 2023

Fringe Winter Mini-Fest: The 7th annual Winter Mini-Fest is a 4-day curated theatre festival with the best of past festivals, new works by fan favorites and brand new artists scouted from the international Fringe circuit.  With 18 artists performing several times throughout the weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to experience Fringe for the first time in the new Fringe ArtSpace.

January 26-29, 2023

VarieTEASE GENESIS by BlueLaLa Entertainment: An extension of the last installment of VarieTEASE On The Move, which tells the story of the closing of the unique theatre, THE VENUE, and the four years following, this dance performance was specially created by Blue for the launch of ArtSpace.  GENESIS embodies the growth, healing and start of anew, but have no fear, the nostalgic avant guard story telling that is VarieTEASE is very apparent and lends itself to the part of the plot that “makes no sense”, and audiences won’t want to miss the new featured talent that is the future of this legendary ensemble.  Consider this a rebirth 20 years in the making.

February 3-5, 2023

CARRIE the Musical by William Daniel Mills Theatre Company: CARRIE The Musical is a thrilling and engaging retelling of Stephen King’s classic thriller novel Carrie.  It tells the story of Carrie White, a teenager from a small town in New England, who is relentlessly bullied at school for being different and is harshly controlled at home by her fanatical mother.  It’s gonna be “a night you’ll never forget.”  This is the first production as part of a new collaboration between Fringe ArtSpace and the William Daniel Mills Theatre Company to provide a home venue for the amazing young artists that make up the theatre company.

February 17-March 5, 2023

Middletown by Kangagirl Productions & Ant Farm: A deeply moving and funny new play by acclaimed writer Will Eno that explores the universe of a small American town featuring an all-star cast directed by Orlando Fringe Festival Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David Lee.  As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.  Middletown, which is modeled after Thorton Wilder’s classic play Our Town, will draw together artists from across the Central Florida community to collaborate on a very special production.

March 9-11, 2023

A Quarter of A Century…and then some! by Beth Marshall Presents: Arius has been on this Earth for A Quarter of A Century…and then some.  Throughout his evolutions around the sun he has learned so much, but also has unlearned or recalibrated some of those learnings to fit his morality of understanding them.  Through brave exploration, vulnerability, self discovery, reflection, discipline, love and motivation, Arius has found the new hobby of growth.  He continually finds ways to improve on himself, do the inner work and share his light and joy.  By mixing comedy, drama, rap, R&B, spoken word, dance and songs to share his evolution of growth as a Black queer artist in 2022, Arius tells the story of his 25+ years of what he has learned and unlearned.

March 17-19, 2023

Our Lady of the Tortilla/Nuestra Señora de la Tortilla by Descolonizarte TEATRO: This comedy tells the story of an intergenerational, Latinx family in the U.S. struggling with tradition, culture, language, love, and… each other!  Everything changes when the pious tia (aunty) sees the Virgin Mary on a tortilla, and family ties are put to the test.  Written by Emmy and National Hispanic Playwright Award Winner, Luis Santeiro.  The play is in Spanglish (Spanish and English) with Spanish and English supertitles, and it features live music.

May 16-29, 2023

Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival: A 14-day arts festival, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is the longest-running Fringe Theatre Festival in the United States, celebrating 32 years as “Orlando’s Most Unique Cultural Experience.”  This year, the Purple and Teal venues will be located at Fringe ArtSpace.

“Fringe ArtSpace is the right balance of retro Fringe meets right NOW,” says Beth Marshall.  “Veteran creators are given a supportive platform with the proper resources to create and produce original work often amplifying underrepresented voices and mentor up-and-coming artists.  Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this!”

Fringe ArtSpace

Tickets on sale now for Fringe ArtSpace located at 54 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801.  For more information on upcoming shows and ticket purchase, visit www.fringeartspace.org.

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SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2022

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2022

Gather your family and join all your festive friends at the SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration, on select dates, November 11, 2022, through Jan. 3, 2023

See the park transformed into a sea of winter wonder with millions of beautiful lights, entertainment for the entire family, delicious dishes, and much more!

The best gift is that access to all this holiday cheer is included with your park admission!

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2022

Explore this holiday celebration, where you can taste decadent holiday treats and find perfect gifts for everyone on your shopping list.

Shows & Entertainment
SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

O Wondrous Night: Hear the greatest story never told with over 30 carols, life-size puppets, and live animals in this signature show that will charm, entertain and delight people from all walks of life.

The Sesame Street Christmas Parade features fantastic, festively decorated floats with show-stopping performances that celebrate the magic of the holiday season! The whole family will experience an energetic Christmas celebration with Sesame Street friends, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert, Ernie, and more. Your family is sure to sing, dance, and be merry with their favorite furry friends! 

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

Elmo’s Christmas Wish Show: Join Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover, and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish! Families will surely sing and dance while watching this fun holiday show.

Winter Wonderland On Ice: Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels, and lights as skaters dazzle and delight in a show-stopping ice skating extravaganza. A sea of sparkling trees and towering fountains dancing in the background come together to create a don’t-miss experience for the holidays that the entire family will enjoy.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Sea of Trees
SeaWorld Orlando

Sea of Trees: Take a walk through a wintery, watery wonderland and immerse yourself in the expansive holiday Sea of Trees located in SeaWorld’s lagoon. The glistening forest sparkles to music and lights up the water—and your eyes, with 360-degree views from around the park. As the lights dance to holiday classics, your heart will soar with wonder and delight at this truly awe-inspiring Christmas treat. Plus, a magnificent centerpiece towers 70 feet above the water.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021

Holiday Reflections – Fireworks Finale: Each Christmas Celebration night, SeaWorld celebrates the season during Holiday Reflections: Fireworks Finale, featuring dazzling lights and festive fireworks, choreographed to joyous holiday musical favorites. Experience an amazing SeaWorld Christmas connection that illuminates the night sky. At Park Close on Christmas Celebration nights.

Holiday Meet and Greets
SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Returning for another year of festive fun, guests can immerse themselves in the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s Christmas Town. Stroll past life-size storybook vignettes featuring the classic tale, and meet beloved characters, including Rudolph and Bumble. 

Photos with Santa at the Waterfront: SeaWorld invites you and yours to meet the Arctic’s most famous resident…Santa Claus.

Delicious Dining
SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2019
SeaWorld Orlando

Throughout SeaWorld Orlando, delicious culinary delights await you and your family on a Christmas Treat Trail!

The SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration has a trail of 14 stations where you snack on scrumptious holiday treats and enjoy a holiday-themed beverage.

Christmas Food Facilities open at 5:00 p.m.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration Sesame Street Christmas Breakfast

Sesame Street Christmas Breakfast: Join your favorite furry friends for a fun-filled holiday breakfast feast. The whole family will enjoy the tasty breakfast menu options while your Sesame Street friends dance, sing, and mingle with guests for hugs and photos. You won’t want to miss out on this festive dining experience this holiday season! (Adults $32.99 – Children 3 to 9 $16.99)

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Walt Disney World Holiday Celebrations

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The holidays are just around the corner, and the theme parks of Central Florida will be filled with more merriment and festivities than ever before, with new celebrations joining fan-favorite events. 

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party  

The Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort will be filled with holiday fun as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns on select nights through December  22, 2022. 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separately ticketed event with exclusive entertainment, a jolly parade, complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, new Disney PhotoPass opportunities, merchandise, characters, treats, and so much more! 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets are limited and can be purchased on the Walt Disney World website, with prices ranging from $149 to $199 per person. 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event dates are:

  • November: 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29  
  • December: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22   
2017 Epcot Festival of the Holidays

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays 

Take part in holiday traditions, sights, sounds, and flavors from around the world during the annual EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays from November 25 through Dec. 30, 2022. 

Guests will get wrapped up in the holiday fun experiencing storytellers, musical acts, performers, and “JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season,” a stirring and uplifting music performance in celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa, daily. 

Throughout the park, the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Kitchens will be serving traditional and inspired recipes, festive drinks, and sweet treats for all to enjoy.

Most EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays performances and activities are included with theme park admission. Valid Admission and Park Pass Reservation for the same Park on the same date are required.

Walt Disney World Christmas EPCOT Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Processional

EPCOT will welcome back the iconic Candlelight Processional nightly at the America Gardens Theatre.

This moving retelling of the Christmas story features celebrity narrators accompanied by the Voices of Liberty a cappella ensemble, a 50-piece live orchestra with herald trumpets, and glorious massed choirs comprised of Disney cast members and Central Florida community groups. 

This year’s lineup of award-winning actors, singers, and TV personalities features several new celebrity narrators making their debut alongside returning fan-favorite celebrity narrators.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Tinsel Town takes on a new meaning as the holidays arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the Santa Claus Merry Motorcade, a festive finale to “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration,” holiday glamour on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and festive touches in Toy Story Land.

Sunset Seasons Greetings is the perfect way to add holiday magic to an evening as guests watch the iconic Hollywood Tower Hotel transform into holiday scenes inspired by a “Toy Story” toy hotel, a snowy corner of Arendelle, and more.  

Walt Disney World Holidays Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Holidays are WILD at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with animal-inspired décor including beautiful luminaries on Discovery Island, holiday cheer brought to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom by ex-pats from Earth, and specialty treats.

The highlight of any holiday trip to the park is the Merry Menagerie of life-sized, artisan-sculpted puppets of winter animals and musicians interacting with guests exploring Discovery Island.

After dark, watch the Tree of Life awaken as a series of wintry tales emerge from within, complemented by holiday-inspired music. 

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Disney Springs

Shop, sip, and stroll through Disney Springs enjoying specialty food & beverage options, decorations, flurries of snow, and entertainment to ring in the holiday season. 

If you are looking for character-inspired cheer, the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll, located throughout Disney Springs, leads guests on a scavenger hunt to find features festively decorated trees for a special surprise.

At the end of a shopping spree, head over to Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar for limited-time holiday-themed sips and snacks to get into the season’s spirit.  

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Holiday Merriment at the Univeral Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021

Universal Orlando Resort guests can take the merriment of the destination’s Holidays celebration to the next level with additional festive experiences on select dates from November 12 through January 1, 2023.

Universal Orlando guests can enjoy exclusive guided tours on Universal’s Holiday Tour this holiday season and encounter the mean, green one himself, the Grinch while enjoying a delicious breakfast during the popular The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World

Plus, guests can enjoy a spectacular slate of holiday festivities, including special dining, décor, and entertainment across all eight Universal Orlando hotels.

Universal Orlando Holiday Highlights

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays Save The Dates

Universal’s Holiday Tour

On select dates, guests can enjoy a guided tour filled with unique experiences and special access to the beloved holiday entertainment taking place across Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, such as:

  • Meeting the maven of mischief, the Grinch, and his faithful dog, Max, while enjoying a delicious hot cocoa bar with small bites and desserts at Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-pendous in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Access to reserved seating at the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Grinchmas Cast
  • Enjoying a meet-and-greet and photo opp with Santa Claus in Universal Studios Florida (includes one digital download photo)
  • Capping off the night in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure with an exclusive, after-hours showing of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” – a stunning projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by the beloved “Harry Potter” stories brought to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle.
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Universal’s Holiday Tour is available on select dates beginning November 13 through January 1, 2023, and can be booked by visiting www.universalorlando.com/holidays.

Pricing starts at $79.99 (plus tax) and separate theme park admission with a 2-Park 1-Day Park-to-Park ticket is required.

Annual and Seasonal Passholders receive a $10 discount per ticket per passholder with a valid Annual or Seasonal Pass.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-346-9350 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. EDT daily or by visiting the UOAP Lounge in Universal Studios Florida.

Regular Seasonal and Power Pass blockout dates apply.

Universal Orlando Holidays The Grinch and Friends Breakfast

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The popular dining experience, The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast, is back this year for Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration – allowing guests to start their day with a delicious breakfast and appearances by some of their favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including the Grinch.

Guests also receive access to one digital download photo as a keepsake from their encounter with the Grinch during this special opportunity.

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast takes place in Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-pendous in Universal’s Islands of Adventure on select dates from November 12 through December 29, 2022, and can be booked by visiting www.universalorlando.com/holidays.

Pricing for this experience is $41.99 (plus tax) for adults and $26.99 (plus tax) for children, and separate theme park admission is required.

Annual and Seasonal Passholders can take advantage of a 20% discount on the dining experience’s ticketed price when purchased in person at the front gate or a Guest Services location with a valid Annual or Seasonal Pass. Regular Seasonal and Power Pass blockout dates apply.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Hotel Decorations

The Holiday Festivities Continue at Universal’s Hotels

The awesomest celebration of the season continues at all eight Universal Orlando Resort hotels, complete with festive décor that perfectly complements each hotel’s theme, feasts, and special activities filled with holiday cheer for the whole family.

Universal hotel guests can enjoy special menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays, menorah lighting ceremonies, holiday crafts for kids, and more.

Select hotels offer additional holiday entertainment, including Christmas tree lightings, strolling carolers, and more.

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

Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration kicks off Saturday, November 12, and runs daily through Sunday, January 1, 2023, and features an amazing collection of festivities that range from traditional merriments to irreverent twists on holiday classics – including Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Grinchmas, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and live concerts by Mannheim Steamroller (on select nights).

Guests can now take advantage of incredible offers to experience all the fun, including getting four days of theme park thrills for the price of a two-day ticket with the “Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free” offer or saving 30% on a special vacation package that includes five-night accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel, five days of access to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and exclusive hotel benefits.

For more information about the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.universalorlando.com/holidays.

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Christmas Nights in Lights to Debut in Orlando

Christmas Nights in Lights 2022

Christmas Nights in Lights, an all-new seasonal attraction, will debut its affordable holiday fun for all ages this November at Dezerland Park on International Drive. 

“After a successful eight-year run in Mobile, Alabama, we are excited to bring our attraction to Central Florida residents and business and leisure visitors from around the globe,” said Ari Rosenbaum, president, MSEG, the presenting partner of Christmas Nights in Lights. “The advance-reservation option makes it convenient and easy for guests to fit this experience into their busy holiday schedules.”

Christmas Nights in Lights is a dazzling drive-thru light show fully synchronized to popular holiday classics tuned directly to each vehicle’s car stereo on a private radio frequency.

The all-new seasonal attraction will take guests through a showcase of holiday displays and more than 1.5 million “dancing” lights.

Guests never have to exit their cars; they can simply sit back, relax, and take in the spectacle of the synchronized light show before them.

Christmas Nights in Lights 2022

MSEG plans to establish Christmas Nights in Lights as a festive staple of the Central Florida-themed attraction circuit.

Added Rosenbaum, “Whenever we experience the magic of the holiday season, we all become kids again. We are looking forward to seeing all the smiling and awestruck faces of both children and the young at heart at our not-to-be-missed attraction.

The attraction will be open from November 11, 2022, through January 1, 2023, 6-11 p.m., rain or shine.

Per vehicle, admission starts at $45. Tickets to reserve a one-hour time window visit www.nightsinlights.com.

Dezerland Park is located at 5250 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819; entry off West Oak Ridge Road into the parking lot is recommended.

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Disney Springs Art Walk: New Additions

Disney Springs Art Walk

The Disney Springs Art Walk has been one of my favorite things to explore while shopping and dining, especially because it continues to grow vibrantly, flourishing with murals from talented artists from near and far.

This month is no exception, as two new artists have brought their vibrant and meaningful creations to the Art Walk.

Disney Springs Art Walk

Check out the video below to go behind the scenes and learn about the inspiration for their art.

Inspired by their strong Hispanic roots and just in time for Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month, artists Leo Gómez and Don Rimx boldly expressed pride for their culture, telling unique stories with their Art Walk pieces.

With over 3,000 murals spanning over five continents, Kobra has a distinguished style with unique techniques involving airbrush and spray paint.

Disney Springs Art Walk

His newest piece will be a Disney-inspired creation that, like other Disney Springs Art Walk murals, will be a must-see for Walt Disney World Resort guests.

I cannot wait to see and share more about his creation at one of my favorite places on property!

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Festival of Trees: Gifts of the Season

Festival of Trees 2022

The sparkling ambiance, smiling faces, and bright energy at the Festival of Trees will kick off the holiday season for Central Floridians from November 11-20, 2022. 

Presented by the Council of 101, the anticipated event celebrates the many blessings given during the holidays with the theme “Gifts of the Season.” Orlando Health returns as the platinum presenting sponsor.

Strolling through the museum gallery, guests will be transported to a time of old-fashioned holiday gatherings. Elegance will be on full display while guests truly embrace the reason for the season. Gifts of the Season celebrates the gifts of time, talent, and heart from the Central Florida community.

“The Festival of Trees not only brings holiday spirit and joy to the community but also ultimately supports the arts and art education at OMA,” said Linda Cegelis, president of Council of 101. “So, to bring timeless elegance and holiday tradition while supporting the arts is truly a joy for the Council of 101.”

During the Festival of Trees, visitors can see more than 50 designer-inspired decorated trees, all available for purchase, exceptional gingerbread houses, wreaths, and more.

Festival of Trees 2022

In addition, there will be a holiday shopping experience, pop-up shops, and live entertainment.

A variety of special events, including an Opening Night Gala and Tree Lighting, Breakfast with Santa, and a children’s Reindeer Romp party, will add a special holiday touch to this year’s Festival of Trees.

Events presented by Council of 101, including the Festival of Trees, have raised more than $13 million over the years, benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art’s educational and lifelong learning programs. 

These programs reach deep into the community by helping people from different walks of life, ages, and income groups.

Tickets will go on sale on October 1 via Eventbrite. For more information, visit councilof101.org.

2022 Festival of Trees: Gifts of the Season

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – General Admission HoursSaturday, November 12 to Sunday, November 20
Ticket prices:

  • Adults—$20
  • Children (3-12)—$12
  • Seniors (60+)—$12
  • Military Personnel and First Responders (with valid ID)—$12

Special events are priced separately. Please see our events calendar for more information. Parking is $7. Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged and will be available on October 1 Eventbrite and via councilof101.org.

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Give Kids The World’s Night of a Million Lights 2022

Give Kids The World’s Night of a Million Lights 2022

Give Kids The World’s Night of a Million Lights is back for its third year in a spectacular new venue – with more pizzazz, sparkle, and excitement than ever before!!!

From November 11, 2022, through January 1, 2023, Island H2O Water Park in Kissimmee, FL, will be transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland featuring millions of lights, luminous displays, festive family activities, and live entertainment for a one-of-a-kind, fully immersive holiday experience.

“It’s an honor to help Give Kids The World deliver happiness and hope to critically ill children and their families by hosting Central Florida’s most popular new holiday tradition at Island H2O Water Park,” said Island H2O General Manager Jim Kunau.  “We invite the entire community to join us at Night of a Million Lights at Island H2O for 52 nights of family fun, live performances, delicious food and holiday cheer, while helping to make wishes come true for families in our community and around the world.”

Nightly entertainment will include Dueling Pianos, Jingle and Jangle performances, and strolling a cappella group Santa’s Dancing Reindeer, with DJ Jack Frost Ice Block Party leading an interactive holiday hits dance party.

Give Kids The World’s Night of a Million Lights 2022

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights/, enabling guests to stroll throughout the property to view the lights; watch an all-new dancing lights show on a five-story waterslide; visit an interactive children’s holiday activities space; interact with strolling performers; explore themed lightscapes, and create priceless holiday memories during visits with Santa…all for a wonderful cause. 

Proceeds from Night of a Million Lights at Island H2O will again benefit Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, the whimsical nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families from around the world with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost.

Give Kids The World’s Night of a Million Lights 2022

Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more and Island H2O Water Park season pass holders. VIP experiences, sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities are also available.

Previously held on-site at Give Kids The World Village, Night of a Million Lights has been relocated this year to accommodate the influx of wish families to the Village – elevating the resort to pre-COVID occupancy levels.

“It has been a privilege to welcome in the public for a glimpse into our storybook Village during the holidays the past two years. However, in order to preserve the life-changing experience we provide to wish families as increased numbers of guests are able to visit, we have made the decision to move Night of a Million Lights off-site – and truly appreciate Island H2O Water Park’s generosity, hospitality and support,” said Give Kids The World President & CEO Pamela Landwirth. “We look forward to joining with Island H2O, sponsors, volunteers and community members to celebrate the season of joy and giving while making an immeasurable impact on the families we serve.”

Island H2O Water Park is located at 3230 Inspiration Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34747. For information about Night of a Million Lights sponsorships, volunteer engagement, or vendor opportunities, visit www.gktw.org/lights.

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Rock the Universe 2023 Announced

Rock the Universe 2023

Rock the Universe at the Universal Orlando Resort is back for its 25th year, January 27-29, 2023.

The rocking weekend kicks off Friday night with performances by GRAMMY-nominated rock band, Skillet, Northern Irish folk-rock worship band Rend Collective, Dove award-winning band Bethel Music and more. The festival continues Saturday night with performances by GRAMMY award-winning singer Zach Williams, Billboard’s #1 Hot Christian Song artist Matthew West, and more.

Rock the Universe 2023
Zach Williams

Beyond the main stage performances, Rock the Universe attendees can rejoice in worship experiences throughout the weekend – including a powerful Sunday morning service to wrap up the faith-filled weekend.

Fans can keep the music flowing in the dedicated FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, featuring live performances from up-and-coming acts like DJ Promote and autograph sessions with participating musical acts.

Tickets also include access to Universal Studios Florida’s most thrilling attractions during the event.

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Universal Orlando Resort

Fans can take a break from the music and experience rides like Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, and Revenge of the Mummy.

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Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Rock the Universe Event Tickets and Group Vacation Packages

Tickets to Florida’s biggest Christian music festival include admission to spiritual performances and exclusive access to popular Universal Studios Florida attractions during event hours.

Starting at $135 per person, a Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend Ticket includes entrance to both Rock the Universe events, plus three days of admission to one theme park per day at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay.

The event supports youth group ministries and offers special pricing, exclusive vacation packages, benefits, and opportunities for groups of 10 people or more.

The Rock the Universe 3-park Rock Your Weekend Ticket for groups starts at $124.

Groups who stay at one of Universal Orlando’s hotels will receive exclusive perks, such as Early Park Admission with valid theme park admission, complimentary shuttle transportation to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and more.

To purchase Rock the Universe tickets and vacation packages, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

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