2021 Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art

Strolling through dazzling Christmas trees, festive wreaths and unique gingerbread creations at the Festival of Trees has long marked the start of the holiday season for Central Floridians.

Festival of Trees 2021 Logo

The beloved event will celebrate a landmark of 35 years with the theme “Sparkling Holiday Traditions.” The event, presented by the Council of 101, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 13-21 at the Orlando Museum of Art.  This year’s platinum presenting sponsor for Festival of Trees Orlando is Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center.

During this time, the museum will be transformed into the festive holiday wonderland the Central Florida community and beyond have come to expect. The fact that record crowds have been awed and inspired by the glittering displays is why the theme was selected according to Council of 101.

34th Festival of Trees 2020 Orlando Museum of Arts

“We’re so proud to have created an event that has become the fabric of holiday celebrations in Central Florida,” said Joan Kennedy, president of Council of 101. “It’s truly an honor to see generation after generation make Festival of Trees part of their holiday traditions.”

During Festival of Trees, visitors can see more than 25 designer-inspired decorated trees, all available for purchase, as well as exceptional gingerbread houses, wreaths, and more. There will be a holiday shopping experience, as well as pop-up shops and live entertainment. 

A variety of special events, including 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. 

Festival of Trees 2021

2021 Festival of Trees Event information

Saturday, November 13 to Sunday, November 21

General Admission Hours:

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ticket prices:

  • Adults—$20
  • Children (3-12)—$8
  • Seniors (60+)—$12
  • Military Personnel and First Responders (with valid ID)—$12

 Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged and will be available in mid-October on Eventbrite and via councilof101.org.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Hosts Taste of Space

Taste of Space Fall Bites

This fall the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering a menu of gastronomic delights during its Taste of Space festival from October 8 to November 5, 2021.

During the event, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex eateries will feature delectable, seasonal food and local brews offered throughout the visitor complex.

Taste of Space Fall Bites

Taste of Space Fall Bites Menu

Orbit Café
Beef Brisket Slider with Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Fried Onions
Hot Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Melt
Pumpkin Whoopie Pie

Moon Rock Café
(Accessible with a bus transportation reservation)
Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Whole Grain Mustard
Chicken Salad with Mesclun Greens, Gorgonzola, Mandarin Oranges, and Toasted Pecans with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Milky Way
Pumpkin Caramel Éclair

As a bonus, when guests purchase two Taste of Space meals they will receive a commemorative pin while supplies last.

As a special finale event on November 5, a progressive-style dinner, Taste of Space: A Culinary Journey, will take guests on a gastronomical walking adventure throughout Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m, the seasonal four-course meal will be served under the stars, with each course complemented by a wine or beer pairing. After dinner, local bars including Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill and 4th Street Fillin Station will showcase their take on a celestial cocktail in a “Marstini shake off” contest under space shuttle Atlantis.

Tickets are $159 and include dinner, beer/wine samples, live entertainment, and a commemorative pin. Bruce Melnick and other astronauts will also be in attendance.

For more information about Taste of Space and to purchase tickets for the November 5 dinner click here.

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Universal Orlando Resort Announces Holiday Lineup

2021 Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

The epic Universal Orlando Resort holiday traditions and characters are back, bigger and louder than ever before for 51 days and nights of one-of-a-kind festive experiences during this year’s Holidays celebration November 13 through January 2.

Guests can rip open a holiday gift of nonstop awesome where they can 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 – and it’s all included with theme park admission.

Universal Orlando Resort Holiday Highlights

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Wizarding World
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The streets of Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and London will become 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

Guests can sip on hot Butterbeer while they listen to Christmas carols from the Frog Choir comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, as well as the unique holiday hits of one of the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensations, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.

Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” lights up the night sky with a spectacular transformation of Hogwarts castle with a stunning projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by beloved Harry Potter films.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021
Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

See the maven of mischief himself during Grinchmas at Universal Orlando where guests can enjoy the “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

And the celebration continues in Seuss Landing, which is completely transformed into a holiday wonderland filled with yuletide décor, including oversized candy canes, Christmas trees, wreaths, and beautiful tinsel ornamenting the land.

And guests can keep an eye out for resident Whos spreading Who-liday joy as they prepare for their favorite holiday.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Balloons
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida

With the return of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, guests can experience the excitement as more than 30 larger-than-life balloons take the streets of Universal Studios Florida, along with appearances by the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and other fan-favorite characters from DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar.

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

This parade also features beautifully decorated floats and hundreds of festive performers that fill the streets with holiday cheer. And guests won’t want to miss the spectacular finale led by the one and only Santa Claus as he passes by and lights the breathtaking 80-foot Christmas Tree that has become a holiday icon at Universal Studios Florida.

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

In addition to these spectacular experiences, there are even more holiday festivities in store around every corner, including delicious food and beverage options and themed merchandise perfect for gifting that will have guests feeling the holiday spirit throughout their visit.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Holiday Food
Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

The merriment continues at Universal Orlando’s hotels, where guests will be surrounded by incredible seasonal décor and enjoy holiday activities like festive meals, strolling carolers, holiday crafts, and more.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2021 Hotel Decorations

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Night of a Million Lights Holiday Lights Returns this November

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

This holiday season Give Kids the World Village will once again be home to an amazing dancing lights show, tram tours, unique behind-the-scenes experiences, and an array of exciting additions guaranteed to make this year’s second annual Night of a Million Lights holiday lights spectacular another dazzling success. 

Scheduled to illuminate the Central Florida skyline from Friday, November 12, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022, Night of a Million Lights will once again provide the public with a rare glimpse inside Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families with magical weeklong wish vacations at no cost.

Tickets are on sale now at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to immerse themselves in an exquisitely decorated fairytale neighborhood which 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.  The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with staggered entry times to prevent crowding.

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

What began as an inventive pandemic pivot for Give Kids The World has evolved into Central Florida’s most beloved new holiday tradition.  More than 92,000 guests attended Night of a Million Lights in 2020, named #1 on USA Today’s list of the “Best Things To Do in December in Orlando.”  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. 

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 designed Florida home. 

Also new this year, guests can make their visits extra special by purchasing one of a variety of VIP packages, ranging from behind-the-scenes guided tours and premium 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.  Discounts are available for groups of 25 guests or more.  To inquire about group discounts and special events, please contact events@gktw.org.

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

Proceeds from Night of a Million Lights will support Give Kids The World, rated Four Stars by Charity Navigator 15 years in a row.  When wish-granting organizations receive a request from a critically ill child who wants to visit Central Florida, Give Kids The World fulfills the wish – providing each child and his/her family with an all-inclusive stay that includes transportation; accommodations in one of the Village’s 166 storybook residential villas; all meals and snacks; donated theme park tickets; nightly entertainment; daily gifts; and priceless interactive experiences at the Village, featuring accessible rides and attractions.  Since 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 176,000 families from all 50 states and more than 76 countries. 

Give Kids The World Village is located at 210 South Bass Road in Kissimmee.

To learn more, visit www.gktw.org.

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Maker Faire Orlando Returns this November

Maker Faire Orlando, the family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, will be returning November 13-14, 2021, for its 9th annual event to be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.  

Individuals behind the exhibits are known as ‘Makers’ and range from tech enthusiasts to crafters and scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds.

Maker Faire Orlando

The two-day event is expected to draw 15,000 attendees and includes 300 exhibits, Power Racing, Combat Robots, Nerdy Derby, and much more on display throughout three air-conditioned exhibit halls, as well as green spaces filled with hands-on activities, workshops, and competitions. 

  • Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14 
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days) 
  • Central Florida Fairgrounds (4603 W Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808) 
  • FREE on-site parking 
  • A variety of food choices are available for purchase. 
Maker Faire Orlando

Call for Makers 

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do.

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show their hobbies, experiments or projects.

There is no fee for individuals or community groups to exhibit at Maker Faire Orlando. There is a fee for individuals, small companies and startups to sell products you make at the event.  

Register online: https://www.makerfaireorlando.com/exhibit-at-maker-faire-orlando/ 

The application deadline is Aug. 31.  

Robot Ruckus 

Robot Ruckus is back for 2021 and is included with Maker Faire Orlando tickets.  See your favorite robot builders from TV having fun destroying each other’s toys with more than 20 teams from the BattleBots show on the Discovery Channel and Discovery+. For more information visit robotruckus.org

Maker Faire Orlando Early Bird Tickets

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Makers showcase hobbies, experiments, and projects. 

Immerse yourself in Maker culture with exhibits, a performance stage, big art, and spectacle.

  • One Day Tickets: Early Bird Youth and Student $12, Early Bird Adult $15 
  • Two Day Tickets: Early Bird Youth and Student $18, Early Bird Adult $25 

Experience hands-on learning by people who make, play, tinker, and hack to include robotics, cosplay, STEM & STEAM, crafts, science, electronics, tools, and crazy things you’ve never seen!  

Order your early bird tickets online (nominal fee applies) at  https://www.makerfaireorlando.com/attend/ 

Maker Faire Orlando is a non-profit, community-organized, celebration featuring local do-it-yourself science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, technology, music, and hands-on activities.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. 

We continue to work with local health officials to follow current COVID guidelines with respect to the safety of our staff, exhibitors, and attendees. 

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LEGOLAND Florida Announces Holiday Fun

The LEGOLAND Florida Resort has announced that is bringing back the spooky, kooky fun of Brick or Treat in October, followed by the jolliest event of all with Holidays at LEGOLAND in November and December. 

LEGOLAND Florida BRICK OR TREAT 

Halloween 2020
LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Brick or Treat activities include trick or treating around the Theme Park complete with frightfully fun character interactions, larger-than-afterlife LEGO builds, and meet-and-greet opportunities with ghoulish LEGO characters making appearances on event dates only.

LEGOLAND Florida Brick or Treat Halloween 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Guests can also enjoy one-of-a-kind live shows, special decorations throughout the park and take a bite out of a variety of Halloween-themed snacks.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Brick or Treat Halloween
LEGOLAND Florida Resort

BRICK OR TREAT happen Saturdays and Sundays on October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31.

HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND Florida 

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida 2020
Photo: LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

Holidays at LEGOLAND features a combination of seasonal shows, tasty treats, and twinkling lights.

Holidays at LEGOLAND 2020
Chip Litherland, Merlin Entertainments Group

Guests will dance, sing along, and deck the halls with interactive experiences, rock around a 30-foot-tall LEGO tree with interactive lights and music, meet LEGO Santa, and create memories with giant holiday-themed LEGO builds.

HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND happen Saturdays and Sundays November 26-28 & December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 24-31.

Holidays at LEGOLAND 2020
PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland

All Brick or Treat and Holidays at LEGOLAND activities are included with LEGOLAND Theme Park general admission and select Annual Passes, starting at $9/month with a small down payment. Annual Passes are the best way to join the Resort’s yearlong 10th Birthday celebration.

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2021 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Pinterest

Fans of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival have more time than ever to enjoy culinary favorites, live entertainment, and more, as the annual festival is underway daily from July 15 to November 20, 2021.

Global Marketplaces

At this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, 32 global marketplaces will take festival-goers on a culinary journey that will span six continents.

While delicious bites from returning favorites like Canada, Greece, Germany, and the Appleseed Orchard are on the menu, there are five new marketplaces to tempt your palate.

  • Brew-Wing at the Epcot Experience: Explore an array of crowd-pleasing picks like chicken wings and flatbreads—along with assorted beers and ciders.
  • Brew-Wing at the Epcot Experience: Explore an array of crowd-pleasing picks like chicken wings and flatbreads—along with assorted beers and ciders.
  • Rotunda Bistro: Nosh on tasty cuisine featuring fresh seafood and produce in the American Adventure Pavilion.
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine: Try out tantalizing pork dishes along with wine, beer, or a cocktail.
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina: Treat your senses to traditional Moroccan cuisine, like grilled kebabs and a falafel pita.

Please remember that in-park dining requires a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date for each person in your party, ages three and up.

Live Entertainment

This is a video of the JAMMin’ Chefs from a few years ago that I absolutely LOVE!!!!!!! This year they will be performing on the Canada Mill Stage daily.

Live entertainment is back for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival with a new concert series that is sure to be a fan favorite!

The following Epcot favorites will be returning for this year’s festival:

  • JAMMin’ Chefs: This funky drumming crew will break it down with pots, pans, and other kitchen gadgets on the Canada Mill Stage.
  • Mariachi Cobre: Make sure to take time to enjoy the melodies of this world-famous traditional folk music from Jalisco, Mexico, on the American Garden Theatre stage daily.
  • Voices of Liberty: There won’t be a dry eye in the American Gardens Theatre as the inspiring vocal performances from the Voices of Liberty celebrate America’s spirit and beauty.

New to the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the America Gardens Bandstand. This live music concert series will occur every Friday through Monday evening featuring local bands from across Central Florida playing popular songs of yesterday and today on the America Gardens Theatre stage.

Family Fun

Families will find two Ratatouille-inspired adventures at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Available for purchase throughout the park, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak will have kids of all ages searching high and low around Epcot for statuettes of Remy hidden throughout World Showcase and the Global Marketplaces.

Once seekers have found and matched all of the ingredient stickers to their map, they will receive a surprise at Disney Traders, located at the entrance to World Showcase, from Chef Remy. 

Families looking for a culinary exploration will want to check out Emile’s Fromage Montage, which will let adventurous eaters sample a variety of cheeses served in inventive ways.

To participate in the challenge, families will purchase any five cheese dishes from select Global Marketplaces listed in the Festival Passport to collect the special stamps for a prize unique to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Festival Exclusive Merchandise

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2021 - Merchandise

Guests can bring the culinary magic home with official event merchandise from five new Festival exclusive collections that include apparel, trading pins, kitchen gadgets, home décor, and more!

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