[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he holidays are quickly approaching and many may be wondering what exactly there is to do to celebrate within the Central Florida area. Whether it involves seeing the first snow fall of the year, riding daring rides while holiday music fills the air, or cuddling up on a horse drawn carriage with a significant other, everyone will be able to find someway to spread the Christmas cheer.
If you’re a thrill-seeker, looking to celebrate your holiday’s by satisfying your adrenaline rush, Holiday’s at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure may be perfect for you. From riding classic rides such as The Mummy and Jurassic Park to experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there is something for everyone. From December 3rd to Jan 1st, take a break and catch a Macy’s Parade filling the streets. From floats to dancers it’s sure to get you in the spirit. Or catch a showing of Grinchmas where the Grinch and Who’s welcome you to their hometown while celebrating Christmas with them as they retell the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. For more information and ticket pricing visit their website https://www.universalorlando.com/Events/Holidays
If thrill-seeking rides are not your thing, check out ICE! at Gaylord Palms. This year ICE! is featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. This event is running November 18th to January 1st. With interactive ice sculptures and displays, patrons can follow the beloved Christmas story with your favorite childhood characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanut gang; completely made of ice! After walking through the movie brought to life, you can then slide down four different slides made completely out of ice. Make sure to dress warm because the rooms are kept at a cold 9°. Visit http://www.marriott.com/hotel-info/mcogp-gaylord-palms-resort-and-convention-center/gaylord-christmas/csyr9pd/ice.mi for ticket pricing and times.
If you want to stay a little more on the warm side, Light Up UCF may be the perfect choice for you. Starting November 18th and ending January 7th there are plenty of different options to experience. From ice skating to a light show, there’s something for anyone to get into the holiday mood. Also offered is a film festival that will be showing classic holiday films on Fridays and Saturdays 7pm and 9:30pm, under the stars. Other attractions include a Ferris Wheel, Light Up Express, and Winter Whirl. You can also walk through Light Up Lane and end with a picture taken with Santa Claus himself. Check with their website http://www.lightupucf.com/ for deals, pricing and times.
For a younger audience, Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest in Eustis may be the perfect afternoon adventure. With tickets being $2 and wristbands being offered on certain days for $12, it’s a great way to save a bit of money if you’re looking for a family friendly and pocket friendly outing. From November 19th to December 22nd you can feel like you’re flying on the 400 foot long, Santa’s Flight Zip Line or get a bit discombobulated in the Crazy Elf Maze, as you try to find your way out by locating all 12 pictures to win a prize. Younger guests may prefer Buddy’s Bounce Pillow or a Barrel Tram Ride through the forest. There’s also a petting farm and visit with Santa for no cost. You can also pick up a smores kit, hotdog kit or plain marshmallows for a do-it-yourself experience with the campfire. For times and dates head on over to http://www.santaschristmastreeforest.com/ for more information.
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