Kristen Manieri is travel and lifestyle writer living in Orlando, FL with her husband and two little girls. Her work has appeared in such publications as Air Tran’s GO Magazine, Dreamscapes, Florida Guides, Costco Connection and Orlando Magazine. Living in the Sunshine State has given Kristen endless adventures and writing material as she’s explored Florida from Amelia Island all the way down to Key West.

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Orlando’s Best Holiday Events: Part One

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The holidays have officially descended on The City Beautiful. Grab your calendar and start scheduling in some or all of these festive happenings:

Festival of the Seasons
Through Dec. 29
Downtown Disney
Free
Downtown Disney becomes into a winter wonderland with live entertainment, a sparking tree, visits with Santa and holiday shopping opps.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Through Dec. 20
Magic Kingdom
$62pp
Cinderella’s Castle is set aglow with millions of twinkling lights during this annual holiday-inspired event featuring the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, free cookies and hot cocoa, and a snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A

Light Up UCF
Through Jan. 5
CFE Arena, University of Central Florida
Various price
Enjoy the outdoor holiday film fest, ice skating rink, and nightly light show at this popular carnival-eque event.

Winter in the Park
Through Jan. 5
Central Park, Winter Park
$10, includes skate rental
Take a spin on Central Park’s outdoor ice skating rink.

Santa’s Holly Follies
Through Dec. 15
Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater
$6
Singalong string puppet musical about cultural holidays around the world.

Ice! at Gaylord Palms
November 23- January 5
Gaylord Palms Resort
$9.99-$29.99
A long list of offerings, including character meet and greets, live shows, and the legendary winter wonderland crafted from tons of hand-carved ice, has made this annual event a local favorite. The holiday decor inside the two-acre atrium is not to be missed.

More to come… stay tuned!

 

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