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October 16, 2018

CENTRAL FLORIDA’S ULTIMATE WINTER WONDERLAND LIGHT UP UCF RETURNS FOR ITS ELEVENTH ANNUAL SEASON AT CFE ARENA ON NOVEMBER 16




RESIDENTS AND VISITORS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA CAN EXPECT SNOWY NIGHTS AND SPARKLING LIGHTS WITH A SPECTACULAR LIGHT SHOW, OUTDOOR SKATING RINK, EXCITING HOLIDAY ATTRACTIONS AND MORE!

ORLANDO, FL – We’re spreading holiday cheer at CFE Arena and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF. Produced by UCF Convocation Corporation and Spectra, managers of CFE Arena, Light Up UCF will open Friday, November 16 and run through Tuesday, January 1. This year’s festival offers 47 nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with new music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and much more.

At Light Up UCF, there is complimentary fun for all ages to enjoy. Our Holiday Light Show features more than 200,000 lights pulsing and strobing throughout the night in perfect synchronization to holiday songs under snowfall. On select Friday and Saturday nights, the Holiday Film Festival encourages families to gather under the stars and view their favorite holiday films on a 2-story high screen, including titles like “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “The Santa Clause”, “Elf”, “Home Alone”, and more. Walk through Light Up Lane for a beautifully lit Christmas tree forest with the sounds and smells of the holidays. On select nights, Santa will be on location to hear all your Christmas wishes, with photos available for purchase. Check www.lightupucf.com for times and dates.

The Light Up UCF Ice Rink, an ultimate fan favorite, returns yet again as a staple of the festivities. The ice rink invites guests to glide along to their favorite Top 40 hits and holiday tunes, played by a live DJ.

Light Up UCF boasts a range of exciting rides for everyone. The Ferris Wheel treats guests to panoramic views overlooking the entire event and UCF’s beautiful campus. Other family-friendly thrills include the Light Up Express Train, taking children for a holiday-themed train ride; the Arctic Glide Ice Slide where guests can slide down a 100-foot ice hill; and the Winter Whirl, taking guests on an exciting swing. The entertainment continues on the Community Stage where local talents are invited to showcase their skills.

Keep the holiday cheer going on Saturday, December 15 and Friday, December 21 when Light Up UCF welcomes back its Holiday Market ‘Under The Stars’ for two special nights! Guests are encouraged to take a stroll through the market where they can marvel at the crafts of talented local artisans, all while finalizing their holiday gift shopping. Visit www.lightupucf.com for more information on merchants that will be at this year’s event. Vendors can apply for booth space at www. ucfholidaymarket.com.

Tickets for ice skating, rides, and photos with Santa can be purchased at the CFE Arena Box Office. Select tickets are also available for purchase through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000. More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at www.LightUpUCF.com.

About CFE Arena
The Spectra managed CFE Arena is home to the UCF Men’s and Women’s basketball programs, as well as concerts, family shows and other attractions for the Central Florida area. Visit www.CFEArena.com for more information on upcoming events.

About Spectra
Spectra is an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships. Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.