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Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts

December 9, 2017

Gaylord Palms Resort Makes “Kiss-Story,” Breaks GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title


Christmas at Gaylord Palms hosted the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD title attempt with sponsor Experience Kissimmee, in partnership with Mentos and Greenery Productions

KISSIMMEE, FL – (December 8, 2017) – After hundreds of lips puckered up beneath the glow of a six-story Christmas tree, Gaylord Palms Resort broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the timeless tradition of kissing under mistletoe! During the “Kiss-Story in the Making” event, 448 couples set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Most couples kissing under mistletoe (single location), bringing this festive, romantic record to smoochably-appropriate KISSimmee, Florida on December 7, 2017.

Under the watchful eyes of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator Michael Empric, the hundreds of couples were asked to lock lips for a solid 10 seconds under individual fresh sprigs of mistletoe in order to claim the title. With 448 couples successfully breaking the title, Gaylord Palms more than doubled the previous record of 215 couples.

SEAWORLD EXTENDS THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH NEW LATIN-INSPIRED EVENT


Three Kings Celebration Brings Cherished Traditions and 
Festive Cuisine to Orlando Jan. 1 - 6

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 7, 2017) – Guests can keep the spirit of the holidays burning brighter and longer than ever with the all-new Three Kings Celebration coming to SeaWorld Orlando Jan. 1 – 6. Families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men with authentic festive cuisine and celebratory experiences held in honor of the cherished tradition of Latin cultures. The new event features guest favorites from SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration along with several new experiences centered around the Epiphany.

·         Three Kings Processional- Follow the Three Wise Men to a live nativity scene depicting the arrival of the Three Kings. A storyteller will share the tale of their journey and the traditions of the Three Kings holiday to park guests. The processional, featuring live animals, will take place several times throughout the day and offer a truly special photo opportunity for park guests.

Enhance the LEGOLAND® Florida Fun with an Exclusive VIP Experience This Holiday Season


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2017) — Make a visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort even more awesome this holiday season with three exclusive VIP experiences. Guests can enjoy private time with LEGO® characters, delicious desserts, a beautiful family photo and an opportunity to create a special LEGO model with one of our Master Model Builders:

Remaining dates: Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23-25; 2-4 p.m.
During our popular Christmas Bricktacular event, the Santa’s Workshop VIP experience lets guests create a unique LEGO keepsake with a Master Model Builder, meet LEGO Santa or LEGO Toy Soldier, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and receive a beautiful family photo. The cost is $45 per person, plus tax.

November 29, 2017

PENNSYLVANIA - WINTER BRINGS SEASONAL PERKS TO THE VISIT PHILLY OVERNIGHT HOTEL PACKAGE

Ice skating, cocoa sipping and lodge lounging are among the cozy pastimes at the Delaware River Waterfront's seasonal wonderland Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (above). The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Winter Package includes tickets for two rink admissions and two skate rentals.
Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
Visitors Now Receive Dining Discounts & Museum Admission In Addition To Free Parking

PHILADELPHIA, November 28, 2017 - The popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package returns for the winter with dining discounts and museum admission, plus its ever-popular and convenient free hotel parking. Bookable now at visitphilly.com/overnight, the winter edition runs from December 1 through March 4, 2018.

November 26, 2017

REVIEW: Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2017


2017 marks the 15th season of Gaylord Palms Resort's holiday spectacle, ICE! - and the first year to feature "Christmas Around the World". This brilliantly inspiring theme spotlights a cascade of global tradition and culture in vibrantly colored, hand-carved ice scenes and sculptures (more than two million pounds worth, to be specific).

But, I may be putting the cart before the horse here. You see, ICE! is merely a portion of what Gaylord Palms has to offer for the holiday season... the tip of the iceberg, you could say. There is a lot more to Christmas at Gaylord Palms than the nine-degree anti-Floridian tundra takeover known as ICE! This event is a genuine festival of merriment that rivals any other holiday extravaganza in the Orlando area; with a slew of opportunities for celebration.

November 22, 2017

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration Kicks-Off Friday

Over 1 million dazzling lights will sparkle for park guests throughout the season

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 21, 2017) – Starting this Friday, guests can cherish the warmth and joy of the holidays at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. From hugs with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to heartwarming holiday shows and delicious festive dishes, guests of all ages can enjoy the most wonderful time of the year to its fullest at SeaWorld Orlando.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is included in regular park admission, with holiday activities on November 24-26, December 1-3, 8-10, and 15-31 beginning at 5:00p.m. each day.
NEW Festive Experiences: From an unforgettable storybook meal to the magic of meeting Santa Claus himself, guests can make memorable moments that spark new Christmas traditions.

-        Dine with Rudolph – Guests can book an all-new holiday dinner experience with their favorite reindeer. Hugs and smiles are shared with Rudolph as guests enjoy the telling of his classic tale during a delicious feast featuring a menu filled with traditional holiday favorites served family-style. Advance reservations for this experience are encouraged.

November 16, 2017

MONTANA - Celebrate the Festive Holiday Season at Triple Creek Ranch


November 16, 2017 Darby, Montana – The holiday season at Triple Creek Ranch pairs the very best of the Montana Rockies with fine dining, extraordinary wines and Western hospitality. This Relais & Châteaux hideaway in the Bitterroot Mountains was once again ranked among the top 10 hotels in the world in the annual Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2017 and named one of the Top Resorts in the West in the 30th annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Architectural Digest just singled out Triple Creek Ranch as the most beautiful hotel in Montana and the resort was selected as one of the Top 100 Hideaways in the World in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD ADDS OPERATING DAYS TO SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

Park now open Jan. 2-3, 2018

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Thursday, November 16, 2017) — After receiving much feedback from guests, Dollywood officials have extended the park’s award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival two days, with Tuesday, Jan. 2 and Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, now serving as operating days.

Due to a number of regional school systems remaining closed for Christmas break several days after the new year begins, many guests have asked for the park to remain open longer to allow families with students more opportunity to visit Dollywood during the hectic holiday season. Park hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on both of the additional days.

The move comes after a strong fall which included the debut of Great Pumpkin LumiNights and the kickoff of Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana. The 2017 operating season, dubbed “The Year of the Family” by Dolly Parton, has already provided families with a number of exciting festivals, performing groups and two new attractions—Drop Line, a 230-ft. tall free fall experience, and Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster designed for Dollywood’s younger visitors. The additional operating days provide families more time to enjoy Smoky Mountain memory making.

November 15, 2017

FLORIDA - Celebrate the holidays in Tampa Bay


This year, the Season of Lights is the reason to be in Tampa Bay! Experience Florida's Most diverse destination with special holiday flavor. From the historic brick streets of Ybor City to the modern high-rises lining the sparkling Hillsborough River, Tampa Bay twinkles with life. Treasure awaits.

ICONIC CHARACTERS FROM ILLUMINATION’S DESPICABLE ME AND MINIONS AND FROM DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S SHREK AND MADAGASCAR FRANCHISES JOIN CLASSIC HOLIDAY FAVORITES TO SPREAD CHEER IN THE ALL-NEW UNIVERSAL’S HOLIDAY PARADE FEATURING MACY’S


Universal Orlando’s New Holiday Parade Will Feature More Than 100 Performers and More than 30 Larger-than-Life, Specially-Designed Floats and Balloons to Delight Audiences of All Ages 

Beginning Saturday, Nov. 18, Universal Orlando guests will experience an awe-inspiring and highly entertaining parade like no other during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. The all-new parade will feature some of guests’ favorite characters from some of the world’s most iconic franchises, extraordinarily-detailed floats and high-flying balloons parading through the streets of Universal Studios Florida for the first time ever.
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will raise the bar for holiday entertainment at Universal Orlando.  Universal’s award-winning Entertainment team has worked to create a massive parade that will highlight traditional holiday favorites and some of today’s most popular characters. Guests will marvel at:

November 13, 2017

PHANTASMAGORIA’S “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas”

Called “One of the most unique theater troupes in the country.”  by Good Day Atlanta, and direct from its successful sold out performances in Orlando, Atlanta, Baltimore, Ocala, Deland and Eustis with its touring and main stage shows,  Phantasmagoria is proud to be presenting their next journey into a perhaps the most well known and dearly loved ghost story of all times, Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost story of Christmas” to celebrate the 2017 Holiday Season!

Celebrate the Season as Phantasmagoria presents its own unique adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas” This critically acclaimed Victorian Performance Troupe will bring its signature tapestry of movement, dance, puppetry, projections, music and storytelling to the stage as one of the most famous Ghost Stories of all times comes alive!  A true tale of the Past, Present and Future – with the glory of redemption!  Dickens’ wonderful tableau will come to life with Phantasmagoria’s own unique aesthetic and performance style in a brand new adaptation of the classic work.

“It is one of the most relevant Ghost stories of the last few centuries, When it was first published in
1843 it took the world by storm, and today – 174 years later – it is still tradition for so many people.”

Under the creation, writing and direction of John DiDonna, with co-direction by Seth Kubersky, and
Kevin G. Becker, the choreography of Mila Makarova, fight direction by Bill Warriner, all new original music and soundscapes by Les Caulfield and Tod Kimbro, lighting by Jerry Klein, costumes by Shelly Henriott, projections by Dana Mott, puppet direction from Rebekah Lane, and with photography by Chris Bridges, Graphics by Ozelle Sabado, and puppetry/props by Darkvale Studios and Halfmoon Creative Works this new installment presents us with a truly “Phantasmagorical” way to celebrate the Christmas season!

November 8, 2017

Record-Breaking, “Kiss-Storic” Event Planned during Christmas at Gaylord Palms


Gaylord Palms Resort will attempt to set new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDTM during event sponsored by Experience Kissimmee

KISSIMMEE, FL – (November 8, 2017)  Gaylord Palms Resort will welcome couples to celebrate love and the classic, seasonal tradition of kissing under mistletoe during its Kiss-Story in the Making special event. The resort will seek the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Most couples kissing under mistletoe in one location on December 7, 2017, at 8:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Experience Kissimmee, the area’s travel and tourism authority, Kiss-Story in the Making at Gaylord Palms will attempt to claim the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title in this smoochably-perfect KISSimmee location. "We are honored and excited to be a part of this memorable experience,” said DT Minich, President/CEO of Experience Kissimmee. “There’s no better place to set a kissing record than right here in Kissimmee, Florida!”

November 7, 2017

Get inspired starting this weekend at Festival of Trees

WHAT: Deck the halls with boughs of holly! It’s happening right now at the Orlando Museum of Art.

For the past 31 years, the museum has transformed into a winter wonderland by the Council of 101, during the Festival of Trees event, which opens to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 11.

November 2, 2017

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Captures The Spirit Of The Season At One Of The Region’s Most Popular Holiday Concerts

Home for the Holidays concerts include the Opera Orlando Youth Chorus, Central Florida Community Arts Chorus and Holiday Singers


(Thursday, November 2, Orlando, Fla.) – Ring in the holidays with family and friends as Guest Conductor Albert George Schram joins the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Orlando Youth Chorus, Central Florida Community Arts Chorus and the Holiday Singers for two concerts at 2 & 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 25 for Home for the Holidays at Bob Carr Theater, located at 401 W. Livingston St.

One of the region’s most popular holiday concerts, Home for the Holidays includes a popular audience sing-along.

A World of Winter Fun Will Welcome Guests During Christmas at Gaylord Palms!

The most magical time of the year at Gaylord Palms begins on November 21.


KISSIMMEE, Fla. – (November 1, 2017) – This holiday season, Gaylord Palms Resort will introduce ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World for the first time in Orlando, showcasing different cultures and their wintertime festivities. In addition to this new ICE! attraction theme, other celebrations of the holidays will join to create the resort’s “Everything Christmas in One Extraordinary Place” event, Christmas at Gaylord Palms presented by FUJIFILM INSTAX®.

New Seasonal Festivities Join Yuletide Classics at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

Three Kings Day event continues holiday cheer 
into the New Year

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 1, 2017) – This holiday season, there are more reasons than ever to join the merriment of SeaWorld’s Christmas CelebrationGuests of all ages can delight over scrumptious food, stunning live shows, and joyful entertainment inspired by the natural world as they create treasured memories together. Over 1 million sparkling lights will shine bright during the Christmas Celebration, offered select dates from November 23 to December 31, with an all new holiday experience beginning January 1, 2018.  

October 29, 2017

CALIFORNIA - The Beverly Hilton and Hilton Anaheim Launch Winter Warmerland Promotions


'Tis the Season to Escape the Snow and Enjoy a Sun Splashed Holiday in Southern California's Most Iconic Settings

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - October 26, 2017 - Just in time for the holidays, The Beverly Hilton and Hilton Anaheim have announced the launch of Winter Warmerland, a destination promotion showcasing the sunny side of So. Cal winters with amenity and value-rich packages in two of the region's most exciting and iconic settings - Beverly Hills and Anaheim, home of Disneyland@ Resort. Travelers from across the country can escape the cold and enjoy the best of these renowned cities with destination specific package offers available beginning November 1, 2017. 

MEXICO - Insuite Christmas Trees, Holiday Activities and More At Mexico’s Grand Velas Resorts

Kids Stay Free, Spa and Golf Credits & More Apply When Booking The Luxury Resorts In Los Cabos, Riviera Maya & Riviera Nayarit by November 30th

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (October 27, 2017) – This Christmas, Mexico’s Grand Velas Resorts bring the joy and wonder of the holiday season to guests with their ensuite tree decorating, holiday-themed activities, and additional “gifts.”  When booking by November 30th, up to two children (ages 4 -12) are complimentary at the resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit. Stays at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit also include a $50 spa or golf credit per adult per night, $30 spa credit for teen treatments, 45% discount on nightly teen (ages 13-15) rates and 10% discount in the resort’s boutique. At Grand Velas Los Cabos, holiday travelers also receive 50% off kids and teen rates, a $50 spa credit per adult per night, 10% discount in the resort's boutique, and early check-in or late check-out.

Travelers can bring their celebrations to Grand Velas with a robust schedule of themed activities and insuite Christmas trees (pre-decorated or with ornaments to decorate as a family). Toys for both boys and girls range from Barbie and Angry Birds to a remote-controlled Minion Mobile and variety of Legos. Everything can be easily pre-selected from an online gift shop prior to arrival, including preference of ornaments, tree toppers and gifts for under the tree. Guests are also able to donate toys online to the Center for the Caring of Children with Cancer, a non-profit institution dedicated to serving children and teenagers with cancer.

October 24, 2017

CENTRAL FLORIDA’S ULTIMATE WINTER WONDERLAND LIGHT UP UCF RETURNS FOR ITS TENTH ANNUAL SEASON AT CFE ARENA ON NOVEMBER 17


“CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF MUSIC, LIGHTS AND ICE”, RESIDENTS AND VISITORS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA CAN EXPECT TO ENJOY AN OUTDOOR SKATING RINK, EXCITING HOLIDAY ATTRACTIONS, SNOW, AND MORE!

ORLANDO, FL – Kick off the holidays 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 17 and run through Sunday, December 31. This year’s festival offers 45 nights of ice skating, a world-class choreographed light show with new music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel, Light Up Express kids train, and much more.

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 at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at www.LightUpUCF.com.

A Holiday Shopping Package Gift-Wrapped in the Very Best of Winter Park, Florida

October 24, 2017. Winter Park, Florida – The perfect holiday gift? It just might be Holiday Shopping on Park Avenue, a package that offers shopping along one of America’s most quintessential and historic main streets and two nights of luxurious recuperation at The Alfond Inn at Rollins, routinely ranked as one of the top hotels in the world.

Winter Park is a walkable city famed for its cobblestone streets, upscale shops, tree-lined avenues and relaxed pace, along with welcoming sidewalk cafes and open-air restaurants.  Located just 20 minutes from Orlando, it’s the ideal place to get into the holiday spirit. The “Winter in the Park “ ice skating rink opens on November 27 and the “Winter on the Avenue” holiday celebration on December 1st turns downtown into a pedestrian plaza, welcoming the annual tree lighting with carolers and a visit from Santa. The next day brings the Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade, currently in its’ 65th year and the longest-running parade in Central Florida.