It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Lights, lights, and more lights! Mistletoe above us, children excited with anticipation about what’s under the tree, the brisk cool air in the mornings, and stores that won’t allow you to deny the magic of Christmastime! It’s definitely the most wonderful time of year and the happiest season of all. We wait an entire year for this season and all of the glory and splendor that it brings. As SOON as we hear the Temptations sing the words, “In my mind…” we know it’s time. Get out the tree, detangle the lights and start throwing out those hints. IT’S TIME!

With Ms. Covid showing her ugly face last year, the holidays just weren’t the same. This year, we are getting back all that was lost, safely, of course.

The holidays would not be the same without The Nutcracker. More specifically, The Chocolate Nutcracker. Presented by the Orlando Community Arts Inc, Clare and The Chocolate Nutcracker offers a culturally diverse cast that takes you through a whirlwind of nostalgic emotions, excitement, and an overall sense of pride. They will be taking the stage at the Dr. Philips Performing Arts Center on November 27th. Tickets start at only $34.50.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is another must-do during the holidays. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of their Christmas album, the show will begin at the Amway Center on December 18th.

The Orlando Museum of Art presents Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, November 20th.

“A morning of making memories with Santa Claus with exclusive access to the 35th Annual Festival of Trees before it opens to the public during the day. Breakfast with Santa will feature hot breakfast served to everyone, face painters, crafts, balloon artists, and more.”

Night of A Million Lights, Give Kids the World is a favorite for Central Floridians. Named the number one thing to do in December in Orlando by USA Today, this event features an array of Christmas lights that make you feel like you’re in a Hallmark movie. Tickets start at $15 and benefit an extraordinary cause.

“Give Kids The World Village is a non-profit resort located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions. Here, critically ill children and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations, complete with accommodations, attraction tickets, and more. They are immersed in a week full of non-stop joy, which ultimately leaves them with renewed optimism and an enduring sense of hope. For more information, visit www.givekidstheworld.org.”

You can’t let the season go by without seeing “A Christmas Carol.” I mean, come on! This program engulfs part of the reason for the season. Scrooge has to take a good look at himself and how his actions have affected others. Once he realizes his transgressions, he changes and brings the glory of the season of giving with him everywhere he goes. You can’t possibly miss out on seeing Tiny Tim! 

On December 1st – 24th, you can enjoy the show at Orlando Shakes. If this is not already a family tradition, you should definitely make it one!

As we continue to make up for lost time during the holidays this year, add some new excitement to the list. Get out (safely) and enjoy the festivities that the season brings!

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