Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Unique Holiday Attractions in Orlando

As the holidays are approaching, every visitor to the Orlando area simply must take advantage of all the fun to be had – not only in Orlando theme parks such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, but outside the parks as well. This big metropolis of ours hosts so many unique and interesting holiday attractions that often go unnoticed, so we’re pointing them out! Be sure to check out these one-of-a-kind shows and events that only come ‘round once a year.

From November 12th through January 11th, 2009, check out Holidays at the Waterhouse Museum. One of the Maitland Historical Society’s Museums, this traditional Victorian home normally reflects the life of a middle-class Victorian family during the early days of Maitland. During the holidays however, the museum undergoes a holiday makeover with trees, decorations, and traditions that are both Victorian and Floridian. And guests will find an extra treat on their tour as they get to search for the annual visitor, the Waterhouse Mouse. This is a fun holiday attraction that’s both educational and merry.

Another fun attraction that the kids will especially love is Santa’s Holly Follies Spectacular Marionette Show. On stage at Pinocchio’s Marionnette Theater inside the Altamonte Springs Mall (on the first floor next to Sears) until November 26th, this show takes its audience on a fun look at holiday traditions around the world. Santa’s Holly Follies Spectacular is a David Eaton marionette show; Eaton has been an actor/puppeteer with several troupes in New York and Paris, and he appeared on Ohio television for eight years as Bozo the Clown. Kids will love this holiday show, and by the end, they’ll have even forgotten they’re watching puppets.

And of course, no Christmas is complete without catching A Christmas Story on television. But why watch it on TBS when you can catch it live on stage? That’s right – you can watch A Christmas Story performed live, complete with exploding fireplace, BB gun, and everything, at the Orlando Repertory Theater near Downtown Orlando. From November 21st through November 23rd, you can relive this classic Christmas tale of presents and adolescent yearning.

While you’re in the area, be sure to stop by Leu’s Holiday House at the Harry P. Leu Gardens. From November 27th through January 1st, the house will fill with Christmas trees trimmed with ribbons and bows, gorgeous ornaments, and amazing diorama displays designed by Roy’s Miniature Shop & Museum.

And after you’ve filled your belly on Thanksgiving, you may want to take a long nap to prepare for all the fun of the next day – and no, we don’t mean shopping. November 29th is the day that many cities have their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Celebration, Mount Dora, and Winter Park are just a few of the cities “lighting up” after Turkey Day.

So if you’re in town for the holidays, don’t forget to explore the city and all the seasonal merriment it has to offer. After all, Mickey Mouse isn’t the only one who celebrates the holidays – the rest of Orlando does too!


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