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Photo Gallery: Crazy post-Christmas crowds at Orlando theme parks

January 6, 2014
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Photo Gallery: Crazy post-Christmas crowds at Orlando theme parks

2014 is nearly a week old, and Christmas 2013 may already seem like a lifetime ago. But according to Orlando’s theme park holiday crowds, the festive season has only just barely ended. Thanks to the holidays falling mid-week last year, the peak tourism season was extended through Sunday, January 5. As a result, Central...
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Jane Henson Nativity Story airs Christmas Eve on CBS featuring Orlando talent

December 23, 2013
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Jane Henson, wife of Jim Henson and key collaborator in the creation of his Muppets, passed away in April of this year, but her artistic legacy lives on this Christmas Eve in the form of her final project. Jane Henson's Nativity Story will air on CBS television at 11:35 p.m. on 12/24, featuring puppets...
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A man for all seasons: The audacity of Pope

December 22, 2013
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A man for all seasons: The audacity of Pope

It’s one of the most maudlin clichés in all of holiday fiction: The naïve kid who gets to sit on Santa’s lap, only to reveal that all he wants is to have some recently deceased relative back. This year, we lost my Uncle Bert. He wasn’t a blood relation, but a friend of the...
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Local holiday gift baskets to buy now

December 16, 2013
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Local holiday gift baskets to buy now

A few of our local merchants have created holiday assortments – but you better act fast, because there's no telling how quickly they'll sell out.
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Video: Happy Purple Hippo arrives at Universal Orlando’s Holiday Parade

December 8, 2013
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Walt Disney World had long dominated the local market on holiday merrymaking, but Universal Orlando has spent a decade or building a respectable stable of secularized seasonal entertainments. Universal's guests can see Christmas celebrities like the Grinch (starring again in his Grinchmas musical celebration at Island of Adventure) or Santa Claus, who closes out...
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Barry Kirsch leads Fourth Annual Murder City Photography Christmas Lights Photo Walk

December 8, 2012
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Barry Kirsch leads Fourth Annual Murder City Photography Christmas Lights Photo Walk

Kirsch dispenses hard-won tips and tricks for nighttime shooting, and sits down with participants after the walk to review images and make suggestions.
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The Singing Christmas Trees returns with display of 250,000 lights

December 7, 2012
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The Singing Christmas Trees returns with display of 250,000 lights

Inspiring the name of the evening of music are two extravagantly decorated, 40-foot-tall tree-shaped pews that hold the church’s choir.
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Photo Gallery: Holidays are Here at Universal and Busch Gardens

December 6, 2012
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Photo Gallery: Holidays are Here at Universal and Busch Gardens

We're less than a week into December, but Christmas is already in full effect at our area theme parks. I had a chance last week to check out this year's seasonal offerings at Universal Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa. Universal's mainstay Macy's Holiday Parade has returned to the Studios for a 12th annual outing,...
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Free outdoor concert at the 34th Annual Christmas in the Park

December 6, 2012
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Free outdoor concert at the 34th Annual Christmas in the Park

If you struggle to find a bit of Christmas warmth in your soul, a trip to see the windows all lit up while the Bach Festival Choir puts on a live concert should fix what ails you.
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Merry Fringein’ Christmas Raises Funds for 2013 Fringe

December 4, 2012
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Merry Fringein’ Christmas Raises Funds for 2013 Fringe

Last night, local arts supporters gathered in Orlando Shakes's Margeson Theatre to celebrate a new holiday traditions. The Orlando Fringe Festival shifted this year's usual Halloween fundraiser to December, rebranding it as Merry Fringein' Christmas. Festival producer Michael Marinaccio and general manager George Wallace began by welcoming the audience, especially new United Arts CEO...
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