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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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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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Video: Happy Purple Hippo arrives at Universal Orlando’s Holiday Parade

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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Seven things you should know about Thanksgiving

November 26, 2013
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Seven things you should know about Thanksgiving

Some Thanksgiving trivia, while you count down the hours until America’s Most Gluttonous Holiday begins … 7. The first TV Dinner cooked up by Swanson was basically the company’s Thanksgiving Day leftovers – in 1953, the company found itself left with 260 tons of unpurchased turkey after the holiday. The company asked employees for...
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It’s time to party like it’s the day before Thanksgiving

November 26, 2013
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It’s time to party like it’s the day before Thanksgiving

No, seriously. You might know it as Black Wednesday, but contrary to the retail craze that’s invoked during its counterpart Black Friday, the day before Thanksgiving has increasingly become one the biggest drinking nights of the year. It’s certainly one of the rowdiest Wednesdays bar and nightclub owners see all year. According to this...
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Eugene Snowden’s Kwanzaa Kickoff Party tonight at Will’s Pub

December 26, 2012
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Eugene Snowden’s Kwanzaa Kickoff Party tonight at Will’s Pub

The fact that this particular holiday (like all particular holidays) involves celebratory libations only makes it more appropriate that Snowden should be toasting its launch.
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Local dance troupes perform different versions of The Nutcracker

December 19, 2012
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Local dance troupes perform different versions of The Nutcracker

Orlando likes to doll itself up with numerous performances of the piece in varying shapes and sizes meant to appease the shapes and sizes of its audience.
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Grandma Party Bazaar craft fair returns to Stardust Video & Coffee

December 15, 2012
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Grandma Party Bazaar craft fair returns to Stardust Video & Coffee

With more than 30 vendors selling everything from pottery and jewelry to custom-made clothing and art, if you can’t find something for that eclectic art lover in your life, you ain’t looking.
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Orlando Gay Chorus presents Reasons for the Season at The Plaza Live

December 15, 2012
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Orlando Gay Chorus presents Reasons for the Season at The Plaza Live

Ostensibly not your grandmother’s Christmas spectacular – although a loinclothed all-male Nativity scene would surely be amazing – the OGC promises a celebration of “the diversity of the season” in a style all its own: holiday classics with a spin “and a touch of the unexpected.”
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Will’s Pub Toy Drive to benefit local kids living in the Parramore area

December 12, 2012
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Will’s Pub Toy Drive to benefit local kids living in the Parramore area

And to sweeten the deal, Will’s Pub will also give you two free Terrapin beers for your generosity.
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