Latest Issue: November 2019

Light Up UCF Returns

Light Up UCF Returns

November 01 2019

Get swept up in holiday cheer at Addition Financial Arena (formerly CFE Arena) and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF.

Produced by UCF Convocation Corporation and Spectra, Light Up UCF will open Friday, November 22 and run through Sunday, January 5. 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 and Light Up Express kids train, and new this year, a Carousel!

Light Up UCF offers complimentary fun for all ages. The Holiday Light Show features more than 200,000 pulsing, strobing lights throughout the night in perfect synchronization to holiday songs under snowfall. On select nights, the Holiday Film Festival encourages families to gather together and view their favorite holiday films on a 2-story movie screen, including titles like “Polar Express”, “The Santa Clause”, “Elf”, “Home Alone”, and more. Also on select nights, Santa will visit the Barnes & Noble next to the arena to hear all your Christmas wishes. Checkwww.LightUpUCF. com for times and dates.
The Light Up UCF Ice Rink, an ultimate fan favorite, returns yet again as a centerpiece for the festivities. The ice rink invites guests to glide along to their favorite Top 40 hits and holiday tunes, played by a live DJ.
There’s no shortage of fun-filled attractions for guests of all ages at Light Up UCF. The Ferris Wheel offers a sky-high panoramic view of UCF’s beautiful campus – with sights as far as Downtown Orlando. The family-oriented atmosphere also boasts the Light Up Express Train, taking little passengers for an excitingly merry train ride; the Artic Glide Ice Slide where lovers of thrill can slide across 100 feet of ice; and the Winter Whirl, taking guests on an adrenaline filled swing. The debut of our newest attraction, the Carousel, will be sure to take you on a spin of delight. The festivities continue on the Community Stage, where local talent is invited to showcase their skills.

Keep the holiday cheer going on Friday, December 6, when Light Up UCF welcomes back its Holiday Market ‘Under The Stars’! Guests are encouraged to take a stroll through the market where they can marvel at the crafts of talented local artisans, all while finalizing their holiday gift shopping. Visit www. for more information on merchants that will be at this year’s event. Vendors can apply for booth space at

Tickets for ice skating and rides can be purchased at the Addition Financial Arena Box Office. Select tickets are also available for purchase by visiting More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at

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Nov 22 2019

Ends in about 2 months

Light Up UCF will open Friday, November 22 and run through Sunday, January 5. 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 and Light Up Express kids train, and new this year, a Carousel!

The Conway Community Market at Barber Park

Nov 24 2019

11 am to 3 pm Shop for your holiday gifrs and participate in the Basket Brigde to provide families in need with a thanksgiving dinner. Events take place at Barber Park (3701 Gatlin Avenue).

Kiwanis Tureky Smoke

Nov 26 2019

Ends in 12 days

south Orlando tradition for many years, this fund-raising event takes your holiday meat item and for a mere $10 smokes that item in one of two large smokers. All proceeds from this fund raising event support charities of South Orlando Kiwanis such as the annual Bike Build in December providing bicycles for underprivileged students and student scholarships. The Tuesday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week (November 26 & 27) members of South Orlando Kiwanis will accept your meat item from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm on Tuesday, and from 7:00 am until noon on Wednesday. Turkeys will not be accepted if they are not thawed.

Strawberries in the Home Vegetable Garden – Classroom in the Garden

Nov 27 2019

11:30am This is the time of year to grow strawberries in the Central Florida Home Vegetable Garden. Learn tips for planting and growing for success. The class size is limited to 12 individuals. $5.00 per individual. Pre-Registration is required along with the non-refundable class fee. Pre-register at www.

9th Annual Orlando Pottery Festival Holiday Arts Market

Nov 30 2019

9 - 5 and Sunday, December 1st from 12 - 4 at the Florida Army National Guard Armory 2809 S. Ferncreek Avenue. This is Central Florida's largest celebration and market of ceramic arts, featuring handmade gifts created by local potters. For more information or (407) 234-4691.

47th Annual Performance of Handel’s Messiah

Dec 01 2019

3 PM Handel’s Messiah is widely regarded as one of the finest and most well-known classical music works ever written. This is an opportunity for the people of our community to experience a world- class presentation of this masterwork. Messiah Choral Society led by Dr. John Sinclair, Music Director and Conductor for over 30 years, local professional orchestra, professional soloists and 100 plus volunteer choir. Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. Admission is FREE, no tickets required. You can help feed the hungry during the holidays by bringing nonperishable food items to the performance! The Society is not affiliated with any religious organization. Please feel free to follow us on Twitter@MCSsings, on Facebook, or

Breakfast with Santa Children’s Party

Dec 08 2019

9am – 11am The American Legion Post 286 family will be hosting a children’s Christmas party. Come have breakfast with Santa. There will be story time, sing-along, and games. Space is limited so please call 407-859-1460 to reserve your child’s spot. We are located at 529 E Fairland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32809. Hope to see you there.

Santa Fly-In at Edgewood City Hall

Dec 13 2019

6 pm to 9 pm Santa’s ETA is 7:30 pm Edgewood City Hall at 405 Bagshaw Way Visits with Santa (bring your camera)! In Bagshaw Park: food trucks, The Dancer’s Pointe performance, bounce house, live musical entertainment and wine and beer garden. Visit “The Edgewood District” on Facebook for details as they are available.