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The ABC's of Florida Holidays 2013

Holiday Celebrations and Extravaganzas Around Florida

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Mickey Wishes You a Merry Christmas
Compliments of Walt Disney Company
It's as easy as A–B–C to enjoy Florida's holiday celebrations and extravaganzas. I've selected some of the best from around the state for your enjoyment.

Artful sweets take center stage at Walt Disney World! Disney pastry chefs create elaborate confectionary creations and larger-than-life, edible displays planned for locations across the Walt Disney World property.

Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa will celebrate the spirit of the season from just before Thanksgiving to just after the new year. The Marrakesh Theater decks the halls with Christmas from the Heart and the Christmas on Ice show at the Stanleyville Theater is a special treat.

Candlelight Processional at Epcot presents a celebrity line-up to deliver the traditional Christmas story in glorious pageantry. Presentations of Candlelight Processional are daily from November 29 through December 30, 2013, and are included with regular Epcot admission.

Disney World is aglow in decorations, millions of lights, parades, celebrity appearances and more. The holidays are a joyous time at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando!

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Holiday Houses - November 29- January 4, 2014 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). This Fort Myers landmark will incorporate over a million lights, dozens of decorated trees and inspiring holiday scenes into its 2013 holiday theme presented from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Guided tours and horse and wagon rides are available for an additional fee. Also enjoy live entertainment and shopping at the Holiday Designer Shop, the Garden Shoppe and Museum Store. The homes are located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. Call 239-334-7419 for further information and tickets. >Photo Tour

Fort Christmas - Now you can have your holiday cards and letters postmarked "Christmas, Florida!" The small post office near this historical site sees plenty of activity during the holidays. The historical fort is nearby and celebrates an annual festival the first weekend in December featuring holiday arts and crafts. Christmas is located east of Orlando on Hwy. 50 and the historical park and museum is located at 1300 Fort Christmas Road.

Grand style is abundant at Whitehall Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Beginning with the tree lighting on December 1, 2013 and continuing with the guided evening tours December 18-23, 2013, you can experience the sights, sounds and traditions of the holidays in grand Gilded Age fashion.

Holiday lights brighten attractions throughout Florida, but these are particularly worth seeing!

Ice skating in Florida? You bet! If you’re looking for an activity to chill and thrill your family, how about ice skating? Sound impossible in Florida? Not really. Florida has many rinks and arenas that allow public ice skating. Oh, and just one more question… what are you waiting for? Give it a try!

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra presents "Holiday Pops" December 13 & 14, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. and December 9 at 7:00 p.m. featuring Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Free Concert.

Kissimmee's Gaylord Resort will feature the coolest winter on record! Gaylord Palms Resort presents ICE! Guests will experience an instant dose of winter from November 23, 2013 through January 5, 2014. This year's wonderful world of ice includes Frosty the Snowman.

Leu's Holiday House – The Leu House Museum will be decked out for the holidays November 24, 2013 through January 5, 2014. Christmas trees will be trimmed in ribbons and bows, amazing diorama displays designed by Ron's Miniature Shop & Museum and beautiful ornaments sparkle in every room. Tours are included in the cost of garden admission. The museum will open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Disney's Magic Kingdom holiday fantasy is the ultimate night of celebration from Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade to a sky full of holiday fireworks. Your advance reservations will pay off with unlimited use of select Magic Kingdom attractions and complimentary cookies and cocoa. Select nights in November and December.

Nights of Lights - Put a spark in your holiday by visiting St. Augustine's Nights of Lights which shimmers from November 23, 2013 through January 31, 2014. Over 25 miles of electrical wire and more than 1,500,000 individual light bulbs are utilized in public and private displays throughout the city. Each night of December features a parade of bands, floats and even Santa Claus!

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