Hol­i­day Hap­pen­ings

Where Orlando - - Contents - BY LAURA AN­DERS LEE

The top events of the sea­son.

1 UNIVER­SAL OR­LANDO'S HOL­I­DAYS CEL­E­BRA­TION> DEC. 6-JAN. 3 At Is­lands of Ad­ven­ture, Seuss Land­ing cel­e­brates Grinch­mas with a live retelling of "Grinch­mas Who-li­day Spec­tac­u­lar" and a chance to meet the Grinch him­self. At Univer­sal Stu­dios, the Macy's Hol­i­day Pa­rade fills the streets each night with the same bal­loon floats seen in the fa­mous Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade. Don't miss Mannheim Steam­roller live on stage se­lect nights and the huge New Year's Eve party at Ci­ty­Walk.uni­ver­sa­lor­lando.com

2 THE NUTCRACKER> DEC. 19-21 It sim­ply isn't Christ­mas with­out this clas­sic per­for­mance by the Or­lando Bal­let, de­but­ing this sea­son in the stun­ning Dr. Phillips Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts. or­lan­dobal­let.org 3 CHRIST­MAS BRICK­TAC­U­LAR> WEEK­ENDS IN DE­CEM­BER See the 30-foot­tall Christ­mas tree made with 270,000 LEGO blocks or the life-size Santa. Spe­cial events in­clude scav­enger hunts, build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, live en­ter­tain­ment and 3-D fire­works. florida.le­goland.com

4 SEAWORLD'S CHRIST­MAS CEL­E­BRA­TION> NOV. 22-DEC. 31 Take an en­chanted jour­ney on the Po­lar Ex­press to the North Pole to meet Santa, see "Elmo’s Christ­mas Wish" fea­tur­ing Sesame Street char­ac­ters and see "Shamu Christ­mas Mir­a­cles" set to fes­tive mu­sic. seaworld.com

5 NOW SNOW­ING> NOV. 29-DEC. 31 Cel­e­bra­tion hosts nightly snow­falls along with horse-drawn car­riage rides, car­ol­ers, vis­its with Santa and ice skat­ing. 407.566.4007, cel­e­bra­tiontown­cen­ter.com

Univer­sal's Macy's cap­tion Day here Pa­rade

Christma Brick­tac­u­lar

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