Last week Renée made her way over to Jolly Creek in Orlando to take in their Holiday event.
The holidays have definitely arrived in Orlando with this fun event featuring some great music, lights and more. Check it out!
You can see more details about Jolly Creek including how to get your own tickets here.
Written by Renée Girard
Tonight we’re at Central Florida’s brand new holiday event, Jolly Creek!
The lights look amazing!
It’s a brisk 65 degrees in Florida this evening. Let it snow!
The Jolly Creek Society Orchestra play some holiday classics. Love these guys!
The dancing, color-changing tree was a crowd favorite.
It was awesome to get a night ride on an airboat. Definitely a very Florida Christmas!
And at a safe distance, you can also meet Santa. On an airboat!
Some tasty treats are available, including the festive Florida Frosty drink.
Thanks to Jolly Creek Holiday Festival for inviting us tonight! Definitely worth the visit to have a uniquely Florida Christmas experience!
I almost forgot to mention the vendor marketplace at Jolly Creek. I bought a Disney Christmas catnip pillow that my cat is absolutely obsessed with and now I wish I got more than one!
A couple of nights ago, Renée had a chance to check out the amazing Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids The World Village.
Give Kids The World is one of our all time favorite charities, and the one we support each and every year on Giving Tuesday. Hope you'll join us this year.
Check out the update for this amazing event.
Written by Renée Girard
The other night we visited the Night of a Million Lights at the Give Kids the World Village. Being a huge fan of holiday light displays, I knew walking in immediately that I was going to love it.
Lots of local Orlando businesses and attractions took part in the event, each decorating a house or area with lights themed to what they represent.
Lots of theme parks have houses at the village, including Fun Spot, SeaWorld, Legoland, and even Holiday World.
The folks from Universal Orlando Resort took over the dinosaur mini golf area, and it’s awesome!
You can meet (at a distance) a masked-up Santa Claus too. 2020 is weird.
The beautiful Disney houses, from Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella.
Crazy to think that we would normally be out and about at IAAPA this week. But good to see they have a house at Night of a Million Lights .
There is no wrong way to go - there are lights everywhere!
In addition to the lights, you can also learn what Give Kids the World Village does and explore other areas. In the Castle of Miracles and Star Tower, it is covered with stars personalized by each child who has visited. There are thousands, simply amazing.
In the pool area, complimentary hot cocoa and ice cream is offered, as well as additional food and beverages, and merchandise to purchase.
The Ripley’s Believe It or Not house brought out quite a few unique items for their display.
Light speed! There are photo ops galore, and this Star Wars house certainly is a great one.
Among the houses is a Christmas tree trail, where you can take a selfie with a gingerbread friend.
If you need the perfect Christmas Instagram photo, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for those!
Honestly cannot say enough good things about Give Kids The World Village Night of a Million Lights event. It is absolutely worth visiting, as well as supporting such an amazing cause.
While it was a wonderful experience, I do hope they open the village to kids again soon.
Can I tell you how good it feels to be doing an update from something I experienced on my own for the first time in 7 months. REALLY good.
Last night we experienced the Haunted Hayride 2020: Live Drive-Up Experience and had an absolute blast.
It was a perfect socially distanced, masked up night out.
Written by Gregg Condon
First, some highlights of the show. As somebody who went to the Drive-In a lot as a kid, and into my late teens, early 20's, I can say, this brought back a lot of fun memories.
Not really in "LA", but still technically LA County. And much further than our typical drive to the Hayride.
We're masked up and ready to go!! We were super impressed with the entry process, and them checking even in the back seat to make sure everybody was wearing masks.
Lots of familiar characters and voices while you wait.
Some props from previous hayrides!!
The Platinum Experience trailers. We opted for the VIP.
Lots of fun songs, movies, and oh yeah, monsters roaming around.
Just your typical stranded at the drive-in story.
Side note: Anybody else that newer cars (ours is a hybrid) don't have an "accessory" setting and you can't leave the radio on while the car is off? We had to turn ours off about 20 minutes in due to the constant warnings.
However, the sound was awesome and we didn't miss anything. We just wanted that extra "ooomph". =)
You can almost see the swing set in front of the screen. No, it's not really there, but anybody in GenX knows what I'm talking about.
Super happy with how some of these pics came out.
Lots of fun Monte Revolta tunes!!
We loved it. Make no mistake, we've had a few experiences at the Hayride in years past that weren't great, but this was. Was it your normal Halloween event, not in the least. But it was perfect for 2020 and we definitely can't recommend this enough. $100 well spent!
Get your tickets to LA Haunted Hayride soon. It's almost all sold out.