Who Says There’s Nothing to Do in Orlando?

It is the last weekend before Christmas and there sure are a lot of holiday festivities going on this weekend! Movies in the park, lots of theater events, so many options.   Here are our top family pics…

Holiday Movies at Lake Eola Park, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!  Such a classic, how cool to see it on a big screen again!

Tonight – 7pm at the Walt Disney Amphitheater


Performed live on stage, A Christmas Story The Musical! Is this not everyone’s favorite Christmas movie?!

Saturday & Sunday – 2 and 5:30pm


The Nutcracker – Family Series. Perfect for the little ones as it is only a 1 hour performance but just as enjoyable!

Saturday at 11am and 3pm & Sunday at 11am


So pick an event and go get your jolly on!










This time of year seems to fly by, we wish it didn’t because it is the absolute best time of year!  Sweaters, hot chocolate, sweet treats, Christmas carols, I could go on and on and on…it’s the best. The absolute best. And can you believe there are only 12 days until Christmas.  Ahhhh!

Growing up my favorite memories are of decorating the house with my dad.  He put so much effort into it, people would drive by multiple times just to get a second look, some would even come back with their cameras and take pictures.  All because of a fake pair of Santa legs that my dad had rigged up into the attic window so it looked like Santa was crawling in, people loved it! And once our lights were up we’d spend the evenings driving around doing the same thing, hot cocoa in our mugs, in our pjs and slippers, blasting Christmas music.  Like I said, it is the best time of year!   I’ve carried on this tradition as an adult, maybe not the pj and slipper part but definitely the hot cocoa and Christmas music part!  This year I really wanted to spice things up a bit, I wanted to keep the tradition but do something a little different.  I decided upon the Annual Holiday Lights Ride!

This year marks the 7th Annual Holiday Lights Ride.  Hop on your bikes with your family, meet at Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux at 6:30pm and pedal around town taking in all of the holiday lights displays. It is about a 7 mile ride with multiple stops along the way, helmets, front and rear lights are required.  Bike decorations are not required but highly encouraged!  And if you can swing it please try to bring an unwrapped gift for a teenager for the toy drive benefiting Parramore Kidz Zone.

I have a feeling this is going to be the start of my new family tradition!

When – Saturday December 13th @ 6:30

Where – Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux Cafe


Don’t you just love this time of year!  I feel like once we hit mid November it is okay to really start getting ready for the holiday season.  Except Christmas music before Thanksgiving, I’ll never get used to that!  But I do love seeing Downtown Orlando and surrounding neighborhoods put up their holiday décor and signs, it just makes it all so…official.

So, let the holiday festivities begin!  Here is one of our favorites.  The weekend prior to Thanksgiving Ivanhoe Village always celebrates their neighborhood holiday party, and this year is no different.   On November 22nd you and the family can head down to Ivanhoe Village for a night of joyous festivities to help kick of the 2014 holiday season with Jingle Eve!

The night’s events will include a Santa’s workshop, holiday specials and samples from local merchants, live music, local artists and vendors.  The Food Truck Bazaar will be there and there is also a wine stroll!  And of course the lighting of the Happy Holidays sign and the Christmas Tree lighting in Gaston Edwards Park!

Come join the party! We guarantee it will be the perfect start to your holidays!


Here are the details:

Saturday, November 22nd

Santa’s Workshop @ 5pm

Sign Lighting @ 6pm

Tree Lighting @ 6:30pm

Wine Stroll @ 6pm,  $20 per person (buy tickets here)


Interested in buying or selling a home this holiday season?  Give us a call at (407) 494-2820 or check out our website!

If you have traveled through Downtown Orlando I’m sure you’ve noticed the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  Maybe it was only concrete and steel when you first saw it but it is now a building of pure wonderment.  33,000 square feet, it spans two blocks and takes up almost nine acres of downtown. And now is your chance to step inside and experience it all for yourself.  Saturday November 8th starts their community open house.  Guests can meander through the Della Phillips Grand Lobby, the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater and the Seneff Arts Plaza. Along the way be sure to stop for photo ops and pick up tickets to upcoming shows and events!  This is a family friendly event so bring everyone out to take in the beauty of this new building!

The community open house is from noon until 6pm but you don’t want to go too far afterwards because at 8pm there is a free concert.  The concert is celebrating the opening of the Dr. Phillips Center and the Seneff Arts Plaza and it is starring Cheryl Crow!  Can you believe it?!  A free Cheryl Crow concert right in Downtown Orlando, how cool is that?!  And if you aren’t able to make it out to Saturday’s community open house don’t worry, they’re doing it again on Sunday.  But on Sunday you’ll have the option to upgrade to a $30 ticket that will get you access to a private facility with high top tables and chairs, lunch from Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ and three drink tickets.  Sunday hours are noon to 4pm, exploring on your own is still free!






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We love that Orlando is recognizing itself as a creative city, and it is events like Creative City Project that really prove that to be true.

On Saturday, November 1st, you can walk around Downtown Orlando and experience dozens of performances from artists like The Cook Trio to professional organizations like Cirque du Soleil.  These artists, and many more,  will be scattered throughout the city performing in public spaces like Orange County History Center, Chase Plaza, multiple art galleries, Orange Ave, Pine St. and more.

All different artists coming together to promote creativity and share their love for their art is truly an amazing thing and should not be missed.

They’ve made it easy,  maps are being handed out that list the time and place of each performance, hours are 7-11pm and it is FREE. Yes, you read that correctly, FREE.  So grab your family and friends and see what Orlando creatives have to offer,  you will not be disappointed!


Saturday November 1st




Magic, it always irritated me more than it impressed me.  I could never understand why people found it so amazing when you knew it was all just an illusion. But this isn’t about me; it’s about you and finding unique things to do in our wonderful city!  How about this one, Magic Mansion, intrigued? I thought you would be and I must admit that I am as well.  Being able to walk through a historic mansion and seeing up close magic does sound kind of…well…magical.

For 4 nights only the Historic Dr. Phillips House will be hosting Magic Mansion: An Interactive Close-Up Magic Experience.   Featuring the Official Magicians of the Orlando Magic as well as other performers, all that were personally selected by Kostya Kimlat.  Kimlat is a world renowned entertainer and magician who founded SeeMagicLive, which creates customized magic presentations around the world.

The Mansion will be open from 6-10pm, you can come as you please but allow yourself a few hours to explore the mansion and experience all of the wonderment that these magicians have to offer.  Complimentary parking upon arrival and food and drinks will be available for purchase.

211 N. Lurcerne Cir. E

October 27-30; 6-10pm

Tickets can be purchased here.


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Smokey bars, raspy voices and the taste of liquor on your lips are all components of the jazz music era.  Though the start of jazz is debatable, some say in the late 1800’s and others say in in the 1910’s, it will always be synonymous with rebellion and youth thanks to The Roaring Twenties.  Whenever and whoever first started playing jazz definitely got it right, it has carried through the ages and stood the test of time.  You hear it’s influence in modern music, from rock to hip hop to folk.  Everyone, at one point or another, has enjoyed jazz music whether they know it or not.

One of the best ways to listen to jazz music is live, you can feel the energy flowing through the crowd, you can’t help but tap your fingers along with the beat.  And that is why College Park Jazzfest is, year after year, one of the most anticipated events in the downtown area.  Last year there were over 10,000 people in attendance, and this year even more are expected!  3 stages, local restaurants,  retail and food vendors will line Edgewater Drive on October 25th from 6-11pm.  Admission is a minimum $5 donation, and a portion of your donation helps support teams, schools and non profit organizations within College Park!

Tickets are available upon arrival or in advance at select College Park establishments:

The Beauty Spot

Gallery On The Edge

The Soda Fountain

Infusion Tea

Old Florida!



Interested in buying or selling in the College Park area?  Give us a call, we’d love to be your agent!

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