By now you're just about done digesting that big turkey dinner so ... on to Christmas! Here are some holiday events to check out, many of them starting today.
If you have relatives in town or kids at home on break this weekend, you may be in need of some diversions. Here are some destinations to get people out of your house and enjoying the local sights:
Only in Florida
The Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee has once again turned its massive convention center space over to ICE!, its annual winter wonder you can walk through to marvel at 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures.
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are getting in on holiday shopping with buy one, get one free ticket deals worth up to $180 in an online-only sale. First, you have to register for the parks' email updates at seaworldorlando.com or at buschgardenstampa.com. Then at …
A free interactive exhibit from the Smithsonian is making the final stop on its U.S. tour at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo this weekend. Animal Connections: Our Journey Together will be parked by the main entrance to the zoo at 1101 W Sligh Ave. in Tampa to introduce visitors to the special relationship humans share with …
The company behind the world's tallest roller coaster coming to Orlando in 2017 has released a stomach-turning video simulating what the twisting Skyscraper will look like when it terrifies people riding it over International Drive.
Clearwater's Capitol Theatre has announced a new Holiday Classic Movie Series. It's full of movies that will be played endlessly on cable in the coming weeks, but maybe it's time to see these holiday chestnuts on the big screen.
Ybor Tree Lighting: Can you believe it's this time of year again? Wednesday is 36 days before Christmas, but head out to Centro Ybor as Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Santa light the 37-foot tree. Plus there's caroling and you can get free hot chocolate (hey, forecast temps are 50s-60s). Free. (813) 274-7936.
Hagrid, Dumbledore, Luna and the Weasley twins will be coming to Orlando in January for Universal Orlando's second Celebration of Harry Potter, a weekend of fan events at the theme park with actors, panel discussion and demonstrations from film's creators.
That screaming you'll hear Monday will be coming from the direction of One Direction, performing a free show at Universal Orlando for NBC's Today show to promote their new album, Four. No admission is required because the boys will be out in CityWalk, which is open to the public for no charge. Well, except …