Assuming you're not coming to my house to sing carols around the Saturnalia tree and suck down copious amounts of chili, you probably want to have some holiday fun. After all, Festivus is almost here, too. More than ready to gather ‘round the Festivus pole and tell your loved ones how they’ve disappointed you this year? Why not get out of town? Go to the happiest place on earth — and then some.
Seriously: Head to Orlando and let loose. Friday night, check out ICE! Featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas at Gaylord Palms ($27-$30) with a walk-through stage set with ice sculptures of the Peanuts gang. Saturday, pop over to EPCOT for Holidays Around the World ($100) and get the holiday feels as you learn how Moroccans celebrate the winter season (and also try the lamb platter at the counter service restaurant in Morocco). Then pop over to Disney Springs and eat fish and chips at Raglan Road, wash it down with the awesomest bar in the world, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, and finish off your holiday shopping (seriously, they have everything here). Sprinkles has peppermint chocolate cupcakes, so end your night with that (after, of course, getting vertigo watching the newest dazzling staging of Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba). Stick around and catch Disney Springs’ drone light show. Sunday, wash down the weekend with Butter Beer at Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter ($110, plus beer) and a Mexican dinner at Antojitos (and one of their margaritas) and then back to Universal for the Macy’s Holiday Parade. Where to sleep? Head to the Dolphin at Walt Disney World ($150 and up) and watch EPCOT’s Illuminations from your window. Go on Christmas Eve and have an elf bring you milk and cookies and tuck you into bed. Seriously, that happens.
Not feeling the theme parks? There's plenty to do in town this weekend — Go see City of Emeralds at UT's Reeves Theater, We Three Queens at the Palladium, Twelve at Tampa's Powerstories Theatre or The Great Gatsby at Stageworks. Not feeling the theater? Saturday brings the Ugly Holiday Bike Ride, a Victorian Steampunk Christmas, Christmas in the Country and The Quest for the Emerald Paw. On Sunday, no matter where you are, there's always brunch. Check out Oystercatchers in Tampa tis week, and don't worry, 16 more days.