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Sunday, Dec 21, 2014

Don't Miss the Surfin' Santas in Cocoa Beach

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Here’s some holiday fun that was just too good not to share.

If you’re in Central Florida for Christmas Eve this year, check out the Surfin’ Santas in Cocoa Beach.

What started as a family event has grown into one that attracts more than 200 people dressed as Santas coming to the beach for a morning surf session.

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6 Reasons to Visit Sea World Orlando in 2015

Published:   |   Updated: December 15, 2014 at 09:15 AM

Here are six reasons you don’t want to miss visiting SeaWorld Orlando in 2015:

Wild Days -- Saturdays & Sundays, Jan. 24-25, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Feb. 7-8  Connect with and learn about the world of animal rescue, rehabilitation, preservation and conservation with interactive shows throughout the park for fun and educational experiences.

Bands, Brew & BBQ, Honoring America’s Heroes -- Each Saturday & Sunday in March  Enjoy live concerts from classic rock legends and country bands while enjoying delicious barbecue from Central Florida’s local smokehouses. Special discounts and offers are available for enlisted men, women and retired military. Proceeds from the event benefit the USO.

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Holiday Wish List: Family Travel Fun

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For holiday gifts, I love to surprise my family with items and experiences they may not buy themselves.

Here are some fun, Florida experiences you could gift to loved ones this holiday season:

Breakfast with friends – Start the day at Universal Studios Florida for Universal’s Superstar Character breakfast with Nickelodeon characters Hop and the minions from Despicable Me.

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Take a Holiday Stroll at South Seas Island Resort

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I’m a big believer in giving back to those in the community, especially during the holiday season.

This year, the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island has partnered with the 2014 Captiva Holiday Village for a holiday extravaganza benefitting Community Cooperative, Inc. a local food bank.

On Friday and Saturday nights through Dec. 27, families can enjoy live music, arts/crafts, a visit from Santa and plenty of games and festivities at the resort. Enjoy an evening on the resort grounds surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights.

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Welcome 2015 in Panama City Beach at Pier Park

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There’s no need for kids to miss out on the festivities welcoming 2015. They can celebrate the New Year with your in Panama City Beach at the 7h annual Beach Ball Drop hosted by Pier Park.

The festivities feature the Family Beach Ball Drop, with more than 10,000 inflatable beach balls released onto the boardwalk. It’s definitely a colorful sight, meant for kids of all ages.

Check out the rest of the day’s events:

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Making Tasty Treats at Sweet Pete's

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I recently discovered a sweet place right here in my hometown of Jacksonville called Sweet Pete’s

Located in the historic Springfield neighborhood just north of Downtown, Sweet Pete’s is home to a huge variety of sweet treats, taffy, sea salt caramels and gourmet chocolate – all made in-house. 

In addition to buying treats, the shop is unique in that families can sign up for personalized sessions to make their own sweets right there in the shop. 

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A New Home for Sweet Pete's Candy Shoppe

Published:   |   Updated: December 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Ever since my girls and I visited Sweet Pete’s Candy Shoppe last year, it’s been my ‘go-to’ place for holiday gifts.

From salted caramels, chocolates and even lollipops, Pete and his crew make everything in house.

Word spread quickly about the shop’s tasty treats and they’ve recently moved into a much larger location in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, just steps away from Hemming Park.

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Coming Soon: Stingray Bay at Gulf World Marine Park

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In 2015, families can take part in a new experience coming to Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach.

Stingray Bay, a new interaction habitat, will join the Tropical Gardens in the new year.

Once completed, visitors can touch, feed and interact with stingrays, skates, and even sharks.

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'Holidays in Space': A New Laser Light Show Spectacular

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This year, the holidays are going high-tech at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex.

The new ‘Holidays in Space’ features a 3D show "projection mapped" onto a rocket, and a laser and light show along with plenty of holiday cheer.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 28, the Visitors Complex will be decorated for the holidays with décor throughout the area including a 41-foot Christmas tree. How’s that for the ultimate photo opportunity?

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Universal Orlando's Holiday Celebration

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Make new family traditions this year at Universal Orlando Resort’s holiday celebration, Dec. 6 through Jan. 3.

High-flying balloon floats in the Macy’s Holiday Parade, Mannheim Steamroller performing beloved holiday tunes and a celebration of Grinchmas with The Grinch himself are among the events that make the resort a great spot to celebrate with family.

Here’s what to expect:

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