Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios

Image by Casajump

Photo by Casajump

What is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights? 

There’s got to be a shorter name for this. Let’s settle on Osborne Lights. Okay, so the Osborne Lights is an impressive light show in which the buildings around the Streets of America district of Disney World’s Hollywood Studios are covered in miles and miles of light strings.  Each evening there is a switching-on ceremony around 6pm in which the lights are introduced with music which continues throughout the night.  The streets get absolutely packed for this each night, and continue to remain so for several hours afterwards as people explore the houses, buildings and decorations all festooned with myriad lights.

There are lights that jump to music, lights blanketing entire buildings, lights covering more lights.  They dim every ten minutes or so to help you appreciate the magnitude of how many lights there are.  It’s Disney’s answer to ‘that guy with all the Christmas lights on his house’ however this is not a Disney invention. There really is an Osborne family where this all got started.

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Candlelight Processional 2013 at Disney World

Candlelight Processional

Photo by the amazing Tom Bricker at Disney Tourist Blog

What is the Candlelight Processional?

The Candlelight Processional is a Christmas-time event retelling the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by music from a huge choir and live orchestra. Hosted within the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot, the show is an outdoors event and takes place three times a night, with the final performance immediately followed by Epcot’s Illuminations fireworks display.

Who are the Candlelight Processional 2013 celebrity narrators?
The Candlelight Processional would undoubtedly be a hugely popular event without the pull of a celebrity narrator, but the impressive line up of big names each year is a hotly anticipated announcement. The line up is often chopped and changed as the celebrities get a better offer or work throws up other commitments, but to get the ball rolling, here’s what Disney announced earlier this week:

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Christmas at Disney World

Minnie and Mickey Castle Lights Disney World

Photo by the amazing Tom Bricker at Disney Tourist Blog

Planning our trip to Walt Disney World in December this year has become new hobby of mine, reading up on all the extra cool parades, parties and shows laid on at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. There’s all the hotel resorts to explore along the monorail, taking in the typically Disney bonkers Christmas decorations like the Grand Floridian’s giant, edible ginger bread house. Plus there’s a stack of super cute Disney Christmas merchandise that will be coming home with me (guess what you’re all getting for Christmas this year you guys!).

I don’t want to miss a thing, so I’ll be sharing some brief guides to the awesome things taking place to make a Christmas in Disney World Bucket List.

Here’s how that list is shaping up so far (links will be added as posts publish):

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Do They Know It’s (six months ‘til) Christmas?

6 months to christmas!Today marks the day that we are now closer to next Christmas than the last. It’s six months til Christmas and the countdown is on.  Whoa there, Nellie, you might say, but I’ve scarce put the winter wardrobe away, regretting that decision as the wind blows a hoolie and the rain lashes down.  Well, fine, if that’s how you want to play it, Summer, then bring on Christmas!

So at this midway point in the calendar, it feels like it’s time to revive the blog and look forward to my most favourite part of the year.  Coming up over the next few months:

  • I’ll be making a regular feature looking at how Christmas is celebrated in countries around the world
  • Raiding the back of the larder for the last jar of mincemeat in the house and turning it into a selection of spiced treats to brighten up a wet weekend
  • Making the most of our early jump on Christmas by starting up a Christmas Club

Finally, last but not least, I’ll also be adding a whole new section to the site about planning a trip to Walt Disney World at Christmas. Mr & Mrs Christmas will be visiting The Mouse for a couple of weeks in December this year, and whilst I’ve managed to find bits and pieces of information about what goes on at Chez Disney around the festive season, it will be good to pull it all into one place to share.  I’ll be adding park guides, resort highlights and special events that you’ll only experience during the Christmas season at Walt Disney World.

Until next time, Feliz Navidad!

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Post-Christmas fun: Royal Pavilion Ice Rink & Jamie’s Fabulous Feasts, Brighton

January isn’t normally a month I look forward to in any way, but so far it’s not been half bad this year. I’ve rediscovered evening and weekends to do stuff – something of a rarity back in December, and tackled the spring cleaning by de-cluttering the wardrobes and cupboards of stuff – swiftly followed by a trip to Ikea to fill the house with more stuff.

I had always intended to take a whirl around the Royal Pavilion ice rink in Brighton during the run up to Christmas but never got round to it in my lurgi-ridden state. So as a treat to cheer us up from the post-Christmas blues, my husband and I visited one evening after work.

Brighton ice rink 2013

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January sales: Christmas picks

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Christmas fanatic in possession of Christmassy things, must be in want of more Christmassy things. To this end, there is no better way to stave off the immediate post-Christmas blues than by buying loads of things in the January sales, for next Christmas.

Lego Christmas Village – was £89.99 – £49.99, now £45.99 – £89.99, The Lego Shop

Lego Winter Cottage

Lego Winter Cottage

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It’s still Christmas!

Happy new year! 2013 arrived in style accompanied by the soundtrack of SingStar Take That performances fuelled by fizz, White Russians and an endless supply of delicious pork snacks.

At 2 o’clock this morning, it seemed like THE BEST idea to head down to the Brighton Pavilion ice rink today, but fast forward 8 hours and it didn’t seem so clever with heavy heads and hoarse voices.  A trip to the outdoor ice rink is a festive pilgrimage I didn’t get round to making before Christmas thanks to my month-long chest infection, but now I’m fighting fit and ready to Torvil & Dean it.  But some time other than today in particular.

The first day of 2013 was a beaut in Brighton – not a cloud in the sky and the sun flooding into every room in the house.  If only all of January could be like this.  It’s a tough month to get through is January, and I’m not looking forward to taking all the decorations down this weekend at all, but for the next three days it is still Christmas in this house, so I plan to cram all the possible Christmassy things left to do/consume in the next three days.

Christmassy things to do in 3 days:

  • Eat the bag of chocolate coins from the Christmas tree
  • Watch Gremlins
  • Serve Christmas coffee and turkish delight after dinner
  • Play board games and drink port
  • Wear a new fragrance and clothes I got for xmas
  • Have a cheeseboard every night for supper
  • Catch up on about seventeen hours of Eastenders Christmas specials
  • Use up the last of the crackers and wear the hats all evening

January is prime time for Christmas 2013 bargains, particularly decorations, lighting and giftwrap supplies. I’ll check in again this week with a round up of what I’ve found (squeezed in two trips to the January sales before January even got here) and some awesome pieces to snap up.

Happy three day week everyone!

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Awesome Things I Ate & Drank This Christmas

That list, in full:

1. The Lancashire Bomb

The Lancashire Bomb cheese

This cheese is mad.  A 1kg grenade of super mature Lancashire cheese. Really tangy and crumbly.  PLUS the added adventure of figuring out how to get into it – it’s wrapped in hessian and thick black wax.  Answer: set your dad on it with a Swiss army knife.

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So This Is Christmas

The 72 hour rolling buffet has now ceased service and we’ve emerged from a food coma feeling pretty pleased with how that all went.  Like any good Christmas though, it was not without its drama (not quite the Eastenders type of drama, we all survived this one) as we almost ended up Turkeyless for Christmas dinner.  Unthinkable.

Having arrived at Chez Taylor, the parentals unloaded their sleigh of goodies and in amongst the collection of boxes and bags I couldn’t spot the star of the show.

Me: Where’s the turkey, mum?

Mum: Where’s the turkey, dad?

Dad: What turkey?

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