Gingerbread contest. Vote at the Kissimmee farmer’s market for your favorite house






By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

If you have been meaning to go to the downtown Kissimmee farmer’s market, but just never can find the time, the Dec. 16 Tuesday market might just be the market you have been waiting for.

The special event Kissimmee Valley Farmer’s Market will feature a gingerbread house decorating contest as well as a Kids’ Night event.

This is the third year for the gingerbread contest, a friendly competition among the businesses in downtown Kissimmee.

Hosted by Kissimmee Main Street, the submitted gingerbread houses usually are both unique and innovative,  as well as time-consuming to build.

The viewing public can get into the fun as well by voting for their favorite gingerbread house. Last year’s outstanding efforts included a gingerbread replica of the Osceola County’s historic courthouse, built, appropriately enough, by the Osceola County Historical Society and an ornate rendering in gingerbread and gumdrops, peppermint and tinsel by the Infinite Health and Spine Center.

Kissimmee Utility Authority and Toho Water Authority are partners for the event, supplying free gingerbread house kits and a wooden base to the business participants. All of those fringe accessories, from gumdrops to reindeer are up to the participants.

The top 3 entries will receive awards and, bragging rights until next year. There will also be a kids’ craft station where kids can build their own holiday craft, holiday music, and of course the Farmer’s Market vendors.

For more information and questions  call 407-846-4643.

Santa workshop

Santa’s Christmas Workshop comes to the Orlando Science Center, Dec. 6 and 13 at 10 a.m. (check-in is at 9:30 a.m.). The special event is geared for children  ages 3-5. For more information and to register go to

The center also will host Planes, Trains and Automobiles for ages 3-5.  Thursdays and Fridas, Dec. 4-19. The science event explores transportation ant will be held at 9:30 a.m. For more information and to register, go to

SeaWorld Christmas

The theme park’s annual holiday celebration is underway, featuring live shows, a journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express and more.

The event is held at 6 p.m. on select dates through Dec. 31.

Highlights include Christmas carols; the sparkling Sea of Trees and more.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is included with park admission, annual Pass and Fun Card.

Special offers at the park include get one free child’s admission with each paid adult by Dec. 31.



The City of Kissimmee will host  the 2014 Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Kissimmee on Saturday beginning at 7:15 p.m. There will be strolling entertainers, holiday carolers, marching bands, seasonal food and beverages and an appearance by Santa.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will take time out from their busy schedule to be a part of the festivities from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Heron Pavilion, which is located on Ruby Plaza at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park.

Arabian horses

All are invited to Al-Marah Arabians Homecoming of Horses, a celebration of some of the horses from the greatest horse stock in the world.

The horses can be seen Sunday, at Al-Marah Arabians, 11105 Autumn  Lane in Clermont

Al-Marah Arabians is iviting the public to the  Homecoming of Horses event to see the arrival of the last and very best of the farm’s famous Arabian horses as they arrive from Tucson. The day-long event is free.

Highlights of the event include:

Riding demonstrations featuring horses that have won more than 40 National Championships.

Tours of the 78-acre farm

Meet and greet with Mark Miller and the Al-Marah trainers.

Riding demo by Greta Wrigley, trainer and winner of multiple national championships.

There also will be horse sales, entertainment and more.

The highlight of the event will be the arrival of the broodmares at 2 pm as they take their first steps on the pastures of their new home.

The Al-Marah Arabians are the oldest, privately-owned, continuously-bred band of horses in the world. Their ancestors date back to 1815 when they were first rounded up from the Egyptian desert.

Now owned by Mark Miller, who owned the Arabian Nights attraction, the horses are bred to exacting standards for beauty, athleticism, agility and a warrior-spirit; with dispositions that make them perfect companions and show horses.

For more information on Al-Marah Arabians, visit