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Delightful dogs, running reindeer and Christmas at Gaylord Palms – the icFlorida ‘Fun 3’
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Delightful dogs, running reindeer and Christmas at Gaylord Palms – the icFlorida ‘Fun 3’

Delightful dogs, running reindeer and Christmas at Gaylord Palms – the icFlorida ‘Fun 3’

Delightful dogs, running reindeer and Christmas at Gaylord Palms – the icFlorida ‘Fun 3’

Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley

With the holiday season comes a slew of events geared toward family fun and timeless traditions, and when you live in Central Florida there is something happening at almost every turn.

Fortunately, icFlorida reporter and Power 95.3 personality Estee Martin visited with Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley on Friday morning with the lowdown on what’s happening this weekend.

The icFlorida Fun 3:

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Canine Extravaganza and AKC National Championship Dog Show

Canine Extravaganza, the nation’s largest celebration of dogs, returns to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center with exciting elements for all dog lovers. Held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Dog Show, highlights include the Diving Dogs competition, a Doggie Boutique mall, and opportunities to interact and play with nearly 150 different breeds in the Meet the Breeds area.

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Reindeer Run

Greg Warmoth Reindeer Run

Lace up your shoes, polish your antlers and join WFTV 9 Family Connection for the annual Greg Warmoth Reindeer Run, Saturday at SeaWorld. Run or walk the spectacular 3-mile route through SeaWorld while Christmas bells chime and holiday music plays throughout the park. Bring the whole family out for the best Holiday fun run around!

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Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Nobody celebrates the holidays quite like Gaylord Palms, and this year’s Christmas at Gaylord Palms has something for everyone. Highlights include the magical Cirque Dreams Unwrapped live show, Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends, Gingerbread Decorating Corner, Santa’s Snow Throw and Snow Tubing. The main attraction, of course, is ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World, showcasing different cultures and their wintertime festivities.

It looks like it’s going to be a great weekend to be out and about. Find out when you might want to wear long sleeves or a jacket in the Weekend Events Weather Forecast by WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields.

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You can find all sorts of fun happenings throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.

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