Best 2012 Memories, #25: Lighting the Christmas tree at Legoland Florida
Legoland Florida celebrated its first birthday this year, and the birthday bash was the source of one of my top 2012 memories. There's a second great memory that also made the list, and it happened not too long ago. Since I'm posting my memories in date order, it's the one that wraps up my Top 25 list and segues my Examiner column into 2013, with 365 new days to make more memories.
Legoland Florida celebrates its Christmas Bricktacular during the holiday season, with Santas sprinkled throughout Miniland USA and Santa himself meeting kids on the weekends to hear their Christmas wishes. They can make Lego ornaments and get their photos taken with Lego Santa and a Lego toy solder.
One of the Legoland Florida festivity highlights is the enormous tree, constructed from more than 270,000 Lego bricks. It sits near the front of the park, towering 30 feet tall and beckoning people for photo ops and just to admire it and marvel at its detail. Click the video at lower left to see some scenes from the holiday celebration.
A family is chosen to light the Christmas tree every night, and my 2012 capper memory is having the chance to be one of those families. Better yet, it was one of my friend's birthdays, so she came with me to the park, joined me up on stage, and had the honor of pressing the button to make the tree sparkle with lights. It was the perfect end to a long, fun day at the park and one more special memory in a year that was packed full of them.
If you missed the earlier memories in my top 25 list, use the list below to go back to the first five articles.
- Meeting Blue Man Group co-creator Phil Stanton
- Turtle Trek construction tour at SeaWorld Orlando
- One More Disney Day Leap Year celebration
- Meeting the Phineas and Ferb creators
- Meeting Monkee Mickey Dolenz