Plus, 4 things that made us smile ear-to-ear this week and 5 gift ideas for members only.
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Plus, 4 things that made us smile ear-to-ear this week and 5 gift ideas for members only.

It’s Thursday, y’all. 

And it’s a little chilly out there today. Today’s high is 63, and we’re looking at lows in the 40s. A.k.a. if you work from home, you don’t have to change much. Maybe just grab a light sweatshirt and call it a day, yeah? 😉

Wasting no time, we’ll catch you up on four things to know and four things that made us smile real big this week, make that five if we’re counting these two cuties.

What Orlando is talking about

Brownie and Nala went on a date to Lake Eola to check out the Christmas decor and honestly, we’ve never wanted to third wheel it so badly. | Wanna see your photo here? Tag @pulptown to be featured in our IG of the day. (📸: @kj.makdah)

😀 4 things that made us smile 

This guy has made us laugh a time or two on Nextdoor before. But his Pterodactyl sighting post and the comments that followed were just what we needed on this fine Thursday. (Nextdoor

10/10 would read this guy’s food reviews all day, every day. Don’t you agree? Patrick Andrew Bishop’s storytelling would make for some great standup. Read on about rave reviews of High Tide Harry’s and why every local must go. And then head here for a cry from High Tide Harry Jr.’s post about how his father chased the ultimate American dream and, this year, stands to lose it all. (Facebook

College Park Yoga has been a neighborhood staple for over 20 years, but the pandemic has really served the location a blow, much like everywhere else. That said, faithful CPY followers heard that their favorite yoga studio was in a bit of financial struggle and launched a GoFundMe to keep its doors open. They’re hoping to raise $37k and would love for you to pitch in. Thanks, Emily T., for the heads up! (GoFundMe

The State Theatre in Eustis got an early Christmas present this year when 86-year-old Grammy Award-winning pianist and conductor Peter Nero made a $20,000 donation to help keep its doors open. Nero, now a native Villager, won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1961 and said he felt compelled to donate because “A city or area without the arts is a person without a soul.”(ClickOrlando

➡️ 4 things to know this week

The Orange County CARES Act portal opens this morning for the 12th and final time. Individuals and families seeking assistance during the pandemic are encouraged to apply for the remaining 10,000 spots and $2 million. But you better act fast. The portal opens at 8 a.m. and applications fill quickly. (Orlando Weekly

Opera Orlando is hosting the first indoor operatic production in the country since COVID-19 arrived. Its production of “Die Fledermaus: The Revenge of the Bat” debuts tonight at The Dr. Phillips Center and tickets are $19. Read on for safety protocols. 👉 (Bungalower

In more arts and entertainment news, Orlando Shakes is showing off its new outdoor setup this weekend with its inaugural performance of “The Laura Hodos Holiday Cabaret.” The show runs this Friday through Wednesday. Tickets start at $60 for a table of two. (Bungalower

Downtown Orlando has gone all out for the holidays this year. After a pretty dismal year due to the coronavirus, local businesses have banded together to really put on for their city. Expect lots of festive storefronts, Christmas decor, and even nightly snow! AND 10 downtown eateries have special prix fixe menus (just ask for the “dine around” menu), all part of the “30 Days of City District” initiative. (Orlando Weekly)

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🎄 Celebrate the holiday season with Right on Key, a high-energy a cappella group, as they perform your holiday favorites in a fresh, new way (College Park)

🍷 Cozy up with bottle(s) of wine and Kcuvée's virtual wine-tasting course (Online)

🎄 Deck the bikes with boughs of holly, or just lights, and cruise through the downtown streets (Downtown)

🎭 Opera is back at the Dr. Phillips Center. See Opera Orlando's performance of "Die Fledermaus: The Revenge of the Bat" (Downtown)


🎁 Grab a blanket (and a mask) and watch the holiday classic "Elf" on the big screen at Lake Eola (Lake Eola Park)

🎟 Watch Orlando Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker" at the Dr. Phillips Center through Sunday (Downtown)

🎄 Join in a jam-packed musical evening of Christmas celebration that's sure to bring comfort, joy, and all the holiday shenanigans through Saturday (College Park)

🛥 Hang loose for the Annual Lake Conway Boat Parade (Conway)

🎶 Get in the holiday spirit with a night of cabaret through Wednesday (Loch Haven Park)


🛍 Put on your Krampus best and shop 'til you drop this big local makers holiday market (Winter Park)

🎭 It's the last night to see Opera Orlando's performance of "Die Fledermaus: The Revenge of the Bat" (Downtown)

🎄 Celebrate and explore College Park at its holiday event: Season of Sparkle (College Park)


🛍 Round 2 of this local makers holiday market! Bonus points for dressing in your Krampus best (Ivanhoe)

✨ Tune in for a night of a million lights and some extra holiday magic (Online)

🍿 Grab a blanket and head to the Frontyard Festival for a night of movie-watching and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (Downtown)


🍷 Take a load off with $4 Malbec and a charcuterie plate at The Falcon Bar weekly (Thornton Park)


🍻 Grab your ugly sweater and celebrate Christmas Eve Eve at Castle Church Brewing (Conway)

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One more thing …

And the number one way to celebrate winter right now, like today-today? By driving through town to see Orlando's best-rated Christmas light displays.

No, but really, the weather is all over the place in the winter. The good news is that dark-before-5:40-p.m.-thing will end Dec. 21, and that’s just around the corner. 

Look, don’t take this very seriously. We don’t. It’s just fun to get creative every now and again. Paint happy trees, amirite? 

See you guys again tomorrow with an end-of-the-year wrap-up of the biggest wins and biggest losses in Orlando’s culinary scene this year. 

‘Til then,

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

P.S. You’re running out of time to really wow ‘em with a thoughtful Christmas present this year. Have no fear, our Very Merry 2020 Gift Guide is here.

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