January 15 is Martin Luther King Day which is a State holiday. It is also Robert E Lee’s birthday.
SeaWorld starts off the New Year with a new event, the Three Kings Celebration from January 1 to 6. The event starts at 11:00 a.m. and continues to park close at 7 p.m. It is free with regular admission.
As well as the Christmas O Wondrous Night and Sea of Trees, there is also a Three Kings Processional which tells the story of the arrival of the Three Kings, a special menu at the Sharks Underwater Grill, live music and festive food and drinks.
Over at Universal the Universal Christmas Celebrations continue until January 6. Then from January 26 to 28 they celebrate the “Celebration of Harry Potter”.
The Gaylord Palms ICE! Christmas Around the World show runs until January 7.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park closes on January 7 for its annual maintenance until March 17 but Disney’s Blizzard Beach will be open.
The Busch Gardens Real Music Series concerts run from January 8 to March 3.
SeaWorld continues with their Praise Wave Christian musical festival which is included in the standard admission and for 2018 runs on four consecutive Saturdays, January 20, 27, February 3 and 10.
There are three new musical acts at Epcot in the World Showcase in January. At the Germany Pavilion, Groovin’ Alps will be playing from January 10 to March 27. Returning to Morocco is Matboukha Groove from January 1 to July 1 and Bodh’aktan also return to the Canada Pavilion’s from January 12 to 28.
Also at Epcot is the Epcot International Festival of the Arts from January 12 to February 19 celebrating art and performance along with musical Broadway performances and gourmet food and drink.
The Rolex 24 at Daytona runs from January 27 to 28.
There could potentially be four launches from Cape Canaveral in January.
The Falcon 9 launch with a mystery payload called “Zuma” which was scheduled to lift off in November has been rescheduled for January 4 and a second Falcon 9 could lift off on January 30.
There is also a Atlas V is scheduled for January 18.
Finally SpaceX positioned the Falcon 9 Heavy on launch pad 39A during December and are now suggesting a potential first launch attempt some time in January.
A cold snap in mid December saw all of central Florida’s major water parks closed for several days and there were even signs of snow around Destin and Miramar Beach in Northwest Florida.
The New Year will also start off cold by Florida standards but January should again see average temperatures and average rainfall across the whole region with slightly above average temperatures in the South.
In the North around Pensacola it will be a mixture of sunshine and clouds with the odd rain shower in the latter half of the month. In Jacksonville it will be noticeably warmer with fewer rain showers.
Daytime temperatures will be between the mid 40s and mid 60s with overnight temperatures between the mid 20s to low 50s. Like last month, there will be more sunshine on the Atlantic coast.
Across the Central region, the outlook is warmer with fewer clouds and less rain. Daytime temperatures will be in the high 50s to high 70s with low 40s to high 50s overnight.
Down in Miami and the Keys, it will be similar to the Central region but warmer overnight. Temperatures will be in the high 60s to low 80s during the day and high 40s to high 60s overnight.
Check out the rest of the weather for all of Florida including a live weather map, monthly temperature and rainfall charts across the State and the latest hurricane news.
Just a few new books in January including a series of Lonely Planet guides.
January Book List
- Moving to Naples: The Un-Tourist Guide by Alysia Shivers
- Travel Miami By Bus Photo Book by Caroline Gilmore
- Sail Away! a Kid’s Guide to Key West, Florida by Penelope Dyan
- Miami: A Backward Glance by Muriel V Murrell
- Tampa Bay in History by Rodney Carlisle, Loretta Carlisle
- Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet
- Lonely Planet Pocket Orlando & Walt Disney World® Resort (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet
- Lonely Planet Pocket Miami (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet
- Lonely Planet Florida (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet
- History of the Third Seminole War: 1849–1858 by Joe Knetsch and John Missall
- Historic Tampa Churches (Images of America) by John V. Cinchett
- Fringe Florida: Travels among Mud Boggers, Furries, Ufologists, Nudists, and Other Lovers of Unconventional Lifestyles by Lynn Waddell
- Lonely Planet Florida & the South’s Best Trips (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet
- Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise by Tim Street-Porter and Trina Turk
- Tiny the Florida Easter Bunny by Eric James