Weekend Happenings in Orlando Dec 2 to 4

Know what's happening in and around Orlando for the weekend.



Friday:

First Friday Art Show – FAVO – 5 to 9 pm

Thirty-six artists throw open their studio doors to the public, just in time for holiday shopping. For more info: facebook.com/events/1820060741582959

Tree-lighting Celebration – Downtown Orlando – 5 pm

Join Orlando’s mayor for the lighting of the city’s 72-foot-tall Christmas tree in Lake Eola Park. Holiday performances by Trinity Lutheran School and Encore! Cast Performing Arts, plus a holiday gift shopping “village” and food trucks. Performances start at 5 p.m., with the tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. 512 E. Washington St. For more info: cityoforlando.net

Holiday Lights & Sugar Plum Stroll – DeLand – 5:30 pm

Santa lights the tree at DeLand City Hall, then heads to Pioneer Park by the fire truck for photos. Downtown merchants have a Sugar Plum Stroll along the main drive, with complimentary treats, holiday  discounts  and strolling carolers. Tree lighting at 5:30 p.m., stroll from 6-9 p.m. For more info: mainstreetdeland.org

Saturday:

Holiday Tour of Homes – Sanford – 11 am to 4 pm

Enchanting homes and graceful churches are decorated for the holidays on this self-guided driving tour of Sanford. Carolers and other live music fill the air, with complimentary refreshments at some locations. Tour stops are clustered between Lake Monroe and 20th Street.  For tickets and more info: sanfordhistorictrust.org

The Nutcracker  –Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center  – 2 & 7 pm

Ballet Fedotov and the Russian Academy of Alafaya present this classic holiday ballet. For more info: wdpac.com/entire-season.html 

Avalon Aglow – Avalon Park – 3 pm

Activities include a parade, storytelling by Mrs. Claus, hot apple cider, live music and amusement rides.  Parade  begins at 3 p.m.; fireworks end the evening at 9 p.m. For more info:  downtownavalonpark.com

Christmas Parade – DeLand – 5:30 pm

With this, DeLand’s 68th annual Christmas Parade, the city’s three Rotary Clubs assume responsibility for the event, organized for decades by the DeLand Jaycees. The 5:30 p.m. parade usually attracts more than 100 marching units and 20,000 spectators. Woodland Boulevard in downtown DeLand, between Michigan and Hubbard avenues. For more info: delandchristmasparade.org

Holiday Tree Lighting – Casselberry – 6 to 8 pm

This tree lighting takes place at Lake Concord Park, with performances by Casselberry Elementary, South Seminole Middle School, and the Magic of Bronze bells group. For more info: casselberry.org

Sunday:

Music at the Casa – Casa Feliz – noon to 2:30 pm

Take a trip to Spain, Bolivia, and the Middle East with the dance performances of Alborea Dances. For more info: casafeliz.us/upcoming-events/

Light Up SoDo – SoDo – 2 to 6 pm

Kick off the season with this family-friendly event with Santa, princesses, face painting, train rides, a beer garden, holiday market, live wreath making, DJ and more. For more info: facebook.com/events/963215827139343

Multi-Day Events:

Brass Band of Central Florida – Oveido – Fri 7 pm, Sat 2 pm & 7 pm

The St. Luke's Concert Series presents their holiday concert featuring new arrangements of old holiday favorites performed by the Brass Band of Central Florida at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. For more info: stlukes-oviedo.org/concert-series

Holiday Trunk Show with Guest Artist Melissa Menzer – Sanford – Fri 2 to 6 pm, Sat 10 am to 4 pm

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art hosts guest artist Melissa Menzer and her antique assemblages made from clay and rescued vintage treasures. For more info: jtfolkart.com

Light Up Winter Garden And Christmas Parade – Winter Garden – Fri 6 to 9 pm, Sat 10 am

Festive lights turn on in Winter Garden on Friday, with live entertainment, vendors and children’s’ activities from 6-9 p.m. on Plant Street. On Saturday, set out your blanket or chair before 10 a.m., when the annual Christmas Parade comes through downtown at South Dillard and Plant streets. For more info: cwgdn.com

Orlando Renaissance Festival – Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake – Fri to Sun 10 am to 6 pm

It's the inaugural year for Orlando's very own Renaissance festival bringing with it the magic and wonder of a historical reenactment village, merry merchants, fine crafts, and astounding performances. For more info: facebook.com/events/1607326052878140

A Mount Dora Christmas – Mount Dora – Fri to Sun, Times Vary

Start with a free, family-friendly “Christmas Walk” on downtown streets, with live entertainment and twinkling lights, Friday from 6-9 p.m. On Saturday, see the Christmas Parade downtown at 11 a.m. and an illuminated Boat Parade on Lake Dora from 7-9 p.m. A self-driving tour of homes decorated for the holidays is offered from 2 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. Sunday. For more info: mountdorachristmas.com

Cracker Christmas – Fort Christmas – Sat & Sun, 10 am to 4 pm

Pioneer demonstrations, barbecue, antique tractors, Civil War camp, craft vendors and more. For more info: orangecountyparks.net

Holiday Home Tour and Winter Wonderland – Celebration – Sat 3 to 9 pm, Sun 1 to 5 pm

This self-guided tour showcases Celebration’s roots as a Disney-designed New Urbanist community. New this year: a hospitality stop at Celebration Town Hall, with admission to a “Winter Wonderland” of decorated Christmas trees and exquisite tablescapes for sale. For more info: experiencekissimmee.com

Scott's Maze Adventures – Long & Scott Farms – Sat 10 am to 5 pm, Sun 1 to 5 pm

Get lost in a giant maze of corn stalks covering seven acres of a family’s Lake County farm. There are also mini mazes, zip lines, hay rides, tours, food vendors, a playground and more. For more info: longandscottfarms.com 

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