On The Town: Holiday Events

33 holiday events happening in the month of December.




Orlando Ballet performs the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, with live musical accompaniment by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Dec. 17-20

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WREATH DISPLAY AND AUCTION
Through Dec. 3
One-of-a-kind wreaths from some of Florida’s top artists, interior designers and horticulturalists. A wreath silent auction, using an online-bidding system at 32auctions.com/leugardens, ends Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Winners will be notified by email. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org

MICKEY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Through Dec. 18
Magic and good cheer for all ages fill the Magic Kingdom theme park. Party with your favorite characters and enjoy live music, glittering lights, a holiday-themed parade, and life-like snow. Select nights from 7 p.m.-midnight. An event ticket is required for admission. disneyworld.disney.go.com

EPCOT CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL
Through Dec. 30
Hear the story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator, with a 50-piece orchestra and large choir. Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Edward James Olmos and Amy Grant are among the guest narrators scheduled for this nightly event. Theme-park admission required. disneyworld.disney.go.com

SEAWORLD CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Through Dec. 31
Carols fill the air and sparkling trees light up the night. Seasonal shows include a feast with Santa, Shamu Christmas Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice, and the Polar Express. SeaWorld Orlando. seaworldparks.com

CANNONBALL CHRISTMAS EXPRESS STEAM TRAIN
Through Dec. 31
Santa will board the train at the North Pole to visit in Lake County with children of all ages and to present them each with a gift. Santa’s elves help make it a special evening. 305 E. Ruby St., Tavares. 352-472-7200. mountdorachristmas.com

OSBORNE FAMILY SPECTACLE OF DANCING LIGHTS
Through Jan. 3, 2016
In its final season, this spectacle of millions of glittering lights synchronized to holiday music is free with a standard admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. disneyworld.disney.go.com

CHRISTMAS AT BOK TOWER GARDENS
Through Jan. 3, 2016
Celebrate the holiday season with festive events at the gardens, including the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, special carillon concerts, poinsettia displays, and much more. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. boktowergardens.org

LIGHT UP UCF
Through Jan. 3, 2016
“Fifty Nights of Music, Lights and Ice” features an outdoor ice rink, rides, movies and light shows outside the CFE Arena on the UCF campus. lightupucf.com

CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD PALMS
Through Jan. 3, 2016
Get in the holiday spirit with more than 2 million twinkling lights and acres of larger-than-life decorations. Enjoy heartwarming visits with Santa, the Cirque Dreams UnWrapped live stage show, ICE! sculptures, Alpine Rush snow tubing, breakfast with Mrs. Claus, other holiday events and attractions. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. christmasatgaylordpalms.com

WINTER IN THE PARK
Through Jan. 10, 2016
Ice skating returns to downtown Winter Park this holiday season, with a covered rink, holiday music and more. Skate rental is included with admission. Hours vary. Central Park, West Meadow, Winter Park. 407-599-3203. cityofwinterpark.org/witp

STETSON MANSION CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Through Jan. 15, 2016
Designers from around the world dress up the 1886 home of John B. Stetson, maker of the American cowboy hat. Now a private estate, the home tour has become one of Florida’s top holiday attractions. Featured are quilts, 20 Christmas trees, a “frozen room” and a “cowboy Christmas” room. Reservations are required. Stetson Mansion, 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand. stetsonmansion.com

CHRISTMAS AT THE CASA
Dec. 2
A community open house to see one of Central Florida’s favorite historic homes decorated for Christmas. Listen to a quartet of Dickensian carolers, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and visit with Santa Claus. 6-8:30 p.m. Casa Feliz, 656 Park Ave. North, Winter Park. casafeliz.us

HOLIDAY ON THE DRIVE
Dec. 3
Edgewater Drive north of Smith Street in Orlando’s College Park neighborhood is closed so the street can be filled with live music, treats, gifts, food samples, vendors and Santa. 5-9 p.m. collegeparkpartnership.com

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
Dec. 3
Central Park lights up with Tiffany windows from the Morse Museum and performances by the Bach Festival Choir. Free. 6:15-8 p.m. Central Park, Park Avenue, Winter Park. cityofwinterpark.org

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ORLANDO
Dec. 4
Join Orlando’s mayor for the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at Lake Eola Park, and enjoy the holiday festivities. Trinity Downtown Evangelical Lutheran Church and School will perform, “The Gift.” 5 p.m. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. cityoforlando.net

LIGHT UP WINTER GARDEN & PARADE
Dec. 4-5
The holiday lights come on with live entertainment, vendors and children’s activities. 6-9 p.m. Plant Street, Winter Garden. On Saturday, have your blanket or chair set out before 1 p.m. for the annual Christmas parade. South Dillard and Plant streets. cwgdn.com

CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES
Dec. 5
Live music fills the air with the sounds of the season as guests are welcomed into historic homes decorated with holiday cheer. Locally acclaimed restaurants provide sample sips and nibbles along the candlelit streets of the Old Sanford Historic District. Tour begins at 801 Palmetto Ave., Sanford. 4-9 p.m. Tickets available at sanfordhistorictrust.org

YE OLDE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Dec. 5
The 63rd Annual Winter Park Christmas Parade is Central Florida’s longest running. More than 100 bands, dance troupes, floats, local dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus, will delight the young and young-at-heart. Parade runs along Park Avenue, Winter Park. 9 a.m. 407-644-8281. cityofwinterpark.org

AVALON AGLOW
Dec. 5
A parade, storytelling by Mrs. Claus, hot apple cider, amusement rides, live music, and other activities. Parade begins at 3 p.m.; fireworks end the evening at 9 p.m. Downtown Avalon Park. 407-658-6565. eventsatavalonpark.com

A MOUNT DORA CHRISTMAS
Dec. 5-7
Get into the Christmas spirit with a family-friendly walk on Friday night from 6-9 p.m. The Christmas parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday in downtown Mount Dora, and there’s a lighted boat parade on the lakefront from 7-9 p.m. A self-driving tour of homes decorated for the holidays is available on Saturday and Sunday. 352-383-2165. mountdorachristmas.com

CHRISTMAS BRICKTACULAR 
Dec. 5-30
Each weekend in December, Legoland offers special holiday activities. See a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree constructed of 270,000 green Legos, take part in a scavenger hunt, visit with Santa, see toy soldiers, and end with a Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve. One Legoland Way, Winter Haven. florida.legoland.com 

HOLIDAYS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT
Dec. 5-Jan. 2, 2016
The Macy’s Holiday Parade fills the streets of Universal Studios theme park, where Mannheim Steamroller performs on select nights. Grinchmas, in the Islands of Adventure park, features a Who-liday Spectacular. universalorlando.com

WINTERFEST AT ROSEN PLAZA
Dec. 6
Sample craft and seasonal beers and international cuisine at the Winter Fest Beer Garden, which features wintry décor, costumed entertainers and a Root Beer Garden for younger folk. 5-8 p.m. Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando. rosenplaza.com 

HANUKARNIVAL
Dec. 6
The Roth JCC’s Dreideltastic, Menorific Family Celebration includes a latke cook-off, song sessions, inflatable play areas, games and more. Free. 1-3:30 p.m. Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. 407-645-5933, ext. 221. orlandojcc.org

CASSELBERRY HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING
Dec. 11
Art, music, food trucks, Santa and tree lighting. 6-9 p.m. Secret Lake Park, 200 N. Triplet Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

KISSIMMEE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE
Dec. 12
This nighttime parade features marching bands, entertainers, carolers and Santa. 7 p.m. Main Street, Kissimmee. kissimmee.org

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH WITH SANTA
Dec. 12
Enjoy some holiday cheer at the Central Florida Zoo and share a meal with Santa. Breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. or brunch from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Reservations required. 3755 N.W. Highway 17-92, Sanford. 407-323-4450. centralfloridazoo.org

HOLIDAY AT HERITAGE SQUARE
Dec. 12
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs flips the switch to light up Heritage Square in front of the Orange County Regional History Center. Enjoy the museum, refreshments, and live entertainment, and create holiday crafts. 1-5:45 p.m. Heritage Square, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. 407-836-6751. the historycenter.org

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA 
Dec. 12
TSO presents its rock opera “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” at 3 and 8 p.m. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. amwaycenter.com

SNOW FEST
Dec. 19
RDV Sportsplex kicks off the winter season with ice skating and real snow. 2-6 p.m. RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Maitland. 407-916-2550. rdvsportsplex.com

JOY—AN IRISH CHRISTMAS
Dec. 19
Ireland’s Keith and Kristyn Getty, writers of modern hymns and carols, perform in Orlando for this lively celebration of the birth of Christ. The Gettys’ band of virtuoso instrumentalists fuse Celtic, bluegrass, Americana and classical music and combine them with cultural dance and choral sounds of the holiday. 7:30 p.m. Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL PARADE OF BANDS
Dec. 29
Before the big football game, the two teams’ bands hold a “Bandtastic Game Day Preview” in Winter Park’s downtown Central Park. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Park and Lyman avenues; the school bands will march north along Park Avenue through downtown to the park. cityofwinterpark.org, fcsports.com

CITRUS BOWL PARADE
Dec. 30
This nationally known parade features signature floats made of citrus fruit, spirited high school marching bands from throughout the nation, the marching bands of the two bowl-game colleges, and various specialty units. Nearly 3,000 people take part in this downtown Orlando parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Marchers begin on Orange Avenue at Robinson Street and continue south on Orange, east on Anderson Street, then north on Rosalind Avenue to Robinson. floridacitrusparade.com

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