On The Town: December 2016

22 special events and fundraisers happening in the month of December.




SCOTT’S MAZE ADVENTURES
Through Dec. 11:
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. Saturday 10 a.m-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Long & Scott Farms, 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora. 352-383-6900. longandscottfarms.com 

SHANGHAI ACROBATS
Dec. 1:
This performance troupe from the Peoples Republic of China features trampoline artists, aerial acrobats, jugglers, contortionists and martial artists—all of whom demonstrate their skills with precision, flair and beauty. 8 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

ANNE FRANK—HER LIFE BEFORE AND BEYOND HER DIARY 
Dec. 8: Anne Frank and her family lived happy, productive lives in Amsterdam before the German invasion and World War II. At this forum, hear from some of those who knew Anne from those better times and lived to talk about it. 6 p.m. Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. 407-628-0555. holocaustedu.org

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
Dec. 8: Central Florida’s largest recurring, monthly street party, with live music, local artists, and food and beverage samples. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY ART AND WINE WALK
Dec. 8: Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses. Free, but a $10 wristband (available at Olde Town Brokers) gets you a free pour of wine at various locations. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Summerlin Avenue at Washington Street. thorntonparkdistrict.com 

MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART STROLL
Dec. 9: An evening of art, music and hors d’oeuvres to showcase the work of regional artists, on display at several venues within walking distance. Free. 6-8 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdoracenterforthearts.org

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES OFFICIAL CONVENTION
Dec. 9-11: The best-looking vampires are in Orlando for a weekend of mixing and mingling, with guest celebrities, Q&A sessions and photo opportunities. Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, 1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista. creationent.com

THE GREAT ORLANDO MIXER
Dec. 10: Orlando’s largest one-night speakeasy. A Roaring ’20s party with period attire and ambiance, live music and craft cocktails. 7 p.m. Cheyenne Saloon, 126 W. Church Street, Orlando.

3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Dec. 15: Visitors converge on Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to celebrate art. 6 p.m. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

ART & WINE STROLL AT THE VILLAGE AT ARTEGON
Dec. 17: Every third Saturday, Artegon Marketplace hosts an art-and-wine stroll from 6-8 p.m. Browse handcrafted items and artwork while enjoying live jazz, tasty treats and wine from Orlando’s Quantum Leap Winery. Free. 5250 International Drive, Orlando. 407-351-7718. artegonmarketplace.com

AKC NATIONAL DOG CHAMPIONSHIP
Dec. 17-18: More than 150 breeds compete in this dog show organized by the American Kennel Club. Watch the judged events, shop the Doggie Boutique, take the family to the fun zone. Two days of dog heaven. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Orange County Convention Center, 9899 International Drive, Orlando. akc.org


World of Good

11/30-12/3
TIP-OFF CLASSIC INVITATIONAL,
benefits Central Florida charities and provides students with college scholarships. Winter Park High School, Winter Park. rotaryoce.org

12/2
CFHLA ENGINEERS CHARITY GOLF OUTING,
portion of proceeds benefits the Women’s Residential & Counseling Center, Orlando. Falcon’s Fire Golf Course, Kissimmee. cfhla.org

12/2-4
FESTIVALS OF SPEED ORLANDO,
benefits Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Exhibition of contemporary and vintage cars. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando. festivalsofspeed.com

12/3
LEADERSHIP WINTER PARK PANCAKE BREAKFAST,
benefits adult and youth leadership development programs. Central Park Main Stage, Winter Park. winterpark.org

IMAGES HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES, benefits the Atlantic Center for the Arts and its annual outdoor show. New Smyrna Beach. 486-427-6975. imagesartfestival.org/tour-of-homes

2/4
ORLANDO REP HOLIDAY FAMILY GALA,
benefits the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Loch Haven Park, Orlando. 407-896-7365,  ext. 205. orlandorep.com

12/7
ORLANDO STORY CLUB,
benefits Page 15, which develops educational literary arts programs. The Abbey, Orlando. orlandostoryclub.com

12/10
JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK,
benefits the Arthritis Foundation. Lake Baldwin, Baldwin Park, Orlando. 407-208-1766. arthritis.org

FLORIDA HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN REINDEER RUN, benefits the Center for Pediatric Cancer & Blood Disorders, the Florida Center for Pediatric Cellular Therapy, and Toys for Tots. SeaWorld, Orlando. trackshack.com

HOLIDAY BICYCLE RIDE, benefits New Hope for Kids. South Seminole Middle School, Casselberry. 407-331-3059, ext. 15. newhopeforkids.org

12/10-11
WINE AND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL,
benefits the  Leesburg Regional Medical Center Heart Institute. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

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