On The Town: November 2017

11 Seasonal Events, 10 special events and 10 fundraisers happening in the month of November.




Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are on the case in The Hound of the Baskervilles, through Nov. 19 at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

Luke Evans/Orlando Shakespeare Theater

SEASONAL EVENTS

HOLLYVILLE AT THE MALL AT MILLENIA
Nov. 3-Dec. 24:
Take professional photos with Santa in this fantastical winter wonderland. Guests can shop and dine while waiting for their turn with the man in red. 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando. 407-363-3555. mallatmillenia.com

MICKEY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Nov. 9-10; 12, 14, 16-17; 26 and 28: The Magic Kingdom is as magical as ever with its annual Christmas festivities, including a special parade and fireworks. Select days from 7 p.m.-midnight. Walt Disney World. Separate park ticket required for this event. disneyworld.disney.go.com

18th ANNUAL CITY OF ORLANDO VETERANS DAY PARADE
Nov. 11
: The city honors the courageous men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces in a celebration featuring marching bands, ROTC units, active duty military, decorative floats and veterans groups. Orange Avenue at Robinson Street, 11 a.m. cityoforlando.net

FESTIVAL OF TREES
Nov. 11-19:
This seasonal tradition at the Orlando Museum of Art transforms the museum into a holiday showplace with themed, decorated trees, vignettes and decor—all for purchase. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-896-4231. omart.org

MOUNT DORA PATRIOT CRUISE & SALUTE
Nov. 12: This recreational boating event benefits wounded, injured and ailing veterans of the U. S. Armed Forces. 311 S. Tremain St., Mount Dora. mountdorapcs.org

Holidays AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO
Nov. 18-Jan. 6:
This year, Muggles can experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Visitors can watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’ classic The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The Minions join Santa in the all-new holiday parade. And Mannheim Steamroller puts a twist on the classics. Activities included in park admission. Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. universalorlando.com

GAYLORD ICE!
Nov. 21-Jan. 7: The Gaylord Palms brings in artisans from Harbin, China, to create a winter wonderland from 2 million pounds of ice. Children can also enjoy ice slides and ice tubing. 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. 407-586-4423. marriott.com/kissimmee

HOLIDAYS AT THE MORSE MUSEUM
Nov. 24-Dec. 29: Every Friday night during the holiday season, patrons enjoy free admission to the museum, special art demonstrations, and music by the Harpist Bizarre Quartet. 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407-645-5311. Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. morsemuseum.org

PINEWOOD ESTATES BOK TOWER GARDENS
Nov. 24-Jan. 7: The 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion comes alive with Christmas color and lights for this annual event. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. The gardens are open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; the Visitor Center is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with home tours from 10 a.m-5 p.m. boktowergardens.org

SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Nov. 24-Dec. 31: Enjoy festive shopping, live animal shows and entertainment for the kids. See Elmo on stage, meet Rudolph, witness a live nativity and see the spectacular Sea of Trees on the waterfront. Included with park admission. SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworldparks.com

LIGHT UP MOUNT DORA
Nov. 25: Experience the spectacular lighting of Donnelly Park and downtown Mount Dora with close to 2 million sparking lights and an appearance by Santa himself. 30 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora. 352-383-2165. ci.mount-dora.fl.us


SPECIAL EVENTS

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Through Nov. 13: Taste the world from one location in Central Florida as dozens of international food markets pop up within this Disney theme park. Experience the art of celebrity chefs, attend culinary demonstrations, and enjoy “Eat to the Beat” concerts (listed below) at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com
Oct. 30-Nov. 1: Hanson
Nov. 2-3: Blue October
Nov. 4-5: Living Colour
Nov. 6-8: Boyz II Men
Nov. 9-11: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Nov. 12-13: Squeeze

SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY
Nov. 9: Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, a monthly gathering with live music, local artists, and both food and beverage samples. This month’s AA5 theme is Souper Sanford. 5 p.m. Free. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com

THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY WINE + ART WALK
Nov. 9: Artists display works for sale along streets and inside local businesses. Free, but $15 gets you a glass and a map of more than 25 businesses offering wine tastings. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Summerlin Avenue at Washington Street. thorntonparkdistrict.com

ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL
Nov. 10-11: EDC returns to Florida with electronic dance music, carnival rides, performers and art. Tinker Field at Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. 407-440-5700. edcorlando.frontgatetickets.com

NEW URBANISM COMMUNITY CONVERSATION SERIES
Nov. 11: Join Charles Adams, former vice-president for Walt Disney Imagineering and The Celebration Company, to discuss the founding of Celebration. Community Presbyterian Church, Celebration, 6 p.m. thecelebrationfoundation.org 

MOUNT DORA PLANT & GARDEN FAIR
Nov. 11-12: Central Florida’s top growers bring in more than 12,000 plants, herbs and garden antiques. Free. 530 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora. 352-729-2170. ci.mount-dora.fl.us

THIRD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK
Nov. 16: Check out Orlando’s Downtown Arts District for the evening to celebrate all that is art. 6 p.m. Free. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com

MOUNT DORA SCOTTISH HIGHLAND FESTIVAL
Nov. 17-18: Enjoy Scottish bands and musicians performing throughout the weekend as well as an afternoon of Highland Games. Gilbert Park, Mount Dora. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 352-735-7183. 

SANFORD ART WALK
Nov. 18: Explore galleries along historic downtown Sanford’s First Street between Magnolia and Sanford avenues. Discover the town’s culture and nightlife, food and art. 6-9 p.m. Free. sanfordartwalk.com, sanfordwelcomecenter.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
Nov. 23-26: This annual event features more than 350 of the latest cars, crossovers, SUVs and more, as well as a thrilling off-road test track at Camp Jeep, ultra-high-end exotics and electric vehicles. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive. autoshoworlando.com


WORLD OF GOOD NOVEMBER FUNDRAISERS

11/2 
THE JEWEL GALA,
benefits the Save the Children Foundation and Hurricane Irma relief. This fashion charity event is presented by The Lemon Tree Lifestyle, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando. drphillipscenter.org

11/4 
PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ,
benefits the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford. wdpac.com

11/10 
PEACOCK BALL,
benefits the Winter Park History Museum. The Alfond Inn, Winter Park. wphistory.org

TUNI HOLIDAY FASHION EVENT, benefits Second Harvest Food Bank. The Art Gallery at Mills Park, Orlando. feedhopenow.org

11/11
CHALLENGE FOR HOPE 5K,
benefits Give Kids the World, with a fun run, character greetings and a kids zone. Give Kids the World Village, Kissimmee. gktw.org

DANCE, DREAM & INSPIRE, ballroom dance competition, benefits local children in foster care. Presented by Community Based Care of Central Florida. Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista. dancedreaminspire.com

FUND FOR HOPE FASHION SHOW, benefits Clarita’s House Outreach Ministry. Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando. claritashouse.com

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE AND VETERANS CHARITY BALL, saluting the area’s veterans and their supporters. Bella Room, Winter Garden. southlakemcl.org

11/19
FLORIDA HOSPITAL GOLDEN GALA XXXVII, benefits Florida Hospital and highlights the bone marrow transplant program for children. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista. floridahospital.com

11/23
SENIORS FIRST TURKEY TROT 5K, benefits Meals on Wheels and services for seniors. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. trackshack.com

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