Events On The Town: November 2018

17 Seasonal Events, 20 Special Events and 10 fundraisers happening in the month of November.




Stephen Allen/Courtesy of Orlando Museum of Art

SEASONAL EVENTS

HOLLYVILLE AT THE MALL AT MILLENIA
Nov. 2-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

THE POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE
Nov. 3-Dec. 30: Embark on a magical journey aboard The Polar Express, which departs from the Tavares Union Train Station and is bound for the North Pole on select nights through the holiday season. 305 E. Ruby St., Tavares. 352-742-7200. mountdorachristmas.com

MICKEY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Nov. 8-Dec 21: The Magic Kingdom is as magical as ever with its annual Christmas festivities, including a special parade and fireworks. Select nights from 7 p.m.-midnight. Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. Separate park ticket required. disneyworld.disney.go.com

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT THE WINERY
Nov. 9-11: Enjoy live music, hot mulled wine, tours and local arts and crafts for sale. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, 19239 U.S. Highway 27 North, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com

19th ANNUAL CITY OF ORLANDO VETERANS DAY PARADE
Nov. 10: The city honors the U.S. Armed Forces in a celebration featuring marching bands, ROTC units, active duty military, and decorative floats. Orange Avenue at Robinson Street, 11 a.m. cityoforlando.net/veteransparade

FESTIVAL OF TREES
Nov. 10-18: This seasonal tradition at the Orlando Museum of Art transforms the gallery rooms into a holiday showplace with themed, decorated trees, vignettes and decor—all for purchase. Opening gala Friday, Nov. 9. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-896-4231. omart.org

GAYLORD ICE!
Nov. 16-Jan. 6, 2019: This year’s theme is “ICE! A Christmas Story.” Interactive ice sculptures and displays feature iconic scenes from the movie. Children can also enjoy ice slides and ice tubing. 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. 407-586-4423. tickets.gaylordpalms.com

HOLIDAYS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO
Nov. 17-Jan. 6, 2019: Muggles are invited to spend the holiday in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are transformed for the season. Visitors can watch Universal’s Holiday Parade and the live show, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.” Activities included in park admission. Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. universalorlando.com

SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Nov. 17-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 UCF
Nov. 17-Dec. 31: Central Florida residents and visitors can enjoy a festive winter wonderland featuring ice skating, carnival rides and holiday attractions. CFE Arena, University of Central Florida main campus, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. lightupucf.com

EPCOT CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL
Nov. 22-Dec. 30: Hear the story of Christmas each evening as told by a celebrity narrator with a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

HOLIDAYS AT THE MORSE MUSEUM
Nov. 23-Dec. 28: Every Friday night during the holiday season, patrons enjoy free admission to the museum, special art demonstrations and live music. 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

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Nov. 24: Ring in the season with family and friends at this perennial audience favorite performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Bob Carr Theater, 401 Livingston St., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

CHRISTMAS AT BOK TOWER GARDENS
Nov. 23-Jan. 6, 2019: The 1930s Mediterranean-style Pinewood Estate mansion is decorated for the Christmas season. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. The gardens are open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; home tours are from 10 a.m-5 p.m. boktowergardens.org

46TH ANNUAL PERFORMANCE OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH
Nov. 25: The Messiah Choral Society presents this classical masterwork in honor of the holidays. Guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for donation. Free. 3 p.m. Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. messiahchoralsociety.com

CHRISTMAS TOGETHER WITH THE PIANO GUYS
Nov. 30: This performance blends classical music with pop. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
Dec. 1-2: This is a self-guided tour of decorated homes in the town of Celebration. View extravagantly decorated trees and tablescapes in the expanded Winter Wonderland. Celebration Town Hall, 852 Celebration Ave., Celebration. 407-566-1234. celebrationfoundation.org


SPECIAL EVENTS

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Through Nov. 12: 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. Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

PLEIN AIR PAINT OUT AND EXHIBIT 
Through Nov. 30: Local artists paint or draw scenes depicting Mount Dora’s landscape. Mount Dora Center for the Arts, 138 E. 5th Ave., Mount Dora. 352-383-0880. ci.mount-dora.fl.us

SCOTT'S MAZE ADVENTURES
Through Dec. 9: Get lost in a giant maze of cornstalks that cover more than 7 acres of a farm in Lake County. Also available: mini mazes, zip lines, hay rides, a market and more. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon- 5 p.m. Long and Scott Farms, 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora. 352-383-6900. longandscottfarms.com

THE MAGIC OF ROB LAKE
Nov. 2: An evening of original illusions uniquely presented on a grand scale. 7 p.m. Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd., Orlando. 407-351-5483. hardrock.com

ORLANDO SHAKES PLAYFEST
Nov. 2-4 & 10-11: This festival features seven readings of new plays in development reflecting the vibrancy of human emotion and exploring the diversity of their experience. Orlando Shakes, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. 407-447-1700. orlandoshakes.org

SESAME STREET LIVE! MAKE YOUR MAGIC
Nov. 3–4: Audiences are invited on an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of yet” when he is inspired to learn a magic trick after meeting magician extraordinaire, Justin. Saturday 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. CFE Arena, University of Central Florida main campus, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando. 407-823-3070. cfearena.com

EATONVILLE CRAFTS & CULTURE MARKET AND FALL FESTIVAL
Nov. 4: Experience the history, heritage and culture that is the historic Town of Eatonville featuring storytellers, performers, and reenactments, plus fall festival activities including food trucks, giveaways, a kids’ corner, historical trail tours and a bake-off. Free. 1-5 p.m. 100 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. eatonvillechf.com

ORLANDO JAPAN FESTIVAL
Nov. 4: This year’s event, presented by the Japan Association of Orlando, features cultural performances including Taiko drumming, martial arts using swords, and samurai warrior demonstrations, plus Japanese food, drink, and arts and crafts. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Kissimmee Lakefront Park, 69 Lakeshore Blvd., Kissimmee. jorlando.org/orlando-japan-festival​

ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL FASHION WEEK
Nov. 4–11: Events throughout the city include fashion shows, networking opportunities for professionals in the fashion, art and entertainment industries, and a Fierce Kids Fashion Show. orlandointernationalfashionweek.com

ART & MUSIC IN THE PARK
Nov. 9: Artwork and live music in the park between Casselberry City Hall and Lake Concord, just east of U.S. Highway 17-92. Food trucks and other vendors on site. Free. 6 p.m. Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry. 407-262-7700, ext. 1507. casselberry.org

ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL
Nov. 9-10: EDC returns to Florida with electronic dance music, carnival rides, performers and art. Tinker Field, Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. 407-440-5700. edcorlando.frontgatetickets.com

ORLANDO BEER FESTIVAL
Nov. 10: Sample craft beers from local breweries and wines from various wineries. 2-5 p.m. Festival Park, 2911 Robinson St., Orlando. orlandobeerfestival.com

MAKER FAIRE ORLANDO
Nov. 10-11: Immerse yourself in Maker culture with exhibits, performances, art and hands-on making and learning—showcasing the creative folks who make, play, tinker and hack in areas like: robotics, cosplay, STEM & STEAM, crafts, science, electronics and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Halls, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando. 407-634-6257. makerfaireorlando.com

27TH ANNUAL COLLEGE PARK TOUR OF HOMES
Nov. 11: Celebrating the MOD in Mid-Mod is the focus of this year’s home tour with a special stop at 303 Dubsdread Circle to meet author Bob Kealing who set his books “Tupperware Unsealed” and “Life of the Party” around a character who lived there. 1-5 p.m. mycpna.org

WAIT, WAIT... DON’T TELL ME
Nov. 15: National Public Radio’s popular quiz show leads a rotating panel of comedians and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news. 7:30 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org

FLORIDA BLUE BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Nov. 16: The Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman marching bands and dance teams face off the night before the big game. 7 p.m. Amway Center, Orlando. floridacitrussports.com

ROTARY CLUB OF MAITLAND ART FESTIVAL
Nov. 17-18: Lake Lily is the backdrop for this boutique art festival. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. maitlandrotaryartfestival.com

DELAND FALL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Nov. 17-18: About 175 artists from across the country will display and sell their work in the historic downtown shopping district. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. delandfallfestival.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
Nov. 22-25: This event features more than 350 of the latest cars, crossovers, SUVs and more, plus ultra high-end exotics and electric vehicles. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. autoshoworlando.com

FUSIONFEST
Nov. 24–25: It’s a Diversitastic two-day celebration in downtown Orlando honoring the many heritages found in Central Florida through music, dance, film, word, fashion and food.Seneff Arts Plaza at Dr. Phillips Center, and City Hall Commons, Orlando. fusionfest.org


WORLD OF GOOD

November Fundraisers

1/1-4
DISNEY WINE & DINE HALF MARATHON
WEEKEND, benefits Kellsie’s Hope Foundation. Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. rundisney.com

11/3
TEAM HOPE WALK,
benefits Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Lake Lily Park, Maitland. hdsa.donordrive.com

PUGSGIVING, benefits Pug rescue. Ramada Gateway Convention Center, Kissimmee. pugrescueofflorida.org

GROWVEMBER, benefits the preservation of Mead Botanical Garden. Plants, crafts, gifts and books for sale. Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park. 407-622-6323. meadgarden.org

11/10
FUND FOR HOPE FASHION SHOW,
benefits Clarita’s House Outreach Ministry. Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando. claritashouse.com

FURBALL, benefits Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando. petallianceorlando.org/furball

DANCING FOR DIABETES, benefits the Kids with Diabetes Dance Program. Bob Carr Theater, Orlando. dancing4diabetes.com

RIDE ATAXIA, benefits Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, which seeks treatment and a cure for this neuromuscular disorder. Waterfront Park, Clermont. rideataxia.org

11/18-19
FLORIDA HOSPITAL GOLDEN GALA XXXVIII, benefits Florida Hospital by funding a state-of-the-art Cellular Therapy Lab for pediatric and adult programs at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Disney’s Palm & Magnolia Golf Courses, Lake Buena Vista. lp.floridahospital.com/fdtn/golden-gala-xxxviii-2018

11/22
29TH ANNUAL TURKEY TROT 5K, benefits programs for seniors. Participants and cheerleaders are encouraged to wear Thanksgiving-themed attire. Lake Eola, Orlando. turkeytrotorlando.com

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