December 2020 Calendar

What’s happening in the area this month in theater, film, music, art and more.
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Gaylord Palms Resort’s new immersive experience, “I Love Christmas Movies,” features scenes from iconic holiday films such as “Elf” and “The Polar Express.” (DOUGLAS SCALETTA)

SEASONAL EVENTS

HOLIDAYS AT THE MORSE MUSEUM

Through Dec. 18: On four consecutive Friday nights during the holiday season, patrons enjoy free admission to the museum, special art demonstrations and live music. 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. morsemuseum.org

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS

Through Dec. 30: This yuletide extravaganza features traditions from Epcot’s 11 World Showcase nations and presents live musical productions and seasonal foods and beverages. Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com

SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Through Dec. 31: Start a holiday tradition with festive shopping, animal shows, specialty foods and entertainment for the kids. Meet Rudolph, witness a live nativity and view the spectacular Sea of Trees on the waterfront. Included with park admission. SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworld.com

HOLIDAYS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO

Through Jan. 3: 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

I LOVE CHRISTMAS MOVIES AT GAYLORD PALMS

Through Jan. 3: Travel restrictions on the Chinese artisans who sculpt the ice displays for Gaylord Palms’ ICE! extravaganza prompted the hotel chain to brainstorm a new event: an interactive, pop-up experience with holiday movie favorites such as “Polar Express,” “Elf” and “A Christmas Story.” Families can also enjoy ice slides, photos with Santa, a dazzling light show and more. 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. christmasatgaylordpalms.marriott.com

NIGHT OF A MILLION LIGHTS

Through Jan. 3: Give Kids the World Village comes alive each night with a spectacular, walk-through holiday display of more than 3 million lights. Enjoy treats, storybook attractions and rides. Give Kids the World Village, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee. gktw.org

LEU GARDENS DAZZLING NIGHTS

Dec. 1-Jan. 3: The 50-acre Leu Gardens is transformed into a holiday wonderland for an interactive experience featuring a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree, a forest of lights and fog, a 65-foot tunnel of lights and, of course, snow and holiday music. 5:30-9 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. dazzlingorlando.com

ORLANDO WINTERFEST & HOLIDAY MARKET

Dec. 3-6: Shop, eat and be merry amid the festive winter scenery. Enjoy live events and attractions, traditional displays and holiday fare. Thursday 4-8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Orange County Convention Center West Concourse, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. orlandowinterfest.com

CITY OF ORLANDO TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION

Dec. 4: Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the city’s six-story Christmas tree featuring 88,000 lights. The event also includes live entertainment and holiday music. 5 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2121. orlando.gov

WINTER PARK FESTIVITIES

Winter Park Chamber of Commerce transforms Park Avenue into a winter wonderland with festivities to put all in the holiday spirit. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org

Dec. 4: Winter on the Avenue kicks off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony and so much more. 5-10 p.m.

Dec. 5: The 68th Annual Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade rolls along the avenue, 9-10:30 a.m.

CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ARTS HOLIDAYS IN THE COURTYARD

Join popular Central Florida performers live or from your home as they make spirits bright in a series of outdoor cabarets in a festive atmosphere. The Courtyard at Central Christian Church, 250 S.W. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando. 407-937-1800. cfcarts.com

Dec. 4 & 5: Holiday with the Humdingers, a classic holiday barbershop experience, 7:30 p.m. Rain date: Dec. 6.

Dec. 11 & 12: Deck the Courtyard, musical theater, contemporary music and dramatic readings, 7:30 p.m. Rain date: Dec. 13.

Dec. 18 & 19: We Wish You a Merry Christmas, holiday shenanigans and Christmas music, 7:30 p.m. Rain date: Dec. 20.

JOLLY CREEK HOLIDAY FESTIVAL & MARKETPLACE

Dec. 4-30: Explore a holiday village bursting with all that makes the season fun, including music from the Jolly Creek Society Orchestra, a visit from Santa, crafts, outdoor games and snow. On weekends through December. 2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee. 321-677-3171. jolly-creek.com

AVALON AGLOW

Dec. 5: Join this picturesque neighborhood for a celebration featuring food trucks, a bounce park, community performances, a parade and fireworks. 3-9 p.m. 3680 Avalon Park East Blvd., Orlando. 407-658-6565. avalonpark.com

HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND

Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 24-31: This holly jolly time of year features seasonal shows and treats, special Lego characters, twinkling lights and fireworks. Included with ticket price and during regular park hours. 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. legoland.com

HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE AND TEDDY BEAR TOSS

Dec. 10: Come to Celebration for a parade of festively decorated vehicles and a visit by Santa Claus. Bring a new, stuffed plush toy to toss into the holiday trucks. 5:30-9 p.m. 851 Celebration Ave., Celebration. 407-566-1200. celebration.fl.us

PHANTASMAGORIA’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Dec. 11: The critically acclaimed Victorian performance troupe brings its signature storytelling to the stage with its own adaptation of the holiday classic. 7:30 p.m. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 407-321-8111. wdpac.com

A FRINGEMAS CAROL

Dec. 11-13: Ebenezer Scrooge and holiday carolers lead guests through a live, socially distanced, Dickens-inspired theatrical journey in Loch Haven Park as five local arts groups tell moments from the tale through their eyes. 6 p.m. Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. 407-648-0077. orlandofringe.org

APOPKA’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE

Dec. 12: “Health, Hope and Unity” is the theme of this year’s parade, presented by the Foliage Sertoma Club of Apopka and the City of Apopka. 10 a.m.-noon. The parade rolls northbound on Park Avenue to Votaw Road. 407-703-1700. apopka.net

VIOLECTRIC HOLIDAY SHOW

Dec. 12: Rock into the holiday season with this free, family- and pet-friendly outdoor concert featuring holiday tunes and mashups on electrified strings. Bring a pet supply and donation to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. 7 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola, 195 N. Rosalind Ave., Orlando. violectric.net

HOLIDAY FANTASIA

Dec. 12: The Central Florida Community Choir presents its annual concert featuring an array of pop holiday classics and traditional Christmas hymns. 4 p.m. Mead Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. 407-937-1800. cfcarts.com

12 WINES OF CHRISTMAS

Dec. 12: Celebrate a socially distanced stroll through Ivanhoe Village while enjoying curated wines from Tim’s Wine Market at 20 locations. 5-9 p.m. ivanhoevillage.org

ONE SLICE OF FRUITCAKE

Dec. 17: The Orlando Gay Chorus and One Orlando Alliance present a holiday spectacular online with a variety of songs, such as “Ugly Christmas Sweater,” from the whole chorus, ensembles and soloists, along with surprise special guests and a silent auction. 7-8:30 p.m. orlandogaychorus.org

THE LAURA HODOS HOLIDAY CABARET

Dec. 18-23: Orlando Shakes presents an evening of season favorites that will warm hearts and spread Christmas cheer. Times TBA. Darden Courtyard of the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. 407-447-1700. orlandoshakes.org

FESTIVE HOLIDAY MELODIES

Dec. 19 & 20: Enjoy an evening of song and dance with the Young People’s Theatre as they bring the best of classic and Broadway holiday favorites to the stage. Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. State Theatre Eustis, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis. 352-357-7777. baystreetplayers.org

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AT THE MORSE

Patrons are admitted free to the museum to enjoy live music while exploring the galleries. Noon-3 p.m. 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407-645-5311. morsemuseum.org

Dec. 22: Beautiful Music Muse Duo (flute and harp)

Dec. 23: Beautiful Music Romance Jazz Duo (flute and guitar)

Dec. 24: Orlando Violin Music (cello, viola and violin)

IN HIS NAME . . . WE DANCE

Dec. 23: Take a “walk through Bethlehem” with the young dancers of the performing ensemble of the Centre for Dance & The Performing Arts. 4 & 7:30 p.m. 407-877-4736. gardentheatre.org

NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION

Dec. 31: The City of Mount Dora invites neighbors to ring in the new year with live entertainment, food, beverages and midnight fireworks. 9 p.m.-midnight. Sunset Park, 230 W. 4th Ave., Mount Dora. 352-735-7183. cityofmountdora.com

SPECIAL EVENTS

SCOTT’S MAZE ADVENTURES

Through Dec. 13: Get lost in a giant maze of corn stalks covering almost seven acres of a Lake County farm. Explore a mini-maze, zip line, hayride, playground, food vendors and more. Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m. Long & Scott Farms, 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora. 352-383-6900. longandscottfarms.com

PIRATES TREASURE HUNT

Dec. 5: Join other old salts and scallywags as they hunt for Cap’n Graybeard’s treasure map, lost somewhere in Downtown Orlando, while encountering virtual pirates, collecting pieces of eight and conquering numerous challenges. The Pirates Treasure Hunt benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and is completed in about three hours by teams of two to six people. First pirate team out at 10 a.m., last team back by 4 p.m. scavengee.com

IN MY OWN WORDS WITH HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR EDITH EGER

Dec. 9: Dr. Edith Eger was just a teenager in Hungary when she and her family were sent to the notorious death camp, Auschwitz. Her parents were murdered by the Nazis, but Edith survived to become a celebrated psychologist, author and lecturer. Join a live virtual conversation with Dr. Eger, presented by the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. Noon-1 p.m.407-628-0555. To register, go to holocaustedu.org/events/edith-eger

INFINITY TOY & HOLIDAY CONVENTION

Dec. 12: Browse the toys, comic books and collectibles and listen to guest speakers from the world of comics and cosplay. Enter the holiday costume contest for a chance to win mystery box prizes worth $75 and $150 and search for “Infinity Stones” to win prizes. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Osceola Heritage Park, 1901 Chief Osceola Trail, Kissimmee. 407-283-1556. infinitytoyandcomiccon.com

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