Through – January 4, 2009: The Best of Florida Christmas – The 4.5 acre atrium ath the Gaylord Palms Resort is transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. A majestic 54-foot Christmas adds to the elegant and sometimes whimsical decor. Free admission – charge for parking.
Through December 31, 2008: Now Snowing in Downtown Celebration – Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens Carolers, photos with Santa, the Celebration Express, horse drawn carriage rides, and nightly snowfall. Free admission.
December 04, 2008: 1st Thursday’s – Themed happy hour on the first Thursday of each month at the Orlando Museum of Art from 6pm – 9pm. For more info: 407-896-4231 x 260. Admission charge.
December 05, 2008: Holiday Movie at Leu Gardens – Start the holidays off with a classic movie under the stars on one of Orlando’s largest outdoor screens. Admission charge.
December 05, 2008: Popcorn Flicks in the Park – Each month the Enzian Theater features free movies on the second Thursday of the month at Central Park. For more info: 407 -629-1088. Free admission.
December 05, 2008: Christmas Walk in Mount Dora – A holiday street party with music, Santa and shopping sponsored by the Downtown Village Merchants. For more info: 352-735-1191. Free admission.
December 05, 2008: Jazz Holiday Concert – Unwind from 5:30 – 8:30pm with the sounds of Chris Standring. Hosted by Smooth Jazz 103.1 at the Mall of Millenia’s entrance. For more info: 407-363-3555. Free admission.
December 05, 2008: Florida International Beer and Food Festival – From 5 – 9pm sample beer from around the world. Food from area restaurants. Event will be held in Downtown Orlando at Heritage Square History Center. For more info: 407-383-2331. Admission charge.
December 06, 2008: Christmas Parade in Sanford – From Mellonville to Sanford Avenue beginning at 6 pm until 10 pm. For more info: 407-330-5697. Free admission.
December 06, 2008: Annual Mount Dora Christmas Parade – Sponsored by the Mount Dora Lions Club, delight in the annual Christmas Parade down the streets of Mount Dora. For more info: 352-735-9629. Free admission.
December 06, 2008: Light Up the Holidays – The traditional lighting of Cranes Roost Park at Uptown Altamonte sponsored by Progress Energy from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. There will be music, entertainment and fun for the entire family. For more info: 407-571-8180. Free admission.
December 06, 2008: Jazzed in Sanford – Free monthly Jazz Concert series held the first Saturday of the month in Magnolia Square, downtown Sanford from 4 – 7pm. For more info: 407-688-5004. Free admission.
December 06 – 07, 2008: Christmas Tour of Homes – From 11 am – 4 pm preview six Mount Dora homes that are beautifully decorated for the holidays. This is a self-driving tour to the various homes. For more info: 352-383-8808. Admission charge of $15.
December 08, 2008: Holiday Movie Night – Holiday movies on the lawn Cranes Roost Plaza, Uptown Altamonte, starting at 7:00pm. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a family holiday classic with a warm beverage on the lawn in front of the tower. Sponsored by Florida Hospital Altamonte. For more info: 407-571-8180. Free admission.
December 11, 2008: Alive After Five – The second Thursday of each month, enjoy themed entertainment and activities. For more info: 407-302-2586. Admission charge.
December 12, 2008: Movie in the Park – Free family movies on the second Friday of each month at Donnelly Street in Mount Dora. Bring the family and a blanket or chairs – movie starts at dusk. For more info: 352-735-7183. Free admission.
December 13, 2008: Children’s Christmas in the Park with Snow – From 4 pm – 9 pm at Donnelly Park in Mount Dora, join in the family-friendly holiday festivities. For more info: 352-735-7183. Free admission.
December 13, 2008: Lake Monroe’s Illuminated Christmas Boat Parade – Starting at 5 pm. Both Vereran’s Memorial Park and Wolfy’s Waterfront Bar & Grill will provide up-close and exciting views of the boats, both power and sail in all their holiday spirit. For more info: 407-330-0633. Free admission.
December 13, 2008: Kissimmee Holiday Extravaganza – Annual event at Kissimmee Lakefront Park includes a twenty ton snow pile, strolling street performers, live entertainment and plenty of activities, incuding Frosty’s Playground, ice carving demonstrations. Nighttime events include a “Festival of Lights” and a fireworks display. For more info:407-93EVENT. Free admission.
December 15, 2008: Storytelling at Leu Gardens – Stories at 3 times for different aged children on the third Monday of the month.For more info: 407-246-2620. Free admission.
December 16, 2008: Stories of the Season – W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora. Bring a lunch and rediscover favorite Christmas tales for the holiday season. Coffee, tea and dessert is provided by the library. For more info: 352-735-7180. Free admission.
December 19, 2008: Mount Dora At Nite – Celebrate the third Friday of each month with live entertainment, great food and shopping in Downtown Mount Dora. For more info: 352-383-5451. Free admission.
December 19, 2008: Cinema in the Park – Free family movies on the third Friday of each month at Centennial Park in Sanford. Bring the family and a blanket or chairs for the 7:30pm showing of this month’s movie. For more info: 407-688-5004. Free admission.
December 24, 2008: Christmas Eve Open House – A peaceful respite from the busy holiday season, free admission to the Morse Museum. For more info: 407-645-5311. Free admission.
December 25, 2008: Christmas Day Concerts At Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. You can enjoy concerts featuring Christmas carols from around the world. For more info: 863-676-1408. Admission charge.
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