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Orlando Holiday Guide 2012

A comprehensive listing of all the jingle belling, caroling, Nutcrackering and eggnogging taking place in Orlando this holiday season

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Friday, Dec. 14
Culture & Cocktails Featuring works by artist Nathalie Chikhi, as well as food and live music. 6-9 pm; Germaine Marvel Building, 210 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; free-$5; 407-539-2181;
artandhistory.org.
Mount Dora Gallery Walk Meet local artists and browse art displays at venues like Artisans on Fifth, Bowersock Gallery, Mount Dora Center for the Arts and more in this monthly gathering in downtown Mount Dora. 6-9 pm; downtown Mount Dora, East Fifth Avenue and North Donnelly Street; free; 321-383-4001.

Friday, Dec. 21
Girls Night Out – Watercolor Bring your girlfriends, food and drinks for a holiday-themed workshop where you'll learn basic watercolor techniques. 7-9 pm; Casselberry Art House, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; $10-$15; 407-262-7722; casselberry.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 26
Holiday Open House Annual event opens the galleries to the public to view for free. 10:30 am-4:30 pm; Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St.; free; 407-246-4278;
mennellomuseum.org.

Dec. 26-Dec. 30
Orlando Sentinel's 25th Annual Holiday Art Contest The museum displays works by the winners of the annual coloring contest for schoolchildren. 10:30 am-4:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4:30 pm Sunday; Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St.; $4; 407-246-4278;
mennellomuseum.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Through Nov. 18
26th Annual Festival of Trees Council of 101 sponsors this annual holiday event, which transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a holiday wonderland. Designer-decorated Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and vignettes on display at the museum will help get you in the holiday mood. 10 am-5 pm daily; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $6-$10; 407-896-4231; omart.org.

Through Dec. 21
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Seasonal event features the Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle, Mickey's One Upon A Time Christmastime Parade, holiday fireworks displays and a snow fall on Main Street, USA. 7 pm-midnight on select nights; Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $53.95-$67.95; 407-824-4321;
disneyworld.disney.go.com.

Through Jan. 1
Ice! Merry Madagascar-themed holiday event with rooms full of hand-carved ice sculptures, a two-story ice slide and a light show. Various times daily; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $13.99-$27.99; 407-586-4423;
christmasatgaylordpalms.com.

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