Orlando Holiday Guide 2012
A comprehensive listing of all the jingle belling, caroling, Nutcrackering and eggnogging taking place in Orlando this holiday season
Published: November 14, 2012
Through Jan. 6
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Every evening the buildings in the park burst to life with millions of lights synchronized to holiday music. Various times nightly; Disney Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; included with park admission; 407-939-6244; disneyworld.com.
Nov. 16-Nov. 18
Avalon Jubilee Annual fall carnival with a variety of food vendors and midway rides in the park. 3-10 pm Friday, 10 am-10 pm Saturday-Sunday; Tanja King Memorial Park, corner of Honey Locust Boulevard and Tanja King Road; free;
Nov. 16-Dec. 27
Festival of the Seasons Outdoor holiday event with streetside carolers, live holiday music, costumed stilt walkers and street performers, DJs and more. Various times daily; Downtown Disney, 1478 E. Buena Vista Drive; free; 407-934-7639; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
Nov. 16-Jan. 6
Light Up UCF This annual outdoor holiday event around UCF Arena offers ice skating, a light show, a film festival, carnival-style amusements and photos with Santa. Various times daily; UCF Arena, University of Central Florida; free-$240; 407-823-6006;
Winter in the Park This annual holiday event features an outdoor ice skating rink in Central Park, alongside a variety of kid's games, holiday carolers, light displays and more. 3-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 3-10 pm Friday, 10 am-10 pm Saturday, noon-8 pm Sunday; Central Park's West Meadow, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; $10 all day includes skate rental; 407-599-3203; cityofwinterpark.org.
Saturday, Nov. 17
5th Annual Holiday Tasting Extravaganza and Sales Event Sample hundreds of types of wine, with food pairings and live music at the store. 3-6 pm; the Wine Barn, 1711 33rd St.; $25 all-inclusive; 407-704-8816;
Jingle Eve Holiday street party with shopping, live entertainment, food trucks, street vendors, a boat parade on Lake Ivanhoe and an appearance by Santa Claus. 3-11 pm; Ivanhoe Village Main Street, Orange Avenue between New Hampshire and Princeton streets; free; 407-393-8765; facebook.com/jingleeve.
Winter Park Harvest Festival This is the third annual edition of this super-popular daylong local food event, which focuses on locally sourced and sustainable foods. Highlights include a producers-only farmers market, cooking demos, food-related seminars and roundtables, live acoustic music, DIY activities for kids and a mobile community garden display. 10 am-4 pm; Central Park's West Meadow, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-628-1230; wpharvest.com.