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
Nov. 17-Nov. 18
Second Annual Rotary Art, Craft and Wine Festival This two-day outdoor event features more than 100 artists who will display works and a wine stroll and tasting around the lake. 10 am-8 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; $25-$30; 407-571-8863; aacwf.com.
Nov. 17-Dec. 31
SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration This annual holiday event offers holiday-themed shows like Shamu Christmas – Miracles and Wonderland on Ice, a Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountain Finale, a Christmas market, the Polar Express Experience and more for the kids including games and animal encounters. Various times daily; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; $74.99; 407-363-2613; seaworldparks.com.
Nov. 19-Jan. 2
Leu's Holiday House Tour the 11-room estate, which will be decorated with Christmas trees and festive decor. 10 am daily; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $7; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Night B4 Thanksgiving Block party with live music, Turkey Bowling and drink specials. 8 pm; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; $5; 407-849-0471.
Thanksgiving Eve Bash Join the party before the big holiday, with both a bottomless cup and premium open bar packages available, as well as dueling pianos all night long. 7 pm; Howl at the Moon Saloon, 8815 International Drive; $20-$30; 407-354-5999; howlorlando-thanksgivingeve.eventbrite.com.
Thursday, Nov. 22
Drunken Monkey Vegan/Non-Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner For Everyone Celebrate with a meal of turkey or tofurkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and all the other trimmings. 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm; Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave.; $12.99-$24.99, reservations required; 407-893-4994; drunkenmonkeycoffee.com.
Friday, Nov. 23
Holiday Harbor Nights The hotel hosts a wine tasting event with gourmet food samples, free hand-rolled cigars, live jazz music by Johnny Cool and the Mobster Swing Band, and the illumination of Portofino's Christmas tree. 6:30-9 pm; Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, 5601 Universal Blvd.; $45-$75; 407-503-1200; loewshotels.tix.com.
Nov. 23-Dec. 30
Holidays Around the World – Candlelight Processional Hear the story of Christmas accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir; this year's celebrity narrators include Geena Davis, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, James Denton, Amy Grant and others. 5 pm, 6:45 pm, 8:15 pm on select nights; Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; included with park admission; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.com.