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. 23-Dec. 31
12th Annual Space Coast Light Fest Just over a mile of the park is covered in twinkling holiday light displays in this drive-through attraction. 6-9:30 pm nightly; Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne; $10 per car; 321-614-6286; spacecoastlightfest.com.
Nov. 23-Jan. 6
Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate The 20-room Mediterranean-style mansion is decked out in designer holiday decor, with the theme "The Nature of the Holidays." 10 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $20; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Friday, Nov. 30
Candlelight Tour of Homes Walking tour throughout the historic Sanford Heights neighborhood, with food and beverages from local restaurants. 6-9:30 pm; 16th Street and Elm Ave., Sanford; $25-$30; 407-435-9525;
Christmas in the Square & Annual Tree Lighting Live entertainment, Santa and more. 6-8 pm; downtown Sanford, Sanford Avenue and First Street; free; 407-302-2586; sanfordfl.gov.
Holiday Lights Orlando The city illuminates a Christmas tree and a menorah, as Trinity Downtown Evangelical Lutheran Church and School perform its annual show, The Gift, and the movie Elf is shown outside by the lake. 4-10 pm; Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street; free; 407-246-2827; cityoforlando.net.
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce sponsors this annual lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Winter Park's Central Park area, complete with live children's choirs performances and holiday activities for the kids. 5:15 pm; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-644-8281.
Hysterical Tour of Gnomes and Pub Invasion Wear a holiday-inspired costume and make your way to the Imperial, the Palette and Twisted Vine. 8 pm; downtown Sanford, Sanford Avenue and First Street; $10; 407-221-1499;
Orlando Holiday Brewfest Outdoor beer and food sampling. 6-10 pm; Heritage Square, South Magnolia Avenue and East Central Boulevard; $30-$40; 407-383-2331.
Nov. 30-Dec. 21
Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Meet-and-Greet with "Vacation" Santa and Mrs. Claus 6 pm Thursday-Saturday; Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista; free; 407-934-3000; santasfavoriteresort.com.
Saturday, Dec. 1
60th Annual Winter Park "Ye Olde Hometown" Christmas Parade The longest-running Christmas parade in Central Florida, this event along Park Avenue features more than 100 marching bands, dance troupes, floats, local dignitaries and Santa Claus. 9-10 am; Park Avenue at Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-644-8281.
Day Tour of Homes & Gardens This driving/walking tour showcases homes decked out in their holiday best. 11 am-4 pm; UCF Public History Center, 301 W. 7th St., Sanford; $15; sanfordhistorictrust.org.
Images Tour of Homes Area residences are decorated with holiday themes by local florists, and also featuring a holiday boutique with shopping opportunities. 9 am-3 pm; Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach; $20; 386-423-4733;
Light Up the Holidays Annual lighting of the large Christmas tree by the lake, with music, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Holiday Fountain Show, and a fireworks display. 5-9 pm; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863;
The Crocheted Santa Book sale and signing with Barbra Bass. 4 pm; Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.