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
Dec. 1-Dec. 2
Cracker Christmas Holiday craft fair with more than 150 vendors, barbecue and pioneer demos. 10 am-4 pm Saturday-Sunday; Fort Christmas Historical Park and Museum, 1300 Fort Christmas Road, Christmas; free; 407-254-9310; nbbd.com.
Dec. 1-Dec. 30
Christmas Bricktacular Santa Claus stops by the park, and guests can take in festive displays and a 270,000-brick Christmas tree. 10 am Saturday-Sunday; Legoland, One Legoland Way, Winter Haven; included with park admission; 877-350-5346; legoland.com.
Dec. 1-Jan. 1
Grinchmas Seuss Landing turns into a winter wonderland with the Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular show, a character breakfast and meet-and-greet with the Grinch, music by Mannheim Steamroller and more. Various times daily; Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; included with park admission; universalorlando.com/holidays.
Macy's Holiday Parade Floats and balloons direct from the New York City parade fill the park's streets, with a tree lighting, a display of holiday lights, the Barney Holiday singalong and the Blues Brothers Holiday Show. Various times daily; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; included with park admission; 407-363-8000; universalorlando.com/holidays.
Monday, Dec. 3
Jingle Jam Downtown South hosts a holiday street party featuring an art merchant tent, food vendors, beer and wine, live entertainment on stage and visits with Santa Claus. 11 am-5 pm; 2885 S. Orange Ave., 2885 S. Orange Ave.; free; downtownsouthjinglejam.org.
Dec. 3-Dec. 7
Cypress Grove Park's Festival of Lights Drive through the park and view the elaborate holiday light display. 6:30-9:30 pm Monday-Friday; Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave.; $2 per vehicle; 407-836-6200; orangecountyparks.net.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
History Holiday at Heritage Square Join Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and residents as she lights the Christmas tree in Heritage Square, complete with live outdoor holiday music, visits with Santa Claus, holiday craft-making and milk and cookies for the kids. 6-8 pm; Heritage Square, South Magnolia Avenue and East Central Boulevard; free; 407-836-8580.
Thursday, Dec. 6
34th Annual Christmas in the Park The Morse Museum lights up nine Tiffany windows, as the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir and Brass Ensemble perform a free outdoor concert in the park. 6:15-8 pm; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311; morsemuseum.org.
Christmas at the Casa: Cookies, Cocoa and Carols The historic home is decorated for the holidays and offers live performances by Shannon Caine's Vintage Holiday Carolers and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus for photos with the kids. 7-9 pm; Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free, $2 suggested donation; 407-647-2330; casafeliz.us.