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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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Thursday, Dec. 13
Alive After 5 This monthly street party offers live music, art displays, food and cocktail sampling and more at area restaurants and bars. 5-8 pm; downtown Sanford, East First Street and South Park Avenue; $7 includes food and beverage sampling;
John King's Holiday Special Literary podcaster John King (thedrunkenodyssey.com) hosts this holiday event. 7 pm; Urban ReThink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; $5; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com.
Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk Pay one price for unlimited wine tasting at participating venues, with streetside shopping vendors and food trucks offering menu items. 6-9 pm; Mother Falcon Clothing, 817 E. Washington St.; $10 cash; face

Friday, Dec. 14
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Art & Music in the Park Outdoor holiday gift shopping event with local vendors, a Food Truck Bazaar and showing of the film Arthur Christmas. 6-9 pm; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; free; 407-262-7700; casselberry.org.

Saturday, Dec. 15
District 6 Washington Shores Christmas Parade Watch floats and community organizations march in the holiday-inspired parade and then enjoy live music, food offerings and entertainment in the park throughout the day. 10 am-2 pm; Hankins Park, 130 Lake Park Court; free; 407-246-2006; cityoforlando.net.

Sunday, Dec. 16
Grandma Party An offbeat collection of artists, musicians and vendors offer an eclectic range of alternative gift options. 10 am; Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; free; 407-623-3393; stardustie.com.

Dec. 22-Dec. 23
Holiday Weekend Open House Enjoy free admission and live music by the Raintree Chamber Players. 9:30 am-4 pm Saturday, 1-4 pm Sunday; Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311;

Tuesday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day at Forever Florida Enoy the Zipline Safari and Horseback Safari. 9 am-5 pm; Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud; various prices; 407-957-9794; foreverflorida.com.

Saturday, Dec. 29
Orlando Citrus Parade This annual tradition in downtown Orlando features a lineup of college marching bands, high-school marching bands and floats made completely of citrus fruits. 11 am; Downtown Orlando, Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard; free; facebook.com/

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