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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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Monday, Dec. 31
24th Annual Rockin' the Dock Ring in the New Year with five different parties along the pier, each offering live entertainment, champagne toasts, balloon drops and more. 7 pm-2 am; Cocoa Beach Pier, 401 Meade Ave., Cocoa Beach; $20; 321-783-7549;
Church Street New Year's Eve Massive street party with portable outdoor bars, live entertainment, a balloon drop and fireworks display at midnight. 8 pm-2 am; downtown Orlando, Orange Avenue and Church Street; $40-$100; 407-649-4270; churchstreetbars.com.
New Year's Eve Party at DisneyQuest Family-friendly event with access to video games, a DJ dance party and a confetti drop at midnight. Call for time; Downtown Disney, 1478 E. Buena Vista Drive; visit website for details; 407-939-6244; disneyworld.com.



Friday, Nov. 16
The Black & White Gala Fundraiser event with dancing, a live band and hors d'oeuvres to benefit The Center. 7:30 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $60-$150; 407-228-8272; wanzie.com.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Party Around the World Celebrate the food, drink and sounds of Brazil, England, Japan, Mexico and Germany. 10 pm; The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; call for price; 407-425-7571; parliamenthouse.com.

Nov. 23, Dec. 28
Cocktails and Conversations MBA Orlando hosts an LGBT-friendly informal after-hours networking event. 5:30-7:30 pm Friday; MBA Orlando Headquarters, 23 S. Osceola Ave.; free; 407-610-7412;

Saturday, Dec. 1
Light Up the Courtyard Holiday-themed party with live entertainment and drink specials. 7:30 pm; The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; call for price; 407-425-7571;

Sunday, Dec. 2
Sounds of the Season: A Holiday Concert Central Florida Sounds of Freedom, Orlando's LGBT band and color guard, perform holiday favorites. 3 p.m.; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $10-$25; 407-704-6261; cfsfband.com.

Saturday, Dec. 8
Blacklight Party: Nightmare Before Christmas Grab the glowsticks and enjoy live entertainment and drink specials in the bar. 8 pm; The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; call for price; 407-425-7571; parliamenthouse.com.

Dec. 15-Dec. 16
Reasons for the Season Live holiday concert performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus features classic holiday hits. 7:30 pm Saturday, 4:30 pm Sunday; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $25; 407-228-1220;

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