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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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Dec. 8-Jan. 6
The Little Drummer Boy This family-friendly holiday-inspired string-puppet play should get you into the spirited season. 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm Monday-Friday, 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 5 pm Saturday-Sunday; Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs; $6; 407-834-8757; pinocchios.net.

Sunday, Dec. 9
Drop and Shop Parents can drop off the kiddos at the History Center for an afternoon of holiday movies, ornament-making and holiday snacks. 2-6 pm; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $5 per child, recommended for ages 4-11; 407-836-8500; thehistorycenter.org.

Friday, Dec. 14
Family Fun Nights – Movie in the Park Grab the kids and a seat on the grass for an outdoor showing of the holiday film Arthur Christmas. 7:30 pm; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; free; 407-262-7700; casselberry.org.

Saturday, Dec. 15
An Afternoon With Santa 13th annual holiday event where kids meet Santa, have photo opportunities and share their Christmas lists. 2-5 pm; Magnolia Park, 2929 Binion Road, Apopka; $3, recommended for ages 12 and under; 407-886-4231; orangecountyparks.net.
Parent and Child Workshop – Linoleum Printed Holiday Cards Create your own design to print family holiday cards. 1-3 pm; Casselberry Art House, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; $10-$15, all supplies included; 407-262-7722; casselberry.org.

Monday, Dec. 31
Cocoa's Family New Year's Event The whole family can enjoy a countdown to 2013, complete with live entertainment, interactive art activities and a balloon drop to ring in the new year. 5 pm; Cocoa Village, State Road 520 and Brevard Avenue, Cocoa; free-$5; 321-639-3503; cocoafl.org.

 

SPORTS

Thursday, Nov. 22
Third Annual Turkey Day 5K Holiday Fun Run Family-friendly event to support feeding children. 8 am; Fort Mellon Park, 1000 E. First St., Sanford; donations accepted; sanfordfl.gov.
Turkey Trot 5K Before you gobble down the holiday turkey, join in this Thanksgiving-themed 3.1-mile run/power walk around downtown Orlando, which benefits Seniors First and offers both costume and turkey call contests. 8 am; Lake Eola Park, East Central Boulevard and North Eola Drive; $27-$35; 407-310-6725; turkeytrotorlando.com.

Nov. 22-Nov. 25
Old Spice Classic This four-day men's college basketball single-elimination tournament hosts eight teams from around the nation, with this year's squads including Clemson, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, UTEP, Davidson, Marist and West Virginia. Various times Thursday-Friday, Sunday; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $20-$100; 407-939-4263; oldspiceclassic.com.

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