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
Saturday, Nov. 24
PBR Bike Ride End of the Year Ride Hop on your bicycle and enjoy drinks at Stardust Coffee, Sportstown Billiards, the Falcon and Will's Pub. 6 pm; Ace Metric Cycles, 444 W. New England Ave., Winter Park; free; facebook.com/orlpbrride.
Dec. 1-Dec. 29
Holiday Lights Zipline Safari Soar 68 feet above the ground on this holiday-inspired ride, complete with seven different ziplines, 10 aerial observation platforms and two free-walking sky bridges. Various times Saturdays; Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud; $85; 407-957-9794; foreverflorida.com.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Holiday Lights Bike Tour Hop on your bicycle for an evening ride around Audubon Park alongside Santa, and enjoy live music, hot chocolate, mulled wine and a charity drive at various local venues. 7-10 pm; Bikes Beans & Bordeaux, 3022 Corrine Drive; free; 407-427-1440; b3cafe.com.
Winter Park Boat Parade and Ski Show This evening holiday-themed, water-centric event features a parade of lighted boats (mostly decorated by residents and local businesses), which cruise around lakes Virginia and Osceola, and professionals performing in an afternoon water-ski show choreographed to holiday music. 3:30 pm; Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-647-6492; wpboatparade.com.
Saturday, Dec. 15
Jingle Bell Run/Walk Wear a holiday-themed costume for a run/walk to help raise money and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation. 7:30 am; Lake Baldwin Park, 2380 Lake Baldwin Lane; $25-$30; 2012jbrorlando.kintera.org.
Reindeer Run This family-friendly run offers a three-mile route around the park, with a holiday-themed party and activities at the finish. 7:15 am; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; $24-$35; 407-898-1313; trackshack.com.
Tap 'N' Run 4K Run a 2.5-mile race while being served beer at four stops along the route and a 12-ounce beer at the finish line. Cheers! 5-8 pm; Lake Eola Park, East Central Boulevard and North Eola Drive; $37.52; 502-653-4985; tapnrun.com.
Thursday, Dec. 27
Russell Athletic Bowl Team Pep Rallies The bands, coaches and cheerleaders from each college football team entertain fans at Pointe Orlando with live music and more. 4 pm; Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive; free; facebook.com/floridacitrussports.
Friday, Dec. 28
Russell Athletic Bowl NCAA college football game. 5:30 pm; Florida Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St.; $20-$228; 407-423-2476; russellathleticbowl.com.