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Holiday Guide 2013

A calendar full of more Christmas Carols, holiday lights, Trans-Siberian Orchestras and jingle balls than you can shake a nutcracker at

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MUSIC

Friday, Nov. 22
Florida Blue Battle of the Bands College and high school marching bands from all over the country battle it out. 7 pm; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; $15.75; 800-745-3000; amwaycenter.com.
Flying Horse Big Band Plays The Nutcracker Suite 8 pm; UCF Communications Building Auditorium, 4000 Central Florida Blvd.; $10; 407-823-2869; music.cah.ucf.edu.
Valencia Winter Choral Concert 7:30 pm; Valencia College Performing Arts Center, East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail; free; 407-582-2332; valenciacollege.edu/arts.
 
Sunday, Nov. 24
WJRR's Blizzard of Rock Presents Trivium, Devildriver 4:30 pm; House of Blues, Downtown Disney West Side, Lake Buena Vista; $22-$24; 407-934-2583.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Barrio Sunday on Thanksgiving Eve With all-you-can-drink specials and DJ 
music. 10 pm; The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave.; call for price; 407-648-8363.
Tropical Sunday on Thanksgiving Eve 10 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $15; 407-246-1419.
 
Thursday, Nov. 28
Thanksgiving Bash: Project X 10 pm; The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave.; visit website for details; 407-648-8363.
 
Friday, Nov. 29
Harpist Bizarre Quartet Live bass, flute and guitar sounds. 5-8 pm; Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311; morsemuseum.org.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
 
Saturday, Nov. 30
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Home for the Holidays Orlando Philharmonic concert featuring the Holiday Singers and guest conductor Alber-George Schram. 2 pm, 8 pm; Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $18-$70; 407-770-0071; orlandophil.org.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra 8 pm; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; $30-$68.50; 800-745-3000.
 
Sunday, Dec. 1
Handel's Messiah 41st annual concert performance by the Messiah Choral Society. 3 pm; Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; free; 407-849-2020; messiahchoralsociety.org.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert 4 pm; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; orlandophil.org.
UCF Jazz Ensemble I The group plays Duke Ellington's “Nutcracker.” 7:30 pm; Timucua White House, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave.; free; 407-595-2713; timucua.com.
 
Thursday, Dec. 5
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Valencia Music Department Holiday Show Featuring the Symphonic Band, Valencia Orchestra, Valencia Singers and the Contemporary Ensemble. 7:30 pm; Valencia College Performing Arts Center, East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail; free; 407-582-2900.
 
Friday, Dec. 6
Brass Band of Central Florida Holiday Concert 7 pm; St. Luke's Lutheran Church and School, 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo; free; 407-365-3408.
Christmas Vespers Live seasonally inspired concert. 6 pm; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $10; 407-646-2115; rollins.edu.
Donny and Marie Christmas 7:30 pm; Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa; $122.25; 813-301-6500.
Fall Opera Workshop World premiere of the opera Under the Rainbow, plus vignettes from holiday classics such as White Christmas and Elf. 7:30 pm; Valencia East Campus Black Box Theater, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail; free; 407-582-2900.
Friday Night Live: The Fam Duo Holiday Show 7-9 pm; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Joshua Englert Classical guitar. 5-8 pm; Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311; morsemuseum.org.
The Old Maid and the Thief Florida Opera Theatre's take on Menotti's opera. 8 pm; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.; $30; 407-718-4365.
Vox Audio Holiday Concert Watch a live holiday-inspired a capella concert by the group. 8 pm; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $25; 407-877-4736.
WJRR's Blizzard of Rock Presents Jimmy Eat World, Flashlights 7:30 pm; House of Blues, Downtown Disney West Side, Lake Buena Vista; $25-$30; 407-934-2583.
 
Saturday, Dec. 7
Brass Band of Central Florida Holiday Concert 2 pm, 7 pm; St. Luke's Lutheran Church and School, 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo; free; 407-365-3408.
Christmas Vespers Live seasonally inspired concert. 6 pm; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $10; 407-646-2115; rollins.edu.
Ellington's Nutcracker Suite Live concert performed by UCF's Flying Horse Big Band. 8 pm; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $15; 407-877-4736; gardentheatre.org.
Fall Opera Workshop World premiere of the opera Under the Rainbow, plus vignettes from holiday classics such as White Christmas and Elf. 7:30 pm; Valencia East Campus Black Box Theater, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail; free; 407-582-2900.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Mannheim Steamroller 6 pm; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; included with park admission; 407-363-8000.
Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert Outdoor concert featuring the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singing Tower carillon. 6 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $20; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
WKMG Local 6 Holiday Concert Live performance by the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra to benefit the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Network. 4 pm; Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street; free; 407-999-7800; fsyo.org.
 
Sunday, Dec. 8
American Big Band: Home for the Holidays 3 pm; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $22; 321-242-2219.
Christmas Vespers Live seasonally inspired concert. 6 pm; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $10; 407-646-2115; rollins.edu.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Mannheim Steamroller 6 pm; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; included with park admission; 407-363-8000.
Seasonal Celebration Live holiday-inspired concert by the Garden Community Choir. 4 pm; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $15; 407-877-4736; gardentheatre.org.
The Old Maid and the Thief Florida Opera Theatre's take on Menotti's opera. 2 pm; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.; $30; 407-718-4365.
Valencia Ensembles Holiday standards. 4 pm; St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 1021 Palm Springs Drive, Altamonte Springs; free; 407-582-2329; valenciacollege.edu/arts.
 
Monday, Dec. 9
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
WJRR's Blizzard of Rock Presents Megadeth, Fear Factory, Nonpoint 7 pm; House of Blues, Downtown Disney West Side, Lake Buena Vista; $35-$38; 407-934-2583.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Holiday Gala Concert Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs holiday music. 7:30 pm; Seminole State College Fine Arts Concert Hall, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-708-2040; seminolestate.edu/arts.
 
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Everything Is Terrible! Holiday Special: A New Beginning 8 pm; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $10.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
 
Thursday, Dec. 12
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
What Christmas Means to Me Central Florida Community Arts performance. 7:30 pm; Northland Performing Arts Center, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood; $10; 407-937-1800.
 
Friday, Dec. 13
An Ugly Sweater Christmas Live holiday concert by the Orlando Circle of Friends Chorus. 8 pm; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $20; 321-345-6263; ocofchorus.com.
Friday Night Live: Robert Harris Holiday Jazz Show 7-9 pm; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
What Christmas Means to Me Central Florida Community Arts performance. 7:30 pm; Northland Performing Arts Center, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood; $10; 407-937-1800.
 
Saturday, Dec. 14
An Ugly Sweater Christmas Live holiday concert by the Orlando Circle of Friends Chorus. 3:30 pm; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $20; 321-345-6263; ocofchorus.com.
Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra Present A Classic Christmas The groups perform holiday classics. 7:30 pm; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $25-$55; 407-646-2182; bachfestivalflorida.org.
Christmas Oratorio (Parts 1-3), by J.S. Bach Performed by the Brevard Community Chorus. 7:30 pm; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $20; 321-242-2219; kingcenter.com.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry Holiday-inspired song and dance performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus. 7:30 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $25-$35; 407-228-1220; plazaliveorlando.com.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Mannheim Steamroller The band presents a live concert performance on stage at the park as part of the Universal holidays event. 6 pm; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; included with park admission; 407-363-8000.
What Christmas Means to Me Watch a live holiday-inspired concert performance by local group the Central Florida Community Arts. 7:30 pm; Northland Performing Arts Center, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood; $10; 407-937-1800.
 
Sunday, Dec. 15
A Peter White Christmas Featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair playing live jazz music. 7 pm; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $43; 321-242-2219; kingcenter.com.
Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra Present A Classic Christmas The groups perform holiday classics. 2 pm; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $25-$55; 407-646-2182; bachfestivalflorida.org.
Christmas Extravaganza The community is invited to join Tony Chunn and the Chancel Choir in singing Rutter's Gloria. Call for time; First United Methodist Church – Orlando, 142 E. Jackson St.; free; 407-849-6080.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry Holiday-inspired song and dance performance by the Orlando Gay Chorus. 4:30 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $25-$35; 407-228-1220; plazaliveorlando.com.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Mannheim Steamroller 6 pm; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; included with park admission; 407-363-8000.
MIX 105.1 All I Want for Christmas Show With Goo Goo Dolls, Sara Bareilles, Parachute 6 pm; House of Blues, Downtown Disney West Side, Lake Buena Vista; $49.50-$52.50; 407-934-2583.
Moonlight Concert & Holiday Home Tour Outdoor event concert by Carillonneur Geert D'hollander, followed by tours of the holiday-decorated estate. 7:30 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $5; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 17
Andrea McArdle's Sounds of the Season 8 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $40-$60; 407-704-6261.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Mix 105.1 All I Want for Christmas Show With the Backstreet Boys, Plain White T's 7 pm; House of Blues, Downtown Disney West Side, Lake Buena Vista; $77-$80; 407-934-2583.
 
Wednesday, Dec. 18
93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball Featuring Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias and others 7:30 pm; Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa; $46-$181; 813-301-6500.
Andrea McArdle's Sounds of the Season 8 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $40-$60; 407-704-6261.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
 
Friday, Dec. 20
Friday Night Live: Cornucopia Holiday Show 7-9 pm; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
 
Saturday, Dec. 21
18th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas Live outdoor holiday concert featuring tuba, euphonium, sousaphone and baritone sounds. 1 pm; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-599-3463; cityofwinterpark.org.
Festival of Carols 7 pm; First United Methodist Church – Kissimmee, 101 W. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee; free; 407-846-6257; ocfta.com.
Holiday Carillon Concerts 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Holiday Songs in the Park Lake Brantley High School Chorus, Patriot Singers and the Voices of Freedom. 7 pm; Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiva Circle Blvd., Wekiva; free; 407-884-2008; floridastateparks.org/wekiwasprings.
Mannheim Steamroller 6 pm; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; included with park admission; 407-363-8000.
 
Sunday, Dec. 22
Festival of Carols 3 pm; First United Methodist Church – Kissimmee, 101 W. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee; free; 407-846-6257; ocfta.com.
Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Alumni Concert Live fundraising concert in the gardens. 4 pm; Mead Garden, 1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; $10; fsyo.org.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
Mannheim Steamroller 6 pm; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; included with park admission; 407-363-8000.
 
Saturday, Dec. 28
7th Annual Russell Athletic Bowl Parade of Bands School bands from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Athletic Conference march down Park Avenue and perform in Central Park. 11 am; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-599-3463; cityofwinterpark.org.
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 31
Holiday Carillon Concerts Enjoy daily holiday-inspired concerts from the Singing Tower carillon. 1 pm, 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; included with admission; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
NYE Party With the Legendary JC's, Paddington Ambush 9 pm; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.; $10-$12.

THEATER

Through Dec. 14
Crazy for Gershwin High-energy original music revue featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin. 2 pm Wednesday, 2 pm, 7:30 pm Thursday, 7:30 pm Friday, 2 pm, 7:30 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Winter Park Playhouse, 711-C Orange Ave., Winter Park; $18-$38; 407-645-0145; winterparkplayhouse.org.
 
through Dec. 29
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical Orlando Rep holiday production features characters and songs from the classic TV special. 2 pm, 5:30 pm Saturday-Sunday; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.; $18; 407-896-7365; orlandorep.com.
 
Nov. 29-Dec. 23
A Christmas Carol Theatre Downtown's traditional telling of the play based on Charles Dickens' novel. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday; Theatre Downtown, 2113 N. Orange Ave.; $20; 407-841-0083; theatredowntown.net.
 
Nov. 30-Dec. 21
A Trailer Trash Christmas Wanzie Presents and D Squared Productions comedic play starring Tommy Wooten and Michael Wanzie. 7:30 pm Saturday, 8 pm Monday, Dec. 16; Footlight Theatre, The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $16-$20; wanzie.com.
 
Dec. 2
Merry Fringein' Christmas Local actors Michael Wanzie and Mitzi Morris star in a holiday-inspired comedic production at the theater, plus enjoy drink specials at the bar and a silent auction to benefit the Fringe Fest next spring. 6 pm; Margeson Theater, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St.; $15 ($10 with an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item; 407-648-0077.
 
Dec. 4-Dec. 29
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Orlando Shakes' production of Joe Landry's play performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast and directed by Robert Cacioppo. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St.; $17-$40; 407-447-1700; orlandoshakes.org.
 
Dec. 6-Dec. 15
A Christmas Story Sands Theater Company holiday production of the play about 9-year-old Ralphie Parker. 7:30 pm Thursday-Friday, 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday; Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand; $10-$27; 386-736-7456; athensdeland.com.
 
Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec. 21
Mad Madame Payne Productions Presents: Nick's Last Christmas Theatrical production about Santa collecting unemployment. 8 pm Saturday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; $10; 407-331-0433; acme-superstore.com.
 
Dec. 12-Dec. 22
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever This comedic play, based on the best-selling YA book, is directed by Wade Hair and Justin J. Scarlat. 8 pm Monday, 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday; Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park, 419A W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; $10-$18; 407-920-4034; breakthroughtheatre.com.
 
Dec. 13-Dec. 15
North Pole Companion Encore! Cast Performing Arts presents a holiday radio variety show. 8 pm Friday, 2 pm, 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $25; 407-877-4736; gardentheatre.org.
 
Dec. 14
Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker Community theater production of the theatrical adaptation of the classical ballet, but this one is set in New Orleans. 7 pm; Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $21.50-$42; 407-403-5519; clareandthechocolatenutcracker.net.
 
Dec. 18-Dec. 23
Dickens by Candlelight – A Traditional Christmas Dramatic holiday production starring John DiDonna, Monica Long Tamborello and Robin Olsen. 8 pm Wednesday-Friday, 4 pm, 8 pm Saturday-Sunday, 8 pm Monday, Dec. 23; Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St.; $35; 407-222-7669; redchairproject.com.
 
Dec. 21
A Christmas Carol Live theatrical production by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. 7 pm; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $15-$26; 321-242-2219; kingcenter.com.
 
Dec. 22
Cabaret Sunday: A Breakthrough Family Christmas Alumni actors from Breakthrough Theatre perform holiday songs and stories. 7 pm; Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park, 419A W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; $12; 407-920-4034; breakthroughtheatre.com.
 
Dec. 23
A One Man “A Christmas Carol” Southern Winds Theatre dinner theatre production starring David A. McElroy, with direction by Marylin McGinnis. 6 pm; Matilda's on Park, 358 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; $59.99; 407-951-5790; matildasonpark.com.

DANCE

Dec. 6-Dec. 28
Rosen Shingle Creek 6th Annual Free Holiday Showcase Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance, Windermere Ballet Community Theatre, Miriam and Val's School of Dance. 6:30 pm Friday-Saturday; Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.; free; 407-996-9939; rosenshinglecreek.com/holidays.
 
Dec. 7
The Nutcracker Space Coast Ballet. 2 pm, 7 pm Saturday; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $19; 321-242-2219; kingcenter.com.
 
Dec. 17
The Nutcracker Broadcast performance by the Royal Opera House. 7 pm Tuesday; various theaters; $15; fathomevents.com.
 
Dec. 19-Dec. 22
The Nutcracker Live holiday dance performance by Orlando Ballet. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $30; 407-426-1739; orlandoballet.org.
 
Dec. 20-Dec. 22
In His Name ... We Dance! 8 pm Friday, 2 pm, 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $15; 407-877-4736; gardentheatre.org.
 
Dec. 21
Joyful & Triumphant The Center for Contemporary Dance presents holiday-inspired choreography. 7 pm; Hagerty High School, 3225 Lockwood Blvd., Oviedo; $12-$15; 407-695-8366; thecenterfordance.org.
The Nutcracker Tea Hosted by the dancers of Orlando Ballet. 12:30 pm Saturday; Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $25; 407-426-1739; orlandoballet.org.
 
Dec. 21-Dec. 22
The Nutcracker Classical rendition of the ballet by the Central Florida Ballet dancers. 7:30 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $34-$50; 407-849-9948; centralfloridaballet.com.

FILM

Nov. 20
It's a Wonderful Life Outdoor showing of Frank Capra's 1946 classic holiday tale. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Wednesday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Nov. 22
Nightmare Before Christmas Holiday Film Fest showing of Henry Selick's 1993 fantasy flick. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Friday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Nov. 25
Fred Claus Vince Vaughn stars in this 2007 holiday comedy. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Monday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Nov. 30
Coffee, Doughnuts and a Movie: Vertigo Watch the movie and then join in discussion. 10:30 am Saturday; Alafaya Library, 9318 E. Colonial Drive; free; 407-835-7323.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Showing of the 1989 comedy starring Chevy Chase. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Saturday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Dec. 3
Holiday Fruitcake Movie Series: Polar Express Robert Zemeckis' 2004 family adventure film. 7 pm Tuesday; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $7; 407-877-4736; gardentheatre.org.
 
Dec. 4
The Santa Claus Holiday Film Fest showing of the 1994 comedy starring Tim Allen. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Wednesday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Dec. 5
Holiday Fruitcake Movie Series: Elf Will Ferrell stars in the 2003 holiday comedy. 7 pm Thursday; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $7; 407-877-4736; gardentheatre.org.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Enjoy an outdoor showing of the holiday film. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Thursday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 comment throughout a showing of the sci-fi holiday film. 8 pm Thursday; various theaters; $12.50; fathomevents.com.
 
Dec. 6
Date Night at Leu Gardens: Christmas in Connecticut Grab a seat in the gardens for an outdoor showing of the 1992 comedy. 6 pm Friday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $5; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Mickey's Magical Christmas Holiday Film Fest showing of the 2001 animated film. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Friday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
Popcorn Flicks in the Park: White Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas Snuggle up for an outdoor double feature of the holiday films. 7 pm Friday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.
 
Dec. 10
Holiday Fruitcake Movie Series: Home Alone John Hughes' 1990 holiday comedy. 7 pm Tuesday; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $7; 407-877-4736; gardentheatre.org.
 
Dec. 12
Holiday Fruitcake Movie Series: How the Grinch Stole Christmas 7 pm Thursday; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $7; 407-877-4736; gardentheatre.org.
Holiday Movie Night: Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas Watch the movie on an outdoor screen. 7 pm Thursday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863; uptownaltamonte.com.
The Santa Claus 2 Tim Allen stars in this 2002 holiday comedy. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Thursday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Dec. 13
All I Want for Christmas Enjoy an outdoor showing of the holiday film. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Friday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; http://lightupucf.comlightupucf.com.
Movie Under the Stars: Elf Bring a blanket or chairs for a showing of the 2003 comedy. 7 pm Friday; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; 407-658-6565; avalonpark.com.
 
Dec. 14
It's a Wonderful Life The 1946 Frank Capra drama. Noon Saturday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $8; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.
Veggie Tales: Christmas Movie Holiday Film Fest showing of the animated movie. 7:30 pm, 8:45 pm Saturday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Dec. 17
It's a Wonderful Life Holiday Fruitcake Movie Series showing of the 1946 holiday classic. 7 pm Tuesday; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $7; 407-877-4736; gardentheatre.org.
 
Dec. 18
A Christmas Story Holiday Film Fest showing of the 1983 Bob Clark comedy. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Wednesday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Dec. 19
A Christmas Story Holiday Fruitcake Movie Series showing of Bob Clark's 1983 holiday film. 7 pm Thursday; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $7; 407-877-4736; gardentheatre.org.
Holiday Movie Night: Christmas With the Kranks Outdoor showing of the holiday comedy. 7 pm Thursday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863; uptownaltamonte.com.
 
Dec. 20
Elf Outdoor showing of the 2003 comedy starring Will Ferrell. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Friday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Dec. 21
Home Alone Macaulay Culkin stars in this 1990 family comedy. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Saturday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Dec. 22
Home Alone Peanut Butter Matinee Family Film series showing of the 1990 film about the McAllister family. Noon Sunday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $5; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.
 
Dec. 26
A Christmas Carol Holiday Film Fest outdoor showing of the film. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Thursday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Dec. 28
Miracle on 34th Street 7 pm, 9:30 pm Saturday; CFE Arena, UCF; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Jan. 2
Jack Frost Holiday Film Fest showing of the film. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Thursday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.
 
Jan. 3
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Chris Columbus' 1992 holiday comedy. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Friday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; free; 407-823-6006; lightupucf.com.

ART

Through Dec. 15
Osceola Crafter's Holiday Gift Gallery Handcrafted jewelry, stained glass, ornaments, quilts and more. 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Highway 192, Kissimmee; free; 407-846-6257; ocfta.com.
 
Through Dec. 31
2013 Annual Holiday Showcase: Up on the Rooftop Seasonal art show with art and gifts on display. 10 am-6 pm Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday; Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-323-2774; jtfolkart.com.
 
Through April 13
The Holy Art of Imperial Russia: Icons From the 17th C. – Early 20th C. More than 50 images, painted panels, carved items and pieces cast in brass and silver. 10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 pm Sunday; Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-647-6294; polasek.org.
 
Nov. 21, Dec. 19
Third Thursday Gallery Hop & Art Walk Stroll through the Downtown Arts District and visit new shows opening at various galleries. 6-9 pm Thursday; CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-648-7060; cityartsfactory.com.
 
Nov. 22, Dec. 27
Sanford Art Walk Stroll down First Street for local artist displays at area galleries, live music, shopping and dining opportunities. 6-9 pm Friday; downtown Sanford, East First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; free; sanfordartwalk.com.
 
Nov. 23
A Christmas Invasion: Doctor Who Holiday Art Event Watch screenings of Doctor Who holiday episodes, view an art show and enjoy family-friendly activities such as face-painting and a kids corner. 10 am-8 pm Saturday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; free; 407-331-0433; acme-superstore.com.
Acme After Hours: Doctor Who Holiday Art Party With cosplay burlesque by Grotesque Burlesque, a Doctor Who art show, costume contest and music by DJ Math(ew)Matics. 8 pm-midnight Saturday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; $10; 407-331-0433; acme-superstore.com.
 
Nov. 23-Nov. 24
DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts Two-day outdoor event features juried art displays by more than 180 national artists, including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics and jewelry. 10 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday; Downtown DeLand, Indiana Avenue and South Woodland Boulevard, DeLand; free; 386-738-5705; delandfallfestival.com.
 
Nov. 29-Jan. 5
Holidays at the Waterhouse The museum is decorated on the theme of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Noon-4 pm Thursday-Sunday; Waterhouse Residence & Carpentry Shop Museum, 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland; $3; 407-629-1532; artandhistory.org.
 
Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Crealdé School of Art's Annual Holiday Sale Shop for jewelry, ceramics, glass and sculpture works at this outdoor event in the Contemporary Sculpture Garden. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 11 am-4 pm Sunday; Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; 407-671-1886; crealde.org.
 
Dec. 1
Pierced Ornaments Adult art workshop focuses on traditional patterns and sterling silver holiday decorations. 1-5 pm Sunday; Art & History Museums – Maitland, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $90; 407-539-2181; artandhistory.org.
 
Dec. 1, Dec. 8
Christmas Trees: A Holiday Workshop 1-4 pm Sunday; Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; $120; 407-671-1886; crealde.org.
 
Dec. 4
WineArt Wednesdays Monthly outdoor event with wine tasting, art displays, food trucks and shopping at local merchants. 5-9 pm Wednesday; Downtown Lake Mary, 136 N. Fourth St., Lake Mary; free; 407-486-8478; facebook.com/pages/wine-art-wednesdays-at-downtown-lake-mary.
 
Dec. 5
1st Thursdays – Art Under $200 – 'Tis the Season Holiday-inspired art party with visual art displays, music, food and more. 6-9 pm Thursday; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $10; 407-896-4231; omart.org.
 
Dec. 6
First Friday Festival & Art Stroll Local artists display works while area merchants offer drink and food specials. 5:30-9:30 pm Friday; Baldwin Park, New Broad Street and Jake Street; free; 407-923-3849; facebook.com/baldwinparkfirstfridayfestival.
Ladies' Art Lounge: Pinterest Gifts Invite the girlfriends, grab a glass of wine and learn how to make holiday gifts from Pinterest.com. 5:30-7:30 pm Friday; Art & History Museums – Maitland, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $25; 407-539-2181; artandhistory.org.
 
Dec. 7
Orlando Pottery Festival Nearly 50 ceramic artists showcase and sell bowls, mugs, piggy banks, abstract sculpture and more. 9 am-5 pm Saturday; Loch Haven Neighborhood Center, 610 N. Lake Formosa Drive; free; orlandopotteryfestival.org.
 
Dec. 8
5th Annual Murder City Photography Christmas Lights Photo Walk Bring your camera or camera phone and learn how to shoot holiday lights. 8-10 pm Sunday; Park Avenue, Winter Park; free.
 
Dec. 13
Mount Dora's Gallery Walk Monthly art event with art exhibitions, live entertainment and refreshments at nearly 10 venues in downtown Mount Dora. 6-8 pm Friday; Downtown Mount Dora, East Fifth Avenue and North Donnelly Street, Mount Dora; free; 800-556-5016.
 
Dec. 13-Dec. 14
McRae Art Studios Holiday Open House Here's your chance to walk through the studios, meet the artists and view more than 700 works including paintings, photographs, prints, mixed media and sculpture. 6-9 pm Friday, 4-9 pm Saturday; McRae Art Studios, 904 Railroad Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-599-9956; mcraeartstudios.com.
 
Dec. 14
Picture Frames Workshop Join Megan Dice for a hands-on art workshop. 11 am Saturday; Art & History Museums – Maitland, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $11.50; 407-539-2181; artandhistory.org.
Wrap & Go Legacy Workshop: Bath Salts & Soaps Workshop Create handmade items in a workshop led by Megan Dice. 11 am Saturday; Art & History Museums – Maitland, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $11.50; 407-539-2181; artandhistory.org.
 
Dec. 21
Wrap & Go Legacy Workshop: Potpourri Workshop Megan Dice leads a class on how to create your own good-smelling items. 11 am Saturday; Art & History Museums – Maitland, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $11.50; 407-539-2181; artandhistory.org.
 
Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Open House Enjoy free admission to the galleries, plus live music by Raintree Chamber Players. 9:30 am-4 pm Tuesday; Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311; morsemuseum.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Through Nov. 24
Festival of Trees The Council of 101 hosts its annual holiday event featuring designer-decorated Christmas trees, plus a kids' Reindeer Romp, Gingerbread Village, a festival cafe and more. Various times daily; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; various prices; 407-896-4231; omart.org.
 
Through Dec. 20
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party This holiday-inspired event comes complete with castle dream lights on Cinderella Castle, a Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, free cookies and hot cocoa, and a snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. Various times daily; Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $62; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
 
Through Dec. 29
Festival of the Seasons Downtown Disney transforms into a seasonal wonderland with live entertainment, a grandiose tree, visits with Santa Claus and holiday shopping opportunities. Various times daily; Downtown Disney, 1478 E. Buena Vista Drive; free; 407-939-5277; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
 
Through Jan. 5
Leu's Holiday House Tour the historic estate, which is decked out in holiday decor. 10 am-3:30 pm daily; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; free; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Light Up UCF This annual holiday event comes complete with an outdoor ice skating rink, nightly light show, a film fest and carnival amusements. Various times daily; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; various prices; 407-823-6062; lightupucf.com.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Each night watch as millions of holiday lights twinkle in synchronized unison throughout the park. Various times daily; Disney Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; included with park admission; 407-939-5277; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
Winter in the Park Central Park transforms into a winter wonderland with an outdoor ice skating rink. 3-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 3-10 pm Friday, 10 am-10 pm Saturday, noon-8 pm Sunday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; $10, includes skate rental; 407-599-3399; cityofwinterpark.org.
 
Nov. 21
Thanksgiving in the Colonies Author Mark Daniels shares on the traditions of the early Thanksgiving celebrations. 6 pm Thursday; Alafaya Library, 9318 E. Colonial Drive; free; 407-277-0021.
 
Nov. 23
Jingle Eve Holiday-themed evening with live music, food vendors and shopping at area merchants. 6-11 pm Saturday; Ivanhoe Village Main Street, Orange Avenue between New Hampshire and Princeton streets; free; 407-484-5839; facebook.com/ivanhoevillage.
Winter Park Harvest Festival This annual outdoor event in the park comes complete with a showcase of local farmers and artisans with a producer-only market of fruits and veggies, mobile community garden, crafts and gardening activities, live music, cooking demos and a beer garden. 10 am-4 pm Saturday; Central Park's West Meadow, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 321-236-3316; winterparkharvestfestival.com.
 
Nov. 23-Dec. 31
Christmas Celebration Holiday carolers stroll the streets, while guests watch the Winter Wonderland on Ice and Shamu Christmas ... Miracles shows, plus a Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountain Finale each night. Various times daily; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; $82, visit website for select dates; 407-363-2613; seaworldparks.com.
 
Nov. 23-Jan. 5
Ice! Featuring Frosty the Snowman Explore rooms full of hand-carved ice sculptures, ride down ice slides and watch Artisans in Action at a live ice-carving zone. Various times daily; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $9.99-$29.99; 407-586-4423; marriott.com.
 
Nov. 27
Night B4 Thanxgiving Block Party Before the family time, get in some drinking time at this outdoor shindig. 10 pm Wednesday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free; 407-849-0471; wallstplaza.net.
 
Nov. 28
2013 Thanksgiving Day Buffet The chef serves up tradition holiday fare, plus guests enjoy unlimited champagne. 11 am-7 pm Thursday; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive; $39.95; 407-996-9840; rosencentre.com/thanksgiving.
Rosen Plaza Thanksgiving Day Brunch 2013 Sit down for a gourmet holiday meal, complete with holiday-themed decor and complimentary wine. Noon-5 pm Thursday; Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive; $36.95; 407-996-9700; rosenplaza.com/thanksgiving.
Vegan/Non-Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner With Tofurky, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm Thursday; Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave.; $24.99; 407-893-4994.
 
Nov. 29-Dec. 30
Candlelight Processional Celebrity narrators, including Neil Patrick Harris, Ashley Judd, Sigourney Weaver and others, share the story of Christmas accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. 5 pm, 6:45 pm, 8:15 pm nightly; Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; included with park admission; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
Holidays Around the World Celebrate global holiday traditions with costumed performers, cultural food offerings, the Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season show and the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth firework show. Various times daily; Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; included with park admission; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
 
Nov. 29-Jan. 5
Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate Stroll through the home and take in all of the elaborate holiday decorations, plus be on the lookout for the Elf on the Shelf. 10 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $20; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.
 
Nov. 30
Chanukah on the Park Chabad of Greater Orlando presents an outdoor festival with singing performances, jugglers, face-painting, food vendors and live music. 7 pm Saturday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-644-2500; cityofwinterpark.org.
Finds on Shine Shop for holiday gifts, including antiques, jewelry, artwork, handmade pottery and more. 11 am-5 pm Saturday; Maxine's on Shine, 337 N. Shine Ave.; free; 407-674-6841; maxinesonshine.com.
 
Dec. 1
Grand Menorah Lighting and First Hanukkah Festival With family-themed activities including dreidel-spinning contests, arts and crafts, live entertainment, kosher food stations and a latke cook-off. 4-7 pm Sunday; Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive; free; 407-996-9700; rosenplaza.com/holidays.
 
Dec. 1-Dec. 31
Amirah's Wish Arabian Nights holiday show featuring characters Prince Raswan, Princess Amirah and Santa Claus. Various times daily; Arabian Nights, 3081 Arabian Nights Blvd., Kissimmee; $66.99; 407-239-9223; arabiannights.com.
 
Dec. 3
History Center Holiday at Heritage Square Complete with live music, visits with Santa Claus, crafts, milk and cookies; plus watch Mayor Teresa Jacobs turn on the holiday lights. 6-8 pm Wednesday; Heritage Square, South Magnolia Avenue and East Central Boulevard; free; 407-836-8500; thehistorycenter.org.
 
Dec. 5
35th Annual Christmas in the Park Celebration Watch as the Morse Museum lights up the Tiffany windows, plus enjoy an outdoor concert by Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir and Brass Ensemble. 6:15-8 pm Thursday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311; morsemuseum.org.
Christmas at the Casa Meet Santa Claus, tour the decorated house and listen as costumed carolers sing holiday songs. 6-8:30 pm Thursday; Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-628-8200; casafeliz.us.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts Holiday Kickoff and Signature Tree Lighting Event With Santa, falling snow, DJ music and dance performance by the Sanford Soda Pops. 6:30-9:30 pm Thursday; Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive; free; 855-887-7600; rosenplaza.com/holidays.
Trinity Prep Holiday Arts Bazaar Local artisans sell jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, mixed media works, ornaments and more, plus enjoy food truck fare. 8 am-4:30 pm Thursday; Trinity Preparatory School, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park; free; 321-282-2438; trinityprep.org.
 
Dec. 6
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Stroll With live carolers and singing performances by local ensembles, a 2013 Holiday Card Competition award ceremony and a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 5 pm Friday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-644-8281.
Christmas in the Square With live entertainment, visits with Santa, face painting, holiday lights and more. 6 pm Friday; downtown Sanford, East First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; free; 407-688-5120; sanfordfl.gov.
Holiday Lights Orlando Watch the official lighting of the Christmas tree, plus a performance of The Gift, food trucks and other holiday treats. 4-10 pm Friday; Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave.; free; 407-246-3720.
Orlando Holiday Brew Fest Sample dozens of types of seasonal beers from local breweries and around the world in this annual outdoor event. 6-10 pm Friday; Heritage Square, South Magnolia Avenue and East Central Boulevard; $30-$35; 407-383-2331.
 
Dec. 6-Dec. 15
Poolside Ice Skating Throw on your skates and head for the outdoor ice skating rink, plus enjoy face painting, balloon art and DJ music. 4-9 pm Friday-Saturday, 11 am-4 pm Sunday; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive; $15; 407-996-9840; rosencentre.com/holidays.
The Singing Christmas Trees This annual holiday tradition features a full orchestra and choir performance with two 40-foot-tall trees and a display of 250,000 lights. 7:30 pm Friday, 3 pm Saturday, 5 pm Sunday; First Baptist Church, 3000 S. John Young Parkway; $5-$46; 407-425-2555; firstorlando.com.
 
Dec. 6-Dec. 7, Dec. 13-Dec. 14
Letter Writing and Dinner With Santa Enjoy a holiday-themed dinner buffet and then visit with the big guy in red. 5-8 pm Friday-Saturday; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive; $23.95; 407-996-9840; rosencentre.com/holidays.
 
Dec. 7
12th Annual Santa Stumble Dress as a holiday character and then join a pub crawl through downtown Orlando, with stops at the Basement, the Attic, Latitudes and Ember. 7 pm Saturday; Chillers, 33 W. Church St.; $20; orlandosportandsocialclub.com.
3rd Annual Hysterical Tour of Gnomes Embark on a pub crawl around downtown Sanford, with stops at Bad Monkey Tavern, the Breezeway, the Vine of Sanford and more; plus there'll be costume contests so dress accordingly. 3-9 pm Saturday; downtown Sanford, East First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; $10; facebook.com/pages/sanford-pub-invasion.
61st Annual Winter Park Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade Watch holiday-themed floats make their way down Park Avenue, as well as local notables and Santa Claus. 9 am Saturday; Park Avenue, Winter Park; free; 407-644-8281; cityofwinterpark.org.
Avalon Aglow Seasonal festival with a parade, hot apple cider, visits with Mrs. Claus, amusement rides and a fireworks show. 3 pm Saturday; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; 407-658-6565; avalonpark.com.
Big Box of Holiday Pop-up shop featuring vendors such as Rifle Paper Co., Hellbrand Leather, Modern Grace, Retromended, Other Peoples Property, Estrella De Mar and others. 6-10 pm Saturday; The Orange Studio, 1121 N. Mills Ave.; $5; 407-310-5905; thedailycity.com.
Bob Marley's Island Christmas Celebration With live reggae bands, drink specials, Jamaican and African retail vendors and authentic Jamaican food. 
3 pm-2 am Saturday; Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, CityWalk at Universal Orlando; free-$15; 407-224-3663; citywalk.com.
Duke Energy's Light Up the Holidays Gather around the lake for live music, fireworks, food and drinks, and watch as the park's holiday lights are turned on for the season. 5-9 pm Saturday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863; uptownaltamonte.com.
IMAGES: Holiday Tour of Homes Visit six different homes in the New Smyrna area, all of which are elaborately decorated for the holiday season. 9 am-3 pm Saturday; Harris House at Atlantic Center for the Arts, 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach; $20; 386-423-4733; imagesartfestival.org.
 
Dec. 7-Dec. 8
36th Annual Cracker Christmas This outdoor holiday event lands you with a barbecue lunch, plus tons of pioneer demos, including spinning, lace making, blacksmithing and syrup making. 10 am-4 pm Saturday-Sunday; Fort Christmas Historical Park and Museum, 1300 Fort Christmas Road, Christmas; free; 407-254-9312; orangecountyparks.net.
Big Bang Bazaar: Holiday Spectacular Two-day holiday shopping event with indie art and craft vendors, plus food and movie screenings. 11 am-6 pm Saturday-Sunday; Maitland Civic Center, 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland; $5-$8; bigbangbazaar.net.
 
Dec. 7-Dec. 29
Christmas Bricktacular Explore the park's holiday-themed attractions, with a LEGO Christmas tree, a Santa model, scavenger hunts and live entertainment. 9:30 am Saturday-Sunday; Legoland, One Legoland Way, Winter Haven; $81; 877-350-5346; legoland.com.
 
Dec. 7-Jan. 4
Grinchmas The park turns into a holiday-themed wonderland, with the Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular show, character breakfasts and visits with the Grinch. Various times daily; Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $92; 407-363-8000; universalorlando.com.
The Macy's Holiday Parade Inspired by the one in New York City, this parade features marching bands, clowns, enormous balloons and floats, and Santa Claus. Various times daily; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; included with park admission; 407-363-8000; universalorlando.com.
 
Dec. 8
5th Annual Nutcracker Ballet Tea English-style tea service with a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy and a performance by the Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance. 1:30-3:30 pm Sunday; Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.; $18, reservations required; 407-996-9939; rosenshinglecreek.com/holidays.
Downtown South Inaugural Holiday Tree Lightening Ceremony With performances by the Orlando Philharmonic Ensemble, holiday carolers, free refreshments and visits with Santa Claus. 6 pm Sunday; Lake Beauty Park, 50 W. Miller St.; free; 407-246-2283; cityoforlando.net.
Sparkle!: Local & Handmade Holiday Market This annual outdoor shopping event features vendors selling creations, plus live music, a community art project and food offerings. 11 am-5 pm Sunday; Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N. Thornton Ave.; free; 407-362-1864; dandelioncommunitea.com.
 
Dec. 12
The Leu House Holiday Lecture & Night Tour Albert Pfeiffer leads a presentation on the architecture of the house, followed by a walk to see the holiday decor. 6:30-8:30 pm Thursday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $14; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk Enjoy wine tasting at participating venues, with streetside shopping vendors and food trucks offering menu items. 6:30-9:30 pm Thursday; Benjamin French Bakery, 716 E. Washington St.; $10 cash; thorntonparkdistrict.com.
 
Dec. 13
Annual Tree Lighting/Holiday Art & Music in the Park Plus grab dinner from the Food Truck Bazaar, watch an outdoor showing of Rise of the Guardians, and shop around the vendor booths. 6-9 pm Friday; Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry; free; 407-262-7700; casselberry.org.
The 12 Bars of Christmas Set out on a holiday-themed pub crawl with drinks at various watering holes in downtown Orlando. 8 pm Friday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; $20; orlandopubcrawl.com.
 
Dec. 13-Dec. 14
Winter Wonderland Festival This annual event comes complete with falling snow, holiday carolers, a 25-foot Christmas tree, meet-and-greets with Santa and his elves and horse-drawn carriage rides. 6:30-9:30 pm Friday-Saturday; Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.; free-$6; 407-996-9939; rosenshinglecreek.com/holidays.
 
Dec. 14
2nd Saturday Seconds Monthly antique flea market shopping experience. 8 am-2 pm Saturday; The Carousel Emporium, 2000 Alden Road; free; 407-694-2335; facebook.com/thecarouselemporium.
9th Annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights and Ski Show Take a seat on the shoreline and watch a water ski show and holiday boat parade, plus enjoy live music and art demos at the Polasek Museum. 3:30 pm Saturday; Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; free, (parade to start at sundown); 407-647-6294; wpboatparade.com.
Acme After Hours: Xmas Party With a theater show, belly dancing performances, burlesque dancing and DJ music. 8 pm Saturday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; $10; 407-331-0433; acme-superstore.com.
Acme's Christmas Party & Sale Storewide sale with family-friendly activities throughout the day. 10 am-8 pm Saturday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; free; 407-331-0433; acme-superstore.com.
City of Sanford Parade of Lights Watch as illuminated floats make their way throughout downtown Sanford. 6 pm Saturday; downtown Sanford, East First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; free; 407-688-5120; sanfordfl.gov.
St. Lucia Festival Celebration of Swedish heritage with dessert and beverage sampling, readings of the St. Lucia legend, historic decoration display and a Giant Dala Horse. 1-4 pm Saturday; Museum of Seminole County History, 300 Bush Blvd., Sanford; free; sanfordstlucia.com.
Washington Shores Christmas Parade Local groups and notable individuals present spirited floats. 10 am-2 pm Saturday; Crossroads Mission, 400 N. Parramore Ave.; free; 407-246-2006.
Winter Spark in Baldwin Park Outdoor neighborhood event with a Christmas parade followed by a meet-and-greet with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 6-9 pm Saturday; Baldwin Park Village Center, 1097 Bennett Road; free; 407-206-3300; baldwinparkevents.com.
 
Dec. 15
Grandma Party Bazaar Local craft vendors, including Amalgam Craft, Beard Sauce, Daughters & Co., Featherhead Studio and tons more, sell creations at this annual shopping event; plus enjoy live music by ButterQueen, Jr. Meowzer, Sloppy Mistress and other bands throughout the day. 10 am Sunday; Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; free; 407-623-3393; grandmapartybazaar.tumblr.com.
Mimosa Under the Mistletoe All you can eat and drink holiday-themed brunch. 10 am-4 pm Sunday; OLV Café, 25 W. Crystal Lake St.; $29.95; 407-722-5060; olvcafe.com.
Orlando Christmas Parade & Festival Watch as the Jingle Bell Dog jog leads into the parade. 12:30-7 pm Sunday; Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave.; free; 407-898-3130.
 
Dec. 15, Dec. 22
European Gift Mart and Culinary Crafts Holiday shopping event with vendors selling crafts, food and cocktail samples, chocolate workshops, ornament-making elves and more. 6:30-9:30 pm Sunday; Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.; free-$6; 407-996-9939; rosenshinglecreek.com/holidays.
 
Dec. 19-Dec. 30
Yule of Fools The SAK All-Stars perform holiday-themed improv comedy based on audience participation. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 pm, 9:30 pm Saturday, 2 pm, 7:30 pm Sunday, 7:30 pm Monday, Dec. 23; SAK Comedy Lab, 29 S. Orange Ave.; $12-$15; 407-648-0001; sak.com.
 
Dec. 25
2013 Christmas Day Buffet The restaurant chef serves up seasonal dishes such as roasted turkey and prime rib, plus guests enjoy unlimited champagne and mimosas. 11 am-5 pm Wednesday; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive; $39.95; 407-996-9840; rosencentre.com/holidays.
Rosen Plaza Christmas Day Brunch Buffet 2013 Celebrate the holiday with a traditional meal of pasta, soup, salad and carving stations, plus enjoy complimentary wine. Noon-5 pm Wednesday; Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive; $36.95; 407-996-9700; rosenplaza.com/holidays.
 
Dec. 28
New Year's Transformations: Transformers Art Event Artwork inspired by the series, plus comic book sales, music and movies. 10 am-8 pm Saturday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; free; 407-331-0433; acme-superstore.com.
 
Dec. 30
Florida Citrus Parade Watch as a collection of handmade floats, entirely created by citrus fruits, make their way around downtown Orlando. 10 am Monday; Downtown Orlando, Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard; free-$28; floridacitrusparade.com.
 
Dec. 31
Church Street NYE Party Outdoor block party with live music, portable bars and a fireworks display at midnight. 8 pm Tuesday; Downtown Orlando, Church Street, Orange Avenue and Church Street; $39; 407-649-4270; churchstreetbars.com.
New Year's Eve Savor a four-course gourmet meal, a bottle of wine or champagne, party favors and watch the ball drop at midnight. 5:30 pm Tuesday; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive; $61.95; 407-996-9840; rosencentre.com/holidays.
New Year's Eve Party With music by Redwax and grub from the VooDoo Kitchen food truck. 8 pm Tuesday; Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave.; free; 407-872-1117; orlandobrewing.com.
NYE Buffet All you can eat (New York strip steak, pasta, ham) and all you can drink (house wine and champagne), plus music by Andrew Luv and the Franchise Players. 6 pm Tuesday; OLV Café, 25 W. Crystal Lake St.; $49.95; 407-722-5060; olvcafe.com.
NYE Skyline 2013 – Black Tie New Years Eve Party Dress up for a red-carpet entry, champagne toast, butler-passed hors d'oeuvres and a live band. 8 pm Tuesday; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $55; 407-704-6261; abbeyorlando.com.
New Years Eve With Kimberley Locke Kick off the New Year with a live concert by the former American Idol contestant. 8 pm Tuesday; The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; call for price; 407-425-7571; parliamenthouse.com.

LEARNING

Nov. 20
Craftologie 101 Create Thanksgiving-related crafts in this workshop. 10:30 am Wednesday;  Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-835-7481; ocls.info.
Herbs for the Holidays Dena Wild leads a presentation and shares on the history behind mistletoe and other holiday herbs in the garden. 6:30-8 pm Wednesday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $14; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
Thanksgiving in the Sun: 500 Years of Florida Food Sit and listen to a lecture presented by author and historian Dr. Gary Mormino on the history of Thanksgiving foods.. 5:30 pm Wednesday; Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free, reservations required; 407-628-8196; casafeliz.us.
 
Nov. 26
Health & Holidays: The Floridian Way! Learn how to stay healthy through the holidays and enjoy samples from Shahnaz Nensey. 6 pm Tuesday; Washington Park Library, 5151 Raleigh St.; free; 407-835-7323.
 
Dec. 5
Holiday Entertaining With Cocktails Join Paul Twyford of the Winter Park Distilling Company in tasting holiday-inspired cocktails. 7 pm Thursday; Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; $15; 407-623-3300.
Managing the Cool Season Vegetable Garden Join Ed Thralls for a workshop on planting and growing vegetables in your garden. 6:30-8 pm Thursday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $14; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.
 
Dec. 6-Dec. 21
The Star of Bethlehem Planetarium show explores the origins of the Magi and how the calendar system has changed over the millennia. 7 pm, 8:30 pm Friday-Saturday; Seminole State College Planetarium, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; $6; 407-708-2360; seminolestate.edu/planet.
 
Dec. 7
Holiday Entertaining Retro Rad Style With Emily Ellyn Mad Men-inspired event with holiday cooking and cocktail demos by the former Food Network Star contestant. 2-4:30 pm Saturday; Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.; $25; 407-996-9939; rosenshinglecreek.com/holidays.
 
Dec. 12
Fun With Flowers – Decorating for Christmas Learn how to create a holiday-inspired centerpiece for your table. 10 am Thursday; Winter Park Garden Club, 1385 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; $25, includes all materials; 407-644-5770.
 
Dec. 14
Meet & Greet With Mannheim Steamroller's Chip Davis The musician shares about his time in the industry and his 140-acre farm. 11 am-1 pm Saturday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $15; 407-836-8500; thehistorycenter.org.

CIVICS

Nov. 23
10th Annual Compassionate Thanksgiving Potluck Join the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida and the Vegetarians of Central Florida for a vegan meal in the gardens. 2 pm Saturday; Mead Garden, 1500 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; $5 with a dish, $12 without; arff.org.
Light Up UCF Knight Run To benefit the Children's Miracle Network and Second Harvest Food Bank. 6 pm Saturday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; $23; 407-823-6006; cfearena.com.
St. Jude Give Thanks Walk Fundraising walk in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 8 am-noon Saturday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free, donations accepted; 407-571-8863; fundraising.stjude.org.
 
Nov. 28
Thanksgiving Day Gratitude Flow – Fundraiser & Food Drive Join a 75-minute power yoga session to raise funds and food for needy local families. 9 am Thursday; Warrior One Power Yoga, 2822 Corrine Drive; $10 donation, plus 2 cans of kid-friendly foods; warriorpy.com.
 
Nov. 30
Brian Wolfe Fundraiser Holiday body-art event with body painting, silent auctions and more to benefit Brian's family. 7 pm Saturday; Acme Comics Cards & Collectibles, 905 E. State Road 434 #100, Longwood; $10; 407-331-0433; acme-superstore.com.
 
Dec. 7
15th Annual Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast Enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and beverages, with proceeds to benefit Winter Park area elementary schools. 7-10:30 am Saturday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; $6; 407-644-8281; cityofwinterpark.org.
Breakfast With Santa The Kiwanis Club of East Orange County hosts a pancake and sausage breakfast, with live entertainment from local schools and a visit from Santa. 8-11 am Saturday; Legacy Middle School, 11398 Lake Underhill Road; $5; 407-658-5330; facebook.com/eockiwanis.
 
Dec. 11
Green Drinks In this monthly event, you have the opportunity to meet and mingle with others looking to make Orlando a more sustainable city. 7 pm Wednesday; Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N. Thornton Ave.; free; 407-362-1864; dandelioncommunitea.com.
Holiday FunFest Volunteer at this annual outdoor event at Rollins College where foster children come and enjoy games, crafts and more fun activities. 5-8:30 pm Wednesday; Rollins College, Alfond Sports Center, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2000; rollins.edu.
 
Dec. 21
Winter Solstice 108 Sun Salutations Fundraiser Join in a yoga session to benefit local homeless families. 4-6 pm Saturday; Warrior One Power Yoga, 2822 Corrine Drive; $20 donation, plus 2 cans of kid-friendly food; warriorpy.com.

FAMILY

Through Dec. 15
Santa's Holly Follies Singalong string puppet musical about cultural holidays around the world. 10:30 am, 4:30 pm Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm Saturday, 1 pm, 3 pm Sunday; Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs; $6; 407-834-8757; pinocchios.net.
 
Nov. 26
Gobble It Up Bring the kids for turkey stories and activities. 10:30 am Tuesday; South Creek Library, 1702 Deerfield Blvd.; free; 407-835-7323; ocls.info.
 
Nov 27
Gobble, Gobble, Wibble, Wobble Kids partake in turkey-related activities. 3:30 pm Wednesday; Herndon Library, 4324 E. Colonial Drive; free.
 
Nov. 30-Dec. 29
The Little Drummer Boy String puppet tale of the first Christmas miracle. 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm Wednesday-Friday, 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 5 pm Saturday, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm Sunday; Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs; $6; 407-834-8757; pinocchios.net.
 
Dec. 7-Dec. 21
Breakfast and Gift Wrapping With Santa Gobble down a breakfast buffet and then join Santa and his elves for photos and gift-wrapping sessions. 8:30-10:30 am Saturday; Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive; $12.50; 407-996-9700; rosenplaza.com/holidays.
 
Dec. 8
Drop and Shop Parents can leave the little ones to enjoy holiday movies and hands-on crafts such as making ornaments. 2-6 pm Sunday; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $5; 407-836-8580; thehistorycenter.org.
The Rep's Holiday Family Gala Fundraising event with a performance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical. 4 pm Sunday; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.; $35-$65; 407-896-7365.
 
Dec. 8, Dec. 15
Celebrity Storytelling to Benefit Canine Companions for Independence Fred Schneider of the B-52's reads the book Sassafras Jones and the Search for a Forever Home. 4 pm Sunday; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive; free; 407-996-9840; rosencentre.com/holidays.
Lunch With Santa and Cookie Pop Decorating Bring the kids to enjoy lunch with Santa and then have them decorate cookie pops with sprinkles and more. 11:30 am-1:30 pm Sunday; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive; $15.95; 407-996-9840; rosencentre.com/holidays.
 
Dec. 10, Dec. 17
Santa Tuesdays Here's your chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus you can take professional photos and enjoy live entertainment and food and drinks. 6-9 pm Tuesday; Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863; uptownaltamonte.com.
 
Dec. 14
Breakfast (or Brunch) with Santa Sit down for a meal with Santa Claus, and then enjoy family-friendly activities and animal encounters. 9 am, 11 am Saturday; Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; free-$27, reservations required; 407-323-4450; centralfloridazoo.org.
Pinocchio's Crazy Christmas Little Mermaid Fundraiser Throw on your Hawaiian shirts and enjoy tropical drinks and manatee puppet classes. Noon-6 pm Saturday; Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs; donations accepted; 407-834-8757; pinocchios.net.
 
Dec. 15
Letters to Santa Kids write wish lists to Santa Claus and enjoy a showing of the Muppet Christmas Carol. 11:30 am Sunday; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $5-$8; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.
 
Dec. 21
Family Days at the Museum: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Enjoy a tour of the Waterhouse Residence and then head out on a scavenger-style hunt and create a holiday ornament to take home. 1 pm Saturday; Waterhouse Residence & Carpentry Shop Museum, 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland; free with museum admission; 407-629-1532; maitlandhistory.org.

SPORTS

Nov. 23
Florida Blue Florida Classic Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University take the field to battle it out on the gridiron in this annual historic college football game. 2 pm Saturday; Florida Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St.; $10.75; floridaclassic.org.
 
Nov. 26, Nov. 28
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Greenville Road Warriors ECHL pro ice hockey game. 7 pm Tuesday, 6 pm Thursday; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; various prices; 407-951-8200; orlandosolarbearshockey.com.
 
Nov. 28
Turkey Trot 5K This annual holiday 3.1-mile run has participants trotting around downtown Orlando in support of Seniors First. 8 am Thursday; Lake Eola Park, Eola Drive, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street; free; 407-896-1160.
 
Nov. 28-Dec. 1
Old Spice Classic NCAA college basketball tournament featuring bracket-format games with eight teams, including Butler, LSU, Memphis and others. Various times Thursday-Sunday; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $100; 407-939-1500; disneyworld.disney.go.com.
 
Nov. 29
UCF Knights vs. USF Bulls These two cross-state rivals take to the field in an NCAA college football game. It's an annual season-ending type rivalry matchup not worth missing, especially as the Knights are riding an impressively successful season. Time tbd Friday; Bright House Networks Stadium, University of Central Florida; $30-$75; 407-823-1000; ucfathletics.com.
 
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
7th Annual Festivals of Speed This three-day high-end car and airplane showcase comes to town toting a swanky jet port reception, a wine dinner and weekend-long luxury motorsports displays. Check the event website for a full schedule of events and venue locations for the duration of the weekend. Various times daily; Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes Resort, 4012 Central Florida Parkway; various prices; 352-385-9450; festivalsofspeed.com/orlando.
 
Dec. 14
Jingle Bell Run/Walk Strap on some holiday spirit  (and perhaps a spirited costume!) and join in this festive fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation, as you walk or run around the beautiful Lake Baldwin in Baldwin Park. 7:30 am Saturday; Lake Baldwin Park, 2380 Lake Baldwin Lane; free-$25; 800-672-0882.
 
Dec. 21
UCF Men's Basketball Holiday Classic vs. Rio Grande The Knights host this annual holiday NCAA college basketball game tournament, and fans can watch them play a few different teams throughout the week. 4 pm Saturday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; $5-$50; 407-823-6006; cfearena.com.
 
Dec. 22
UCF Men's Basketball Holiday Classic vs. Valparaiso The Knights host this annual holiday NCAA college basketball game tournament, and fans can watch them play a few different teams throughout the week.  2:30 pm Sunday; CFE Arena, University of Central Florida; $5-$50; 407-823-6006; cfearena.com.
 
Dec. 28
Russell Athletic Bowl Annual NCAA college football game, with two teams battling it out at the Florida Citrus Bowl. 6:45 pm Saturday; Florida Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St.; $20-$203; 407-849-2020; russellathleticbowl.com.
 
Dec. 31
Orlando Magic vs. Golden State Warriors What better way for a sports fan to spend New Year's Eve than by watching this NBA pro basketball game? 5 pm Tuesday; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; various prices; 407-896-2442; orlandomagic.com.
 
Jan. 1
Capital One Bowl This annual tradition pits two NCAA college football teams against each other in the Citrus Bowl. 1 pm Wednesday; Florida Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St.; $35-$253; 407-849-2020; capitalonebowlgame.com

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