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The holiday season is in full swing in Orlando. This is one of my favorite times of the year with beautiful displays and wonderful smells. Make sure to get out this weekend in Orlando and enjoy some of the amazing holiday activities, including the Singing Christmas Trees, Winter Spark in Baldwin Park and Christmas in the Cloud

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30 Days of Christmas in Downtown Orlando

Holiday décor, light shows, music and snow set to operate nightly from December 2 – December 31 starting at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. In partnership with the Downtown Development Board, Church Street Marketplace a ShopCore Property, Orlando Weekly and the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

A Merry Winter Garden Light Show

Watch as City Hall is transformed with A Very Merry Light Show from 6pm to 9pm! Using digital mapping and projection, City Hall magically will feature animated holiday greetings!

Central Florida Zoo: Asian Lantern Festival

The Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild is the only event in Central Florida celebrating the culture, art, and beauty of traditional lantern festivals celebrated throughout Asia for centuries.

Lake Conway Boat Parade- South Lake

This year, Friday, December 13th will kick off the weekend of 3 Lake Conway boat parades. Parade starts at 8:00 PM at the South side of the Nela Bridge and will run clockwise. Save the date!

Nutcracker Ballet Performance at Rosen Shingle Creek

Dancing mice, toy soldiers and sugarplum fairies come to life in Rosen Shingle Creek’s Nutcracker Ballet Orlando, an abbreviated version of the holiday favorite performed in the hotel’s grand lobby by the talented young dancers at the Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance in Windermere.

Singing Christmas Trees

From its beginning over three decades ago, the Trees have become one of Central Florida’s most loved and spectacular traditions. The Singing Christmas Trees is an exciting presentation of Christmas classics featuring a huge choir, full orchestra, dance, powerful drama and a beautiful display of 250,000 lights on our two 45-foot-tall Christmas Trees.

St. Luke’s presents “Wonder” a Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert “Wonder” at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Explore the mystery of Christmas at “Wonder,” St. Luke’s annual Christmas Concert event on December 14 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and December 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Avalon Park Gingerbread House Contest

First ever community gingerbread house contest in Avalon Park. Join me (Mrs. Claus) at the Avalon Park Community Center on Friday December 13th, the same night that Santa will make a special stop in Avalon Park (see Avalon Park POA post for more details on their event), and show off your gingerbread house skills.

City of Longwood Celebrate the Season

Come and see Santa and his elves! There will be Ice Skating for only $1 and Train rides for $0.50. Free games for children Live performances Picture opportunities with Santa & Holiday characters & more! Food available for purchase

Gingerbread Express

Jump on the Gingerbread Express by SunRail on Friday, December 13. The train will take you to Gingerbread Land at Winter Park Station where you will be able to participate in a lot of fun activities.

Hipstoric Amaryllis Christmas

Join us to celebrate the holiday festivities… There is sure to be something for everyone! We will have Santa, the Grinch, train rides, vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment!

Lake Catherine Blueberries Santa’s Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest includes a hayride to and from the forest and a walking trail with a beautiful display of lights, classic Christmas music and scavenger hunt. Along the way, you will visit Santa, Rudolph and Buddy the Elf for free photo opportunities and write letters and Christmas lists to give to Santa.

Movie at the Lakefront St Cloud “The Grinch”

Movie at the Lakefront. Movie to be shown: “The Grinch” rate PG. Time shown is an estimate. The movie will start at sunset.

Movie Night at American Girl Orlando

Lights, camera, action – join us at American Girl Orlando for movie night! Girls and an accompanying adult can enjoy an entertaining movie, delicious holiday treats and warm hot cocoa. This month’s movie will be Samantha: An American Girl Holiday.

Princesses & Princes 3rd Annual Holiday Party

Join us in Everdream on December 13th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for our 3rd Annual Holiday Party! Children and adults alike will have fun while we do a holiday craft, dance to holiday music, play in the playground and enjoy some holiday refreshments.

6th Annual Santa Fly-In and Food Trucks

Watch Santa fly in by helicopter (Santa’s ETA is 6:30 pm) Visit with Santa (bring your camera) Food trucks, bounce house and live entertainment in Bagshaw Park filled with holiday lights!

The Muppet Christmas Carol Movie

The APGD loves muppets and bicycles so we’re combining the two with a bicycle drive in showing of The Muppet Christmas Carol, presented by our friends at Park Ave CDs.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Association of Poinciana Villages 27th Annual christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration

This family-friendly event is free for APV residents and the public to enjoy. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a grand parade featuring more than 50 floats and participants making their way from Cypress Parkway to Vance Harmon Park.

Christmas in the Cloud

Come celebrate Christmas with the critters at the second annual Christmas in the Cloud hosted at Amazing Animals INC’s wildlife sanctuary! $10 per person at the door -Age 2 and under are free -Teachers, Active and Retired Military, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and EMT’s $2 off with valid ID

Children’s Holiday Gift Workshop

Children, ages toddler to 12, are invited to attend this FREE arts and crafts event to create one-of-a-kind gifts for their loved ones. Children are often the receivers of gifts during the holidays and are not always able to participate in the giving.

Curry Ford West Holiday Fest

Ring in the holiday season with Santa himself along with some of your favorite local businesses from around the Curry Ford West District! FREE BBQ and food from local restaurants FREE photos with Santa from 1:30-3:30pm

Holiday Golf Cart Street Parade

Join us right before our weekly Car Cruise as residents from Sherwood Forest RV Resort present their personal golf carts in all of their Holiday glory! Golf carts will begin arriving at 6:30pm and will parade down Old Town’s mainstreet before our Car Cruise at 8:30pm.

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra “Holiday Pops” Concert

The City of Apopka is proud to host a Celebration of the Holidays, featuring a special family-friendly concert from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra with vocalists Chrystal Johnson and Brandon Martin. Bring your own blanket or chair and picnic basket, selected food and drink vendors will be on site for purchase.

Sanford Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade

Bring the family out for a night full of holiday lights and fun at our annual “Parade of Light.” You won’t want to miss all of the lights, festive floats, marching bands and SANTA!

Santa’s Animation Workshop at Florida Film Academy

In this workshop students will learn to draw and design their own versions of the popular Christmas characters. Students will then use their character designs to create a festive holiday illustration when they combine their characters with a unique environment of their own design.

Snow Fest at RDV Sportsplex

It’s SNOW FEST time! Our annual winter celebration is happening Saturday, December 14th from 2-6pm. Events include Ice Skating, Real Snow, Kids’ Snow Slide, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Curling & Family Fun!

Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade

The annual Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade comprised of decorated boats is sure to be a memorable time for the whole family. On Lake Virginia, family and friends can gather in their backyards, by Dinky Dock, or on the Rollins College campus behind the Cornell Fine Arts Museum to see the impressive boat and dock

Winter Spark in Baldwin Park

Schedule of Events 4:00 – 6:30 pm | Performances at New Broad and Welham Ave 4:00 – 6:30 pm | Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus This year, we are accepting monetary or toy donations at our Photos with Santa booth.

Winter fest at Snow Mountain and Holiday Parade

Snow will fall once again at Winter fest in Oviedo! Fresh from the North Pole, 70 tons of wonderful white snow will be at Center Lake Park. Enjoy the wintry treat with sledding and just general winter fun.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Breakfast with Santa

Santa makes an early visit to The Alfond Inn for a very special breakfast – to be held in our Park Avenue Ballroom with holiday music, a full breakfast, and Santa, of course. $40 for adults/$20 for children 6-12

Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus

Kick off the holidays with a festive event featuring none other than Mrs. Claus! While her famous spouse is busy supervising the elves and loading the sleigh, she’ll help girls decorate some tasty holiday cookies along with delicious hot cocoa

Downtown Avalon Park Food Truck Night

FOOD, MUSIC, & FUN! Come on out to our ROCKIN’ food truck night featuring local food trucks, music, games & neighborhood fun! Live Music by No Priority Band

Holiday Tea Orlando

Create an unforgettable experience at American Girl’s 2019 Holiday Tea Orlando! We’ll serve a selection of delectable treats and delicious drinks for both kids and adults.

Holiday Sunday Fundays at Boxi Park

Sundays in December will be holiday fun for the entire family at Boxi Park. Come out for holiday crafts, seasonally-inspired food and drinks, and family friendly entertainment. Every Sunday in December from noon to 4PM.

Oh What Fun Lake Nona Holiday Festival

Lake Nona is kicking off the holiday season with its second annual Oh What Fun! A Holiday Festival featuring a flurry of festive activities for the whole family.

Which of these activities do you plan to do in Orlando this weekend?