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It’s the first weekend of December, and even though we live in Florida, it definitely feels like winter. So grab those Ugg boots and put on your parkas and enjoy some holiday activities in Orlando with your family this weekend.

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Santa’s Workshop
Benefitting Ronald McDonald House, Santa’s Workshop is a three day event at Lake Nona High School. (All Weekend)

Magic Curtain Dr.Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Even though he is a mean one, you will still enjoy watching the Grinch. (All Weekend)

Orlando Rep- Elf the Musical

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear…” Buddy the Elf has spent his entire life at the North Pole. When he discovers that he is not really an elf, he sets off for New York City to find his true identity. (Saturday and Sunday)

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. (All Weekend)

Tiny Tumbles Santa’s Workshop

Join us for a weekend of fun including games, food, movies, Santa and more at this holiday event for the family! Come out and enjoy a free community event with something for everyone! (Saturday and Sunday)

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Gingerbread House Decorating with American Girl

Design and Decorate your own gingerbread house! This festive activity includes everything your girl needs to make a one-of-a-kind holiday centerpiece with gingerbread pieces, frosting, and lots of candy decorations.

Junior Nature Explorers

Junior Nature Explorers at Mead Botanical Garden, Winter Park. Children 3 – 6 years old and their grown-up are invited to join in on new fun! Guided by Ms. Linda Jakubisin, Jr. explorers will experience a fun hike through the Garden and a nature activity and/or craft.

Kids Nights at Plaster Cottage of Clermont

Bring your kids over any Friday at 6:00 PM for plaster painting, pizza and fun! Each child may choose two plaster pieces to paint. Also included is pizza and juice or water to drink.

Mad Science Kids Night Out

Every Friday- Held at the Mad Science Lab inside of the Oviedo Mall. Includes dinner, science class, crafts, games, movie time, and more! $25/child! For kids 4-12 years old. No need to pre-register- just show up at the door at 6pm!

Movie Night at Leu Gardens

Gardens open at 6:00 p.m., Movie time at 8:00 p.m. Enjoy a movie outdoors. You may bring a dinner picnic basket and seating. Alcohol is permitted. This movie is rated PG. Under 13 years of age requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Oviedo Family Bingo

Bring everyone for a fun-filled night at Oviedo Family Bingo! Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each game played. All games will be played on Fridays. Space is limited so first come, first served.

Pint-Size Science Drop-off Program at Orlando Science Center

Pint-Sized Science is a drop-off program designed for children ages 3-5 to explore science with their friends. During this three-hour program, they will discover and learn about a range of science topics, from bubbles to physics to machines and gears!

Romp n’ Roll Jolly Jam

Jolly Jam is our Holiday celebration at Romp n’ Roll. For this event we will have fun, themed, instructor – lead activities in our gym. We will also be making an Ornament that will be perfect for Mom to save or to gift for the Holidays.

Teatime Dance Party with Mr. Richard at Infusion Tea

It’s Teatime Dance Party with Mr Richard @ Infusion Tea Friday morning @ 10 o’clock–and June 11th at 6pm.

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Annual “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade

Hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, the 66th Annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade is Central Florida’s longest running Christmas Parade. Join us to continue the tradition of marching down historic Park Avenue spreading holiday cheer in downtown Winter Park.

Christmas in the Cloud

Come celebrate Christmas with the critters at Christmas in the Cloud hosted at Amazing Animals INC’s wildlife sanctuary!

Family Night Skate

Go to family night at Astro Skate for 3 hours of skating fun for the entire family.$20 for a family of 5 with one adult/$7 for an individual. Prices do not include skate rental.

Family Workshop: Artful Angels

Discover how to create art that comes from the heart by looking at the artwork in Purvis Young and His Angels. Spread your wings in the studio by designing angelic masterpieces using mixed media.

Holiday Amaryllis Festival

Join us for the 7th Annual Holiday Amaryllis Festival at Nehrling Gardens! This is a nature-themed holiday event that is free to the public. We will feature beautiful and rare amaryllis bulbs for sale as well as blooming amaryllis and other plants for the holidays.

Maitland Santa’s Parade

The Maitland Police Department will present the annual Santa Parade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Santa and Mrs. Claus will hand out candy, escorted by police vehicles along a route through neighborhoods around the city.

State Farm Toys for Tots Block Party

Come and bring an unwrapped toy for local children and say high to Maria and her amazing staff at State Farm. Cruise on by in your classic car or your everyday car and bring the family. We are having a classic car cruise – in, food, music, giveaways, and a Bounce for the kids.

The Art Room: Between the Brushes

Leave your kids with us on Saturday mornings from 10:00am-noon. When you pick them up, they will be excited to show you their new 12 X 16 canvas masterpiece!

The Nutcracker Family Show

Orlando Ballet’s favorite holiday classic, The Nutcracker, returns in a one-hour performance for families! A Christmas Eve gift of a toy nutcracker from her godfather transports Clara on a magical journey to a world of fantasy and fun complete with the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Mother Ginger.

Williams Sonoma Junior Chef Classes Harry Potter Cookie Party

Celebrate the iconic houses of HOGWARTS™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with our Harry Potter cookie cutter collection. Great for magical bakers of all ages, each enchanted cutter imprints an intricate design on rolled-out dough. After baking, we’ll cast a spell on your homemade cookies with colorful icing and sprinkles.

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

American Girl Welcomes Santa

Share a holiday experience that includes a jolly “ho-ho-ho!” Santa is coming to the store, and he can’t wait to meet you and your girl. Whispering her wishes is an exciting holiday tradition, and a special pose with St. Nick is the perfect photo opportunity—bring your camera to capture the moment!

Chanukah on the Park

Chabad of Greater Orlando will present Chanukah on the Park. The event will include singing performances, live music, dancers, face painting, jugglers, food and grand menorah lighting.

Family Movie Night and Game Night at Old Town

Bring the entire family to watch free movies on a big screen. Old Town will play family-friendly movies and classics every Sunday night. Bring a chair, grab some snacks at your favorite Old Town store, and spend the night watching a movie underneath the stars.

Free Family Fun Day at Mennello Museum of American Art

Every second Sunday of the month is Free Family Funday! From 12 – 2:30 p.m., join us at the museum for a miniature fine art project and then take a Tenacious Tour of the exhibits!

Holiday Tea with American Girl

Start the holiday season with a special teatime together and a couple of crafty projects! Our Holiday Tea events include a deliciously different menu of teatime treats, a craft, and fun conversation and laughter at every table—and dolls, of course, are always welcome.

Sing Along with Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

Shows at 11am and 1pm Sing along with Jim Henson’s classic film! Based on a book by Russell Hoban, this beloved Christmas story, with music from Paul Williams and an all-puppet cast of woodland creatures, tells the story of Ma and Emmet Otter – a family that has little more than each other.

Storytime Symphony Series

Perfect for young children (ages 3-7), the Symphony Storytime Series presents music by the musicians of the Philharmonic with an actor/narrator and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations.

The Nutcracker @ Winter Park

#RBO brings your favorite holiday tradition to life. Follow Clara as her dreams become reality and watch the magic of Christmas unfold on stage!

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