10 free things happening in the Orlando area this weekend



Trying to get out and enjoy the cool weather this weekend without feeling like there’s a hole in your pocket? Not to worry, we’ve got you and that hole in your pocket covered with these free weekend events:

Casselberry Tree Lighting Ceremony
Light up your weekend while you rock around the Christmas tree.
When: 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12
Where: Lake Concord Park, 127 Quail Pond Circle

The Nutcracker Ballet
Cozy up to this classic tale, performed in the lobby by students from Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance.
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12
Where: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.

Grab and Go Art Show
Get all your last-minute holiday shopping done with some one-of-a-kind gifts.
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12
Where: Art Services, 1022 S. Orange Ave.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Get yourself in prime shape before the holiday feasting begins at this run/walk.
When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Where: Lake Baldwin Park, 2380 Lake Baldwin Lane

12th Annual Holiday Bicycle Ride
Decorate your bike and ride through the whimsical Christmas light displays.
When: 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Where: South Seminole Middle School, 101 S. Winter Park Drive

Winter Spark Holiday Parade and Festival
Parade your holiday cheer throughout the town.
When: 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Where: Downtown Baldwin Park, 4915 New Broad St.

Lots of Santa Clauses are coming to town!
When: noon Saturday, Dec. 13
Where: Thornton Park District, East Washington Street and North Summerlin Avenue

Violectric Holiday Show 
Watch Violectric take the stage and transport you into a winter wonderland of sound.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Where: Lake Eola Park, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street 

Grandma Party Bazaar 2014
Our favorite makers/artisans holiday market is finally here – check out the goods from a curated collection of local artists, crafters and creators. Live music, a grandma's living room photo booth, beer and people watching round out the experience.  
When: 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14
Where: Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road 

APGD Community Christmas Caroling
Brush up on your carols and hit the street to spread some holiday joy.
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14
Where: Audubon Park Garden District, East Winter Park Road and Corrine Drive