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HOLIDAY CALENDAR 2007

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Michael McDonald to the Messiah, Marc With a C to Makulu, whatever you’re in the mood for this holiday season you’ll find in the next few pages. With so much to see and do, one thing is clear: This is no time to shop.

MUSIC

Nov. 16-Dec. 28

Interactive Parrandas Caribbean holiday celebration with art and live music. 7:30 pm Friday; Café D’Antano, 911 N. Mills Ave.; free; (407) 362-0064.

Nov. 18

Messiah Sing-Along Community members are invited to join the Seminole Messiah Choral Society in a production of Handel’s Messiah. 3 pm; Seminole Community College Fine Arts Concert Hall, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; free; (407) 708-2040.

Nov. 21

Thanksgiving Eve Party Martian Dope performs at this pre-feast bash. 9 pm; Central Station Bar, 100 E. Central Ave.; $5; (407) 426-8336.

Nov. 22

Thanks for Nothing Skip family time and enjoy DJs Pauly Crush, Bodywerx, G3EON, Kittybat and Y-Not. 10 pm; Club Firestone, 578 N. Orange Ave.; $5; (407) 872-0066.

Nov. 23

Thanksgiving Jam FunkUs hosts a night of family-friendly live music with special guests. 10 pm; Underground Bluz - UCF, 12261 University Blvd.; $5; (407) 482-4141.

Nov. 24

Home for the Holidays The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs classic holiday songs. 2 pm and 8 pm; Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $13-$62; (407) 770-0071.

Wynonna: A Classic Christmas The famous country crooner sings her hits and Christmas classics in concert. 8 pm; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $39.50-$75; (321) 242-2219.

Nov. 25

Handel’s Messiah The Messiah Choral Society performs as part of its 35-year tradition. 3 pm; Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; free; (407) 849-2020.

Holiday Pops Conductor Andrew Lane leads the Orlando Philharmonic in this outdoor concert. 4 pm; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; (407) 896-6700.

Nov. 27

Holiday Choral Gala Concert SCC students perform classic yuletide selections. 7:30 pm; Seminole Community College Fine Arts Concert Hall, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; free; (407) 708-2040.

Nov. 28

Michael McDonald Christmas The former Doobie Brothers singer sings hits and holiday favorites. 8 pm; King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $45-$75; (321) 242-2219.

Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Brass Band of Central Florida Holiday Concert The group performs songs of the season. 7 pm Friday, 2 pm and 7 pm Saturday; St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and School, 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo; free; (407) 365-3408.

Dec. 1

Dave Koz at the Movies: A Smooth Jazz Christmas The world-renowned saxophonist plays holiday songs featured in films. 8 pm; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $38-$58; (321) 242-2219.

Glenn Beck’s Christmas Tour The conservative radio and television host performs his holiday-themed one-man show. 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm; Hard Rock Live, CityWalk at Universal Orlando; $47-$92; (407) 351-5483.

Dec. 3

Christmas With the Orlando Chorale The group performs “Christmas Cantata,” “Festival Alleluias,” “Utrecht Jubilate” and local composer Mario Davis’ brand new “Israfel.” 3 pm; First United Methodist Church, 142 E. Jackson St.; free; (407) 786-8624.

Instrumental Holiday Gala SCC band students perform classic holiday works. 7:30 pm; Seminole Community College Fine Arts Concert Hall, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; free; (407) 708-2040.

Dec. 7-8

Christmas Vespers The annual festival of lessons and carols presented by the Rollins College department of music. 6 pm Friday-Saturday; Rollins College, Tiedtke Concert Hall, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $5; (407) 646-2115.

Dec. 8

Holiday Handbell Concert Soloist Marie Loeffler performs and discusses techniques. 2 pm; Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden; free; (407) 877-4975.

Holiday Pops The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs seasonal classics. 6 pm; Central Winds Park, 1000 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs; free; (407) 327-6593.

Dec. 8-9

Don We Now Our Gay Apparel The Orlando Gay Chorus starts its season with holiday favorites. 7:35 pm Saturday, 4:35 pm Sunday; Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $10-$30; (407) 841-7464.

Dec. 12

Jose Feliciano Holiday Show The Grammy-winning guitarist performs seasonal selections from around the world. 8 pm; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $28-$38; (321) 242-2219.

Dec. 14

Piano Sing-Along Holiday Party Michael Wanzie and PH regulars host an open mic celebration and dinner. 6 pm; Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; free; (407) 425-7571.

Dec. 15

Christmas Fiesta Jaime Arjona y Grupo Cafe performs at this inaugural Latin celebration. 6 pm; Marks Street Recreation Center, 99 E. Marks Street; $10-$18; (407) 245-0921.

Merry Tuba Christmas Annual holiday jam session by tuba, euphonium, sousaphone and baritone players. 1 pm; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; (407) 599-3463.

Dec. 15-16

Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra Holiday Concert The Bach Festival Society presents old classics and new favorites. 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $20-$45; (407) 646-2182.

Dec. 16

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Holiday Concert Student musicians perform seasonal favorites. 2:30 pm; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; (407) 999-7800.

Dec. 18

Jim Brickman: Holiday Homecoming Concert The pianist performs Christmas songs with help from Richie McDonald of Lonestar. 8 pm; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $28-$48; (321) 242-2219.

Dec. 20

Christmas With Paris New York City DJ Paris spins at this pre-family time party. 10 pm; Club Firestone, 578 N. Orange Ave.; free-$5;(407) 872-0066.

Dec. 21-22

A Swinging Christmas Michael Andrew and the Atomic Big Band perform classic and original holiday tunes. 2 pm and 7:30 pm Friday, 4 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday; The Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $43; (407) 228-1220.

Dec. 23

Songs of the Season Holiday performance by the center’s Big Band and Community Chorus. 2 pm; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee; $15; (407) 846-6257.

Dec. 24

Crushmas Christmas Eve party with DJs Justin Scott Allen, Ni Ni, G3EON and Koolbreeze. 10 pm; Back Booth, 37 W. Pine St.; $3; (407) 999-2570.

Dec. 29

Marc With a C’s Annual Holiday Bash The local musician hosts a night of festivities with help from Bucket of Nails. 9 pm; Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, Winter Park; free; (407) 623-3393.

Dec. 31

Classic Albums Live New Year’s Eve Show: Led Zeppelin’s II and IV End the year by reliving the height of the legendary rock band’s career. 8 pm; Hard Rock Live, CityWalk at Universal Orlando; $40-$75; (407) 351-5483.

New Year’s Eve Concert Sevendust, 10 Years and Neverset perform. 9 pm; House of Blues, Downtown Disney West Side, Lake Buena Vista; $42.50-$45; (407) 934-2583.

New Year’s Eve with the Supervillains The local ska band and the Jagermeister girls bring in 2008. 9 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $20; (407) 246-1419.

THEATER

Through Jan. 5

Christmas at Dixie The country singer’s dinner show gets into the holiday spirit. Various times daily; Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, 8251 Vineland Ave.; $48.25; (407) 238-4455.

Through Jan. 6

Pirate’s Christmas Dinner Adventure The pirates, joined by Magee the Elf, must save Christmas from the evil magistrate. Various times daily; Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, 6400 Carrier Drive; $35.95-$55.95; (407) 248-0590.

Nov. 15-Jan. 1

Christmas at Arabian Nights The genie attempts to entertain Princess Scheherazade with Christmas songs and characters while Prince Kahlid is off finding her the perfect present. Various times daily; Arabian Nights, 3081 Arabian Nights Blvd., Kissimmee; $20.33-$56.60; (407) 239-9223.

Nov. 23

Three Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-Yule-ar Country boys from Paris, Texas, search for the perfect venue to show off their opera-quality voices in this musical comedy. 8 pm; King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $20-$38; (321) 242-2219.

Nov. 23-Dec. 22

A Christmas Carol Theatre Downtown’s traditional telling of the Charles Dickens holiday classic. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday; Theatre Downtown, 2113 N. Orange Ave.; $18; (407) 841-0083.

Nov. 28-Dec. 23

A Tuna Christmas Two men portray the eccentric residents of Tuna, Texas, on Christmas Eve. 7 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 8 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Lowndes Shakespeare Theatre, 812 E. Rollins St.; $20-$37; (407) 447-1700.

Nov. 29-Dec. 23

It Was a Very Good Yule Christmas Cabaret Holiday music celebration covering five centuries of songs. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday; Mad Cow Theatre, 105 S. Magnolia Ave.; $20-$22; (407) 297-8788.

Nov. 30- Dec. 15

Celebrate Me Home Roy Alan’s holiday show about life and love with music from Broadway, movies, television and radio. 7:30 pm Friday, 2 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday; Winter Park Playhouse, 711-B Orange Ave., Winter Park; $22-$30; (407) 645-0145.

Nov. 30-Dec. 16

A Christmas Story Jean Shepherd’s retelling of the 1983 film about a boy’s quest for a BB gun from Santa. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee; $20; (407) 846-6257.

Dec. 1-15

VarieTEASE XXXmas Spectacular BabyBlueStar Productions and the Invisible Arts Project present this all-new holiday stage show. 8 pm Saturday; Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $15; (407) 454-8478.

Dec. 2

Holiday Cabaret Celebration Carol Stein and Jaimie Roberts perform at this Steinway Society benefit, which will present needy student pianists with pianos. 2:30 pm; Steinway Piano Galleries, 303 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs; free; (407) 339-3771.

Dec. 6-9

A Christmas Carol Southern Winds Theatre presents David McElroy’s one-man version of the popular Christmas fable. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Seminole Community College Fine Arts Theatre, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; $6; (407) 708-2040.

Dec. 7-16

Screwged Wayburn Sassy, fresh from the Fringe Festival’s Screw You Revue, returns in Dewey Chaffee’s naughty take on the holidays. 11 pm Friday-Saturday, 8 pm Sunday; Theatre Downtown, 2113 N. Orange Ave.; $16-$20;(407) 351-5130.

Dec. 14-23

A Christmas Carol Dickens’ holiday fable of miserly Scrooge and the kind-hearted Cratchit family. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Helen Stairs Theatre, 203 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $15-$23; (407) 321-8111.

Dec. 22

A Christmas Carol Dickens’ holiday tale about an old miser who learns the true meaning of Christmas. 7:30 pm; King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $8-$27; (321) 242-2219.

COMEDY

Dec. 1

Navidad Again? Local comedian JR performs a hilarious holiday stand-up, followed by live music. 8 pm; Café D’Antano, 911 N. Mills Ave.; $7; (407) 362-0064.

Dec. 7-30

SAK Yule of Fools Improv comedy with a holiday twist performed by the SAK All-Stars. 8 pm and 10 pm Friday-Saturday; SAK Comedy Lab, 380 W. Amelia St.; $12-$15; (407) 648-0001.


DANCE

Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Chocolate Nutcracker Southwest United Communities presents this culturally diverse retelling of the classic tale as part of its Arts in Education Initiative program. 7:30 pm Friday, 2 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday; Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $26-$46;

(407) 522-9230.

The Nutcracker The Russian Ballet of Orlando performs the holiday piece about a winter dreamland. 7:30 pm Friday, 1 pm Saturday; Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood; $10-$75; (407) 949-4000.

Nov. 30-Dec. 2

The Nutcracker Toys come to life in this whimsical Christmas production by Ballet South. 8 pm Friday, 2 pm Saturday-Sunday; Valencia Community College Performing Arts Center, East Campus; $15; (407) 582-2900.

Nov. 30-Dec. 21

The Nutcracker Reading of the traditional holiday tale accompanied by the Windermere Ballet. 6:30 pm Friday; Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.; free; (407) 996-9939.

Dec. 1-2

Makulu The Center for Contemporary Dance performs an African holiday dance-drama about family, love and miracles. 7 pm Saturday, 4 pm Sunday; Helen Stairs Theatre, 203 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $22; (407) 695-8366.

Dec. 2

The Nutcracker The Russian Ballet of Orlando performs the holiday piece about a winter dreamland. 4 pm; Plaza Theatre, 425. N. Bumby Ave.; $10-$35; (407) 443-5045.

Dec. 8

The Nutcracker The Russian Ballet of Orlando performs the holiday piece about a winter dreamland. 7:30 pm; Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park; free; (407) 443-5045.

Dec. 9

The Nutcracker The Russian Ballet of Orlando performs the holiday piece about a winter dreamland. 2 pm; Winter Springs High School, 130 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs; $15-$35; (407) 443-5045.

Dec. 14-23

The Nutcracker Orlando Ballet performs the traditional ballet with the Orlando Philharmonic. 7:30 pm Thursday-Friday, 2 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $12-$65; (407) 426-1739.

Dec. 22

The Nutcracker Central Florida Ballet’s version of the popular holiday ballet. 2 pm and 7:30 pm; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $16-$52; (407) 849-9948.

FILM

Nov. 26

Rocky Horror Picture Show: Pilgrims and Indians Night The Rich Weirdoes celebrate Thanksgiving with a themed screening and performance of the cult film. Midnight; Universal Cineplex 20, CityWalk at Universal Orlando; $9; www.richweirdoes.net.

Nov. 30

Popcorn Flicks Screening of the holiday film Miracle on 34th Street. 7 pm; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; (407) 629-0054.

Dec. 5-19

Holiday Movie Night Outdoor screening of seasonal classics. 6 pm; Cranes Roost Park, Shore Crest Drive and North Lake Boulevard, Altamonte Springs; free; (407) 571-8180.

Dec. 7

Holiday Family Movie Night Outdoor screening of The Santa Clause. 6 pm; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $1-$5; (407) 246-2620.

Dec. 28-29

Rocky Horror Picture Show: Xmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/New Year’s Celebration The Rich Weirdoes celebrate the season with a themed screening and performance. Midnight Friday-Saturday; Universal Cineplex 20, CityWalk at Universal Orlando; $9; www.richweirdoes.net.

ART

OPENINGS/EVENTS

Nov. 15

Go Green for the Holidays The teahouse holds a Cottage Industry Co-Op open house with locally made creations in addition to live entertainment. 5:30 pm-8:30 pm; Infusion Tea, 1600 Edgewater Drive; free; (407) 999-5255.

Third Thursday Holiday Party Paintings and holiday-themed creations by studio artists are displayed at this first annual event to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless. 7 pm; The Office Gallery and Art Studios, 47 E. Robinson St., Suite 205; donation; (407) 843-3172.

Nov. 17-18

Faculty Holiday Sale Works by local artists featured in the annual holiday show are sold to benefit the school. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 11 am-4 pm Sunday; Crealde School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; (407) 671-1886.

Dec. 1

Holiday Open House New whimsical works and holiday shopping with the gallery’s studio artists. 6 pm; Gallery on First, 211 E. First St., Sanford; free; (407) 323-2774.

Dec. 6

Fun With Flowers: Holiday Designs Jane Meherg gives tips on creating unique pieces to accent seasonal gatherings. 10 am; Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; $20; (407) 644-5770.

Dec. 9

Christmas Trees: A Holiday Tradition in Clay Doug Bringle teaches students how to make Christmas trees out of clay, complete with ornaments in this all-ages workshop. 1 pm; Crealde School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; $120; (407) 671-1886.

Dec. 23

Christmas Open House The museum doles out holiday spirit by opening its doors free of charge. 1 pm-4 pm; Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; (407) 645-5311.

EXHIBITS

Through Dec. 25

Rockwell’s Holiday Exhibit Displays and cover illustrations from the Saturday Evening Post by the man credited with shaping the modern American Christmas. 10 am-6 pm Sunday-Thursday, 10 am-9 pm Friday-Saturday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $9.95-$14.95; (407) 514-2000.

Through Jan. 13

Holidays at the Waterhouse Experience Christmas in the 1880s, including a visit from the Waterhouse Mouse. Noon-4 pm Wednesday-Sunday; Waterhouse Residence Museum, 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland; $2-$3; (407) 644-2451.

Nov. 17-Dec. 22

Folk Art for the Holidays Local artists display seasonal works in a variety of media. 10 am-6 pm Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday; Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. First St., Sanford; free; (407) 323-2774.

Nov. 17-Dec. 29

Faculty Holiday Show Exhibition Fifth annual exhibit of works from emerging and established artists to be sold to benefit the school. 9 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday, 9 am-1 pm Friday, 9 am-2 pm Saturday; Crealde School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; (407) 671-1886.

Nov. 19-Dec. 19

26th Annual Osceola Crafters’ Holiday Gift Gallery Artists from throughout Osceola County show and sell their handcrafted wares. 10 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday, noon-4 pm Sunday; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee; free; (407) 846-6257.

Nov. 20-Dec. 30

Delectable Dwellings: Holiday Gingerbread Orlando pastry chefs come together to create a gingerbread village in the museum’s East Gallery. 10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1 pm-4 pm Sunday; Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; $5; (407) 647-6294.

Nov. 22-Jan. 2

Leu Holiday House The Leu House Museum is transformed into a traditional Christmas setting. 10 am-3:30 pm daily; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $5; (407) 246-2620.

EVENTS

Through Nov. 18

Festival of Trees Experience the festive sight of designer-decorated Christmas trees in this glittering holiday event. 10 am-5 pm daily; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $10; (407) 672-3838.

Through Dec. 21

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Mickey and friends celebrate the season with special holiday shows, fireworks, parades and treats. Various times select dates; Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista; $33.95-$47.95; (407) 824-4321.

Through Jan. 6

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights A dazzling light show in collaboration with businessman Jennings Osborne, who developed the display for his daughter. Various times daily; Disney-MGM Studios, Lake Buena Vista; $54-$63.90; (407) 824-4321.

Nov. 16

Havana Nights Holiday Auction Enjoy a night of shopping and Caribbean entertainment to benefit the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. 6 pm; Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park; $20; (407) 644-8281.

Holiday Wine Tasting Extravaganza The lounge offers samples of its new original wine and live music by Matt Festa. Noon; Wine Down Restaurant and Wine Lounge, 12001 Avalon Lake Drive; free; (407) 249-5552.

Vegetarian and Vegan for the Holidays Seminar on preparing alternative dinner ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Noon; Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Ave., Winter Park; free; (407) 673-8788.

Nov. 17

Festival of Thanksgiving Family celebration with food, games, sales and activities to benefit needy local families. 1 pm-5 pm; Grace Baptist Church of Central Florida, 919 Longwood Hills Road, Longwood; free; (407) 265-3595.

Nov. 18

Holiday Parade Local civics groups, bands and organizations celebrate the season. 2:30 pm; Winter Springs Elementary School, 701 W. State Road 434, Winter Springs; free; (407) 327-6593.

Thanksgiving Potluck Animal Rights Florida hosts the celebratory meal and activities. Noon; Big Tree Park, 761 General Hutchinson Parkway, Longwood; free; www.animalrightsflorida.org.

Nov. 19-Jan. 3

Best of Florida Christmas An aerial show, ice skating and activities fill the resort with holiday cheer. Various times daily; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; free-$12.99; (407) 586-4423.

Ice! Blocks of ice are skillfully hand-carved into various illuminated Christmas scenes. Various times daily; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $9.99-$24.99; (407) 586-4423.

Nov. 21

Night Before Thanksgiving Block Party Live entertainment by local bands on two stages with plenty of opportunities to dance off some calories before Thursday’s feast. 5 pm; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court Streets; $6; (407) 849-0471.

Thanksgiving Eve Street Party Release some stress at Church Street’s bars before Thursday’s family time. 5 pm; Downtown Orlando, Church Street and Orange Avenue; $6-$10; (407) 649-4270.

Wildest Wednesday Pre-Thanksgiving party with a special Darcel Stevens variety show. 9 pm; Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; free; (407) 425-7571.

Nov. 22

Thanksgiving Dinner The coffee shop hosts its first annual holiday event with vegan and non-vegan dishes. 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm; Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave.; free-$19.99; (407) 893-4994.

Nov. 23-24

Thanksgiving Weekend Block Party Post-holiday celebration with live music and activities. 5 pm Friday-Saturday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court Streets; $6; (407) 849-0471.

Nov. 23-Dec. 30

Festival of Lights The park is decorated with more than one million lights, in addition to neon displays, holiday music and an illuminated boat parade. Various times select dates; Silver Springs, 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs; $24.99-$33.99; (352) 236-2121.

Holidays Around the World Celebration of seasonal traditions in other countries and a candlelight processional ending with a choir and orchestra performance. 11 am-9:30 pm daily; Epcot, Lake Buena Vista; $54-$63.90; (407) 824-4321.

Tis the Season Planetarium show highlighting holiday customs and rituals around the world. 6 pm Friday-Saturday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $9.95-$14.95; (407) 514-2000.

Nov. 23-Jan. 1

Makahiki Christmas Luau Polynesian dinner complete with traditional music, dancing and fire-knife performances. 7 pm daily; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; $29.95-$45.95; (407) 363-2613.

Nov. 24

Philippine Christmas Festival Yuletide celebration with traditional Filipino customs, games, performances and food in addition to the Miss Philippine Florida pageant. 11 am-6 pm; Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street; free; (407) 354-1349.

Tree Lighting Outdoor celebration with holiday characters, live music, snow and activities. 6 pm; Winter Springs Town Center, 158 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs; free; (407) 327-6593.

Nov. 24-Dec. 25

SeaWorld Holiday Celebration Enjoy festive fountain shows, carolers and nightly snowfall in celebration of the season. Various times daily; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; $53.95-$64.95; (407) 363-2613.

Nov. 25-Dec. 2

Festival of Trees Local celebrities and organizations design Christmas trees for the annual contest. 10 am-4 pm Monday-Friday; Museum of the Apopkans, 122 E. Fifth St., Apopka; free; (407) 703-1707.

Nov. 28

Holiday at Heritage Square The downtown oasis prepares for the holiday season with a Victorian celebration. 5:30 pm; Heritage Square, South Magnolia Boulevard and East Central Boulevard; free; (407) 836-8500.

Nov. 30

Christmas in the Square The City of Sanford kicks off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa. 6 pm; Downtown Sanford, West First Street and South Park Avenue; free; (407) 330-5697.

Tree Lighting Ceremony Winter Park kicks off the holiday season with the 17th annual celebration. 5 pm; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; (407) 644-8281.

Dec. 1

Christmas With the Critters The refuge opens its doors to provide wildlife education, animal encounters and activities. 1 pm-8 pm; Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, 18515 E. Colonial Drive; free; (407) 568-5138.

Holiday on the Drive The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the traditional celebration with carolers, carriage rides and activities. 6 pm; Edgewater Drive and Smith Street; free; (407) 463-0112.

Light Up the Courtyard Christmas celebration with a performance by the Mistletones, a visit from Santa and the lighting of more than 45 trees. 11 pm; Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; free-$8; (407) 425-7571.

Light Up the Holidays The park’s season decor makes its debut with live music and entertainment. 5 pm; Cranes Roost Park, Shore Crest Drive and North Lake Boulevard, Altamonte Springs; free; (407) 571-8180.

Sanford Parade of Lights The city hosts the nighttime procession featuring live music, local performers and illuminated floats. 6 pm; Downtown Sanford, West First Street and South Park Avenue; free; (407) 330-5697.

Season of Light Family celebration with live music, lighted displays and a visit from Santa Claus. 5 pm; Lake Lily Park, 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; (407) 539-6268.

Tammy Kopko’s Cocktail Hour: Holiday Idol The seductive club show continues with a naughty look at the season’s celebrations. 9 pm; The Peacock Room, 1321 N. Mills Ave.; $5; (407) 228-0048.

Winter Park Christmas Parade Annual holiday processional with floats, bands, well-known locals and Santa. 9 am; Downtown Winter Park, Park and Comstock Avenues; free; (407) 644-8281.

Dec. 1-2

Cracker Christmas Weekend Old Florida-style holiday fair with exhibits, arts and crafts, demonstrations and food. 10 am-4 pm Saturday-Sunday; Fort Christmas Historical Park and Museum, 1300 Fort Christmas Road, Christmas; free; (407) 568-4149.

Dec. 1-31

Now Snowing Nightly Enjoy pet photographs with Santa, holiday carolers and live entertainment. 6 pm-9 pm daily; Downtown Celebration, Market Street and Celebration Avenue; free; (407) 566-4015.

Dec. 2

Navidad Jibara Puerto Rican Christmas festival with traditional activities and events. Noon; T.G. Lee Park, 7401 T.G. Lee Blvd.; free-$10; (407) 330-0722.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Parade Floats, performances and contests bring in the holiday season, followed by the community’s tree and decoration lighting ceremony. 4 pm; Founders Square at Avalon Park, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; (407) 658-6565.

Dec. 3-21

Let It Snow The park experiences hourly flurries and a visit from Santa. 6 pm-9 pm daily; Old Town, 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee; free; (407) 396-4888.

Dec. 3-5

Yuletide Medieval Feaste English Christmas holiday celebration and dinner theater performance featuring medieval music, traditions and live music by the Daytona Beach Concert Choir and Brass Choir, the Courtly Dancers and the Halifax Consort. 6:30 pm Monday-Wednesday; Daytona Beach Community College Theater Center, 1200 International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach; $35; (386) 506-3042.

Dec. 5

Holiday Lights Orlando Christmas tree lighting featuring a holiday singalong and other live entertainment. 5:30 pm; Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave.; free; (407) 246-4279.

Dec. 6

Christmas in the Park The Morse Museum welcomes you into the holidays with lighted Tiffany Windows and a concert by the Bach Festival Choir. 6 pm; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; (407) 645-5311.

Dec. 7

A Jingle Eve Local shopowners host a night of live entertainment. 6 pm; Arts and Antique District of Orlando, North Orange Avenue; free; (407) 415-0978.

Dec. 7-Jan. 1

Grinchmas The Grinch returns to take over the park in honor of the 50th anniversary of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Various times daily; Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando; $56-$71; (407) 363-8000.

Macy’s Holiday Parade The famous giant balloons head south for the season. Various times daily; Universal Studios at Universal Orlando; $56-$71; (407) 363-8000.

Dec. 8

Apopka Christmas Parade Floats, organizations and live music performers make their way to Main Street. 10 am; Downtown Apopka, Park Avenue; free; (407) 886-4331.

Avalon Aglow Santa leads the evening affair, which offers hay rides, ice skating, live performances and fireworks. 5 pm; Founders Square at Avalon Park, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; (407) 658-6565.

Christmas Street Party Ninth annual local bash with live music by TimeJam. 6 pm; Downtown Sanford, West First Street and Palmetto Avenue; $5; (407) 302-2586.

Holiday Dinner for the Animals Ninth annual event featuring vegan food, raffles and speaker Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns. 6 pm; Garden Café, 810 W. Colonial Drive; $25-$35; (407) 617-5572.

Holiday Extravaganza Annual seasonal celebration with snow, music, fireworks and a nighttime parade. 2 pm-8 pm; Kissimmee Lakefront Park, 250 Lakeshore Blvd., Kissimmee; free; (407) 933-8368.

Winter Park Boat Parade and Festival of Lights Moonlit parade starting at the museum with community activities traverses area lakes. 5 pm; Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; free; (407) 647-6294.

Dec. 9

Family Hanukkah Bash The center combines forces with the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation to host a day of food, games and activities. Noon; Jewish Community Center South Campus, 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Road; free; (407) 645-5933.

Hanukkah in the Park Chabad of Greater Orlando and the Jewish Community Center hold an evening of family activities, including lighting a giant menorah. 5 pm; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; (407) 644-3333.

Dec. 10

Hanukkah Dinner The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando hosts a traditional dinner with games, activities and a Channukiah contest. 5:30 pm; Jewish Community Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; $3-$35; (407) 645-5933.

Dec. 13

Alive After Five: Cheers to the Holidaze Downtown street party featuring food and wine sampling, art displays and live music performers. 5 pm; Downtown Sanford, West First Street and South Park Avenue; free-$5; (407) 324-1577.

Dec. 14-16

Fiesta of Lights Second annual festival with arts and crafts, live music and a nightly illuminated parade on Lake Eola. 6 pm-10 pm Friday, noon-10 pm Saturday-Sunday; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free; (407) 758-9741.

Dec. 15

Jingle Bell Dog Jog Bell-clad canines and their owners stroll through downtown to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. 10:30 am; Downtown Orlando, Rosalind Avenue and Robinson Street; free-$15; (407) 898-3130.

Orlando Christmas Parade Holiday parade through downtown, with floats, marching bands and activities. 11:30 am; Downtown Orlando, Central Boulevard and Rosalind Avenue; free-$15; (407) 898-3130.

Dec. 16

Snow Mountain Guests are invited to play in 55 tons of snow, visit Santa and check out the offerings of local arts and crafts vendors. 9 am-1 pm; Oviedo Gymnasium and Aquatic Complex, 148 S. Division St., Oviedo; $10; (407) 971-5560.

Dec. 29

Orlando Citrus Parade Procession down Rosalind Avenue, with marching bands, floats and seven signature floats made entirely of Florida citrus. 11 am; Downtown Orlando, Rosalind Avenue and Robinson Street; free-$25; (407) 423-2476.

Dec. 31

Brew Year’s Eve Live music and locally brewed beer rule the night. 8 pm; Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave.; free; (407) 872-1117.

Grande Masque: An Evening at Moulin Rouge Black-tie masquerade ball to benefit the Orlando Opera, Orlando Ballet and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. 7 pm; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $400-$500; (407) 426-1700.

La Nouba New Year’s Eve Cirque du Soleil holds a special performance of its whimsical circus show, including a champagne toast, a special ending and souvenirs. 6 pm and 9 pm; Cirque du Soleil, Downtown Disney, Lake Buena Vista; $67-$139; (407) 939-7600.

New Year’s Eve Bash The city hosts its first year-end event with live entertainment, fireworks and activities. 7 pm; Celebration Town Center, 690 Celebration Ave., Celebration; free; (407) 566-4015.

New Year’s Eve Block Party End 2007 with live music on two stages. 8 pm; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court Streets; $25; (407) 849-0471.

New Year’s Eve Celebration The piano bar brings in the new year with a gourmet buffet, champagne and favors. 5:30 pm; Howl at the Moon Saloon, 8815 International Drive; $50-$175; (407) 354-5999.

New Year’s Eve Dance Party The Big Idea performs at this Disney celebration. 9 pm; Atlantic Dance Hall, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Lake Buena Vista; $20; (407) 939-5100.

New Year’s Eve Party The aquatic park hosts a night of live entertainment and fireworks at the waterfront. 8 pm; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; $53.95-$64.95; (407) 363-2613.

New Year’s Eve Party with Jody Watley The R&B star performs at the celebration, which also features two special performances by the Footlight Players. 10 pm; Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $25; (407) 425-7571.

New Year’s Eve Street Party Say hello to 2008 with admission to all four clubs, the orange drop and fireworks. 9 pm; Downtown Orlando, Church Street and Orange Avenue; $6-$10; (407) 649-4270.

Old Town New Year’s Eve Party The Repeatles perform at this annual celebration culminating with an impressive fireworks display. 7:30 pm; Old Town, 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee; free; (407) 396-4888.

Pleasure Island New Year’s Eve Celebration Live music, food and champagne abound at this year-end bash. 8 pm; Pleasure Island, Downtown Disney, Lake Buena Vista; $99; (407) 934-7781.

Rockin’ the Dock The pier holds a “five parties in one” celebration featuring live entertainment and countdowns. 8 pm; Cocoa Beach Pier, 401 Meade Ave., Cocoa Beach; $25-$30; (321) 783-7549.

Turn on the Night Gourmet dinner, fireworks and live entertainment by the B-52s and Foreigner bring in 2007. 8 pm; CityWalk at Universal Orlando; $119-$179; (407) 363-8000.

FAMILY

Through Dec. 9

Santa’s Holly Follies Spectacular Santa and Chris Holly take a look at holiday traditions around the world. 11:15 am, 1:30 pm and 5 pm Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am, 1:30 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm Friday, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 7 pm Saturday, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm Sunday; Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs; $5.50-$6.50; (407) 677-8831.

Nov. 16

Santa’s Arrival The mall celebrates the season with a dance party and stage show to mark Old St. Nick’s visit. 6 pm; Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road; free; (407) 363-3555.

Nov. 16-Dec. 22

It’s a Wonderful Life Orlando Repertory Theatre Company revisits the classic Christmas tale. 7 pm Friday, 2 pm and 7 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.; $9-$15; (407) 896-7365.

Nov. 18

The Nutcracker The ballet company performs a condensed version of the whimsical ballet. 2 pm and 4 pm; Central Florida Ballet Studio Theatre, 4525 Vineland Road; $10; (407) 849-9948.

Nov. 23-Dec. 30

George and Oatmeal Save Santa A snowman and wizard help St. Nick find his way home and tell stories about the night sky in this planetarium show. 1 pm daily; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $9.95-$14.95; (407) 514-2000.

Nov. 25-Dec. 2

Claus and Paws Bring your four-legged friend for a visit with Santa. 7 pm-9 pm Sunday; Seminole Towne Center, 200 Towne Center Circle, Sanford; various prices; (407) 323-2262.

Dec. 1

First Saturday: Winter Wonderland Families are invited to explore the museum and seasonal art, music and reading activities. 10 am; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $5;

(407) 896-4231.

Radio Disney Holiday Party Local musician Mr. Richard performs Christmas classics and songs from his new CD. 1 pm; Timmy’s Toy Chest, 1120 Town Park Ave., Lake Mary; free; (407) 804-9877.

Santa’s Holiday Indoor Parade Local students bring in Christmas cheer with a processional and performances. Noon; Festival Bay Mall, 5250 International Drive; free; (407) 351-7718.

Dec. 12-31

Little Drummer Boy A boy’s search for his donkey leads him to a Christmas miracle. 11:15 am, 1:30 pm and 5 pm Monday-Thursday, 11:15 am, 1:30 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm Friday, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 7 pm Saturday, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm Sunday; Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs; $5.50-$6.50; (407) 677-8831.

Dec. 15

Breakfast With Santa Dine with the jolly man and enjoy activities and animal encounters. 8 am and 11:30 am; Central Florida Zoological Park, 3755 N. US Highway 17-92, Sanford; $5-$20; (407) 323-4450.

The Nutcracker Orlando Ballet presents a truncated version of the classic aimed at families with young children. 11 am; Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $22; (407) 426-1739.

Dec. 16

Nutcracker Brunch Traditional holiday buffet and character meet-and-greet. 11 am; Orlando Downtown Marriott, 400 W. Livingston St.; $23-$75; (407) 426-1739.

Tis the Season Family-friendly variety show with singing, dancing, skits and speeches. 3 pm; Rosemont Community Center, 4872 Rose Bay Drive; free; (407) 246-4351.


SPORTS

Nov. 17

Annual Toys for Tots and Adult/Celebrity Races Soap box derbies traverse the park to benefit the charitable organization. 8 am; Derby Park, 2199 Oregon Ave., Sanford; free; (407) 330-5697.

Nov. 22

18th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Runners of all ages burn off extra calories before engaging in the traditional holiday feast. 8 am; Lake Eola Park, Robinson Street and Eola Drive; free-$30; (407) 896-1160.

Dec. 8

RDV Sportsplex Reindeer Run 5K All ages run/walk to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida. 8 am; Lake Sybelia Beach, 290 Jackson St., Maitland; free-$30; (407) 896-1160.

Dec. 29-30

All-American Soap Box Derby Holiday Rally Locals compete in this annual winter tradition. 8:30 am Saturday-Sunday; Derby Park, 2199 Oregon Ave., Sanford; $10-$30; (407) 330-5697.

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